Vernon (Vern) Lavon Worthen passed early in the morning on Friday, December 16, 2022, surrounded by his family. He lived a rich and rewarding life dedicated to serving others. Vern was born in St. George, Utah to Vernon Worthen and Lorna Perkins Worthen on August 28th, 1931. He loved growing up in small town St. George, UT. Vern was the youngest of four children. As a young man he served in the LDS Great Lakes Mission, and then two years in the Army where he played in the Army band. He married LuDean Price on March 16th, 1955. They had five children – Vaughn (Anita), Steve (Deneen), Mark (Vicki), Brenda and Sharma. His posterity includes 18 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. Vern graduated from Dixie Junior College, the University of Utah and the University of Oregon Dental School. Upon graduation he set up his practice in Albany, Oregon. Vern was deeply committed to his faith (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). He served in many callings including as a bishop, a member of the stake presidency, and stake patriarch. When he retired in 1990 he and LuDean went on a volunteer one year service assignment to Kampala, Uganda. While there he worked under the auspices of the Vice President of Uganda and helped gain NGO recognition for Deseret Foundation and provided free dental care for orphans. They were unofficial ambassadors for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints while they were in Uganda, as the church was not yet officially established in Uganda. Later they served a mission on Prince Edward Island, Canada and made many cherished friends. They served a second mission at the LDS Family History Center in Salt Lake City. When this mission ended they moved to Draper, Utah where they have lived for the past 22 years. Vern served in temples for forty years, including the Seattle, Portland, Jordan River, and Draper until physical limitations made that impossible. He was known as a dedicated home teacher/minister who continued to maintain relationships with families long after being released. Vern and LuDean welcomed various people into their homes over the course of their lives, including foreign exchange students, youth from their church congregation, and grandchildren. He wore out his life in the service of his God, his family, and his church and was generous with his time and talents. He was loved by his family and the many who were touched by him throughout his life. He leaves a legacy that blesses his family and posterity. \n\nFuneral services will be held December 28, 2022 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 12353 S 600 E Draper, Utah. Viewing from 10:00 to 11:30 am, the funeral will begin at 12:00 pm. Interment will be December 29, 2022 at 1:00 pm at the Burley, Idaho Pleasant View Cemetery. \n\nIn lieu of flowers, feel free to donate to the charity of your choice or to the Humanitarian Fund of the Church of the Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.