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Life gives us a lot but once in a while, as a reminder of our fragile existence, it takes away. It is with great sadness that we share with you the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, great-great grandfather, son, brother, and friend, William Boyd Wheat (Bill) who passed away December 19, 2023, in Salt Lake City at the age of 93. Until his death, he was the oldest living male member of his family.
Bill was born November 19,1930, in Salt Lake City to Elizabeth Stillman and Claude Wheat. He was the first child of five and grew up on a farm on the east bench of East Millcreek where his family had 64 acres of land, an ideal place for a busy and adventuresome boy to live and explore. During World War II, at the young age of 14, Bill’s father unexpectedly died, and he was left to assume many of the duties on the family farm. Bill’s mother, Elizabeth went to work as a teacher at Olympus Jr. High School and Bill’s grandmother, Selina Stillman, lived with them and was there to encourage the children to do their best.
Bill attended Granite High School and during a seminary class, he met and later married his high school sweetheart, Florence Golder. Married at a young age, together they spent 75 years growing up and raising four children. Their marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, he served in various church assignments. Together with his wife they served two Family History Missions, and as ordinance workers in the Salt Lake Temple for 14 years. He loved the Temple and its power to bless families.
Bill was a partner for many years in Hegemann & Wheat Painting and Decorating. Along with his partner Paul, their company provided work for many men and they worked on a variety of jobs, from sewer plants to Temples. The original gold leaf in Abravanel Hall was one of their many projects. Bill served as President of the Painting and Decorating Contractors Association and truly was a master craftsman. He worked hard for his family and never complained. He was nonjudgmental, very generous with his time and resources, and could never pass by someone in need without giving something.
Bill felt his greatest accomplishment was his children. He was in awe of their many achievements. He loved their spouses and their goodness. He was a friend with many types of people and never judged a man by the size of his wallet, only by the kindness of his heart. Bill loved to play his guitar and banjo and delighted many with his musical talents. He was also a master at crossword puzzles. He had the natural ability to build and repair virtually anything.
Bill is survived by his wife, Florence, three daughters, Wendee (Gary) Lawson, Claudette (Walter) Barlow, Julie (Dell Loy) Hansen, and one son, Ronald William Wheat, 14 grandchildren, 49 great grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Adelle Dorrance (Richard). Welcoming him on the other side are his parents, sisters Deon Wheat, Sally Worrel, his brother Quentin Wheat, and his beloved grandmother Selina Osguthorpe Stillman. We know that they will greet him joyously, but those of us who are left behind will miss him and we are reluctant to give him back to our Heavenly Father, but we know we will see him again someday.
A viewing will be held at Holbrook Mortuary (3251 So 2300 E, Millcreek, UT) from 6pm to 8pm on Tuesday, December 26th. Funeral services will be held at the Valley View 4th Ward Chapel (2125 E Evergreen Ave, Millcreek UT) at 11am on December 27th with a viewing from 10:00am to 10:45am.
Interment: Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park
In lieu of flowers, donations could be made to the LDS Missionary fund, or to any charity of your choice.