September 12, 1925 – July 22, 2019\r\n\r\nThe exemplary life of Wayne Edward Bott culminated on Monday, July 22, 2019, as he left his loving family on the earthly side of the veil and returned to his Heavenly Father and his waiting Joyce, family and friends on the heavenly side. \r\n\r\nBorn the third and last child of Harry and Hazel Jemima Kinder Bott on September 12, 1925, Wayne was raised and went to school in the Payson, Utah area, including Dividend, Utah. After a few hiccups that nearly left him without his high school diploma, Wayne graduated and left to serve his country during WW II in Europe.\r\n\r\nUpon returning home, Wayne met Joyce Jensen at Hammond's Ice Cream where he was working with her brother-in-law and sister. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple on March 18, 1949. Four years later, they settled in Murray and spent 57 years together in their Murray home, raising three grateful children in love and security. Joyce passed away in 2011 and Wayne pined for her until he joined her. Wayne eventually left his Murray home and moved to Sagewood in Daybreak where he met many new friends, yet retained his love for his Murray neighborhood.\r\n\r\nWayne was the consummate teacher and after graduating from the University of Utah with a Bachelor’s degree and later earning his Master’s degree in Education, spent most of his 40-year teaching career in the Granite School District teaching science and running a library. His kind and gentle approach to teaching was felt from Evergreen Jr. High in East Salt Lake to Eisenhower Jr. High and Academy Park Elementary on the West side of the Salt Lake Valley.\r\n\r\nThe greatest impact of his teaching was felt by his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and the many friends, neighbors, neighbor children, Boy Scouts and summer camp youth that he served with an open heart. Wayne taught us how to recognize and love this earth and its geology, flora and fauna. He taught us to hike, camp, fish and to protect and sustain the beauty that he saw all around him. He taught us to plant, garden and harvest. He taught us the importance of education and life-long learning. He exemplified kindness, humility, soft-spoken good humor, hard work and personal integrity and accountability. Above all, he taught us to reach out and serve those around us with love and respect and without prejudice or judgement. Finally, Wayne taught us how to endure to the end with grace and dignity. His loving influence and warm presence will be missed so much.\r\n\r\nWayne is the last of his generation to leave our family and is survived by his son, H. Kent Bott (DeeAnn), son, Robert J. Bott (Dawn); and daughter, Heidi J. Woodward (Chris). He is also survived by eight grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren as well as loving nieces, nephews and their children. He is preceded in death by his wife, parents, sister and brother and pretty much everyone else from 1925. \r\n\r\nFuneral services will be Saturday, July 27, 2019, 11:00 a.m., at the Hillcrest LDS Ward House located at 435 East 5600 South. A viewing will be held at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 South State Street, on Friday, July 26th from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday at the church from 10-10:45 a.m. prior to the service. Interment at Murray City Cemetery.