George Elwin Golding died peacefully at his home in Spring City, Utah on June 5, 1998.
George was born May 23, 1923, in Price, Carbon Co., Utah, fourth child of Loren B. and Olive Branch Golding. He spent his early childhood years growing up in Price, Utah. George was attending Carbon Jr. College and working at the Carbon Emery Market when Pearl Harbor was bombed. He was sworn in as a cadet in the US Army Air Corps., on 29th October, 1942. He flew 35 missions in B-29's from Guam to Japan for which he earned the "Air Medal With Five Clusters". He also received the "Distinguished Flying Cross" for extraordinary service beyond the call of duty.George married Catherine Francis Lamb, daughter of William and Grace Fry Lamb, on October 3, 1944, in Suffolk, Nansemond, Virginia. They were later sealed in the Manti LDS Temple June 16, 1950. After the war, George graduated from the University of Utah with a BSCE degree. He was called back into the Korean War, where he served three years. He then worked as a mine engineer at Horse Canyon in Eastern Utah for four years. For the next 23 years he worked as an engineer for McDonnell Douglas, in Long Beach, California and his wife Catherine raised their seven boys and one girl in Redondo Beach and Palos Verdes, California.
He held many positions in the LDS Church, including Elders Quorum President and Counselor in the Branch Presidency; Executive Secretary, Finance Clerk; his favorite being Scoutmaster to his seven boys for many years in Palos Verdes, California. Many a story has been told about his prowess as a Scoutmaster, a favorite being: swimming out to an ice floe in the middle of a lake, sitting on the ice and then swimming back to shore. This seemed to be a regular occurrence on many campouts.
George's wife Catherine passed away in Provo, Utah in 1982, He later married Geraldine "Jerry" Peterson Pigott, born July 9, 1923, daughter of Harry Erick and Signe Flina Schedin Peterson. George and Jerry served in the Virginia Roanoke Mission in 1985-86 for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They were ordinance workers in the Manti LDS Temple, when George's cancer resurfaced.
In 1992, George and Jerry moved to Spring City, Utah. He loved the industrious, down-to-earth, honest people in this area. George died peacefully at his beloved home in the country, in full view of the mountains, the fields, the sheep and his tennis court where he spent many a happy hour with his friends and family. His love of life, his warmth, his tenderness, his competitive spirit and dominant will, shall all be long remembered and loved by those who knew him.
George is survived by his wife, Jerry; two sisters, Norma Schauers, Torrance, California; and Lorna Jewkes, Salt Lake City, Utah; six sons, George Edward, and Joel Blake Golding, both of Provo, Utah; Loren Luis Golding, Orem, Utah; James Delos Golding, South Weber, Utah; Daniel O'Brien Golding, Denver, Colorado; Kevin Fitzpatrick Golding, Springville, Utah; one daughter, Patricia Ann Knudsen, Orem, Utah. His oldest son, Monte Carroll Golding, died May 24, 1997. He is also survived by four stepsons, James Robert Pigott, Arthur William Pigott III, John Andrew Pigott, and David Allen Pigott; three stepdaughters, Nancy Kaye Lowe, Rebecca Gail Swenson, and Alice "Lisa" Ann Merrill; 53 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held Wednesday, June 10, 1998, at 12 noon in the Spring City Second Ward Chapel, 104 South Main, Spring City, Utah. Friends may call Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Walker Sanderson Funeral Home, 646 East 800 North, Orem, Utah, and Wednesday at the ward chapel in Spring City from 10:30-11:45 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will be in the East Lawn Memorial Hills Cemetery, 4800 North 650 East, Provo, Utah. Military rites will be conducted by VFW District #4.
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