Joseph A. Kopp

Iron County Record, October 14, 1948

Former Cedar City Garage Operator Dies in Salt Lake

Joseph A. Kopp, 65, former garage operator in Cedar City died in a Salt Lake hospital Sunday. The body was brought to Cedar City for burial and funeral services are being conducted in the First Ward Chapel this afternoon.

Mr. Kopp, who established "Kopp's Garage" in Cedar City in 1913, at the present site of the Thorley Motor and South Utah Auto companies, was an active civic worker while residing here, serving on the Chamber of Commerce board of directors, and as a member of the city council. He continued in his garage business until poor health forced his retirement in 1937, and in 1938 he moved to Salt Lake City, where he had resided since.

During his residence in Cedar City, Mr. Kopp became known as a most generous person, befriending many, many families of the community in times of trouble, and particularly in the event of a family death.

He was born in Eureka, Nevada, on October 24, 1882, a son of Joseph Albert and Blondina Lippi Kopp. In his youth he worked as swamper on mule teams out of Eureka and as a blacksmith's helper. In 1899 he moved with a brother to Park City, where he worked hauling ore until 1904 when he moved to Milford where he was employed by the Union Pacific railroad company until coming to Cedar City in 1913.

He married Margaret Corlett Simkins in Milford on June 3, 1906.

He is survived by a son, Frank Kopp, Yokahoma, Japan; two daughters, Miss Marie Kopp and Mrs. R. A. Ogle, Salt Lake City; a stepson, James C. Simkins, San Diego, California; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Catherine Crosley, Los Angeles, and Mrs. R. R. Reid, Salt Lake City; a brother, John A. Kopp, San Francisco; seven grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

submitted by Kathie Marynik