George Albert Smith Cheever, Jr., age 77 of Payson, passed away Sunday, January 19, 1997 in Orem, Utah after a lengthy illness.

He was born May 4, 1919 in Payson, Utah, a son of George Albert Smith Cheever and Sarah Ellen Braithwaite. He married Marion Edith Clark, March 28, 1946 in the Manti LDS Temple. George was an Army veteran of World War II. He served in the entire campaign in Europe and received the French Croix de Guerre with Bronze Star. He graduated from Utah State and later received a Master's degree from BYU. He was an Industrial Arts teacher in Payson schools for 38 years. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served a mission to the Western States. He was faithful in his callings, serving as counselor in the Bishopric, High Priest group instructor, and Scout Master. He enjoyed gardening and family history research. He collected weather data for the U.S. government.Survivors include his wife, Marion, of Payson; six children: Janet (William) Sparks, Dugway; Julie (L Dee) Stevenson, Payson; Mark, Bothell, Washington; Grant, Salt Lake City; Rose (Rodney) Jackson, Orem; Bruce (Machelle) Cheever, Woodland Hills; a sister, Rose Hillman; two brothers: Byron and Richard Cheever; 19 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be Thursday, January 23, 1997, 11 a.m., in the Payson Park-14th Ward Chapel, 110 South 300 West. Friends may call at the Walker Mortuary, 587 South 100 West, Payson, Wednesday, 6-8 p.m. or at the church Thursday, 10-10:45 a.m. Burial will be in the Payson City Cemetery.

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