David William Wright1933 ~ 2011Our dear husband, father, grandfather, and friend David William Wright passed away reluctantly but peacefully, on December 4th of complications from pancreatic cancer. He was 78 years old. Dave is survived by his wife Jeanne, his three sons, (John, James, and Scott), daughter (Jodi), and 13 grandchildren. David was born June 18, 1933 to Jay William Wright and Emily Fox Clawson in Salt Lake City, Utah. As the eldest of six children, he enjoyed the role of leader and example to his siblings, brothers Bradley, Stephen, Christopher and Timothy, and sister Charlotte. Dave spent his early childhood in Salt Lake City and then moved with his family to New York, where he attended high school on Long Island. He was the student body president of Manhasset High School and lettered in four sports, excelling in football and track. He returned to Salt Lake City to attend the University of Utah, pursuing a degree in chemical engineering. In the midst of his college education, Dave served an LDS mission to Great Britain. While on his mission, he served as President of the Nottingham Branch. He credited his missionary experience with helping establish a solid foundation for the rest of his life and providing many cherished memories. Upon return to the University of Utah, he finished his engineering degree and was President of the student engineering association. Dave also enjoyed membership in the Phi Kappa Alpha social fraternity. Dave married Jeanne Amott in the Salt Lake Temple on June 14th, 1958. His career pursuits led the family to New England, where Dave started his own engineering consulting company in southern New Hampshire. There the family purchased the ultimate "fixer-upper" home, where they lived for over 30 years. In need of day laborers, Dave and Jeanne raised four children, whom they loved dearly. Dave ran his engineering business from their home, which allowed him to be closely involved in his children's lives, as well as to supervise them in the never-ending house projects. Dave had a strong passion for sailing and made many solo ocean voyages between Maine and Florida. Not content to be a casual seaman, Dave earned his US Captain's License. Over the years, he cataloged many high-wind, white-knuckle boating experiences and enjoyed the challenge, excitement, and adventure of ocean sailing.Dave was an active member of the LDS Church and served in many leadership positions, including Bishop of the Portsmouth, New Hampshire Ward. In this calling, Dave made many lifelong friends and enjoyed participating in the growth of the church in the New Hampshire - Maine coastal region. David will be remembered as a devoted husband, beloved father and a cherished grandfather. He was a man of high integrity: a tireless worker, a consummate do-it-your-selfer, and a service-oriented leader with a generous spirit. The family wishes to especially thank the many healthcare professionals who lovingly helped to care for David during the many months he battled cancer. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, December 10th at the Holladay 4th Ward, 4917 South Viewmont St. (near the corner of Holladay Blvd and Cottonwood Lane), Holladay, UT. There will be a viewing at the Wasatch Lawn Mortuary on Friday, December 9th at 6 p.m.
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