Edward Vance Abbott, age 89, passed away peacefully on December 1, 2012 in Delta, Utah. He was born on October 16, 1923 in Delta, Utah to George Myron and Doris Elma Alldredge Abbott. He was educated in Delta schools, and enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1941 at the young age of 18. He served in the South Pacific during WWII and was honorably discharged in 1945.
He married his High School sweetheart, Mary Stewart, on January 28, 1945 and they were married for 68 years. He spent most of his life as a heavy equipment operator. He worked for The Operating Engineers Local Union #3 as a Business Agent/Safety Inspector for many years. He was a pilot and enjoyed working for Woodhouse's Flying Services spraying crops until he lost his sight and could no longer fly. He enjoyed working with his hands, repairing anything that was put in front of him.
After retiring they enjoyed many years vacationing in Baja, CA with family and friends, and attended many Marine Corps reunions in New Zealand and other locations. At the age of 82, he and Mary were called to serve an LDS Mission to Cove Fort, UT.
He is survived by his wife; four children: Mary Ann (Craig) Fraughton, Edward (Glenda), Peggy (Doug) Wright and Eva (Jeff) Allen; and many grand, great-grand and great-great-grand children; brothers and sister: Manley (Maxine) Abbott, William (Jeanine) Abbott and Mary Lin (Robert) Layton. Preceded in death by his daughter: Roberta Jean; parents and six brothers and a sister.
Funeral services will be held Wed. December 5 at 11:00 AM in the Sutherland Ward Chapel, 2500 N. 3000 W. Delta. Viewings will be held Tue evening, Dec. 4 from 6-8 PM at Nickle Mortuary; and Wed. 9:30 AM prior to services. Burial will be in the Sutherland Cemetery.