Joyce Despain Lemmon
Our precious grandmother, mother, sister, and friend, Joyce, left this life peacefully at the age of 94, from her home in Lehi, Utah. After a tender farewell experience with her family, she went home to her beloved husband Mel, in a happy blessed reunion that took place on Friday, April 21, 2023.
Joyce Despain Lemmon was born to William Quayle Despain and Mary Asay Despain, in Lovell, Wyoming, on February 14, 1929, and was the proud oldest of 11 children. Her siblings are Eleazer, Ronald, Elna, Donna, Bill, Merrill, Marian, Margarett, John, and Allan. A natural leader, Joyce spent her early life guiding, laughing, and singing with her family.
Joyce Lemmon lived the greatest love story there ever was. She met her sweetheart, Melvin Carl Lemmon, while visiting a cousin in Washington. After a romantic long-distance courtship, they got married on April 22, 1949 in the Idaho Falls Temple. This year marks 74 years of marriage, 71 of which they celebrated together in this earthly existence. Anybody that knew them knew they were always holding hands, and when she left this earthly life they finally got to hold hands again after nearly three years. God is definitely a romantic. Mel’s spirit came and got her on the eve of their 74th anniversary. As true love would have it, Mel and Joyce both passed away at the exact same time of day, 2:30 on an early Friday morning.
Joyce and Mel lived excellent lives full of love and longevity! They raised a large, happy family with principles of love, patience, gratitude, and faith. Settling in beautiful Mackay Idaho, they brought nine children into this world. Six girls and three boys. Joyce is survived by all of them. Mary (Jim) Wray, Carla (John) Blair, Betty (Paul) Strong, Anita (Dave) Holloway, Peggy (Pete) Burquist, Teresa (Len) Wright,Terry (Linda) Lemmon, Kevin (Teresa) Lemmon, and Melvin (Janet) Lemmon. Their children have blessed them with a great posterity of 51 Grandchildren, 107 great-grandchildren, and 14 great-great grandchildren with one on the way.
As a beautiful mother to all, Joyce was a bringer of joy to all who knew her. Despite some challenges, she lived a life true to her last name, making lemonade out of lemons, and then serving it to others all of her days! If she wasn't with her family for every waking moment, she was serving her friends, neighbors, and Heavenly Father. She lived by the standard, “If you feel depressed or gloomy, it's time to get outside of yourself and serve someone!” She carried this motto out through her various years of church and community service. She always made an extra meal or treat, served it to her family first and then gave one away. She paid close attention to those around her, and noticed if someone was left out of a conversation and included them. Joyce often immersed herself in serving others. In this fashion, it made sense that she took the opportunity to serve a full time mission for the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day saints with her heart’s companion, in the California San Jose mission in 1994.
When Joyce Lemmon would meet someone, that person became etched in her heart. They became her family within five minutes of talking to them. Joyce loved calling or writing to family and friends, and always enjoyed an impromptu visit. She kept herself busy by working hard, serving others, and walking all over town. With 94 wonderful years under her belt, Joyce is finally able to rest after running and singing through life for so long.
Our true friend left no doubt of her faith and testimony in her savior Jesus Christ and her incredible love for her large eternal family. She also leaves behind a legacy of love for music, all people, and the great outdoors. How fitting that Joyce was born on Valentine’s Day, a day known for spreading and sharing a little extra love. One thing's for sure, Joyce Despain Lemmon left a precious part of her heart in all of those she loved. She lives on in each of us.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings Eleazer, Ronald, Elna, and Merill; her beloved husband Mel; one grandchild, and four great-grandchildren.
The family of Joyce gives a big thank you to the kind staff of Abbington Manor who loved and took such great care of her, the sweet residents of Abbington Manor that treated her like family, the caring hospice staff who supported her all the way, and to the Wing Mortuary and Anderson Family Funeral Homes who have helped tremendously during this time of transition.
There will be a viewing for friends and family in Lehi, Utah on Thursday, April 27, 2023 from 6-8pm at the Wing Mortuary, 118 E Main, Lehi, Utah
Funeral services for Joyce will be held on Saturday, April 29th at 11 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Mackay Idaho, 531 Spruce st, Mackay Idaho. The family will be available to greet visitors before the service from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. Services will be streamed and may be viewed online at
Funeral services for Joyce will be held on Saturday, April 29th at 11 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Mackay Idaho, 531 Spruce st, Mackay Idaho. The family will be available to greet visitors before the service from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. Services will be streamed and may be viewed online from Mel Lemmon’s Facebook page. Services will be streamed online at: