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Obituary: WARBY, PAUL WHITE

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 1 2014 4:44 p.m. MDT

Paul White WarbyOct. 28, 19221 ~ Sept. 27, 2011Our husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend Paul White Warby, 89, died peacefully on Sept. 27, 2011 at his home in Cedar City, Utah after a short battle with brain cancer. He was born on Oct. 28, 1921, in Beaver, Utah, to Henry Bernard and Elizabeth Evelyn White Warby. He graduated from Beaver High School and then attended Hollister Junior College in California. After the outbreak of World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant; Bombardier, in a B-24 squadron. He had earlier met Florian Matheson of Parowan, and they were married on July 27, 1944, in Salt Lake City, later sealed in the St. George Temple on Oct. 26, 1944. During the war in the Pacific, Paul flew many bombing missions including the invasion of Imo Jima. Upon his return home, he resumed his college education at Utah State University, receiving a bachelor's degree in 1949 in Auto Engineering. He remained a true Aggie fan throughout his many years. The family moved back to Beaver and then later to Cedar City where he served as Service Manager at Bradshaw Chevrolet and Tri-State Motors. He was also an automotive instructor at the College of Southern Utah. He renewed his military career by joining the Utah National Guard, serving many years as an officer with the 222nd Field Artillery Battalion, at one time Commander of Service Battery in his native Beaver. He later retired as Major but kept very active in the American Legion, where he also served as Commander. Active in the LDS Church, he served in many church and scouting positions. He felt his greatest calling was a Home Teacher, which he faithfully fulfilled. He and Florian helped fund many children, grandchildren and others on their LDS missions. As with the Apostle Paul, he had a firm testimony of the Gospel, the Atonement of Christ and was a great example of Christ-like love and kindness. At age 87, Paul traveled to his ancestral home of Australia where his oldest son and wife were serving as missionaries. He enjoyed being in the outdoors, on deer hunts, fishing and just taking the family on adventures on mountain roads. After retirement, Paul supervised and helped build a family cabin on Cedar Mountain, and maintained the pioneer family home in Parowan. Knowing that he might not make his 90th birthday this October, his family honored him and Florian this past July with a family reunion in Cedar City. More than 150 were in attendance, a tribute to them and their great achievements. He is survived by his wife Florian, children, Paul Clint (Joyce), West Jordan; Ilene (Norman) Johnson, Cedar City; Alan (Lorraine) Warby, Santa Clara; Nolan (Ruth) Warby, Logan; Lanor (Kathleen) Warby, Cedar City; 31 grandchildren, 62 grandchildren; and step-sisters, Sharon Hughes, St. George; Judy Johnson, Roosevelt; Susan Maggard, Beaver; nephews, Larry Warby, Cedar City; Dale (Diana) Warby, Las Vegas; John (Pam) Warby, Spanish Fork; nieces, Rita (Cliff) Shotwell, Cedar City; Debbie (Jim) Hurst, LaVerkin. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Keith and Dellano, and sister Lulu. Viewing will be held on Sunday evening, Oct. 2 at Southern Utah Mortuary, 190 North 300 West in Cedar City between 5 and 7 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 3 between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Funeral services will be held at the Cedar City 15th Ward Chapel at 500 West 400 North at 11 a.m. Burial with full military honors will be at the family plot at the Parowan Cemetery, with Dad's beloved Beaver Mountains seen to the north. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the LDS Church missionary or humanitarian funds. Online condolences can be sent to www.sumortuary.com.