Horace Pratt Beesley died July 11, 1997, at age 94, at his home in Bountiful, Utah.
He was born February 11, 1903 to Alvin A. and Ruby Pratt Beesley in Salt Lake City. He married Mary Brazier on October 24, 1928 in the Salt Lake Temple. He was the beloved patriarch to his five children, 41 grandchildren and 82 great-grandchildren.Mr. Beesley was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a young man, he served a mission in Germany where he returned to serve as president of the Central German Mission from 1966 to 1969. He served in many church callings throughout his life, including a counselor in the stake presidency of the South Davis Stake, which then encompassed all of Davis County from Farmington, south. For almost forty years, he served in the Salty Lake Temple and was a counselor to three Temple presidents. As a grandson of Orson Pratt and Ebenezer Beesley, he was a member of the 1947 Centennial Trek, honoring Utah pioneers. He was active in the Sons of the Utah Pioneers.
Mr. Beesley was graduated from the University of Utah. As a young man, he worked at the Beesley Music Company, which was founded by his father. An accomplished musician, Mr. Beesley was a member of the Utah Symphony during its earliest years and continued to play the flute and piccolo as a soloist throughout his life. He played many wind instruments in the big dance bands at Saltair and other places and he accompanied the silent movies at the old Capitol Theatre. He moved to Bountiful in 1938 when he became the owner and operator of the local Ford dealership, Modern Motors. He was active in real estate construction, sales and development. He founded Bountiful Realty and was president of the Salt Lake Board and the Utah Board of Realtors.
Mr. Beesley was active in a variety of worthwhile community causes and activities and was the last surviving charter member of the Bountiful Lions Club. He served his country for over 25 years as a member of the Selective Service Board. Born a few months prior to the Wright Brothers first flight at Kitty Hawk, he was a private pilot in the early days of aviation in Utah.
Horace Beesley was a gentle and kind man and much loved by all who were privileged to know him.
Mr. Beesley is survived by his wife, Mary; daughters, Mrs. Glenn B. (Marilyn) Goodrich, Mrs. Verlan J. (Sharol) Terry, and Mrs. H. Brent (Carol) Moon; son, Horace Brent Beesley; brother Orson P. Beesley; and sister, Mrs. Newt (Virgil) Jennings. His daughter, Mrs. E. Jay (Janice) Hartvigsen, died in 1983.
Viewings will be held on Tuesday, July 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Russon Brothers Mortuary, 295 North Main, Bountiful and on Wednesday, July 16, from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the Mueller Park Stake Center, 1800 East Mueller Park Road (1800 South), Bountiful. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 16 at the Mueller Park Stake Center. Interment will be in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.
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