March 7, 1927March 10, 2018

Eldon Daw Chandler, 91 years old, and a 59 year resident of the Denver area, passed away March 10, 2018 at Cove Point Retirement in Provo, Utah.

Viewing will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Springville Chapel at 235 East 550 North in Springville, Utah at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 17, 2018 with funeral following at 10:00. A graveside service will also be held at 12:30 p.m. at the Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 South Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, UT.

He was born at home on March 7, 1927 in Ogden, Utah to Henry Wilford Chandler and Irma Marie Daw Chandler. He was the 7th of 8 children.

He grew up on a large dairy farm in Nebraska where he learned to work hard. He graduated from Elm Creek High School in 1944. He went to work driving a bread truck with a route of over 100 hundred miles. In 1945 he joined the Merchant Marines and served until the end of 1946 when the war ended. At that time, he came back home and ran the dairy farm until he was called to serve in the Northwestern States Mission on June 7, 1947. He remained an avid missionary his entire life as well as a master scriptorian. Upon returning from his mission he was immediately called to work full-time for 6 months with the Denver Colorado States Mission President teaching the missionaries. After being released he went to work for Beneficial Life Insurance Company. It was at a company luncheon where he was introduced to the soloist, Bonnie Jane Shafer. They began dating and were married 4 ½ months later on September 1, 1950 in the Salt Lake City Temple. 9 months after marriage they were called to serve full-time on a Stake Mission by Elder Mark E. Peterson. He also served in the LDS church as Bishop’s Counselor, Bishop, High Councilman, Senior Couple missionary to Quezon City, Philippines, and a temple ordinance worker. He also was an avid fisherman and enjoyed hunting. The highlight of the last few years was a family reunion cruise to Alaska in 2014 where he caught the biggest Salmon.

Over his career he was a dedicated provider as an insurance salesman for Beneficial Life, Guardian Life, and New York Life Insurance companies.

He is survived by His children: Carol Jane (Clay) Richardson of Golden Valley, AZ; Janet Lou (Philip) Craven of Grantsville, Utah; David Eldon (Raven) Chandler of Spanish Fork, Utah; Shirley Jean (Kory) Morgan of Boulder City, Nevada; Steven Lee (Lori) Chandler of Springville, Utah; Betty Elaine (Brad) Owen of St. George, Utah; 37 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren. Also by one brother Darrell Dean (Geraldine) Chandler of Longmont, CO.


  • Carol Jane (Clay) Richardson, Daughter
  • Janet Lou (Philip) Craven, Daughter
  • David Eldon (Raven) Chandler, Son
  • Shirley Jean (Kory) Morgan, Daughter
  • Steven Lee (Lori) Chandler, Son
  • Betty Elaine (Brad) Owen, Daughter
  • Darrell Dean (Geraldine) Chandler, Brother
  • Eldon is also survived by 37 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren who will cherish his memory.


  • Viewing Saturday, March 17, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 17, 2018
  • Graveside Service Saturday, March 17, 2018


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M. O.

March 16, 2018

I am so sorry for your family's loss. I hope you can find comfort in the promise found at John 5:28, 29: "The hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out." Soon we will be with our loved ones again. Until this promise is fulfilled, please be assured of God's love for you and of his desire to support and comfort you during distressing times. (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4)