William (Bill) Woodbury Quist, 87, died July 10, 2021 in Murray, Utah after a battle with melanoma and prostate cancer. He was born December 28, 1933 in Salt Lake City, Utah to William Oscar Quist and Gladys Peart Woodbury. He graduated from Granite High School, Snow College, Utah State University, and Seton Hall School of Law. He served an LDS mission to Sweden, the country his father immigrated from as a 15-year-old boy. He deeply loved Sweden and his Swedish heritage, and up until his death, could still speak, sing, and pray in Swedish. He served as a combat engineer in the 115th group of the Utah Army National Guard. He worked in contract and construction management taking him throughout the country from the Carmen-Smith Hydroelectric Project in Oregon, the Minuteman Missile Project in South Dakota, the Glen Canyon Dam Visitor Center in Arizona to turnpikes and nuclear power plants in New Jersey. Additionally, his career took him to Saudi Arabia where he helped enlarge military airports. He then returned to Utah and worked for and on many construction projects in the Intermountain West.

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He served in several capacities in the LDS church including as a missionary, early morning seminary teacher, stake and ward clerk, high priests group leader, high council and district council, temple worker, emergency preparedness specialist, and Elders Quorum presidency. He also served on the school board at the U.S. Consulate in Saudi Arabia and in local, county, and state political councils.

He had a love for long car drives, maps, and history. He could frequently be found talking to others via his Ham radio.

Bill married Carol Joan Bennion in the Salt Lake Temple on June 24, 1959. They met while they were both working at Woodbury Corporation in Salt Lake City. They are the parents of five boys and fostered one more. Together, they lived in six states, visited all 50 states and traveled to all seven continents. They loved to travel and to learn about the world.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Carol, three of their sons, and one foster son: Douglas (Claudia) Quist, Jerald (Michelle) Quist, Ronald (Lorelee) Quist, and Rodney (Laurie) Shirley. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren: William (Serra) HardyQuist, Sharon (Jason) DeVaney, Rebecca (Andrew) Pace, Kathryn Quist, Jonathan Quist, Annika Quist, Nicole Quist, Danielle (Kepler) Ridge, Jacqueline Quist, Nathaniel Quist, Alexandra Quist, Alyssa Quist, Brandon Quist, Benjamin Quist, and Zailey Quist, and a former daughter-in-law: Elsa Wells Quist. He is also survived by his siblings Alfred (Carolyn) Quist, Michael (Kaye) Quist, and Anne (Vee) Stowell and four great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, his sons: William Quist and Kenneth Quist, sister Karon (Richard) Burningham, and grandchildren Matthew Quist, Samantha Quist, and Andy Quist.

Memorial Services will be held Monday, July 19, 2021 at 11am at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary located at 3401 South Highland Drive, Salt Lake City and we invite family and friends to join in a late lunch at Valley View 11th Ward house, 1925 East Gundersen Lane (4101 South), Holladay at 12:30pm. As he wished, his body has been donated to the University of Utah Medical Center. In lieu of flowers, we request you donate to the Cancer Research Institute or to a charity of your choosing.

Services can be viewed, starting July 19th at 10:50am, via: https://bit.ly/3kr4CQB

The slide show presented at the service can be viewed: https://youtu.be/RVWwQMkm9Mw


Memorial Service

Monday, Jul. 19, 2021 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park
3401 S Highland Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84106

Life Story Info

Post Date

Jul 15, 2021


“In lieu of flowers...”


Personal Info


Salt Lake City, Utah, United States


Murray, Utah, United States

Cause of Death






Religion and Beliefs

Latter-day Saint


Architecture & Engineering

Military Affiliation

  • National Guard


  • Bachelor's
    Utah State University
  • Doctorate
    Seton Hall University
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My cousin Carol Bennion was so dear to me as we were growing up, and definitely a role model. I admired her so much. Her husband Bill Quist was a very fine man.

Cathie (Bennion) Whitesides , Seattle, WA, US Jul 25, 2021

We love the Quist family and mourn with them the loss of Bill.

Ruel parent , Sunnyvale, CA, US Jul 15, 2021