Edwin Grant Dewsnup
Edwin Grant Dewsnup passed away peacefully on March 5, 2014 in the 96th year of his full and active life. He was born in Salt Lake City on October 28, 1918 to Hyrum E. and Jennie Ransom Dewsnup. He married Mary Jeannette Fairbanks in the Salt Lake Temple on October 18, 1940. They were the parents of four children.
He served as a Captain in the 957th field artillery battalion during World War II
, seeing action in the European theater in such notable battles as the St. Lo Breakthrough, the battle at the Remagen Bridge and the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Bronze Star
for meritorious service in combat.
He obtained his bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Utah in 1939 and went on to do graduate work in accounting, which became his life's work. He worked for the Lang Construction Equipment Company for many years. Thereafter he taught accounting and business subjects for Stevens Henager Business College in Salt Lake City until moving to LDS Business College where he taught accounting until his retirement in 1983.
He served in a variety of callings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints including Elders Quorum President, High Priests Group Leader, Ward Clerk, Bishop's Counselor and Stake Executive Secretary. He was a master teacher and blessed the lives of many as he taught in the priesthood quorums and adult Sunday School classes of the Church.
He and his beloved wife served a mission to the Switzerland LDS Temple from 1984 to 1986. One of his most fulfilling experiences in Church service was as a Sealer in both the Swiss and Salt Lake LDS Temples, callings about which he spoke with great reverence and gratitude.
He loved tools and enjoyed building and repairing things. He had a shop full of hand tools and power tools which he skillfully used as long as his health permitted. He was sought out by neighbors and family members for his abilities as a craftsman where his exacting standards produced many things of beauty and utility.
The joy of his life was his wife of 65 years who preceded him in death in 2005. Theirs was an exemplary marriage. He was also preceded in death by his parents and by his brother, Ralph, who died in the Pacific Theater during World War II, and by his four sisters, Myrtle Clayton, Arvilla Calder, Millicent Cornwall and Maurine Dewsnup.
He is survived by his four children: Claudia (Frederick A.) Smith, Ralph L. (Mary) Dewsnup, Wesley G. (Laura) Dewsnup, and Ronald K. (Sharon) Dewsnup; and by 19 grandchildren and 57 great-grandchildren all of whom loved and admired him greatly.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the Twenty-first North Ward located at 2nd Avenue & "J" Street, Salt Lake City, Utah, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Friends may visit the family from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the funeral service. A viewing will also be held on Friday evening, March 14, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Larkin Mortuary at 260 East South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah. Interment will be at the Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery.
The family wishes to acknowledge the valued care and attention provided by Dr. Joshua S. Romney as well as the care givers and staff of Home Instead and Care Source in Salt Lake City, Utah.