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Fred John Wild

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Fred John Wild Obituary
November 29, 1914 - August 14, 2016 Fred Wild passed away peacefully at nearly 102 years, following a long, active and colorful life. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah to Fred John Wild, Sr. and Eva Wetzel Wild, he spent his childhood in Salt Lake City and graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in civil engineering at the tender age of 17. He married his beloved Mariellen shortly thereafter, after lying about his age. They were married for 76 years, until her passing in 2008. His career spanned 35 years of civil service, beginning in 1935 as a surveyor for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and culminating as Chief of Airports for the FAA for Nevada, Southern California and Arizona. He was instrumental in designing the present-day Los Angeles International Airport, among others. In 1964 he temporarily transferred to the State Department to head a mission to develop a modern aviation system for Turkey. He took the opportunity to travel by car throughout the Middle East and Eastern Europe, resulting in many colorful stories, some with hints of foreign intrigue. He and Mariellen were world travelers, active in the Latterday Saint Church, and he held positions in Rotary as well as his homeowners association. He is survived by two children, Diane Gonsalves (Arlindo) and David Wild (Beth), two grandchildren, Angelique Upper (Brandon) and Brandon Upper (Faifua), two step-grandchildren, Coreen Souza (Mike) and Craig Gonsalves, 11 great-grandchildren and 2 step-great-grandchildren. Memorial Service was held Saturday, August 20 under the direction of Inglewood Mortuary. He was interred in Salt Lake City Cemetery next to Mariellen and their predeceased son, Fred John Wild Jr.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Aug. 31 to Sept. 5, 2016
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