|Birth: ||Sep. 1, 1920|
|Death: ||Apr. 7, 2011, Mexico|
Edgar Vance Calder passed away on April 7, 2011, doing what he loved best, vacationing with his beautiful wife Lois. Vance had recently celebrated his ninetieth birthday, surrounded by his children and friends.
Vance was born September 1, 1920 in Orem, Utah to Ted and Melba Calder. Orem has always been Vance's home. He grew up on a fruit farm and never lost his love for the soil and what it could produce.
Vance attended Lincoln High School and graduated with both a Bachelors and Masters Degree from BYU. He also did graduate work at Rutgers University.
Vance served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the New England states. He served our country in World War II in France and Germany. Vance always said that he was no hero, the real heroes died in battle. But to his wife, children and grandchildren, he is a true hero.
After the war, Vance married Lois Marie Williamson in 1946 in the Salt Lake Temple. They were to celebrate their sixty-five wedding anniversary this year. They are the loving parents of seven children. Stephen (Bonnie), Joyce (Michael) Kilton, Lynn (Sallie), Glenn (Glenda), Alan (deceased), Teresa (Jim) Wohlwend, and Terry; seventeen grandchildren; and twenty-six great-grandchildren.
Vance taught Science and Math at Springville Jr. High for two years, then Science and Math at Lincoln Jr. High in Orem for eight years.
He retired after twenty years of teaching Human Biology at Orem High School. He then worked with MacKay Sleight in the Orem High wood shop for twenty-five years as a Senior Volunteer.
Vance loved working with wood and has made many pieces of furniture for his wife and family. He always wanted to leave his children a piece of his craftsmanship. He has made over 200 walking canes that he has given away to family and friends.
Vance was proud of the fact that he had helped build his home and the five additions to the structure. Together, he and Lois made a house into a home. They worked hard in their orchard, growing fruit and selling it each year. It was a means to have money for vacationing, which they did a lot of with their family and friends.
Vance has truly accomplished a lot in his lifetime. He felt that if a person worked hard and lived as long as he has, one should be able to do a lot of things. They have been to all fifty states, most of the provinces in Canada and two states in Mexico. They even went to France and Germany where Vance served during the War, and Holland, England and Scotland. Vance and Lois have done most of their traveling in a truck and trailer.
Vance loved serving his Heavenly Father and has always put the Church first his whole life. He was Ward Clerk for twenty-seven years and has been part of the scouting program for over sixty years in one capacity or another.
He said being a scout master was the most rewarding job. Vance has served on the Alpine School Board, the Metropolitan Water Board and assisted in setting up the Orem Heritage Museum.
Because of his dedication to the community, he has been presented with the Arthur V. Watkins Citizenship Award and the Walter C. Orem Volunteer Award.
Friends and family may call on Monday, April 18, 2011 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Walker Sanderson Funeral Home, 646 East 800 North, Orem, Utah, and Tuesday prior to the funeral services from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Church. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in the Orem Seventh Ward Chapel, 365 South 900 East, Orem, Utah.
Interment will be in the Orem City Cemetery.
Published in the Deseret News on April 16, 2011.
Edgar Hague Calder (1893 - 1958)
Melba Vance Calder (1900 - 1986)
Edgar Vance Calder (1920 - 2011)
Melba June Calder Bird (1929 - 1983)*
Orem City Cemetery
Created by: Ryan D. Curtis
Record added: Apr 16, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 68423500