December 19, 1994 marked the passing of a fine and honorable man. Lyle Byron Gunderson died at his home in Sandy following a lingering illness, surrounded by his family.

He was born in Sandy on December 24, 1918, a son of Levi Christian Gunderson and Emily Martha Thornblad. He married Priscilla "Pat" Robertson on June 27, 1941 in Sandy.A devoted husband, kind and loving father and "grampa" to more than his own, he was the finest man we've known.

He served as Sandy City Judge and Salt Lake County Justice of the Peace. Few men were better suited to judge their fellow men. He was a Marine during World War II and served in the Pacific Theater and in China. He was a faithful member of Sandy Post 77 of the American Legion and held national, state, and district offices. He was a proud Democrat and a cultural Mormon. He and Pat were owners of a motel in Westport, Washington. He worked in the Lark Mine and in construction.

A dedicated fisherman and hunter he built a cabin on the Weber River known as the "Judge's Chambers." He and his family and friends enjoyed spending numerous days together there. Most important in his life was his family, especially his "Punkin Juice," Pat.

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He is survived by his wife; two daughters and a son: Judy Harrison , Byron (DeEtte), Nancy Starks (Dave); and grandchildren Giorgio and John Arce-Larreta, Jim and Jen Gunderson, Jo Starks; and sisters, Gladys Koller and Effie Poate. Preceded in death by his brothers Allen, Delbert and Wayne.

Memorial services will be held at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 10600 South 1700 East, on Wednesday afternoon, 2:30 p.m., where friends may call the hour prior to the services. Graveside military rites will be conducted by the American Legion, Sandy Post and District 8. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Community Nursing

Service and Hospice, 2970 South Main Street - Suite 300, Salt Lake City, Utah 84115. Hospice aided greatly in comforting all of us. Thanks especially to Karen and Helen.

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