In Memory

Wayne White

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03/30/15 07:05 PM #1    

Nancy Whittaker (Ward)

Orson W. White, Jr.

Orson Wayne White, Jr., 23, died May 1, 1981, in Lubbock, Texas, of accidental drowning, swimming under water while visiting friends.

Born Sept. 28, 1957, Salt Lake City, to Dr. Orson W. and Dora Deyo White.  Attended Skyline High School and the University of Utah.  Member, LDS Church.  Eagle scout.  Member, Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.

Survivors:  parents; sister, Laurie; grandmother, Mrs. Vivian P. White, all Salt Lake City; aunts, uncle, V. Parley White, Salt Lake City; Margaret Pender, Salt Lake City, [Gertrude] Francis, Reno, Nev.

Funeral services Monday, 12 noon, East Millcreek 4th Ward, 3103 E. 3600 So.  Friends may call at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple, Sunday, 6-8 p.m., and at the ward Monday one hour prior to services.  Interment, Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Salt Lake Tribune

07/25/15 01:04 PM #2    

Gary Fisher

You know it is hard to say who your best friend is or was.  I think in our lives, if we are lucky we at least have one.  During my junior and senior year at Skyline my closest friend was Wayne. It carried on into college but those couple of years were very special and we were incredibly close.

Wayne embodied many of the traits that I think we all wish we had.  Certainly I know I did.  He was funny and charming.  He was tall and good looking.  He had an easy way about himself that was just easy to like.  He was incredibly smart.  I don't think you can have that kind of wit about you without being very smart.  He was a good athlete.  Certainly one of the best players on the football team when we were seniors  and yet not a mean bone in his body.   He wasn't above playing a few pranks on people but he wasn't mean.  He seemed to have a good sense of judgement about him that way.

When we went to college we joined different fraternities.  His family had been Pi Kaps and mine had been Kappa Sigs.  It had been a tough time at college and fraternities weren't all that popular but Wayne's charisma and energy immediately made it good to be a Pi Kap.  I don't think it is too much to say that his presence at the time lifted all of us.  Lifted all of the fraternities.  It was amazing the good energy he exuded. 

Through it all, even as member of another fraternity I don't think I was closer to anyone than Wayne.  Even though we wouldn't see each other, every time we did it was as the best of friends.

When Wayne passed away it was really shocking.  He was such a life force it was impossible to believe that he could be gone.  The energy, and passion.  I really struggled for bit but it was words from my father that seemed to help the most.  He told me to cherish the fact that I had a friend like Wayne in my life.  That I had been lucky enough to have him cross my path.  Many of us are never that fortunate.

I didn't want this moment to go by and me not  tell all of you how grateful I really feel, that for however short and fleeting my time with Wayne was, how fortunate I was to have him in my life! 


07/27/15 11:34 AM #3    

Shari E. Hansen (Sampson)

That was a thoughtful and beautifully expressed tribute. Thank you for sharing.

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