CRYSTAL LAKE – Grant Eugene Milner, 64, passed away Friday, July 30, 2010, at his home surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with cancer.|
He was born Nov. 14, 1945, in Bingham Canyon, Utah, to Grant B. and Viola (MacNeil) Milner, who both preceded him in death.
In his early years, he was active in sports, from Little League teams to high school athletics at Bingham High School, where he graduated in 1964. He served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Australia from 1966-68. After returning from Australia, he enrolled in Utah State University where he met Bonnie D. McDonald, and they were married Sept. 19, 1969, in the Salt Lake City Temple for time and eternity. He graduated from Weber State in 1971 with his bachelor's degree in computer science and pursued employment in Chicago.
He worked for Hewlett Packard with systems integration and maintenance in Chicago and Atlanta until his retirement in 2002. He continued to be active after his retirement by consulting for Sunburst Shutters and International Health Management, playing on softball teams, bicycling, downhill skiing, running, and keeping up with his 12 grandchildren. He loved his family and friends; he enjoyed many great memories with them throughout the years.
He was an active member of the Crystal Lake 1st Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he served others for many years. He volunteered his time by helping everyone from the young to the elderly and loved the great happiness it brought him.
He is survived by his wife, Bonnie, with whom he shared nearly 41 years of marriage; his four children, Lance (Sarah) Milner of Chandler, Ariz., Lori (Matt) Thelander of Crystal Lake, Lisa (Matt) Clark of Huntley and Lindsey (Chris) Larson of Algonquin; 12 grandchildren; and his sister, Norma Nebeker.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and by a grandson, Cody Thelander.
A viewing will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1, at Davenport Family Funeral Home, 419 E. Terra Cotta Ave. (Route 176), Crystal Lake. The service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 2, at the Crystal Lake Building of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5209 Walkup Road, Crystal Lake.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Latter-day Saints Charities (Humanitarian Services) at www.ldsp.org or 800-525-8074.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.davenportfamily.com. For information, call the funeral home at 815-459-3411.