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Salt Lake City-Our dear father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and husband has been called home to our Heavenly Father on May 11, 2013. He was born July 6, 1921, to William A. and Geneva W. Graham. He was mainly raised in Salt Lake but spent much time in Ilwaco, Washington.
He proudly served in the Air Force branch of the United States Army from 1941 - 1944, and achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant before an honorable discharge.
While attending, the University of Utah he became an original member of the Air National Guard when it was activated. He served four years with the Utah National Guard at which time he received his bachelor's degree in Education. He later went on to graduate with a Masters.
He married Flora Johnson on September 15, 1948, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple and soon moved to Randolph, Utah. There he taught school (Shop, English, and History) from 1949 - 1951. He and Flora then moved back to Salt Lake where they spent the rest of his teaching career in the Granite School District teaching English and History from 1951 - 1984. It was during this time that he and Flora raised their four children.
He took great delight in telling the story of his great-grandfather George Benjamin Wallace who was a Mormon pioneer that entered and settled the Salt Lake Valley in Brigham Young's second party. He mapped out the Salt Lake Cemetery where he buried his own two children. He also set and dedicated the southwest cornerstone of the Salt Lake Temple.
Besides enjoying his family, he liked reading, traveling, hunting, and target shooting. He was a member of the Holladay Gun Club for some 30 years plus, where he developed an extended knowledge of guns and reloading ammo. He became an excellent marksman and hunter.
Our "General", as we lovingly called him, is survived by his sons, William Jr. (Cristina), Mark (Paula), daughters Koreen (Randy Winkel), Linda, grand-daughters Bobi (Quinn Whitlock), Toni (Chris Young), and great-grandsons Porter and Kade Whitlock, Jackson Young, and great-grand-daughters Savana and Adyson Whitlock. He is preceded in death by his wife Flora.
The Graham Family wants to extend their appreciation to the Holladay Health Care and special thanks to neighbors Devon Augade, and Steve and Michelle Barber.
A visitation for family and friends will be held Thursday, May 16, 2013, at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 S. State Street, from 12-1 p.m. with a graveside service following at Elysian Burial Gardens, 1075 E. 4580 S. Online condolences may be shared at www.jenkins-soffe.com
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from May 14 to May 15, 2013