Vernon Palmer Bennion
Dec. 26, 1915-Jan. 2, 2002
Vernon Bennion died after an extended illness on Wednesday, Jan. 2.
Vernon was born Dec. 26, 1915, at the family farm home in Bennion, Utah. In his early years, he took a strong interest in school athletics, culminating in an outstanding record in several team sports at Jordan High School. Due to his excellence in football and basketball, he attended Utah State University on an athletic scholarship. He played both basketball and football in his freshman year, and finished as a four-year football letterman.
Iris and Vernon were married April 13, 1940, in Randolph, Utah, and were later sealed for time and eternity in the Salt Lake City Temple.
Church service occupied muc of his adult life, including serving twice as a branch president and as the first bishop of the Hermiston Ward. He also served as a high counselor. In later years, Vernon and Iris served faithfully as temple workers in both the Provo, Utah, and Timpanogos temples.
Vernon maintained an active life until his last year. Even less than a year ago, he was seen on occasional bicycle rides in the neighborhood. His interest in athletics and its value to young people was maintained throughout his life.
He had strong family interests and was a close companion to his wife, Iris, whom he admired greatly. They had lived in Orem, Utah, since 1984. The couple had just returned from serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints among the Indians of Pine Ridge, S.D. Prior to that time, he and his family had resided in Hermiston and Baker, and St. Anthony, Ammon and Moreland, Idaho. During these years, he was an athletic coach and high school teacher, as well as the athletic director at Hermiston High School.
Vernon was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers and his oldest son, Bruce Bennion.
He is survived by his wife, Iris Bennion of Orem, Utah; brothers, Morris P. Bennion of Taylorsville, Utah, and Rex P. Bennion of Tooele, Utah; son, Vernon R. Bennion of Orem; daughters and their husbands, Annette and Dan Lukins of Provo, Utah, and Denise and Kent Partridge of Orem; daughter-in-law, Ursula Bennion of Los Angeles; 19 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 5, at the Heatheridge Stake Center, located at 450 East 2000 North in Orem, Utah. A graveside service and burial followed at the Ogden City Cemetery in Ogden.
Arrangements were conducted by Sundberg-Olpin Mortuary in Orem, Utah.