Obituary: WONNACOTT, VAUGHN

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 27 2014 8:58 a.m. MDT

Vaughn Branch Wonnacott1918 ~ 2012Vaughn Branch Wonnacott passed away in Salt Lake City on March 12, 2012, at the age of 93. Vaughn was born on April 29, 1918 in Salt Lake City to Frank W. Wonnacott and Annie Pearl Branch Wonnacott, the fifth of seven children. Vaughn graduated from West High School where he played clarinet, beginning his life-long love of music. Vaughn studied engineering at the University of Utah for two years before serving a 2 1/2 year mission to Hawaii. He witnessed the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and worked for a brief time as an air-raid warden. He loved Hawaii, and throughout his life, taught his family Hawaiian phrases and hosted his many Hawaiian friends. Vaughn received his Engineering degree before he married Judith Marie Welling on October 16, 1944 in the Salt Lake Temple. He met Marie on a blind date; "my good fortune!" he would say. He and Marie raised five children in their Millcreek home. He spent 20 years as the Superintendent of the Little Cottonwood Water Treatment plant, and later became the general manager of the Metropolitan Water District. His hobbies included caring for over a dozen fruit trees and chasing golf balls. He was active in the Mormon faith and served in many ways, including as a scout leader, bishop and third counselor to the Relief Society President (Marie). After retiring, he served a second mission with Marie in Spokane, Washington. When Marie's health failed, Vaughn was her valiant caregiver. His humble example of faith and service will rest in our hearts forever. Vaughn is survived by children, Brian (Katherine) Wonnacott, Clydie (Rob) Wakefield, Terry (Wayne) Knell and Peggy (Alan) Honey, son-in-law, Scott Park, and three siblings: Norma Wilcken, Wesley Wonnacott and Bill Wonnacott. He has ten grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Vaughn was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Marie, and daughter Susan Park. Funeral services for Vaughn will be held on Saturday, March 17th, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the Holbrook Mortuary, 3251 South 2300 East, Salt Lake City, Utah where friends may visit with the family from 9:30 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. prior to the services. Interment: Salt Lake City Cemetery. Online memories and tributes can be sent to the family at www.holbrookmortuary.com