Walton LeGrande Law, Centenarian and one of the few surviving veterans of World War I died peacefully Wednesday, March 11, 1998 at the Veterans Medical Center in Salt Lake City after a brief illness. He celebrated his 100th birthday party December 16, 1997, attended by 150 descendants and loving friends.
He was born in Beaver, Utah and at age 12, moved with his parents, Robert Joseph and Bessie Bickley Law, to help settle Delta, Utah.LeGrand was a successful plumbing contractor, service station owner, farmer, miner, and business man. He enlisted in World War I in March, 1918. LeGrande served an LDS Mission to the Southern States in 1920. He was married May 15, 1919 in the Salt Lake Temple to Viola Turner, who preceded him in death in 1973.
He was the Superintendent of the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) in West Central Utah in the middle 30's during the Great Depression. The excellence of their work still stands today and is noted in the BYU archives. He was a charter member of the Veterans of World War I and served as Utah Department Commander in 1969. He was also a lifetime honorary member of the American Legion.
At 99 years of age, he won First Place for Utah (for his age bracket) in the National Healthy Aging Letter Writing Contest sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service and Educational Television Network, Inc. The book of winners has been placed in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
He is survived by his brother, Franklyn R. Law, age 93; and three sisters, Verda (Horace) Hatch, Nina (Dean) Reeves, and Elcee Law. He is also survived by four daughters and one son, Roberta Davison, Merlene (Elwood) Barrett, Eloise
Chambers, Norma Jean (Armand) Mingione, and Walton LeGrande Law, Jr. (Bill). LeGrande has 24 grandchildren, 76 great-grandchildren, nearly 14 great-great-grandchildren, and about 75 nieces and nephews.
Funeral services with military honors will be held in Salt Lake City at the Garner Funeral Home, 1001 E. 11th Avenue on Saturday, March 14, 1993 at 11 a.m., viewing will be Friday from
6-8 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m. Services will also be held in Delta at the LDS 4th Ward Chapel at 4 p.m. There will be a viewing at 3 p.m.
Interment in the the Delta City Cemetery.
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