Obituary George Earl Heaton
Contributor: Larry Bulloch Created: 2 months ago Updated: 2 months ago
George Earl Heaton, of Alpine, Utah passed away February 17, 2005 in Salt Lake City, Utah, in the comfort of his daughter Nanell's home. Born, July 11, 1905 in Orderville, Utah the son of William Hoyt and Persis Esplin Heaton. He married Jennie Palmer on June 1, 1926 in the St. George LDS Temple. They were blessed with two daughters. Jennie passed away on October 27, 1932. He later married Bertha Jolley on August 29, 1934 in the St. George LDS Temple. Together, they had four children. Bertha passed away April 10, 2003. George lived through a century of changes. He remembered the first car, the first airplane, and the first television. He was a dairy farmer, rancher, sheep herder, hunter, fisherman, jokester, and was loved by everyone who knew him. He had a love of life, nature, the mountains and especially his family. He loved his Alpine friends and the nightly visits in his dairy barn where his friends would gather to share funny stories and jokes. He always had a tale to tell to brighten your day. He couldn't keep a secret if his life depended on it. Even in his 99th year he could recall a joke he had heard when he was a kid. His eyes would sparkle when he laughed, especially if the story was a little naughty. He was the most honest person you could ever meet and did not have a deceitful bone in his body. He once wrote, "God bless our mountains, I do love them". He clearly left his mark on thousands of quakies where he carved his "GEH" and his awesome deer figure in Rush and East Fork "Fark". Everyone who knew him has fond, funny memories of being with him. He will always be remembered with a mischievous, happy smile. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and served in many positions. He served a Western States mission from January 4, 1929 to August 1, 1930. He is survived by his children, Elaine H. Hoyt, Glendale, UT; Dorothy (Bud) Phillips, Kaysville, UT; Earl Burke (Carolyn) Heaton, Stanrod, UT; Nanell (Clealon) Mann, Salt Lake City, UT; Leona (Reid) Merrill, currently serving a LDS mission in Birmingham, AL; foster son, Rodney (Joann) Jackson, Centerville, UT and Son-in-law, Sherl Walker, Alpine, UT. His grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren were too GREAT in number to count. He was preceded in death by his parents, wives, his daughter, Gladys Walker; granddaughter, Connie Potter; grandson Guy Elmo Heaton; great grandson, David Elmo Potter, and son-in-law, Dilworth Hoyt. Also by his four brothers, Merrill, Lloyd, Ross and Gail and two sisters, Irene Baird and Geneva Pace.
Burial will be in the Alton City Cemetery under the direction of Anderson and Sons Mortuary, American Fork. The family extends a special thanks to Becky Price his favorite nurse from Heritage Home Health Care. Also, thanks to all of his close friends and family that took the time to visit him and brighten his days in his later years.