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Obituary: John Edward Harding

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- John Edward Harding returned to his Heavenly Father for a joyful reunion with his parents January 25, 2002, at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah due to compli-cations resulting from a sudden attack of pan-creatitis.

John was born to Edward Bailey Harding and Lu-rean Stevens Har-ding Jan 15, 1942 in Price, UT. He lived his life with enthusiasm, generosity and goodness. John married Karen Kaye Taylor in 1961, and was later divorced. John then married the love of his life, Frances Wegrzyn, Feb 21, 1976 and their marriage was later sealed for eternity in the Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. John grew up and lived in Craig, CO for 40 years. He graduated from Moffat County High School in 1960 and attended Mesa State College in Grand Junction, CO. He graduated from Colorado State University in 1964 with a degree in Business Administration. Upon his return from college, he began working in the family-owned beer distribution business with his father. In 1968, he purchased the business from his father and became president of C&H Distributing. For almost 40 years, he distributed beer for Miller Brewing Company, Coors Brewing Company and Anheuser-Busch. While living in Craig, CO he served on the Craig City Council and The Executive Board of the Colorado West Area Council of Governments. He was a past president of the B.P.O.E Elks Club, a member of the Kiwanis Club and active with the Colorado Beer Distributors Association. In 1983, John and his family moved to Vernal, UT. In Vernal his activities included serving on the Uintah County Planning and Zoning Board, president of the Rotary Club, past president of the Utah Beers Distributors Association and a Board of Directors member of the National Beer Wholesalers Association. John was dedicated to supporting and improving his community; he was a long- time sponsor and contributor to the Dinosaur Round-up Rodeo as well as a Boy Scout Committee Chairman. He was committed to supporting the formal education of his own family and others. Each year he awarded scholarships to Vernal's Uintah High School students and was also involved in helping other students complete their academic goals with continual encouragement as well as financial help. He was an Elder in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. John loved his family and was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather. His greatest pleasures in life were sharing meals with his family, boating, travel, and spending time with his friends. John was a kind, generous and loving person. He was a true friend and was sincerely dedicated to the support of others. He made each person he encountered feel special, as each immediately became his "favorite," whether it was a bank teller, a waitress, an employee, a neighbor or member of the family.

He is survived by his wife, Frances; daughter, Suzan Rene Harding (Jean Martin), Montreal, Canada; sons, Carl Edward Harding, Randall Mark Harding (Tari), Ryan Joseph Harding;. three grandchildren, Judith Blanche, Joel Felix, Austin Michael; brother, Richard George Harding (Barbara), Kure Beach, NC; sisters, Jeanne Harding Cook (Stott), Marianne Harding Burgoyne (Dr. Robert H. Burgoyne), Salt Lake City, UT; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother and father.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the John Harding Scholarship Fund through the Uintah Schools Foundation, 635 W. 200 S, Vernal, UT.

Services will be Tues. Jan 29, 2002, 10 a.m., Maeser Stake Center (1000 N. 1275 W). Friends may call at Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary, Mon. 6-8 p.m. and at the Chapel one hour prior to services. Burial, Provo City Cemetery. Directors, Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.