David Carl Hadlock, age 73, who had to be everywhere at least 30 minutes early, departed from this life on February 25, 2023 at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, UT. We are certain he wanted to get to the next life first so that he could make sure everything was ready, because if you aren’t early, you’re late.
He was born to Curtis O’Donell Hadlock and Lillian Lee Hadlock on May 15, 1949, while they lived in BYU on-campus housing in Provo, Utah, committing him to the lifelong rollercoaster that comes with being a Cougar fan. Any cursing he did we blamed on the Y. He was the 3rd of six amazing children who grew up to be life-long friends. Their home was filled with love, music and the Gospel of Christ, though Dave liked to keep his musical talents on the down-low. We all loved his singing when he would share it!
He graduated from Granite High school and did an honorable four year stint in the U.S. Air Force, exploring the world (Japan and Italy), and bringing home a beautiful China set from overseas for his beloved mother. After returning home he earned an associate degree from LDS Business College. He worked various jobs before becoming a lifer at the U.S. Postal Service, where he worked to provide for his family. But his real life’s work was being a husband, father, and grandfather.
In April of 1972 he married the quiet, beautiful, brainy Jamie Alane White who lived just down the street and around the corner. This made later trips to visit both sets of grandparents a dream for the kids! Together they had five of arguably the world’s greatest children (he sure thought so, anyway, and told them so all the time). Growing up with him as a father was magic. He was rough around the edges, with the biggest marshmallow heart. He instilled in his children a love of nature, filled with camping trips, rubber raft boating on small lakes with time for one-on-one conversations, night-time games, fishing, and ghost stories. Sometimes they turned out the living room lights and danced to music on the reel to reel stereo that seemed to take up half the living room. They have wonderful memories of renting a VCR on special occasions to binge watch one rented movie after another, complete with carefully doled out treats, ironic since he was the main sugar source at extended family reunions, providing endless supplies of snow cones and cotton candy. He helped coach the kids’ sports and supported everything he could. He was the master of ooh-ahh hugs, jokes, and “what’s that on your shirt?” (Even the grandkids learned pretty quickly not to fall for that one). He always had cold drinks on hand, and Werther’s candies at the ready for anyone who dropped by. And no one will forget the loads of his famous fudge he made by hand in small batches every Christmas!
Physically he had a bad heart, probably because he used it so much to love and serve others, but in the end it was covid and pneumonia that moved him from this life to the next. But though his lungs failed, he never did. He never failed to show and tell his family that they were loved, that they were children of a God who loved them, and that he had a strong testimony in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Dave was the very definition of charity. As he became more worn down in his later years, so did his beloved scriptures as he fervently studied them. One of his best gifts to his family was making sure we were sealed together in the Holy Temple. Families ARE forever, folks!
Dave was preceded in death by his parents, Curtis and Lillian, and his beloved brother and best friend, James Curtis Hadlock. He is survived by his still beautiful and brainy wife of 50 years, Jamie Hadlock, his children, Beva Wilhelm (Roy), Stanley Hadlock, Wade Hadlock (Sandra), Laura Pace (Josh), Morgan Hadlock (Annie), 17 adored grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild, with more on the way. He is also survived by his siblings, Jim’s wife Kathy Hadlock, John Hadlock (Joelynn), Kevin Hadlock (JoLynn), Leann Bowers (Reed), and Julie Tracy (Mike), as well as many other extended family members.
He didn’t want a funeral and just wanted to be buried in a cardboard box, but unfortunately his family is as stubborn as he is, so services will be held Friday March 3, 2023 at the Sandy Utah Hillcrest Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 8485 S 1000 E, in Sandy UT. Viewing from 0900-1030, with funeral service from 1100-1200. Interment to follow at Camp Williams.
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