Terry Kimball Judd lived a long, happy, and sometimes irreverent life, and passed away Sept. 30, 2020, due to complications from COVID-19. Terry was born to Hyrum Judd and Fern Nyberg on Sept. 25, 1939, in his Aunt Alphie Jeffries’ home in Grantsville, Utah. Three months after he was born, the family moved to Pittsburgh, California, where his father was transferred to work at U.S. Steel.
Terry’s first memories of Pittsburgh were of shining shoes and delivering newspapers at the military base. His older brother, Donny, who was mostly irreverent and who Terry greatly admired, usually took the money. From an early age, Terry made friends easily and having good pals was important to him. It didn’t matter where one came from; Terry was fiercely loyal to anyone he called a friend. In Pittsburgh, he formed strong bonds with a group of four boys, who he remembered fondly. Terry’s family stayed in Pittsburg through WWII, and in 1947, moved to Orem, Utah, so his father could take a job at Geneva Steel. Terry cried when he left his friends in Pittsburgh. It was in Orem, Terry said, that his new pals got him started in what would be a long career of street fighting strangers.
Terry moved to Burley, Idaho, in 1952, where he spent his formative teenage years generally causing mischief and playing sports. Terry’s football career and temper earned him the moniker “Terrible Terry.” Some of Terry’s fondest memories during these years were summers spent in Grantsville, with his Grandma (Nell) Judd and Grandpa (Nick) Judd, working on their small farm. Grandma Judd played a special role in Terry’s life, and Grandpa Judd was a professional gambler. Grandpa Judd won the first television Terry ever saw in a poker game in Salt Lake City. His grandparents and his aunts spoiled him.
During his senior year of high school in Burley, he and his friends took a pleasure ride in a school bus. When apprehended by the law and taken before the judge, the judge admonished the boys that they should join the Army or face more serious consequences. Three weeks later, Terry, following in the footsteps of his brother Donny, joined the United States Navy. Terry was assigned to the USS Prairie (AD-15) and spent time in Hawaii, Japan, and Hong Kong. Although he enjoyed seeing different parts of the world, Terry dreaded the long stints at sea and happily returned to Idaho after honorably (he said) finishing his enlistment.
In 1964, Terry permanently made his way to Tooele County, where he took a job at the Tooele Army Depot as an ammunitions explosions operator. Terry then became a fireman and joined the fire department at the Army Depot, until he retired in 1994. At the fire department, Terry worked alongside some of Tooele County’s finest men. Those men had a tremendous influence on Terry and his young family. The Judd family was very fortunate to have their extended fire department family.
Terry was introduced to Diane Warr in 1964, and they went bowling on their first date. Terry never bowled again, as Diane was an ace bowler and must have broken his spirit. Terry and Diane married in a small chapel in Reno, Nevada, on April 9, 1965. In 1968, the couple moved into a home at the end of a country road in Erda, Utah. Marrying Diane and into Erda’s Warr clan was a fitting landing spot for Terry — as many of the Warrs had a penchant for incivility. Diane was an exception, and she was the sweet and kind to Terry’s “terribleness.” The couple made a home, surrounded by friends and family, where they reared three children, Tori, Josh and Ty.
After retiring from the fire department in 1994, Terry began driving a school bus for Tooele County. He enjoyed driving Tooele County youth to the various sporting and extracurricular events. Here, Terry refined his skills of avoiding paying an entry fee for any event, a skill he passed onto his sons.
Terry enjoyed hunting pheasants and ducks, fishing trips to Strawberry Reservoir, attending and coaching youth sports, talk radio, BYU football, fist fights with strangers (especially University of Utah fans), and raising chickens, ducks, geese and peacocks. For some reason, Diane put up with Terry’s birds, likely because it kept him in the barn rather than meddling in the house. As much as anything, Terry loved his loyal pack of dogs, with too many to name. Terry’s last, “Happy,” ferociously fought off the EMTs when they came to take Terry away.
Terry was in his sixties when he enjoyed his last street fight. Fortunately, his good friend Jimmy Millward (the provocateur) was there to help, and Terry was later released without further incident into the custody of Diane and Emma Warr (his mother-in-law).
Meeting his buddies at the coffee clubs around Tooele was essential to Terry’s routine, and like a bug to the light, he could not stay away from Walmart. Terry never owned a smart phone, never sent a text message, never read or sent an email, and did not know how to check voice mail. Somehow, he always found his way.
Diane lovingly cared for many children, running a daycare for over 30 years in the Judd home. All those children played a special role in Terry and Diane’s lives, and Terry’s animal farm provided the entertainment. Terry enjoyed parties and socializing with friends and complete strangers. Terry especially enjoyed his 80th birthday party where he was the focus of attention and able to see so many of his friends and family members. Terry’s family is grateful for all his friends and the kindness shown to Terry.
Terry was active in the LDS church and served many roles. Terry and Diane were sealed in the Salt Lake City Temple with their three children in 1980. Terry missed Diane deeply and joining her gave him solace. Terry was a devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Terry was preceded in death by his wife Diane, and brothers Don Judd and Elliott Judd. He is survived by his three children, Tori England (Kevin), Josh Judd (Melissa) and Ty Judd; grandchildren Steffen, Josh, Brianna, Sydney, Emma, Sophia, Logan; and great-granddaughter Hazel; along with nieces, nephews, brother- and sisters-in-law, stepmother and Happy. Tori, Josh and Ty are left to divide Terry’s estate of chicken coups, wood piles, and orange painted tools. Ty seems to specialize in junk, so it will probably go his way. We love you, Big T!
Due to current health restrictions, we will be delaying a celebration of life event for Terry until spring 2021, at the Warr Memorial Park in Erda. We would greatly appreciate you leaving comments or stories about Terry on the Tribute Wall at www.tatemortuary.com/obituaries/Terry-Judd. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Terry’s name to the Humane Society of Utah.