Shirley LeRoy Ball

Nov 11 2013 - 9:49am


Shirley LeRoy Ball
Shirley LeRoy Ball

Kaysville resident turns 100

Shirley LeRoy Ball will celebrate his 100th birthday on Nov. 13 with a family dinner at the Brigham City Maddox Ranch House Restaurant. An open house will also be held in his honor from 1 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 16 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Kaysville church, 555 N. 100 East. Best wishes may be sent to: 1634 W. Camelot Drive, Layton, UT, 84041.

A son of Thomas Slater and Ada M. Lundberg Ball, he was born Nov. 13, 1913. His parents owned the farm west of the Kaysville Cemetery (now the Crestwood homes area). He is a Davis High School graduate. His first job was at the Davis County Co-op gas station, earning $45 per month. Later as a manager, he earned $90 per month.

He and his wife, Doris Love Ball, settled into a small house near Main Street on Crestwood Road, expanding the home and adding a basement. He dug and raised the original house, while she handled a team of horses to pull the dirt out. They lived there for more than 75 years.

A firefighter at Hill Air Force Base for 31 years, he also volunteered with the Kaysville Fire Department for 26 years. At HAFB, he oversaw the crash unit for 10 years and was also an inspector for the fire department for many years. After retirement, he did electrical work, plumbing, carpentry and decorative rock work on fireplaces. In 1972, his wife suffered a stroke; he cared for her until her death in 1998.

He lives in Layton with his daughter Sherryl Hart, and enjoys spending time with his friend Muriel Lyman.

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