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Obituary for William Durrant

William Durrant
William J. Durrant

William J. Durrant, a wonderful father, grandfather and great grandfather, died peacefully on April 14, 2017, just a month short of his 94th birthday. He was born May 17, 1923 in Porterville, Utah, the son of Richard William and Afton Carter Durrant. He grew up with seven siblings in Snyderville, where his father ran a dairy farm, attended schools in Park City, and learned to work milking cows, harvesting hay and doing other farm chores.

He married Beth Elaine Workman in the Salt Lake Temple, April 25, 1945. They had six children, five of whom survive him: Janice (Dale) Griffin, Linda (Jim) Kearl, Elaine (Rick) Jones, Richard (Dorothy) Durrant, and Steven (Kay) Durrant. Brent Durrant died as an infant. Beth died April 9, 1976.

On July 1, 1978, Dad married Mary Elizabeth (Bette) Archibald in the Salt Lake Temple. He is survived by three step-children: Marylee (Alan) Scott, James (Margaret) Archibald and Julie (Jeff) Chappell. A step-son, Steven Archibald is deceased. Bette died July 9, 2007.

William is also survived by 35 grandchildren and 39 great grandchildren.

William worked 37 years for the Bureau of Reclamation as a civil engineer. He retired from the Bureau in January 1981, but kept active with a second career as an electrician and restaurant food-preparation specialist. He had an extraordinary green thumb and had large, well-tended gardens until just four years ago, to the benefit of his family, neighbors and friends who enjoyed the fresh produce he generously shared. He and Bette served a mission at Cove Fort, where Bette worked in the office and he gardened and helped maintain the buildings and grounds. Bette was Canadian and the two of them spent extended vacations each year at a cottage they owned in Nova Scotia. He loved to be active, ran marathons into his late 60s and walked the neighborhoods where he lived every morning until three months before he died.

William also loved to fish and took children and grandchildren on many memorable fishing trips. He was kind and generous with his time with family and friends. He was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where, in his favorite calling, he last served for 13 consecutive years as a ward clerk.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, April 21, 2017 in the Foothill LDS Chapel located at 4200 North Foothill Drive, Provo. Family and friends are invited to a viewing Thursday evening, April 20, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. or Friday morning from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Foothill Chapel. William will be buried in the Ogden City Cemetery. To express condolences visit
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