In one of the saddest moments of our lives, our father George Henry Maxwell passed away May 22, 2022 in Sandy, Utah. Dad was born during tough times in the U.S., December 7, 1931, in St. George, Utah, the third son of Lottie and Robert Maxwell. Dad’s father died when he was twelve years old, leaving his mother to raise him and his two brothers, Robert and Richard Maxwell, in Eureka, Utah, a small mining town. There was little money to spare, and dad learned from his mother to work hard and how to stretch a dollar: two skills that would serve him all his life.

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As a boy, dad spent his summers in Pine Valley and St. George with his grandparents, George and Mary Ann Beacham. Their families were early pioneers in Pine Valley that helped settle this area. While living in Eureka, dad and his family worked for the McIntyre Mining Company, but by 1948 dad took a job with UPRR where he began his work on the mainline between Milford and Salt Lake City. He continued working 40 years for the railroad with positions that included Extra Gang Foreman, Assistant Roadmaster in Manhattan, Kansas, then Roadmaster for Idaho Division, locating his family in Kemmerer, Wyoming, and eventually promoted to Engineer of Track-System on Chief Engineer’s Staff-Omaha, Nebraska, responsible for all track construction. He retired in 1988. During his time with the UPRR, dad helped develop the method of beaching embankments during the 1983 to 1987 flood of the Great Salt Lake where he explained, they raised the UPRR mainline 19 1/2 feet above original grade during flooding never stopping train traffic on the mainline. In 1974, dad was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Railway Engineering Association.

Dad married the love of his life, LaRae Greathouse from Lynndyl, Utah, and packed their big family, on a single income, into a modest-sized home. So dad’s chief skill was never spending more than he could afford. When dad was home, he unclogged toilets, fixed shattered windows where the baseballs hit, purchased and fixed vehicles for his teenagers to drive, loaned out his tools to family and neighbors, and sharpened the blades on the lawnmower: we always think of dad, with the smell of fresh mowed grass. When dad was home, things usually got done. Dad was a loyal fan of the Utah Jazz basketball team and loved to play golf. In 1980, dad helped build a family cabin out of reclaimed cedar from an old railroad tunnel in the mountains near Duck Creek, where he loved to spend time with his grandkids around the campfire. Dad learned how to snow ski at fifty years old on top of Snowbird, and then taught all his grandchildren to ski. When the family gathered, he loved listening to the grandkid’s musical talents,and dad continued impacting the lives of his grandchildren as he taught them camping, fishing, hunting, and how to drive his boat. For the financially challenged grandkids, he taught them money management: a skill he learned from his mother. He was always interested in everything his grandchildren did.

He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in the Scout program, in the Elder’s Quorum, and Counselor in the Bishopric in Iowa. He also was a temple worker in the Jordan River Temple. For the past ten years, dad’s health declined from the affects of dementia.

Dad was preceded in death by his parents Lottie and Robert Maxwell, brothers Robert and Richard, daughter Shannon Elizabeth and son David Kent, granddaughter Amanda LaRae. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 71 years, LaRae of Sandy, Utah; sons: George R. And Robert S., and daughter Jody R. Edwards of Council Bluffs, Iowa, eleven grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 27th at 1:00 PM at the Dimple Dell Ward, 10945 South 1700 East, Sandy. Friends are welcome to greet the family during the viewing from 11:00 to 12:30 PM also at the church. For those wishing to virtually attend services through zoom please visit www.larkinmortuary.com

George will be laid to rest at a graveside on Tuesday, May 31st at 10:00 AM at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 E. Dimple Dell Road, Sandy.

Services

Viewing

Friday, May. 27, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Dimple Dell Ward
10945 South 1700 East
Sandy, UT 84092

Funeral Service

Friday, May. 27, 2022 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Dimple Dell Ward
10945 South 1700 East
Sandy, UT 84092

Burial

Tuesday, May. 31, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Larkin Sunset Gardens
1950 E. Dimple Dell Road
Sandy, UT 84092

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Larkin Sunset Gardens
1950 E 10600 S
Sandy, UT

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Sorry for your loss.

Jean Blue May 25, 2022

George and I worked in different departments so our paths didn’t cross that often but when they did we both acknowledged each other and were cordial and got along fine. He was a hard worker and well respected !!! God Bless you George !!!!!!!!!! 🙏🙏🙏

Tom Wingstad , South Jordan , UT, US May 25, 2022

Gorge was one of the hardest working and capable person I ever knew.

If you wanted it done, George was the guy, Saturday or Sunday.

G.W. "Bill" McDonald

George McDonald , Omaha, NE, US May 24, 2022

We are so sorry for your loss. Prayers and blessings to you.

Lance and Sue George May 24, 2022

Our condolences to LaRae and the Maxwell family. Sorry we can’t attend the memorial service. Maggie is recovering from knee surgery. You are in our thoughts.

Vince & Maggie Farnsworth , Montrose, CO, US May 24, 2022

Deepest condolences. soooo many memories with George.

Bill and Judy Wimmer , Plattsmouth, NE, US May 23, 2022

Mr. Maxwell was great to have as a neighbor along with his wife Mrs. Maxwell. My Mother dearly love both of them. Good times with good friends! God bless you soul Mr. Maxwell!

JohnShelton , Council Bluffs, IA, US May 23, 2022

Sending prayers to the family n always remember he will always be in your hearts. He will Watching over you

Jean Scott , Council Bluffs, IA, US May 23, 2022

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