A beautiful child of God, Douglas Wayne was born June 2, 1960 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Noal Wayne Vawdrey, Jr. and Delores Archuleta to love, hold and cherish until his passing on November 19, 2012 in Nephi, Utah.
Douglas loved life, especially Christmas, Wendy's red cans of Coke and Taco Time. He kept his $2.00 in his pocket safe, preferring your money be spent rather than his. The family was honored and blessed to have him as part of their lives. He brought joy and love to his family, friends and even total strangers.
He leaves behind his loving and devoted mother, Dolores of Nephi, two brothers Ronald (Mary) of West Valley, Robert of Evanston, Wyoming and sister, Tassie of Peola, a beautiful grandmother, Lura Archuleta of Sandy, a niece and nephew, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Noal Wayne, Jr. and his loving uncle, Robert Michael Archuleta.
Douglas was a special gift and an angel to his mother. He had the incredible ability to touch everyone's lives for the better. We will miss his sweet spirit and feel so blessed to have had him as a part of our lives.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in the Nephi 4th Ward Chapel located at 345 East 500 North, Nephi, Utah. Family and friends may call Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Anderson Mortuary at 94 West 300 North, Nephi, Utah and prior to the service on Saturday, November 24, 2012 from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. at the church.
Gayle Banks died peacefully in his sleep on November 13, 2012. He was 86 years young. Gayle was born in Ivins, Idaho to David Albert Banks and Nellie Fowler Banks on September 27, 1926.
He and his four brothers [Bill, Bruce, Douglas and Russell] and three sisters [Inez, Catherine, and Beulah] spent their formative years living on the family farm and learned at an early age to work hard. Gayle's life has been a culmination of many careers and experiences, including serving as a radio operator in the U.S. Navy from 1943-1945. He had been a truck driver, owner and operator of a neon sign business, a painting contractor, a school teacher and a gun smith. He loved the outdoors and had a particular fondness and love for animals. Some of his family's fondest memories involve Gayle's care of and love for animals he encountered on farms, while hunting, etc. He used to ride herd for the Cattle Association in Idaho and during his life had a variety of Border Collies and Sheep dogs to assist him, mostly named Buddy. Gayle was a generous person, always willing to help family and friends. In 1971 Gayle married Julia Andelin Butler. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Idaho Falls Temple. During their marriage, they served in the Corpus Christi Texas Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Gayle is survived by his wife, Julia; daughter, Judy Garrett; step-daughters Gladel McCarthy [John] and Delightra Nielsen [Kelly]; step-son Khaldun Butler [Karoline], and many sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors who will miss him dearly. He was preceded in death by his son, Russell Banks, step-daughter Joycel Parson, grandsons Nathan Grundvig and Levi Butler, and granddaughter Chancy Parson.
A viewing will be held from 11:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, November 24, 2012, at the Anderson Funeral Home located at 94 West 300 North in Nephi, Utah. A funeral service will follow immediately thereafter. Interment will be in the Nephi Vine Bluff Cemetery.
The family would like to thank Heritage Hills Rehabilitation and Care Center for its kind and compassionate care of Gayle during the last months of his life.