On July 20, Wayne H. Tippets will turn 80. His family will host an open house in his honor from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 17, at the Pleasant View LDS 4th Ward church, 3035 N. 1325 West (Highway 89). Friends and family may share a memory of him in a letter and mail it to him or bring it to the open house.
The 12th of 13 children, he was born on July 20, 1930, in Georgetown, Idaho, to Joseph Maurice and Retta Wixom Tippets. They moved to Ogden in 1934. He attended Mound Fort Elementary, Mound Fort Junior High and Ogden High schools.
On Feb. 19, 1953, he married Barbara Todd in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Salt Lake Temple. They lived in Kanesville until 1982 and moved to Pleasant View.
Some jobs he has worked are picking fruit with his family, UIC Railroad and Utah General Depot. He owned and operated Wayne's Country Variety Store in Kanesville (now West Haven) for 32 years. He also sold real estate, being the first legally blind person to earn a real estate license in Utah.
Some of his church callings have been elders quorum president, Seventy's president, high priests group leader and Scoutmaster. He also has served five stake missions. With his wife, he served two full-time missions. They also served at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City for six years.
His children are Patty and Kent Pebley, Terry and Lynette Tippets, RaNae and Lamar Wilde, Lynette Tippets (deceased), Marilyn Tippets and Brian Tippets. He also has 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren with one more on the way.