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Obituary: R. Eugene Elwood

Published: Monday, Sept. 25 2006 5:32 p.m. MDT

R. Eugene Elwood 1920 ~ 2006 SALT LAKE CITY - R. Eugene Elwood, 86, passed away with dignity and peace at his home September 21, 2006. Gene was born June 16, 1920 in Smithfield, Utah to Rosel Heber and Myrel Leone Bingham Elwood. Gene graduated from South Cache High School. As a young man, he served faithfully in the Central States Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He entered the U.S. Army Air Corp OTC prior to the end of World War II. He at-tended Utah State University and then began his long profession in the electrical business. At age 26, he was hired by Cache Valley Electric where he eventually became superintendent. While in Logan he served in two bishoprics and then served 11 years as a counselor in the East Cache Stake. He was president of the Kiwanis Club and the Knife and Fork Club in Logan. He loved riding horses and was a member of the Sheriffs Posse in Cache Valley. In 1971 he was hired as vice-president of Wasatch Electric and moved his family to Salt Lake City where he worked until his retirement in 1998. He supervised several electrical projects at USU's Spectrum, Romney Stadium, Rice Stadium, Cougar Stadium, Symphony Hall, various LDS Temples, etc. His generous work and expertise make night football possible at Granger, Kearns, and Skyline High Schools. Gene could fix anything. He was a highly respected man by all with whom he associated and will long be remembered as a gentle, honest, and kind man. He will also be remembered for his great love of his children and stepchildren. Gene had a great love for fishing and was an avid USU Aggie and Jazz fan. Gene is survived by his loving wife, Myrle Cox; four beautiful children from a previous marriage to Frances Jean Christiansen, Patricia (Morris) Sargent, Mary Frances (D. William) Toone, Joan (Curtis) Dahl, and Robert (Teresa) Elwood; two step-children, Allen Schrenk and Jeri Lynn (Glen) Taylor; 18 grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Russell (Jolene) Elwood, Norman (Karen) Elwood, and son-in-law, Rodney Bybee. He was preceded in death by his parents; a beautiful daughter, Susan Bybee; three brothers, Kenneth, Mervin, and Dale Elwood; and one sister, Myrel. Services will be Wednesday, September 27, 2006, 12 noon in the Mount Olympus 2nd Ward, 3862 E. Oakview Drive (4342 So), Salt Lake City. Friends may call Tuesday 6-8 p.m. at the Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary, 1950 East 10600 South, Sandy and Wednesday 11-11:45 a.m. at the church. Interment, Larkin Sunset Gardens. Online condolences: www.larkinmortuary.com

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