Marion Moore Fidlar "Fid", 81, died Tuesday, April 9, 1991 in a local Salt Lake hospital due to diabetes and cancer.
Born June 7, 1909 in Vincennes, Indiana, son of Orville Fred and Clara Moore Fidlar. He was educated in the public schools of Vincennes, attended DePauw University for a year, and finished his education at Indiana University, where he earned his A.B., M.A. and Ph.D. degree in geology. During his college years he was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa (scholastic honorary), Sigma Gamma Epsilon (geological honorary) and Sigma Xi (scientific honorary). In later years he was honored by Indiana University's Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 1964, and by the University Geology Department's Richard Owen Award in 1986.In May 1937 he married Martha Elizabeth Thorn in Vincennes, and they moved to Indianapolis where he was employed as Assistant State Geologist. In 1938 he became district geologist for the Ohio Oil Co. (now Marathon Oil Co.), living in Marshall, Illinois and Bloomington, Indiana. In 1943 he joined Mountain Fuel Supply Co. in Rock Springs, Wyoming as senior geologist, was transferred to Salt Lake City in 1958 as executive vice president, and became president in 1962 and chairman of the board in 1972. After his retirement in 1974 he served as a director of several subsidiary companies, and for a time was appointed a senior director of Questar Corporation.
During his active years in the business world, he was involved in many industry and community organizations. In Rock Springs he served as president of the Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club, and he was a member of the local school board for several years. He was a long-time director of Rock Springs National Bank. During his years in Salt Lake City he served as a director on the boards of many organizations, such as First Security Corp., Westminster College, Utah Manufacturers Assn., Utah Safety Council, United Fund, Utah Symphony, Utah Foundation, Pro-Utah, Utah Heart Assn. and Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Assn. He is a past president of Alta Club and Salt Lake Rotary Club. He also served as president of the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, and was a director of the Chamber of Commerce of the United State for eight years, the last three of which he served as vice-chairman of the Western Region for that organization.
He served on the board of directors of St. Mark's Hospital for 15 years and was a life member and past president of Pacific Coast Gas Association. He also served for a time as a director of American Gas Association. For man years he was an active member of the Honorary Colonels Corps of Utah, and a member of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.
Fidlar is survived by his wife; sister, Mrs. R. W. (Thelma) Engle, Vincennes, Indiana; and several nieces and nephews in the West and Midwest.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 13, 1991 at 2 p.m. at Evans & Early Mortuary, 574 East 100 South, where family will meet friends one hour prior to services. In lieu of flowers, friends may send memorial contributions to their favorite charities, or The Diabetic Center, c/o Holy Cross Hospital Foundation, Salt Lake City, Utah 84102. Funeral Directors: Evans & Early
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