Clyde Petersen Laver

1917 ~ 2012
Clyde Petersen Laver died November 26, 2012 at the age of 95 in Holladay, Utah. He was born October 26, 1917 in Brigham City, Utah to Charles Archie Laver and Elzada Mary Petersen Laver, the third of nine children. He was raised in Mantua, Utah. Clyde graduated from Box Elder High School and Utah State University. He enlisted in the Air Force on July 15, 1941. During WWII he was Navigator for groups of planes being delivered for the war effort. This job took him to many countries in the world, including Africa, Italy, England, Europe and Pacific Southeast countries. He was the Navigator on a C54 transport plane that delivered the first Atomic Bomb to Saipan, Headquarters of the B29's. After the war he was Financial Officer until retirement from the Air Force November 30, 1964. Clyde met Catherine, the love of his life, while he was in a Military Hospital, she was his nurse, they fell in love and Clyde married Catherine Regina Grogan May 4, 1950 in Houston, Texas. They had no children. After retirement Clyde and Catherine lived in Redland, California. Clyde was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He enjoyed gardening, doing crossword puzzles, and taking long walks. Catherine died April 10, 1991. Clyde moved to Holladay, Utah shortly after her death. Clyde is survived by brother Frank (Ann), sisters, Nola Larsen and Jeanne Nichols of Salt Lake City and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Catherine, parents, brothers Lavard, Boyd, Charles, Clinton, and sister Kathlyn.
A viewing will take place at Holladay-Cottonwood Memorial Mortuary, 4670 S Highland Drive, Holladay, Utah, Friday, November 30, 2012 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. At 7:00 p.m., there will be military honors and a small family service. Clyde will have a military burial at Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, California, where he will be laid to rest next to his wife.
Thank you Silverado Senior Living and nurse Jen for your loving care.
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Holladay Cottonwood Mortuary
4670 South Highland Drive Holladay, UT 84117
(801) 278-2801

Published in Deseret News from Nov. 29 to Nov. 30, 2012