It is with saddened hearts we announce the passing of Clarence Elden Laird on September 20, 2018 due to complications of dementia.
Elden was born to Clarence Laird and Ellen Senn Laird on November 5, 1938 in Payson, Utah. He received his education in SLC, graduating from West High School and going on to receive his bachelor degree from the University of Utah in Journalism and Public Relations.
Elden was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He was proud to have served his country in the US Army in his early twenties.
Elden married Sherylene Hansen on June 9, 1961. Together they raised three beautiful children, Stacy (Mike) Bernardo, Greg (Kim) Laird and Shelley (Jeffrey) Lasky. He was a loving grandfather to eight grandchildren.
Elden spent his career in the Public Relations field sharing in the development and construction of the Central Utah Water Project most specifically the Jordanelle Reservoir. He loved hunting, fishing, tinkering in his garage and fixing up his 1983 Mercedes 350 SL. He was an avid University of Utah fan.
He was always available to raise a glass on any special or not so special occasion.
His Mother Ellen and father Clarence and many family members preceded Elden in death. He is survived by his wife of 57 years Sherylene, his children Stacy, Greg, and Shelley, his sister Sharen (Dale) Hamilton, and his eight grandchildren, Jordan, Zach, Morgan, Cole, Rickie, Melissa, Noah, and Julia.
Elden's family wishes to thank Pro Care Hospice and Bright Star Caregivers for their tender, loving care of Elden during his final days.
The family invites friends to Celebrate Elden's Life on Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 6:00-8:00pm at Starks Funeral Parlor, 3651 South 900 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84106. Guests are encouraged to use the complimentary valet parking on the north side of the building. Interment will be Friday, September 28, 2018 at 10:00am at Elysian Burial Gardens, 1075 East College Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84117.