Fred Bryant Austin
2/26/1928 – 9/14/2011
Fred Bryant Austin, 83, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on September 14, 2011. Fred was born on February 26, 1928 to Fred T. Austin and Leola Spencer Austin in Salt Lake City, Utah. Fred was a hard worker and taught his children a good work ethic. He began working at the age of 13 during the Great Depression. He worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for 42 years as office machine repairman covering the western United States for the railroad. On November 10, 1945 Fred married the love of his life, Olive Catherine Defa. Together they raised five children, 13 grandchildren and 43 great grandchildren. During Fred’s early adult life he was an outfitter/guide for Defa’s Dude Ranch. He enjoyed bowling and golf. During their retirement Fred and Olive were “snowbirders” to Apache Junction, Arizona. They had many wonderful friends during their travel years. Fred organized and ran the golf league for Gold Canyon Resort.
Proceeded in death by his parents, Fred & Leola Austin, in-laws; Marion and Lucia Defa. Brothers Morgan and Kenneth. Survived by his wife of 65 years Olive, children Fred (Peach) Austin, West Valley, Utah; Valorie (Rulon) Crandall, Murray, Utah; Kathleen (Darrell) Brotherson, Ferron, Utah; Sherri (Michael) Steele, Sandy, Utah; Terri (Donald) Bennett, Orangeville, Utah; thirteen grandchildren,4 step grandchildren, 43 great grandchildren. Siblings Bonnie (Jack) Christensen, Salt Lake City, Utah; Don (Brett) Austin, Salt Lake City, Utah.
A viewing will be held on Sunday, September 18, 2011 5-7 p.m. at Peel Funeral Home, 8525 W. 2700 S. A graveside service will be held on Monday, September 19, 2011 at 11:00 a.m.in Valley View Memorial Park, 4400 W. 4100 So. Online condolences: www.peelfuneralhome.com
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