D. Craig Bell
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
Published by Deseret News from Jun. 16 to Jun. 17, 2009.
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Dear Aunt Beth and cousins,

I am sorry for your loss. Living here in AZ we haven't gotten to spend much time with your family. I wish we could have seen eachother more often.

I heard from my mother that it was a beautiful funeral. She couldn't stop talking about how handsome and intelligent my cousins are also.

We love you and miss you.

Kyle, Melissa(Johnson), Aaron, Sydney, and Sadie Amos
June 24, 2009
Dear Elaine, Sharlene, and Craig's family,

Rhonda called to let me know of Craig's passing, and it was such a shock! I'm sure these last several days have been a really busy and sad time for all of you.

Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you, and that I appreciate Craig's great example when we were "neighbors" and growing up!

You are loved!

Vickie (Phelps) West
Vickie West
June 23, 2009
Dear Bell Family,

We were so sorry to hear of Craig's passing. Though we were not able to attend the funeral, please know our thoughts and prayers have been with you all. We have many wonderful memories of your families. May God comfort you at this time.

With Love,

Rex and Linda Lundquist
June 21, 2009
Dear Craig Bell Family,

I was sorry to hear about Craig's death from Erma G. Thompson who is a long time fried of mine. I used to water ski with the family and knew Charlene as well. Those times were great fun and he had a nice mom and step-dad. I wish you all comfort from your memories and from the Lord.

My sincere symphonies,

Kathe Halladay Cano
Kathe H. Cano
June 18, 2009
May the cold clear water fall peacefully over the glistenng rocks... where below, in a deep blue pool, a trout splashes his tail... echoing into the distant sunset at the close of a beautiful day.
Garry Johnson
June 18, 2009
Bell Family:
You are a wonderful family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you.

The LePrey's
Kaya LePrey
June 17, 2009
Dear Bell Family,
we are so sorry for the loss of dear
Brother Bell he was a very loved man
by so many of us in the ward, and he will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.
With love, Valentin & Lonie Cruz
June 17, 2009
The whole Saxey Family sends their love to the Bell Family(Both Craig's and Ron's). You have touched our lives and our children's in so many ways. All we can do is send a cyberspace hug and wish you God's loving peace!
John and Linda Saxey and Family
June 17, 2009
Beth:

I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you and yours close in my thoughts and prayers.
Rhonda Kelley
June 17, 2009
The Bell Family,
Our family is so sad to hear of your loss. We lived by each other many years and always saw a great example from Craig. We wish you all the best as you travel through this sorrowful time. We will pray for your peace, comfort and endurance. So many people love your family. May the Lord's choicest blessings be with you.
Love, The Tom Capece Family
June 16, 2009
dear bell family
we loved being your neighboors your husband and father was always so kind he will be missed our love thoughts and prayers are with you. we love you.
The Pauleys
david pauley
June 16, 2009
Craig Bell meant a lot to me. All of my memories of him are good memories. I only wish I could have known him longer. He was always a joy to be around at many a camp. He was a great example, and an amazing person. Thanks Bro. Bell for all you did!
Sincerely,
Jackson Pingree
June 16, 2009
Beth and Family,
I am so sorry to learn of Bro. Bell's passing, and my heart goes out to your family. I can only imagine what you are going through at this time. May you feel the Lord's blessings and comfort during the days and weeks ahead.
The Sunbeam class and I missed you at the piano in Primary.
Jill Nielsen and family (Dan, Jill, Nicole and Kelli)
Jill Nielsen
June 16, 2009
I am sorry to learn of Craig Bell's sudden passing. I was privileged to serve under his leadership as Legal Counsel for the Western States Water Council for about three years. I learned so much from him, and have such good memories of those years. I wish much condolence for his family and all the associates who also will miss him. He was a great man, and I'm very grateful for having served under his guidance and leadership.
Ricky Torrey
June 16, 2009
Matt
I am so sorry to here about your father. I can relate to you loss having lost my mom just a month ago. You father must have been a great man judging from the son that you are. Deb and i send our love and prayers.
Hutch
June 16, 2009
I will always treasure the opportunity I had to work with Bro. Bell in Young Mens. He was a terrific example and always concerned about the youth. I learned much from him. As many have said already he was always willing to serve and was mindful and caring of those he worked with.We offer our thoughts and prayers for your family and know that the Lord will watch over and comfort you.
Love,
Bill and Terri Wing and family.
Bill Wing
June 16, 2009
My sincere condolences for your loss, Beth. My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family.
Jon Sterzer
June 16, 2009

Beth I am so sorry about your loss. My blessings are with you and your family.
James Toledo
June 16, 2009
What a wonderful man! We're all better people for having known and been touched by his love and example.
Love,
Kip and Chris Enger
June 16, 2009
Beth--Please accept Donna's and my deepest condolences. We grieve for you and your unexpected loss. We wish you and your family peace and love in this time of sorrow.
Larry Keller
June 16, 2009
We are so sorry for your loss Beth. Our deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family during this difficult time.

All our best,
Chris and Lyndee Aardema
June 16, 2009
Beth and Family,
I my condolences are with you at your time of loss.

Royal Fackrell
Royal Fackrell
June 16, 2009
Beth, Aaron, Carleen, Ryan, Nick, Matt and Scott,

What an incredible life and example he shared. Craig will always be one of my heroes. Over the years I have had the privilege of spending many hours with him. My life has been and will continue be greatly blessed as a result of our time together. Your Father was so proud of every one of you and he expressed it often. His faith was deep and abiding.
His knowledge of our eternal plan was absolute. His commitment to the Master was extraordinary. His counsel will be missed by many.

As he was approaching retirement, we spoke often of the many different opportunities to serve. I know there are some that are needed on the other side to continue the great work there.

D & C 36:49
Yea, and blessed are the dead that die in the Lord, from henceforth, when the Lord shall come, and old things shall pass away, and all things become new, they shall rise from the dead and shall not die after, and shall receive an inheritance before the Lord, in the holy city.

Beth, you know we love you and your wonderful family please let us know what we can do to assist.

Love,
Wally and Valinda Rose and family
Wally and Valinda Rose
June 16, 2009
Beth, Craig sounds like such a wonderful man. I'm so sorry for you and your family.

All the best always,

Jeff Oritt
June 16, 2009
We are so grateful for the oportunity we had to know Craig and serve with him at church. I got to know him better these last couple of years while he served as the Young Men's President. He will be missed and I know he touched the lives of every one he came in contact with. We are so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our prayers.
Love,
Sean and Jenn Nerdin
Jennifer Nerdin
June 16, 2009
Aaron and Carleen, I was sorry to hear the sad news of the passing of your Dad. I am sure you have many good memories of your Dad. Peace be with you and your family.
Todd Saxey
June 16, 2009
May you find peace, comfort & feel our Heavenly Father's great love for you and your loved ones. We are honored to have been able to know Craig.
Love,
Sherm, Cathy & Stacy Hairup
Cathy Hairup
June 16, 2009
We will always be grateful for the love and compassion Craig showed our family. He had a great influence in our lives and he will be greatly missed. He had such a great impact on all those lives he touched and will leave a lasting memory. May the Lord be with all of your family in the days and years to come.
Love,
Dave and Janet Wiley
June 16, 2009
All of our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May god bless you all.

Love,
Family of Ross & Maxine Godfrey
Ross & Maxine Godfrey
June 15, 2009
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