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Obituary: Harry F. Suniville


11/27/13 ~ 2/27/03

Harry F. Suniville returned to his Heavenly Father on February 27, 2003 while surrounded by his family following a brief illness with heart failure caused by aortic stenosis.

Born November 27, 1913 in Ogden, Utah, to Herbert and Mary Adaline Nantker Suniville. He was educated in the Ogden public schools and graduated from Weber College and the University of Utah, majoring in accounting.

Married Nadine Sullivent in Shreveport, Louisiana on October 17, 1949.

During his high school and college years, while working for Becker Products Company during his summer vacations, he developed a strong work ethic which would remain with him through all his working years. He continued his accounting practice until shortly before his death.

Following graduation from the University of Utah, he was employed in various government offices in Washington, D.C. where he also studied at Strayer College of Accountancy. He passed the CPA examination in May, 1937.

Returning to Utah in 1937, he was employed by the Goddard-Abbey Co., Certified Public Accountants, thus beginning his lifelong career in public accounting in their Salt Lake City and Ogden offices.

His career in the defense industry began in November, 1940, in which he served in several executive accounting positions through 1945. His first assignment was with the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps as Chief Fiscal Auditor at Fort Warren, Wyoming, followed thereafter as Assistant to the Zone Auditor for the 7th Corps area in Omaha, Nebraska. During this assignment, he traveled to many installations under construction, including army training posts such as Fort Leonard Wood, munitions and arms plants and proving grounds, where he supervised and reported on the accounting personnel and their effectiveness. In November, 1941, he was assigned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as Chief Project Auditor for the construction of Pine Bluff Arsenal, Arkansas, covering a period of one and one-half years. During this assignment, he was in charge of all accounting for the facility, and at the peak of construction had over 550 employees under his supervision in the financial, payroll, materials, timekeeping and construction equipment departments. He was thereafter employed at the Alcan Highway project in Canada and Alaska, stationed in Edmonton, Canada, and Chicago, Illinois. His next assignments were at the Hanford, Washington, atomic facility construction project and the Indiana Ordnance Works near Louisville, Kentucky.

Returning to Utah in December, 1945, he became a partner January 2, 1946, in the Goddard-Abbey Company which later became Suniville, Griffin and Smith, Certified Public Accountants, and was the Senior and Managing Partner for about 30 years prior to assuming a less active role with Smith, Powell and Co., LLC.

Harry became a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Utah Association of CPAs in 1946. He was also a charter member of the Salt Lake Chapter of the Institute of Managing Accountants (formerly National Association of Cost Accountants) serving as President in 1978 and 1979. His Masonic memberships included Wasatch Lodge No. 1, F. & A.M., Utah Consistory of the Scottish Rite, and El Kalah Temple of the Shrine. He was also an active member of the El Kalah Shrine Patrol for 52 years.

He is survived by his wife and sons Harry, Jr. and Gerald (Sharon), Salt Lake City, and Thomas (Linda), San Francisco, California. They will all miss him greatly, as will his many colleagues and friends.

Masonic Funeral Services will be held Tuesday March 4, 2003, at 12:00 noon at Evans & Early Mortuary, a dignity memorial provider, 574 East 100 South, Salt Lake City, Utah, where friends may call Monday from 6-8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Interment, Mount Olivet Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Utah.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, Fairfax Road at Virginia Street, Salt Lake City, Utah.