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Ivan “Ike” Draper
Ivan passed away peacefully at home on March 4th, 2018. He is a descendant of early Utah Heritage, and is a member of The Son’s of the Utah Pioneer Organization. The city of Draper is named after his great-grandfather William Draper, Jr.
Ivan was born on the 29th of December 1929 in Wellington, Utah, the son of Melvin A, and Ella Nora White Draper. He was the youngest of ten siblings all of whom have preceded him in death.
In 1949 Ivan began working for Utah Power and Light and retired from the company after thirty-five years in 1985. His career was interrupted in 1951 when he received a greeting from the President of the United States requesting his presence in the military during the Korean conflict. He was discharged from the army in 1953.
In 1954 he married Marva Jean McCarthy and she has been his soul mate for 64 years. In 1965 their marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS temple. Their children were sealed to them. Also in the year 1965 he was enrolled in night school at Brigham Young University. Working full-time helping to raise his family, he continued for five years mastering in Business Management. The year 1973 he again joined the military and served an additional eighteen years. He retired with twenty years service in 1991 as a senior master sergeant in the Utah Air National Guard.
After retirement he volunteered working for the senior volunteer program in St. George for eight years. He is survived by his wife, Jean, and children, Alan, Karen Bush, (Larry) Debra Mondragon, Elmer (deceased), Claudia Garrett, and Julie Watts, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be held Saturday, March 10 at Tate Mortuary 110 S Main St. 11:30am. There will be a visitation prior to the service at the mortuary from 10:30-11:30. Full military honors will be offered by the local VFW post 9413 and the United States Airforce. Burial will be in the Tooele City Cemetery.