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Max Brown Chidester

"Greatest Dad"

Max Brown Chidester, 91, passed away peacefully on January 12, 2013 and was reunited with his sweetheart Clista. Max was born on May 1, 1921 in Richfield, UT to Arnon Alphaeus and Adell Christina Brown Chidester and was the oldest of 7 children. After graduating from Richfield High School he attended Utah State University for one year and then moved to Salt Lake to find work. He lived in a boarding house where he met his true love and eternal companion, Clista Zelda Byington. They were married March 20, 1942 in the Salt Lake Temple and were later blessed with four sons and one daughter. Max proudly served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. Max and Clista settled in Kearns, UT to raise their family. Max loved the Lord and dedicated much of his life to service, serving as a Stake Missionary, Ward Clerk, Sunday School Superintendent, faithful Home Teacher and Bishop. After retiring as a research assistant at the University of Utah, he and Clista served as full time missionaries in the Missouri, Independence Mission. They also served as ordinance workers at the Jordan River Temple for many years. He was a very hardworking and resourceful man, who loved his family. He was a proud father and grandfather and as his family expanded he attended as many events in his children and grandchildren's lives as possible. He is survived by his children Kenneth (Kay), Gene (Robyn), Susan (Sherman) Cameron, Robert (Nadnapang), and Richard (Cheryl), 23 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren, and 12 great-great-grandchildren; brother Reeve Chidester and sisters Portia (Lee) Van Sweden, Karla Richmond and Ana Chidester. He preceded in death by his wife, Clista; parents; sister Lois Galloway, and brother Roger Chidester. The family would like to thank Rocky Mountain Hospice for their care of our Dad. Funeral services will be held Monday, January 21, 2013, 11:00 a.m. at the Kearns Utah East Stake Center, 4715 South 4300 West. Viewings will be held Sunday, January 20, 6-8:00 p.m. at McDougal Funeral Home, 4330 South Redwood Road and 10-10:45 a.m. Monday at the church prior to the funeral. Interment: Valley View Memorial Park.


Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Jan. 19 to Jan. 20, 2013
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