VerNon Arch Bingham
1923 ~ 2017

VerNon Arch Bingham, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, is fondly remembered for his love of spreading the gospel and for his positive outlook on life.

VerNon was always ready to play his harmonica, write a poem, or discuss teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He loved life and learning, as well as traveling the world with his beloved wife Bernice, embarking on 20 cruises within his lifetime.

VerNon died quietly in his home on June 4, at the age of 93. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Bernice Powell Bingham; four children: Brent Bingham (Charlotte), Randall Bingham (Donna Minick), Debra Bingham (Kent Hamilton) and Linda Coy (Lee); 28 grandchildren and 64 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Brenda Anderson (Robert).

VerNon, who at the end of his life resided in Cedar Hills, Utah, was born in 1923 in Trenton, Utah, and grew up on his family’s dairy farm. He bought his first cow at age 12 and helped run the farm at age 14 after his father died.

A veteran of World War II, VerNon served as a US Army infantry soldier in the Philippines, participating in the battle of Luzon, from which he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal of Honor and the Purple Heart. He published a book about his war experiences titled: Life is A Classroom: The War Experiences. After the war, he met Bernice on a blind date that went so well that the couple was engaged shortly thereafter and soon formed a strong, loving relationship that has served as the bedrock of the family. They were sealed for eternity in the Salt Lake Temple on November 23, 1949.

After working as a dairy farmer, welder and coal miner, VerNon graduated from the College of Idaho with a bachelor’s degree eventually becoming a Spanish teacher at Box Elder High School. While working full-time, fulfilling church callings, and raising his five children, he earned a Master’s degree in Social Studies from Utah State University. For several years he organized study tours to Mexico for his Spanish students. The tours became so popular that several more Spanish teachers and students in other districts participated in these tours.

VerNon served as a Bishop of the Brigham City, Utah Eighteenth Ward and for 12 years in various missionary callings for the LDS Church. His first mission was in El Paso, Texas, 1947-49. He was president of the Honduras Tegucigalpa Mission 1982-85 and president of the LDS Missionary Training Center Argentina 1989-91. VerNon was second counselor of the Lima Peru Temple from1998-2000 prior to opening the Cochabamba Bolivia Temple as its first president from 2000-02. He wrote a book about his and Bernice’s missionary experiences titled: Twelve Years Serving the Lord as L.D.S. Missionaries.

His unwavering support of the church’s missionary efforts was enhanced by his passion for learning different languages and traveling the world. VerNon was fluent in Spanish and proficient in French, and he visited dozens of far-flung locales, including Europe, Antarctica, China and Australia. But he often said his favorite place to be was “wherever Bernice is.”

His surviving relatives and friends will miss reading the poetry that VerNon often wrote and sent via email, his deep and soulful singing voice, hearing him play the harmonica, listening to his stories, having a good laugh together, discussing Gospel principles, going fishing with him, as well as joining him in a good game of horseshoes.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at the Cedar Hills West LDS Stake Center Chapel, 4580 West Cedar Hills Drive, Cedar Hills, Utah. A viewing will be held on Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the stake center. Interment will be on Saturday at 3:30 pm at the Coalville City Cemetery, 175 Industrial Park Road, Coalville, Utah.

In lieu of sending flowers, donations may be made to the LDS Church’s Humanitarian or Perpetual Education funds, or to a charity of the donor’s choice. For additional information, contact the Warenski Funeral Home in American Fork, Utah.

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