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DOWNEY – Shannon Kevin Rafferty, born April 18, 1950 in Bellflower to the late Patrick Francis Rafferty and Lillian Maureen Chatham, died June 17 at the Stonehenge care center in American Fork, Utah.
At the age of 21, Shannon joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he remained a member throughout his life, serving his local congregation in many volunteer teaching and administrative capacities.
Shannon graduated from Downey High School and then completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences in 1972 at UC Irvine. Following graduation, he served a mission for his church in the New Mexico-Arizona area, first among the Navajo Indians and later in English-speaking areas. His career was with the Workers Compensation Rating Bureau of California.
He was married in the Los Angeles Temple on April 27, 1983.
He is survived by his wife, Karen Lisa Rose (Hoffman) Rafferty of Oren, Utah; son Andrew Patrick Rafferty and daughter-in-law Chrystina (Vandergriff) Rafferty of Provo, Utah.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, June 28, at the Sharon Park Third Ward Building in Orem, Utah. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to LDS Charities or Heifer International.
Published: June 26, 2014 – Volume 13 – Issue 11