Willard was born January 1, 1913 at his parents’ farm home at 13th East and 6400 South (Uncle Will’s little white house) in Salt Lake County, Utah. He was the fourth child of Horace Truman Godfrey and Lucy Bringhurst. Willard was educated at Woodstock Elementary school, Midvale Jr. High School and he was a 1931 graduate of Jordan High School. Willard was a farm boy and he learned early in life how to work by milking cows, caring for pea vines, hoeing sugar beets, putting up hay, tending to the Orson Johnson Shetland pony, Dolly, and looking after his great dog Spike.\n\nEven with his farm and home responsibilities he found time to deliver the Deseret News in the Butler Hill area and he was a member of the Jordan High School “esteemed” Bus Drivers Club where as a Junior and Senior he drove the local school bus. \n\nWillard served a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Mission in South Africa, returning home in 1934. After his mission he attended The Henagar Business School and started his career with the International Harvester company (IH) in Salt Lake City. Willard married his high school sweet heart, Dona LaRue Canning of Midvale, Utah in 1936 in the Salt Lake Temple. Willard and Dona became the proud parents of two boys, Willard Jr. (Will) and Robert Kent (Bob). They made their first home at 9th East, across from Fairmount Park, and then in the LDS Parley’s and Roslyn Heights Ward area on 20th East in Sugarhouse.\n\nWillard’s career with IH advanced from office work to farm equipment sales where he serviced accounts in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho. He moved on to an industrial power sales and public relations in 1953 which gave his family new opportunities in Denver, Colorado. Willard won several IH sales awards including the coveted Red Carpet Outstanding Salesman Award. He was not only an outstanding salesman and public relations officer, but his “farm” mechanic skills were in high demand when he moved on to Dallas, Texas.\n\nWhile in Texas and the southeast he spent a great deal of time servicing the IH (now Navistar) boat engines of the shrimp fleet out of Louisiana. Willard completed his IH career in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where he retired in 1977 after 41 years of service. He and Dona moved to Arizona to enjoy there grand children and a "warmer climate”.\n\nWillard loved his family and the out of doors. He was an avid ski enthusiast, spending weekends with his family and friends at Utah’s Alta and Brighten ski resorts. Later on in Colorado, Arapahoe Basin and Aspen became his favorite skiing haunts. Hunting and fly fishing were always included in his activities with his boys and he loved to boat and water ski with the family. He never played organized sports in his youth because of the demanding responsibilities he had on the farm but, he did enjoy University of Utah football and basketball and he was a great fan of his boys as they played organized sports in Utah and Colorado.\n\nWillard’s sweetheart and wife, Dona, passed away in 1978 after a battle with Cancer. A few years later he married Jordan High School class mate, Jessie Louise Farmer Nelson, a very energetic lady. Jessie passed away in 1991. Willard then married a third Jordan High class mate, Marian Hand Jones Margetts. They enjoyed 16 years of good health, companionship and mutual comfort dividing their time between Mesa, Arizona and the Salt Lake Valley. Marian passed away in 2007. That was it; there were no other available Jordan High class mates for Willard to marry.\n\nWillard spent his last few years under the care of his son Bob and daughter-in-law, Gayle. Willard died of natural causes due to old age in the home of his son Bob and surrounded by family including his son Will. Willard was 96 years, 9 months in age.\n\nWillard was preceded in death by his parents Horace and Lucy Godfrey; his sisters, Ella Matthews (SLC) and LaTrue Rosenberger (Santa Monica, CA); brothers, Arthur Godfrey (San Luis Obispo, CA) and Seymore Godfrey (Burley, Idaho); his first wife, Dona LaRue Canning Godfrey, his second wife, Jessie Louise Farmer Nelson Godfrey and his third wife, Marian Hand Jones Margetts Godfrey.\n\nWillard is survived by two sisters, Alice G Morgan (SLC) and Lucy G Freeman McBride (SLC); his two sons, Dr. Willard H Godfrey Jr. (Lewiston, Idaho) and Robert Kent Godfrey (St. George, Utah); daughter-in-laws, Sandra D Godfrey (Lewiston, Idaho) and Gayle Godfrey (St. George, Utah); brother-in-law Glen Canning (Carlsbad, CA); and step children Norman and Mark Nelson (Sandy, Utah); Ron Jones (Sandy, Utah), Patricia Jones Butler (Kaysville, Utah), Gwendolyn Margetts Anderson (Taylorsville, Utah; and Monte L. Margetts (West Jordan, Utah). Willard is survived in his immediate family by nine grandchildren, thirty-one great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren.\n\nWillard leaves us as the patriarch of our family. He taught us all how to work and how to respect others. We will all remember him as a generous, loving, and happy father, grandfather, great grandfather, great great grandfather and friend. Willard’s positive influence on the family will surely be missed.\n\nServices will be held on Monday, October 12, 2009, 11 AM at the Jenkins/Soffe Funeral Chapel at 4760 South State in Murray following a public viewing held at 10 AM. A public viewing will also be held from 5 – 7 PM Sunday October 11, 2009 at the Jenkins/Soffe Murray location. Burial will be at the Elysian Gardens Cemetery in Salt Lake City.