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Obituary: Henry M. Grether, Jr.

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1920 ~ 2003

Our dear husband, father, grandfather and friend, Henry Moroni Grether Jr., passed on the 8th day of September, 2003 in Salt Lake City at the age of 83, due to complications from Parkinson's and Leukemia.

Henry was born January 29, 1920 to Henry Moroni and Grace Millick Howell Grether in Salt Lake City, UT. After graduating from South High School he served a two year mission for the LDS church in Eastern Canada. He served three years in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He married Jane Child of Salt Lake City June 16, 1944, in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Salt Lake Temple. Henry graduated from the University of Utah, with a B.A. in 1943, J.D. in 1947 and, an LLM from the Univ. of Minnesota in 1948.

Henry started as an instructor at the U of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1948 and became a full Professor in 1957. Henry planned to teach for a year and then return to Utah to go into private law practice. He enjoyed teaching so much, he never returned to Utah. From 1966-1976 served as Dean of the College of Law and attained his goal of funding and building a new law building on East Campus. He also served as Assistant Attorney General for Nebraska (1950), Special Attorney for the Nebraska Dept. of Roads (1954-1957), Minority Counsel to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee (1960), and Trust Consultant, Union Bank and Trust Co. (1961-1966).

Henry was a member in the American Law Institute, ABA, Nebraska State Bar Assoc., National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Law (life member), the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (Trustee) and the American Arbitration Assoc. and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. Upon his retirement and in recognition of his 42 years of leadership and service to the U of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law, Henry was honored to be endowed the Henry M. Grether Jr. Distinguished Professorship of Law in August of 1990.

Henry and Jane bought their retirement home in La Costa, CA and lived there for 11 years before returning to the Salt Lake Valley in 1996. While they enjoyed the ocean and warm weather of San Diego, they also served as ordinance workers in the California San Diego LDS Temple.

Survived by his wife, Jane and his three children, Deborah (Lyman) Condie, Henry III, known as Trace (Karen) Grether and Sharon Elise, and four grandchildren, Marie, David, Kari and Kristin. Henry left this world with his family beside him. The family would like to thank those many friends who often came to visit Henry. A special thanks for the care that Garden Terrace staff gave Henry and our family.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 13th, 2003 at the Larkin Sunset Garden Chapel, 1950 East 10600 South, Sandy, Utah. Friends and family may call 7:30-9:30 p.m., Friday, September 12th and one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 1342 East 500 South, Salt Lake City, Utah.