Jesse Anderson, 84, died August 24, 1995, in Clearfield, Utah, of complications following a stroke.
Born Oct. 7, 1910 in Ammon, Idaho, to Joseph and May C. Anderson. He attended the Idaho State School for the Blind, Ricks College and the University of Idaho. While at the University, he was elected to the 1939 Idaho State Legislature. On Nov. 8, 1940 he married Stella Edna Stewart, of Teton, Idaho. They lived in Ammon until 1949 when they moved to Ogden. She died in 1993 and he has been residing with his daughter's family in Clinton, Utah.He was an active member of the LDS Church and served in many teaching and leadership positions in the Ogden 20th Ward and as a stake missionary for the Ogden Stake. He was currently a High Priest and serving as a home teacher in the Clinton 2nd Ward. He was talented in both vocal and instrumental music, he enjoyed playing in dance bands for many years and singing at family, church, and civic events. He has been a member of the Ogden Lion's Club since 1955. He was the editor of Braille and Recorded Publications for the LDS Church for 20 years. He served as a member of the Utah State Legislature in 1957, was elected to three terms on the Utah State Board of Education, and served 22 years on the Utah State Library Commission. He was a member and served as chairman of the Governor's Advisory Council for the visually handicapped.
Jesse spent his lifetime working to improve the quality of life for the blind in Idaho, Utah and on the National level through legislative efforts and through active involvement in organizations fostering the interest of the blind.
He served as president of the Idaho Assoc. of the Blind, Ogden Assoc. of the Blind, Utah Assoc. of the Blind and served on national committees of the American Assoc. of Workers for the Blind, and the National Federation of the Blind.
He was the recipient of various honors and awards including Golden Key Award, 1976; Robert S. Bray National Award for Distinguished Library Service to the Blind and Physically Handicapped, 1984; and special commendation from the Utah State Legislature in 1985.
Surviving are his son, J. Joseph and wife, Margo Anderson, Ogden; grandchildren, Kristen, Kayla, Laurie Stewart, Megan, Curtis, Meiken; his daughter, Sadimae and husband, Dennis Smith of Clinton; grandchildren, Troy, Trevor, Todd, Gina; also surviving is one brother, Gordon P. Anderson, Sanger, California.
Services will be held Saturday, Sept. 2 at 10 a.m. at the Clinton Utah Stake Center, 2223 W. 1800 No., Clinton, with Bishop Dan Miller officiating. Friends may call at Myers Mortuary in Roy, 5865 So. 1900 West, Friday from 6-8 p.m. and at the Stake Center Saturday from 8:45-9:45 a.m. Interment: Ammon Cemetery, Ammon, Idaho.
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