Our beloved Bonnie Lee Crabb Pinegar, 86, passed away peacefully February 6, 2021 in Holladay, Utah, surrounded by her husband and children. Bonnie was born on December 27, 1934 to Lowell John and Exilda Nielson Crabb in Escondido, California, where her father was attending mortuary school. Her family then moved to Spanish Fork, Utah, where Bonnie was raised with her sister, Renon, and younger brother, Kelly. Bonnie contracted polio as a young girl during the polio epidemic but made a full and miraculous recovery – an experience she always thought of as a blessing and not a trial. Upon completion of high school, she attended Brigham Young University and, as a freshman, married Rex Dee Pinegar, (also from Spanish Fork) who had just returned from active service in the U.S. Navy. They were sealed in the Salt Lake City Utah LDS Temple on January 24, 1955. After Rex’s graduation from BYU, Bonnie and Rex lived in California and Utah during Rex’s graduate studies and eventually settled in Provo, Utah where Rex became part of the BYU faculty. In 1971, Bonnie was called with Rex to serve in the North Carolina-Virginia Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as mission leaders and moved with their family of 5 children to Roanoke, Virginia. It was during this service that Rex was called to serve as a member of the First Council of Seventy, in addition to his service as mission president, so they remained in Virginia. Upon completion of their mission in 1974, they settled in Salt Lake City, Utah, where Rex continued full-time service in the church in many capacities. It was here that they welcomed the addition of their 6th child to the family. Bonnie enjoyed accompanying her husband to many parts of the world as he filled various assignments. From 1998-2001 they lived in Tokyo, Japan, for Rex's service in the Presidency of the Asia North Area of the church. Bonnie thrived in the rich culture of the Japanese people and also loved participating in the opening of missionary work in Vladivostok, Russia. Upon return from Japan, Bonnie and Rex served as matron and president of the Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple, followed by 5 years of service with her husband as Temple Missionary Trainers.
Bonnie loved the arts and history and cultural refinement, music, elegance, reading, and more. She was patriotic and enjoyed learning and sharing the stories of the past with her children. She was extremely proud of her Danish and Scottish heritage. She was an excellent seamstress, made detailed scrapbooks of each of her children and was a wonderful record keeper. Her gift-giving was remarkable, her handwriting beautiful and unique, her home immaculate and full of art and books and treasures from her family and her travels. She set a lovely table for every meal. She was beautiful and engaging and always impeccably dressed. Her laughter and constant twinkle in her eye endeared her to those around her. Bonnie’s highest priorities were her faith and her family and she put those ahead of all other pursuits in life. Nothing meant as much to her as having her family, her children and grandchildren gathered around her for any reason at any time. Holidays were memorable in her home and her gift of gathering blessed so many. Her devotion to her dear husband was unparalleled. She is loved and will be dearly missed by friends and family.
Her family wishes to thank her devoted neighbors for all their years of care and friendship and the remarkable caregivers at The Ridge in Holladay, Utah for the love and kindness they gave Bonnie during her brief time there.
Bonnie is survived by her husband, Rex D. Pinegar; their six children, Kevin Rex Pinegar (Susan Cook), Lisa Nelson (Erven), Suzanne Wadsworth (Kenneth), Shelley Peterson (Michael), Kristen King (Eric), Amy Robinson (Nathan); 30 grandchildren; and 36 great-grandchildren. A private family service will be held on February 17, 2021 at the Larkin Mortuary chapel in Salt Lake City. Interment will be at Memorial Holladay Cemetery in Salt Lake City, Utah. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to the General Missionary Fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at https://philanthropies.churchofjesuschrist.org/missionary.html .
Zoom link for funeral service February 17, 2021 10:00 am: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81189961523pwd=VHpqWDlYelNmejBTTktudXJSbk5CQT09
Life Story Info
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I was fortunate to serve under two great mission presidents in the Virginia Roanoke Mission, President Rex D Pinegar and President (retired Colonel) Joseph M McPhie. I recall when I arrived in Roanoke from Utah to start my service the plane ride was not too pleasant. My flight at Salt Lake City was delayed several hours and nobody informed the Pinegars who were waiting for me. My final leg was a prop plane with lots of turbulence. When I arrived at 1 am I greeted my new mission family, put my head on President Pinegar's shoulder and said "I'm your first green elder that is really green".
One time they toured all the apartments of the missionaries. We didn't live in the best places. When they saw the squalid conditions of two elders Sister Pinegar broke into tears and demanded they move. She had the love and spirit of the Savior in her heart and soul. It eminated throughout.
I had the fortune and privilege of giving them both a priesthood blessing at their Holladay home last year.
Sister Bonnie Pinegar is not resting on her laurels in heaven. She is actively working, young, very much alive, and preparing for all of us to soon greet her again. I love this remarkable daughter of God, my mission matriarch. Till we meet again.