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Obituary: Bliss H. Crandall

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Bliss H. Crandall, 87, of Provo, Utah passed peacefully away at his home Saturday, April 7, 2001.

He was born Dec 27, 1913 in Springville, UT to Edgar Vernon and Sylvia Hansen Crandall. He married Mildred Johnson in the Salt Lake LDS Temple June 23, 1937. They are the parents of three sons: Vern (Linda Rae), Lynn (Beth), and Ken (Linda).

He was educated in the Springville schools, later attending BYU and Utah State University where he graduated in Agriculture. While attending USU he was a Cadet leader of the R.O.T.C. program. He went on to attend Iowa State University where he obtained his Masters Degree in plant breeding. Later, at Iowa State he completed all of his course work for his Ph.D. He also completed advanced course work in statistics at North Carolina State University. Throughout his life, he received many honors and awards. Some of which were the Distinguished Service Award for National DHIA, Fellow of ADSA, Honorary Doctorate of USU, Outstanding Agriculture Alumni of USU, Sertoma Entrepreneur of the year, Guest Speaker Marriott School of Business, and Dairy Shrine Honored Guest of the Year. His picture hangs in the gallery of the guest of honor at the Dairy Shrine along with Louis Pasteur and others. He is known as the father of computerized dairy records throughout the world. His accomplishments are recognized worldwide for furthering the dairy industry in record keeping, management practices, and genetic improvement.

He was a professor and the assistant director of the experiment station at USU for many years. Later he accepted a position as Dean of Admissions and Records at Brigham Young University where he served for several years. On July 1, 1954 he founded DHI Computing Service, Inc. in the basement of his home. He was active in community affairs serving on the Provo School Board and in the Kiwanis Club.

He was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in many positions throughout his life. He was a counselor in the Provo Stake Presidency, Stake Sunday School President, home teacher, and High Priest Group Leader and others.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Mildred Crandall; three sons, Vern (Linda Rae), Provo, B. Lynn (Beth), Springville, Ken (Linda), Orem; 16 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchil-dren; one brother, LaMar V. (Delores) Crandall; four sisters, Hortense Harward, Loeen Whiting, Elaine Jackson, Carma Martin; a brother-in-law, Darrell Butler; and sisters-in law, Elaine Hansen, Leah Crandall. He was preceded in death by his brother, Ruel Crandall.

Services will be in the Slate Canyon 4th Ward chapel, 715 Utah Ave, Provo, UT (turn East at 800 S. off State St. in Provo), 11 a.m. Tues. April 10, 2001. The viewing will be at Berg Mortuary, 185 E. Center St, Provo, 6-8 p.m. Mon and at the Church prior to the funeral 9:30-10:30 a.m. Tues.