Obituary: ANDERSON, JUNIOR

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 2 2014 8:24 a.m. MDT

BOUNTIFUL, UT- Tragedy struck on a fitting rainy afternoon this 9th of May, 2011; Junior was hit suddenly by a heart attack in his favorite chair at home and joined his wife (Marian Crawford Anderson), mother (Mabel Hodges Anderson), father (Clarence S. Anderson), sister (Constance David) and grandson (Jeremy Michael Blackburn) in death shortly thereafter at Lakeview Hospital. Though in memoriam, we will all feel he was returned home too soon, no one can argue that this kind, loving legend had lived a long and adventurous life. He was born in Emporia, Ks on August 6th, 1922. In his hometown he was cradled in abundance of close relatives including both sets of grandparents. This, combined with his family's boarding of many people in their house fostered a love of people and a strong sense of family. At age seven his mother introduced him to his first great passion when she sat him in front of a piano and taught him a foundation in music. At the age of 17, his immediate family moved away to Denver while he remained in Emporia residing with his grandmother until high school graduation, when he joined his parents in Colorado. Intent on keeping an active mind, Junior never wasted an opportunity to learn and attended schooling in a wide range of fields. In 1941 he got a job working construction for the Denver Remington Arms plant, which he worked for a month before seizing an opportunity to journey further west to their Salt Lake construction site. Though the job provided a great segue into further exploring the world, intense physical labor was not his strongest suit and he soon began a series of employment changes that would lead on to his eventual career path, which culminated in 20 years as a Utah State Income Tax Auditor. After arriving in Salt Lake he began attending and participating in the LDS church. While working as a property clerk in the supply division at Fort Douglas he enlisted in the Navy October 3, 1942, only a day after his Baptism into the LDS church. In 1944 Junior was aboard the U.S.S. Midway (later renamed the St. Lo.) when it made it's mark in history in the battle of Leyte Gulf as part of "Taffy 3" battle group, becoming the first ever major warship to be sunk by a Kamikaze. The attack took 113 lives, and earned Junior a Purple Heart. Following his World War II deployment, he returned to his family, and attended the University of Denver, graduating with his B.S. in Finance in 1949. A year later he returned to active duty in the military as an officer, during the Korean War, (followed by many years in the Reserves and retiring from the Navy in 1982). In 1951 he returned to Utah and met the love of his life, Marian Crawford, while stationed at Clearfield Naval Supply Depot. They married in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on August 28, 1952 and raised three loving daughters in the calm neighborhoods of Bountiful. Together as a family they enjoyed many a vacation traveling the country and world. Junior and Marian's passion for travel continued to take them exploring all corners of the globe. Many of their favorite travels revolved around the reunions of the St. Lo survivors, where they loved to dance together. In August of 2001, Marian was taken from him; his broken heart cracked his impenetrable shell of invincibility and his health began to slowly decline. In 2006 he had his first heart attack, but his unfailing will to survive carried him on to be there for and with his family for five more years before his body could last no more. A very special thank you goes out to his live in caretaker Renee Jensen, and all of his medical aides, who helped out in those last months and years more than words can ever describe. Monday, May 16th, we lay to rest one of the most gentle and loving souls to ever walk this earth. He is survived by his three daughters, Marjorie Lynn Freund of Idaho Falls, ID; Nancy Amorette Kohl (Douglas) of Olympia, WA; and Wendy Christine Blackburn (Michael). He is also survived by 10 of his grandchildren, Arthur (Kelly), Brian (Renee), and Jason Freund and Marie Freund Hazlett (Tyson) of Kansas; Eric Freund of Singapore; Jeanette Freund Tatton (Michael), Maranda Blackburn Hammack, and Brent and April Blackburn of Utah; and Alan Kohl of Washington, and his six great-grandchildren. FAREWELL JUNIOR, YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN OUR HEARTS! Funeral services will be held Monday, May 16th at 1 p.m. In the Bountiful 31st Ward Chapel, at 585 East Center Street. Friends may call at Russon Brothers Mortuary at 295 North Main in Bountiful on Sunday, May 15th from 6-8 p.m. and Monday, May 16th at the Ward Chapel from 11:45 a.m. -12:45 p.m.. Interment is at Bountiful Cemetery. Online guestbook at www.russonmortuary.com.