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Harry W Fieldsted, 97, peacefully passed away on August 14, 2023, in Vernal, Utah.
He was born on July 31, 1926, in Boneta, Utah, to William Taylor and Annie Velma Erickson Fieldsted. He had two brothers, Stanley E Fieldsted and Robert Fieldsted and one sister, Flora Fieldsted Allred. He married Beverly Dawn Holder on November 28, 1946. They were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on March 10, 1961. She died March 25, 2020. They had four children, Billy Burke Shiner, Terry J Fieldsted, Gary H Fieldsted and Tony Fieldsted.
Harry was raised in Boneta, where he learned to work hard tending sheep and cattle and raising hay. He attended School in Boneta and after graduation enlisted in the Merchant Marines where he served on the cargo ship, “Twin Falls Victory,” in the Pacific during WWII. After being honorably discharged, he returned to Boneta where he began his career raising cattle and farming.
Harry was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings including Bishop’s counselor and Bishop. He had a special fondness for the widows of the ward and made sure they were taken care of, including a special dinner served by the ward youth at Christmas time. He and Beverly served as temple workers in three temples, Provo, Vernal and Nauvoo where he and Beverly served a mission.
He served the community on dozens of community boards and a few national and regional boards including Director (two-terms as Chairman) for Uintah Basin Medical Center; Director and President of Moon Lake Electric Association; Director and President of Moon Lake Water Users; President and Secretary of Lake Fork Water Users; City Councilman of Altamont City; Director and Secretary of Upper Country Water Conservancy District; Chairman of the area’s Republican precinct; Founding President of the Altamont Roping Club; Honorary Farmer and Legendary Cowboy. The national regional boards included: Director and President of Deseret Generation and Transmission; Director of Western Fuels National Board; Director of Western States Public Power; Director of Utah Rural Power; Director and President of Intermountain Consumer Power Association.
As a grandpa, he loved teaching his family how to farm and work with the cows. They had many early morning calls saying, “Be at the corral at 7 am or we are weeding potatoes today.” He always raised a garden and liked to share what he grew with family and neighbors. He took pride in his home and yard and kept the flowers planted to make it look nice. He worked hard all day, every day. When he set a goal, he did everything he could to achieve it. His biggest goal this summer was to come home for Longhorn Days and celebrate his birthday with the family. He was able to do that and gave all of us one more special memory to treasure.
Harry is survived by three of his children, Terry (Shauna), Gary (Sheila), and Tony (Kailene), 17 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren and 36 great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his Eternal Companion of 73 years Beverly Fieldsted; his parents, William and Velma Fieldsted; son, Billy Shiner; siblings, Stanley Fieldsted, Robert Fieldsted, Flora Allred; great-grandsons, Jaxon Miles, Brock Miles; great-granddaughter, Shayna Brady; great-great-grandsons, Kixton and Kashton Brady, great-great-granddaughters, Burklee Williams and Rozee Williams.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 18, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. at the Altamont Stake Center. A viewing will be held that morning from 10;00 - 11:45 a.m.
Burial will be in the Altamont Cemetery with military honors presented.
In Lieu of flowers please consider donating to the American Legion Post 53 Altamont UT. Harry was a long-time member of that post. (HC 65 Box 17 Altamont UT 84001.)