Our beloved father, grandfather, and friend, Joseph Edgar Beard, 91, died Saturday, June 1, 1991 at his home. He will long be remembered for his love for children, and his unconditional love of all people. His love and devotion to his wife, Edna was an example to all who knew him. He was respected and loved by all who knew him.
He was born April 24, 1900 in Henefer, Utah, son of William Henry and Charlotte Elizabeth Fawcett Beard. He married Theresa Edna Jensen June 1, 1927 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. She died June 5, 1985. He attended schools in Henefer and Coalville graduating from North Summit High School, where he was the valedictorian of his class. Attended BYU, Utah State University, College of Eastern Oregon at LeGrande, Oregon, and received his BS degree at the U of U.He was a member of the Little Cottonwood LDS 14th Ward. He served in numerous callings, counselor in the bishopric, high counselor, counselor in the Stake Presidency, he was stake president in the Summit Stae for 12 years, where he was lovingly thought of as President Beard; choir director, teacher, missionary in the Eastern States Mission. He served missions with his wife to New Zealand twice, while there, he served as district president and later as a officiator in the New Zealand Temple. He served as ordinance worker in New Zealand, Salt Lake and Jorden River temples, and as a stake Patriarch for 32 years.
He taught school for 40 years in North Summit and Granite school districts, and served as principal. He was Utah Teacher of The Year in 1964. He had worked as a carpenter, painter and paper hanger, guard on Echo Dam during WW II, and at various constructions; State fire warden for Summit, Morgan and Wasatch counties. He had been a security guard at Temple Square. He also owned and operated the Wanship Store and served as Postmaster there. He served one term as mayor of Coalville, freely devoting time and carpenter skills in every community in which he lived.
Some men seek riches and power to be honored of men, others, in their quiet, unassuming ways, without fanfare or thought of recognition, have sought to excel in doing the Lord's work, that they might be in a position to bless lives of others. Such a man was Joseph Beard. He may not of left a legacy of great material value, but he has left a significant life of service in the Kingdom of God.
Survivors: two sons and five daughters, Mrs. Grant (Margery) Bitter, Salt Lake City; Mrs. LaMarr (Marian) Osborne, Midvale; Mrs. Dennis (Katherine) Hadlock, Clinton; Mrs. Dean (Darlene) Fernelius, Uintah; Mrs. Dan (Bernice) Good, Blackfoot, Idaho; Melvin Beard, Phoenix, Ariz.; Glen Beard and wife Elaine, Castle Dale; 42 grandchildren; 67 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Gladys Dearden, Henefer; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Harve and Beatrice Vernon, Hood River, Oregon. Preceded in death by one brother, three sisters, and one grandson.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, in the Murray Little Cottonwood 14th Ward, 1160 East Vine Street, Murray, with Bishop Daniel Gillespie officiating. Friends may call at Holbrooks Funeral Home, 3251 South 23rd East, Tuesday, 6-8 p.m. and Wednesday at the ward chapel, one hour prior to services. Burial in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.
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