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Obituary: Max Wheelwright

Max Wheelwright 1915 ~ 2005 Max Wheelwright, 89, passed away Thursday, September 22, 2005, in Salt Lake City, Utah, of natural causes. He was born December 10, 1915 in Ogden, Utah, the youngest son of David Reuben Wheelwright and Valborg Rasmussen Wheelwright. He married his BYU sweetheart, Deborah Ann Coulam, on May 29, 1939, in the Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She preceded him in death June 4, 2001. He recently said of her, "She gave life to my life." Max lived a long life of service to family, church, country and community. As a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he was devoted to missionary work, serving three full-time missions. The first was to France (1934-37), the second as mission president to Toulouse, France (1978-81), and the third to the Mascarene Islands (1984-86). His great love for Scouting began when he was a young man and continued as he served as Scoutmaster of Troop 53 from 1951-62, and then in numerous other positions in the Mountain View District and Great Salt Lake Council of Boy Scouts of America. In 1947, after two years of service as an officer in the U.S. Navy (1944-46), Max and his brothers established Wheelwright Lithographing Company in Salt Lake City. They soon became well-known for their beautiful color lithography and quality printing of high school and college yearbooks, nature guides and magazines, and LDS Church materials. His wife Ann was the bookkeeper for the business, and all of their children helped out at "The Plant" at one time or another. Max served as vice president and president of Printing Industries of Utah, vice chairman and chairman of the board of directors of the National Association of Printers and Lithographers, and as a member of the board of directors of Graphic Arts Technical Foundation. Max served in numerous capacities in the Salt Lake Rotary Club, Sons of Utah Pioneers (Canyon Rim Chapter), and as a volunteer at the Veterans Administration Medical Center. He was also instrumental in establishing the Wheelwright Family Organization, encouraging family history activities. Everywhere he traveled he looked up "Wheelwrights" and made family connections. For the past nine months, Max resided at Brighton Gardens in Salt Lake City, where he made many new friends. He truly never knew a stranger and will be remembered by all for his infectious smile, his personal warmth, and his unfailing optimism. Max will be greatly missed by his six children, Peggy (Jim Parry) of Salt Lake City; Steve (Margaret Steele) of Belmont MA/Oakley UT; Jim (Bev Aoki) of Jackson, WY; Cathy (Randl Ockey) of Helena MT; Scott (Jenette Harrieth) of Saratoga, CA; and Tom (Rosemary Jackson) of Tempe, AZ. He is also survived by 23 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Ann, his parents, his brothers, Russell, Sterling, and Lorin, and his great-grandson, Wilson Parry Vann. A viewing will be held Wednesday evening, September 28, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Larkin Sunset Lawn, 2350 E. 1300 S., and also from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 29 at the Yalecrest Ward Chapel, 1035 South 1800 East. Funeral services will follow at 12:00 noon. Interment will be at the Brigham City Cemetery at 3:00 p.m. that same day.