Kenneth Maitland Graham, 90, passed away suddenly after a good lunch and a hearty song Feb. 19, 2017.
He will be missed and remembered always, by his large and loving family. He was born July 2, 1926 in Fairview, Utah to Maitland Graham and Marcella Lasson, the fourth of eight children. Kenneth always loved music, singing, and farm work.
He served in the Army at the end of WWII and then as a missionary in the Texas-Louisiana Mission. He married Julia Christensen of Moroni, Nov. 30, 1951, and graduated with a degree in music from BYU in 1954. Kenneth taught Seminary and public school for five years in Delta, Manti, and Centerfield. Then he served as principal of Manti Elementary for 26 years until retiring in 1989.
Always a dedicated church member, he fulfilled many callings including Bishop of the Manti Center Ward. With his wife Julia, he served in the California Long Beach Mission and the Manti Temple.
Kenneth is survived by his wife Julia and eight children: John (Kathryn Peterson), Cynthia Grant (JJ), Andrea Voss (Steve), Michael (Nancy Long), Karl (Cynthia Bates), Leslie Silvester, Walter (Jolene Luthy), Wayne (Mylissa Briggs), 43 grandchildren, over 50 great-grandchildren, brother Gaylen and sisters Allie Stapleton and Beverly Staker.
He was preceded in death by son Nathan, grandson, Justin Graham, daughter-in-law Kairleee Davidson Graham, and sisters Evelyn Johnson, Beulah Baxter, Norma Winterowd, and Eva Loy Peterson.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at the LDS Red Brick Chapel, 295 South Main Street, Manti. Friends may visit with the family from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 and 9:30–10:30 a.m. prior to services.
Interment will be in the Manti City Cemetery with Military Honors by the Manti American Legion Post #31. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at www.maglebymortuary.com.
The family would like to extend their thanks to IHC Hospice and the loving staff of Country Lane Assisted Living in Mt. Pleasant who cared for Kenneth.