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Paul Wilson WarnerSeptember 6, 1927 ~ October 5, 2017 (age 90)
Paul Wilson Warner, 90, of Pleasant Grove passed away Thursday, October 5, 2017 at his home in Manila (Cedar Hills) surrounded by his family. His loving wife of 44 years, Diane, was first by his side as she has always been, caring for his every need. She has been so incredibly patient and loving through all of the good and hard times of their lives.
Paul was born September 6, 1927 in Spanish Fork, Utah to William David and Mabel Wilson Warner. He was blessed with four wonderful sisters and was the only boy. At the age of 14 the family moved to Idaho Falls, Idaho where Paul graduated from High School.
As a boy Paul learned from his parents and grandparents the great example of service and dedication to the Lord’s call to serve which fostered courage, hope and spiritual resolve.
This served him well throughout his life.
He served his country in the Armed Forces and was stationed at the Sugamo Prison in Japan . Because of his hard work and dedication he was quickly promoted to Sergeant and assigned as a Chief Jailer.
Soon after his return home Paul started his first food service business with a good friend, the Trolley Drive Inn. From there Paul moved on to attend Brigham Young University where he received a degree in Business Administration and Marketing. During summer months Paul returned to Idaho Falls where he drove a delivery truck for a local bakery. After graduation he worked at Geneva Steel where he admitted to being humbled after receiving his degree only to become proficient in pushing a broom. In 1953 he furthered his experience in the Food Service business through an opportunity at BYU. He worked in many different areas of Food Service and advanced quickly gaining confidence and experience. He continued at BYU until 1961.
On April 8, 1955 he married Dorothy Hargett and together were blessed with 8 children along with many foster children. They later divorced.
In 1961 Paul was given an offer to help start up a new franchise of the Big Boy Corporation (JB’s Big Boy) where he saw much success and received much notoriety until his retirement in 1989. Paul took this start up business from one location to 138 restaurants. He received numerous awards from the Utah Restaurant Association and was inducted into the “Utah Restaurant Associations Hall of Fame”. He also received national recognition for promoting excellence in the foodservice industry.
On November 28, 1973 Paul married Diane Halverson. Diane was a widow with four wonderful children who Paul accepted as his own. In addition they were blessed with two more children together. Two more children were accepted as their own into the family totaling 16. And this is just the beginning! From these 16 come 71 grandchildren and 67 great grandchildren. Paul took great pride in his family.
Paul had a great love for family who witnessed of that love as they filled the family home on Thursday as he lay peacefully in his bed. Along with a door that was always open for family his home was also open to everyone and many friends have commented the welcome feeling they felt there.
Paul was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, serving diligently in numerous callings including Superintendent of the M.I.A, Seventy, High Priest and Bishop for 5 years during the same time he was working at BYU and working to start up a new business. One of his proudest times as Bishop was helping raise funds and build a new chapel along with 3 home and 2 Welfare Farms using the help of Ward members. He served on the High Council then he and Diane served a mission at the Washington DC temple and later both served faithfully at the Mount Timpanogos Temple.
He had a strong testimony and love for Jesus Christ with a great desire that his family gain the same witness of the Savior. This desire is kindled by knowing this testimony will allow the family to be together throughout eternity.
Paul was preceded in death by his sisters, Anna Lu, Virginia, and Helen along with a grandson, Christopher. He is survived by his wife Diane, 16 children, Dave, Jeff (Sherie), Kayelynne (Arlun), Vickie (Mike), Joel (Angie), Steve (Corrine), Anne (Brad), Joy (Darrin), Blair (Jill), Michele, Bruce, Jennifer (DeVon), Paul (Kristen), Chuck (Jessica), Wendy, and Juidiith (Dave),
71 grandchildren, 67 great grandchildren and his sister, Lucille Barnes. Paul would also want to include the many who they were blessed to have in their home, Mary, Lilian, Pete and many others.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 11:00 am in the Manila Third Ward, 3396 North 900 West, Pleasant Grove. Family and friends may attend a viewing Tuesday evening, October 10th from 6-8pm and on Wednesday from 9:30-10:30am at the same location prior to the service. Interment will be in the Spanish Fork City Cemetery with military honors conducted by American Legion Post. Condolences may be sent to the family and further obituary information may be obtained at www.olpinmortuary.com.
In lieu of flowers Paul requested donations be made to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Missionary Fund.