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Obituary: Ford Taylor Scalley

1914 ~ 2003

Ford Taylor Scalley was born to Ethel Taylor and Douglas Evans Scalley in Sugar City, ID Jan 23, 1914. He and his brothers, Paul Douglas (Marjorie Atwater), Robert Samuel (Marion Shaw), and sister, Ethel Madge ( Robert McKenna), grew up in Salt Lake City, UT. Ford graduated from East High School and attended the University of Utah where he affiliated with the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. He labored in the Swiss-German Mission field for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1932-1935. He and Lillian Irma Hanson, the beautiful and vivacious "blonde down the street" were married May 18, 1937, St. Mark's Cathedral, Salt Lake. They became the parents of four children, Suzan Jane, Ford Gordon, Muriel Karen and Dianne Margaret.

Following in the footsteps of his father and older brother, Ford's lifelong career was with the Utah Idaho Sugar Company. In 1938, he began as an Agricultural Field Man in Vale, SD. He was shortly named Assistant District Manager to the Idaho Falls, ID plant and then transferred to Salt Lake to work in the Agricultural Research Farm Labor Department. Promoted to District Manager, 1945, he oversaw offices in Belle Fourche, SD, (1945-47), Chinook, MT, (1947-51), Garland, UT, (1952-69), Toppenish, WA, (1970-71), and Idaho Falls, ID, (1971-74). From 1975 until his retirement in 1977, he oversaw all company activities in the state of Washington.

Ford was a true renaissance man. His study, love and knowledge of flora and fauna made hikes around the "Scalley Wag" cabin in Island Park, ID an unforgettable lesson in the botanical names of every leaf and mushroom passed. His passion for the garden produced prize-winning hybrid Iris from the family home in Tremonton, UT and the world's sweetest tangelos from the trees of Ford and Lillian's retirement home in Palm Desert, CA.

A voracious reader, he led lively discussions on topics from politics and philosophy to "unusual" headline bloopers and his favorite cartoons. He was an Eagle Scout and remained active in the scouting program as a member of the State BSA Council. An avid hunter and fisherman, he respected nature and taught his grand-sons life lessons while setting crawdad traps and gathering berries for jam during summers spent in Bend, OR. In his retirement years, gifts of handcrafted pinecone wreathes and mini-ature flowering trees made from Manzanita bushes became his signature. Until the end, he could converse in the German language so loved. He truly honored his heritage and organized ancestral family photos and histories that will forever be treasured by his posterity.

Surrounded by children, Ford died Sat. March 9, 2003, of causes incident to age. He was preceded in death by his angel, Lil, and grandson, Roger Derr. He is survived by his children, Suzan S. Taylor, Ford G. (Claudia Morgan), Muriel S. Derr, Dianne M.; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grand-children; sister, Madge Scalley Mc-Kenna; sisters-in-law, Marion Shaw Scalley, Muriel Hanson Hardy; and son-in-law, Jeff Derr.

Services will be Wed. 12 noon, March 12, 2003 Wasatch Lawn Mortuary Chapel, 3401 S. Highland Drive. A visitation will be Tues. 6-8 p.m. and Wed. one hour prior to services. Interment, Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.

The family expresses our gratitude to the staff of Hospice of Utah for their loving care and would ask in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to that organization.