LAYTON -- Former Davis School Board and longtime Layton Planning Commission member Dee R. Forbes died Wednesday at his Clearfield home from a head injury he suffered in an earlier fall.
The 88-year-old Forbes, father of Layton Councilwoman Joyce Forbes Brown, was a World War II veteran and was active in the north Davis community throughout his life.
He served on the Davis School Board from 1979 to 1986 and with the Davis Area Vocational Center in Kaysville, now the Davis Applied Technology College, for 12 years.
"Great man. Smart, but down to earth. (Forbes) understood his responsibility and focused on it," said Layton Mayor Steve Curtis.
In his later years, Forbes moved from Layton to Clearfield as a result of the widening of Antelope Drive taking his home.
But Forbes always displayed his devotion to Layton, Curtis said.
"He always kiddingly, I suppose, said he would like to see Layton annex Clearfield."
Forbes served on the Layton Planning Commission from April 1960 through June 1977, city officials say.
Forbes was on the city's planning commission when the interstate came through the city, Curtis said, which in turn created the rural to suburban transition the city has experienced since then.
"So, it took good planning, smart planning, as this transition evolved, and he was an integral part of that planning," Curtis said.
Curtis said that planning paved the way for the commercial development that has since come to Layton.
Forbes was recognized in 2010 as one of 14 WWII military veterans named as Hometown Heroes as part of the city's annual Fourth of July Liberty Days celebration, said Dawn Brandvold, who is with First National Bank, the corporate sponsor of Hometown Heroes.
During the war, Forbes served in the U.S. Army Air Force as an aircraft mechanic and flight engineer on C-46 airplanes, sources say.
A funeral is set for 11 a.m. Monday at the Clearfield Stake Center, 935 S. State St.
Friends may visit family from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Lindquist's Layton Mortuary, 1867 N. Fairfield Road, and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Clearfield Stake Center. Interment will be in Kaysville City Cemetery.