Bud Thomas Eatchel was born to Glen Arland Eatchel and Ivy Ellen Haslam on 26 December 1926 in Ogden, Utah. He died on Sunday, 16 January 2022 at the age of 95. As a child, Bud lived in Cedar City and then moved to Salt Lake County where he attended Blain Elementary School. Bud left Granite High School to serve in the US armed forces on 8 May 1945. He served in the US Army and also the 5th Airforce in the Japanese theater of operations in WW2, obtaining the rank of Sergeant. Bud worked for the Bamberger Railroad before entering the LDS Great Lakes Mission in April 1950. Upon returning, he married Betty Hofmann in the Salt Lake Temple on 20 March 1953. Together, they raised 6 children (Thomas Glen, Daniel Karl, Andrew Lynn, Kathryn, Calvin Bud, and Kenneth Lee). Bud worked as a painter for 34 years at Hill Air Force Base before retiring in January 1985, following which he worked as a crossing guard for 14 years. He served in many church positions throughout his life including an 18 year stake mission (Wells Stake) and in the Temple View Branch Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for 6 years. He also served as a Stake Mission President, a Bishopric Counselor, a High Priest Group Leader, an Assistant Scout Master, a temple coordinator, a ward clerk, and a home teacher among many other assignments in the Browning / Whittier Wards. Bud was an avid outdoorsman and loved to fish, hunt, camp, and hike throughout his life and instilled his love of the outdoors in his children. He was preceded in death by his wife Betty and two children – Thomas (Dianne), and Calvin – and by his older brother, Wesley. He is survived by Daniel (Lora), Andrew, Kathryn (Dean Warkentin), Kenneth (Ann), and his younger brother, Milton. His large posterity includes many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at the Memorial Mortuary, 5850 S. 900 E., Murray, Utah. A

The viewing will be from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Monday, 24 January 2022. Another viewing will also be held at the same location from 10:00 am to 11:00 am followed immediately by funeral.

Services starting at 11:00 am on Tuesday, 25 January 2022. Online attendance for funeral services is also an option at the following website: https://mxenabled.zoom.us/j/98401834457.

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Funeral Service

Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Memorial Murray Mortuary
5850 S 900 E
Murray, UT 84121

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Memorial Murray Mortuary
5850 S 900 E
Murray, UT

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Post Date

Jan 19, 2022

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I have always known my uncle Bud to be a kind man. I never remember hearing an unkind word come out of his mouth. Family was everything to him. He will be sorely missed. My father has lost his last remaining brother and we have lost a wonderful uncle. I know my Aunt Betty, his brother Wes, and his mother and father are rejoicing that he is home. Prayers to his wonderful family for their loss.

Milton Eatchel Jan 23, 2022

Bud (and Betty) were staples in the neighborhood. The Eatchels lived down the street from us, and I remember Bud fondly. Our hearts go out to you, and we send our comfort during this time. Lisa (The Marley's)

Lisa Marley , Salt Lake, UT, US Jan 22, 2022

My father Robert Birrell and Bud were good friends from childhood through the Navy, and in later years. My dad talked about Bud all the time and some of the trips they went on. It is always nice to recall some of the stories. We will miss him.

Gary Birrell Jan 19, 2022


  • 1940
  • Jul 1941

    Bud and Robert Birrell beside the Birrell family home

  • 2020
  • Dec 28, 2021

    Bud and his brother Milton at Bud’s 95th birthday.