Kayanne Een Rasmussen

6/10/1939 ~ 9/5/2020

Kayanne Een Rasmussen, of Brigham City, Utah, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sept. 5th, 2020 at McKay Dee Hospital. She was born on June 10th, 1939 in Murray, Utah, into the U.S. Great Depression and oncoming WWII, with rationing and unrest. Kay and her 3 siblings were raised by their hardworking single-parent mother, Lola Redd. Lola along with her 4 children (La Mont, Kay, Trish, and David), moved in with her mother, Myrtle Drucilla (Porter) Redd. Kay grew up with a love for music, swimming, climbing trees and riding horses.  She spent her 5th-grade year with her beloved Uncle Bill in Scipio, Utah where she could outride all the boys her age and many who were 1 or 2 years older.  Her favorite childhood memories were living with her angel grandmother and spending many summers with her Uncle Bill.  The family lived in a home at 24 W. North Temple in Salt Lake City, where the Conference Center stands today. When Kay was 13, Lola married Perry Lester Een.  Perry adopted the 4 children, and later 3 siblings—Susan, Kim, and Kristie—were born to this union.  Kay’s vibrant personality, genuine compassion, and innate enthusiasm brought both lifelong friends and popularity, and she served in a Student Body Office at Bountiful High School.  She attended college at BYU, U of U, and graduated from Utah State University with her teaching certificate for Elementary Education.  In the middle of her college years, Kay served in the Denmark Copenhagen Mission for 2 years.  Upon returning home, she met Donald Robison Rasmussen at an Institute dance.  He had previously served in the same mission.  They courted and later married on June 19th, 1964 in the Manti Temple. Kay taught Elementary School at different times of her life, totaling 6 years.  She and Don later returned to serve an 18-month CES Couple’s Mission in Denmark from July 1998 to December of 1999.  She enjoyed instant confidentiality with her companion through the Danish language for over 56 years.  Both before and after marriage, she was extremely effective in various church callings and created quite the “dynamic-duo” as a returned missionary with her Seminary-Teacher husband.Kay’s photographic memory, eminent charisma, genuine love, and fervor for the gospel made an incredible impact to those whose lives she touched, especially her children and family.  Each of her sons recall comments from their peers on a number of occasions through adolescence saying, “I’d give anything to have your parents; you have no idea how blessed you are to have such amazing parents!”  Kay was a prolific teacher, who, though touching countless lives, impacted her children and grandchildren the most.  She is remembered for “her playful, spunky spirit” and always being a “delightful and devoted grandmother.”  She is survived by: her husband Donald and four children, Hans (Kimberly), Shon (Sherilyn), McKay (Julia), and her daughter Keisa; 15 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; siblings La Mont Een, Trish Schiffman, Kim (Miriam) Een, Kristie (Steve) Heyborne, and sister in-law Sandy Een.  She is preceded in death by her sister Susan Milner, parents Perry and Lola, brother in-law Jay Schiffman, and brother David Een.  A Viewing will be held at the Brigham 3rd Ward building (200 N. 200 W.) Brigham City, UT from 6:00-8:00pm on Friday, September 11, 2020.  The Fillmore viewing will be on Saturday September 12, 2020 from 11:30-12:30pm at the Fillmore 1st Ward building (290 E. 500 S.), funeral to follow at 1:00 pm.  Interment in the Fillmore City Cemetery. Online condolences are welcome at www.rasmussenmortuary.com

4 Responses to “Kayanne Een Rasmussen”

  1. Dear Don and Family,
    We were so sorry to read of Kay’s passing. We will be out of town for a nephew’s wedding and will not be able to be to the viewing. Please know that we loved Kay and were so grateful to have known her. Hopefully we hope to visit with you sometime later. Please give your family a hug for us. We send our prayers and love to all of you.
    Love, Denny & Francine Beecher

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  3. Bruce Johns says:

    Don, I was so heart sorry to hear about Kayanne. Please contact me by email when you get a chance. I’m sure this is hard. I enjoyed getting to know both of you. Best wishes in your adjustment.

  4. Dear Don (Brother, Bishop, Friend) & Family,

    We were saddened to learn of your beloved companion’s passing. You two have always been an inspiring example of true love. It was as there was a glow around the two of you as you sat in church and you were always so happy and cheerful. May you continue to bask in the light of her love, knowing very well, her love for you will never cease, nor yours for her.

    What a blessing you two have been to your family and to those of us in the Brigham City 3rd Ward who have been blessed by your inspired instruction and testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. May you be comforted by the Holy Ghost as you continue your sojourn on earth.

    Love, Ron & Sharon Rex

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