1951 David 2023

David Russell Rapp

February 11, 1951 — November 21, 2023

Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend, David Rapp, peacefully returned to his Heavenly Father on Tuesday, November 21, 2023. He was blessed to be surrounded by those who loved him deeply and who recognized his valiant struggle associated with an array of health setbacks during his lifetime.

David was born February 11, 1951, in Salt Lake City, Utah to Clinton B. (Buzz) and Donna L. Mitchell Rapp.  He was reared in Tooele, Utah until he was 4 years old at which time the family moved to Bountiful, Utah. When he was 19, he was called to the Illinois, Chicago mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. One of his most memorable responsibilities during this time was serving as a tour guide at the Carthage Jail.

Dave met Judy at Evans & Sutherland at the U of U, where they were both working at the time. He married his eternal companion on September 7, 1977, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.  Together they lived in downtown Salt Lake City for a year, then moved to Bountiful, and finally to West Bountiful.

Dave had many interests that included fishing, boating, hunting, target practice, archery, motorcycle riding in the east mountains of Bountiful, four wheeling, electronics, and building electronic projects. He also loved his many unique pets which included his Colombian red-tailed boa and ball python snakes, and his dogs and cats. During his working years, at one point while working for Progressive Music he had the opportunity to work on Linda Ronstadt's electric piano. For 27 years he worked for the LDS Church where he utilized his skills as an electrician and made many close friends. While working for the church, he also drafted plans for the interior of the Genealogical Library in Salt Lake City and had his drafting approved by President Spencer W. Kimball.

Playing guitar was one of his passions, which he started at the age of 12, when he received his first electric guitar and later it evolved into a lifetime of collectibles.  With a keen ear for music and lyrics Dave was able to write several songs. Although he never learned to read music, Dave could listen to a song and then play it flawlessly. Over the course of his life Dave was in several bands and was lucky to have been in one with Judy and his two daughters. 

Dave was a life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints where he held many callings and served as second counselor in the bishopric.  He particularly enjoyed his calling in the primary.  One thing he did to incentivize the children to be reverent was by offering them trips to Timpanogos Cave, Pipes and Pizza, or the extra special reward of coming to his house to watch the boa constrictor eat.  It was during his service in Sunday school that he met Lyle.  Dave and Judy were able to build a relationship with Lyle and his family and subsequently adjoined him to their family.

Dave was preceded in death by his mother, father, 4 cousins, 1 nephew, 1 sister-in-law, 1 brother-in-law, 1 grandson, and 1 great grandniece.

Dave is survived by his wife Judy, daughters Jennifer (Seth) Stucki, Jamie (Kelly) Gerber, son Lyle (Natalie) Turner, Brother Paul (Michelle) Rapp, and Sister Gaylene Roderick.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, December 9, 2023, from 11am-1pm at the West Bountiful 8th Ward Building.
311 North 800 West, West Bountiful, UT 84087

The family expresses sincere appreciation to Canyon Home Health and Hospice staff who cared for Dave off and on since 2017, Russon Mortuary for their kind and loving assistance, as well as Avalon/Sandstone for their rehab care.

In lieu of flowers, the family will gratefully accept any donations to cover final expenses.

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Celebration of Life

Saturday, December 9, 2023

11:00am - 1:00 pm (Mountain time)

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