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Obituary: EGAN FREDRIC KARL

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 21 2014 3:13 a.m. MDT

Fredric Karl Egan1930 ~ 2012Fredric Karl Egan, age 81 passed away peacefully at his home on January 10, 2012. Karl was born to Horace Fredric Egan, Jr. and Elizabeth Simmons Willes on July 3, 1930 in Park City, Utah and was raised in Park City and Yale Avenue in Salt Lake City. Karl graduated from East High School and went on to earn a business degree from the University of Utah.Karl served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the British Isles.Karl was a veteran of the U.S. army serving as a counter-intelligence officer in Japan.Karl was married in the Salt Lake Temple to Deanna (Dee) Davis and together raised four sons and two daughters.Karl was an Information Systems management professional, with stints at IBM, Management Systems Corporation, American National Insurance Company, Zions Bank, and Computer Science Corporation. It was during his period at American National Insurance Company that Dad introduced his family to the great state of Texas, which is considered a second home to many. While in Texas, he participated in a weekly radio program, delivering various gospel lessons and messages. He was also instrumental in building the first branch of the church in Galveston, which later became a ward..Karl served in many callings in the LDS church, but was most skilled as a teacher. He loved the maps and spent hours studying the various maps of the old world and of the restoration. Dad insisted that no lesson be taught that didn't have application to daily living. One of his greatest virtues was his love of reading. He was a voracious reader, belonged to several book clubs and could carry on an educated conversation on virtually any subject; especially current events. This is a trait that has been passed along to his posterity for which we are all grateful.Karl suffered from debilitating depression. He was treated by many skilled physicians, nurses, and aides to which the family is most grateful. None brought more care to Dad than Doctor Louis A. Moench, who has a special compassion for the mentally ill. The family is enormously grateful to Doctor Moench for his attention to Dad throughout the last 25 years.Karl is survived by his wife Dee, who cared for Dad like no one else could, and five of his six children: Fredric Karl Jr. (Kip) and wife Jeri; Steve Derrick and wife Patty; John Andrew (Drew) and wife Carolyn; Allison Elizabeth Egan Holmes and husband Ed; and Clay Davis Egan. Karl is also survived by 18 grandchildren (three of which are serving LDS missions in Spain, Chile and Texas) and 11 great grandchildren. Karl has five tremendous brothers and sisters: Betty Lorraine (deceased), Donna Colleen, Jerry, and twins Paul and Pauline. Karl was preceded in death by his parents, sister Betty, daughter Shannon Lorraine, and father and mother in-law Dell and Dora Davis.The family wishes to thank the loving neighbors and members of the Midvalley 4th Ward for the care and attention to dad for the last 16 years. A special thanks for the kind service of his hospice care givers, especially Mario, Tim, and Natalie. A viewing will be held Friday, January 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Murray Memorial Funeral Home, 5850 South 900 East, Murray, Utah. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 14 at 12:00 noon at the Midvalley 4th Ward, 1106 E., 8050 S., Sandy, Utah. Friends may visit with the family on Saturday from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. prior to the service. Interment will be at Mountain View Memorial Estates Cemetery, 3115 East 7800 South, Cottonwood Heights, UT.