William Grant Woolley
August 1, 1925 – March 12, 2020
William Grant Woolley, a man of honor and faith, passed away in the early morning hours of Thursday, March 12, 2020. He was surrounded by his children and grandchildren in his Taylorsville home of 50 years. Grant was born at home to Sarah Mariah Brown and Ranald Mills Woolley on August 1, 1925, in Magna, Utah. He was the seventh of eight children.
As a young man during the depression, Grant worked to help support his family. He graduated from Cyprus High School in 1943 and immediately joined the Navy where he served for three years during World War II. He returned from the service of his country and immediately went into the service of his God, serving a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in the Western Canadian Mission.
Grant married his eternal companion and friend Clarice May Layton on July 13, 1949, in the Logan LDS Temple. He stated that she was “the most beautiful, respected, loving wife and mother”. Together they raised three daughters and three sons. As a young husband and father, Grant held a full-time job while also attending the University of Utah. Grant graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1952. He worked for over 40 years with Grand Central and Smith’s Food & Drug as their Financial Controller. By his example, our father and grandfather taught us all the importance of a college education and hard work. He lived what he taught.
Grant and Clarice strived to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ in their daily lives and by serving others. Together, they served a full-time mission in the England Manchester Mission. Grant served as a Bishop in the Kearn’s Third Ward, Counselor in the Kearn’s North Stake Presidency and Bishop in the Ogden 40th Ward.
Grant and Clarice valued education and set up a perpetual education fund with LDS Business College in the name of their son, “Desmond Grant Woolley”. They also blessed all of their grandchildren with a college fund.
Grant and Clarice traveled, but the place they loved the most was their annual reunion trips to Bear Lake. Here years of loving memories and journal entries were created with their children and grandchildren. They loved watching the children play at the beach, jet ski, laugh with crazy games and skits, and loved to treat them to famous Bear Lake milkshakes.
Our loving father, William Grant Woolley experienced the painful passing of his sweetheart Clarice, a beloved son, Desmond Grant Woolley, beloved daughter Kathie Darlene Woolley Caldwell, beloved son-in-law Glenn R Martin, and cherished granddaughter Heather Anne Caldwell. Through this pain he remained faithful to his belief of eternal families and guided us all through their loss. He is now in their arms with our mother rejoicing in the atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ.
Dad, you have fought the good fight, you have finished the race, you have kept your faith…and you will be sorely missed.
Grant and Clarice’s children: Carol Anne (Glenn -deceased) Martin – 8 children, 32 grandchildren Kathie Darlene -deceased (Ray) Caldwell – 6 children, 12 grandchildren Richard Chad (Doris) Woolley – 3 Children, 4 Grandchildren Desmond Grant Woolley -deceased; Dan Marshall (Undrea) Woolley – 6 children, 9 grandchildren Renee (Bruce) Webb – 3 children, 3 grandchildren
Private family burial. Memorial to be held in the future.
No services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
William Grant Woolley
March 21, 2020
I am so grateful that Grant and Dan stopped by the Taylorsville-Bennion Heritage museum not long ago. Grant and I were both using walkers, and he teased me about having a race!
Bonnie Bambrough Shamo
March 21, 2020
I was so sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. I have a fun memory about your Dad I would like to share. One time when I was at your house we started a pan of oil on the stove so that we could cook popcorn. We got distracted and left the pan full of oil on the stove top on high heat. After a short while your Dad called us in to the kitchen (which was by then full of smoke) to calmly explain to us what we had done. I will never forget the sweet, mild tone he used to "teach us" about the dangers of leaving things on the stove. I was stunned as I had never seen a Dad be so calm and loving in his words and actions (my Dad would've come unglued). I left stunned and shocked and have always appreciated the lessons that I learned that day. You were so blessed to have such wonderful parents!
Lots of Love, Bonnie
Kimball and Madeline Woolley
March 20, 2020
Kim would like to express his love, and appreciation for all the many fun times that Uncle Grant created at Thanksgiving and reunions. He always made family such a very important part of his life and the lives of all family members. He was always a support and willing to give of his time for anyone. He and Aunt Clarice were so generous in hosting the wedding dinner for Madeline and I . They were so friendly and warm in welcoming her to our family. They were so great in sharing family updates and events within the family thru e-mails and phone calls. We enjoyed reading and talking with them both from time to time. Those moments will be missed. We love Uncle Grant and Aunt Clarice so much. We know there is a great reunion going on beyond the veil. We are happy for them!
Love and peace to you all.
Kim and Madeline
March 18, 2020
We just wanted to tell you what a great man he was. I have known Grant and the family since the day they moved into the Taylorsville home. I have so many fond memories of the whole family. What great neighbors they were. He will surely be missed but we know that he is so happy right now and we will see him again. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
March 17, 2020
What a great family and what a great man I play baseball with Des on the Yankees and I remember what a great loss it was for all of us but what a great example your father was during that great tragedy... May your family find peace in knowing what an amazing example he left for all of you
March 16, 2020
To Great Uncle Grant's family,
It is with great respect and heartfelt gratitude that I share my love and sincere condolences. What an inspiring, challenging, beautiful, joyful, and blessed life your dad, grandfather, and great grandfather has lived. As he continues his life beyond the veil his tremendous legacy of service, faith, joy, and unconditional love will be felt by and continued here on earth by his posterity forever.
I love and will always cherish the many wonderful memories we have shared at Woolley Family reunions at Bear Lake and in Texas, birthdays in their back yard, water fights, wheel barrel and three-legged races, delicious dinners and potlucks, visits with Grant and Clarice in their home, warm bear hugs from Grant and sweet kisses from Clarice. They always shared and showed their love, support and prayers for each of us in all our endeavors. I dearly love Uncle Grant and know that he is so very happy back home with Aunt Clarice and many loved ones. I look forward to seeing each of them one day.
All our love, Janel (Woolley) and Byron Sisam