1917 ~ 2013
Henry Wells Bradford passed away peacefully at his home in Mapleton, Utah on January 28, 2013. He was 95 years old. He has been a resident of Mapleton for the past 38 years.
Henry was born in Spanish Fork, Utah in 1917, the son of Robert John and Mary Payzant Bradford. He married his high school sweetheart, Afton Hansen of Benjamin, Utah in 1939 in the Salt Lake Temple. Henry and Afton reared their six sons and one daughter in Arlington, Virginia. Afton passed away in 1992. Henry's second wife, Marie Allred Fisher, passed away in 2003 after three years of marriage.
Henry graduated from Brigham Young University in 1940 and shortly thereafter began his life-long career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1942. During World War II
, Henry served as a Lieutenant, (jg) in the U.S. Navy
on the battleship, USS Hutchins, which received battle damage in the Pacific theatre in the invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa.
Following the war, Henry and Afton resumed their career with the Agriculture Department in Washington, D.C. They remained in their home in Arlington until 1973 when they retired and moved to Mapleton. During their years with the Agriculture Dept., Henry and Afton and three of their children spent two two-year assignments in Brazil.
Henry and Afton were life-time faithful members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They loved their many areas of service in Arlington, Brazil and Mapleton. They also were honored to serve a proselyting mission for the Church in the California Sacramento Mission from 1978 to 1980. Henry especially loved his service as an ordinance worker and sealer in the Provo Temple. Because he never wanted to be late for any assignment, he visited his home teaching families before his death in January. He completed his last assignment at the temple before the winter closing in December. He also deeply loved his service as Executive Secretary to two stake presidencies.
Henry believed in being involved in the community. He served on the Mapleton Commercial and Industrial Committee and on the Mapleton Planning Commission and was honored as the Grand Marshall in the 2012 Mapleton Pioneer Day parade. He deeply loved his one-acre garden and generously shared his garden produce and his knowledge of canning with everyone he knew.
Henry's greatest joy was his extensive family. He is only the third person in his family of 203 people to pass away. His wife, Afton, passed away in 1992 and a great grandson passed away in 2000 after living only one week. Henry was the last surviving member of his parents' immediate family. Henry's current posterity includes six sons and one daughter: Dallas and Marjorie (Sunda); Kent and Kay (Goodsell); Henry and Trudy (Johnson); Jay and Karen (McIntyre); Donald and Sue (Sands); Dale and Brenda (Larsen); and Elaine and Vaughn (Huntsman); 38 grandchildren; 111 great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter.
VISITATION: The family looks forward to meeting and visiting with friends and family on Friday, February 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Wheeler Mortuary, 82 West 400 North, Mapleton, Utah, and again on Saturday, February 2 from 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 prior to the funeral at 11 a.m. at the Mapleton 20th Ward building at 1000 West 1200 North, Mapleton, Utah.
Henry's children are extraordinarily grateful for Dad's many friends and neighbors who have so lovingly cared for him, and allowed him to serve them, for many years. They also are very thankful for the tender care and concern demonstrated by Intermountain Homecare Hospice. And Henry's sons again express their love and gratitude to Elaine and Vaughn who moved in with Dad to be with him and care for him during the last five months of his life.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to organizations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that were dear to Henry's heart: The Perpetual Education Fund, The Humanitarian Fund and The General Missionary Fund.