Born June 20th, 1925. Vern LeRoy Chapman, World War II veteran, builder, man of kindness and integrity, Maori at heart, endured to the end. He passed away from prostate cancer at age 76, on our country's Day of Prayer, Sept. 14, 2001.
His wife Virginia, together with her children, Christy Cunningham, Charlotte Cook (Phil), Matthew (Rebecca), and Cynthia Boren (David), 23 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren bid farewell to a wonderful patriarch. Also surviving are his brothers Kenneth (Louise) and Vaughn. Brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Sterling Purser, Eugene and Carol Davis, Paul and Bonnie Grant, Steve and Sharon Anderson. He is joyfully reunited with
his beloved son Paul, daughter Becky, parents LeRoy Jerome and Vilate Chapman, and sister Donna Purser.
Vern and Virginia enjoyed that unique relationship, a wonderfully happy marriage, which began on October 21, 1949 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. He was a stalwart member of the church, serving wherever and whenever asked; service made easy by his pure love of Christ and a testimony of His reality.
The Pacific, his sea of battle, forged his soul. New Zealand, the mission field of his youth, held his heart. Life's challenges strengthened and humbled him. His second mission, in Arizona with his wife, renewed his spirit. Vern built numerous buildings throughout the valley: chapels, seminaries, offices, apartments and houses. Most importantly, he built a happy home full of love.
Funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday, September 18th at 12 noon at the Stratford East Ward chapel, 2605 South 1500 East. A viewing will be held at 11 a.m. at the Ward, or Monday night from 6-8 p.m. at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple. Interment: Salt Lake City Cemetery.
We love and miss you, and have hope in a glorious reunion. "Grandpa, I touched you last."