Wilbur was born November 30, 1928 in Payson, Utah to Robert L. and Luella Tippetts Wilson. He was a brother to Arlea, Arnold, Gene (deceased) and Keith. At age 15, his family settled in Springville, Utah where he met his sweetheart Merilyn. They were married September 10, 1948 in the Salt Lake City Temple. Together they raised eight wonderful children, Larry (Debra) Wilson, Mindy (Norlen) Dalton, Michal Ann (Ron) Adams, Leslie (Tom) Timmerman, Pamela Wilson, Lani (Wayne) Lee, Tim (Shirley) Wilson and Eric (Jean) Wilson. At this time they have a legacy of 31 grandchildren (2 deceased) and 35 great-grandchildren.
Wilbur earned a Bachelor’s Degree from BYU and a Master’s Degree from Utah State University. From a very early age, he worked alongside his father and learned many trades. He was a brick mason, a big-rig driver, and electrician, and a pilot, flying the family plane back and forth to many jobs. He was also a very good auto mechanic, taking apart and rebuilding his first car at age 16. He had many other jobs in his lifetime including technical electrical writer for Sperry Rand Co., salesman, welder, landlord and was a teacher at Cedar High and Jr. High for 25 years.
It seemed he was always inventing, fixing, and building things. He also had many hobbies and interest; riding motorcycles, back-packing, hunting, boating and computers. He loved designing, building and flying his own hang gliders for many years. In addition to all this, he was a beekeeper, a very good artist and had a beautiful singing voice.
He was a faithful member of the LDS Church. He served others his entire life including a 2 year building mission in Hawaii building chapels and working on the Polynesian Cultural Center. He was an Eagle Scout and served for 35 years in the scouting program. He had many church callings and was Executive Secretary for three bishoprics. He had a deep love for the gospel, the constitution, his family and most of all Merilyn.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 12:00 noon in the Cedar City 5th Ward LDS Chapel, 155 East 400 South in Cedar City, Utah. There will be a viewing prior to the funeral service at the Church from 10:00 -11:30 am. Interment will be in the Cedar City Cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary.