Fred Whitney, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away from pneumonia on May 10, 1998, in Veteran's Memorial Hospital in Salt Lake City.
Fred was born January 25, 1922 in Logan, Utah, to Fayette Millor and Hermoine K. Whitney. He married Roene Rasmussen on June 1, 1948. Fred served for three years in the U.S. Navy during World War II, where he was an Independent Duty Medic aboard an LSM in the South Pacific. Having received a football scholarship to BYU, which was interrupted by his enlistment in 1943, Fred returned to the "Y" to graduate with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in education and physiology in 1950. His other athletic talents included boxing and track. Fred worked for the Utah State Blind Center for 30 years. In 1987, he received a Distinguished Service Award from the Utah Ophthalmological Society.A devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Fred served a mission with Roene to London, England, in 1991. He was a member of the High Council, and also took great pleasure in performing genealogical research at the Salt Lake Temple. A self-taught piano player and singer, Fred very much enjoyed music. Reading was also one of his interests, and he loved playing sports with his grandchildren.
Fred is survived by his wife; son Jimmy (Julie) Whitney; daughters Katie (Allan) Nielson; Wendy Whitney (John Paul Brophy); Lori (Jim) Anderson; Mary Louise (Rob) Will; Libby (Mike) Alvord; brother Scott Schabb; nieces; nephews; and 16 grandchildren. Preceded in death by brothers Mel and Kay Whitney.
Funeral service will be held Thursday, May 14, at 11 am, at the LDS University Ward, 160 University Street. Friends may call Wednesday, May 13, from 6-8 pm at Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. South Temple, and one hour prior to service at the ward. Interment Salt Lake City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Fred's memory to the Alzheimer's Association, 455 E. 400 So. #208, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84111.
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