Virgil B. Wootton passed away peacefully on November 11, 2016 at his Alpine residence. He was born in American Fork, Utah on November 14, 1921 to Gilbert Leslie and Mary Elizabeth Hansen Wootton. Virgil grew up in American Fork and graduated from American Fork High School in 1940. He attended BYU for one year and then was employed by Lockheed Aircraft in California. He married his high school sweetheart, Kathryn Bird, on February 2, 1942 in the Salt Lake Temple and they lived for a time in California.
When he returned to American Fork in 1944 he opened a photography studio. He and Kathryn worked together for 35 years making Thornwood Studio a well-known name in Utah County. After retiring from the photography business, he worked for the American Fork Hospital as an electronic technician. Virgil was always smiling and loved to work with people. It was always in his nature to give more than receive.
He was active in the LDS church all his life, holding numerous positions in the church. After retirement, he and Kathryn traveled a great deal to see all those places in the United States that they had heard about. During the 10 years Kathryn struggled with a debilitating physical problem, he was always at her side.
He has lived at River Meadows Senior Living the last six years and the family is so grateful for the excellent care he received and the friendships he made there.
Virgil is survived by: his son Gilbert Lynn (Caren) Wootton, and daughters, Marsha (Tom) Worlton and Kristeen Fillmore ( Al Hickock) and eleven grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Kathryn, and his son Kenneth Virgil Wootton, his parents and all his brothers and sisters, and 2 grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Monday, November 14, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Paradise Branch, 910 South High Bench Rd., Alpine. A viewing will be held prior to the service at 12:45-1:45 p.m. Burial will be in the American Fork Cemetery.
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