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    Kym Tyler Packard (Murphy), 1954-2019

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    Kym Tyler Packard, 65, left this life on May 20, 2019 in Moab, Utah. He was born March 9, 1954 in Salt Lake City to Wendell Rex and Norma Jean Packard (Pearce).

    Kym was awarded a Masters of Nursing degree from the University of Utah. For many years he served our veterans as a nursing supervisor at the V.A. Hospital of Utah. His employment tenure included the University of Utah Medical Center and Allen Memorial Hospital in Moab.

    Kym’s many contributions to his patients and staff were his guidance, expertise and loving care. He was a beautiful man with his blue eyes and soft curly blonde hair. More beautiful was his tender soul and loving heart.

    Kym felt his life was complete when he married the love of his life, his husband, Tom. His favorite movie was “It’s a Wonderful Life” and his favorite song was “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Our sweet Kym, it was a wonderful life with you among us and you can finally fly beyond the rainbow with the other happy little bluebirds.

    Kym is survived by his husband of 41 years, Thomas Allen Ehmer; brothers, Wendell (Brenda) and Kevan Murphy; Raymond Ehmer (Kim) and sister and best friend, Nancy Chartier; nieces and nephews, Mike, Chid, KC, Troy, Sean, Laecie, Dylan, Mark and Austin Murphy; Matthew and Gregory Ehmer, Jeremy Nobis and Shannon Nobis Scherer.

    He is preceded in death by his parents and adoptive father, William Murphy.

    Cremation has taken place. A gathering will be planned at a later date to celebrate Kym’s life. A GoFundMe account has been created under the name Kym Packard and Tom Ehmer.

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