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Obituary: George Harold Behunin

George Harold Behunin 1912 ~ 2005 George Harold Behunin, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend passed away at 93 years of age Wednesday, November 23, 2005 in Salt Lake City, Utah. George was born March 12, 1912 in Roosevelt, Duchesne, Utah and was the son of George Albert Behunin and Mary Biddlecom Behunin. George married Velda Hartle June 24, 1935 and they were later sealed in the Manti Temple June 9, 1942. They were the parents of 10 children. George was a missionary at heart. No person could brush shoulders with George without hearing about his unfailing faith in God and his church. George and Velda served 13 full-time and stake missions. George worked as a foreman in the coal mines in Carbon County, Utah and later retired from the Salt Lake City School District as a building engineer. All who knew George were familiar with his incredible ability to tell a story, his devotion and faith as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, his entertaining sense of humor, and his valiant spirit. It was George's goal to live to be 150. He always said that if he lived to be 100, the odds were in his favor. "After all," he often added in his typical wit, "there aren't too many who die between 100 and 150!" At the beginning of 2005, George made a resolution to stick to a very strict schedule: "If I eat when I'm hungry and drink when I'm dry, and I stick with this schedule, I'll live 'till I die!" George truly did "live" until he died. He farmed his entire back yard, on a quarter of an acre lot through October of this year. He shared his harvest of fruits and vegetables with family and friends. George will be most remembered for his story telling. He had a gift for weaving a moral into every story. He loved to memorize poetry, and was an avid reader of the scriptures. He accepted the challenge to read the Book of Mormon before the end of 2005 and finished it one month after starting. George was preceded in death by his wife, Velda Hartle Behunin; his brothers, Eldon, Clyde, Ivanhoe, Joe, Willey, and Henry; and his sister, Jessie. He is survived by his three sisters, Nina Goodrich, Jenny Jorgenson Simms, and Marjorie Biggs. He is also survived by his 10 children and their spouses Mr. and Mrs. Max Behunin (Sally) of West Valley, Utah, Mr. and Mrs. Ted Tucker (Jessie) of Duchesne, Utah, Mr. and Mrs. George Frank Behunin (Joan) of Bountiful, Utah, Mr. and Mrs. John Behunin (Linda) of West Valley, Utah, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Stipe (Marilyn) of Missoula, Montana, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Behunin (Judy) of Orem, Utah, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Harper (Clarnell) of American Fork, Utah, Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Behunin (Chris) of West Jordan, Utah, Mr. and Mrs. Craig Sudbury (LeeAnn) of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Mr. and Mrs. Rex Behunin (Jana) of West Valley, Utah. George was the proud grandfather of 60 grandchildren, 116 great-grandchildren, and 11 great great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held in the LeGrand Ward building at 1078 South McClelland Street (1040 East) in Salt Lake City, Utah Wednesday, November 30, 2005 at 12:30 p.m. Friends may meet with the family at Myers Mortuary, 250 North Fairfield Road in Layton, Utah Tuesday, November 29 from 7-9 p.m. and one hour prior to the funeral service at the LeGrand Ward meetinghouse. Interment will be at the Wasatch Lawn Cemetery at 3401 South Highland Drive in Salt Lake City, Utah.