Vinal Grant Mauss was born a triplet with two sisters on October 16, 1900, to Michael and Charolette Wright Mauss in Murray, Utah.
He passed peacefully away on March 18, 1992, at the home of his daughter Peggy (Marguerite M. Eliason) in Walnut Creek, Calif.Besides Peggy, survivors include his sons, Dr. Armand L. Mauss, Pullman, Washington, and Dr. Gordon E. Mauss, Rochester, New York; 15 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. His wife, Ethel Lind Mauss predeceased him in 1988. Also surviving are Ruby Stauffer, a sister, and the two twin sisters with whom he was born, Velma Torp and Vilda Hughes, both of Midvale, Vinal, Velma and Vilda had been the oldest surviving triplets of mixed sex in the United States.
After studies at the LDS Business College in Salt Lake City, Vinal entered the business world and enjoyed a varied career. For most of his life, he was an entrepreneur and proprietor of small businesses in the California Bay Area, including real estate and insurance agencies. For the past three decades, he had owned and operated an independent franchise for the distribution of the San Francisco Chronicle and other papers in the Rosmoor community of Walnut Creek. His agency was given many awards and accolades by the Chronicle over the years for its reliable and meticulous service.
He was an active and devoted leader in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He served in many callings, including Bishop of the Oakland First Ward (1945-1949) and most recently as Stake Patriarch in Walnut Creek, where he was revered for the powerful and inspiring personal blessing he bestowed upon church members. He served as a missionary of the church in Japan during 1922-1924 and was sent back as Mission President in 1945-1953, during which time he pioneered the post-war resumption of church missionary activity in the entire Far East. Despite some sacrifices of business interests, he always put his church work first.
Vinal G. Mauss was incapable of making emenies. He was loved by all who knew him for his Christ-like consideration and outreach toward people of all ages, races and social conditions, whether in the church or not. He was generous with his resources, always in inconspicuous ways and gifted with the power to bring healing, comfort and faith to all along his path.
Funeral service will take place at the LDS Church in Walnut Creek, Calif. at noon on Wed., March 25, 1992, with interment immediately thereafter.
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