Calvin Donald Bayles of La Crescenta, CA, son of Grant and Helen Bayles, formerly of Blanding, passed away peacefully on August 4, 2013, in the presence of his wife, children and their spouses.
Calvin was born on July 22, 1948, in Monticello. Calvin spent most of his adult life in La Crescenta, but returns to San Juan County to be buried in Blanding for his love of the country and the call of his ancestors.
He loved his youth in Blanding with his loving parents and six younger brothers and sisters. He graduated from San Juan High School in 1966.
The lives of his forefathers were often on his mind throughout his life, and he discussed their remarkable faith-filled lives with his family often, including many fireside chats about Jens Nielsen, one of the handcart pioneers.
Calvin was a modern pioneer in his own immediate family, effectively balance a successful professional life with the demands of a large family.
The four cornerstones on which he balanced his life were Scouting, faith, education and hard work.
He earned the rank of Eagle Scout (Scoutmaster Leonard Hurst ’61, formerly of Blanding, and one of Calvin’s heroes) and Calvin attended the National Jamboree (Valley Forge ‘64) and the LDS International Explorer Conference (Provo, UT ‘65).
As for faith, he often declared before both family and strangers his abiding conviction that a loving Heavenly Father watches over us and that Jesus Christ is God’s only begotten Son and the Savior of the World.
Accordingly, he served an honorable mission (Brazil, ‘69), and fulfilled every calling and assignment he ever received in the Church, including Elders Quorum President, Seminary Teacher, High Councilor, High Priest Group Leader, Bishop, and two terms as Scoutmaster.
As for education, he loved his college years at BYU, where he earned an undergraduate degree in History, with a minor in Political Science (B.S. ‘72). He was also a pioneer at BYU, earning a law degree in the first class ever to graduate from the J. Reuben Clark Law School (J.D. ‘76).
As a father of seven and grandfather of 25, his emphasis was coaching sports, attending games and recitals, and leading family discussions about Heavenly Father’s plan for the happiness of His children. All these he did with Marilyn by his side.
He is survived by Marilyn, his devoted wife of 43 years and 38 descendants, including three beautiful daughters-in-law and three stalwart sons-in-law.
The names of the children and their spouses are David and Lonna Bayles, David and Dena Blood, Brock and Mary Bayles, Rebekah and Aaron Peterson, Stacy and Grant Clark, Scot and Brittany Bayles, and Michael Bayles.
One daughter-in-law predeceased Calvin – David’s wife Jennifer Young Bayles, the daughter of Wayne (“Sandy”) and Louise Young, of Gilroy, CA, and granddaughter of Darroll and Leda Young, formerly of Monticello.
Most of Calvin’s immediate family, all former Blanding residents, survive him including three brothers and their wives, Kelly and Vicky Bayles of Green River, UT, Matt and Lynette Bayles of Mesa, AZ and Jerry and Ardawn Bayles of St. George, UT, and three sisters and their husbands, Robyn and Richard Robins of Cedar Hills, UT, Shauna and Lyle Black of Pleasant Grove, UT, and David and Katherine Pinkston of American Fork, UT.
One brother, Clark Bayles, predeceased Calvin as an infant.
Calvin also has 40 living adoring nieces and nephews.
Everyone who knew Calvin best knows that he loved Marilyn with all his heart and that he believed she was the crown jewel of his life.
Crippen Mortuary is handling the arrangements for the family. There will be visitation and a funeral on August 17, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively, at the LDS Chapel in La Crescenta, CA.
A memorial service and visitation will be at the Blanding LDS Stake Center, 88 West 800 North, on August 24 beginning at 11:30 a.m., with the service in the chapel at 1 p.m. Burial at the Blanding City Cemetery following the services.
We love you Dad. See you soon.