M. Vern Woodhead, 83, died Sunday, August 7, 1994, at his residence.
Born to Sam and Alice Wood Woodhead in Clear Creek, Carbon County, Utah, Carbon County. He was raised in Kenilworth, Utah. Married Alice Dunn February 14, 1935 in St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City.Graduated student body president, Wasatch Academy, Mt. Pleasant, Utah. Graduated from the University of Utah, majoring in accounting. He was a member of Sigma Pi Fraternity.
He was assistant secretary of the Salt Lake City Junior Chamber of Commerce, in which he helped develop and form the Utah Winter Sports Association and Bonneville Racing Association, and through these organizations helped pioneer skiing at Alta, developing the Collins Lift, Alta Lodge, Sitz Mark Club, as well as the Bonneville Salt Flats and Land Speed Racing on the Salt Flats. With friends he helped develop the Claremont Heights Subdivision, where they still live.
He was instrumental in economic development of downtown Salt Lake City in the 1930's and 1940's.
He was personnel manager of Remington Fire Arms in Salt Lake City during World War II. Purchasing agent-mine safety manager for Independent Coal and Coke, for Castle Gate, Clear Creek and Kenilworth Mines, Carbon County. President of Utah Purchasing Agents Association 1951-1952.
Founder and president of Wholesale Supply Co. and A & V Rental Center, where, with his wife Alice, represented Fry Roofing and Patent Scaffolding Co., providing supplies and equipment for many Salt Lake City landmarks. Some of these landmarks include the University Club Building, L.D.S. Church Office Building, Salt Lake Temple Annex, Walker Bank Parking Garage, Salt Palace Dome, University of Utah John M. Huntsman Center.
Founding director of Intermountain Association of Small Business Owners, and instrumental in forming the Utah Rental Association.
He was an avid fly fisherman and a skier for which he shared his love and passed on to his sons and grandchildren.
He is a member of Acacia Lodge #17 F.&.A.M., Scottish Rite Bodies, El Kalah Temple of the Shrine. He was past treasurer of the Greeters of the Shrine. Member of Salt Lake City Kiwanis Club for 60 years and for the Ambassador Club, Ft. Douglas Hidden Valley Country Club, University of Utah Alumni Association.
Survived by his wife, Alice D., sons, Ronald V. and wife, Jose; Danny D. and wife, Linda, of Salt Lake City; and George S. and wife, Hope, of Tecate, Mexico; sister, Betty Knight of Lakeland, Florida; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by a brother, John (Jack) F. Woodhead.
In lieu of flowers, family wishes friends to make contributions to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children.
Graveside Masonic Services will be held 12 noon on Thursday, August 11, 1994, in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, 1342 East 500 South. Friends may call Wednesday evening 7 to 8:30 p.m at Evans & Early Mortuary, 574 East 100 South and on Thursday, 10:30 to 11:30.
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