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Edward Hunter Jefferies

Edward Hunter Jefferies Obituary
Deseret News
September 7, 2004

Edward H. Jefferies 1917 ~ 2004

Our beloved father and grandfather, Edward H. Jefferies, passed peacefully into immortality on September 4, 2004. He died at home after a period of declining health surrounded by family.

Known originally to his family as "Hunter" and throughout his life to all others as "Jeff" or "Ed", he best filled the roles of "Dad" and "Grandpa." Mr. Jefferies was born February 12, 1917 in Delta, Utah, to Murray Jefferies and Martha Maria Hyde. In June 1930 he moved with his family to Salem, Utah, where he spent his teenage years. After graduating from Spanish Fork High School he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1936 where he was introduced to engineering surveying which ultimately led to a distinguished career as a civil engineer. Mr. Jefferies graduated from the Utah State Agricultural College (now Utah State University) with his engineering degree in 1948. Upon graduation he joined the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation overseeing construction of water storage and conservation projects. Through the years he worked and lived in Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and North Dakota before retiring in July 1977 as Regional Engineer of the Upper Colorado Region of the Bureau of Reclamation.

Mr. Jefferies married LaRue Cox in the St. George, Utah, LDS Temple on June 4, 1941. A life long active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served through the years in a variety of callings including branch president on three occasions, bishop of two wards and high councilor. He and his wife served in the Birmingham, England mission from 1978 to 1980. Following their mission Mr. Jefferies served as an ordinance worker in the Provo and Mt. Timpanogos Temples for 24 years.

Mr. Jefferies is survived by his sister, Eloise Sabin of Salem, UT, three sons, Lynn (Anne) of Lakewood, CO; Frank (Marsha) of Henderson, NV; and Richard (Monica) of Mankato, MN, as well as 21 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his eternal companion, LaRue, and two daughters, Rosalyn and Anna. Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 9, 2004, at 11:00 a.m. at the Cascade 1st and 2nd Ward Chapel, 481 East Center Street in Orem. Friends and family may call Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sundberg-Olpin Mortuary, 495 South State Street in Orem, and also Thursday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. at the ward chapel. Interment will be in the Orem City Cemetery.

Edward Hunter Jefferies

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