Lisle Gee Adams, age 86, passed away peacefully in Provo, UT on May 4, 2016 surrounded by his family, including his wife of 68 years, Jewell Redd Adams, his four children, Greg (Connie), Mark (Jerilyn), Robert (Nancy) and Janice (Gordon).
He is survived by his wife and children, 18 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.
Lisle is also survived by three sisters, Deaun Johnson and Garda Nielson of Blanding, and Ardis Schloer of Cedar Hills, UT.
Lisle and Jewell were married in the Mesa, Arizona Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in March, 1948.
Lisle was born on October 3, 1929 in Provo, UT to John Ernest and Erma Garda Gee Adams. His early years were spent in Blanding, UT, where he learned how to work.
He worked with his father in the livestock business. In the spring and fall, he would help drive the sheep between the winter range south of Blanding and the summer range in the mountains of Colorado near Rico, a drive of 125 miles each direction that took two weeks to complete.
He loved the livestock business and spoke fondly of his experiences.
Later in life, Lisle branched out into other businesses in Monticello, UT, where he operated a general store and a propane distribution business, but livestock was always his first love.
Lisle was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was a patient, kind, gentle and generous person who served all those in need, including family, friends and total strangers.
He was called by the Lord to serve in many ways, including as Bishop, as Stake President and as the first President of the Monticello, Utah Temple.
The Monticello Temple was the first “small” temple to be dedicated. President Adams was a pioneer who helped to develop and refine operations of the small temples.
Lisle also served faithfully in the community. He was a member of the Monticello City Council and he served for many years on the San Juan School Board. He was president of the school board for more than a decade.
Lisle loved life. He is remembered by those who knew him well as cheerful and patient, someone who made everyone feel good at the first meeting. He will be missed.
Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, May 12 at noon in the Monticello, UT North Chapel located immediately south of the Monticello Utah Temple. A viewing will be held at the church from 9-11:30 a.m. prior to the service.