Edward Chipman Laursen

Edward Chipman Laursen

Edward Chipman Laursen was born on Halloween, Oct 31, 1921 in American Fork, Utah. The family lived in Helper while his father worked for the D&RGW railroad.  His favorite pastime was playing community baseball. He was a drummer in the school band and participated in many school activities and clubs.  After graduating in 1939 from Carbon High School in Price, he worked for the railroad until his enlistment in the Marine Corps in 1942 where he spent the majority of the war on board ship USS Mt. Vernon transporting troops and returning casualties.  He married Vivian Babcock, September 1, 1945, in Helper, Utah.  They lived in Helper, Spring Canyon, and Kenilworth before moving to Salt Lake City.  Ed was Assistant manager of Standard Oil stations in Salt Lake City, later working for Wycoff Trucking Co. until 1959, when he became employed with Thiokol Corp and moved his family to Brigham City.  After 28 years of service he retired in 1986. He took up golf and became very good.  Ed was very sociable and made friends easily.  He enjoyed spending time at the Senior Center, going to dances and participating in many volunteer community functions.  He was active in scouting for over 20 years and was awarded the Silver Beaver in 1981.  He became a member of the local Elks Lodge and received many awards. Ed enjoyed serving on the Elks Youth Activity Committee and being the Director of the “Hoop Shoot” program for 15 years.  Dad was a patriot, a good citizen of Brigham City and a good friend to many who will miss him very much.  Rest in Peace Dad