Justin Hyrum Sherman died Thursday morning, December 9, 2021, at his home in Show Low, Arizona surrounded by his beautiful family. He was 40 years old. Justin was born on a Tuesday, July 28, 1981, in Phoenix, Arizona to his mother, Catherine Jean Goss and to his father, Russell Hyrum Sherman.
When he was a senior in high school, Justin met a girl who was working at the local Walmart in Show Low. Her name was Trudy Thurman. Later that year, Justin became a graduated member of Show Low High School's Class of 2000. A year following his high school graduation, Justin served a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the Knoxville Tennessee Mission. His testimony of the Lord's gospel was strong and unwavering. He beheld miracles that were not only blessings in his life but, in the lives of those he served.
After he returned from his mission, he met up with Trudy again. Knowing a "good thing when he saw it," Justin knew she was the girl for him. After pursuing her for a bit, Trudy recognized Justin's potential and happily agreed to become his wife "and, the rest, they say, is history!" The couple wed on a Sunday, August 10, 2003, in Las Vegas, Nevada. 5.5 years later, on February 10, 2009, their marriage was solemnized in the Snowflake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where they were sealed to each other as man and wife for not only time but for all eternity. They were so happy to have their children be a part of that sacred sealing and throughout their marriage, they found immense peace in knowing that they would be together forever.
Justin possessed a heart of gold and he sought to do those things that brought joy into his life. For nearly the past 10 years, Justin worked as the Director of the non-profit Dollar, Dress and More Thrift Store which is in located in Wagon Wheel between Show Low and Lakeside. A position he held even up until his death. He loved working there and serving his community the best way he knew how. He was well-liked by his customers.
Justin and Trudy loved taking their family to theme parks throughout the country. They tried to make it a yearly event and, through the years, had traveled to Six Flags, Knott's Berry Farms, DisneyLand and Sea World. He loved a good roller-coaster ride with his wife and kids! Out of all the places he's visited, his favorite was Universal Studios in Florida! His family is left with hundreds of pictures from their family's great adventures.
As a faithful member of the Church, Justin had the privilege to serve in many church callings. One of his most special callings was that of being the 1st Counsellor to his then Bishop, and friend, Ethan Ellsworth. It was a calling in which he served the past few years. He was grateful for the mantle of that calling and strived his best to do everything he could to serve his fellow ward members. The love that Justin possessed for his family was, and is, immense. He always put their needs above his own, even during his 6-year battle with colon cancer. He taught his children that, "No matter what, be positive! No matter what the situation was, just be positive." If one ever asked him about himself or his well-being, his answer would regularly be, "It's all good!" He never wanted to worry them with the pain he may have been experiencing or feeling and he only wanted them to focus on the good things that life has to offer. His wife says that, "One of the many lessons of life that she learned from him was to never be afraid or ashamed to ask for help from others. In so doing, it keeps one humble and allows others to receive blessings from their service to you."
This giant of a man, though small in stature, was a pillar of strength to those he loved the most. Since a young man, Justin regularly took the initiative to maintain positive contact with his parents and siblings alike. Truly, they were his first friends and will miss him a great deal. His wife, as his eternal sweetheart, and he, are the parents to the "jewels in their Eternal Crowns." They will miss this good man who cultivated such a gentle soul so very much.
Justin Hyrum Sherman is survived by his wife, Trudy Joeslina Sherman of Show Low, Arizona; his 4 children: Amren Sherman, Joeslina Sherman, Ember Sherman, Kimora Sherman; his mother, Catherine Sherman of Tucson, Arizona; his father, Russell Hyrum (Rachel) Sherman of Show Low, AZ; his father and mother-in-law: Jerry & Linda Thurman of Taylor, Arizona; 3 brothers: Todd (Elaine Joe) Sherman of Tucson, AZ, Travis (Cameo) Sherman of Maryland, and Jared Sherman of Tucson. Arizona.
The funeral service will begin 10:00 A.M., Saturday, December 18, 2021, at the Downtown Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 300 N. 11th Street in Show Low, Arizona where the public visitation and viewing will begin 1 hour prior. The concluding service and interment will immediately follow at the City of Show Low Cemetery in Show Low, Arizona.
The Sherman family is thankful for the many countless acts of kindness they have received during this difficult season and remain to be grateful for the prayers offered up in their behalf. Memorial Contributions in Justin's name for Colon Cancer Research to the Colon Cancer Foundation: 10 Midland Avenue, Ste. M-06, Port Chester, New York, 10573 have been suggested by his family.