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Edward Ute Knowlton


1933 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Edward Ute Knowlton Obituary
June 24, 1933 ~ Dec. 1, 2016
Edward Ute Knowlton, known to all as "Ute," passed from this life due to causes incident to ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) on December 1, 2016 at the age of 83. He was born June 24, 1933 in Ogden, Utah to Franklin Richards Knowlton and Mary Edwina Whitesides Knowlton. He is known to all as a person who gave liberally of his time and resources. He did all he could to serve others and make his community the best it could be. He left a lasting impact.
He was married to Gail A. Whitesides in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on September 18, 1952 and together raised eight children. Ute then graduated from the University of Utah, College of Medicine and served his early career as one of the General Practice doctors in Kaysville, Utah. He then sought further training at the University as a Radiologist and worked for the remainder of his career at Cottonwood Hospital in Murray, Utah. During the Vietnam War, he was drafted into the United States Armed Forces for two years and was stationed in Thailand and Maryland. He completed his service in 1969 as a Lt. Colonel. In 1980, he was elected to the Utah State Legislature and served three terms as a House Representative until 1986.
As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he was a leader of youth and teacher to both young and old. He served as a Bishop of the Kaysville 4th Ward. As a physician volunteer, he traveled to Guatemala on three separate occasions to care for people and train other medical personnel. With his wife, Gail, he served an LDS mission in the Philippines, caring for missionaries and church members. In addition to giving of his time in this way, his children remember many people coming to his home for medical, personal, and general life advice. His particular gift was reaching out and helping people in difficult life situations.
Having achieved many professional accomplishments, Ute would be the first to say his greatest joys were his family and the friendship with his neighbors and friends both near and far. His hobbies and interests included Utah history, genealogy, restoring old homes and antique furniture.
He is survived by his wife, Gail, and children Kirk Ute and Brenda Knowlton, Jennifer and Larry Miner, Alison and Brian Olsen, Edward Kelly and Connie Knowlton, Benjamin John and Lisa Knowlton, Joshua Quincy and Lydia Knowlton, and Abbigail and Ryan Israelsen. He is also survived by one brother Franklin Whitesides Knowlton. He was preceded in death by his son, Jared Stewart Knowlton, and two grandchildren, Cole Draper Knowlton and Neslie Jean Knowlton. Also preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, Esther Graehl, Mary Christensen, Martha Brooke, and one brother Richard Knowlton.
Funeral services will be held Friday, December 9, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at the Kaysville 4th Ward Chapel, 875 East 200 North, Kaysville, Utah. Friends may visit family Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lindquist's Kaysville Mortuary, 400 North Main and Friday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the church. Interment, Kaysville City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers Ute would love for you to help your family, neighbors and friends. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.lindquistmortuary.com
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Published in Salt Lake Tribune on Dec. 7, 2016
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