LaGrande Wilde Lewis, 72, passed away surrounded by his loving family from pancreatic cancer, after a 5 year remission. LaGrande was born 16 July 1939 to James LaVern and May Wilde Lewis in Marion, Ut.
He graduated from South Summit High School, and served an L.D.S. mission to Western Canada. He married Joan Warburton on May 17, 1962 in the Salt Lake Temple, and they would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in May 2012.
LaGrande served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Pennsylvania. He worked for D.O.T. when they returned to Coalville. He served 7 yrs. as city councilman, and was a volunteer for several years on the Fire Department. He was a truck driver, and retired from Associated Foods in 2000. He has been an active member of the American Legion for nearly 30 yrs., and enjoyed all the associations he had with everyone. He loved his family very much, and was truly happy when they were around him. He was so proud of all of them. LaGrande and Joan liked to take short road trips, and some longer vacations. He loved riding horses when he was younger, and was a collector of NFR belt buckles. He liked to work with his tools in his "office" as he called it.
LaGrande is survived by his wife, Joan, his children, Brent (Maria), Cynthia (Dennis) Gunn, Rob (Tara) and Tyler (Meagon) and 13 grandchildren: Keaton, Nathan and McKay Lewis, Nicholas, Joshua and Christopher Gunn, Taylor, Layton, Brinley and Kale Lewis, and Hayden, Makenzi, and Summer Lewis.
Also survived are 4 brothers, Weldon "Sam" (Leone), Jerry (Cathie), Larry (MaryDawn) and Max (Patsy) Lewis.
Preceded in death by his parents, Joan's parents, and sister-in-law Marlene W. Powell.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012 at 12 noon, with a viewing prior at 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. in the Coalville Stake Center. A viewing will also be held Friday night from 6 to 8 at the Coalville Stake Center. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to LeRoy E Benson Post 93, American Legion, Coalville, Utah, or George E Wallen Veterans Hospital in Salt Lake City.
Special thanks is given to the EMS teams that took such good care of him, and to Alpine Hospice Care for their kindness and support during his time of need.
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