Ed Munson “Everybody’s Friend” passed away July 3, 2014 in Moab. He was born October 16,1924 in Milo, Idaho to Swen Munson and Carrie Bradshaw. After growing up with adversity on the farm, he left to make his way in the world. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942 at age 18. He spent the majority of World War II in the Aleutian Islands. His military service continued in the Reserves for a total of 42 years. He retired as a CW4 and was awarded the Legion of Merit.
He married L. Jean Robinson September 6, 1947. They were later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple. Jean died August 1997, just a couple of weeks short of their 50th anniversary. He was blessed with a second companion when he married Wendy McDougald October 6, 2000.
He had a varied professional life, but his first love was sales. He worked for Armco Steel, Remington Rand, Sperry, Salt Lake County, and he had his own office machine company. Whether as a job or just because he was the man he was, his was a life of service to his fellow man.
Ed is survived by his wife, Wendy, and his children: E. Brent (Joanne) Munson, Kearns; Robert G. (Robyn) Munson, West Jordan; Jeanine Moon, West Jordan; and Renae (Scott) Romney, Sandy. With his marriage to Wendy, he added two more to his list of kids. Eric “Mac” (Alberta) Nelson, Moab; and Stephanie Anderson, Seattle, Wash. Of his original family, he is survived by his two younger sisters: Helen Jephson, Idaho Falls, Idaho; and Lenore (Raymond) Jones, Ucon, Idaho. He leaves 16 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. The list of his “adopted” kids is too large to number. Once you met him, you were his friend and were treated as such.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Jean, and his three older brothers, Jack, Harold “Bud”, and Wayne.
As the Savior admonished to love and serve your fellow man, Dad lived this principle.
The family would especially like to thank the staff of the Canyonlands Care Center and dad’s special nurse Paula for the exceptional care dad received.
A viewing is scheduled to take place Wednesday, July 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Spanish Valley Mortuary, 386 N. 100 West. Funeral Services are scheduled for Thursday, July 10 at 11 a.m. At the St. Francis Episcopal Church, 240 Kane Creek Blvd. A graveside service will take place on Friday, July 11 at 11 a.m. At the Murray City Cemetary, 5490 S. Vine St., in Murray, followed by a celebration of his life, at the Romney home, 2611 E. Oak Grove Drive, Sandy, at 2 p.m.
The family suggests a donation to a children’s charity in lieu of flowers. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.SpanishValleyMortuary.com