He graduated from Glendale (Utah) High School and spent a few years sheep ranching with his family and for others.
World War II brought service in the U.S. Army, where he fought in four major battles in Europe including the liberation of France and the Battle of the Bulge. Returning home, he worked for a time cutting timber.
He attended Utah State University, then achieved his certificate in auto mechanics and refrigeration technology from the Provo Vocational School. Val enjoyed fishing, hunting, and reading, but a major passion in his life was vegetable gardening.
Val retired in 1984 from Western General Dairies after a 29-year career as a Maintenance Technician. He also worked as an independent contractor, maintaining refrigeration systems throughout the Tri-State area.
In 1952 he married Vivian Haynes and became the father of six: Ted (deceased), Don (Venice), Thomas Regan (Dawn), Glenn (Mary Anne), Joseph (Lisa), and Shirley (Tim), and was for a time the foster father of Larry and Lori. Val has 10 grandchildren: Willy (Kimberly), Samantha, James, Preston, William, and Sean Little; Nickolas (Melissa), Alex, Lucas, and Bobbi Anne Wilson, in addition to foster grandson Tim. He also has four great-grandchildren: Willy Jr., Heavenly, and Joanna Little, in addition to newborn Asa Wilson. Val is also survived by his younger brother Niels.
Val was an active member of the LDS Church, serving as a clerk in two wards, and in the presidencies of his priesthood quorums.
The family wishes to express appreciation to the professionals at the Red Cliffs Rehabilitation and Care Center, the Intermountain Homecare Hospice, and especially the staff of DRMC for their superb care of our husband and father. We also appreciate the kindness and loving care provided by the Cotton Acres Ward.
A memorial service was Wednesday, Sept. 28 at the Cotton Acres LDS Ward Chapel, 2583 E. 350 North, St. George, Utah. Arrangements were entrusted to the care of Pine View Mortuary. Please visit our website www.pineviewmortuary.com for full obituary and condolences.