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Obituary for Rulon Yorgason

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Rulon Yorgason

July 17, 1920 - January 11, 2017

Rulon Yorgason was the son of Charles Edward and Esther Mathilda Erickson Yorgason.  Predeceased brothers include Kenneth, R. Milton, and Elden Yorgason, as well as sister Florence Coffman.  He is survived by his sister Myrtle McPhie, children Diane Yorgason-Quinn, Kim Charles Yorgason, and Gail Yorgason, as well as many nieces and nephews.


Rulon Yorgason as a young man was an entrepreneur who owned a small model airplane business.  He was also in the auto parts business with his father and brothers.  When WWII came along, he served in the army in the Philippines, New Guinea, and at the end of the war in Japan as a member of the Army Signal Corps.  He married Jessie Bishop after the war, and they had three children.  His next career was as a schoolteacher in the Ogden School District for 23 years.  After retirement, he had many hobbies, but notably he became an activist in local city politics, keeping the Ogden City Council and mayor on their toes.


The family would like to thank the George E. Wahlen Ogden Veterans Home  where Rulon resided until his death.


There will be no services held, but if you would like to make a contribution in his memory you may do so at either:  LDS Philanthropies:, ATTN: Perpetual Education Fund.

Or:  Friends of Bear River Refuge, 2155 W. Forest St., Brigham City, UT 84302.


Arrangements under the direction of Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah.


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Born: July 17, 1920
Died: January 11, 2017

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Adam Trent posted on 1/17/17

I only knew Rulon briefly (through his daughter Diane). But those modest encounters were enough to impress me with the stature of a principled man. At the time he was engaged with holding local city politicians accountable to those principles. He would represent those principles in writings and personally at city council meetings. Rulon had an easy going personality that was quick to respond both to and with humor. In our too-short talks together we connected in that special way that war-time soldiers can as we compared some of our military experiences. Yes, as one of that great WWII generation, he helped fight (Signal Corps, Pacific Theater) to rid the world of the fascist evil that was advancing under massive armament. I'll miss this earnest and decent human being.


Amy Wicks posted on 1/16/17

I served on the Ogden City Council for 12 years, retiring in January 2016. I always appreciated Rulon's sharp wit and thoughtful input on issues and agreed with him more often than not. I noticed in the last part of my final term in office that Rulon had stopped his usual attendance at our meetings and I wondered how he was doing. Condolences to the Yorgason family. Thank you for keeping us accountable, Rulon.


Jessica blake posted on 1/13/17

Gail, we're praying for you and your family during this tough time. Love you, lady. -Jessica


Scott Critchlow posted on 1/13/17

Dear Gail and Family, I am so glad for you Gail that you were here not too long ago and able to have a good visit with your Dad. Who knew what to expect, but I am sending you my deepest sympathy for the passing of your Dad. I hope each day ahead gets better and that you all can find peace in your hearts. God Bless!


Tammi posted on 1/13/17

You and your family are in our hearts and prayers Gail. We love you. - The VanLandinghams and Hargraves