Wallace Garner

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 10:50 AM


Wallace “Wally” Garner of Layton celebrated his 90th birthday with his family on Friday, Feb. 22.

He was born in Feb. 22, 1923, in Layton to Joseph Clarence and Dora Beasley Garner. He has two sisters: JoAnn G. Fulks, Yakima, Wash.; and Wanda G. Ison (deceased).

He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps when he was 17 and the U.S. Army when he was 19. He served as a sergeant in the Pacific Theater during World War II. After the war, he married Hazel May Harrington and had two sons: Duane Garner and Ardell Garner. They lived in Minnesota for 10 years.

He moved back to Layton and eventually married Vonda Willardson. He retired from Hill Air Force Base after working 30 years in the supply department. He also served in his community as governor of the Layton Moose Lodge during the 1960s.

After Vonda died, he married Mary Jean Johnson Goff. They enjoyed traveling together and became yearly snowbirds in Quartzsite, Ariz.

He enjoys golf, traveling, fishing and the companionship of his community friends. His allotted “15 minutes of fame” was enjoyed by all when he won the grand prize on television’s “The Price Is Right” in 1997.

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