Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park and Mortuary

3401 S. Highland Drive, Millcreek, UT


Lynn D Fairbanks

July 2, 1933November 23, 2019

Lynn Dwain Fairbanks, age 86, returned to his heavenly home to be with Carol, the love of his life, on Saturday, November 23, 2019. Lynn was a devoted husband and father of seven children and a loving grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and son.

Lynn was born on July 2, 1933 to Lynn Reed Fairbanks Jr and Josephine Wood Fairbanks as the oldest of five children. After graduating from East High, he married his sweetheart Carol Jean Thedell in the Salt Lake Temple on August 14, 1952. Lynn and Carol started their family while Lynn was serving in the military. They lived in several states including Alabama, Texas, Michigan, California and Utah. Together they enjoyed sixty-six rich and fulfilling years.

Lynn loved the Lord and was faithful and devoted to the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout his life. He served in many church callings including Bishop of the Royal Oak Ward in the Detroit Stake. In 2000, Lynn and Carol served an LDS mission at the San Diego Mormon Battalion. Lynn was a true salesman at heart. He started selling cookware door-to-door and later joined the job of a lifetime with O.C. Tanner Co in 1966. His motto at work and in life was “Find A Way.” He never stopped his self-improvement journey and loved sharing what he learned. He loved good food and woke up thinking about it every day. He often said “I live to eat and not the other way around.”

Lynn was the anchor of his family and loved spending time with them and teaching them life lessons. His generosity was an example to us all. He will be dearly missed.

Lynn is preceded in death by his wife Carol Jean Thedell Fairbanks, his parents, Lynn Reed Fairbanks Jr and Josephine Wood Fairbanks Matis, granddaughter Linnie Jean Pinkston, and son-in-law Michael Pinkston. He is survived by sister, Patricia Wells, and three brothers: Fred (Carrol) Fairbanks; Richard (Nadene) Fairbanks; and Mark (Janice) Fairbanks; his seven children, Janette (Lance) Paull, Susan (Harold) Ellsworth, Karen (Jeff) Pinkston Wajda, Carolynn (Steve) Jennings, Bradford (Lezlie) Fairbanks, Steven (Thalene) Fairbanks, Gregory (Teresa) Fairbanks, 28 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on December 9, 2019 at 12:00 pm in the LDS chapel at 13366 S 1300 E, Draper, Utah. There will be a viewing from 10-11:30 am prior to the services. Interment will take place at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park at 3401 S. Highland Drive, Millcreek, Utah. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.wasatchlawn.com for the Fairbanks family.


  • Janette (Lance) Paull, Daughter
  • Susan (Harold) Ellsworth, Daughter
  • Karen (Jeff) Pinkston Wajda, Daughter
  • Carolynn (Steve) Jennings, Daughter
  • Bradford (Lezlie) Fairbanks, Son
  • Steven (Thalene) Fairbanks, Son
  • Gregory (Teresa) Fairbanks, Son
  • Lynn is also survived by his 28 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and many other family members who will cherish his memory.


9 December


10:00 am - 11:30 am

LDS Church

13366 South 1300 East
Draper, Utah

9 December

Funeral Service

12:00 pm

LDS Church


13366 South 1300 East
Draper, Utah


Lynn D Fairbanks

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Sindhuri Rams

December 5, 2019

When someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure. May you treasure all your memories of your Dad. Though haven't met in person but have heard about your Dad in Rams words that he is a great person. Please accept my deepest condolences.

Sara Wells

December 4, 2019

My mom and her 4 brothers(Lynn being the oldest)--as well as my Grandma and Grandpa were a wonderful attestation to a loving family. I have been amazed that all of them, including their spouses, regularly got together to play--whether it was at the beach houses in California or just a quick lunch at the Red Lobster. Lynn always included all of us to join in the fun which he made available. He was a very forgiving, fun, nonjudgemental soul. I love him.

Shannon Ashworth

December 4, 2019

Lynn was a very special influence and mentor in my life. I began my 25+ year career working with Lynn at O.C. Tanner back in San Francisco. His passion for our company and making employee's lives better by bringing meaningful recognition experiences into the workplace was contagious. He inspired my love for our company and our work to be difference makers in the world, every day. His motto of "Find a Way" was also quickly adopted and he even featured that great motto on his license plate. Lynn had the biggest heart for people, and a warmth and love for all who were blessed to know him. I will always treasure my season of working with Lynn and all that he did to mentor me and to believe in me, even when I didn't see the possibilities myself. My heart overflows today to have known this great man. Lynn truly was a legend. He lived a life of significance, and his legacy will live on through all of us who knew and loved him.

Georgia Fairbanks

December 4, 2019

Lynn was such a wonderful person. He was a dedicated supporter of the Fairbanks family organization and lived up to the legacy and nobility of the Fairbanks name. He came from great pioneer stock. He was a great example of what it means to be a Fairbanks. May all who carry that name use Lynn as an example of how to conduct our lives by staying faithful and true to the end. Thank you Lynn . You will be missed. Say hello to our relatives. It must be the best reunion ever!

Rams Maddali

December 3, 2019

Remembering his wonderful and gentle soul will forever remain in our hearts.I cannot tell you how sorry I was to hear about your dad.Losing your dad can be extremely difficult because you are losing a source of strength, stability and consistency in your life. i beileve where he stays and with whom his rest of journey. I never forget him as he gave me good friend and brother , mentor.

No matter wherever he is, he’ll always be watching us. He will stay with us forever.

~ Rams