Obituary for Dalyn Kappel (1934-2021) – American Fork, UT

Dalyn Effie Cooper Kappel

1934 ~ 2021

Highland, Utah – Dalyn Kappel, 87, died in Provo, UT on November 6, 2021. She was born on February 12, 1934 in Los Angeles, CA, the third child – and only surviving daughter – of Louis Cooper and Effie Howe Cooper.

Dalyn had a lovely childhood with her “perfect” parents and brother Don, playing along the seaside and exploring the mountains. She loved her big brother, even if he embarrassed her by picking her up from school in his patrol car.

At Montebello High, Dalyn was a songleader and had a large, close group of friends with whom cruising and beach rides were their favorite pastimes. But one handsome athlete stole her heart – and kept it for 69 years and now to forever.

Darilyn married William Kappel on October 18, 1952 in Montebello, CA. They were sealed in the Oakland Temple on April 17, 1965. Their loving marriage and devotion to one another has been an example to many. They held hands until the very last moment of Dalyn’s earthly life.

Dalyn and Bill eventually moved to Northern California and settled in Fair Oaks, where they raised their four daughters. Mama took on her role as a mother and made our homes beautiful, our bellies full, and our hearts safe. She drove carpools and built our confidence. She expected full effort and no gossip. She totally loved us.

Our mother learned; persistently acquire new skills, attend courses, develop their talents. Her hands were always busy with needlework, sewing, painting, baking, and rose tending.

Dalyn was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served the organization faithfully not only for years, but as an example of a Christ-like life throughout her life.

Dalyn and Bill moved to Ephraim, UT in their later years, where they enjoyed the community and their dear friends, many of whom served them in their need. In the summer of 2021, they moved to an assisted living facility in Provo, UT. We are grateful to the medical and nursing staff at the Jamestown Hospice who cared for our mother so lovingly.

Darilyn leaves behind her beloved husband Bill and their four daughters Carisa (Jon) Eliason, Carla Kappel, Sandra Kappel and Rhonda (Richard) Miller; 14 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren; her beloved sister-in-law, JoAnn Cooper; and six nieces and nephews. In death she is preceded by her parents Louis and Effie Cooper, her little sister Baby Cooper, her brother Donald Cooper, her sister-in-law Pauline Gildersleeve and her dear niece Deborah Kay Cooper.

The service for Dalyn Kappel will be held on Saturday, November 13th at 11:00 a.m. in the LDS Chapel, 6722 West 10400 North, Highland, UT 84003. A tour takes place from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and the services on Saturday. The burial takes place in the Highland City Cemetery. Please share a reminder at

Published by Deseret News November 10-12, 2021.

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