Beloved Husband, Father, Grandparent, Brother, and Friend passed away December 25, 2013 at home. Howard was born September 16, 1921 in Orangeville, Utah, to Wilford J. and Lillie S. (Christensen) Humphrey. He grew up on a farm raising sheep but his father recognized Howard wanted to be an electrician. His father bought him a correspondence course in electricity that he completed while a senior in high school. He continued his electricity studies at Weber College in Ogden, Utah. In 1942, he joined the Navy and during his training to become a pilot he married Beth Call in 1944. Howard became a Navy Ensign and flight instructor, eventually flying 4-engine transport planes throughout the Pacific Islands.
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After his service in the Navy he began his career as an electrician eventually owning his own electrical contracting company. He enjoyed being a scout master, coach for Little League, and he also loved serving in his many church callings. His hobbies included fishing, hunting, and gardening. His sense of humor was his trade mark and brought laughter into the lives of all he knew.
Beth and Howard were married for 40 years and had five children. After years of ill health Beth passed away in 1983. In 1985 Howard started working in the Los Angeles LDS Temple. He developed a strong desire to serve a mission and prayed for a companion to serve with him.
He met and married M. Diane Porter in 1986 and together they prepared to serve a mission. In 1989 they were called to the Atlanta Georgia Temple mission. Their mission was the highlight of their lives. After their mission they built a home in Leeds, Utah, where they lived for 13 years. They then moved to Hurricane, Utah.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers and sisters; and son, Dane Humphrey and daughter, Mary Humphrey.
He is survived by his "sweetie", Diane of Hurricane, Utah; Rev. Neal and wife Christine, Layton, Utah; KC and husband Sam, Lake Arrowhead, CA; and Kevin and wife Vicki, Sylmar, CA; daughter in law, Julie Humphrey, Midvale, Utah; and many loving grandchildren and great grandchildren; and sister Ruth and husband Kent Stilson of Orangeville, Utah.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 30, 2013, at 11 am, at the Hurricane West Chapel, 320 North 3400 West, Hurricane, Utah. A viewing will be held Sunday, December 29th, from 5:00 - 7:00 pm and Monday December 30th from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. at the Hurricane West Chapel.Interment will take place in the Hurricane City Cemetery.
In Lieu of flowers please make donations to the Dixie Home Rehab and Hospice - Dayton Foundation - 2019 East Riverside Dr., Suite A102, St. George, Utah, 84790.
Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff St., St. George, Utah, ( 435)673-2454.
110 South Bluff Street
St. George, UT 84770
Published in The Spectrum & Daily News from Dec. 28 to Dec. 29, 2013