1923 - 2014|
Harold J. Anderson, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, and friend was surrounded by many of his family members as he passed away peacefully on March 10, 2014. He passed from the loving arms of his wife to his loving family on the other side. He was born in Elsinore, Utah on June 16, 1923 to Harold Domgaard Anderson and Catherine Thomson Anderson. He grew up in Provo, Utah and graduated in Business Administration from Brigham Young University in 1947. After completing his degree, he worked as a supervisor for Utah Construction Company. He married his sweetheart Gloria Singleton on June 11, 1947. He has been devoted to her for 67 years. His greatest joy was his family of four children and their spouses, 20 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Harold enjoyed every opportunity he had to be with his family.
Harold's life was filled with service to his family, church, community, and country. He was a World War II veteran serving in the U.S. Marine corps from 1942 to 1946. He was proud to be a Marine. Harold served on the Provo Metropolitan Water Board, as president of the Provo Kiwanis Club, and chairman for five of his 17 years on the Provo City Planning Commission. Harold loved working for Brigham Young University. He joined the administration in 1956, serving first in the department of Campus Planning and Development and subsequently as assistant director and then as director of the Physical Plant Department. During his 30 years at BYU, he was responsible for planning, construction, and operations at BYU, Ricks College, BYU-Hawaii, and other Church schools. As Harold was given the honor of lighting the Y at the BYU stadium, he was described as "a remarkably unruffled and congenial man who has a sympathetic ear for anyone and everyone. The BYU coaches know him as a loyal and special friend who sees that their facilities are among the finest and most well-kept in the country." BYU President, Ernest L. Wilkinson, commented that the best thing he did for BYU was to hire Harold Anderson. Harold received many awards through his years of service. He was the recipient of the Ben E. Lewis Management Award. As past president of the Rocky Mountain Physical Plant Administrators Association, he served on the board of directors of the Association of Physical Plant Administrators receiving the International Organization Meritorious Service Award, the association's highest award. He also served as president of the BYU Emeritus Association. Harold served in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a bishop, high councilor, MTC branch president, and counselor in the Provo Temple presidency. He also had the privilege of performing the marriage sealings of several of his grandchildren. A brother in his ward said that "Harold was the greatest and most loyal home teacher I ever had."
Harold was preceded in death by his parents, brother, sister, and daughter Karen Anderson Ekins. He is survived by his wife Gloria Singleton Anderson and his children Patty (Ron) Ford, Sheri (Doug) Rees, and Paul (Tani) Anderson.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 14, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Edgemont 8th Ward, 3050 North Mojave Lane, Provo, Utah. Friends may visit the family from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. prior to the funeral service. A viewing will also be held on Thursday evening, March 13, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Berg Mortuary, 185 East Center Street, Provo, Utah. Interment will be at the East Lawn Memorial Hills Cemetery in Provo, Utah. Condolences may be sent online at www.bergmortuary.com.
The family would like to thank the nurses from Community Nursing Care and the doctors and nurses at the Timpanogos Regional Hospital who treated our father with care, love, and respect.
Published in Deseret News from Mar. 12 to Mar. 13, 2014