Elbert Harris Startup, resident of Mira Loma, CA, and former resident of Provo, UT, and Salt Lake City, UT, died on December 17, 1999, of natural causes.
He was born on July 13, 1912, in Provo to Walter and Artie Startup of the historical Startup's Candy Manufacturing Company. He had four sister, Maomi, Lauri, Norell, and Maurine, and one brother, Harry Walter, Jr. He grew up in Provo, and attended maeser and Franklin Elementary Schools. He graduated from Provo High School in 1930.As a boy, he worked in his father's factory sweeping floors, helping wrap candy bars, lifting heavy copper kettles full of boiling fondant, and many other such jobs. While in high school, he was an accomplished musician on the clarinet and saxophone, and created his own dance band which played for many festivities around Utah County. He attended B.Y. Academy where he met his future wife, Maurine. Elbert lived in Provo until 1954, at which time he moved his family to Pasadena, CA.
He was married to his young sweetheart, Maurine Borwn, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on August 30, 1935, after serving a faithful mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in England between the years of 1933 and 1935. Over the years, Elbert and Maurine bore and raised 11 children, built a thriving catering business in California, and together gave much service to their church and communities.
After Maurine died in 1983, Elbert married Dorothy Haines in the Los Angeles LDS Temple on August 18, 1984, and has lived in Mira Loma with her for 15 years.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, his daughter Carol Joy (Ingram), and by three of his sisters, Norell, Larue, and Maurine.
He is survived by his sisters, Naomi Biggs; his brother, Harry; children, Gordon, Karen (Berrett), Frank, Marsha (Fershtut), Cheryl (Worsley), David, Nancy (Schultz), Lynnae (Knapp), DeAnn (Stidham), and Diane (Ingram); and stepchildren, Bill Haines, John Haines, Sally Louis, and Laura Emmons. He also leaves behind a huge posterity of 86 grandchildren, 72 great-grandchildren, 21 step grandchildren, and 12 step great-grandchildren.
Elbert was the great-grandson of Hyrum Smith, Patriarch and co-prophet with his brother, Joseph Smith, the founder and prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, December 28, 1999, in the Provo Fifth Ward LDS Chapel, located on the corner of Fifth East and Second North in Provo, UT. All are welcome! Elbert will be buried in the Provo City Cemetery.