Bonnie Lee Crabb Pinegar
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Salt Lake City, UT
Bonnie Lee Crabb Pinegar

1934-2021

Salt Lake City, UT—Our beloved Bonnie Lee Crabb Pinegar, 86, passed away peacefully February 6, 2021 in Holladay, Utah, surrounded by her husband and children. Bonnie was born on December 27, 1934 to Lowell John and Exilda Nielson Crabb in Escondido, California, where her father was attending mortuary school. Her family then moved to Spanish Fork, Utah, where Bonnie was raised with her sister, Renon, and younger brother, Kelly. Bonnie contracted polio as a young girl during the polio epidemic but made a full and miraculous recovery – an experience she always thought of as a blessing and not a trial. Upon completion of high school, she attended Brigham Young University and, as a freshman, married Rex Dee Pinegar, (also from Spanish Fork) who had just returned from active service in the U.S. Navy. They were sealed in the Salt Lake City Utah LDS Temple on January 24, 1955. After Rex's graduation from BYU, Bonnie and Rex lived in California and Utah during Rex's graduate studies and eventually settled in Provo, Utah where Rex became part of the BYU faculty. In 1971, Bonnie was called with Rex to serve in the North Carolina-Virginia Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as mission leaders and moved with their family of 5 children to Roanoke, Virginia. It was during this service that Rex was called to serve as a member of the First Council of Seventy, in addition to his service as mission president, so they remained in Virginia. Upon completion of their mission in 1974, they settled in Salt Lake City, Utah, where Rex continued full-time service in the church in many capacities. It was here that they welcomed the addition of their 6th child to the family. Bonnie enjoyed accompanying her husband to many parts of the world as he filled various assignments. From 1998-2001 they lived in Tokyo, Japan, for Rex's service in the Presidency of the Asia North Area of the church. Bonnie thrived in the rich culture of the Japanese people and also loved participating in the opening of missionary work in Vladivostok, Russia. Upon return from Japan, Bonnie and Rex served as matron and president of the Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple, followed by 5 years of service with her husband as Temple Missionary Trainers.

Bonnie loved the arts and history and cultural refinement, music, elegance, reading, and more. She was patriotic and enjoyed learning and sharing the stories of the past with her children. She was extremely proud of her Danish and Scottish heritage. She was an excellent seamstress, made detailed scrapbooks of each of her children and was a wonderful record keeper. Her gift-giving was remarkable, her handwriting beautiful and unique, her home immaculate and full of art and books and treasures from her family and her travels. She set a lovely table for every meal. She was beautiful and engaging and always impeccably dressed. Her laughter and constant twinkle in her eye endeared her to those around her. Bonnie's highest priorities were her faith and her family and she put those ahead of all other pursuits in life. Nothing meant as much to her as having her family, her children and grandchildren gathered around her for any reason at any time. Holidays were memorable in her home and her gift of gathering blessed so many. Her devotion to her dear husband was unparalleled. She is loved and will be dearly missed by friends and family.

Her family wishes to thank her devoted neighbors for all their years of care and friendship and the remarkable caregivers at The Ridge in Holladay, Utah for the love and kindness they gave Bonnie during her brief time there.

Bonnie is survived by her husband, Rex D. Pinegar; their six children, Kevin Rex Pinegar (Susan Cook), Lisa Nelson (Erven), Suzanne Wadsworth (Kenneth), Shelley Peterson (Michael), Kristen King (Eric), Amy Robinson (Nathan); 30 grandchildren; and 36 great-grandchildren. A private family service will be held on February 17, 2021 at the Larkin Mortuary chapel in Salt Lake City. Interment will be at Memorial Holladay Cemetery in Salt Lake City, Utah. For those wishing to participate remotely, a link can be found in her Legacy.com obituary. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to the General Missionary Fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at https://philanthropies.churchofjesuschrist.org/missionary.html
Published by The Salt Lake Tribune from Feb. 11 to Feb. 15, 2021.
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Kevin, Susan and Family: Our deepest condolences upon the passing of a great matriarch. She was a person with a good heart and sharing nature. She blessed the lives of many throughout her life. Her wonderful example set a high standard for her children, their spouses, and other family members.
Terry and Jan Clemmer
Acquaintance
March 5, 2021
As a newly converted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I had the remarkable privilege of meeting and loving the Pinegar family. They were an exemplary family and I learned so many spiritual things from both Rex and Bonnie. Their children also have very special places in my heart!

As one of the callings in Mt. Olympus 1st Ward, I was asked to select two counselors to assist me as a new Ward Young Woman's president. This was truly a NEW experience for me. I did not know how to select two sisters to help me with this new undertaking, but I did know that my Father in Heaven would support me by answering my prayers as to whom these special "teachers" should be. Sister Bonnie Pinegar was the first name that came to my mind. When meeting with my Bishop to relay what my prayers had impressed upon my mind about Sister Pinegar as my first counselor (and now many years later and more fully understanding the many responsibilities of a General Authority's wife), I am truly amazed that my request was accepted by this beautiful, humble mother of six children.

God has richly blessed my life and the lives of my precious family. Eternal unity as a family is ours thanks in part to this amazing family! Bonnie will be missed by all who have had the joy of her in their life!
Sherry Poulson
Sherry Poulson
Friend
February 27, 2021
She was a marvelous lady and I was a missionary when she was in NCVM. He was a true disCipla of God.
Arthur Foster
Friend
February 21, 2021
Dear Pres Pinegar and Family:

Our prayers are with you and your family at the passing of your dear wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

It was my life-long blessing to know Bonnie as a missionary in the North Carolina Virginia Mission in 1971-72. You may remember that I was serving in the mission home when your family arrived. It was a delight to get to know all of you. I particularly remember reading children's books to Kristin and going on errands - often to the Post Office - with Kevin as my missionary companion.

My wife and I felt blessed to join Bonnie's funeral via Zoom and see each of you as mature adults with children and grandchildren of your own. The tributes you paid to your sweet mother touched our hearts. I could recall in my mind her lovely handwriting as you shared your stories. She was everything you said she was.

President Pinegar - I still feel your love. One of the things I remember best was your unchanging belief in the innate ability of everyone to change for the good. You saw that in me and all the lives you touched. I have thought of that many times over the years. Thank you for your faithful service and once again demonstrating the grace of enduring to the end.

May you feel the peace and comfort of the Savior and the Holy Ghost in your lives at this time.

I love you all!

Elder Hinmon
Dan Hinmon
Friend
February 20, 2021
My condolences to her husband, one of my favorite professors at BYU.
BRUCE WINTERS
February 20, 2021
A life of love and devotion to her family and service in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. An ANGEL on earth and she will go forward and continue that service. A separation for a short period of time as we all will go through. Prayers for you and your family as you go through this time, Colleen Van Wagoner.
Colleen Burrows Van Wagoner
Family
February 18, 2021
Dear Elder Pinegar,

While I never had the pleasure of meeting your beloved wife, as your student in in Special Education at BYU I heard beautiful stories of your family.

I have memories of your brilliant lectures and heartfelt discussions that shaped my future in special education and eventually, school psychology.

Peace and comfort to you and your family. I hope some time to have a conversation with you, if you even remember me!

May G-d (Jewish tradition of respect for Ha Shem) bless the rest of your mortal life, and Ha Mashiach embrace you in Eternity.

Carol

Carol Anne Schuster Evans, PhD
Student
February 16, 2021
Bob Sydney Tyndall, EJ Nelson
February 16, 2021
Darrell and Dianna Smith
February 16, 2021
Sister Pinegar is a great mission Mom. I can not forget the love I felt from her and President Pinegar.
Thank you for your kindness and your goodness. You have blessed our lives for ever and ever.
Blair Ward
Blair Ward
Friend
February 16, 2021
I was fortunate to serve under two great mission presidents in the Virginia Roanoke Mission, President Rex D Pinegar and President (retired Colonel) Joseph M McPhie. I recall when I arrived in Roanoke from Utah to start my service the plane ride was not too pleasant. My flight at Salt Lake City was delayed several hours and nobody informed the Pinegars who were waiting for me. My final leg was a prop plane with lots of turbulence. When I arrived at 1 am I greeted my new mission family, put my head on President Pinegar's shoulder and said "I'm your first green elder that is really green".

One time they toured all the apartments of the missionaries. We didn't live in the best places. When they saw the squalid conditions of two elders Sister Pinegar broke into tears and demanded they move. She had the love and spirit of the Savior in her heart and soul. It eminated throughout.

I had the fortune and privilege of giving them both a priesthood blessing at their Holladay home last year.

Sister Bonnie Pinegar is not resting on her laurels in heaven. She is actively working, young, very much alive, and preparing for all of us to soon greet her again. I love this remarkable daughter of God, my mission matriarch. Till we meet again.
George H Zinn
Friend
February 16, 2021
Dear Elder Pinegar, Kevin and the Pinegar family, What a delightful woman Bonnie was and continues to be! We remember fondly Elder and Sister Pinegar frequently visiting the Yale II Ward where Kevin and his family reside and where Bob was the bishop. Sister and Elder Pinegar have given so much to the Lord, to His Church, and to the communities in which they have resided for so many years. How grateful we are for that untiring and dedicated service and for the positive impact it has had on so many, including ourselves. We, as you, are so grateful for the eternity of the family.
Robert F. (Bob) and Joy Orton
Friend
February 15, 2021
Sister Pinegar was so kind and gracious and personal towards each of her missionaries. She made us feel like she was our "Personal Sister Pinegar" even though we knowingly shared her with everyone. She always intently asked about how things were going in our areas, and during those months of Proclamation, she expressed keen interest as the lover of arts that she was. She was special! Thank you, President Pinegar, for sharing your life and your wife with each of us. We love you!
Richard N. Summers
Friend
February 15, 2021
We had the great privilege of getting to know Sister Pinegar through her daughter Shelley's family. She and her husband visited Danville often and we quickly grew to love them both. Sister Pinegar was always so warm and gracious with us and treated us like we were part of her family. She always took time to chat and ask how we were doing. She had a glow about her that we are certain came from her deep and abiding testimony of the Savior. We always admired her quiet grace. We send our love to all her family and prayers for comfort at this time of loss. Your righteous lives were her greatest legacy and we know she will be smiling down on her dear ones and be ever near.
Steve and Debbie Farrell
Friend
February 15, 2021
Steve and Debbie Farrell
February 15, 2021
The first time I met Sister Pinegar was when the family arrived in the mission field at the Roanoke Virginia airport over 50 years ago. The mission staff was there to greet them. The problem was they were at opposite end of the airport. In the days before all the security restrictions visitors could go right to the gate to greet arrivals. I’m sure we looked pretty silly running through the airport to try and get there prior to their arrival. We were late but eventually did meet up. Little did I know then that I would meet a family and a mission president and his wife that would change my life forever. And so it has been. President and Sister Pinegar will always be an example and inspiration to me in my life. She was a wonderful person who was always there for her family. Living in the same home with them but in a separate part of the house, they felt like family to me. I will always cherish those days. Sister Pinegar was quiet, refined, resourceful, well organized and the perfect example of what a wife and mother should be. I don’t think she ever had an unkind word or thought about anybody. With all the things going on in her life, family, homemaker, church, mission, wife she always seemed to have time for President Pinegar and the missionaries and would accompany him whenever possible for missionary conferences, speaking assignments or even just to travel with him. I don’t know how she managed to juggle all of her responsibilities but somehow she did and did it gracefully. She was an extraordinary woman that will be missed by her family and all that knew her. My condolences go out to Kevin, Lisa, Suzanne, Shelley, Kristin who I think was about 5 years old when we were there, Amy and of course to President Pinegar. My thoughts and prayers are with you all always.
The Best
Elder Paul (Mary) Ross
Paul Ross
Friend
February 15, 2021
Rex, I want to pass on my condolances, and express my appreciation for our friendship that began in Hayward and strengthened over these many years. I lost my wife just before Christmas, and even our knowledge of the Gospel Plan does not relieve us from missing them a great deal. Love Ya
Hal LaPray
February 15, 2021
Rarely in one's life is a person given the opportunity to grow and be impacted by the goodness of people like Rex and Bonnie Pinegar, especially at the age of 19 to 21. My time with the Pinegars in the North Carolina/Virginia Mission was wonderful. Words are unable to express my appreciation for their friendship and service. Sister Pinegar is an outstanding example of patience, kindness, and extreme strength. Gone from our earthly association, Sister Pinegar now resides in the world of spirits. I look forward to seeing her again.
President Pinegar, you remain in my prayers at this time of grieving. I have always remembered you as a man of optimism, an attribute that seemed to be contagious when all of your missionaries were around you. May the Lord's blessings of continued optimism and strength be with you and your family.
With fond memories and best wishes ,
Jim Holmes
Fellow missionary
Jim Holmes
Friend
February 14, 2021
Dear and trusted friend Rex and Pinegar Family,
The wonderful memories we have together with you and Bonnie on multiple experiences in Chile and Brazil will never be forgotten. You and precious Bonnie blessed our family by your noble service TOGETHER and you both impacted our lives as you taught and bore witness of the Savior and of God's Great Plan of Happiness. How wonderful that Bonnie was able to bless so many lives by her unselfish kindness and Spiritual gifts. We have missed seeing you these past ten plus years, but we assure you of our love and our prayers for you and the family at this time of temporary separation from your eternal companion. May your personal witness of an Eternal Plan combined with your pure heart and noble service under covenant bring peace to your mind and heart.
We love you FOREVER !!
Craig and Jan Zwick
Friend
February 14, 2021
The memories of missionary service with the Pinegar's are still vivid after 46 years. Those were years to ever cherish and never be forgotten. I better understand the desire of John the beloved and the Three Nephites who desired to continue their service in mortality until the coming of the Savior. Time has taught me that nothing is more important than to render service in behalf of the Savior.

I'm sure Sister Pinegar continues her love and service to those around her on the other side. She will me missed, but she would not anyone to mourn her passing. She would want her funeral to be a going away party with loved ones gathered to honor her benevolent life.

Ken and FaNette Gardner

Ken Gardner
Friend
February 14, 2021
She made an impact of good that has helped to mold me throughout my life. I served as a missionary under their leadership in NCVM.
Doug Lang
February 14, 2021
I recieved my call to the North Carolina Virginia mission in September of 1972. The Pinegars helped make it the best two years of my life which I will never forget. Sister Pinegar was a real go getter and had an amazing amount of energy which she generously shared. I always regarded the as a tremendous example to me. They assisted me in having a great missionary experience that will be with me for eternity. They were a very humble down to earth couple who got in the trenches and worked so very hard. President Pinegar would go out tracting door to door with missionaries and loved to be actively engaged in the most important work of our lives and he could take a door slam with the best of them. Thank you for the wonderful association and unforgettable memories that will last forever and ever.

Lewis Richard Hansen
Acquaintance
February 14, 2021
I was fortunate enough to serve in the North Carolina Virginia Mission with President and Sister Pinegar. For a time I was close enough to observe how wonderful an LDS family could be. I've been attempting to follow their example for fifty years since. RIP Sister Bonnie Pinegar. We love you President Pinegar and Pinegar family. Sincerely,
Elder Edward and Faye Tilt
Friend
February 14, 2021
Sister Pinegar was the mother of one of my best friends, Lisa. Their family moved in next door when I was in the third grade. She always made me feel welcome in her home. She taught a group of us girls how to sew in 4-H. She and her husband were always an inspiration to me with their dedication to the Lord and their service in the Church. All of her family is in our thoughts and prayers. She was a wonderful lady and will be missed.
We send our love, Sharon and Kelly Brown
Sharon Gallier Brown
Neighbor
February 12, 2021
Bonnie helped me when I arrived in the Virginia Roanoke Mission. I was 19, scared, homesick, not sure about being a missionary, She set the table for my first meal and saw my nervousness. Rex and Bonnie became my new mom and dad, their children were my siblings and I was at home in Virginia, the greatest mission in the world.
They both made me happy, and motivated me to succeed in every thing in my future.
My father at home was so excited that my mission president was a GA, he and my mom were so thankful that they were there to help me survive it all.
I love them both, and will always love them and their family...
James Linton
Friend
February 12, 2021
As a missionary, I called the Mission Office to get permission to leave the mission boundries to attend a closer Stake Conference in Georgia. Sister Pinegar answered and gave us permission to go. Later the Georgia Mission President called and Told on us to Pres. Pinegar and I got a phone call. Quickley resolved when he heard his good wife was involved. Thoughts and prayers are with you.
DR. NEIL BAIRD
Friend
February 12, 2021
Dear President Pinegar and family -

We send our deepest sympathy to you and pray for God's richest blessing to be yours with the passing of Bonnie. We know that she is in the arms of those who love her on the other side of the vail just as she was loved in this life.

President Pinegar, you indelibly influenced me during the short stay on a mission so that it has become a beacon for me during my life. Thank you for your love and confidence. I thoroughly enjoyed working close with you as the mission presidents secretary in Roanke as we prepared for a mission split. I ended up staying 14 months of my mission in the office; as secretary for 8 months then back as an assistant for six.

I hope that you are comforted by the Holy Ghost as you adjust to this new era of your life. You are a great person and I know that God has an eternal place for you in his kingdom along with Bonnie.

Our sincere love and prayers -
Rick and Adrienne Lungman


RICK LUNGMAN
Friend
February 12, 2021
Bonnie was one of my dearest friends. She gave me a gift that I will always treasure. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. May God bless you.
Deveda Vernon
Friend
February 12, 2021
I had the privilege of having an assignment in the mission home when the Pinegar's began their mission. It is difficult to express how important the example they set for me as a young missionary and young man was for me at that time in my life. I am so grateful for them and their family. I cherish the memories of how Sis. Pinegar would show her love to me, her family and to the Lord. Their positive impact on my life will echo throughout eternity in the lives of my posterity . May God continue to bless Elder Pinegar and his family with comfort and support.
William and JaLene Brown
Friend
February 12, 2021
I am Elder Roger Barton. I say Elder because I was a missionary in the North Carolina Virginia Mission. Sister Pinegar was such a wonderful Missionary Mom to me and the other missionaries. She always knew us by name. Knew about our families, our area of service, our successes and disappointments. I, we, loved her as we did our own mothers because she was there is give assurance and comfort to us all. What a wonderful woman and companion to President Pinegar. We love you President Pinegar. Thanks to both of you for giving us a head start in life.
Roger and Shelley Barton
Acquaintance
February 12, 2021
We love you both! We are looking forward to the day we will all be together!!! Forever, Sister Nancy Hatch Collard and Curtis Collard
Nancy Collard
Friend
February 12, 2021
The Pinegar family moved into our ward and neighborhood in 1974 as they returned from their Mission President's experience in Virginia. They immediately became an important and loving part of the ward and neighborhood. We cherish our many memories of Bonnie and Rex along with all family members. We all were inspired by their testimonies and unselfish love shown to all. We wish the best to all of the wonderful Pinegar family.
Allyn and Connie Mahoney
Neighbor
February 12, 2021
Becky (Peterson) Douglas
February 12, 2021
Sister Pinegar was one of the great women in my life. I was a young missionary in 1971 when I first met President and Sister Pinegar. Their combined warmth and embrace carried me thru my missionary years. And the 6 months that I spent as an Assistant to President and Sister Pinegar taught me about the love of a Husband and Wife, the respect they showed for each other, and a glimpse into the future of raising children. She was selfless in her devotion to the 200+ missionaries in their care. I will forever be grateful to Her and to President Pinegar. My Wife and Children are certainly grateful for your part in who I am.
Scott Harrington
Friend
February 12, 2021
Asia Area Presidency
February 11, 2021
I feel so blessed to have been her neighbor the past 29 years. Her quiet example and thoughtful gifts and cards on our doorstep are priceless. I learned so much from her and think of her as a bonus mother. I loved visiting teaching with her for years. She is truly an elect lady and I am so happy for her to be with our Savior! I love the Pinegar family! Carie Woodbury
Carie Woodbury
Friend
February 11, 2021
I loved her as a mission Mom. Va Mission 73-75
Harlow Pickett III
Friend
February 11, 2021
Mom loved “her” missionaries. She told me as Mike and I left to be mission leaders here in Taiwan that I would love our missionaries so much my heart would feel as if it would burst! I thought she might be exaggerating but I know now for myself she was not. Their missionaries will forever be their missionary sons and daughters. So grateful for the example Mom gave me to Let God prevail and go serve the Lord. The blessings from the small services we render outweigh any personal sacrifices. I’m so grateful for her Christlike attention to details that helped comfort and bless all who knew her. In this way she was always in the Lord’s errand.
Shelley Peterson
Daughter
February 11, 2021
I will always remember her kindness and concern for me while serving with President and Sister Pinegar in the NCVM Mission. It was a great experience to work with them in the Mission Office. I was always impressed with her beautiful handwriting and endearing smile. I am sadden for your loss. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
Wayne L. Maughan
February 11, 2021
To Elder Pinegar: May the Lord's unmatched comfort be with you and your family. It was always a pleasure to serve with you.
Allen Litster
Coworker
February 11, 2021
Bonnie was an inspiration to all the missionaries who served in the NCVM. She was gentle and kind. I am sure her family will miss her great smile. Love to you Rex, but you are still President Pinrgar to me...
From Sandy and Greg Nelson.
Sandy Jorgensen Nelson
Friend
February 11, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. As a young missionary, Sister Pinegar was such a great source of comfort, guidance, and support to me.
Ralph D Severson
Friend
February 11, 2021
My Bonny and I were raised in the Spanish Fork 3rd ward with Bonnie Lee and Rex and were thrilled when years later while serving in the Provo Temple presidency we worked with Elder and Sister Pinegar as they trained their temple missionaries. We loved them dearly.
Clyde R. Hicken
Friend
February 11, 2021
It was a privilege to serve in the NCVM with President and Sister Pinegar.
James E. Brown
Acquaintance
February 11, 2021
Sister Pinegar's kindness and love knew no bounds. All who met her or engaged with her immediately felt her warmth and friendship. It was amazing to me to see and experience her support and leadership as she served with President Pinegar during my mission so many years ago. I was impressed with her thoughtfulness and individual attention that she provided to ALL missionaries. She always knew how to uplift! We send our love and continued prayers for President Pinegar and the family. May God be with you always.
Darrell Smith
Friend
February 11, 2021
What a joy she always brought to her missionaries. Paying attention to every detail of our lives. Sister Pinegar has many teary-eyed missionaries who will miss her in this life and look forward to seeing her in the next.
Kathy and Elder Stephens
Elder Stephens
Friend
February 11, 2021
Bonnie was always the brightest light in the room. She was and still is an example of good, virtue and love to all who came in contact with her. I loved my time with her while serving in the mission field. May the lords blessing be upon her, her family and friends.
Steve Dixon
Friend
February 11, 2021
Truly one of Heavenly Father's elect ladies. Genuine concern for others and always had their best interests at heart. The perfect helpmate for her awesome husband. As observed in the mission field, a wonderful mother, so kind hearted and soft spoken. I appreciated hearing her testimony of how it was hard in the beginning, for her, to hear her husband's testimony of Christ and His will being first, and how she came to love that knowing it made Rex a much better husband and father. I love the Pinegar Family.
Brad Wilkinson
Friend
February 11, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you for now!
Steven Boren
February 11, 2021
Sister Pinegar was such an inspiration to all of the missionaries. I will always be greatful for the loving kindness she expressed to me personally as well as all the missionaries that were lucky enough to serve with Her and President Pinegar. May God continue to Bless this great family. Elder Smith
Gary Smith
Friend
February 11, 2021
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