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Angus (Gus) Skousen

Angus (Gus) Walser Skousen passed away at age 90 on September 11, 2013, at his son's home in Murrieta, California. He was born January 18, 1923, in Colonia Dublan, Chihuahua, Mexico, the son of Angus Philemon Skousen and Gertrude Emma Walser Skousen.

On September 16, 1950, he married Gloria June Davis in the Mesa Arizona LDS Temple. Preceding Gus in death, June passed away on July 1, 2007.

Gus and June are the parents of eight children: Carolyn (Ron) Sims, Robert Skousen, Brent (Cheryl) Skousen, Brenda (Neal) Dastrup; Denise (Randy) Smith, Wayne (Sabrina) Skousen, Blaine (Kari) Skousen and Rhonda (Greg) Wilcoxson. Robert passed away as an infant.

They have thirty grandchildren and forty seven great grandchildren. Gus was preceded in death by one great granddaughter, Mia Trevino.

Along with his siblings, Gus enjoyed a full and eventful childhood in "The Mormon Colonies" in Mexico. His brothers and sisters are Bernice Hawkins, Gertrude (Trudi) Kartchner, Myrl Martindell, Mary Martindell, Hughlene (Juli) Urry, Fanny Ida Louise (FIL) Richie, Alma (Al) Skousen, Virginia Powell, Lorenzo Skousen, Rulon Skousen, Donna Porter, and his twin sister, Agnes (Ann) McDade. One brother (Al) and three sisters (Juli, Virginia, and FIL) are still living.

Gus was faithful and true to his spiritual upbringing. As a youth, he served a full time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Mexico City Mission. Throughout his life, he served faithfully in many different church callings and in later life, Gus and June served three full time LDS temple missions, serving in Atlanta, Georgia, Berne, Switzerland and Orlando, Florida.

At age 16, Gus left his home and family in Mexico to attend high school in Orem, Utah. During his senior year, he was drafted into the military, entering the Army and receiving his US Citizenship on the same day. He served with honor in the South Pacific during WW II and was part of the operations leading to the liberation of the Philippines.

After the war, Gus went to mechanic school in Kansas City. He then worked for Sears in Mesa, Arizona, and Salt Lake City, Utah, later moving to Southern California where he worked for Douglas Aircraft for eight years. In 1962, he started Twin Cities Equipment Rentals in Yuba City, California, which is still a thriving and successful family business.

His life was an ongoing example of hard work, good decisions and generosity to others. He left a wonderful pattern for both family and friends to emulate.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, September 18, 2013, at 11:00 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1470 Butte House Rd, Yuba City, California, with the viewing one hour prior to services. Interment will be at the Sutter Cemetery.

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Published in Appeal Democrat from Sept. 14 to Sept. 17, 2013
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