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Gerald Malan Waterfall

May 12, 1921 - August 10, 2013

Gerald Malan Waterfall


Gerald died on Saturday, 10 August 2013.  He was born on 12 May 1921 at Ogden, Utah to Clarence F. and L. Pauline Malan Waterfall.  He spent his youth in Ogden and was schooled at Madison Elementary, Central Jr. High and Ogden Sr. High school, graduating in 1939.  His freshman and sophomore years were spent at California Institute of Technology and Brigham Young University.  As students who were also members of the Utah National Guard were drafted into the U.S. Army in early 1941, he decided to enroll in the new mechanic learner program that the Army Air Corps had announced in preparation of staffing Hill Air Force Base, which was under construction at that time.  Although he was deferred in the national draft, he left his supervisory position at Hill Air Force Base and joined the Navy early in 1945 where he served as an aviation electronics technician, first class, at the Alameda Air Station until six months after the end of WWII.

After his military service he attended the University of Utah and graduated in 1948 with a BS in electrical engineering.  He spent the next twenty years in management of the Waterfall Construction Co.  During that time he was tested and was rewarded with a Professional Civil Engineer license in both Utah and Washington.  In 1968 he was solicited by the Federal Aviation Agency division in Salt Lake City to join their Airway Facilities branch as a Civil Engineer.  He worked there until 1971 when the Salt Lake division was closed.  He was then transferred to the new Seattle Regional Airports division as their Electrical Engineer, and worked there until he retired in 1986 except for an eight year period when he was at the FAA headquarters in Washington, D.C.  There he worked with manufacturers of hardware for airport lighting and visual guidance systems to develop more efficient and effective equipment.  He also revised many of the technical specifications to accommodate modernization and improvement in lighting systems in airports across the United States.

He married Clara Tillotson, of Ogden, Utah on 9 September 1942, in the Salt Lake Temple.  They are the parents of Stephen Mark Waterfall.  During his 64th year of a wonderful marriage with Clara, she passed on.  On 30 October 2006, Gerald was united in marriage with E. Bernita Tanner McCarthy.  She is the mother of a large posterity. This gave Gerald a wonderful experience to meet and establish a connection with many wonderful and talented people.

Throughout his life, Gerald was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  He served in six bishoprics in Utah and Washington wards, being the ordained Bishop in one of them.  He served on the High Council in the Annandale Virginia Stake, and as the Stake Patriarch in the Suitland Maryland and Bellevue Washington Stakes.  He officiated in the Washington D.C. Temple and then in the Seattle Temple for a total of seventeen years.  He loved the Lord and served in many other Stake and Ward positions during his lifetime and was always one to provide service to others.

Gerald loved photography as a hobby.  His interest in photography began in 1937 when he was given a camera to record a trip to Washington D.C. for the first National Boy Scout Jamboree.  For most of the time since then he has had a dark room to process and print his own photos.  He has sought additional knowledge and technique from educational and professional sources.  His most enjoyable experience was in spending two summer sessions with Ansel Adams at Yosemite.  Other hobbies have been collecting mint sheets of U.S. stamps and coins, and in remembering friends and family with birthday greeting cards.

Gerald is survived by his loving wife, Bernita, son, Stephen (Wendy) Waterfall, brothers, Clarence (Margaret) Waterfall and Roger (Jari) Waterfall, step children, Delwin (Kay) McCarthy, Nora (Ron) Barlow, Lynn (Sharon) McCarthy, Arlene (Kent) Goates, and Marvin (Bonnie) McCarthy, a granddaughter, Michelle Waterfall, 36 step-grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, 71 step-great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren and 1 step-great-great grandchild.   He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister (Ruth), his first wife, Clara, and a granddaughter (Monica).

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 2 pm at the Ogden Forest Green Ward building located at 1401 Country Hills Drive (4200 South), Ogden, Utah.  A viewing will be held on the evening of Tuesday, August 13, 2103, from 6 to 8 pm at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden Utah and at the church on Wednesday one hour prior to the services.  Interment will be at Aultorest Memorial Park, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah.  Condolences can be shared with the family at







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Born: May 12, 1921
Died: August 10, 2013

Condolences for Gerald Malan Waterfall

stephen posted on 9/14/13

Ilove you DAD. your passing is so hard to bear


Ann Heslop Coleman posted on 8/14/13

There is something wonderful about the Malans! There is an incredible heritage that they all seem to live up to. Gerald and my Father, J Malan (XYZella's son) were great friends, but better yet, they were cousins. They shared many interests and spent many hours together growing up and growing old. I was able to visit a couple of times with Gerald and Bernitia with my Dad and enjoyed the kindness, attention and love they shared. The last time my Dad was able to visit was at Gerald's 90th birthday celebration. My Dad was declining in health, but he would not miss that party. That was a nice moment. The Heslops offer you our love, prayers and comforting blessings to be with you. While sorrow lingers here there is rejoicing beyond.


Jarie and Addie Waterfall posted on 8/13/13

We share fond and beautiful memories, visits and special times with Gerald and family, he will be deeply missed. What a great man and great life he lived. Jarie and Addie Waterfall


Glenn Driggs posted on 8/13/13

Steve, Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. You dad sounds like a wonderful man. I pray for Gods peace to be with you and your family.


Zola Tanner Lykins posted on 8/13/13

Dear Cousin Bernita, I'm so very sorry for your loss, and my thoughts and prayers are with you. Zola


Carolyn Tanner Peterson posted on 8/13/13

I wish I could be with you, but I'm not able to. I love you, dear cousin Bernita. Carolyn


Steve Waterfall posted on 8/12/13

he was the greatest man I ever knew. Nothing can fill the hole in my heart that he left and I will love and miss him.