A. Cordell Perkes, 72, passed away Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, in North Logan, Utah, from complications of dementia. He was born July 12, 1941, in Logan to Orson and Naoma Webb Perkes. He married Annette Beutler on Nov. 12, 1965, in the Logan LDS Temple. They are the parents of three sons and one daughter.
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As a child growing up in Wellsville, Cordell liked fishing and hunting with his older brother Dee, playing ball, and going to the movies. His sister, Pauline, helped take good care of him when he was young. He learned early that he enjoyed his play more when he had finished his chores - a lifelong motto.
Cordell graduated from South Cache High School in 1959, after which he began his studies at Utah State University. He served an LDS mission to southern Germany. He earned a science teaching degree from USU in 1966. While teaching at various schools he worked on a Master's degree from USU. He received a Ph.D in science education from Ohio State University in 1973. After teaching for five years at George Mason University, he secured a position at Weber State University, retiring in 2003. While at WSU he served as the Teacher Education department chair two times and coordinated the department's accreditation. Cordell was an excellent teacher and inspired his students to not just teach the facts but to teach children how to think. He served in various church leadership callings, though his favorite callings involved teaching.
Cordell is survived by his wife, Annette; children, Ronald (Christie) of Gilbert, Ariz., David of Salt Lake City, Edward (Autumn) of North Logan, and Mary Anne (Micah) Thornley of North Logan; sister Pauline (Gene) Biggs of Bountiful; sister-in-law Gae Perkes of Afton, Wyo.; 12 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, and sister-in-law Anna Marie Perkes.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 31, in the North Logan 9th Ward chapel, 1650 E. 2600 North, North Logan. A viewing will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday evening at the Allen Mortuary, 420 E. 1800 North, and from 10-10:45 a.m. at the church prior to the services. Interment will be in the Hyde Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Perpetual Education Fund.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.allenmortuaries.net.
Allen Mortuary of North Logan
420 East 1800 North
Logan, UT 84341
Published in Logan Herald Journal from Dec. 28 to Dec. 29, 2013