Obituary for \r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Rodney Wayne Fye\n\n\r\n\t\t\t\tRodney Wayne Fye, 89, passed away peacefully Thursday, August 31, 2017 at the Mervyn Sharp Bennion Central Utah Veterans Home in Payson, Utah. He was born August 3, 1928, to Elmer (Ben) T. Fye and Pearl G. Combs Fye, in Sutherland, Nebraska.\n\nHe was raised in Sutherland, Nebraska and graduated from Sutherland High School in 1946. He graduated in 1948 from Chillicothe Business College in Chillicothe, Missouri and was hired as a top-level executive secretary for the railroad in the Intermountain West.\n\nHe served his country in the U.S. Army, 63rd Infantry Regiment, 6th Infantry Division, 115th Counter Intelligence Corps Detachment, as a Special Agent/Investigator of G-2, attached to the U.S. Marine Corps in Korea, for three years. He was honorably discharged in 1956. In addition to his assigned military duties, he simultaneously served as the Supervising Elder for all of Korea, under the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) Army Headquarters Chaplain Corps staff, traveling over 11,000 miles in six months and providing conferences to over 400 servicemen. He was a devoted member of the LDS church and also served a two-year Mission in the Western States Mission and many other church callings.\n\nHe graduated from Brigham Young University (BYU) with a B.A. in English, won the prestigious Heber J. Grant Oratorical Contest in 1958, and remained an avid reader, writer and speaker throughout his life. He taught high school English, Evelyn Wood Speed Reading Dynamics, and authored and edited numerous articles and publications. Based on his achievements as a BYU graduate, he was selected by the late Howard Hughes to be Hughes’ personal secretary. He earned his M.A. in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University, graduating with honors, and delivering the commencement speech to his graduating class. He later specialized in real estate; buying, renovating, and selling commercial and residential properties in the San Francisco Bay area.\n\nHis life was full of success, adventures, pranks, laughs, and many good times. He and his sister, Doreen, were both fantastic dancers and frequently taught and performed together at many events, including the LDS All-Church Dance Festival. He was also a gourmet cook and loved to entertain guests. He frequently opened his home to family, friends, and many people in need; offering a meal, a place to stay, and employment opportunities.\n\nHe was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his sister, Edith Doreen Fye of Richland, Washington, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. His jovial, positive, engaging personality, humor, quick wit, and kind heart will be greatly missed by all who loved him.\n\nThe family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to the administrators and staff at the Mervyn Sharp Bennion Central Utah Veterans Home in Payson, Utah, where Rod has lived and enjoyed exceptional medical and personal care over the past two years of his life. We also extend our deepest gratitude to his close friend and executor, Odell Miner (and his wife, Dorothy), who graciously dedicated their time and attention to Rod and managed his care for the past several years. The family is very grateful for their loyalty and unwavering support.\n\nVisitation will be at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at Nelson Family Mortuary, 4780 North University Avenue in Provo, Utah. Graveside service with military honors will follow at 2:00 p.m. at the Utah Veterans Cemetery and Memorial Park, 17111 South Camp Williams Road in Bluffdale, Utah.\n\nIn lieu of flowers, condolences and donations may be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org (801-405-7444).