David Wesley Egbert - from the book "Pioneer Ancestors"
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I, David Wesley Egbert, was born February 19, 1923 in Logan, Cache County, Utah to Samuel Roy Egbert and Margaret Morrell Egbert. My father was employed as a professor at Utah State University in Logan where he taught math and also metal work in the Industrial Arts Department.
I was the next to the youngest in a family of six children: Margaret, Gordon, Ann, Carol, David and Joyce. Our father served as a counselor in the Logan Night Ward Bishopric for nineteen years. (The Bishop was Leslie Thomas Perry.) Our mother was a wonderful homemaker and cook. We were taught by example to be honest, loyal, dependable, hard working and to love one another. The doors of our home were always open to family and friends.
At an early age I delivered newspapers and milk. During my teenage years I worked during the summers as a house painter, railroad track laborer in Nevada, construction worker, army supply depot truck driver and a cherry orchard boss.
My interest in school and church sports included football, basketball, volley ball and wrestling. (David's ward volleyball team won the all church tournament in the 1940's, David was 6'4" tall and was on the Utah State Football Team for a season in the early part of WW2). My experiences in camping and hiking in the mountains were filled with adventure.
During World War II, at age 19, I enlisted in the U.S. Naval Air Corp. My military assignments took me to (St. Mary's College pre-flight, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Susanville) California, (Corpus Christi) Texas and (Jacksonville) Florida. After receiving my commission and Navy wings I was assigned to a B-26 Marauder medium bomber. One of my responsibilities was towing targets for other Navy airplanes and ships to do their target practice.
After I returned home from service in the U.S. Navy, in December 1945, I accepted a call from my church at the age of 23 to serve as a missionary in the British Mission. The mission began in September 1946. My assignment was to Sheffield, England as a supervising elder and later as the District President. This was a time when missionaries were returning to England after a seven-year absence due to the war. (David's residence address for his full mission was 8 Cawston Road, Sheffield, England).
The sacrifices made by my pioneer ancestors have been an important influence on my life. Their faith and devotion to the church caused them to seek freedom in a far away land. This example has helped me in developing my testimony concerning the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
David Wesley Egbert
July 19, 2000
The above is from the book "Pioneer Ancestors of David Wesley Egbert and Marva Lucinda Hillyard" complied by Martin W. Egbert in commemoration of their 50th Wedding Anniversary, July 19, 2000. Martin provides the below additional historical information.
David Wesley Egbert and Marva Lucinda Hillyard both graduated from Utah State University and were married on July 19, 1950 in the Logan Utah Temple.
David and Marva moved to California where David went to graduate school in Marketing at the University of California, Berkley. There he was recruited to join the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a special agent. After training at Quantico, Virginia; David's first assignment was in the Chicago, Illinois FBI Office and then to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In Pittsburgh, David served as the Pittsburgh Branch President and in the District Presidency of the church. Their children; Stephen was born in Chicago and Martin and Carol Ann were born in Pittsburgh.
In 1959, David left the FBI and became the Superintendent of Security for U.S. Steel Corporation's Gary Indiana Steel Mill. During his time of service with U.S. Steel, the Gary Steel Mill was the largest steel mill in the world and had up to 60,000 employees. David supervised 200 employees in the security and fire departments of the plant.
David and Marva and family lived in Park Forest, Illinois until their home at 171 Constance Lane was completed in Chicago Heights. While there David was the Bishop of the Chicago Heights Ward as well as a high councilor in the Chicago South Stake. Their children John and Jim were born in Chicago Heights.
In 1973, David became the head of security for the Motorola Corporation with Headquarters in Franklin Park, Illinois. They moved their family to Naperville Illinois and lived at 1520 Warbler Lane and then later at 1208 Gartner Road.
David later became the head of security for the R.R. Donnelly Printing company with headquarters at the Lakeside Press a bit east of McCormick Place in Chicago. After retirement, David did security consulting for a few years in Chicago.
In 1992, they moved to Provo, Utah while a home was being built at 578 Oakview, Bountiful, Utah. David and Marva served in the Chicago Temple after it opened in 1985 and then in the Bountiful, Utah Temple after it was opened. David contracted ALS in 2001 and died September 17, 2003 in Bountiful, Utah. He is buried in the Smithfield, Cache County, Utah Cemetery.