It is with heavy hearts that we announce the death of Paul Alan Creer (aged 63), our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend. Paul passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on June 20, 2022, while serving with his wife as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at Sixth Crossing, Wyoming Mormon Trails Historic Sites Mission. He passed away on Rocky Ridge despite the heroic efforts of his fellow missionaries and medical personnel.\n\nPaul was born to Willard Alan Creer and Jean Elnor Pyle Creer on December 24, 1958, in Provo, Utah, where he grew up and attended Provo High School. He was active in Boy Scouts of America and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Fresno, California, from 1978 to 1980, and thereafter earned a BS in Design Engineering Technology from Brigham Young University in 1986. He married his sweetheart, Kathryn (Kathy) Creer, on March 4, 1989, in the Salt Lake Temple, and loved her two children as his own. Soon after their marriage, they moved to Mapleton, Utah, where they spent the next twenty-nine years before moving to Spokane Valley, Washington, for two years.\n\nPaul was passionate about family history work and would spend hours researching his ancestors and learning about their lives, and, for the last thirteen years of his working career, Family History was also his profession. His organizational skills and analytical mind fit perfectly with his career at FamilySearch, where he worked as a Project Manager and Program Manager. After Paul’s retirement on November 1, 2021, he and Kathy prepared to serve in the Wyoming Mormon Trails Historic Sites Mission, and looked forward to serving the Lord surrounded by the natural beauty of the West. They entered the Missionary Training Center on April 9, 2022, and arrived at Sixth Crossing on April 16. Although their mission was cut tragically short, Paul and Kathy developed a love for their fellow missionaries and the service they were giving.\n\nAs a devoted and faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Paul served in many callings, including MTC Branch President, Bishop, High Counselor, and Stake Sunday School President. His most recent calling, serving with his wife as Young Single Adult Advisors, was a sweet opportunity.\n\nHorses were part of Paul’s life from childhood, and his characteristic patience and kindness helped him form strong bonds with his horses. An expert outdoorsman, he loved to be in the mountains, whether on horseback or ATV, hiking or hunting. It was a thing of beauty to watch him ski. More recently, Paul developed a love of cycling, and logged thousands of miles on his road bike over the past few years. He excelled at everything that he set his mind to. Paul was also fiercely devoted to his family. His role as “Papa”/Grandpa was one he filled with gusto! He never seemed to have trouble keeping up with his grandchildren’s endless amounts of energy.\n\nPaul is survived by his wife, Kathryn Croft Creer, children Richard (Janelle) Warnick, and Rachael (Kevin) Morrill, and six grandchildren: Rhett, Van, and Mabel Warnick, and Jacob, Zachary, and Caleb Morrill. He is also survived by his brother, David (Lisa) Creer, and sister, Cathy (Chad) Baird. He was preceded in death by his parents, Willard Alan Creer and Jean Elnor Pyle Creer.\n\nPaul’s earthly mission ended sooner than planned, but we know he was welcomed with shouts of joy by loved ones he knew here on Earth and those he grew to love through his family history research. We will miss his gentleness, his kindness, and his example.\n\nA public viewing will be held on Friday, July 1, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., with funeral services on Saturday, July 2, at 9:30 a.m.—both at the Harvest Park Church, 1068 S 1600 W, Mapleton, Utah.\n\nInterment will be in the Spanish Fork City Cemetery immediately following the funeral services.