David J. Somerville passed away at home on May 20, 2011, from a short, hard battle with cancer.
He was born in Moab, UT on October 14, 1938, to Rulon and Fawn Somerville.
His childhood was spent working with his dad on the ranch and living like a cowboy. His dad taught him all the ranch skills – roping, riding and hard work. David had creativity, vision, and determination to finish what he started.
David attended Brigham Young University and Utah State University, where he graduated with a degree in Range Management and worked for the Natural Resource Conservation Service with the USDA. His job took him to Arizona in 1964, where he met and married Judy Allred, in 1966 in the Mesa Arizona LDS Temple.
After a devastating car accident at the age of 15, David survived and committed his life to serving the Lord. He worked in the Ogden LDS Temple for 10 years. David was always a kind-hearted man and willing to help anyone. He loved the scriptures and Joseph Smith. He had spiritual determination and faith that carried him through life.
David is survived by his wife, sons Eric (Joanna) of Clinton, UT and Loren (Caryn) of Tucson, AZ; daughters Jana (Troy) Dial of Syracuse, UT, Alison (Corey) Benson of West Haven, UT, and Raelene (Justin) Bott of Kaysville, UT; and 16 grandchildren. Also survived by his mother, Fawn Dickerman of Draper, UT; brothers Ked (Marleen) of Monticello, UT and Mike (Judee) of Caldwell, ID and sister Callie (Joe) Beall of Draper, UT.
He is preceded in death by his father; step-father Ed Dickerman, grandparents and one grandson.
We are forever grateful to Dave for his faith, steadfastness, example and courage. We love him – our husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and our friend.
“Well done thou good and faithful servant.”
The family wished to thank Legacy Hospice for their care during the last few months.
Funeral Services are May 25, 2011 at the Layton Suntrails Ward Chapel. Interment in the Kaysville City Cemetery.