Our beloved Jeff, Roy Jeffrey Musselman, died Nov, 15, 2010 at the age of 47 in the Southwest Memorial Hospital in Cortez, Colo., from complications of encephalitis and pneumonia.
Jeff was born June 30, 1963 to Roy Benjamin (Ben) and Hope Goble Musselman at Nephi, Utah. He was the second of five sons. Jeff was born a fighter, being born 39 days early. He was small but never had to be in an incubator. It didn’t take him long to start growing and grew into a strong young man with a big heart.
When Jeff was born, his family was living in Moab, Utah. But his dad moved them to Castle Dale, Utah while he and his mom were still in Nephi. From there they lived in Grantsville, Murray, Granger, and Nephi before moving to Monticello in July of 1966.
Jeff spent most of his school years in Monticello, except for four years while they lived in Moab. Jeff graduated from Monticello High School on May 21, 1981. During his school years he made many close friends and was well liked by his teachers. In high school he was Charlie Brown in the school play of “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” junior prom chairman and king of the prom, and student body activity chairman as a senior.
Jeff attended Utah Technical College of Provo, Orem Campus, graduating with a certificate of collision repair, in June 1983. Jeff returned to Monticello to work for Alan’s Body Shop for about a year. Jeff was very particular with his body work and painting and completed on his own beautiful paint jobs. He painted his yellow Chevy red, his Z28 Camaro and Benny’s Camaro. Car repair, hot rods and painting continued to be one of his passions.
In 1984, Jeff moved to St. George, Utah, where his brother Ronnie was living. He worked for Young’s Machine Big A Auto Parts. It was in St. George that he met the love of his life, Roberta Lee Anderson, who was attending Dixie College. They were married April 5, 1985 at Alamosa, Colo. Almost a year later, March 27, 1986 their marriage was solemnized in the St. George Temple.
Jeff and Roberta moved back to Monticello in July 1987 and he began work as an apprentice plumber with his dad, Ben, at Monticello Plumbing and Heating. Jeff became a journeyman plumber in 1994 and continued working with his dad.
On June 4, 1992 Jeff and Roberta were blessed with a son, Kyle Jeffrey Musselman, bringing a new joy to their life. How Jeff loved his son. He took him motorcycling, working with the backhoe, camping, sledding and all the fun boy stuff.
Jeff served in many church callings, temple worker, primary teacher, nursery leader, Sunday school teacher and member of the Elders Quorum.
Jeff also became an EMT, running with the Monticello ambulance for four years.
Jeff contracted encephalitis in August of 1998, at the age 35, and became unable to work or care for himself. The last few years he resided at Vista Grande Care Center in Cortez, Colo.
Jeff is survived by his wife of 25 years, Roberta Lee Musselman; son, Kyle Jeffrey Musselman, 18; parents, Ben and Hope Musselman; brothers, Kary Ray (Sheila) of St. George, Ronnie Dwayne (Tamie), Kedric Lloyd (Pauline) and Benjamin Rusty (Marcie), all of Monticello; Roberta’s parents, Joel and Dora Gay Anderson of Alamosa, Colo.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ross Andrew (Rusty) and Lillie Bell Musselman and Lloyd Reginald and Erma Goble, his uncle, Andrew Robert Musselman and great nephew, Joshua Boudin Johnson.
Funeral services were held Nov. 20 at the Monticello north LDS chapel. Interment was at the Monticello Cemetery.