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Obituary: Grant Bunderson Bitter

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Our dear husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, Grant Bunderson Bitter, 78, died at home, July 1st, 2000, of colorectal-liver cancer.

Born in Rexburg, ID, July 18, 1921. His parents were Joseph Ericksen Bitter and Ruth Molinda Bunderson. He attended schools in Rexburg, including Madison high school and Ricks College. Grant received a BA degree from the University of Utah, a MS degree from Columbia University, New York City, and his D. Ed. degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. His life was devoted to education, service, and commitment to helping others. He taught school at Jordan Jr. High School, seminary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Kaysville, Granite High School Seminary, and Jordan High School Seminary. He also taught at the Institute of Religion at the U. of U. and Wayne State University. He directed a teacher education program at the University of Utah for 19 years and attained the rank of Associate Professor. He served a year as President of the U. of U. Professor, Emeriti club.

Grant married Margery Louise Beard in the Salt Lake Temple Feb. 14, 1947. To this union was born five daughters and four sons. Grant served the Lord diligently all his life, serving in the California Mission (when it was all one mission, including much of Arizona). He instructed in the auxiliaries of the church, was Bishop of the Glendale Park 1st Ward and Cannon 2nd Ward, and was a member of the High Council in the Mt. Jordan and Butler Stakes. He was a host and guide on Temple Square for six years, also acting as chairman of training there. Most recently he was released after 13 years as an ordinance worker at the Salt Lake Temple, and as a trainer of others who served there. He was recently released after 19 years as the statistical ward clerk in the Brighton 4th Ward. Grant did much to further research on his family lines, writing histories, and organizing the Bitter family reunions for many years. He honored his pioneer ancestors who crossed the plains by handcart and wagon after coming from Scandinavia, England, and Germany. Following his mission, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy to serve his country in World War II aboard a minesweeper in the South Pacific, The USS Gladiator, participating in many battles, among them, Okinawa. He was devoted to his family, working two jobs many years to provide for their needs. He would often call the grandchildren on Sunday evening.

Survived by his wife of 53 years, Margery; children, Marcia (Jim) King, Payson; Celia (Tom) Hansen, MI; Merrill Grant (Diane), SLC; Colleen (Peadair) Addie, WVC; Whitney Beard (Julie), Magna; Kimball Beard (Suzanne), SLC; Warren Beard (Ann), Draper; Jennifer, SLC; Maureen (Steven) Ross; West Jordan; 29 grandchildren; 20 great-grand-children; brother, Joseph Melvin Bitter (Nelma), Kaysville; and sisters, Ruth (Vern), Wayman, Patricia (Calvin) Birch, both of SLC. Preceded in death by his parents; sister, Maxine (George) Rytting; two infant brothers, Anthony, Lund; brother-in-law, Lamar Osborne; and sister-in-law, Margaret Beard.

The family expresses thanks to his doctors, nurses, and the staff of IHC Hospice.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wed. July 5, 2000 at the Brighton 4th Ward Chapel, 23rd E. and Bengal Blvd. (7600 S.). The family will meet friends and relatives 9:30-10:45 a.m. preceding the services. Burial, Salt Lake City Cemetery. Directors, Cannon Mortuary.

"Good night, sweet prince; and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!" Hamlet V. II. "...and death has no dominion." Dylan Thomas