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 Paul William Cox

Paul William Cox

Union, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Death 14 Jan 1998 (aged 84)
Bountiful, Davis County, Utah, USA
Burial Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
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Memorial ID 34119 · View Source
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Paul William Cox

Paul William Cox passed away January 14, 1998, at Lakeview Hospital, Bountiful, Utah following surgery.

Born July 10, 1913, Union, Salt Lake County, Utah to William Moroni Cox and Minnie J. Burgon. Moved to Salt Lake City, Utah and graduated May 29, 1931, from the LDS High School. Married Florence Evelyn Coombs, a fellow graduate and sweetheart, January 30, 1933, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.

Employed as manager of various Sewell's Markets in Salt Lake City, Utah; Price, Utah and Rock Springs, Wyoming before moving back to Salt Lake City in 1940, where Paul and Evelyn started Paul's Food Store on the corner of West Temple and Second North and later another store at First West and Fourth North. Paul and Evelyn later sold the stores and retired for two years before he was asked to be the first manager of the new Associated Produce Company, a position he held until he purchased Mountain States Bindery, Salt Lake City, Utah from his sister, Melba Geyer. Paul and Evelyn continued to manage their family business until being called in December 1962 to serve as missionaries in the British and South West British Missions where they served under President A. Ray Curtis and President Marion D. Hanks. They were also assigned to work with the Deseret Enterprises under Elder Mark E. Petersen. Paul and Evelyn returned from their mission and continued to work in the family business until a family ranch was purchased in 1968, in Robertson, WY.

Paul has had various callings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints including serving as stake missionary in the Bonneville Stake prior to being called in 1956 as second counselor to Bishop Hoyt W. Brewster, Garden Park Ward, Salt Lake City, Utah, a position he held until his mission call in 1962. Upon returning to Garden Park Ward, he was called to the High Council under President Russell M. Nelson, where he served until moving to Robertson, Wyoming. Paul served in the Mountain View Ward as a Sunday School teacher and temple preparation instructor before being called in 1976, as a patriarch in the Lyman Stake. After returning to Salt Lake City, Paul continued to serve as patriarch and then teacher in the Laotion Branch. He was then called by President Spencer W. Kimball to be a sealer in the Salt Lake Temple a position he held until his move to Bountiful, Utah.

Paul was a worker. His happiest moments were spent working with his sons and grandchildren at the family business, Mountain States Bindery and Circle Diamond Ranch. He taught his grandsons the pride of building straight fences by working along side them. He taught his family that "Work doesn't wait for the weather." When it was time to feed or fence, he was in the fields notwithstanding the cold Wyoming wind. He loved taking on a new project or new Church Assignments. Paul was one of the first to introduce a new breed of cattle (Simmental) into the many ranches in southern Wyoming and Utah. He developed many new processes in the book binding industry. He built Mountain States Bindery from a small book bindery in 1952 to the largest privately owned bindery in the west. Paul always had a list of things he wanted to do at the ranch. It is a fitting tribute to him that the weekend before entering the hospital, he went to the ranch to see what new project he could start. The cover on Paul's Book of Life is now old and worn and he is exchanging it for a new, revised edition. He and Evelyn are now starting a new, eternal project together.

Paul is survived by sons, Gary Paul Cox (Donna), Bountiful, Utah; M. Lee Cox, Salt Lake City, Utah; nine grandchildren, Steven G. Cox (Jan), Centerville, Utah; Matthew L. Cox, Bountiful, Utah; Lori Strasser (Danny), Tucson, Arizona; Kati Layosa (Chuck), Waipahu, Hawaii; Jennifer Klaren (Michael), Pinedale, Wyoming; Geoffrey L. Cox (Mary), Farmington, Utah; David G. Cox, Salt Lake City, Utah; Douglas P. Cox (Suzanne), Bountiful, Utah; Nathan W. Cox, Salt Lake City, Utah; 15 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Becky Christensen, Denver, Colorado and Salt Lake City, Utah; Melba Geyer, Salt Lake City; Utah; Claire Taylor, Ponte Verda Beach, Florida. His wife, Florence Evelyn Cox; a grandson, Daniel Paul Cox; a great-granddaughter, Alexis Layosa and three sisters, Dorothy Bushnell; Donna Hirth; Romania Johnston proceeded him in death.

Funeral services will be held Monday, January 19, 1998, 12 noon at the Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple, where friends may call Sunday from 6-8 p.m. and Monday from 10:45 - 11:45 a.m. Interment: Murray City Cemetery.

The family wants to express appreciation to the doctors, nurses, staff at Lakeview Hospital.

Source- Deseret News Saturday, January 17, 1998 Obituary

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  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
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  • Find A Grave Memorial 34119
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