D. Craig Bell 1945 ~ 2009 Husband, Father, Grandpa, Brother, and Son passed away suddenly in his home from natural causes. He will be greatly missed by his family and those who were associated with him. A man of integrity, faith, obedience, and charity, his willingness to listen and his compassion for others will have a lasting impact for us in this life and will be valuable to others in the next life.Craig Bell was born in Malad, ID, but his family resided in California, where he spent his early years "in a warm climate, playing handball with friends." They later moved to Midvale, Utah where he attended Jordan High and then the newly constructed Hillcrest High. He served a mission in Germany and loved the people and experiences he had. He later attended BYU where he met his wife and eternal companion, Beth Allred, and they were married in 1970. He graduated from BYU in 1970 with a BS in Political Science and a Minor in German. He then went on to attend law school at the University of Utah and graduated Order of the Coif. He was admitted to the Utah Bar in October, 1973. He spent 35 years working for the Western States Water Council, and loved the work, friendships, and close associations at the council. He loved his family and served faithfully in the Church, always willing to listen, give advice, encourage and counsel his family. Craig always liked to plan, make goals, create mission statements, and other family plans. Dad, we will miss your written FHE agendas, chore contracts, and the annual family calendar. He loved playing with his children and grandchildren, and was often found in the home office showing off the latest computer game. He ensured that the grandkids were always having fun even if that meant trying to fly kites in windless conditions (a Bell tradition). Craig is survived by his Mother, Elaine Godfrey; his eternal companion Beth; siblings Sharlene (Randy) Goff, Ron (Jeri) Bell, Steve (Anna) Bell; his children Aaron (Kim) Bell, Carleen (Cory) Card, Ryan Bell, Nick (Kamilla) Bell, Matt (Shawnee) Bell, Scott Bell, and 10 grandchildren. A viewing will be held Wednesday evening, June 17th, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East 10600 South, Sandy, Utah. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 18th at the LDS Sandy Crescent South Stake Center, 275 E. 10600 S. at 11:00 a.m. with an additional viewing one hour before the service. Online condolences at www.larkincares.com
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Published in Deseret News from Jun. 16 to Jun. 17, 2009.