Kenneth Arnold Clegg, age 87, peacefully passed away at his home in Orem, Utah on September 17, 2023. He was born on September 2, 1936, to Arnold and Delila Clegg and was raised in Provo, Utah. He graduated from Provo High School in 1954. After graduation he attended Brigham Young University. Between college quarters he enlisted into the Army and he spent most of his service in Germany. He was assigned to patrol the Germany – Czech border. He married his childhood sweetheart Helen Coleen Brown during his first leave from the Army on October 23, 1956, in the Salt Lake Temple. Soon after their marriage, she joined him in Germany where they established their first home. After his honorary discharge from the Army, he finished his education at Brigham Young University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in engineering.
He has been a hard worker all his life and spent most of his career in the steel and manufacturing industry both as a draftsman and plant manager. Two weeks after retirement he decided retirement wasn’t for him so he found a job working at the Boy Scouts of America scout shop where he loved to see many of his former scouts who had become scout leaders themselves.
He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He held many callings within the Church. Some of which included Stake Athletic Director, served in two different YSA bishoprics, and the calling he was most known for was Scout Master where he served for 42 years. He was affectionally called “Newm” by his original scout troop. Through his years of scouting, he influenced countless numbers of young men. All five of his sons and many of his grandsons earned their rank of Eagle. He earned several scouting awards including Silver Beaver, the John Baden Powell award and Scoutmaster of the year with Utah National Parks Council. He was the scoutmaster for a troop that attended the National Jamboree, and he was the round table Commissioner for Utah County. He started a Tiger Cub troop so the young boys could get a good start in the scouting program. He loved taking his Troop on backpacking adventures in the High Uintah’s and spent many weeks at Camp Maple Dell serving the youth.
He was an avid runner and would spend any weekend he could running road races, many with his children. He was challenged to run a marathon and it didn’t stop with just that one. He ran 18 marathons. He qualified for and ran in the Boston marathon. St. George Marathon was his favorite and he enjoyed running that and other marathons with some of his children. He was a member of Sojourners running club. His love for running inspired his children and many of his grandchildren to follow in his footsteps and he was always on the sidelines cheering them on.
One of his biggest joys was supporting his children and grandchildren in various activities. He and mom would travel anywhere they could to support them in anything they were doing. Their greatest joy in life was being able to be with their family. He was more than proud to be their number one fan.
He has 8 children 32 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his children, Stan (Katrina), Steven (Kay), Diane, Robert (Laurie), Sharon (Mark), Andrew (Angela), and Melinda (Scott). He is preceded in death by his wife Helen of 66 years, his parents, sisters Hellen Broadbent and Elane Rasmussen, his son Paul Wesley Clegg, and daughter Sarah Helen Clegg (stillborn).
Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 22, 2023 at The Hillcrest 8th Ward Chapel, 1035 South 800 East, Orem, Utah. Viewings for family and friends will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, September 21 at Sundberg-Olpin Mortuary, 495 South State Street, Orem, Utah and from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Friday, September 22, prior to the services at the church. Burial will be in the Provo City Cemetery.
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