Tom “Tommy” Ostler went to be with the Lord on November 26, 2022 at the age of 61. He was
born in Kearns Utah on March 23, 1961.
Tom grew up in Richfield, Utah and loved the country life. He was an avid horseman and shared
his enthusiasm with others by teaching them to ride and love horses. Tom had a deep love of
rodeo, and as a young man and loved the rush of being on a bull. He spoke of that experience
until the end of his life.
Tom worked for Smith’s Dairy for 30 years. He initiated a food donation program at his
employer in an effort to not waste anything that could be repurposed by local charities. Tom
received two awards for his dedication to the charitable program.
Tom loved spending his free time in the outdoors with Jackie. He spent countless hours fly
fishing off his pontoon boat and felt totally at peace in the mountains. One of Tommy’s most
cherished locations was Flaming Gorge. He treasured the beautiful lakes in the Uintah
Mountains, especially Sheep Creek Lake floating on his pontoon boat.
Tom loved Jesus and was always willing to share his love and faith with anyone. Tom never
thought of others as strangers and made friends everywhere he went. Tom was selfless, he would
give strangers the very coat he was wearing to provide for the less fortunate. He served in many
capacities at his church and his favorite calling was greeting people and giving hugs. He loved
the many years he spent in youth ministry driving students to youth camp in California and
Tom was diagnosed with a kidney disease at 29 years of age, and ultimately went into kidney
failure in 1996. He received the gift of life through a kidney transplant and spent 26 years caring
for his gift of life. Tom was a selfless and loving man. He lived his life always thinking of others
first. He believed that the kidney transplant was a second chance to demonstrate God’s love for
On February 15, 1980 Tom met Jackie and they began a romance that lasted over four decades.
Tom loved Jackie deeply and the two were blessed to live a Hallmark love story and be one
another’s best friend. Jackie was by Tom’s side as he transitioned to heaven.
Tom is survived by his loving wife Jackie, brothers, and many family members and friends. He
had a special place in his heart for his beautiful Anny, who came to be his “adopted” daughter
from Africa. Anny was a light in Tom’s life and he loved her dearly. He was preceded in death
by many family members who had gone on before him, including parents and step-parents whom
he loved dearly.
Jackie and the family would like to express their gratitude to Ogden Regional Medical Center
staff; especially everyone in the ICU. Tommy received exceptional care to the very end. Every
staff member went out of their way to ensure Tommy had his dignity till the very end.
GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE!!
Celebration of life for Tom Ostler will be held December 11, 2022 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Country
Wedding and Events at 3051 S 5100 W, Hooper UT. Stories of Tom will be shared and the family encourages anyone who has a memory or story they would like to share, to please join us
in the celebrating this incredible man.