Joshua Daniel Mordecai
May 26, 1976 ~ November 6, 2019
Joshua Daniel Mordecai passed away on November 6, 2019 at the age of 43. Josh was born on May 26, 1976 in Castro Valley, California to Barbara Nielson and Stephen Arthur Mordecai. Josh married Renae Christensen on May 1, 1999 in the Manti Utah Temple.
Josh enjoyed playing sports, especially basketball. Throughout his life, you could find him several times a week at the local church building or rec center playing basketball with his friends. He also loved to coach his own kids' basketball teams, and was their number one fan and cheerleader.
Josh also loved the outdoors. His family's summers were full of hiking, exploring and adventures. One of his favorite things to do was wakeboarding at Swan Lake Montana. He was quick to try any new adventure and pushed himself to overcome his fears.
Josh loved his family immensely. He was easily a favorite uncle at any family event. He especially loved his own kids. His biggest desire for them was to know they could do anything they set their hearts and minds on. He wanted the very best for them and expected them to achieve that.
Josh loved discussing ways to make our society better. He was very involved politically and was a county and state delegate many times. He was always looking for ways to improve himself and be an influence for good in making changes in our world.
Josh served a mission in Latvia and Lithuania where his life mission and career choice began. While serving a mission, he taught third and fourth graders English. He could see the excitement in their eyes and knew what he needed to do. He became a teacher over 10 years ago. He always thought he was never doing enough. He changed so many lives, more than he could even imagine. He pursued a Master's in Education. With that brought a new position as principal at Athenian Academy in Ballard, UT. It was divine intervention that guided his path as well as any decision that he made for the betterment of his students and staff in any of his positions. He loved his job and all those he came in contact with.
Josh had one of the most compassionate hearts. He cared deeply for the down trodden and outcasts. He made it his personal goal to help them realize their potential. He wanted them to know of their self worth no matter what they've been through. He was a big advocate for mental health and wanted to make sure those who needed help, could get it. One of Josh's favorite quotes was:
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. - Wendy Mass
Josh's time was way too short on this earth. He is missed and loved more than he could ever expect. His mission has carried on to the other side where his work is still carrying on, only in a much bigger capacity. His influence has sent a ripple effect that will last for years.
Josh is preceded in death by his brother Daniel Joseph Mordecai.
He is survived by his wife, Renae Christensen Mordecai, children: Christian, Haley, Annie and Noelle; parents Steve and Barbara Mordecai; siblings David Mordecai, Michaela Brewer, Nathan Mordecai, John Mordecai and Michael Mordecai.
Funeral services will be held Friday, November 15, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Glines Stake Center (78 South Aggie Blvd). A visitation for family and friends will be held Friday morning from 9:45-10:45 a.m. at the church. Interment will be held Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the Pony Express Memorial Cemetery in Eagle Mountain, Utah. Online condolences may be shared at www.AshleyValleyFuneralHome.com
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