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Obituary: Donald Grant Woolley

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Donald Grant Woolley 1925 ~ 2006 Donald Grant Woolley, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, passed peacefully at home in Bountiful, UT on Nov. 5th, 2006, surrounded by his family. Dad was born December 12, 1925 in Magrath, Alberta, Canada, the son of Grant Goddard and Hazel Karren Woolley. Dad and mom both served as missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1945-1947. Dad served in the Canadian Mission (Toronto, Ontario) and mom served in the Southern California Mission. Two weeks after returning they were married in the Cardston Alberta LDS Temple. Dad graduated from Utah State University with Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Agronomy before moving his young family to Ames, Iowa to pursue a PhD at Iowa State University. After completing his education, he returned to Canada and joined a government agriculture research project in Alberta from 1960-1963. In 1963 he accepted a position at Iowa State as full professor, where he enjoyed teaching for 35 years. A sabbatical leave from the university in 1974 took him to Thailand where he was instrumental in designing a new agricultural college in Bangkok for World Bank. Dad served in many civic and religious positions, such as scoutmaster and parks and recreation board chairman. He served as President of the Central Iowa District, President of the Des Moines Iowa Stake, Regional Representative for the Independence, Wichita, Winter Quarters, St. Louis, Little Rock, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, and Des Moines Regions. He was blessed through his work as Patriarch in the Des Moines Iowa and Bountiful Mueller Park Stakes. He performed numerous marriages in the temple, and from 1990-1995 he served as a counselor in two presidencies at the Chicago, Illinois Temple and recently for three years in the Bountiful Temple Presidency. Dad loved to talk to everyone he encountered. He never met a stranger, and he never forgot a name. We will miss his devout testimony and love for his Savior, his advice, counsel and blessings. He left a legacy of strong family unity including, Norma, his wife of 59 years, and his five children: Jane (Stephen) Harward of Springville; Wayne (Julia) of Rochester, Minnesota; Mary Ellen (Timothy) Ross of Riverton; David of Springville; and Patricia (Joe) Gannaway of Rexburg, Idaho; 18 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren: sisters, Gaylia Woolley of Bountiful and Carol (William) Rich of Logan, Utah. Funeral services will be held Friday, November 10, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at the Mueller Park Stake Center, 1800 S. Mueller Park Rd., Bountiful, UT. Friends and family may call Thursday evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Russon Brothers Bountiful Mortuary, 295 North Main, and Friday morning 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the church prior to services. Interment-Lakeview Cemetery. Online guest book at www.russonmortuary.com.