Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Grandpa Russell

David Douglas Russell 1929 ~ 2008 David Douglas Russell passed away on Saturday, July 12, 2008 at the age of 78.Doug was born in Ogden, Utah on September 5, 1929 to William Francis and Maurine Hooper Russell. He was the youngest of four children. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Blair, sister Itha and daughter-in-law Anne. Doug married his childhood sweetheart, Delora Read, on September 14, 1949 in the Salt Lake Temple. They have four children, Brent (Wendy) Russell, Draper; Suzan (Avraham) Haber, Fruit Heights; Christine (Jeffrey) Shaw, Layton; Keith (Theresa) Russell, Layton; 21 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Marjorie Kerr. Doug grew up in Ogden, graduating from Ogden High School in 1947. He received a degree in Teacher Education from Brigham Young University in 1955. He dedicated his life to education as a teacher at Cedar City High, Executive Secretary for the Davis Education Association, and a teacher at Farmington Jr. High and Davis High School. Doug served extensively in various professional associations throughout his career, and was elected Vice President of the Utah Education Association. He was instrumental in preparing legislation for teacher benefits throughout the State of Utah. He also served for 10 years on the Career Service Council for Davis County. Doug served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He loved the United States of America and shared that love with thousands of students as a teacher of U.S. history and political science. He worked for the U.S. Forest Service as a firefighter for several years. During his retirement years, he became caretaker for the Luv2Dance Studio in Kaysville. He was known and loved by hundreds of dancers as "grandpa". Doug was a High Priest in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving faithfully in many callings. He and his wife served a mission in Martin's Cove and were part of the first group of missionaries to open the visitor's center. They also served in the Bountiful Temple. Doug's accomplished life was highlighted by his love for family. He always supported his children and grandchildren in their pursuits of education, music, dance, sports and other interests. Many great memories were made at his home with family and friends where numerous swimming parties and social gatherings took place in his beautiful yard. Doug had a wonderful sense of humor that will long be remembered. He was kind to all people and had a special love for animals. He is greatly loved and will be dearly missed. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 17, 2008, at the Kaysville South Stake Center, 900 So. Main. Friends and family may call Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lindquist's Kaysville Mortuary, 400 North Main and Thursday 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. at the church. Interment, Kaysville City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the LDS Church Perpetual Education Fund. e-mail condolences to the family at www.lindquistmortuary.com

We love you Grandpa! We will miss you.