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Obituary - Earl J. Banner

Article Date: 
2 September, 2011 (All day)

Our loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother, Earl J Banner, age 74, passed peacefully away on Thursday September 1st. He was born on May 14, 1937 in Declo, Idaho to Clarence LeRoy and Olevia Hymas Banner. He learned many lessons and skills that carried him through the rest of his life working beside his father and brothers on the family farm. After graduating from Declo High School he attended University of Idaho before serving a LDS mission to Samoa, where he learned to love the Polynesian people. He attended Brigham Young University and met his sweetheart, Nyla Wilcock. They were sealed for eternity on June 14, 1962 in the Salt Lake Temple. Earl and Nyla were blessed with seven children. While Earl’s career and church responsibilities kept him busy, he was always an attentive, loving, and mindful husband, father, and grandfather. Earl had a servant’s heart and magnified the callings he was asked to fulfill. He served in many church callings including as a bishop of the San Jose 9th ward. Later in life he served with his wife, as Public Affairs missionaries on Temple Square, then a full-time mission with his “favorite companion” as a Public Affairs missionary in the Eastern Europe Area. Earl loved being outdoors and in nature. He was known for his beautiful and immaculate gardens. He loved seeking adventures outdoors – including running a marathon, climbing mountains, white water rafting, fly fishing mountain streams, snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef and seeing many of the great sites of the world. Earl’s career in Human Resource Management took their family to the Bay Area, California; Kennewick, Washington; and eventually Centerville, Utah. He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Nyla Wilcock Banner, his children: Brian (Shauna) of Kennewick, WA; David (Liz) of Layton, UT; Denise (Chad) Hawkes of Morgan, UT; Nathan (Elisa) of Tuscon, AZ; Laurel (Garret) Orr of McKinney, TX; Rebecca of Centerville, UT; and Kristin (Carlos) Jovel of Houston, TX. Earl and Nyla have been blessed with 19 grandchildren whom they cherish. He was preceded in death by his parents and two granddaughters. The family would like to express thanks to their ward families in Morgan and Centerville as well as the many doctors and nurses who have cared for them these past years. There will be a viewing held at Walker Mortuary in Morgan, UT on Monday, Sept 5th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. There will also be a viewing prior to the funeral at Parish Canyon Ward in Centerville, UT (610 N. Rowland Way) on Tuesday, Sep 6th from 9:00 to 10:45 am. The funeral will begin at 11:00 with an interment following at Centerville Cemetery.