Obituary: KING, DWIGHT

Published: Friday, Aug. 29 2014 8:51 a.m. MDT

OGDEN Born July 13, 1917, in Teasdale, Utah, Dwight Lyman King died peacefully on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, in Layton, Utah. Dwight was welcomed into the world by a family of pioneers who still lived off the land. His father, Volney Emery King, was one of Utah's prominent sheep and cattle ranchers. His mother, Maria Lyman King, was a daughter of early Southern Utah pioneers, Amasa Mason Lyman, Jr., and Roseanna Reynolds Lyman. Dwight was the sixth and the longest living of nine children. He loved, honored, and served his parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters, and large extended family. Dwight grew up in Teasdale and spent his summers herding sheep and cattle from the Henry and Boulder Mountains to Sevier County. His parents moved the family to Provo to educate their children at Provo area schools and Brigham Young University. Dwight graduated from BYU in business in 1939. He was the business manager for the Y News his senior year. He loved BYU and all its activities. For many years, he attended BYU athletic events with his dear friend Bill Coltrin, who was a sports reporter for the Salt Lake Tribune. In 1942, Dwight graduated from Harvard Law School, passed the Utah State Bar, and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served as an officer in the South Pacific during World War II and finished his military service in Virginia in 1946. On July 12, 1943, Dwight married Margaret June Passey in Los Angeles, shortly before he left for the South Pacific. He was later sealed to Margaret in the Salt Lake Temple. They had five sons, Dwight Lyman, Jr., Thomas Rice, Colin Passey, Alan Harris, and Brian Smith. Dwight and Margaret were very active in community, church and political affairs. They enjoyed forty happy years of marriage, until Margaret's untimely death on August 13, 1983. On December 17, 1983, Dwight married Margaret's niece, Carole Call Gourley, in the Logan Temple. Carole's three sons, Scott, Bob, and Russell Jensen, joined Dwight's five sons in a harmonious family relationship. Dwight and Carole spent twenty-eight happy years together, were able to travel the world, and served as church service missionaries, as well as temple workers in the Ogden Temple. They have faithfully cheered on their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Dwight deeply loved and appreciated Carole, who was a wonderful, devoted companion. Dwight began practicing law in 1946. He served as Assistant Salt Lake County Clerk for six months, and clerked for eighteen months for Utah Supreme Court Justice Eugene Pratt. He then went into private practice and enjoyed the work of a lawyer for over fifty years. He was a fierce advocate for the disadvantaged and excelled at trial work. Dwight argued over 100 appellate cases to the Utah Supreme Court and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Joyce Holder, his legal assistant for over forty years, was a valued associate and friend. He enjoyed his association with the officers and employees of Sentinel Security Life Insurance Company, which he served as legal counsel for many years. When most lawyers his age had already retired, he served for five years as Morgan County Attorney. He reluctantly retired from active practice in 2002 at the age of 85. Dwight was a great example of hard work, intellectual curiosity, integrity, generosity, and emotional and financial stability. He was an avid reader and historian. He studied and believed in the gospel of Jesus Christ and the teachings of the prophet Joseph Smith. He was a great believer in education and was proud of the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren. Dwight truly believed he enjoyed the best his country had to offer its citizens. He loved his family and supported them in all of their endeavors. He will be deeply missed, but he leaves a wonderful and lasting legacy for his large posterity. Survived by his wife, Carole, sons, Lyman (Michelle) King, Tom (Barbara) King, Colin (Wendy) King, Alan (Renee) King, Brian (Alison) King, Scott (Elon) Jensen, Bob Jensen, and Rusty (Lynelle) Jensen; 32 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Monday, April 18, 2011, at Noon, at the Olympus Stake Center, 4430 South 2700 East, Salt Lake City, Utah. Family will meet with friends at Lindquist's Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd., on Sunday, April 17, 2011, from 6 to 8:00 p.m. and Monday at the Stake Center from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Interment, Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 S. Highland Dr., Salt Lake City, Utah. The family expresses their gratitude to the staff of Apple Village Assisted Living and Applegate Hospice for their loving, considerate care for Dwight. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Perpetual Education Fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or a charity of your choice. Send condolences to the family at: www.lindquistmortuary.com