Fred Nuttall Giles


(Dec. 13, 1913 - Oct.10, 2010)Fred Nuttall Giles, 96, died peacefully Oct. 10, 2010 at Cove Point Retirement Center in Provo, Utah.

He was born Dec. 13, 1913 in Provo to Joseph Francis Giles and Clara Clarkson Nuttall.

He married Mary Helen Hacking Oct. 27, 1937, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. He attended Provo schools and graduated from Brigham Young University in 1937 with a bachelor degree in the College of Applied Science.

Following their marriage, Fred and Mary Helen moved to Wyoming. In 1943, Fred entered the U.S. Army and served in Europe during World War II. He fought in the Colmar Pocket area of the Battle of the Bulge, and was awarded the Purple Heart on two different occasions and the Bronze Star. He was awarded a battlefield commission and honorably discharged as a first lieutenant in 1946. Following the war, Fred and Mary Helen homesteaded a farm at Heart Mountain, where he was instrumental in bringing electrical service to the area. In that role he served on the first board of directors of Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association in 1952. He was also influential in the creation of the University of Wyoming Northwest Center (now Northwest College) and served on its board of trustees.

As an active member of the LDS Church, Fred's activities included executive and leadership responsibilities in many ward and stake organizations of the church. He was bishop and a counselor of wards in the Big Horn and the Wind River Stakes in Wyoming. He served as a member of the High Council five times in four different stakes. He served in two branch presidencies. He was one of seven charter members of the Master M Men organization.

Fred retired after working for the federal government for 38 years and a locally owned bank for 12 years. He and his wife served an LDS proselyting mission to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., from 1979-80. Later in life, he served as an ordinance worker in the Vernal, Utah LDS Temple.

He was an accomplished golfer, shooting a hole in one and winning several tournaments. He enjoyed gardening, hunting and fishing and spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include four sons and a daughter: Joseph F. (Sue) of Sandy, Utah; Kent H. (Elizabeth) of Wabash, Ind., Steven H. (Gaylene) of Hummelstown, Pa.; Bradley H. (Janet) of Castle Dale, Utah; Mrs. Noel (Jeannette) Burke of Aurora, Colo.; sister-in-law Mrs. Floyd (Leora) Giles of Provo, Utah; 22 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife (Mary Helen), sisters; Mrs. Charles (Mary) Goodson, Mrs. James (Zelda) Schultz, and Mrs. Rex (Edna) Hickman; brothers; John F., Leonard, Joseph, and Floyd Giles; and son-in-law, Noel R. Burke.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 15, at the Provo 1st Ward Chapel,100 East 200 South, Provo. Friends may call at the Berg Mortuary of Provo, 185 E. Center, Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and at the church from 10-10:45 a.m. prior to services.

Interment will be at Provo City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at