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Harold Earl Bushman Sr.

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Harold Earl Bushman, Sr., St. George, Ut - Harold Earl - Bushman, Sr., passed away January 10, 2003 in St. George, Utah, after battling health problems for several years. Harold was born February 22, 1919 in a small farm town of Joseph City, to Jesse Smith Bushman and Sarah Elva Porter Bushman. He grew up there, with six sisters and three brothers. He has been a lifetime member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served a mission in the North Central States Mission, in parts of Canada and Minnesota. He has served in many callings over the years including Bishop and Stake High Councilman. He also enjoyed working with the Boy Scouts of America. He married Nita Whiting in Salt Lake City, Sept. 16, 1941. They lived in Joseph City, and later moved to Los Angeles, California. In 1946 he founded the Whiting & Bushman Lumber Co. (later Kaibab Lumber Co. ), with his brother-in-law, E. Jay Whiting, in Fredonia, Arizona. They moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1954, where he managed Whiting Brothers gas stations and motels in New Mexico and Texas. They moved back to Arizona in 1964, where he continued to work for Whiting Brothers. When Nita's health declined, they moved to Mesa, Arizona in 1983, where she passed away Dec. 17, 1987 after 46 years of marriage. He later met Hazel Jensen Curtis of St. George, Utah and they were married July 9, 1988 in Salt Lake City, Utah. They made their home in St. George, Utah which was always open to friends and family, and close to the temple they loved. He and Hazel served as workers in the St. George LDS Temple.
Harold is survived by his wife, Hazel C. Bushman, one son; H. Earl Bushman, Jr. (Irene) of Orem, UT, two daughters; Linda B. Hale (Ronald) of Nampa, ID and Kathryn J. Bogart (Tom) of Houston, TX. He is also survived by Hazel's children; Guy Curtis (Janet) of Salt Lake City, UT, Dana Dovenbarger of Bountiful, UT, 29 grandchildren and 45 great grandchildren, one brother; Orvil M. Bushman (Louise) of Tempe, AZ, two sisters; Nina Huish Graff of Hurricane, UT and Zelda B. Turley (Robert) of Glendale, AZ. He is preceded in death by his brother, Virgil A. and sisters Adele B. Whipple, Verna B. Lewis and Lois B. Holmes. Harold always loved his family and was very proud of them. He serves as a great example to those of us privileged to have known him. He has helped us and taught us, in so many ways. He will be sorely missed by all his family and dear friends. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 14, 2003 at 11 a.m. at the St. George LDS 12th Ward Chapel, 449 So. 300 E. There will be a visitation held Monday, January 13, from 7-8 p.m. at Metcalf Mortuary, 288 W. St. George Blvd and Tuesday, January 14, one hour prior to services at the chapel. There will be a funeral service 10 a.m. Thursday, January 16 at the Joseph City LDS Church. He will be buried in his beloved home town of Joseph City, Arizona next to his first wife and infant daughter Nita Renae. Arrangements under the direction of Metcalf Mortuary, St. George, UT, and Owens Mortuary, Holbrook.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Jan. 14, 2003
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