Otto Sherrill Haws "TED"

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Ted Haws passed away peacefully at home March 16th, 2011 surrounded by family after an extended illness. Ted was born March 8, 1934 in Escalante, Utah, the only child of Otto J. and Allene Griffin Haws. He was raised by loving grandparents, Joseph A. and Rebecca Roundy Griffin. Upon graduating from Escalante High School, he enlisted in the Air Force with his best friend, Sherrill Alvey. He proudly served for eight years during the Korean War and in various overseas and state-side locations. During this time he met his sweetheart and love of his life, Patricia Ann Nelson. They married March 18, 1955 in Lincoln, Nebraska; later solemnized in the St. George Temple. Together they had five children: Douglas (Julie), Lisa Jones (Jeff), Randy, Sherrill Fenstermaker (Chuck), and Steven. They also raised Patsy's younger sister, Cathy Wilson (Jon). After the military, Ted and Patsy attended school attaining their degrees from the University of Illinois. Ted went on to receive a Master's Degree from Sangamon State University in Springfield, Illinois. He was a beloved teacher for many years until his retirement. He had a great love for his students always hoping he was able to make a difference. Ted had a love of sports, coaching, watching and participating. He was an avid BYU fan. Ted was a loyal member of the LDS Church, serving in many capacities including Jordan River Temple Worker. Ted is survived by his wife, Patsy; children: Lisa, Randy, Sherri, Steven, Cathy and their families; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren with one on the way, all of whom he loved unconditionally; two sisters and three aunts he was raised with like sisters; and many more relatives. He was preceded in death by his son, Douglas; his parents; one brother and two sisters. Funeral services will be held Monday, March 21st, 12 noon, at the Park 1st Ward, 4825 West 7000 South. A viewing will be held Sunday, March 20th, 6 - 8 p.m. at McDougal Funeral Home, 4330 South Redwood Road, and again Monday at the church, 11 - 11:45 a.m. Interment, Utah Veterans Memorial Park. Condolences may be sent to