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Bryce LaRay Jenkins

04/30/1955 - 01/16/2023
Service Date: 01/28/2023
Service Time: 11:00 a.m.
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1550 North Val Vista Road Mesa, AZ 85213
Visitation Date: 01/27/2023
Visitation Time: 6:00- 8:00 p.m.
Visitation Location: Bunker's University Chapel 3529 East University Drive Mesa, AZ 85215
Interment: City of Mesa Cemetery

Streaming – https://zoom.us/j/93783963767Additional Visitation Saturday, 1/28 at 10:00 a.m.- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – 1550 North Val Vista Road Mesa, AZ 85213


Bryce LaRay Jenkins returned to his Heavenly home surrounded by his loving family on January 16, 2023. He fought an incredibly brave battle with lymphoma cancer. He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.

Born April 30, 1955, son of Dan and Louise Jenkins in Farmington New Mexico. Bryce is survived by his beloved wife Brenda (Bren) Paul Jenkins, his dear daughters, Breanna Graham (Eric), Karis Stapley (Justin “Jace”), Brecklyn Bawden (Jacob), Kelsey Fisher (Matthew) and fifteen cherished grandchildren and his siblings, Marque Matthews, Jill Homer (Brad), Lori Solomon, Shauna (Monte) Phelps, and Jay (Eileen) Jenkins.

Bryce was first and foremost, a man of great faith. He did not just talk the talk, but he walked the walk. His life stands as testimony of what he believes. His greatest joys were with his family and friends. He was a talented and honorable builder. Bryce is the founder and owner of Capstone Custom Builders for over 20 years. All who know him note his honesty and integrity.

Bryce loved dinners out with family and friends, the outdoors- his awesome fishing trips, exploring, and he found a lot of pleasure in the things he would find in the form of interesting rocks, arrowheads, and shells. His beautiful collections bring us wonderful memories of many family beach trips to Mexico, and California. Blessed with a green thumb plants favored Bryce and flourished under his care in his gardens. His love of country inspired patriotism in many people. He was an avid reader.

He is well known for his understanding of the Holy scriptures and blessed others with his insights. Bryce has a talent for sharing his knowledge in relatable ways as he served in church callings and as a missionary. One of the great experiences of his life was serving as a missionary, sharing Christ’s Gospel for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Ireland. He cherished his relationships made with those on The Emerald Isle!
Upon returning, Bryce studied at Brigham Young University. He also gained valuable skills working with his father as a journeyman brick mason.

In 1977, Bryce met his sweetheart Brenda (Bren) Paul in Modesto Ca. after she returned from serving a mission. As the luck of the Irish would have it they were married on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1978, for time and all eternity in the Oakland California Temple.

He and his family moved from California to Mesa Az. in the early 80’s where he liked many things about the desert, just not working in the summer heat! His family grew as they welcomed four beautiful daughters. Each of their arrivals brought him great joy. He was so proud of them and loved supporting each one of them as they grew up and gained families of their own. When his lovely daughters married he was happy to finally welcome sons into his family!

Bryce, aka “Papa” adores his grandchildren! Playing, storytelling, and patiently taking time to indulge their curiosities as he explained the how’s and why’s of things and enlightening their young minds.

In the final stretch of Bryce’s journey, he expressed daily the deep gratitude he feels to all who have served him, prayed for him, and cared for his wife and family. Saying “Thank you” does not seem to say enough to express his appreciation!

Bryce loved serving with Bren together in the Mesa Az. Temple. Through his humble actions, we have learned volumes, more than anything he could have spoken.

Above all, Bryce’s greatest treasure is his family, his deep and abiding testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and his faith that all people can be blessed through following the Savior. That was evident in all he did. He knows as we keep our promises to Them, our Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ, keep their promises to us. The gift of eternal life and the ability to return to the presence of our Heavenly Father, are promised to all of us. Bryce knows this. One of the last things Bryce told us was “Keep your promises.”


Arrangements by Bunker’s University Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.


  • Catherine Halcomb

    My heart and thoughts are with Bren and so glad I got a chance to know them.

  • Our condolences and deepest sympathy to the Jenkins’ family. It’s an honor and a privilege to know Bryce in my lifetime.

  • Linda and Fred Wagner

    We were saddened to learn of his passing. Bless all of your family. He was a good man. we are grateful that he will be united with his family members on the other side.

  • I will always appreciate Bryce’s dedication to helping preach the Gospel in the Adobe ward as a ward missionary. He truly was an amazing person and I know he has been welcomed back home with open arms!

  • Beautiful and perfect tribute to Bryce. He will be missed by many, especially by his dear wife, Brenda, and his four beautiful daughters and their families. It was heartbreaking to see Bryce endure everything, as he battled his Lymphoma. He’s free from pain and suffering now and the family has so many good memories to look back on. I will never forget Bryce’s example and his dedication to the gospel. I send all my love to Brenda and the girls.

  • Missy( Murphy) Castleton

    Such a sweet guy! I remember he and Bren got married a month after Curt and I. We saw them at the church one Sunday and it was so fun to see a familiar face from Hayward 1st ward❣️

  • Ken and Lisa Bawden

    Bren and family…our hearts and prayers go out to you all…We are so thankful to have shared three grandsons together with you…Oliver Bryce, will surely miss his Papa, but will carry on his name and do much good to bring Honor to him. ♥️
    We are grateful for your beautiful examples of Faith in Jesus Christ and Father in heaven’s Plan for you. Your faith and trust in Him will carry you through this difficult time of grief. We are continually praying for you all that great peace and comfort will be with you.
    We love you dearly, and believe your dear husband, father and grandfather will continue to be very much a part of your lives.
    Ken and Lisa Bawden and family XOXOX

  • Ruben A. Cortez

    My love and prayers go out to you and your family my dear friend Brenda! May the Good Lord bless you now and always! I love you more than mere words can say! Stay strong my friend! Bryce as you know will always be in your heart and you will be together forever!

  • Richard & Dian Tashjian

    We were friends with Bryce and Brenda. We will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Brenda.
    Richard Tashjian
    Bryce was a great example of a faithful son. Of God. He will be missed by so many! Our prayers go with you Brenda, and your dear family. You are a family that blesses the world with love and eminating the light of Christ.
    Live, Dian Tashjian

  • Thank you Bryce for your friendship we had many good fishing trips you will be missed

  • Rebecca (Becky Taylor) McDaniel

    I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences and prayers for comfort and peace during this time.

  • Christopher Schrader

    I had the distinct pleasure of meeting and spending time with Bryce earlier in 2022. I found him to be kind, patient, considerate–a man who quietly fought the toughest battle of them all. My condolences to Bryce’s family.

  • Betsy Wendt Smith

    I love Bryce and Bren. My mothers life and my sister Suzy’s life were so blessed by their constant caring and love . I will be eternally thankful for them and their consistent kindness! Bryce is with them now and I am sure they are part of the welcoming committee greeting him there.

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