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Obituary: William Henrichsen Neff

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William, Bill, Henrichsen Neff, 95, said his last good-byes, peacefully, at home surrounded by family and friends, on March 24, 2001.

He was born September 22, 1905. His career as golf course, landscape architect and nurseryman spanned 70 years. Bill leaves a legacy of great beauty. As a result of his artistic talents, many parks, residences and golf courses provide vistas to be enjoyed and marveled at by all, now and for generations to come. He often spoke with pride about his landscape of the LDS Temple grounds in Los Angeles.

Bill was a member of the LDS Church. He was involved in many organizations as well. The American Association of Golf Course Architects honored him by recording a videotape, which is in their archives and enumerates his accomplishments as a golf course architect. Bill was the first president of the Holladay Lion's Club, a member of the Sugar House Rotary Club, served as a member and president of the Utah-Idaho Nurserymen's Association. He was a long-time member on the board of the Red Butte Garden and


Bill was an avid golfer and a member of Salt Lake Country Club, where he supervised golf course revisions in 1952 and 1964, and served as a consultant for many years as well. He also was member of Oakridge, Alpine and Bloomington Country Clubs, all of which he designed and planted. He used his engineering talents to invent a lawn-planting machine, which he utilized to seed many of his projects.

Survivors include daughters: Carolyn Dunn and Diana (Weston) Gouge; grandchildren: William Neff Green, Cindy (Joel) Klein and Julie Ann (Brad) Slack; great-grandchildren: Jonathen Green and Madison Slack and nephews and nieces. He is predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth (Betty) Leggett; sisters: Lucile, Evelyn, Isabelle, Ernestine; brother, Barr and his parents.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 31, 2001 at 11:30 a.m. at the Wasatch Lawn Mortuary Chapel, 3401 South Highland Drive, where friends and family may call

Friday 6-8 p.m. and Saturday 10:15-11:15 a.m., prior to services. Interment, Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Red Butte Garden, #18A Detrobriand Street, SLC, UT 84113.