Weldon Kitchen Obituaries (1934 – 2022) – American Fork, UT

Weldon Kitchen Obituaries
August 15, 1934 – September 19, 2022
Weldon J Kitchen, beloved husband, father, grandfather, missionary and friend, died September 19, 2022 at his home in Highland, UT of esophageal cancer. He was 88 years old. He was born on August 15, 1934, at his home in Tridell, Utah. He was the last of eleven children of Joseph Levi Kitchen and Blanche Cook Kitchen. His growing years were of pioneering circumstances, working on a farm with limited resources. He grew up in an outbuilding and in a house without electricity.
Weldon attended a small four-room elementary school in Tridell. He completed three years of schooling at Alterra High School. He graduated from American Fork High School, where he then taught for 36 years. Weldon continued his education at Brigham Young University for 3 years in industrial education, before being called to a three-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the newly formed Mission of the Southern Far East.
Weldon was one of the first fourteen missionaries to serve in Hong Kong. After eight months, he and three other missionaries were transferred to open missionary work on the beautiful island of Formosa (Taiwan). After arriving in Taiwan on June 4, 1956, he spent the next two and a half years establishing the church there. He had wonderful experiences with the Chinese who lived there.
After completing his assignment, Weldon returned to BYU, graduating in industrial education. He taught at Uintah High School in Vernal, Bonneville High School in Ogden, and American Fork High School in American Fork. He taught Industrial Education, Drawing, Special Education and Mandarin Chinese. He taught for a total of 44 years, exactly half of his life.
A year after returning from his mission, Weldon married Miriam Day in the Salt Lake Temple. They had seven children together. They divorced 37 years later. Weldon’s happiest memories of her children’s childhood are the times they climbed Mount Timpanogos together and the times they went camping and fishing in the mountains.
In 2000 he married Donna Rae Pond at the Temple of Mount Timpanogos. They spent 22 wonderful years together. They served the Lord in the Chinese ward, on missions, and in the temple. They enjoyed traveling around the world. They had a wonderful time with their children and grandchildren with parties and activities. One of the favorite times of the year is when the kids pick one of Grandpa’s pumpkins and carve it at our annual Pumpkin Party.
Weldon’s hobbies included gardening. It was famous for its cantaloupes and apple juice. He grew way more than he and Donna needed to give to others. Last year he and Donna gave every family in the neighborhood a cantaloupe. It was about 110 cantaloupes.
Weldon enjoyed studying Chinese. When he taught Chinese at Bountiful High School, he was sent for additional language training. This prepared him for greater service to the Chinese people later in life. He liked to answer the phone in Chinese and walk up and down the street singing in Chinese. Weldon served as BYU’s senior Chinatown advisor for a total of 7 years. Donna served with him and their love for the Chinese grew even greater.
Upon Weldon’s retirement, he and Donna served as senior missionaries at the Vancouver Mission in Canada, where they were assigned to work with the Chinese people. Later, they served as temple missionaries in the Taipei Taiwan Temple. In Taiwan, Weldon was invited to speak at church meetings across the island and recount his experiences as one of the first missionaries. Her testimony touched thousands of lives
Weldon enjoyed serving in the temple. He and Donna served as ordinance workers at the Mount Timpanogos Temple for about 15 years. They loved missionary work and always looked for opportunities to share the gospel.
Weldon is survived by his beloved wife, Donna, and his children, including Brent Kitchen (Rozan), Douglas Kitchen (Yuliana), Kevin Thompson (aka Norman Kitchen), Lisa Kitchen, Paul Kitchen (Jodi), Jeffrey Kitchen and Rebecka McNeil. . He is also survived by Donna’s children, including Melanie Scott (Ken), James Mayfield (Megan), David Mayfield (Amy), Nathan Mayfield (Megan), and Tom Mayfield (Anmy). Weldon and Donna were blessed with 42 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Weldon is pursued in death by his parents and all his brothers and sisters: Lazelle Glines, Virginia Goodrich, John Kitchen, Frances Bartlett, Belva Chamberlain, Norman Kitchen and Maxine Benedict, Melvin Kitchen, Ralph Lenford Kitchen and LeaMae Hatch. He is also pursued in death by his grandson, Luke Kitchen.
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Posted by Anderson & Sons Lone Peak Funeral Chapel on September 22, 2022.

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