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A beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, Hyrum E. Ottesen, 84, died peacefully at his home December, 7, 2007 from complications of a stroke. He was born November 2, 1923 in Palmyra, Utah to Hans L. and Nellie Barney Ottesen. He was educated in the Spanish Fork schools. He was a senior in high school in 1940 and just weeks after his birthday, President Roosevelt declared our nation at war. He enlisted in the Air Force in March missing his graduation from High School.

Basic training was at Sheppard Field in Witchita Falls, Texas then to Camp Kilmer, New Jersey for overseas processing. A convoy of 36 ships took 15 days to Antwerp, Begium and finally by truck convoy to Erlongdon Air Force base in Manchester, England a huge supply base. The base was part of the 8th and 9th Air Force Service Command and he served there for 18 months. He also spent time in Kiev, Russia, Nuremburg , Germany, and France, returning home in 1946. He was then employed at Geneva and Ironton steel mills.

He married Shirlene Roach April 14, 1954 in the Manti Temple, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He served in the church as a counselor in the YMMIA, in the Sunday School presidency and a home teacher. He was High Priest in the Palmyra Ward. Soon after his marriage, he farmed with his father-in-law, Ernest Roach and together they established a successful dairy and beef cattle business. In 1967, his father-in-law was killed and he assumed full responsibility of the business. He served for three years on the Utah State Dairy Commission.

A quiet man, his legacy to his family is that of honesty, integrity, hard work and a name to be proud of. He was truly a dedicated farmer. The alarm clock in the Ottesen home was set for 4:30 a.m. for 25 years. While he continued to be involved with the field work and irrigating, his son has managed the dairy since 1979. In his youth he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and working on the farm with his father. In the past few years he especially enjoyed going on re-enactments and trail rides with his mules and covered wagon. He was proud of his pioneer ancestors and their contribution to the early history of the Church.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Shirlene Ottesen, Palmyra; children, Janeen (Phil) Thomas, Spanish Fork, Paul (Becky) Ottesen, Elizabeth (Ed) Nielsen, Barbara (Darin) Jensen, all of Palmyra, and Elaine (Scott) Gunter of Malad, Idaho; his sister, Ina Olin of Waldport, Oregon and a brother, James Ottesen of Baltimore, Maryland; sister-in-law Margaret Ottesen of San Mateo, California and sister-in-law, Carol Ottesen of Orem, Utah and several nieces and nephews; thirty grandchildren; a grandson, John Thomas serving an LDS mission in Paraguay and eleven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hans and Nellie Barney Ottesen, brothers Albert and Roy and a grandson, Bradley Thomas.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 11th at 11:00 a.m. at the Palmyra Ward Church, 1866 West 5000 South. Friends and family may visit Monday evening 6to 8 p.m. at the Walker Mortuary, 187 South Main in Spanish Fork and at the church prior to the services 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Interment will be in the Spanish Fork City Cemetery with full military rites.

The family would like to thank Alpine Home Health and Alpine Hospice Services for their kind care of Hyrum for the past 17 months. A special thanks to Rhett Huff and Stacey Memmott.