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Vance Willard Aagard  Text Box: FOUNTAIN GREEN - Vance Willard Aagard passed away July 22, 2002, at his home in Fountain Green. He was born in Fountain Green on Nov. 20, 1919, to John Edward and Mary Ellen Ostler Aagard. On March 22, 1948, he married Betty Jean Despain in the Manti Temple. They are the parents of four children: Bradford (Brenda), Fountain Green; Ann, Salt Lake City; Scott (Gay), Fountain Green; Ellen, Salt Lake City.Text Box: Vance graduated from Moroni High School, attended Snow College and BYU, and graduated with a Juris Doctorate from the University of Utah College of Law. After graduation from law school, he practiced law for a short time, but his great love was sheep ranching, and he was in business first with his father and brother, John, and later with his two sons. He loved his sheep, his horses and his dogs, the mountains, the desert, and the camaraderie with friends and acquaintances in the sheep business. He served in the United States Army Air Corps in World War II in the China-Burma-India theater of operations, serving most of that time in a remote area of China directing U.S. planes over the "Burma Hump" in the Himalayas. As a serviceman, he traveled around the world, sailing from Newport News, Virginia, across the Atlantic, and docking two years later in Seattle, Washington. Vance served on the Fountain Green City Council and on several boards of directors. He was president of the Utah Woolgrowers Association, and he spent eight years in the Utah State House of Representatives. He was bishop and a bishop's counselor in the Fountain Green Ward and served in many other ward and stake capacities. He also served in LDS mission in the New England states. Surviving are his wife of 54 years, his two sons and two daughters, six granddaughters, two grandsons, and one great-grandson. Also surviving are his brother, Wesley Aagard, Salt Lake; his brother and sister-in-law, Welby and Opal Aagard, Salt Lake; two sisters: Hazel Bailey and Kenna Rasmussen, Fountain Green; and two sisters-in-law: Mary H. Aagard, Ogden; and Mary F. Aagard, Nephi. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Burnell and John, and two sisters and their husbands, LaPrele and Walter Neville, and Laurel and Fred Scholes; one sister-in-law, Voneal Aagard, and two brothers-in-law, Ernest Bailey and Victor Rasmussen. This gentle, intelligent, giant of a man taught by example, never forcing his views or opinions on anyone, and he was loved and respected by his family and friends for, among many other things, his honesty, integrity, kindness, and patience. He loved to read, travel, sing with his family, and he often remarked about God's beautiful earth and its wonders. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 25, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. at the Fountain Green 2nd Ward LDS Chapel (151 S. 200 W.). Friends and family may call on Wed. evening July 24, 2002 from 6-8 p.m. at the Magleby-Furner Mortuary in Mt Pleasant (96 N. 100 W.) and Thursday from 9:30-10:30 at the church prior to the services at the church. Interment will be in the Fountain Green Cemetery with Military Rites provided by American Legion Post 107 of  Moroni. Funeral directors; Magleby-Furner Mortuary of Mt. Pleasant.
Published in Deseret News from July 23 to July 24, 2002
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