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Edward Lee Coleman, Major USAF (Retired)September 30, 1939 – December 21, 2006
Our loving father, grandfather, brother and husband passed away on December 21, 2006. He was born September 30, 1939 in Maywood, California to Robert and Doris Coleman, and was named after both of his grandfathers.
He was a private, yet caring person, who was always looking for opportunities to teach those around him. As a child, he was diagnosed with polio and was paralyzed from the waist down for almost a year. He received treatment from the Sister Kenny Institute and was able to walk again. By the time he entered high school, he was able to ride his bike 14 miles to school.
He served honorably as an Officer in the United States Air Force from 1960 to 1982. He was stationed in many places, including California, Texas, Florida, Idaho, Alaska, Utah and Bien Hoa (North of Saigon) during the Vietnam War. During that time, he flew helicopter rescue missions and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism. He attended Loyola University of Los Angeles. After his retirement from the Air Force he earned his Business degree from Weber State University. He then worked 18 years for the Utah State Tax Commission. He recently retired and has been residing in Phoenix, Arizona.
He is survived by his wife Kristee Jaques Coleman, three sons, Bill (Karen), New Jersey; Mike (Lori) Layton; and Gary (Lori), Georgia; and 10 grandchildren. He is also survived by his two sisters, Marilyn (Bob) McConnell, CA.; Anita (Peter) Rowlands, CA.; and one brother, Rob (Caroline) Coleman, CA.
Mass of the Christian Burial will be held Friday, December 29, 2006 at 9 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 210 South Chapel Street, Layton, Monsignor Victor Bonnell, officiating.
Interment will be held in the Thayne, Wyoming Cemetery on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006 at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley (www.hov.org) Funeral directors, Lindquist’s Layton Mortuary, 1867 No. Fairfield Road.
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