Deseret News, 12/21/12
Our beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend passed away on December 15, 2012. Ralph was born September 22, 1922, a son of Edward and Serena Jensen Bergquist, in Glencoe, a farming community in Franklin County, Idaho. He was the fourth child of eleven children, and grew up on a farm where he learned the value of work.
Ralph served in the United States Marine Corps in Hawaii during World War II.
Ralph was a devoted, lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in many capacities. He filled an honorable mission to Sweden, the land of his ancestors. While serving in Sweden, he felt a strong desire to teach young men and women to become good citizens of society. Upon his return from Sweden, he entered in to the field of education at Brigham Young University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He taught U. S. History and World Geography in the Granite School District for over 30 years.
On August 9, 1963 he was sealed to Catherine O'Neill in the Salt Lake City Temple. They were the loving parents of four children.
He participated in hunting, basketball, baseball and football in his youth. Camping at Willow Flat and attending the Bergquist family reunion each July was a must! He loved his family, and especially the relationships he had with his siblings and relatives. He will be missed.
Survived by his four children: Carolyn (Scott), Marlene (Jim), Stephen (Jennifer), and Michael; grandchildren: Mikaela, Austin, Abby, Ryan, Colby, Nicolas, Brynn, Breea, and Bronson; great-grandchildren: Landen, Emery, Hudson and Halle; brothers: Leon, Max, and Gordon
Preceded in death by his wife: Catherine O'Neill Bergquist; parents; siblings: Gwendolyn Bergquist, Hyrum, Roma Bergquist Dockstader, Eleise Bergquist Smith, Jesse, Keith and June Bergquist Gailey.
It was Ralph's request to have a private family service. Interment will be in Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.
Messages to the family can be posted at: www.HolbrookMortuary.com
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Shriners Hospitals for Children-Salt Lake City.
"We love you more than the whole sky."
Published in Deseret News on December 21, 2012