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Obituary: FADDIS, DELMAR

Del Mar Burbank Faddis1927 - 2013Salt Lake City, UTDel Mar Burbank Faddis, 85, passed away on April 18, 2013 in St. George, Ut. He was born on August 1, 1927 to Joseph Vincent Medaglia and Geneva Audrey Burbank in Oakland, California. After his parents divorced he was adopted by Enoch (Roy) Shyrle Faddis. He was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Del attended schools in California and joined the Navy prior to high school graduation. Del began singing while in grade school, studied voice, and later performed in the San Francisco area. He joined the New York Company of "Guys and Dolls" touring the country. He learned to ice skate well enough in three months to join the Hollywood Ice Revue, was a staff singer for WCCO TV in Minneapolis and worked at the 1960 Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley. He attended BYU from 1959-1963 majoring in Broadcasting and minoring in Recreation. He obtained a Masters degree in Recreation. While at BYU he was elected Social Vice President, sang with the "Y's Men" band, taught ice skating, and performed with the Program Bureau. He met Katheryn June Payne, a young widow, on Valentine's Day while at BYU and immediately fell in love. They were married on June 1, 1963 after a whirlwind courtship. June had two small boys that he accepted and loved unconditionally. Later they had two daughters. He and June were in the planning stages of their 50th wedding anniversary at the time of his passing. His family and religion were everything to him. He worked for the University of New Mexico, Ricks College, Utah State University and Washington State University in different capacities. Del loved singing and performing and in later years developed his own act. He had non-stop creativity and organized "Adventures In Recreation" a company that began by providing roller skating to small Utah and Idaho communities. He designed and built unique movable miniature golf courses, one of which was placed in the Wilkinson Center at BYU, the opening game played by Billy Casper. He designed outdoor, multi-use play equipment. He organized and conducted garden tours for people interested in gardening, many of whom became lifelong friends. He was known for his great organizational skills and honest dealings with those he worked with. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Jackie Medina. He is survived by his wife June, his children, Jeffrey Lee Payne (Jennifer), Daniel Scott Payne (Marie), Marcia June Udy, and Lisa Michelle (Shelly) Carter (Ron), a brother Leon Faddis, sisters Sonja Jones, JoAnne Salazar and nineteen grandchildren and 7 3/4 great grandchildren. Services will be Saturday, April 27th at the Draper Utah Crescent View Stake Center; 11626 South 300 East at 11 a.m. A viewing will be held, the evening before, on Friday, April 26th at the Crescent View Stake Center from 6-8 pm and again 60 minutes prior to the service on Saturday. Entombment will be held at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park & Mortuary in the Everlasting Garden Mausoleum following the service. Please visit www.wasatchlawn.com to offer your condolences.