Former State Official, Sherman Joy Preece, 92, died September 1, 1992 of natural causes.
He was born July 13, 1900, to Joseph Henry and Minnie Sperry Preece, in Salt Lake City. Mr. Preece was raised and educated in Salt Lake City where he attended Grant School, Jefferson School, LDS High School and the University of Utah. He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War I and while serving was a near fatal victim of the 1918 influenza epidemic.His long public service career involved finance and politics. He served in such positions as: Chief Deputy, Salt Lake City Auditor; Chief Deputy, Salt Lake County Auditor; Auditor, State Tax Commission as well as others. In addition, he was elected to three terms as Utah State Auditor in 1952, 1960 and 1968 and one term as Utah State Treasurer in 1956. Mr. Preece was a member of the Republican Party, Sigma Chi Fraternity, and the LDS Church.
On June 8, 1922, he married Alice M.
Lawrence; she died February 27, 1968. Mr. Preece then married Heartha Pace Lawrence, March 26, 1971; she died August 12, 1981.
He is survived by two sons, Dr. Sherman J. Preece, Jr., Bigfork, Montana; Joseph R. Preece, Vashon, Washington; a daughter, Elaine Preece Rosenbury, Salt Lake City; three grandchildren, Joshua, Jane, and Judson Preece, all of Seattle, Washington; a brother, J. LaMont Preece, two sisters, Minnie Preece Burton and Louise Preece Sondrup, all of Salt Lake City; other survivors include two stepsons, Frank R. Lawrence, East Hampton, New York; and Richard P. Lawrence, Fresno, Calif.; one stepdaughter, Barbara L. Kottraba, Sun Lakes, Arizona; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Mr. Preece was an outstanding basketball player and track participant in high school. He enjoyed hunting and was an accomplished fly fisherman.
Graveside services will be held Friday, Sept. 4, 2:30 p.m., at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, Mountain View Section. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in his memory to Red Butte Gardens and Arboretum at the University of Utah or to a charity of your choice.
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