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Obituary: David Ensign Gardner

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David E. Gardner 1915 ~ 2007 David Ensign Gardner has gone to be with his Heavenly Father and beloved family who went before him. Born November 17, 1915 in Birkenhead, Cheshire, England to Captain John Gardner and Mary Caldwell. David's ancestry shows that he has three grandparents who are Scottish and one that is English. David was the ninth child of 10 and is the last child to live to 2007. David was baptized into the LDS Church in Liverpool, England 22 February 1927 and lived the gospel of Jesus Christ all his life. David had a love for genealogical research, and during the 1930s and 1940s, in the British Isles, became a great British researcher. He lived in the Liverpool area until 1943 when he was called to America and arrived in New York on Labor Day 1948. David came to Salt Lake City where he joined the Genealogical Staff of the LDS Church. He met his eternal companion, Mariel Pack, and they were married 25 June 1953 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Mariel passed away in 1985. Two sons were born, Matthew in 1958, and Mark in 1961. Mark married his eternal companion Melissa Kimball and they have eight children. David became an author of genealogical books and is well known for co-authoring with Frank Smith, Genealogical Research in England and Wales, a three volume set. David was an inspired teacher and lecturer in British Genealogy and taught at BYU. He was a Fellow of the Society of Genealogists, London, England. David was a tour director with BYU from 1960 to 1976, taking people back to the British Isles for Family History purposes. David worked for the LDS Church and retired in 1985. David stayed on as a volunteer finishing the Scottish extraction program in 1993. David was well known for his genealogical abilities and loved the time spent with many on their pedigrees in family history; he had a lifelong pursuit of helping others. His last years were spent with his family and he passed away 15 February 2007 as Mariel came to take him to heaven on Valentine's Day. The funeral will be Tuesday, 20 February 2007, 12 noon at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel located on A Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenue in Salt Lake City, Utah. Viewing will be 6-8 p.m. Monday evening 19 February 2007 at the Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple (801/363-5781); and Tuesday 11-11:45 a.m. at the chapel, prior to the funeral service.