David John White

Sunday , March 30, 2014 - 1:20 PM

Contributed, Standard-Examiner Staff

David John White, age 94, passed away on Friday, January 31, 2014 at the family home in Ogden, Utah of age related health issues. He was born on October 25, 1919 in Ilion, NY to Horace Lynn (H.L.) White and Margaret Krueger White. He was raised in Binghamton, NY.

He was married to Katherine Betty Day of Syracuse, NY on March 15, 1941 in Syracuse, NY. The young couple moved west and purchased a small farm on Iron Creek, between Cahllis and Salmon in Idaho. Dave loved his horses on the farm/ranch. They were his friends. Dave and Betty had three children; Marilyn, Nancy, and Bill (Warren William) beforedivorcing in 1951.

David came to Ogden and was employed by the Union PacificRailroad for about 40 years. He was known as D.J. White and wastrainman on the Eastern District to Green River, Rock Springs, andRawlins, WY. Over the years, he worked many difficult jobs on the UPRR in Wyoming, as locals, of 12-16 hour days, six days a week to provide for his family. He was always.... "THE COOK".

He married Mary McMillen Brown, the love of his life, on April 2, 1954 and accepted her four children into his life and family. Her children were DeAnn, Barbara (Bobbie) Tom and Joel Brown.

David and Mary had their son, Michael Justin, in 1958 inFlorida while Dave was working there on the railroad. Michael has been his parents' full time companion, caregiver, and protector during the last few difficult years.

David J. White was a World War II veteran from 1944-1946. He served much of his time in the US Army in the Philippine Islands. He struggled for several years after his discharge with the effects of Malaria.

He loved cooking and helping Mary prepare holiday meals, canning fruit, jams, jellies and pickles in the summer. Many of these items were submitted under Mary's name and won awards at the county and state fairs in the fall.

He is survived by Mary, his wife of nearly 60 years, Michael of the family home in Ogden, UT; Tom Brown of Pocatello Idaho; Marilyn (Brent) Hill of Layton, UT; Nancy Beals of LaConner, Washington, and Warren William (Bill) of Ethiopia the philippines, and Washington State; Rown Whitley Jones,Barbara (Bobbie) Brown Cower, and Joel Daniels Brown. He has 19grandchildren who loved their grandfather very much.

Private burial has taken place at the Washington Heights Cemetery inOgden, UT.

It is our privilege and honor to acknowledge the life, hardships, andstruggles of David J. White. Without his life we would not be here to have lives of our own, to live and find our own way. May he rest in peace.

Written by Marilyn White Hill of Layton, UT. His first born child of 70 years ago.

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