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Willard L. Heaps

Willard L. Heaps

1936 - 2011

Willard Lloyd Heaps, 75, of Alpine passed away October 23, 2011 after a long battle with complications of diabetes. He was born August 29, 1936 in St. Anthony, Idaho to Thomas Levi Heaps and Julia Isabella Kershaw.

He spent his childhood in Alpine, Utah, and was educated in schools in Alpine and American Fork. He graduated from American Fork High School in 1954 and played left guard on the Caveman football team for four years.

He served in the United States Air Force from 1954 to 1957 as a jet engine mechanic.

He married Charlene Brown April 4, 1958, in Alpine, Utah. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. They are the parents of four children. They were later divorced.

He graduated from Weber State University in 1969. He attended Brigham Young University in the Graduate School of Public Administration.

Willard joined the Salt Lake Police Department in 1959. He served in various departments, including Patrol, K-9, Vice, Narcotics, Special Investigations, and Administration. He rose through the ranks and retired as a Major (Assistant Chief) in 1988 after nearly 30 years of service. He loved his work as a police officer and often commented, “I can’t believe they are actually paying me to do this.” He joined the Garden City Idaho Police Department as Chief of Police in 1989 and served in that capacity until 1993.

He returned to Alpine where he met and married Merlynne Strong Hoggan on December 10, 1994 in the Provo Temple. He accepted her seven children and loved them as his own.

He was a High Priest in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and served in various Church callings including Elders Quorum and High Priest Group Leadership, and Ward Clerk. He was a devoted Home Teacher. He was known for his honesty, devotion to duty, and sense of humor.

Willard is survived by his wife, Merlynne, and children, Terri Heaps, Sandy Utah, Lane (Roslyn) Heaps, Murray Utah, Corey (Carolyn) Heaps, Kuna Idaho, Julie (Rob) Shiner, Lehi, Utah, Leisa (Michael) Frost, St. Charles, Missouri, Kent (Jackie) Hoggan, American Fork, Utah, Hilary (Jeff) Bench, South Weber, Utah, Ron (Meaghan) Hoggan, Lehi, Utah, Steven (Daniela) Hoggan, Eagle Mountain, Utah, Nicole (Travis) Hunsaker, and Susanne (Sean) Beck, Lehi, Utah, 34 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one sister, Julia Devey of Roseburg, Oregon, and one brother, Clift (Janet) Heaps of Alpine, Utah. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers and sisters Pauline, Joe, Melba, Gene, and Elmer, and one granddaughter, Marie Amie Heaps.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 29, 2011, in the Deerfield LDS Ward Chapel located at 680 North Eagleview Drive, Alpine, Utah. Family and friends may call on Friday evening from 6:00-8:00 at the Anderson & Sons Mortuary, 49 East 100 North, American Fork, Utah, and at the church on Saturday from 9:30-10:30 prior to the services. Burial will be in the Alpine City Cemetery.

The family would like to thank all of the doctors and nurses who have cared for him the past few months, including Dr. Bingham & Janet, Dr. Stephanz, Dr. Curzon, wound care, hyperbarics, dialysis, therapy, hospice, and many others for their kindness and concern.

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