Born May 20, 1920 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was raised and educated through high school in Denver, Colorado. He volunteered for military service in the army during World War II. Trained in the Signal Corps, Armor Tactics and Paratroopers. He volunteered for the 82nd Airborne and saw service as a first Lt. across Europe, including the Battle of the Bulge, and battles for several bridges crossing the Rhine River.
He married in 1946 and graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering in 1949. After an early interest in electrical engineering he pursued his desire to build public works projects on a large scale with civil engineering. He and his young family moved to Fresno in 1949 and began a series of jobs involving Central Valley irrigation projects. In 1958 he started an 18 year career with the Sonoma County Water Agency in Santa Rosa, CA. He was involved with many flood control and drinking water projects throughout the region. In the late 70's & early 80's he took his skills and education to the developing nation of Indonesia.He always enjoyed doing good works for good people. In the late 80's he moved to
Provo, Utah and worked on the Bonneville &
Jordanelle Dam projects for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. He was very active with the LDS church in Santa Rosa, Healds Burg, CA, Jakarta, Indonesia, Provo, Salt Lake City and Murray, Utah. He took the church teachings with him wherever he went. He continued to correspond and support many people across the world in the work. You could not find a more honorable man who was generous his time, spirit and compassion. He has left many friends and wonderful works behind.
He is survived by four children, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Feb. 17, 1998, 10:30 a.m., Murray 1st Ward, 363 E. Vine St. where friends may call from 9:30-10:40 a.m.
Interment Ft. Logan Cemetery, Colorado. Directors-Jenkins-Soffe Mort.
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