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David Carruth

October 27, 1928 — December 11, 2022

Mountain Green

 

David John Carruth, a longtime resident of Morgan County, Utah died on December 11, 2022 at 94 years old. He was born on October 27, 1928 in Ogden, Utah to John Ellwood Carruth and Eliza Jane Branch. He married Marjorie Patterson on September 29, 1952 in the Salt Lake Temple.

 

David was the youngest of eight children and spent his growing years in Coalville and Ogden. He loved baseball, singing in choirs and musicals, and telling jokes. He attended Lorin Farr Elementary where he admits to flunking first grade English. His academics improved and continued at Central Junior High, Ogden High School, Weber Jr. College and culminated at Northwestern University Dental School in Illinois.

 

During the Korean War he served in the United States Marine Corps. It was while stationed at the El Torro, California airbase that David attended church at the local singles branch and was asked to perform a vocal musical number. His piano accompanist for the piece was Marjorie Patterson, and he loved to say, “She’s accompanied me ever since.”

 

A lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served four full time missions throughout his life. The first was as a young man where he was called to serve in the North Central States Mission. Some of his favorite memories of his mission were as part of the traveling mission band. He was first recruited for his voice, but needed an instrument to be in the small group so he learned drums and tenor saxophone as well. Later in his life, he and his favorite companion, Marjorie, served missions together to Indianapolis, Indiana; Warsaw, Poland; and Lubbock, Texas.

  

His employment as a young man included work at Ogden Union Railway and Depot Company and the Continental Baking Company. After finishing dental school, he opened a private dental practice in Morgan, Utah and then worked as the Clearfield Job Corps Center Dentist. While a dentist by trade, his favorite type of work was construction. He built six homes throughout Ogden, Morgan, and Mountain Green for his family to live in and helped many family members and friends construct homes and perform renovations. He was a master carpenter and enjoyed woodworking and home projects throughout his life - and even managed to keep most of his fingers intact.

 

He also loved boating and prioritized time with his family each year at Lake Powell with many fish caught, skiers pulled (if they could hold on for dear life), toilets repaired, games played, and many other memories made. His grandchildren remember watching him waterski even in his seventies.

 

We will remember him for his beautiful singing voice and great love of music which he shared willingly, boundless love for his family, hard work ethic, a quick and witty humor with a saying or joke for nearly any occasion, an inability to keep a straight face in a photo, and his tight hugs anytime he said goodbye.

 

Survivors include his wife Marjorie; children: Diane (Bill) Weaver, Robert Patterson Carruth, Thomas Mark (Ivana) Carruth, Marianne (Paul) Searle, David Branch (Kimberly) Carruth, Amy Castro, Michael Paul Carruth, and son-in-law, Blaine Fisher; 28 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents; siblings: Mary, Louise (Van Dyke), Edna, Marie, Richard, Frank, Russell; children: Colleen (Fisher), Reed Patrick Carruth; grandchildren: Joshua David Fisher, Brittany Ann Searle; and great-grandson: Logan Brandon Searle.

 

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2022 at the Highlands Ward building, 5378 W Old Hwy Rd, Mountain Green, with a viewing from 9:00 am to 10:30 am and funeral services at 11:00 am. Interment will follow at the South Morgan Cemetery.

 

Funeral directors, Walker Mortuary, Morgan Utah.  Condolences and services will be at walker-mortuary.com

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