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Calvin Gaddis Obituary
Feb. 27, 1924 ~ Dec. 23, 2013
Cal was born in Salt Lake City on February 27, 1924 to Thomas E. and Lucille L. Gaddis. He attended Uintah Elementary School, Roosevelt Junior High, and East High. He served in the Army Air Corps as a pilot/instructor during World War II. After separation he earned a degree in Economics at the University of Utah, followed by an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1949.
The high point of Cal's life occurred on Christmas Day in 1943 when he married his high school sweetheart, the beautiful, talented Irene Louise Covey. If ever there was wedded bliss, it existed here in great abundance for two days shy of 70 years. Over the next ten years Irene and Cal were blessed with four wonderful children; Carol Irene, Ann Louise, Christopher Covey, and Jennifer Fritz. These four are responsible for seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren who were the delight of Cal's life.
Cal's earliest mentor Dil Nebeker introduced him to the securities business, but also provided a good run at oil and gas leasing and the early stages of Utah's uranium boom. Cal settled down after this and joined Edward L. Burton Investment Securities in 1953. When the firm was acquired by Dean Witter & Company in 1963, Cal was named vice president and office manager in the first Salt Lake office. In 1973, Cal accepted the position of managing director of Dean Witter International in London, England. Returning to Salt Lake in 1977, he left Dean Witter and became a financial consultant. He spent the last few years of his career as a consultant affiliated with Wallace Associates with his good friends Walker Wallace and Andy Shearer.
During his life Cal was a member of numerous civic and fund raising organizations. He served as president and chairman of the Utah Opera, the first president of the Utah Museum of Natural History, and trustee of Ballet West and Pioneer Theatre. He was also an officer in several national security industry organizations.
Cal is survived by his wife Irene, his children Carol Hoffmann of West Yellowstone, MT, Ann Gaddis of Tempe, AZ, Chris Gaddis and his wife Wendy of Logan, UT, and Jenny Camp of Salt Lake, UT, his grandchildren and great-grands. and his sister Patsy Egan of Salt Lake. He was preceded in death by his sister Audre Hutchins.
Viewing will be held at Evans & Early Mortuary, 574 East 100 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84102, Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 6:00-8:00 p.m. and Friday December 27, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. with funeral services to follow at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be at Wasatch lawn memorial park. 3401 S. Highland Dr.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Dec. 25 to Dec. 26, 2013
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