Our much loved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and Patriarch, David Ellison Adams, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on January 21, 2013 at age 92.
Dad was born August 30, 1920, the son of Jabez Samuel and Alice Louise Ellison Adams. He attended Layton Elementary and Davis High School. He graduated from the University of Utah and later studied at the University of Washington. He served in the LDS Eastern States Mission. While there, he spent considerable time prepaing for the production of the Hill Cumorah Pageant in Palmyra, New York. He also served as President of the Susquehanna District.
Following his mission, he entered military service during World War II and attended Officer School at Fort Benning, Georgia where he received his commission. He served four years of active duty in the South Pacific Theatre where he taught Jungle Warfare. He served an additional 22 years of Reserve Duty before retiring as a Major.
Dad married Margaret Anderson from Palmyra, New York on March 26, 1947 in the Salt Lake Temple. President David O. McKay officiated. They built their home together in Layton where they taught their children by example to have a testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Twenty-three children and grandchildren have also served full-time missions for the Church, including two currently serving.
Dad pursued a career in business and was active in public and civic affairs. He was the Vice President and Manager of a savings and loan institution for 13 years and Executive Vice-President of a property and casualty insurance company. He was active in many business investments and boards, including the Adams Company, a real estate development and construction firm, where he worked together with his sons until his 90th years.
In conjunction with his brother-in-law, Dr. Noall Z. Tanner, he worked energetically to obtain and develop hospitals in Davis County. He was the chairman of the Davis County Hospital Board and a member of the South Davis County Hospital Board. He was significantly responsible for building what are now the Davis Hospital and Medical Center in Layton, and the Lakeview Hospital in Bountiful.
Dad was a real patriot. He loved reading about our nation’s forefathers, his favorite being John Adams. He was passionate about freedom and loved to teach the principles that made this country great. He gave each member of his family a copy of the Constitution and encouraged them to read it. Most of all, he made sure that the American Flag was always flying above his home.
Dad served in three Bishoprics and was Bishop of the Layton First Ward for six years. He served as a guide on Temple Square in Salt Lake City for 28 years. He was a member of the Layton East Stake High Council and later served in the Stake Presidency. He served as a Stake Patriarch, and a Sealer in the Ogden Temple for over 27 years.
Dad had two great passions, his wife, and his family. Mom was the love of his life. He adored her as his friend and eternal companion. He often expressed his deep appreciation for the endless tender care that Mom provided in his final years. He found no greater joy than when he was surrounded by his family. Together, Mom and Dad created a home that is magical. Their eyes lit up every time a child or grandchild came through the door. Grandpa’s candy dish was never empty and there were always popsicles in the freezer.
Dad is loved by so many and will be intensely missed. Our loss is tempered only by our knowledge of his joyous reunion with his parents, his sister Helene Tanner and our beloved son and brother, Russell Anderson Adams.
Dad is survived by his wife, Margaret; his children, Dave and Char Adams, Susan and Joe Platt, Stuart and Susan Adams, Jeff and Celeste Adams and Malinda and Richard Carter; 39 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; a sister, Cleone A. Whitman, a brother and sister-in-law, Wendell E. and Ramona S. Adams.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Holmes Creek State Center, 125 Chapel Street, Layton. Friends may visit family Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Lindquist’s Layton Mortuary, 1867 No. Fairfield Road and Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the church. Interment, Kaysville City Cemetery.