Vern Bingham Eyre
Tue, Apr 1, 2003
Vern Bingham Eyre, 81, died at home on March 29, 2003, after an extended battle with Parkinson"s disease. He was surrounded by his loving family.
Vern was born February 9, 1922, in Rawlins, Wyoming, to Howard Ulysses and Athalean Agnes Bingham Eyre. He married Emma Rae Anderson in the Logan Temple on June 18, 1946.
He attended high school in Rawlins, serving on the Student Council as a Freshman and Sophomore and as Jr. Class Vice President and Sr. Class President. He was an All-State football player and track star. Following graduation, he hired out as a brakeman on the Union Pacific Railroad and advanced to a Conductor.
In March of 1942, Vern enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps and became a B-24 pilot. He spent 3 1/2 years serving in the South Pacific, and received the Distinguished Flying Cross, seven air medals and five campaign ribbons.
Following the war, Vern attended Utah State Agricultural College (USU) where he again was active in Student Government, a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, Blue Key National Honor Society, Year Book Personality, and a member of Alpha Sigma Nu Senior Honorary. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and a minor in pre-dentistry.
Vern attended Kansas City University (University of Missouri) Dental School where he received his D.D.S. in 1952. He practiced dentistry in Logan for 40 years. During this time he served as President of the local Dental Association, President of the Utah States Dental Association, and served on the Council on Dental Care Programs for the American Dental Association. In 1992 he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Utah Dental Association and in 1996 was honored by both the International College of Dentistry and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.
Vern has been active in the community as PTA President at Logan High School, serving in the Jaycees, where he received their Outstanding Young Man award in 1957 and their Meritorious Service Award in 1981. He served on the Board of Directors for the Cache Chamber of Commerce and received their Award as Logan"s Outstanding Citizen. He has acted as local Chairman for the American Cancer Society and American Red Cross fund drives and served as President of the Logan Kiwanis Club and Lt. Governor for the Utah-Idaho Kiwanis District. He is a member of American Legion Post 7, has served as Vice President and Commissioner for the Cache Valley Council of Boy Scouts of America, and received the Silver Beaver. He has been a longtime member of the Big Blue Club and served as a member of the Utah State University Alumni Council. He has served as a stake missionary, on the High Council, President of the 132 Quorum of Seventy, and as a Counselor and Bishop for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Vern is survived by his wife of almost 57 years, daughters and sons-in law, Vicki and Joe Blanch, Logan; Kandi and Paul Larsen, Logan; Bunni and Paul Miller, Centerville; Kimi and Jeff Burbank, Logan; Tifani Wilson, Dirk Wilson, Logan; son Brik and his wife Susan, Claremont, California; and a sister-in-law, Ruthe Eyre. He has 34 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, H. Dean Eyre, and a grandson, Brett Eyre Blanch.
The family would like to thank Hospice of Cache Valley; Sunshine Terrace Day Care Center; nephew, Marriner Merrill and wife Christine; niece, Christine Merrill; Clark Funk; and grandson, Jarom Burbank for their invaluable service and support.
Funeral services will be held, Thursday, April 3, at noon in the Logan 24th Ward LDS Church, 1260 North 1600 East. Friends may call at Allen-Hall Mortuary, 34 East Center Street, Logan from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday night and at the Church on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the VernB. and Emma Rae Eyre Scholarship fund at Utah State University, 1420 Old Main Hill, Logan, Utah 84322.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.allenhallmortuary.com