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Obituary: Donald Hills Wagstaff Sr.

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Donald Hills Wagstaff Sr. passed away peacefully at his home August 30, 2000.

He was born September 28, 1910, the fifth of eight sons of Arthur John Sr. and Jesse McDonald Wagstaff. He attended first and second grade at Holladay Elementary School in Holladay, Utah. At the age of nine he moved to Carey, Idaho and attended the third through fifth grade at Little Wood River School. He skipped the sixth grade and went to Carey Jr. High School until his family moved back to Salt Lake City where he attended Irving Jr. High and graduated from Granite High School in 1928. He went to the University of Utah until he was called to serve an LDS mission to the California mission from 1931-1933. After his mission he moved to Washington D.C. where he met and married his eternal companion, Anne Lucile Bowcutt in 1935. In 1940 he earned a Masters Degree from Benjamin Franklin University and worked for the government until he became the owner and president of Wagstaff Oil Company, (multiple gas stations, a truck stop and cafe, and petroleum trucking company). In 1969 he established Golden West Distributing later known as Wagstaff's Health Products, specializing in health food products and equipment.

His life was dedicated to the gospel of Jesus Christ. He was very proud to be a fourth-generation Mormon and he was especially grateful for his pioneer ancestors. After he and his wife raised their ten children, they served three full-time missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in many leadership capacities in the church but his most important responsibilities have always been husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Don was preceded in death by his daughter Judith Elaine, his parents, and his brothers Arthur John, Jr., Owen, Wendell, Stanford, and David. He is survived by his wife, Anne; children: Sheryl Ann Mason (Steve), Donald Hills Wagstaff Jr. (Lynn), Janet Howells Wolfley (Darrell), Douglas Kay (Laura), Dwayne Ray (Carmen), Kathleen Emery (Mark), Darlene Hughes (Jordan), Darol Leon (Loree), Dale Cleon; 26 grandchildren, 12 great-grand children; brothers, Robert (Ruth), Nathan.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 2, 2000 at 12 noon at the Cross-pointe LDS Ward Chapel, 1325 West 5550 South, Taylorsville, Utah. Friends and family may call Friday at the Holladay-Cottonwood Mortuary, 4670 S. Highland Drive from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday 11 to 11:45 a.m. at the Crosspointe Chapel. Interment, Salt Lake City Cemetery. Funeral Directors, Holladay Cottonwood Mortuary.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the LDS Church Missionary Fund.