Elder William Grant Bangerter dies at 91

Published: Monday, April 19 2010 12:00 p.m. MDT

After he was granted emeritus status, he

served as president of the Jordan River Temple from 1990 to 1993.

Following that call, he was a sealing supervisor in the Mount Timpanogos

Temple and a patriarch in the Alpine Utah West Stake, from 2003 until

his passing.

He was sometimes described as a quiet

man, soft-spoken and deliberate, but one who displayed a sense of


Born June 8, 1918, in

Granger, he was the second of 11 children to William Henry and Isabelle

Bawden Bangerter. He was afflicted with polio as a child, but suffered

no long-term effects. He was called as a regional representative for the

church in 1967.

He served a first mission to Brazil from

1939-1941, later served as bishop of the Granger 1st Ward, as president

of the North Jordan Stake and served on the church's home teaching


He also spent four years in the armed

forces, becoming a U.S. Army Air Force pilot and training squadron


Elder Bangerter once served as vice

chairman of Pioneer Welfare Region, a member of the executive committee

of the board of trustees at LDS Hospital and as chairman of the Magna

and Granger seminary boards.

His professional career was farming and

also in the building and contracting business. He was considered an

excellent carpenter.

He attended Cyprus High School and earned

a bachelor's degree from the University of Utah (1945-48), graduating

with honors. He had also done graduate work there, with a major in


He married his first wife, Mildred Lee

Schwantes, in 1944 and they were the parents of four children, one of

whom died at birth. His first wife died of leukemia in 1952. He married

Geraldine Hamblin in 1953 and they were the parents of seven children.

Funeral services will be held Saturday,

April 24, at 11 a.m. in the American Fork Tabernacle, 110 E. Main,

American Fork.

Friends may call Friday, April 23, from 6

to 8 p.m. at the Alpine Stake Center, 98 E. Canyon Crest Road, Alpine,

or at the American Fork Tabernacle from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., prior to

services. Burial will be at Salt Lake City's Elysian Burial Gardens.

E-mail: lynn@desnews.com

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