Former Mapleton Mayor Douglas Waldo Bills, 85, died Wednesday, Sept. 7, at his home following a three-year fight with lung cancer.
Born Dec. 28, 1908, in Nampa, Idaho, Mr. Bills is remembered for his dedication to the city of Mapleton and its residents.During his administration as mayor from 1962-1969, the current city buildings were designed and construction began. Before serving as mayor, he served eight years on the City Council.
Mr. Bills' daughter, Dianne Wittusen, Mapleton city treasurer, said her father was always service-minded and cared about the community. For as long as residents can remember, Mr. Bills would call them on their birthdays. Up until last week, he was still calling residents to wish them well, Wittusen said.
Mr. Bills was a charter member of the Mapleton Volunteer Fire Department. He worked for more than 40 years at Pacific States Cast Iron Pipe Co. and retired as the head of the shipping department. He served in various capacities for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and brought the Catholic and LDS communities together on a building project for a new LDS chapel.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Sept. 10, at 11 a.m. in the LDS chapel, 31 W. Maple, Mapleton (the White Church). Friends may call Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Wheeler Mortuary, 211 E. 200 South, Springville, or Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in the Springville Evergreen Cemetery.