Maynard James Mortensen passed away at the University of Utah Hospital, Monday, May 13, 1996 from heart failure. He had suffered from multiple illnesses for many years.
Maynard was born August 12, 1919 in Tooele, Utah. He was the second child of William O. and Zelia James Mortensen. He married Geraldine Boyle September 9, 1940 in Ely, Nevada. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple September 7, 1956. He held the position of Elder in the LDS Church.A lifelong resident of Tooele, he graduated from Tooele High School with the class of 1938 where he played football and baseball. Maynard was the recipient of the Union Pacific Scholarship. Although not documented, Maynard was the first president of the first chapter of the Future Farmers of America at Tooele High School. Because of his abilities as a public speaker, he was often called upon to deliver speeches for the FFA, even after his graduation.
In his early days, Maynard owned and operated a service station and a commercial poultry business in Tooele. At the onset of World War II, he went to work at the Tooele Army Depot. Maynard retired as a supervisor from the Depot after 30 years of service.
He enjoyed deer hunting, fishing and farming. He loved raising animals and operating his farm in Grantsville. He was a skilled carpenter. Maynard's favorite past time was reminiscing and telling stories from the past. He was well versed in the history of Tooele County and shared his memories and knowledge with others.
He is survived by his wife, Geraldine; sons, Larry (Melony) Mortensen, Mona, Utah; Budd Mortensen, Logan; and a daughter, Kaye (Brad) Pratt, Tooele; eight grandchildren; Wendy (Terry) Smith and Kristi (Brian) Forsberg, Logan; Matt, Mayne and Makay Mortensen, Mona; Nickolas, Preston and Hillary Pratt, Tooele; four great-grandchildren: Shandi and T.J. Smith, and Savannah and Nickolas Forsberg, Logan; brothers, Arthur Mortensen, Tooele; J. Lynn Mortensen, Logan; sisters, Beth (Cliff) Miller, Tooele; Bonnie (Rowland) Portwood, Monroe, Illinois; he was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, May 15, 1996, at 11 a.m. at the Tooele 7th-18th Ward Building, 141 West 200 North. A viewing will be held one hour prior to services in the same ward building with interment in the Tooele City Cemetery, under direction of Tate Mortuary.
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