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Obituary: Wesley LaMond Tullis

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5/1/10 ~ 1/5/03

W. LaMond Tullis, born to Thomas Wesley Tullis and Loretta Jane Ellis on May 1, 1910, in Wellington, Utah, died at his home in Salt Lake City, January 5, 2003. He was 92.

In 1933, he married Melba Henry of Vernal, Utah. They had six children: Floyd LaMond Tullis (Marta), Fae Tullis Chapman, deceased (Vaughn), Terry Tullis (Nancy), Roger Tullis, deceased (Tricia), Larraine Tullis Walker (Charles), and Amber Tullis Huber, deceased (Gary).

Melba died in 1980. On November 5, 1981 LaMond married Wilma Dick and became a loving father to her seven adult children: Linda Loveridge (Dale), DeAnn Ross (Steve), Karin Stansel (Howard), Nannette Miles (John), Sarah Stosich (Howard), Kathleen Vander Linden (Bill), and John D. Groesbeck (Janette).

In addition to his surviving wife, Wilma, his children and stepchildren, and his sister Fay Tullis Boyd, he leaves 55 grandchildren and 80 great-grandchildren.

LaMond and his first wife, Melba, were living in Salt Lake City as the Great Depression finally penetrated America's heartland. They decided to leave the city and take up rural life in Utah's Uintah Basin near Vernal --Melba's ancestral home. By his early thirties, LaMond's strong and vigorous personality, coupled with his naturally unbounded energy, were at work reclaiming a sheep ranch on Brush Creek, and later developing an electrical contracting business in Vernal, which sustained his family until his retirement in 1975.

LaMond had an unwavering dedication to and unbridled faith in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was intimately acquainted with the Church's sacred texts, served in numerous ecclesiastical positions, including missionary to Florida, stake mission president, high councilman, counselor in the Ashley Stake presidency, and, with Wilma, branch president in Bermuda. He was called upon frequently to give sermons, discussions, and advice. Remarkably, his 1938 sermon given as a young man in the Salt Lake Tabernacle, "Why I Am A Mormon," published in the Deseret News, is still read for its clarity, conviction, and insight.

After 16 years of marriage in Vernal, LaMond and Wilma, in 1997, moved to Salt Lake City where they have resided to the present. In Salt Lake City, as in Vernal, LaMond continued his vigorous dedication to his faith and to those who embrace it. With a naturally outgoing personality and ever-photogenic smile, he has captured the hearts and love of family, friends, and associates everywhere.

Wasatch Lawn Mortuary is handling funeral arrangements: Viewings will be held at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 South Highland Drive, Tuesday, January 7, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., and at the Holladay 24th Ward Chapel, 4395 South Albright (1950 East) on January 8, 10:00 to 11:45 a.m. The funeral will begin at 12:00 noon following the viewing on January 8, 2003.

Graveside services will be held at the Vernal City Cemetery, Thursday, January 9 at 11:00 a.m.