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Arthur Merrill Day

Male 1907 - 2003  (95 years)


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  • Name Arthur Merrill Day 
    Born 2 Oct 1907  Fairview, Sanpete, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 28 Jul 2003  [1
    Buried 02 Aug 2003  Fairview, Sanpete, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I11868  Pioneer Ancestry
    Last Modified 30 Dec 2012 

    Father Eli Azariah Day,   b. 23 Sep 1856, Springville, Utah, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Nov 1943, Fairview, Sanpete, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Mother Eliza Jane Staker,   b. 17 Nov 1860, Mount Pleasant, Sanpete, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Feb 1948, Fairview, Sanpete, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 19 Jun 1878  St. George, Washington, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Photos
    DAY, Eli Azariah family
    DAY, Eli Azariah family
    Courtesy of DeReta Mathews
    Family ID F5  Group Sheet

    Family Ida Rose GARLICK,   b. 30 Oct 1911, Fairview, Sanpete, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Dec 2001  (Age 90 years) 
    Married 29 Jun 1932  Manti, Sanpete, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. M. DAY
     2. R. DAY
     3. B. DAY
     4. Donna Rose Day,   b. 23 Oct 1938, Fairview, Sanpete, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Oct 1938, Fairview, Sanpete, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     5. Dixie Ann Day,   b. 28 Mar 1944, Mount Pleasant, Sanpete, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jun 1944  (Age 0 years)
    Family ID F24582814  Group Sheet

  • Documents
    1910 U.S. Census
    1910 U.S. Census
    DAY: Eli, Eliza, Dora, Eli, Joseph, Rowena, Alvin, Nola, George, Arthur
    1920 U.S. Census
    1920 U.S. Census
    DAY: Eli, Eliza, Alvin, Nola, George, Arthur
    1930 U.S. Census (p.1)
    1930 U.S. Census (p.1)
    DAY: Eli, Eliza, Alvin, Arthur

  • Sources 
    1. [S229] Obituary, Deseret News, The (Salt Lake City, UT), 31 Jul 2003.
      Arthur M. Day, age 94, died July 28, 2003, of causes incident to age.

      Arthur was born in Fairview, Utah on October 2, 1908. He married Ida Rose Garlick, also of Fairview, on June 29, 1932, in the Manti Temple. He is survived by his three sons: Merrill, Ronald, and Bryant; daughters-in-law: Joyce and Shirlene; 10 grandchildren; 30 great-grand children; and three great-great-grandchildren. His wife, Ida, and two infant daughters, Donna and Dixie, preceded him in death.

      Arthur's two strongest interests, which sustained him his entire life, were music and sports. He learned to play his older brothers' clarinet and saxophone, and organized his first dance orchestra while still in junior high school. In the years that followed, he played in bands and dance orchestras in high school, at Snow College, and in the Fairview City dance orchestra. He also entertained countless family groups and other audiences with his harmonica.

      Arthur possessed a beautiful tenor voice, and sang both as a soloist and in various choral ensembles.

      In the sports arena he played baseball, softball, and volleyball, starting with the Fairview City baseball team when he was only 17. He usually occupied the position of catcher, batted left-handed, and was known for his prowess as a home run hitter.

      While in Fairview, Arthur earned his living by farming, which included a small dairy business, and the raising of chickens, turkeys, and hogs. He also did hauling work with his truck, and worked for several years at the explosives plant in Spanish Fork canyon. Arthur filled a short-term mission for the LDS Church in Montana in 1946. He held numerous Church positions throughout his life.

      Arthur and Ida moved with their family to Provo in the summer of 1951. One of his first actions in Provo was to join the Utah Valley-based Mendelssohn Chorus, with which he sang and toured for the next 50 years! He also played softball for both city and church teams, specializing, eventually, in the art of pitching.

      Arthur worked for a number of years at the Reilly Tar and Chemical plant south of Provo. Following his retirement, Arthur and Ida filled an LDS mission in the Bennetsville, South Carolina, area of the Southern States Mission. On their return, he continued working, first for the Provo City School District, then for the Provo City Center, retiring, finally, at age 71. True to form, he also resumed singing with the Mendelssohn Chorus and playing softball. He became something of a local phenomenon for his pitching skill and was featured in articles in both the Provo Daily Herald and the Deseret News. He continued playing well into his 81st year!

      Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 2, 2003 at 11 a.m. in the Provo Utah South Stake Center, 835 South 500 West, with music by the Mendelssohn Chorus. The casket will be open one hour prior to the service. A viewing will be held Friday evening, August 1, 2003, between 6 and 8 p.m. at the Walker Family Mortuary, 85 East 300 South, Provo. Burial will follow at the Fairview Cemetery.