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Don S Brimhall (1917-2014) Obituary

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Don S Brimhall (1917-2014) Obituary

Posted: 20 Jun 2014 5:51PM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Brimhall, Swapp, Johnson
The Standard-Examiner, 06/18/14


Don S Brimhall passed away peacefully on Flag Day, June 14, 2014, after a courageous battle with Alzheimers. He and his twin brother, Claude, were born March 18, 1917 in Glendale Utah to William S Brimhall and Emma Swapp. In 1923 the family moved to Provo Utah and subsequently to Paris Idaho where he graduated from Fielding High School. He attended BYU and participated in boxing and lettered in both football and track. While at BYU he met his sweetheart, Dawn Johnson. They were married in Provo and later sealed in the Logan LDS Temple. They have been married for 73 years.

After the United States entered World War II he went to Fort Knox, Kentucky where he trained in tank warfare. During the war he participated in campaigns at Casablanca and the invasion of Sicily. Fighting for General Patton's 2nd Armored Division of the 3rd Army he participated in the landing at Omaha Beach on D Day. He later fought in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany receiving a total of seven Battle Stars. He would eventually retire from the military with the rank of Major.

After the war he returned to college and received his Bachelor's Degree and teaching credentials and eventually began teaching in Afton Wyoming. He was called to duty once again and served as Tank Commander in the Korean War.

Following Korea he returned to college and earned his Master's Degree at Colorado State University. He then moved his young family to Ogden Utah where he began working at the State Industrial School and eventually the Ogden School District. He taught at both Central Jr. and Ogden High Schools; retiring after thirty years as both a classroom teacher and counselor.

He was involved in the Key Club at Ogden High School and was a proud member of the North Ogden Kiwanis Club. The Ogden Elks Club named him Citizen of the Year for his outstanding service to young people. Active in his church callings, he worked tirelessly in the scouting program and church athletics as a mentor and coach.

Don is survived by his wife, Dawn; his three sons and their wives, Darwin (Pamela), David (April) and Dennis (Molly). He is also survived by eight grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

The family would like to thank the staff and management of Mountain Ridge Assisted Living for their dedication and care.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 20, 2014 at Myers Ogden Mortuary, 845 Washington Blvd. Friends may visit with the family at a viewing on Thursday, June 19th from 6 to 8 p.m. and Friday, prior to the service from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Interment will be at Memorial Gardens of the Wasatch, 1718 Combe Road, South Ogden. Following interment the family will meet with friends at the North Ogden 9th Ward, 208 East Elberta Drive, North Ogden.

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