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 William Joseph “Bill” Welsh, Jr

William Joseph “Bill” Welsh, Jr

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 5 Sep 1996 (aged 74)
Springville, Utah County, Utah, USA
Burial Springville, Utah County, Utah, USA
Plot Sec. I Lot 70 Pos. 9
Memorial ID 86040 · View Source
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On September 5, 1996, William J. Welsh, Jr., a fine and gentle man, passed from this life into a happier sphere, free from the pain and mental suffering he endured in this last phase of his earthly existence. He was born April 6, 1922 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Mary Bunn and William J. Welsh.

He leaves his wife, Carol Ann Wrathall Welsh of Springville; a daughter, Danielle Welsh of Sacramento, CA.; a son, William J. Welsh III (Kilene) of Provo, Utah; his six grandchildren, which he loved very much, Jim, Erica, Michael, Sean, Adam, and Christina; a brother, Monsignor James Welsh of Cherry Hill, N.J.; a sister, Teresa Cram of Oaklyn, N.J.; two nieces and two nephews; step children; and step-grandchildren, who loved him also. Preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Mary.

His boyhood was spent in Oaklyn, New Jersey, and as a young man he came West to Provo, Utah, to work for his uncle, William White in the finance business. He made Utah his home. He attended the University of Utah, served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II, as a Staff Sgt. in the Central Pacific Theatre. He was a lifelong member of the American Legion. He owned Motor Credit Company, United Loan Company, Credit Bureau of Price, and Credit Bureau of Provo. His public service was notable.

He was elected Mayor of Price, Utah, serving 11 years in that capacity. While mayor, he founded and was chairman of Price River Water Improvement District, collecting funds to bring a sewer collection system and treatment plant, as well as a water distribution system to Price. He was instrumental in the Project, served on the State Board of Colorado River Water Users Association, making trips to Washington D.C. to lobby the effort. He was a member of the Utah Water Power Board. He was president of the Utah Consumer Finance Association, president of Associated Credit Bureaus of Utah and served on the national level also. He was president of the Utah State Municipal League. He is a past Utah State District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler of the Elks Lodge, and past Exaulted Ruler of the Price Lodge, past president of Price Jaycees, past president of Utah State Jaycees, member of Kiwanis Club, Provo Rotary Club, recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow. He was president of Riverside Country Club, also a member of the Board of Directors. He is a lifetime member of Price Chamber of Commerce and served as state president of the Utah Junior Chamber of Commerce.

He is a member of the Catholic Church, belonging to the St. Francis Parish in Provo, Utah. He was a true Irish Catholic.

The family would like to thank those many individuals at Aspen Home Health and Todholm Care Center for their compassion and understanding at this time in Bill's life.

Funeral Mass will be held at St. Francis Catholic Church on Monday, September 9, 1996, 11 a.m., St Francis Catholic Church, 172 North 500 West, Provo. Friends may call at the Berg Mortuary of Provo, 185 East Center, Sunday evening from 6-8 p.m. or Monday morning at the Catholic Church, one hour prior to services. Interment, Sringville Evergreen Cemetery. Full military rites will be accorded by the VFW District #4.

Deseret News, September 7, 1996, Page D7

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  • Maintained by: Bonnie Huish
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 86040
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for William Joseph “Bill” Welsh, Jr (6 Apr 1922–5 Sep 1996), Find A Grave Memorial no. 86040, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Springville, Utah County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Bonnie Huish (contributor 46938507) .