LOGAN, Utah Hyrum Russell Naylor passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his loving family on Nov. 30, 2001.
He was born June 18, 1918, in Hyrum, Utah, to Hyrum and Eliza Ethel Hulse Naylor. He has lived his entire life in Logan, where he attended Logan City schools and graduated from Logan High School. He attended three years at Utah State University before being inducted into the army Air Force on Feb. 3, 1942. He especially enjoyed playing football for both Logan High and Utah State University. He served four years in the Air Force; three of those years were spent in India.
On Aug. 3, 1945, he married DeEsta Hobbs in the Logan LDS Temple. He worked at Ace Mill and Fixture Company for 40 years. He retired in 1985.
He was very active in the LDS Church and held many positions over the years. He served 40 years as a service missionary at the Family History Center in Logan. He enjoyed doing extraction work of various kinds and had a love for genealogy throughout his life. He had a special interest for genealogy and spent many hours of research on his own family lines, as well as helping others on theirs. He had many wonderful experiences that have enriched the lives of his family. He extended his own family line several generations. He was so diligent in his research, never giving up until he found what he was looking for. He found all his family relatives in England and corresponded with them all these many years, having gone to England to meet them in 1985 with his wife.
He also loved to be on a fishing stream, and he raised his own garden and took much pride in the fact it was always free of weeds.
He served at a stake missionary for two and a half years in the East Cache Stake. He and his wife served a mission to the California Fresno Mission in 1991 to 1992, working among the Laotian people.
He was a loving husband and father, and loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was especially pleased when his three great-grandchildren were born within the last five months of his life.
He is survived by his wife, DeEsta Hobbs Naylor of Logan; a son, Jerry (Brenda) Naylor of Twin Falls, Idaho; and three daughters, Patricia Ann (Lynn) Bell of West Jordan, Utah, Judy (Gordon) Schoenfeld of Logan, Carolyn (Joseph) Harris of Westminster, Colo., seven granddaughters and 13 grandsons, two great-granddaughters and two great-grandsons. He is also survived by two brothers, Ross (Janet) Naylor and Lloyd (Sharon) Naylor; one sister, Donna (Charles) Mortensen; brother-in-law, Garold (Leah) Christensen; sister-in-law, Donna Naylor, all of Logan.
He is preceded in death by his parents; a son, Russell Keith Naylor; two brothers, LeRoy and Dean Naylor; and one sister, Leora Naylor Christensen.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Scott Cunningham and the team at Hospice Care for the loving care of their husband and father.
The funeral will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2001, at noon in the LDS 19th Ward Chapel at 1255 N. 600 East, Logan, with Bishop Paul Manning conducting. A viewing will be held at Allen-Hall Mortuary one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be at the Logan City Cemetery.
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