Bob celebrates his birthday in Utah every year when we attend Education Week at BYU. It gives us the opportunity to celebrate it with family; Jen, Adam, Becca, Henry, Caroline and Emily and our close friends Carole and Sam Cowley.
But just for the record Bob did get a birthday cake on his actual birthday before we left for Utah!
And of course we had to have a birthday celebration dinner at Benihana’s for Bob and our two September birthdays; Henry and Caroline!
Funeral Dave Monson
I made a quick trip home for the funeral of my uncle Dave Monson. He died on July 31, 2017 just shy of his 90th birthday.
David Peter Monson
1927 ~ 2017
Loving husband, father, grandfather, David Peter Monson, known by his friends and family as “Dave,” was born 29 August 1927 in Mount Pleasant, Utah to David Leonal Monson and Eloese Catherine Christensen. He passed away in West Bountiful on 31 July, 2017, just shy of 90 years.
Dave was known for his good nature, quick wit, ready laughter; and for his masterful storytelling. His entire life, Dave attempted to make friends out of every stranger he met, and usually succeeded.
He graduated from North Sanpete High School in 1945; he entered the Army 8 March 1946 and served in Japan until 6 April 1948. He received his Associate’s Degree from Snow College and subsequently enrolled in Utah State College. Dave majored in the ROTC until a serious car accident derailed his plans for a military career. Shortly thereafter he married Jedda Mercer in the LDS Manti Temple and settled in her hometown of Lehi to raise a family. They eventually had seven children, four born in Utah and three in California where they moved in 1960. Dave had a career there as a Design Engineer until 1974 when they moved back to Utah, relocating in West Bountiful.
Dave loved carpentry and all manner of handyman skills which served him well in fixing up their old pioneer home. He was often caught climbing onto the roof well into his 80’s to fix this or that. He was an active member of the LDS Church, serving in many callings, including Executive Secretary to two bishops, and as the President of the Stake Seventies. Dave served 3 Stake Missions before he and his wife went on a proselytizing mission to South Carolina, a Humanitarian Mission to Salt Lake Welfare Square, and most recently served as Ordinance Workers in the Bountiful Temple for 9 years. He was also a proud member of the Koosharem Band of the Paiute Tribe and the last of his generation.
He is survived by his loving wife, Jedda Monson; children, David Monson Jr, Kathryn Latour, Jedd Monson, Karla Bickmore, Kelly Wilson, Kristi Crusan; 24 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren. He was so proud of all of their many abilities and accomplishments. Dave is preceded in death by his parents, 3 sisters, a brother, and son Stacey Monson.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am, Sat., August 5, at the WB 2nd Ward Church, 840 North 800 West, West Bountiful, Utah. Viewings will be at the same location on Fri., August 4 from 6-8pm and Saturday, August 5 from 9:30-10:30am. Interment at the Bountiful City Cemetery following funeral services
Children of David Peter Monson
Children of David Monson Left to Right:
David Monson Jr., Kathryne Monson Latour, Kristi Monson Crusan, Jedd Monson, Karla Monson Bickmore, and Kelly Monson Wilson. My Cousin Stacy Monson died a few years ago.
I was glad I made the trip. It had been years since I had seen my cousins. It was fun remembering the fun times we had together as kids.
Front row (Left to right): Karla, Kathy, Davey Monson, Mike Smith
Second Row (left to right): Miriam Smith, Stacy Monson, Craig Smith, Jedd Monson
Back row (left to right): Andrea and Arva Smith