BOUNTIFUL — Earl William Pilkington, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, passed away Thursday, February 5 2009, at the age of 82.
He was born at his home in Smithfield, Utah, to David Clifford Pilkington and Dorothy Barbara Jenkins, on November 28,1926.
After Earl’s honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy, he returned to Utah and married his sweetheart, Shirley Mae Smith, on Sept. 23, 1946, in the Salt Lake City Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Earl and Shirley enjoyed 62 wonderful years together. He was an active member of the LDS Church and gladly served when called. He served as a bishop in California and Utah, and especially delighted in his association with the youth of the church.
Earl is survived by his wonderful wife, Shirley, and their four children and spouses—Rodney and Lisa Pilkington (Shingle Springs, CA); Marsha and James Koury (Bountiful, UT); Steve and Carol Pilkington (Highlands Ranch, CO); Brad and Leslie Pilkington (Gig Harbor, WA)—along with 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, his brother, Farrell Pilkington and his sister, Rosalee Comer.
A viewing will held Wednesday, February 11, 2009, from 6-8 p.m., at Russon Brothers Bountiful Mortuary, 295 North Main, Bountiful, Utah. Funeral services will be held on, Thursday, February 12, 2009, at noon, at the Mueller Park Fifth Ward Chapel, 1320 East 1975 South, Bountiful, Utah. A viewing, prior to the funeral services, will be held from 10:45- 11:45 a.m. The interment will be at Lakeview Memorial Park in Bountiful, Utah.