LaDawn Tolman Jackman and Elden Leon Jackman | News, Sports, Jobs

June 13, 1931 – January 6, 2022 – November 19, 1927 – January 10, 2022

LaDawn Tolman Jackman died on January 6, 2022 at the home of her daughter and son-in-law Laura and Mark Hudson in Perry, Utah. LaDawn passed through the veil into the arms of her parents Royal Clifford Tolman, Goldie Adams Tolman and their eldest daughter Jeanette, who died on August 31, 2012.

Just four days later, on January 10, 2022, Elden Leon Jackman, LaDawn’s lover and eternal companion, passed away peacefully in Perry, Utah. These two were inseparable in life and even four days was too much for them to be apart. Elden is now in the arms of his beloved wife, parents, Golden Leon and Teton Hanks Jackman, and daughter Jeanette. No doubt they were also greeted by grandson Jay, great-grandchildren Taylor and Ryder, and countless others.

LaDawn was born on June 13, 1931 at her family home in Murtaugh, ID. She was the youngest of six children in the Tolman family and was often introduced by her father as his “baby” even when she was older. LaDawn loved that. Music was a very important part of LaDawn’s life. She played flute, organ and piano and had a beautiful soprano voice. She had the honor of accompanying her father when he sang at every function in town. LaDawn graduated from Twin Falls High School in 1949 and made plans to attend a local business college, but at the last minute her parents decided that Brigham Young University in Provo was the right place for her. There LaDawn met Elden.

Elden was born on November 19, 1927 in Magna, Utah. He is the eldest of six children born to Golden Leon and Teton Hanks Jackman. He graduated from Provo High School in 1945. After graduating, Elden served in the US Navy on the Sea Dog submarine at Pearl Harbor. He later served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the Central Atlantic States Mission in Roanoke, Virginia. After his mission, while attending Brigham Young University, Elden met the beautiful LaDawn Tolman. After their first date in October 1950, things moved quickly for Elden and LaDawn. They began dating November 19, 1950, they became engaged January 1, 1951, and married February 1, 1951 in the Idaho Falls, ID Temple.

Shortly after their marriage, Elden and LaDawn moved to Los Angeles, CA so Elden could pursue a degree in advertising from Woodbury University. His first job after graduation took Elden and LaDawn to Ontario, Oregon. He worked as an appliance salesman for a furniture store and did their advertising. And so began his life as a seller! Elden was a consummate salesman. He loved working with people and truly believed in the products he was selling. He could sell anything, but his focus was on life insurance, real estate, cars, and security systems. Elden has often been recognized for his sales skills and earned the prestigious CLU (Chartered Life Underwriter) accreditation while working for Mutual of New York Life Insurance. Elden’s work took her from Oregon to Idaho, to North Dakota, and finally to Utah. No one is really sure if Elden ever truly retired from work. He loved it so much.

While Elden honed his sales skills, LaDawn was busy raising a house full of kids. She and Elden are parents to 7 children, Todd (Susan) Jackman, Brad (Vicki) Jackman, Jeanette Jackman Kubricky (deceased), Brenna Jackman, Eric (Debbie) Jackman, Laura Jackman (Mark) Hudson and Mary Ann Jackman (Dan) Canfield. They have 63 grandchildren and 85 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.

While raising children, LaDawn continued to learn. She studied music, religion and education. After the kids left, LaDawn earned her associate degree from Weber State University. LaDawn was very creative and a gifted teacher, choir director, choral director and seamstress. Her skills have always been in high demand. She will forever be known for her beautiful smile and generous heart.

Elden and LaDawn loved the Lord dearly and always desired to serve Him. They were called to be temple workers in the Ogden Temple, a calling they held for more than 25 years. Elden has served in many Church leadership positions, helping 26 young men earn their Eagle Scout rank in the Boy Scout program. LaDawn has served in many church careers, including early morning seminary teacher, parish organist, choirmaster, teacher, and a variety of leadership positions. Elden served six missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, four at LaDawn in Vancouver, Canada, New Jersey, Santiago, Chile, and Roy, Utah.

Elden and LaDawn loved playing games and socializing with their children, grandchildren, and friends. They enjoyed sending birthday cards (with a $2 bill) to posterity, baking chocolate chip cookies, exercising, being in the mountains, camping, hunting, doing family history, serving in the church, Emboss greeting cards to give away, collect coins and buy stamps, watch BYU sports and eat dessert first! And if you knew Elden, you know he loved his camera. He insisted that every event be documented with a picture!

Elden and LaDawn will always be remembered for their love of life and their loyalty to the Lord. When they were together, they would shake hands three times to say “I love you.” We’re sending you our love back now with three firm hugs and our promise to live a life half as good as you.

The family would like to extend sincere gratitude and love to the hospice nurses and workers who have made the last four months of Elden and LaDawn’s lives peaceful and happy. We love each of you.

A viewing of Elden and LaDawn will be held on Friday, January 21, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, January 22, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at Myers Mortuary, 845 Washington Blvd, Ogden Utah, instead. After the viewing on Saturday at 11:00 a.m., memorial services will be held. Family members are invited to attend and everyone else is encouraged to attend via a live stream at Burial will take place at Salem City Cemetery in Salem, Utah.

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