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 Wayne Phillip Bess

Wayne Phillip Bess

Holladay, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Death 18 Aug 1951 (aged 28)
Blackfoot, Bingham County, Idaho, USA
Burial Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
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Memorial ID 59380 · View Source
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Murray Supply Worker Dies
As Truck Crashes Fence

MURRAY (Special) - Wayne Phillip Bess, 28, Murray, was killed Saturday at 1:30 a.m. when his pickup truck crashed through a fence at the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds, Blackfoot.

Born Feb. 24, 1923, in Holladay, a son of Archie Edwin and Rose Butterfield Bess, he was employed by Asbestos Engineer and Supply Co., Salt Lake City.

About six years ago he married LaVon McArthur in Nevada.

He is survived by his widow, two sons and three daughters, Gary, Bobbie, Nancy and Caroline Bess and a 1-month-old daughter, all of Murray; mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Cotten, Holladay; three brothers, Archie C. Bess, Midvale; Cpl. Billie R. Bess, U. S. Army, Camp Roberts, Cal., and Val W. Bess, Holladay; also surviving are five sisters, Mrs. Rose Gillies, Mrs. Afton Edward and Mrs. Betty Jean Asplund, all of Salt Lake City; Mrs. Laura Bowden and Mrs. Ardonna Bowden, both of Murray; a stepbrother and two stepsisters, Cale Cotton, U. S. Navy, Port Hueneme, Cal., and Mrs. Pearl Hinks and Mrs. Elsie Hinks, both of Salt Lake City, and a grandmother, Mrs. Sarah Butterfield, Murray.

Source- The Salt Lake Tribune, Sunday, August 19, 1951

Bingham Sheriff Advises Safety

All safety hazards are not in traffic, he repeated. He added that to him the tragedy of misguided youth is greater even than loss of adult life, though he illustrated that also with evidences of reckless driving.

An example cited was that of the late Wayne Bess of Salt Lake City, who was killed when speeding into Blackfoot late one night recently. Three friends who had been to the same chicken dinner in Idaho Falls had tried in their cars to catch up with Bess to slow him down. Bess failed to make the curve near the fairgrounds in Blackfoot and ran through a heavy metal fence and into a large tree, He died instantly of a broken, neck and other injuries.

Safety, the sheriff concluded, means commonsense observation of traffic regulations and road signs, but also of the proper way to leave a car when not in use. It should be remembered, he warned, that speed "may be only driving fast to the grave".

Source- Excerpt from The Post-Register, Idaho Falls, Idaho. Tuesday, August 28, 1951

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  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 59380
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Wayne Phillip Bess (24 Feb 1923–18 Aug 1951), Find A Grave Memorial no. 59380, citing Murray City Cemetery, Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Anne (contributor 46788213) .