Wilburn Talbot

Wilburn Talbot

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After the second trip to the hospital, the goblins and witches finally delivered me to the WC Talbot family in Logan, Utah on 31 October 1937. Most of my small fry days were spent in Cache Valley or various places throughout the US following the Patriarch of our family during WWII.

Boise, Idaho became our new home during the next seven years. I experienced the fun and joys of growing up, participated in various athletic programs, was active in the LDS Church, hunted and fished and did all the various things that accompany the teenage period.

The highlights of this time began one Fall morning during our early morning seminary class when I met and began to date the beautiful and popular Deanna McBride.

Following graduation at Boise High School, my educational interests took me back to Logan and enrollment at USU. During the following two years, it was probably questionable to many whether I was actually attending USU or BYU as Deanna had chosen BYU and, consequently, much of my interest and time was spent in Provo.

My 20th birthday found me in the Northern California Mission and for two glorious years I was given the opportunity to tell the people that the Gospel had indeed been restored.

On 20 November 1959 Deanna and I were blessed with the marvelous opportunity and privilege of going to the House of the Lord to be sealed together for time and all eternity—What a tremendous experience! Smartest thing I ever did!

During the next two years I finished my education at USU where I majored in business management, economics, and military science and was commissioned a Regular Army 2nd Lt. assigned to the medical service corp. My beautiful wife became a mother as our sweet little Jerilyn blessed our home in Logan.

With a commission in the US Army, came our first tour of duty at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas. At Ft. Rucker where I finished helicopter pilot training, our second beautiful daughter, LuAnn, was given to us. Our return to San Antonio was short lived as orders arrived sending me off to the counter--insurgency action in Vietnam. The next year seemed like ten but with the protection and blessings of our Father in Heaven, the WD Talbot family was again joyously reunited. I also served in the Dominican Republic conflict in 1966. At the end of that assignment our first handsome son, David, was born at Ft. Bragg, N. Carolina.

During my military service I was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 28 palms and two with valor, and the Accommodation Medal. I was contracted to fly for the CIA and ended up flying 12 more years for the US Forest Service and later chose a career in business.

We selected Orem, Utah to raise our family and gain more education resulting in securing a Masters and Ph. D in Church History and Doctrine from BYU. This is where we added two more children--precious Kimberly and our fabulous caboose, Vernon. Orem has been our home for 50 years. It was a privilege to serve as bishop and multiple ward and stake callings during this time. With the completion of a Ph. D I was asked to publish my dissertation entitled ”The Acts of the Modern Apostles”. This was a great experience to be able to put in print my testimony and was also requested by Elder Boyd K. Packer to present a copy to each of the current apostles.

What a wonderful blessing to be here on this earth! It’s my prayer that I will always follow the example of righteousness set by my parents and that “me and my house will serve the Lord”.

Family and friends may leave condolences online at A LIVE BROADCAST of funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 11, 2020. Military Honors will be performed by American Legion Post 72.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, November 11th, 2020 | 9:30am - 10:15am
    Wednesday, November 11th, 2020 9:30am - 10:15am
    Walker Sanderson Funeral Home
    646 East 800 North
    Orem, UT 84097
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  • Funeral Services with Military Honors

    Wednesday, November 11th, 2020 | 10:30am
    Wednesday, November 11th, 2020 10:30am
    Walker Sanderson Funeral Home
    646 East 800 North
    Orem, UT 84097
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    LIVE Broadcast starts at 10:30.
    Interment at Lewiston Cemetery, Lewiston Utah


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Ken Peterson

Posted at 04:30pm
"Willy" and I go back "a LONG way!) We basically grew up together in Boise; one block separated us. He was one year behind me in school. So we attended South Jr. High, then onto Boise High. During "those" years Willy became part of what I call "the gang". Consisted of Jerry DeMond, Lyle Cole, Neil Winslow, Bill and Jim Meany, Clark Brewington, Chet Hosely, and Beryl Clark. We enjoyed lots of good times: duck/pheasant hunting and lots of sports. Willy and his Dad became our "home teachers". At the time I was not a member of the church but they were most faithful in visiting. By the way, I did (finally) got baptized! Anyway, Deanna, wanted to extend heartfelt condolenses to you. Ken (Pete) Peterson

Brenda Jamison

Posted at 01:34pm
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Bishop Talbot. What a great man. How I loved him growing up. He taught me so many things. To this day I quote some of his great lessons. When he shook my hand he looked into my eyes and I knew that I was loved. I am grateful for his leadership and counsel during my teens. I am a better person because of Bishop Talbot. I always felt welcome in the Talbot home. LuAnn and I became friends when my family moved to Orem in 1971. We were best friends for years. May you find peace and comfort and you press forward.
“ Grief is the last act of love we have to give to those we loved. Where there is deep grief, there was great love.”
Brenda Babcock Jamison

Ryan Albiston

Posted at 02:29am
Sadly, and through no fault of anybody at all, I did not learn of his passing until about two minutes before the service. I am profoundly grateful I was able to watch this recorded service. Words truly cannot express how inspiring and uplifting it was. I happened to be in the neighborhood a few weeks ago and felt I needed to visit with him, I also felt it might be my last opportunity. I am happy to say I have no regrets. I moved out of the Suncrest 9th Ward about a year and a half ago. In my last days there I served as the Elders Quorum President. I had that calling previous to the landmark announcement that High Priests and Elders would be combined. I felt the weight, as never before, when I was called as the new President as well. (I was released for all of five seconds.) Upon listening to the Spirit, I ended up calling Wil as my quorum secretary. He did not hesitate at all. As a relatively young man trying to unite two quorums, one being a group of older seasoned men who were not only set in their ways, but also knew more than me and could do a better job (some were not afraid to tell me as much), I desperately needed supportive allies. Not only was he a good secretary, but he was the best ally I could've hoped for. Though I learned to forgive and the Quorum, I felt, grew closer together out of all of it, Wil was ready to bust some heads and set some people straight in my honor. That's how loyal my friend was. I miss him terribly. I am thankful to Deanna for letting me visit one last time. Even with all that he was dealing with, he kept trying to offer to drive me to where I needed to go next. I chuckle at the thought of having to try real hard to convince him that my wife was picking me up real soon. No matter what, he just kept wanting to serve.

With Love, my friend, God be with you til we meet again.

-Ryan Albiston-

Jay & Barbara Kunzler Family

Posted at 03:52pm
We are most grateful that we were able to view in our homes the funeral service of Wil. It was special to hear the kind words of love and admiration from each of the children to their parents. We felt the presence of the tender and sweet spirit. We were very impressed with the final words of council given to the children by their father. Thank you for sharing this beautiful day with us.

Jay & Barbara Kunzler Family

Katie Gasser

Posted at 02:30pm
Such a beautiful memory of a great and positive man....Wilburn Talbot. Thank you for sharing your loving memories of your dearly, beloved Father. His life is an example for all! Katie Gasser

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