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Obituary: Max C. Pettey

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Max C. Pettey 1/3/19 ~ 11/22/06 Max C. Pettey passed away Nov. 22, 2006 in Salt Lake City, Utah after a sudden decline caused by a terminal illness. Max was born January 3, 1919 at Hiawatha, Carbon Co., Utah to Elsie Roberts Pettey and Clell C. Pettey. He is preceded by his wife of 57 years, Virginia Adair Pettey, who passed away April 9, 2000. Max is survived by his sons Craig (Nann) of Cypress, Texas, and David (Mary) of Rocklin, California; grandchildren Adam Pettey (Kirsten), Bryant Pettey, Ashley Merback (Joey), Chelsea Pettey, Lindsey Erickson (Rob), Cameron Pettey, and McCall Pettey; great-grandchildren Max, Reese, Corden, Isaac, Georgie, and Zoie; sister Cherie Connor; sister-in-law Wanda Warner; brother-in-law Dick Adair (Pat); many nieces and nephews, cousins and extended family. He cherished and loved his wife and family. Max was raised in the Emery County area of central Utah, and Salt Lake City. Max attended high school at North Emery High School and graduated from East High School in Salt Lake. He played trumpet in the band, and he played basketball and tennis. After high school he worked and attended some classes at the University of Utah. He began his employment with Western Airlines in 1945. Throughout his 36 years with Western he worked in several positions including Station Manager in Rochester, Minn., and a Reservations Manager in Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle, and Salt Lake. Max was well liked and respected throughout the company. He loved his job and the people there. Max is a life-long member of The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints. He served for many years at the Jordan River Temple, and has lived and served in the same ward since 1977. He loved his ward family and they loved him. After Virginia's passing, life just wasn't as fun, but he did okay. Max worked at the temple, sang in his ward choir, worked in his yard, visited his relatives who were lonely, and loved to attend Tabernacle Choir concerts and other musical events. Music was a vital part of Max's life. Even in his last days when lying there with little response and energy, he would suddenly hum part of a church hymn. Music was a part his soul. Special thanks to all those family members, neighbors and friends who visited and cared for Max during the last couple of years. Our family is especially grateful to his home teacher, Barry Woodward, for his friendship and service to our dad and grandpa. Max will be remembered as a man who loved his family, relatives, and friends. He always had a smile on his face, a hat on his head, and a song with a hum. He was cheerful. Services will be on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 12:00 p.m. at the Union 4th Ward, 1834 E. Creek Rd., Sandy where a viewing will be held from 10:30 - 11:45 a.m. prior to the service. Interment at Larkin Sunset Gardens. Online condolences at www.larkinmortuary.com