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Obituary: Weston Eyring Edwards

Weston Eyring Edwards 1934 ~ 2005 Weston Eyring Edwards, born May 13, 1934 to William F. and Catherine Eyring Edwards, passed away at 2:30 a.m. September 25, 2005. He fought a short but valiant battle against cancer and his mighty heart stopped beating, then he peacefully returned to the arms of his Heavenly Father. He was a noble man, a truly loved and loving father, a spiritual giant, a brilliant academic, and an influential industry leader. He and his eternal sweetheart of 51 years, Jaroldeen Asplund Edwards, were sealed in life as they will be in eternity. Theirs was a truly glorious marriage! They were the parents of 12 wonderful children, 75 splendid grandchildren, and the miracle of seven great-grandchildren. He was born in New York City and at the age of 12 was admitted to a prestigious high school. He attended Brigham Young University, graduating Phi Kappa Phi, where he was elected business manager of the student body. He and his wife, Jaroldeen, spent two years in Dayton, Ohio where he achieved the rank of Captain in the U.S. Air Force. After-wards, they went to Boston where Weston spent five years at Harvard Business School, receiving an MBA and a Doctorate in Finance and Banking. He graduated first in his class at Harvard and was the Donald David Kirk Scholar and a Baker Scholar. In subsequent years, he worked in the financial industry in Chicago, New York, Dallas, and Los Angeles. He became an industry leader and consultant in the real estate and mortgage banking industry and was nationally renowned. He was the founder and chairman of the National Housing Roundtable. He was currently teaching at the Marriott School of Management as well as continuing his vigorous consulting business. He was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was humble, powerful in his testimony, close to the Spirit and a great student of the scriptures. He always served with total dedication as a bishop, counselor in a stake presidency, High Priest Group Leader, and many other positions of leadership. He declared the gospel with all his might and he was a master teacher. Members will always remember his booming bass voice in each ward choir where he sang, as well as his resounding "Amen" after every prayer. Missionary work was always close to his heart, and one of the great joys of his life was when he and his wife served in the South African Mission (Johannesberg), where they established institutes and seminaries and fell in love with the people of South Africa. Weston and Jaroldeen were serving as temple workers at the Timpanogos Temple at the time of his death. The focus of his life was always his family. He loved his children fiercely and his abiding motto was "Make Righteousness Fun." He succeeded in making family life a great adventure for every child. He had a deep and abiding love for children. Every grandchild could not wait to run to his breathtaking embrace and they knew they were loved unconditionally. He prayed every morning and night for every child, grandchild, and great-grandchild by name. This magnificent man filled every minute of his life with meaningful labor and the Lord took him home mid-stride. All 115 members of his immediate posterity pray that they will follow his pure example. Funeral services for Weston will be held Wednesday, September 28, 2005 at 2 p.m. in the Northfield 3rd LDS Ward chapel, 2195 North 100 East (Canyon Road), Pleasant Grove, Utah. Family and friends may call Wednesday afternoon from 12-2 p.m. at the Northfield 3rd Ward chapel, prior to services. Interment, Pleasant Grove City Cemetery. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Warenski Funeral Home, American Fork, Utah (801/763-5000). In lieu of flowers, donations to the Weston and Jaroldeen Edwards Scholarship at Brigham Young University.