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 Max Eliason

Max Eliason

Death 3 Jun 1987 (aged 70)
Burial Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot 12E022 1
Memorial ID 37258 · View Source
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early life
Max was born on November 30 1916 in the small town of Deseret ,Utah . it was only a few years ago that his 100th birthday was passed.

copied directly from Sons of the Vikings

When he was a boy he used to spend much time along the Sevier River, swimming, fishing , or floating down the river on a raft ; in the cold winters, coasting down the rive r bank on a sled and skating on the ice down the river to a lake several miles below town. The irrigation canals also provided for swimming and skating. The fourth of July was a great time for him and his friends. They always wanted the distinction of awakening the whole town by being the firs t ones to set off a firecracker in the early morning hours. They enjoyed harmless pranks on Halloween, such as taking the gates off fences or tipping over outhouses. The Boy's Tenacity. One of Max's early responsibilities was looking after the cattle . The legs of the young boy did not reach down to the stirrups on his father's saddle. He bounced around as he rode some 15 miles to an area near Clear Lake to care for the cattle . Later, when he achieved i n school, his father gave him a saddle of his own. I n later years, his father wrote of him: Max was a very studious, consciencious boy, and I have said of him repeatedly that i f he was assigned 20 problems, the 19 would not do; he always had to get the full 20. We always noticed this in him; he had to hoe the row to the end before he was satisfied d . He became quite outstanding also in public speaking. Schooling. Max learned to read at home before starting firs t grade. His mother taught him, and he followed her about the house asking for words i n the book given to him. In high school he received a three-letter pin for school activities i n public speaking, debate, typing, bookkeeping, and basketball. He was on a team representing the high school that competed wit h other schools. When a high school Senior, he represented his school i n a public speaking contest at Cedar City and won. He was Senior Class President and graduated as Valedictorian of his class, at which time he delivered the Commencement Address In his Valedictorian Address upon graduation from Seminary, he spoke about the "Need for religion as a shock absorber can the highway of life. " Max enrolled at the University of Utah and was graduated wit h a J.D. Degree in 1943 in the field of Law. Max and Eldon entered Law School as Freshmen i n the same class. The faculty explained to the law students that more than a third would be eliminated for lack of achievement. Therefore, Max and Eldon were under pressure and studied long hours.

law school ,military service ,and marriage
While he was working for his degree in salt lake city he met his future wife , Marjorie Howe,. they met through a blind date. He graduated with a degree in law in 1943. The USA was deeply in World War 1 when Max graduated from Law School. He signed up and training aboard USS Thurston an Amphibous transport ship. Below is a copy of his draft registration card.


Max V Eliason





Relationship to Draftee:

Self (Head)

Birth Place:

Deseret, Utah, USA

Birth Date:

30 Nov 1916

Residence Place:

Deseret, Millard, Utah, USA

Registration Date:








Eye Color:


Hair Color:



5 10

Next of Kin:

Ephrain Eliason

In his first assignments he helped land troops in Africa and Italy.

On July 6th 1944 he participated in the D-day landing at Omaha Beach. His job was to drive a small boat filled with troops to the beach in the middle of the largest ever Amphibous landing.

On August 15 he participated in a landing in Southern France. His ship returned to New York City for the month of November 1944. He flew out to Utah and married Marjorie Howe on November 21st 1944. only a few weeks later they celebrated his birthday together while on a honeymoon in NYC.

An ID card for Max Eliason

When he returned to to military service his boat traveled to Panama and through to the Pacific Ocean. There he fought in the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. after the war his ship returned to San Francisco and he was discharged.

the story of the USS Thurston

the USS thurston was commissioned 19 September 1942. Its first captain was named Jack Hurff. At the end of WWII it was sold to the Waterman Steamship company and became a Merchant ship.


Displacement 5,185 t.(lt) 13,898 t.(fl)

Length 459' 3"

Beam 63'

Draft 23'

Speed 16.5 kts.


Officers 48

Enlisted 408

Troop Accommodations

Officers 77

Enlisted 1,229

Largest Boom Capacity 30t.


four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts

two twin 40mm AA gun mounts

Fuel Capacity NSFO 9,400 Bbls


one General Electric steam turbine

two Foster and Wheeler D-type boilers, 465psi 750°

double General Electric Main Reduction Gear

Ship's Service Generators

one Diesel-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C.

two turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C.

single propeller, 6,000shp

After the war
In 1947 Max became a lawyer in Utah and California.

Copied from sons of the vikings

Max and Marjorie had seven children. They enjoyed doing things as a family and went on cross-country vacations. They made sure their children saw their native land, its historical sites, and the places important to church history. The family joined in a game of baseball, riding to the beach for picnics and activities there, playing miniature golf, visiting Knott's Berry Farm, and Disneyland. Reared in a semi-desert region, where vegetation had to be irrigated, Max and Marjorie were appreciative of the flora l growth in California. They surrounded their home with greenery, all kinds of decorative as well as fruit trees and shrubs. The swimming pool in the back was shared by parents, children, and eventually grandchildren. A l l seven children were awarded college degrees, six from the Brigham Young University and the youngest son from Western State University of Law, in Fullerton, California. All seven are involved in church activities, and a l l seven were married in the temple.

He eventually moved to Orange County Florida. In 1981 he traveled with Marjorie to the holy land.

He passed away peacefully on 3 June 1987. hi is buried in Murray Utah. His wife Marjorie is still living.

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  • Maintained by: Nathan Lee
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 37258
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Max Eliason (30 Nov 1916–3 Jun 1987), Find A Grave Memorial no. 37258, citing Murray City Cemetery, Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Nathan Lee (contributor 49321549) .