Monday, June 14, 2010

Wayne Martin Bateman

Wayne Martin Bateman 1914 ~ 2010

Loving Husband, Father, Grand-father and Great-Grandfather Wayne Martin Bateman, 95, passed away June 7, 2010 in the home of his daughter Mary McDonald in Meridian, Idaho, causes incident to age. Wayne was born October 15, 1914 to Royal James Bateman and Maude Elizabeth Brown in Murray, Utah. He was one of eight children. Wayne was always tall and thin for his age. He graduated from Jordan High School in 1934. He injured his arm in an elevator door while working as an elevator operator. As a result of this incident, and through great determination, he learned to write and use his left hand. This was one of the most difficult challenges he had to overcome. He was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in many callings. Met his sweetheart and married Fern Dansie on August 28, 1946 in the Salt Lake Temple. They were married by Harold B. Lee. They have celebrated 64 years of marriage. For those who knew Wayne, he was the world's greatest gardener. He could grow the largest dahlias, the most beautiful roses, and the tastiest vegetables. His yard was his showpiece. He worked at I & M Furniture for over 30 years as their top salesman. He then worked for RC Willey for a short time and then due to back problems retired at the age of 55. He then remodeled his home and the homes of his family members. He was a natural interior designer. Wayne always had a faithful dog by his side and loved all animals. We would like to thank Melissa Smith, Wayne's home health nurse whom he loved. He couldn't leave this earth without his last shave and kiss from her. We would also like to thank Mary and Tory McDonald for the special care and love shown to Wayne over the last three years. Wayne is survived by his wife, Fern; sister, Dorothy (Lyle) Hurst, six children, Karen (Greg) Cook, Stan (Debby), Pamela (Steve) Lehman, Richard (Debbie), Garth (Machelle), and Mary (Tory) McDonald; 29 grandchildren and 50 great-grandchildren and three more on the way. He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings Alden, Clell, Kenneth, Grace, Melba and Leila. Marie Bateman (daughter-in-law), and Preslie Quinn (great-grand-daughter). Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at the Garden Park Ward, 1150 East Yale Ave (1087 So), Salt Lake City. Family and friends can visit from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the church prior to the service. Interment: Murray City Cemetery. Tributes and messages can be sent to Wayne's family at:

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