Little Cooper Dalton Jacobs made his debut on August 10, 2016, weighing 8 lbs. 11 oz.  He is perfect in every way, and we are thankful to have his sweet spirit in our family.  We love you so much, Cooper.  You have a lot of people cheering you on and ready to help you in any way you need it.  Thanks for choosing us.


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I have starting writing this blog post at least 100 times.  I get through a few sentences about how lucky I have been to know all of my grandparents, and how they each were a part of my life, blah blah blah blah blah, and then I delete it.  It's not that I don't believe those things, I really do, it's just that those things won't let my grandchildren really know anything about this wonderful man.  

My Grandpa Ken taught me a lot about life, love, honesty and character.  I worry sometimes, those lessons he taught me might slip away, and be forgotten...that he might be forgotten. 

I've put together a list of important lessons I never want to forget - things he taught me, things our relationship taught me - in hopes that my grandchildren will know a little more about this amazing man. 

Family is Everything - There wasn't a family dinner or family gathering that my grandpa didn't make a point to say how important family was to him.  He always ended with saying he had the best looking children and grandchildren in the world!

Make Others Feel Important - Every time I was with my grandpa, I felt like the prettiest, most adored girl on earth.  He didn't need to say a word, it was the way he treated me.

Cry - Whenever you feel like it.  Cry when you are happy, sad or proud.  Wear your emotions on your sleeve and everyone will know how genuine you really are.

Eat Dessert - A scoop of ice cream and a cookie before bed could solve the world's problems.

Share Your History - I will forever be grateful that he took the time to write his history.  

Become A Regular - Wally's Donuts, Willow Creek Country Club,  Dee's Family Restaurant, Chuck-a-Rama...everyone knew him and he knew everyone.  He called them all by name, asked them each about their family, and listened while they told him.

Exercise Every Day - Whether it is walking 18 holes of golf, or around the mall before it opens...exercise every day.

Have a Firm Handshake & a Soft Hug - Use them often.

Lectures = Love - Grandpa Ken had a lecture for just about anything...driving, eating, answering the phone, walking, talking... the list could go on and on.  But what I realized is that those lectures were his way of loving and protecting us.  He learned a lot of things the hard way, and I think he wanted us to take advantage of his experiences.

Give Back - When Grandpa Ken wasn't eating or golfing, you would find him teaching English to his gardener, reading to children at an elementary school, building a dog house with his grandson, fixing something at one of children's homes, or lecturing one of his grand kids! 

Crown Burger Shakes Help Everything - Whether it is a broken heart or a sore throat, a Crown Burger Shake will fix it all.

Tell People You Love Them - Every single time I saw my grandpa, he would kiss my cheek and tell me he loved me and that he was so damn proud of me.  This means a lot to a teenage girl.

Grandpa Ken was the best of the best.  I'm so thankful for everything he taught me and the love he showed me.  I love him dearly.

Kenneth Ray Chidester (1919 - 2016)

Kenneth Ray Chidester, 96, passed away on July 31, 2016, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Born on October 13, 1919, to Hazel Pearce Chidester and Don Carlos Chidester in Twin Falls, Idaho, he was the fifth of six children. When World War II broke out in 1941, Ken joined the Army Air Corps and became a B-29 bomber pilot. While stationed at a base near Hays, Kansas, he met the love of his life, and married Florine 'Rene' Pfannenstiel on Halloween Day in 1944.
Ken and his B-29 crew were stationed on an island in the South Pacific where they flew 38 bombing missions. On his first bomb run, Ken's plane received enemy flak to the fuel line and they were forced to ditch in the Pacific Ocean in Japanese waters. Although he was injured, he rescued some of his crew and earned the Purple Heart, Distinguished Flying Cross, and Air Medal.

After the war, Ken and Rene moved around a lot but finally settled in Salt Lake City, where Ken eventually became a successful realtor.

Ken and Rene loved to golf at Willow Creek Country Club, where Ken especially enjoyed golfing with the 10:00 group at Willow Creek.

Ken developed Alzheimer's in 2005 which quickly progressed. His second home for the past 5+ years has been the SL Veterans Nursing Home. The family expresses its deep, heartfelt gratitude to the staff at the Veterans Home Memory Care Unit who took such excellent, loving, and respectful care of Ken.

Ken was preceded in death by his brothers and sisters, and his son-in-law, Gary Lynn Bengtzen. He is survived by his loving wife of 72 years, Rene Pfannenstiel Chidester and three children: Kelly (Ginny) Chidester, Raynee (Gary) Bengtzen, and Kathy (Jeff) Kjar; and 55 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August, 6, 2016. A viewing will be held Friday evening, August 5, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., and Saturday morning, August 6, from 9:00-10:15 a.m. Each event will be held at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 South Highland Drive, Salt Lake City. Interment will follow at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Salt Lake Veterans Home, (Memory Care Unit), 700 Foothill Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84148.


JULY 2016

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^Nathan's 4th of July Package^

^We went to RMR for car racing and fireworks!  We had a ton of fun, and the people watching was amazing!^

Lynid found out how wonderful suckers are!

^Lyndi and Navy in their watermelon outfits!^

^I helped my mom with the youngest Magical Mystery Tour this year, and so I brought Connor along to help me!  It was so fun for me to watch how kind he is to his little cousins, and how much they look up to him.^




To my creative, amazing, beautiful, fun, kind, happy daughter...Happy Birthday!

Twenty-two years have gone by so incredibly fast, and you have made every day so much brighter. 

Thank you for being the best mother, daughter, sister, wife & friend on this earth!  And thank you for choosing to come to my house!