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Edward C. Laursen October 31, 1921 ~ May 17, 2016

By Sun Advocate

Edward “Bud” Chipman Laursen of Brigham City, always mistaken for a younger man until a fall two months ago resulted in a rapid decline in his health, hung up his dancing shoes and succumbed to the ravages of age to his mind and body on May 17, 2016 at the age of 94. Ed was born October 31, 1921 in American Fork, Utah to Edward Laursen and Pearl Chipman. He married Vivian Babcock on September 1, 1945, later solemnized April 1, 1949, in the Manti Temple. Vivian passed away in 2010 after 64 years of marriage.
He graduated in 1939 from Carbon High School where he was in the school band and a cheerleader. Ed enlisted in the Marine Corps during WWII and spent 38 months in the service – 30 months aboard ship USS Mt Vernon. Dad was very patriotic and never failed to express his opinions verbally and in letters to the editor. Ed was active in scouting for 20 years and received his Silver Beaver award in 1981. He belonged to the local Elks Lodge acting as the “Hoop Shoot” Chairman for 15 years and secretary for five years. He was awarded Elk of the Year twice. Ed was employed at Thiokol and retired in 1986. He and mom were members of the Thiokol Dance Club and the Travel Club where they were both great dancers and enjoyed many trips together.
He was preceded in death by two sisters: Pearl Maxine (infant) and Beth Ellis of Price Utah; and a brother, Kenneth. He is survived by a brother, Gene, of Salt Lake City; a daughter, Vardell; two sons: Bill and Dale; and grandsons: Joel and Jonathan.
Ed chose to donate his body to the University of Utah Medical School, so no funeral will be conducted. The family wishes to thank Legacy Home Care and Hospice for all their kindness and help, especially Cheyenne and Bonnie, and Integrity at Maple Springs for their assistance and concerns. Thank you Shirley.
In lieu of flowers, Ed requested that donations be made to a favorite charity.

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