Edward Carlyle Bunker Family
Contributor: canadianandfrench Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago
Written by a daughter, Velyle B. Taylor (around 1983)
Source: File located on Edward Bunker's computer and converted to text by Mathew Bunker on April 27, 2013
My father, Edward Carlyle Bunker, was born January 5, 1905 in Colonia Morelos, Sonora, Mexico. He was the fourth child and third son of George Smith and Isabelle McArthur Bunker. His grandparents were Edward and Emily Abbott Bunker. His family was part of a group of Latter-day Saint colonists living in Mexico at that time. When he was five years old, there was much political unrest and danger for those living in Mexico, so the family returned to Utah. They lived for a time in Sutherland, near Delta, and then made a permanent home in what is now Orem, so that their children could have the educational advantages offered by B.Y.U.
Carlyle, his father and brother, Antoine, established a feed and grain business on their farm on Orem which grew through the years to be one of the most modern feed manufacturing plants in Utah County. This business became Carlyle's lifetime vocation and he always endeavored to provide his customers with the very best quality of animal feed at the most reasonable price.
He and his wife, Velda Rachel Carson, had seven children;
Velyle, Paul Carson, Carla, Maria, Kenyon Carson, Edward Carson and Elise. His family was a great source of pride and satisfaction to him. All of the children gained valuable work experience at the feed mill working with their father.
Carlyle loved these things most of all - his family, his church and his fellowmen. His devotion to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was demonstrated in many years of willing service. He served two Spanish speaking missions, one to New Mexico before his marriage and the other to Mexico when I was six years old. He served for a time in the Bishopric of the Vineyard ward, then eleven years as a member of the Orem Stake High Council, eleven years in the Orem Stake Presidency and eleven years as Stake President of the Orem West Stake.
My father enjoyed learning new things and applying that knowledge in practical ways. Even close to the end of his life when he was confined to a wheelchair, he was attending classes at B.Y.U. Throughout his life, he would rise early and study the scriptures, usually in Spanish, before attending to his daily work. He consistently set goals for himself and then organized his daily time by making lists of things to be done.
Carlyle passed away on October 51, 1972. His “sweetheart”, Velda preceded him in death by just six weeks and his son, Paul, died just two days before his father. Our family experienced much grief in a short period of time that fall.
The descendants of Carlyle and Velda number at present;
six living children, 32 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Velyle married David Paul Taylor. We reside in American Fork, Utah where I am teaching elementary school. Paul is recently retired from Geneva Steel. We have five children. Our son, Bryan, married Susan Page. He is a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army presently stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Pamela, a daughter, lives in Provo and teaches school. Natalie married David Noel Hess. They reside in Marina, California where Dave is completing a graduate degree in business. They have a daughter, Jennifer. Two other daughters, Rebecca and Paulette are still living at home.
Paul's wife, Lola, has remarried and is also living in American Fork and teaching school. Their son, Dirk is married to Amy Larsen and has a daughter, Nicole. They live in Sigurd, Utah where Dirk is an electrician in the coal mines. Gayle teaches school and is married to Dwayne ware. They are expecting their first child this fall. Shareen is married to Scott Holt, who farms with his father in Salina, Utah. They have two children, Joshua and Desirae. Monica lives in Provo and works at B.Y.U. Darren, Donavan and David live at home. Two more sons, Troy_and Cody have beed added to their family making nine children in all.
Carla is also a school teacher. She and her husband, Gene Adams, have two children; Sean and Jana Sue. They live in Huntington, Utah where Gene is a miner.
Maria and her husband, Dean Lloyd currently live in Pocatello, Idaho. Dean manages a lumber business there. They have four adopted children; Kimberly, Derek, Marcus and a new little girl, Aimee Lynn.
Kenyon has stayed in Orem where he farms and operates a large dairy. He and his wife, Joy Sturman, have five children: Michelle, Shane, Brandon, Casey and Devin.
Edward is our world traveler. He and his family returned about a year ago from living in Papua, New Guinea. They now make their home in Mesa, Arizona. Edward manages the computerized accounting for a large wholesale food business. His wife, Shauna Buchanan, teaches school. They have two sons, Mathew and Marcus.
Elise and her husband, Stephen James reside in Scipio, Utah. Stephen is employed in the coal mines. They have nine children: Rachel, Jeremy, Jennifer, Gary Michael, Jessica, Emily, Nathan, Sarah Jane, and Susan Elise.
I am sure I speak for all of Carlyle's descendants when I say that we are very proud of our Bunker heritage and accept the responsibility of continuing to live the kind of lives that will be pleasing to our forebearers.