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In Memory of

William S. Tanner

September 29, 1926 - September 11, 2017

Obituary


William Scott Tanner was born September 29, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois. He died September 11, 2017 in his Holladay, Utah home of 54 years. As a youth in Chicago he attended both Catholic and public schools graduating in 1944. Growing up happily among Chicago's Irish gave him a lifelong gift of Irish wit and whimsical humor.
He enlisted in the US Navy in February 1944 at age 17 and served during WWII on the Naval Destroyer Escort Huse. His group of six Destroyers, plus the aircraft carrier the Croaton, are credited with the sinking...

William Scott Tanner was born September 29, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois. He died September 11, 2017 in his Holladay, Utah home of 54 years. As a youth in Chicago he attended both Catholic and public schools graduating in 1944. Growing up happily among Chicago's Irish gave him a lifelong gift of Irish wit and whimsical humor.
He enlisted in the US Navy in February 1944 at age 17 and served during WWII on the Naval Destroyer Escort Huse. His group of six Destroyers, plus the aircraft carrier the Croaton, are credited with the sinking of three subs and aiding in the dispatch of a fourth as they patrolled the North Atlantic protecting our coastline and shipping lanes. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and attended college using the GI bill. He met fellow student and future wife Virginia Yeater at the University of Illinois. After their marriage in August 1949 at Oak Park, Illinois he and Ginny traveled to Oregon where he did graduate work at Oregon State U. receiving a MS degree in Microbiology and Biological chemistry in 1950. After graduation he worked in medical support fields first in Colorado, then in Utah until he accepted a position at a research facility called Scientific Associates in St. Louis, Mo. in 1957. He and his family returned to Utah in 1963 when he accepted a position with Deseret Test Center at Fort Douglas working as a civilian for the military. In 1973, after DTC closed, its work was transferred to Dugway Proving Grounds. He then commuted 200 miles a day to work until his retirement in 1988 as Chief of Test Management Division.
His marriage to Ginny lasted sixty-five good and loyal years until her passing in 2014. He is survived by his children: Deborah L. Tanner, Mark W. Tanner, Christine (Genal) Reese and foster daughter Mary Lou (Joseph) Nellis; nine grandchildren, and twenty two great grandchildren.
He valued education and hard work. He was generous with his funds, helping his children achieve their dreams. He earned a second Master's degree at the University of Utah in 1976 and was in two honorary societies: Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Xi. He had a wide range of interests: reading, photography, geology, current events, music and semantics.
Funeral Services will be held on Monday, September 18, 2017 at 11:00am at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah. A viewing will be held on Sunday evening, September 17, 2017 from 6-8pm at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, with another viewing an hour prior to the Funeral Service. Burial will follow Funeral Service and will be held at Salt Lake City Cemetery, 200 "N" Street, Salt Lake City, Utah. For online condolences, please visit www.wasatchlawn.com