LAWRENCE EUGENE WILKEY
1936 – 2015
Lawrence (“Larry”) Eugene Wilkey, 78, passed away peacefully at his home in Cottonwood Heights on Sunday, January 4, 2015 after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. Born May 4, 1936 in Nephi, Utah to George Eugene Wilkey and Mabel Wilson Wilkey. He married Patricia Ferre on September 15, 1955 in the Salt Lake City Temple. Larry graduated from BYU in 1959 and was a math teacher for three years before enrolling in the engineering program at the University of Utah, from which he graduated in 1967.
Larry worked as a production engineer at the Eimac Division of Varian for more than 30 years and was responsible for manufacturing a wide array of broadcast equipment. Larry was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving gladly in many capacities. He was a devoted husband to his wife of sixty years and a remarkable father, friend and neighbor. Larry was energetic and tireless worker. He also loved to travel, had seen most continents and worked repeatedly in China. Parkinson’s weakened and slowed his body, but did not dim his wit or spirit.
Survived by his loving wife of 60 years; their children Mark (Julie) Wilkey and Kaye (Mike) Cox; five grandchildren; brothers Alex, Ralph and Rulon Wilkey; and sister, Joyce Quinn. He will be greatly missed.
Viewing will take place at Cannon Mortuary, 2460 E. Bengal Blvd (7600 S), Cottonwood Heights, UT, Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 6-8 pm. Graveside services and interment at the Santaquin City Cemetery at 11:00 a.m, Thursday, January 8, 2015. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the LDS Church Missionary Fund.