Henry Smith Kesler died peacefully Thursday, May 15, 1997 in Salt Lake City, Utah in the care of family and friends who loved him.
Born April 24, 1907, Salt Lake City to Alonzo Pratt and Donnette Smith Kesler. Married to Helen Dart, 1931, divorced; married to Nancy Lee Hurt, March 11, 1945, Los Angeles, solemnized in the Los Angeles LDS Temple.Henry attended the University of Utah and was always a "Utah Man." He served a mission for the LDS Church in Germany. He was a pioneer in motion pictures and television, a founding member of the Directors Guild of America, personally directing many feature films and over 300 television shows. After retiring from the motion picture business he developed the 1100 Glendon office building in West Los Angeles and the University Club office building in Salt Lake City. He was a member of the Westwood Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Los Angeles.
Survived by his wife Nancy Lee Kesler, Los Angeles; son Henry S. (Elizabeth) Kesler, Salt Lake City; grandchildren: Kimberly (Craig) Chytraus, Los Angeles, Heather and Cassidy, Los Angeles, Alisa and Phillip, Salt Lake City and brother Mack S. (Lavina) Kesler, Salt Lake City. Preceded in death by an infant son Henry Smith Kesler, March 10, 1946.
The family gratefully thanks the wonderful, caring staff at the Garden Terrace Alzheimers Center of Excellence for their loving service to Henry this past year.
In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 455 East 400 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84111.
Friends and family are invited to a farewell gathering Sunday evening, May 18, 1997 from 5-6 p.m. at the Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 South Highland Drive. A graveside service will be held Monday, May 19, 1997 at 1 p.m. at the Salt Lake City Cemetery.
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