Hugh Preston Hughes, age 86, passed away Saturday, April 11, 1998, in Ogden, UT.
He was born Sept. 13, 1911 in Centerville, UT, a son of Charles W. and Lettie Barkdull Hughes. He spent the early part of his life on a homestead in Arbon, Idaho. Later he resided in Farmington and Centerville, UT. He spent his adult life in Bountiful, UT, where he resided until three months before his death. He spent the last three months in the home of his son, Byron, in Roy, UT.He married Marjorie Springer Hughes April 13, 1931. They had four children. She died July 6, 1982. He married Wilda Boynton Blumel and they enjoyed 10 years together until she passed away.
Preston supported Margorie in the early years or their marriage with his natural talent of boxing. He boxed in the A.A.U. boxing tournament in Salt Lake City, UT. He became Intermountain Amateur Golden Gloves Champion. He further pursued professional boxing at the old Hippodrome Theater, the McCullough's Arena, and in towns around the state.
He served as bishop of the Bountiful 6th Ward and was very active in scouting. He received the Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service to Boy Scouts of America. He served two terms on the Bountiful City Council. He worked for Porter Walton Seed and Garden Supply Company in Salt Lake City, UT until his retirement.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two daughters, Rochelle Hughes and Dawn Elaine Hughes Ballentyne; and three brothers, Owen, Herman, and Austin. He is survived by two sons, Byron P. Hughes (Shirley) of Roy, UT and Brent W. Hughes (Chris) of Orem, UT; and a son-in-law, W. James Ballentyne of Bountiful, UT. He is also survived by one sister, Lois Duncan of Bountiful, UT. He leaves 13 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 15, 1998 at 11 a.m. in the Bountiful Tabernacle, 51 South Main. Friends may call Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Russon Brothers Bountiful Mortuary Chapel, 295 North Main and Wednesday at the church from 9:45-10:45 a.m. prior to the services. Interment in the Bountiful City
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