Hubert Bush

Hubert DeReil Bush
1924 ~ 2012
Hubert DeReil Bush died Thursday, December 6, in the embrace of his family. He was one week short of his 88th birthday.
A life-long resident of Salt Lake City, Hubert was born on December 14, 1924. He was the son of A. Oswald and Florence Lilac (Bush) Bush. He graduated from East High School, where he met and fell in love with Marilyn Tueller. Immediately after high school, he was drafted into the U.S. Army to fight in WWII. After basic training in Utah, he was shipped to Europe where he served with the Corps of Engineers constructing bridges.
Once the War was won, he returned to Salt Lake City, married his sweetheart, Marilyn, and established a successful business laying tile. He was known throughout the Salt Lake Valley for the quality of his work, and "Bush Tile Company" grew on his stellar reputation.
Hubert was a man of many talents. He could build anything-he built two homes from scratch. He could fix anything-from plumbing to electrical products. He could grow anything-in the garden where he labored tirelessly. He was a gifted painter who used his talent to capture places that touched his soul like Fish Lake and Bear Lake. He was also an accomplished round dancer travelling throughout the Intermountain West and Canada with Marilyn. He loved to tell stories of trips into Colorado, Arizona and Southern Utah. He was a fisherman and a hunter. He was a wine-maker. And, oh how he loved to golf.
He was an intrepid adventurer. In the late 60's when the Colorado River was being dammed to form Lake Powell, he built a boat and took it down the Colorado River with family members for one last look before it became Lake Powell. The small outboard engine fought the current all the way back and was literally hanging by a cotter pin when they reached the spot where they had put in. They were probably some of the last people to see the Colorado River in its natural state.
His pride and joy was his family. He provided for them, protected them and taught them principles like self-reliance and service. The cabin he built at Bear Lake was his solace. He deliberately avoided installing a telephone so that he could enjoy weekends with his family without interruption. He saved everything-from coins to tools to old appliances in the belief they might come in handy at some future time.
Hubert was preceded in death by his parents, one grandson and his five siblings - Laurel, Dell, Evelyn, Donald and Howard. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Marilyn, son Jon (Wanda) and daughters Jannine (Jody) Smith of Vernal, Jennifer (Jeff) McCollum of Gilbert, AZ and JoanE (Dan) Mahfood of Sandy, 17 grandchildren and 34 great grandchildren. The family would like to especially thank Mount Olympus Rehabilitation Center and One Care Hospice for their wonderful care the past few months.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 11th, at 11:00 a.m. at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East 10600 South, Sandy. Viewings will be held Monday night from 6-8 p.m. and also from 9:30-10:45 prior to the service at the mortuary. Interment at Larkin Sunset Gardens. Online condolences at

Published in Salt Lake Tribune on Dec. 9, 2012