Stanley Bert Bonham, 85, died April 12, 2013, at his home in St. George, Utah, of causes incident to age. He was born in Ogden, Utah, on June 2, 1927, to Rhoda Walker and Albert Wagner Bonham. He was the oldest of five children. His boyhood was spent exploring the "Greasewoods" in Clinton and Decker Lake in Granger. He served in the Navy in the Medical Corps toward the end of World War II
and was part of the "Greatest Generation."
In 1946, he met the love of his life, Anne Marie Reynolds, on a blind date. They were married Jan. 2, 1948. On their 44th wedding anniversary, their marriage was solemnized in the St. George LDS Temple accompanied by their children. He loved all his children, his 36 grandchildren and 62 great-grandchildren.
In 1962 he moved his family to a home in Granite, Utah, where he could give his family the country experience and have a gentleman's farm. He had a great influence on the youth and served as a Sunday School teacher, Young Men president, and various other callings, even as president of the ward choir. He was extremely grateful for his many blessings and credited God for all he had, especially his family. He loved the outdoors, sports, hunting, fishing and viewing wildlife in his backyard. He had a passion for beautiful cars.
Stan Bonham was an extraordinary man. He started his own agriculture implement business in 1958. Its success to this day is attributed to his honesty and hard work. He was president of the Cottonwood Kiwanis club where he introduced seat belts installed in the first vehicles in Salt Lake City. He was president of the Arabian Horse Club at a time when his family participated in horse shows in the Western U.S. He served for six years on the Utah State Bar Disciplinary Committee. In 1992 he received the "Distinguished Non-Lawyer" award for his service to the profession. He was a member of the UTA Board when TRAX was being introduced to the Salt Lake Valley.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years and children Craig and Bev, Leslie and Steve Rowe, Brent and Robin, Judy and Reed Cutler, Scott and Suzanne and Karen and Curt Waisath. He was preceded in death by grandson Jeffry Taylor and great-grandsons Benjamin and Grant Bonham.
The family wishes to thank the many neighbors, friends and ward members for their love and support during this difficult time. We especially thank Glassi, Shannon, April and the wonderful hospice care that he received.
A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 19, 2013, at Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary, 1950 E. 10600 South in Sandy, and 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday at the Lone Peak Stake Center, 11570 S. Wasatch Blvd. (2800 East) in Sandy. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the stake center.
Online condolences may be left at www.larkincares.com