On a calm, crisp Sunday morning, December 17, 2006 in the city of Chernivtsi, Ukraine, Elder Jaren Soffe while serving as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the company of his sweetheart LaRose and four elders, was bidding farewell to transferring missionaries at the local train station. Elder Soffe, while saying goodbye was suddenly taken in the twinkling of an eye without experiencing the pains of death. We sorrow in our loss but rejoice that his missionary service will continue. His sudden and unexpected departure created a void in the lives of his family and circle of friends in the Ukraine, at home and abroad. Jaren loved serving his Ukrainian brothers & sisters and we believe his example of love and kindness coupled with his fervent testimony of the Gospel will continue to be a source of strength and light to his missionary family as well as his eternal companion, his family and many friends. He served faithfully for 12 months with his sweetheart and best friend, LaRose Allen, whom he married on June 4, 1959 in the Logan LDS temple.\n\nJaren was born June 29, 1938 to Vaughn Carvel & Mary Jenkins Soffe in San Diego, California. He graduated from Murray High School and attended Utah State University where he was a member of SAE fraternity. He graduated from the California College of Mortuary Science in 1962 and returned to Utah where he worked for 45 years with his family and close staff members whom he loved and admired. Jaren and LaRose loved to travel, hike the beautiful mountains of Utah and be together with family and friends. \n\nHe served 11 years in U.S. Army Reserve at Fort Douglas. Jaren loved being a Rotarian and strived to live his life according to the 4 way test of Rotary. He received Rotary’s Paul Harris Fellow award and was proud of his 27 years of perfect attendance, combined with the many service and humanitarian projects sponsored and completed by Murray Rotary. His service also included multiple terms on the Murray City planning & zoning commission, member of the Cottonwood Hospital Foundation and Amicus board of directors, past member of the Utah State Funeral Service board. \n\nJaren served faithfully in many church callings, including Bishop of his home ward and was currently serving as 1st counselor in the Chernivtsi Ukraine branch presidency. He is survived by his sweetheart of 48+ years, LaRose; four sons & their spouses; Kurt (Lynette), Chad (Kathleen), Jacen (Jeanne), Brady (Shelly), 15 grandchildren, 1 great grandson; mother – Mary Jenkins Soffe, sister – Carol Ann (Tom) Bartlett, brother – V. Gregg. Preceded in death by his father Vaughn. \n\nFuneral services will be held Wednesday, December 27, 2006, 12:00 noon at the Little Cottonwood 8th Ward, 6150 So. Glenoaks (855 E.). A viewing will be held Tuesday from 5 – 8 pm at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 So. State St. and Wednesday from 10:00 – 11:30 am at the church. Interment Murray City Cemetery. To honor Elder Soffe and in lieu of flowers we suggest donations be made to the missionary fund of the LDS Church, 50 E. North Temple, SLC, UT 84150. \n\nWe express our sincere heartfelt gratitude for your outpouring of love and concern, the offers of assistance and the numerous prayers throughout the world offered in our behalf. We have received the comfort of prayer and the sustaining power of faith. Life’s greatest blessing is one of friends and family. \n\nThank you.