MORGAN a�" Theron Benjamin Creager passed away at home on Saturday evening, November 27, 2010, after a short battle with cancer.
Theron was born in Coalville, Utah on January 27, 1928 to Benjamin Ellsworth and Janetta "Jessie" Mildred Johnston Creager. In 1929, his family moved to Devil's Slide, where his father worked as the barber for the company town of the cement plant. Theron enjoyed spending time with his dog, Towser, and other adventures unknown to his mother. The family then moved to Morgan and his father opened Creager's Barber Shop. The family initially lived on Commercial Street in 1943 and later moved to South Morgan. As a teenager, he worked at a gas station in Morgan, increasing his life-long interest in cars, and making them go. He also worked at the Devil's Slide Cement Plant and Como Springs.
After graduating from Morgan High School in1946, Theron and his good friend, Dale Ashton, enlisted in the Army serving in Japan, returning to Morgan in 1948. He then attended Weber College.
In 1951, Theron started working for Hank Fowers Auto Repair in Ogden. With Hank's encouragement, in 1961Theron opened Automatic Transmission Center, Ogden's first specialized transmission shop, a successful business currently owned by his son, Brian. Theron also taught evening school for 28 years in the automotive department at Weber State College. He also was a member of Rotary International and various other community and trade organizations.
Theron was a member of the LDS Church and served in various capacities.
He enjoyed camping, fishing and woodworking. He also liked to take road trips, one such trip was with his family across the United States to the East Coast and back.
Theron was preceded in death by his parents, a grandchild, brother-in-law and dogs and cats. He is survived by his wife, Valene Godfrey Creager, his sister Gwen Durrant, and his children from a prior marriage, Susan (John) Allred, Randolph T. (Janine) Creager, David J. (Joanna) Creager, Brian W. (Joelle) Creager, ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Special thanks to Hearts for Hospice including Elaine and Cage, Theron's Bishop and ward members, and many others who helped these last few weeks.
His children express their deep appreciation to Val for her kind and loving care of their father. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 4, 2010 at 12 noon in the Morgan Stake Chapel, 355 North 700 East, Morgan, Utah. Friends and family may call at Walker Mortuary, 45 West 200 North, Morgan, Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday at the church from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m.
Interment, North Morgan Cemtery.