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The Deseret News, 10/06/01
COKEVILLE, Wyo. — S. Reed Dayton, 93, passed away Wednesday, October 3, 2001, in Salt Lake
City, Utah.He was born February 20, 1908, in Dingle, Idaho, the son of Elmo and Sarah Jane
Sparks Dayton. There he resided until age 16, when the family moved to Cokeville, Wyoming,
where he later graduated from Cokeville High School.
His preparation to become a teacher was interrupted by a mission call to the North Central
States Mission. Upon his return, he found employment in Cokeville, first as a service
station attendant; later he worked on Cottonwood Ranch for J. Marlow Taylor.
There he continued a courtship begun prior to his mission and on June 24, 1931, he married
Lois Whitaker Taylor in the Salt Lake City temple. Their 70 years of marriage was a model
of happiness and service to the Lord and to their fellow man, not only for their own
family and extended family, but the ward and stake as well.
They are the parents of two daughters and six sons, all who survive them except the
youngest son, David, who died in 1991.
Their children and spouses are Elder L. Tom and Barbara Perry, Sharon and Janel Dayton,
Robert and Carol Petersen, Lynn and Margaret Dayton, Lyman and Elizabeth Dayton, Mark and
Eve Dayton, Merril and Susan Dayton and Cynthia O’Brien Dayton Smith. They are the
grandparents of 49 grandchildren, 82 great-grandchildren and two
great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving him is his sister, Ella Collett and brother,
John W. Dayton. He was preceded in death by by his son, David, infant grandson John
Dayton, parents, sisters, Arvilla Sirrine and Beatrice Simmons, and brothers, Everett,
Eldon and Dello.
Reed was a man with great leadership and energy, and was successful in all aspects of his
life. He was first a wonderful husband, father and grandfather.
He owned a large ranch and engaged in ranching, farming and dairying, and was also in the
service station and motel business with his brother, Eldon. He was a civic leader and
served 28 years on the local school board, 18 as chairman; vice president of Wyoming
School Boards Association; a deputy county assessor, and a Wyoming state legislator,
serving six years in the House and four years in the Senate. He was an original member of
the Tri-State Bear River Compact Commission, serving from the 1940s until his retirement
Reed’s church service began with his mission, the first missionary to leave from
Cokeville. In 1932, he was called as president of the Cokeville branch and in 1935, became
its first bishop, serving until October 1954. Then he was called as a stake missionary and
later to the stake high council. He was sustained as president of Montpelier, Idaho Stake
in November 1958, and faithfully filled that calling until 1972. A subsequent call was to
be the stake patriarch and in 1978, he was called to preside, with his wife, over the
Nevada-Las Vegas Mission — a highlight in their lives. Upon their return, he resumed his
Funeral services will be held at noon on Monday, October 8, 2001, in the Cokeville Ward
Chapel. Friends and family may call Sunday evening, Oct. 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at
Matthews Mortuary in Montpelier, or at the Cokeville Ward from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Monday morning. Interment will be in the Cokeville Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations to IHC Hospice are suggested.