In Memoriam

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The Avenues remembers …

Ted Wilson
Dave Jonsson

08/07/1941 ~ 4/19/2024

A lifelong Avenues resident and the GACC newsletter editor and webmaster for many years, Dave worked professionally as an editor for the Salt Lake Tribune. We appreciate Dave’s long-time service to the Avenues and dedication to telling our Avenues stories with professionalism! 

David Preston Jonsson, 82, died April 19, 2024. He was born to Rueben L. and Kathryn Preston Jonsson, in Buffalo, New York, on August 7, 1941, four months before Pearl Harbor. His family lived in Buffalo and Williamsville until 1946 when his father accepted a transfer back to his home state of Utah. When the family arrived in Salt Lake City, there were just two houses available for purchase: a chicken farm in Kearns, and a small cottage on H Street. His dad chose the latter.

David attended Longfellow Elementary School, Bryant Junior High School and East High School, graduating in 1959. He enrolled at the University of Utah and due to his love of photography, became involved in the Daily Utah Chronicle and the Utonian Yearbook. He was head photographer of the Utonian in 1963.

David’s dad had died in 1956, and his widowed mother had a meager income so David worked from the time he was 15. In college, he had up to three jobs at once, and as a result, it took him five years to graduate with a degree in Journalism. For a summer, he was a photographer for the Murray Eagle.

In 1964, David landed a dream job with The Salt Lake Tribune almost simultaneously with marrying Leigh Ann Best whom he met at a student orientation in the University of Utah Student Union.

He was first a photographer for The Tribune, but soon became a reporter. It was a career that put food on the table for 30 years.

David also became a member of the board of directors of the Newspaper Employees Credit Union, and was its chairman when, in 2016, it merged with a larger credit union that offered its members vastly increased and improved services.

In 2009, David became the volunteer editor of the monthly newsletter of the Greater Avenues Community Council, a role in which he served for ten years.

David always loved repairing things and do it yourself projects. He regularly took his family camping around Utah, with his great friend James “Jim” Johnston and his family. He dabbled in short film-making on Super 8 film, model airplane building, and CB radio, where his handle was “Snapshot,” but most of all, he loved photography and developing his own pictures, back in the day when film was king. His son Jeffrey inherited his love of photography, and followed in his footsteps also becoming a yearbook photographer, and then writer for the Daily Utah Chronicle.

David made many life-long friends at The Tribune and continued organizing regular lunch dates with a group of them until very recently.

David’s life was his family, and loved spending time with them most of all, attending plays in which his son Jeremy and several grandchildren performed, assorted school programs and recitals, and gathering all together as often as possible.

David is survived by his wife of 60 years, Leigh Ann, and sons Jeffrey (Launie Hansen) and Jeremy (Jennie Tobler) and five spectacular grandchildren: Ellie, Gwen and Preston and Katie and Maggie.

He is also survived by a sister, Carolyn Wright, and brother-in-law Robert H. Best. David was predeceased by a sister Nancy Handley, and his brother-in-law Dennis Wright.

Ted Wilson
Ted Wilson

/18/1939 ~ 04/11/2024

Former Salt Lake City Mayor Ted Wilson’s family described him as “the eternal optimist” who “loved people and people loved him back.” They added his priorities in life were centered around “family and public service.”

“We are honored that his memory will live on in the legacy he built as Salt Lake City Mayor, through the countless people he has taught and mentored, his decades of humanitarian service, and his mountaineering accomplishments,” read the statement.

The Democrat led Utah’s capital city from 1976 to 1985. During his tenure, Wilson was known for being environmentally-minded. He supported the protection of public lands, even if they were not in his direct jurisdiction. Wilson worked to expand green spaces and established landmark historical and foothill preservation ordinances within Salt Lake City limits.

Wilson also oversaw the reconstruction of the Salt Lake City International Airport and improvements to the city’s sewage and water systems.

 In July 1985, Wilson left the mayoral office before the end of his third term to run the University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics, where he served as director for nearly two decades.

Wilson was born in Salt Lake City and graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s in political science.

He also left a lasting political legacy that has carried onto his children. He is the father of seven, including two stepchildren from his marriage to Holly Mullen. His daughter, Jenny Wilson, is the mayor of Salt Lake County. Wilson was surrounded by his family when he passed.

“He built and nurtured many deep and meaningful friendships and would remind us all to ‘never sweat the small stuff,’” Wilson’s family said.

Ted Wilson
Dave Van Langeveld

02/06/1941 ~ 04/24/2024

Dave was a lifelong Avenues resident, a retired educator, and former Chair of the Greater Avenues Community Council. 

Dave had many passions like calculating numbers, skiing, traveling, and talking politics, but his real passion was finding ways to help others be their best and being with family.

David Herbert Van Langeveld was born February 6, 1941, to Jacobus Johannes Van Langeveld and Johanna Maria Herbert in Salt Lake City, just the day before his father’s 65th birthday. His parents were immigrants from the Netherlands. His father loved playing with numbers and taught Dave how to do many different math manipulations in his head.

Dave dropped out of West High School after 10th grade to work. While he never finished his GED, he was admitted to the University of Utah on probation. In the beginning, he didn’t do too well, which was reflected in his GPA. He eventually went to work for Sperry Utah as an inspector of the components for the space program. The job paid well, and he had money for skiing which was his favorite sport. He continued skiing until age 81.

In December 1962 he began a 2 ½ year mission to The Netherlands for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints where he made life-long friends. When he re-entered the U of U on his return, he was still on probation, so Dave took a year of math, English and international law to raise his GPA. He was on the dean’s list all that year. In the Fall of 1966, he and Jill Andersen were married in the Salt Lake Temple. They began married life as poor students in The Avenues living in his mother’s duplex.

Because of his early love for numbers, he decided to major in Mathematics and work in business, but was eventually directed toward education, and he never looked back. He taught high school math in Davis County at Viewmont and Clearfield High Schools for over 40 years before he retired. He loved the students and loved watching them figure things out. He also tutored many of the neighborhood kids to help them pass calculus.

One class of calculus students was shocked to discover that he was a high school dropout without a high school diploma. They decided to remedy that. They quietly worked with their principal and surprised him at a school assembly where, with Pomp and Circumstance, he was presented an honorary Clearfield High School Diploma to go with his bachelor’s from the University of Utah and his master’s from the University of Montana.

He was honored by being inducted into the Davis School District Teachers Hall of Fame.

He was the Davis Education Association (DEA) president and worked tirelessly with the Utah Education Association (UEA) to support public education. When he retired, he became the first president of the UEA-Retired group.

He loved his community. He was born and raised in The Avenues. He worked with the Greater Avenues Community Council (GACC) to find ways to serve. He was president of the GACC in 2011 and in 2017 he received the Heart and Hands Award for his many years of service.
He enjoyed sharing his time and talents with his church community. He especially enjoyed his many teaching assignments.

He liked to take the family camping, but he hated the insects. He liked camping in a 20-foot motor home so he could be in the mountains but have windows with screens and be able to take a quick shower. He also loved hiking with family or friends.

He had the “travel bug” and visited many beautiful places to see God’s handiwork. He used to say that if he wasn’t Dutch, he would like to be Norwegian because of the breath-taking fjords.

He leaves behind his cherished wife of 57 years, Jill; his children David R. Van Langeveld (Kris) of Ogden, Utah; Kim Pollard (Shane) of Bentonville, Arkansas; Gerrit Van Langeveld (Alex) of South Jordan, Utah; Erin Coppin (Mark) of Jerome, Idaho; J.J. Van Langeveld (Alisa) of North Salt Lake, Utah; and Stéphane Akoki and his sister Melissa Akoki, Saratoga Springs, Utah; and 16 grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and his brother Jim.

A memorial service is scheduled for 6:30 pm on Tuesday, April 30, 2024, in the Hilltop Ward chapel followed by a mingle – 589 E. 18th Avenue, Salt Lake City, Utah.

In remembrance of Dave’s life and service, the family asks that you donate time or money to a charity that you think will make a difference in someone else’s life.

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