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Homer LeRoy Proctor

1922 ~ 2008

Homer LeRoy Proctor, 85, died of natural causes in Provo, Utah, on March 19, 2008.

He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on November 18, 1922, to Samuel Carroll and Ellen Josephine Benfell Proctor. He married Helen Marjorie Jensen on September 16, 1946 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.

Homer attended South High School in Salt Lake City where he played on the football team. Following graduation he served in the Merchant Marine for approximately one year and then served as a full-time missionary in the Spanish-American Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Following their marriage both he and Marge were active in the Mexican Branch in Salt Lake City for several years. In 1956, they moved with their family to Van Nuys, California, where Homer continued his education at Los Angeles City College and the University of Southern California. He graduated from USC in Mechanical Engineering in June, 1961. While going to school he also worked for Air Research Manufacturing Company the Garrett Corporation, and continued working there until his retirement in 1987.

Homer served in many ward and stake positions including Sunday School Superintendent, Young Men's President, Ward and Stake Explorer Advisor, Counselor in Branch Presidency and Bishopric, Ward Clerk, Stake Clerk, Stake Missionary, Stake High Councilor and Bishop. He was also actively involved in scouting and served as a Merit Badge Counselor for many years.

From 1988 to 1989, Homer and Marge served a full-time mission together as temple ordinance workers in the Washington, D.C. Temple. Following their return, they built a home in Provo, Utah and later served as ordinance workers in the Provo Temple.

Homer was a wonderful husband and father. He supported Marge and their children in various church, school and extra-curricular activities. He taught his children how to work hard and always stressed the importance of gaining a good education. His favorite pastime was reading and he took joy in surrounding himself with good books on a variety of subjects. He also enjoyed religious education and faithfully attended BYU Education Week, local area Education Days and the "Know Your Religion" lecture series for many years.

Homer is survived by his children: daughter, Janice Jones (Ray) of Orem, Utah; sons, Michael Ray (Pam) of Bullhead City, Arizona; Neal

Arthur (Susan) of Portland, Oregon; and Allen Mark (Beth) of Buckeye, Arizona; 19 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three sisters: Carol Thompson (Ralph) of Clearfield, Utah; Helen Quinn

(Darryl) of Winchester, California; and Barbara Armstrong (Herschel) of San Dimas, California; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Sat., March 22, 2008 at 11:30 a.m. in the Pleasant View 5th Ward Chapel, 2400 N. 1060 E., Provo, Utah. Friends may call on Fri. evening from 6-8 p.m. at the Berg Mortuary, 185 E. Center Street, Provo, Utah and on Sat. from 10-11:15 a.m. prior to the services at the chapel. Interment will be at the Provo City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to info@bergmortuary.com