Most of those who achieve greatness become a focal point in the public spotlight. A few others are content to remain in the shadows of backstage. Such was the life of Hyrum Whitney Chapman who passed away on Friday, March 27, 1998 surrounded by his family.
Whitney was a well known successful business man who was always competitive and provided superior value. He attended Brigham Young University and University of Utah after which he served his country in the Air Transport Command Unit during World War II.He credited his success to a commitment to his values: love of God and neighbor, integrity, hard work, patience, and perseverance. Most of all he had unshakable faith not only in himself, but in God. He was driven by a belief that God looks after those who look after their fellow beings.
He rendered many hours of Church service, most recently as a sealer in Bountiful Utah Temple and Patriarch in Bountiful Utah Muller Park Stake. Past service includes Patriarch Woodland Hills California Canoga Park Stake; sealer Los Angeles and Salt Lake Temples; Coordinator Southern California Seminary program; High Councilor, Bishop and President of many auxiliaries, served a stake mission in SLC and full-time mission with his wife Margaret in the Washington D.C. Visitor Center.
Whitney was born June 15, 1913 in Bluewater, New Mexico, the son of Ernestine Tietjen and Welcome O. Chapman. He married Margaret Wardrop on June 27, 1936 in the Salt Lake Temple. They are the parents of two children, Gregory Wardrop Chapman (Laurie), Bountiful, Utah and Rosanne Chapman Bishop (James) Fruit Heights, Utah. He is survived by his sweetheart of 62 years; two children; and a legacy of 12 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Glen, Mesa, Arizona; and Joseph, Orem, Utah. Preceded in death by brothers; and sisters, Ernest, Alda, Fullmer and Klea.
Funeral Services will be held Thursday, April 2, 1998 at 1 p.m. at the Bountiful Utah Mueller Park Stake Center, 1800 E. Mueller Park Road. Friends may call Wednesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Russon Brothers Bountiful Mortuary, 295 North Main, and again Thurs. morning from 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. prior to funeral service. Interment Wasatch Lawn Cemetery.
Although he will be greatly missed by his family, friends, church and community, his 84 year legacy of Christian service will forever survive with all of us who knew and loved him.
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