Donald Gealta Spencer\n\t1933-2023\n\nMurray, Utah, Donald (Don) Gealta Spencer passed away at his home on January 4, 2023. \nHe was born April 18, 1933, at the Cottonwood Maternity Hospital in Murray, Utah. He was the third child born to Herbert Gealta and LaZella Beck Spencer. Except for two years spent in Oregon during World War II, he grew up in Murray and graduated from Murray High School in 1951. He attended the University of Utah before he served a mission in South Africa from 1954-1956. Travel to and from the mission field was by train and then by ship. He returned to work at the Salt Lake City District II Engineering office spring and summer 1956. He then attended the University of Utah and graduated in June 1959 with a degree in Civil Engineering. \n\nOn June 10, 1959, he married Sidnee Day in the Salt Lake Temple. After working the summer for the State Highway, Don left for the U. S. Navy Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, where he graduated in February 1960 and was commissioned as an Ensign. He then attended the Civil Engineer Corps Officers School at Port Hueneme, Ventura County, California. Military duty followed at Whidbey Island, Washington, and the U.S. Naval Communications Station in Kodiak, Alaska. Don served as Young Men’s President at Oak Harbour, Washington, and in the Branch Presidency in Kodiak, Alaska.\n\nDon completed his military obligation and left the Navy as a Lieutenant, returned with his family to Utah, and began work in 1964 as a hydraulic design engineer for the State of Utah. More university studies followed, and he passed his professional license examination. In 1967 he became Murray City’s first Professional Engineer. In January 1972 he left his position in Murray to accept a new job as Salt Lake County Traffic Engineer. Don retired from Salt Lake County in 1987 after serving as the Director of Public Works for more than a decade. Many modern methods were introduced which increased productivity and safety for personnel. Right of way was acquired and Bangerter Highway became a reality. The new Salt Lake County office building at 2001 South State Street was constructed. \n\nDon continued to share the Peace the Gospel brings. After his South African Mission, he served three stake missions, and with Sidnee served full time in the London England Mission. After returning home, they served in the Salt Lake Inner City Mission and as ordinance workers in the Jordan River Temple. Don cared deeply about the youth and spent years leading troops of Boy Scouts. He also taught the Priests. He was a loved Gospel Doctrine teacher. His skills as an engineer and commitment in his assignments while serving on the Murray Utah Stake High Council facilitated improvements in stake buildings. These included the stake family history center and Relief Society room. He was an effective teacher in Family History classes and innovative in getting microfilm readers in homes where indexing could also be done.\n\nDon enjoyed sharing travel experiences with family in their motorhome which included travel across country from the USA west coast to the east coast and Mexico to Canada. Celebrating our nation’s birth in 1976 with family was an unforgettable experience. Historic sites were prepared for visitors. Family time at home included boating, fishing, and water skiing.\n\nAfter the children were on their own, Don and Sidnee enjoyed travel-study led by Dan Ludlow and others at BYU along with adventures on their own. Included were memories made in Central America, Israel, Greece, Turkey, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Russia, Finland, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Tasmania, England, France, Germany, Canada, Alaska, Mexico, and Italy.\n\t\nDon is survived by his six children: Laura S. Rollins, Stephen D. Spencer, Michael D. Spencer (Sophie Valade), Darryl D. Spencer (Alycia Black), Sidnee-Marie Dunn (David C. Dunn), and Joseph D. Spencer (Linda Marie Moody). Daughter Ruth Ann Spencer died as an infant. He has 28 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. He is survived by siblings Lois Spencer Barker (Robert H.), Ray D Spencer (Marianne Belcher), Ruth Isaacson (Rudy V.) and Richard B. Spencer (Margaret Flink). \n\nA viewing will be held at Jenkins Soffe Funeral Home on Friday, January 13, 2023 from 6: 00 – 8:00 pm.\n\nFuneral services will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2023 starting at 10:30 am at the Little Cottonwood 8th Ward, 6180 South Glenoaks Street, Murray, Utah, with a viewing prior to the service from 9:00 – 10:00 am. \n\nInterment at the Mount Olivet Cemetery, 1342 East 500 South, Salt Lake City, Utah.