Harold Mark Bailey passed away the morning of August 4, 1998.
A loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. An example of love and honesty. His integrity was beyond reproach. A pillar of strength for his family and everyone who knew him.Harold was born October 15, 1917 in Nephi, Utah to Langley Allgood Bailey, Jr. and Madeline Elva Bigler Bailey, the second youngest of seven children. From the time he was 12 years of age Harold helped his father irrigate the farm and herd sheep. He attended high school in Nephi and played outstanding basketball for three years on the school team. He excelled in that sport and he continued to play on church teams in Salt Lake City when he attended the LDS Business College.
He met and dated Ruby Iverson, a pretty, vivacious young lady who was living in the same apartment building in Salt Lake. They were married December 21, 1939, and their marriage "resembled a pair of shears-so joined that they cannot be separated even though they often moved in opposite directions".
Harold's career in the food industry began after graduating from the LDS Business College and began night classes at BYU in business administration. He worked with the Utah Retail Grocers Association until 1940 when he co-founded, with 34 independent retail grocers in Salt Lake City, a food distribution warehouse company. This was the beginning of Associated Food Stores, Inc.
Harold enlisted in the Army Signal Corps on December 2, 1942 and was sent to Sacramento Grant College to study radar, a new technology in the 40s. After graduation he was eventually stationed at Camp Murphy in Florida where he became one of the highest trained radar technicians. Recognizing his talents, Harold was given a key position in the coast Artillery at Fort Monmouth, N.J. and later Fort Monroe, Virginia where he was Battalion Sergeant Major.
After the war Harold took classes at BYU and University of Utah in business administration. He returned to Associated Food Stores as a buyer. He performed nearly every job at Associated Foods as he helped to build it into a successful business. He retired in 1983 as Vice President, Comptroller and Secretary/Treasurer.
Woodworking and collecting, reading and restoring rare books were Harold's favorite hobbies. His collections of first editions and rare volumes are invaluable. He loved boating with his family spending nearly every summer since 1961 at Lake Powell. One of his greatest joys was the 50th wedding anniversary he and Ruby celebrated with their entire family in 1989 on the island of Maui.
Harold is survived by his loving wife, Ruby; his four children: Sandra Ludwig (John), Dennis I. Bailey (Joann), Linette Bailey Hutton, and Cory M. Bailey (Gloria). He is also survived by his sister, Myrtle. He has left a wonderful legacy: eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Harold was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Ernest, Ivan, Don and Jesse; and his sister, Naoma.
Funeral service will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, August 8, 1998 in the Wasatch Lawn Mortuary Chapel, 3401 South Highland Drive where friends may call on Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. and on Saturday from 10:45-11:45 a.m. prior to service. Interment Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.
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