Monday , February 17, 2014 - 12:01 PM
Russell H. Speirs celebrated his 80th birthday on Feb. 11. Friends and family may attend an open house hosted by his family in his honor from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 22 at Chelsie Park LDS 1st Ward Cultural Hall, 2800 W. Gordon Ave., Layton. No gifts.
He was born Feb. 11, 1934, in Bloomington, Idaho, to Alvin Matthew and Denia Inez Hulme Speirs, and attended Davis High School and Weber State College.
At an early age, he did farm work and began learning the plumbing trade, carrying the trade into his own repair business. After retirement, he worked for Durk’s Plumbing. He spend eight years in the Utah National Guard 222nd Field Artillery Battalion as a cook.
He has served in many positions in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He spent seven years as an ordinance worker at the Ogden LDS Temple.
He has lived most of his married life in Layton. He has enjoyed sharing the bounty of his award-winning garden, especially his garlic. He enjoys cooking and sharing his skills with others, especially using his Dutch ovens.
His children and grandchildren say he has a unique sense of humor they have inherited. They also say he has a song for everything with the mention of a word or phrase.
He married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Jean Brown, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple in 1952.
His children and their spouses are Laurie and Joe Surrusco, Jelean and Rob Dokos, and Lynn and Andrea Speirs.
He has eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.