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Obituary – Garth Wood Wilkes

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Garth Wood Wilkes
Garth Wood Wilkes

Garth Wood Wilkes, 81, passed away quietly surrounded by family on Aug. 16, 2016.  He was born on March 3, 1935, to Russell and Ila Eliza Wood Wilkes in Afton, Wyoming.  He was the youngest of four children.  He grew up on a farm in Bedford, Wyoming, where he learned to love the outdoors.  He had a deep love for the Star Valley area and always considered it home.  He was an elder in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He graduated from Star Valley High School in the spring of 1953.  He attended the University of Wyoming for one year and then transferred to Utah State University and graduated in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business and social sciences.

He began his teaching career in 1958 at Fielding High School in Paris, Idaho, where he taught various social science classes.  In the fall of 1962 he moved to Morgan, Utah, where he continued his teaching career at Morgan High School.  He taught history and political science classes for 25 years, retiring in 1987.  While at Morgan High School, he served as an advisor to the Ski Club, National Honor Society, and as a class advisor to many of the graduating classes.

He married Eleanor Rich on Aug. 4, 1962.  They had three children – Cynthia, Jeffrey and Kimberly.  They were later divorced. 

Besides his teaching career, Garth worked for 22 years as an insurance agent for Farmers Insurance Group. He enjoyed meeting new people and serving members of the Morgan community as their insurance agent.  Summer and part-time jobs included working for Milne Trucking Company, Ogden Standard-Examiner, and serving as Justice of the Peace Pro Tem.  He was also a member of the United States Army Reserve receiving an honorable discharge in 1963.   

Garth loved spending time with his children and grandchildren and with his dogs, Moose and Lilly.  His favorite place to be was at his home in Bedford, where he spent his time fishing and hiking in the beauty and solitude of Star Valley.  His hobbies included, skiing, fishing, golfing and participating in politics.

He is survived by three children, Cynthia (Allen) Chambers of Syracuse, Utah; Jeffrey Garth (Sheri) Wilkes of Santa Clara, Utah; and Kimberly Maxfield of Syracuse, Utah; one sister (Thelma Card); eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Kay and Lynn.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, at 1 p.m. at the Morgan Stake Center located at 355 N. 700 E. in Morgan, Utah.  A viewing will be held on Thursday, Aug. 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Walker Mortuary located at 45 W. 200 N. in Morgan, and at the church from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. prior to the funeral.

Interment will be at the Bedford, Wyoming, cemetery on Saturday, Aug. 27 at 2 p.m.

The family wishes to thank the staff and caregivers at Apple Tree Assisted Living in Kaysville and at Inspiration Hospice for their kind and caring service.

Send condolences to the family at www.walker-mortuary.com

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