Carolyn T. Gatherum

July 28, 1933November 6, 2018
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Carolyn Taylor Gatherum passed away peacefully on Tuesday evening, November 6, 2018 at her home surrounded by her family and friends. Born to Elvera Wigren Taylor and Horace Eli Taylor on July 28, 1933 in Salt Lake City Utah. Growing up as an only child, she had a special relationship with her parents and as a young girl took care of her father after he had a stroke. During her teenage years she loved to roller skate and that’s where she met our dad. They had many fun times skating together and later married on May 1, 1953. Mom and dad worked hard to raise our family. She supported him in his love of cars and attended many car shows with him. They vacationed in Las Vegas and mom always seemed to bring good luck to dad. After dad passed, Mom was fortunate to have a wonderful Yorkie companion-Miss Tanner. They were always together, side by side. Best buddies!

Mom was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and was proud to fulfill her responsibilities as Ward Librarian. She loved to help the members of the Ward as they prepared for their Sunday School lessons.

In December 2008 Gary and Amy had the honor of accompanying mom as she went to the temple for the first time. There she was sealed to her parents and to dad. One of Gary’s favorite things was to go to the temple with mom after she was endowed.

Mom was also a member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. She served as a Camp Leader and spent many hours completing family genealogy. She was fascinated with her ancestry and proud of her pioneer heritage.

Being a long-time member of the Emerald Book Club was one of mom’s greatest joys. For many years she met monthly with the group for book reviews, a yummy lunch and a good chat with her friends. They all shared a great camaraderie and a love of reading. Music was an important part of mom’s life. She loved singing in the ward choir, listening to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Spoken Word, and attending performances of the Utah Symphony with Ken and Colleen. Buck Owens “Tiger by The Tail” and “On the Road Again” with Willie were a couple of her favorite Country Western Songs. Enjoying plays at Hale Theater was also a favorite.

Mom worked hard and spent more than 20 years working at the State Tax Commission-Driver’s License Division. For many of those years she was the branch manager. Whenever anyone had a question about license plates and registering their car, they would always say “Let’s go ask Carolyn, she’ll know”. She was the “Go To” person.

She loved the game of golf and had an “eagle eye” for putting. While visiting Will and Carol in Palm Springs, she had the opportunity to attend many tournaments and play golf with them. She was a member of the Forest Dale Ladies Golf League, playing many rounds with Colleen and serving as the league Vice President for 4 years. Mom was skillful and lucky enough to get a Hole-in-One on October 22, 1997. What a fun celebration!

Baseball was another favorite of moms. She was an avid fan and loved to watch the game. Gary, Graeme, and Grey had a great time with mom while attending a Colorado Rockies baseball game together. She loved spending time with her kids and grandkids. Zac spent a week with her in Moab visiting the national parks and sharing time together. Lots of great memories for all.

Mom’s love for swimming and being in the water started more than 15 years ago. She spent many hours in the pool at the Holiday Lions Recreation Center. Rain or Shine--Three times a week! A special thanks to Ken for taking them when they needed a ride. Driving Miss Daisy!

Every year mom would travel to be with her grandsons on their birthdays. This was a cherished tradition for each of them. She also loved seeing her great grand-children and watching them grow.

Mom was always there for us. The only thing she did better than being a mom, was being a grandma and “Second Mom” to many others. The list is long, and everyone knows who you are!

She was preceded in death by her husband William Robert Gatherum (Bob) and is survived by her children: William Robert Gatherum, Jr (Carol) Colleen Elaine Mullins (Ken) Gary Taylor Gatherum (Amy)

Grandchildren: Zachary Taylor Gatherum Graeme Whitney Gatherum Greydon Taylor Gatherum Emilie Cheryl Peterson (Thomas Dirk) Casey Beth Coombs (Cody)

Great grand-children: Mary Adelaide Coombs, Vivienne Jean Coombs, Tayden Thomas Peterson and Jovie Kay Peterson.

The family wishes to thank all the care givers from Community Nursing Services and Danville Support Services. They were with her to care for her needs in her home. Thanks to Stephanie, Holly, Jordan and especially Sam, Virginia, and Joelle. You’re the best!

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 1100 at the Edgehill Ward, 1750 South 1500 East. Friends may visit at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 South Highland Drive, Monday, November 12, 2018 from 6-8 pm and Tuesday 1 hour prior to the funeral service at Edgehill Ward. Internment Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.


  • William Gatherum, Husband
  • WIlliam(Carol) R. Gatherum JR, Son
  • Colleen (Ken) Mullins, Daughter
  • Gary (Amy) Gatherum, Son
  • Zachary Gatherum, Grandchild
  • Graeme Gatherum, Grandchild
  • Greydon Gatherum, Grandchild
  • Emilie (Thomas) Peterson, Grandchild
  • Casey (Cody) Coombs, Grandchild
  • Mary Coombs, Great Grandchild
  • Vivienne Coombs, Great Grandchild
  • Tayden Peterson, Great Grandchild
  • Jovie Peterson, Great Grandchild

  • Zach Gatherum, Pallbearer
  • Graeme Gatherum, Pallbearer
  • Greydon Gatherum, Pallbearer
  • Thomas Peterson, Pallbearer
  • Bob Smart, Pallbearer
  • Losi Maumau, Pallbearer


  • Viewing Monday, November 12, 2018
  • Viewing Prior to Funeral Service Tuesday, November 13, 2018
  • Funeral Services Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Carolyn T. Gatherum

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