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George William Vest


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Vest, George William
was born February 23rd, 1925 in San Antonio, Texas to Clovis W. Vest and Alta Mae Baker. He was the oldest of 4 boys. His family moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1935. He passed away in Fredonia, Arizona on November 23rd, 2016. They came to Phoenix in a 1930 Buick 4 door sedan, and moved into a house on 7th St. and E. Dunlap in the Sunnyslope area. They came to the dry desert for his Mother's health. In 1936, his father, Clovis, was killed in an automobile accident, leaving Alta Mae whose health was still recovering to raise 4 boys alone. After his father died, he went to work carrying the Arizona Republic Newspaper on his bicycle until he entered the Service. When he was only 16 years old the US entered World War II. On his 18th birthday he registered for the draft. His Mother passed away in October of that year. On June 3rd, 1944, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He went to school to become a gunner on a B-17 Bomber. He was discharged on June 9th, 1946, without ever leaving the U.S. He married Betty Jo Cartright on December 24th, 1946. After his discharge he worked as an electrician for a short time. In 1947, he went back to work for the Arizona Republic Newspaper as a District Manager. They moved to Globe, Arizona in June of 1951, where their first daughter, Nikki, was born. After Globe they moved to Douglas, Arizona where Jacque was born in 1953. Then they did a short stint in Yuma, Arizona before moving back to Phoenix. Larry joined the family in 1957 followed by David in 1962. In 1960, George and Betty joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where they remained faithful until both of their passings. In 1962, the family was sealed for time and all eternity in the Mesa Arizona Temple. In 1964, George left the Newspaper and went to work for Hurley Trucking as the General Manager. This is the trucking company that hauled the newspaper all over the State. In 1975, he left the trucking company and returned to the Arizona Republic, where he worked until his retirement in 1990. He and Betty retired to Show Low, Arizona in 1991. His beloved Betty died March 12th, 1993. In 1996, he married Martha Collins of Jacksonville, Florida, whom he previously met during the War while stationed in Florida. George is preceded in death by his eternal companion Betty; his beloved parents Clovis and Alta Mae; brothers Clovis (Teeny) and Carroll Davis, and granddaughter-in-law Ami Hughes. He is survived by daughters Nikki (Curtis) Lanham, Jacque (Carl) Hughes; sons Larry (Candace) Vest and David (Kjerstine) Vest; grandchildren Luke (Ashley) Lanham, Adam (Miriam) Hughes, Seth (Lisa) Hughes, Jessica Vest, Josh (Amanda) Lawrence, Ashley Vest, Ryan Vest and Jordan Vest; and great-grand-children, Finn Lanham, Nicholas, Kyra, Madison, Hunter, Braden, Tanner, Joe, Elizabeth, Adie Hughes, Jacob William (his namesake) Hughes, and Lilliana Lawrence. Services will be held, Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 at the LDS Church, 22034 N 83rd Ave, which is 83rd Ave. and Deer Valley Road. There will be a visitation at the church from 10:00 am, with services to follow at 11 am. Interment will be at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery, 2300 W. Van Buren. Arrangements by Mosdell Mortuary of Kanab, UT. If you are interested in sending flowers, please have them delivered to the Church on Tuesday Morning prior to the Services.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Nov. 29, 2016
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