A memorial service will be Monday, 3 p.m., in Springdale, Utah, for Eliel Crawford Winder, 68, who died of heart failure at his home in Azusa, Calif. on Sept. 13, 1992.
He was stepfather to five children, now living in Utah and California. He married our mother, Wanda House, almost 30 years ago, when we were hostile, troubled teenagers. He changed "stepfather" from a word of derision and disrespect to an epithet of appreciation and love.He was born in Springdale on Sept. 16, 1923, to Eliel and Sarah Crawford Winder on a farm in what is now Watchman's Campground in Zion National Park. He worked as a young man for the Union Pacific Railroad, trouble-shooting when busses and trucks stalled on the highways in Colorado and Utah. He moved to Southern California 42 years ago to work for Los Angeles County Flood Control District.
Winder was a high priest in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His religion was simple: live the commandments, hurt no one and don't judge others.
He is survived by: His wife, Wanda, whom he married on April 23, 1965; his stepchildren,
Lynnette Anderson, Riverside, Calif.; Dawn House, Salt Lake City; Tom House, Bluffdale; Gary House, Orem; and Jeni Martens, Laguna Niguel, Calif. He was preceded in death by his stepson, Fred House. He is also survived by: his three brothers, Ernest R. Winder, Sandy; Ray H. Winder, La Verna, Calif.; Heber F. Winder, Mississippi; his sister, Ila W. Parker, Mississippi; 25 granchildren.
Interment will be in Springdale Town Cemetery, close to his boyhood home.
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