GOOD NEWS

Dolly Parton makes good on Orem man’s bucket list wish

Dec 22, 2023, 10:31 PM

OREM — Days after news spread of a dying Orem man’s wish to meet Dolly Parton, the famed singer made that wish come true.

LeGrand Gold, who has battled cancer for the past two years, received bad news during a doctor’s visit three weeks ago.

“The scans showed the cancer spreading and getting outside of my liver, and so they said the chemo is not working anymore, the radiation is not working anymore,” Gold said. “They just sent me home and said be with your family.”

LeGrand Gold, the Orem man has been battling colon cancer for the last two years.

LeGrand Gold, the Orem man, has been battling colon cancer for the last two years. (KSL TV)

Gold had previously written down 10 bucket list wishes on a napkin of things he wanted to do before he died.

“One of them was ‘meet Dolly Parton,’” he said. “I thought, ‘Well, it’s never going to happen.’”

LeGrand Gold "List of Living" with the  number 7, "Meet Dolly Parton" still unmeet.

LeGrand Gold’s “List of Living” with the number 7, “Meet Dolly Parton,” still unmeet. (KSL TV)

Then came the call Friday morning from a Tennessee area code.

“Well, I’m just happy to know I have a fan that devoted,” Parton said over the phone to Gold. “Hey LG, it’s Dolly B. I’ve heard you’ve been a fan of mine for many years, and I just wanted to thank you for that.”

Gold speaking to Parton over the phone while in his bed.

Gold speaking to Parton over the phone while in his bed. (Courtesy: LeGrand Gold)

Parton told Gold she always wanted to make people happy with her music and hoped the call lifted his spirits.

“Just know that I will always love you,” Parton said before breaking out in song.

Gold simply glowed.

“She sang me a song, put my name in the song,” Gold said. “I feel like I’m immortal now.”

LeGrand Gold "List of Living" with number 7, "Meet Dolly Parton" being crossed off.

LeGrand Gold’s “List of Living” with number 7, “Meet Dolly Parton,” being crossed off. (KSL TV)

Gold still had a few remaining items on his bucket list, and he wasn’t sure whether he would check them off. He didn’t know how much time he had left.

“I don’t want to pass away during the holidays,” Gold said.

He said he was grateful Parton found the time for him.

“It was really cool,” Gold said. “It made me feel good.”

KSL 5 TV Live

Good News

A mother holding a newborn in a hospital bed...

Shelby Lofton

Utah family chooses Leap Day for their daughter’s birthday

A Utah family celebrated the birth of their new baby girl who was born on a day that only comes every four years.

20 hours ago

The stage of the Tabernacle Choir as they perform in Manila. (Dan Rascon, KSL News)...

Dan Rascon

Tabernacle Choir performs unforgettable concert in Manila

It was a night not to be forgotten in the Philippines as the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square performed  its first major concert before thousands of Filipinos at the Mall of Asia’s 9,000 set arena.

3 days ago

Keith Sorenson opens a tool shed to display the tools of the trade. (Stuart Johnson, KSL News)...

Alex Cabrero

Taylorsville heritage center reclaims stolen historic anvils

A pair of historically-significant anvils were finally returned to Taylorsville after being stolen two years ago.

3 days ago

Henry Sorenson fights a small fire with Midvale Fire Department....

Alex Cabrero

5-year-old cancer patient sworn in to Unified Fire Authority

A 5-year-old battling bone cancer was sworn in as a Unified Fire Authority firefighter just before a major surgery.

7 days ago

Michaun Torgersen and Ashley Hone talk to KSL TV about repurposing wedding dresses. (KSL TV)...

Eliza Pace

‘This means a lot to me’: Utah woman repurposes wedding dresses into burial outfits for babies

A Spanish Fork woman is using wedding dresses for a special project. Michaun Torgersen takes donated dresses and makes beautiful burial clothing for stillborn or miscarried babies.

7 days ago

The Bates family sold their Utah house, quit their jobs and left family and friends to move to Mexi...

Tamara Vaifanua

Utah family opens school for teens in Mexico

A Utah family who volunteered at orphanages in Mexico has moved there permanently to open a school of their own.

10 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

Dolly Parton makes good on Orem man’s bucket list wish