Max Abel Hunsaker
1924 ~ 2017

Max Abel Hunsaker, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend, left his earthly home on August 9, 2017. He survived a stroke and colon cancer, but after 20 years, he succumbed to prostate cancer.

Dad was born November 24, 1924 in American Fork, Utah to Meda E. Abel and Don L. Hunsaker.

Dad lived his entire life in American Fork except for the 11 years he lived as a boy on the family farm in Elwood, Utah. During the depression, his father left his mother and 6 siblings. He was a surrogate father to his siblings, helping his mother throughout her life.

Dad joined the Army in 1942. He serviced in the 17th Airborne Division 513th Parachute Infantry Regiment. When asked why he joined the paratroopers, he replied, “They make $50.00 more a month.” During WWII in January of 1945, he was captured during the Battle of the Bulge and became a POW. He is the recipient of the Purple Heart and POW medals.

On September 19, 1947, he married Elaine Loader in the Logan Temple. They were blessed with three children, Tamara (Steve) Nelson, Rachele ‘Shelley’ (Mark) Walker, and Max Allen (Kristin) Hunsaker.

He attended Brigham Young University and graduated with a BS Degree in marketing.

Dad worked his entire career in the auto industry. He began working in 1949 at Paul L Harmon Auto that later became Holley Auto. He started as a gas attendant, moving into the parts department. He later became an accounting manager, sales manager, and finally he was a general manager and part owner of Holley Auto. He stayed at the same location for almost 40 years.

Following his retirement from the auto industry, he moved on to ‘bigger cars’, driving a bus for UTA for another 12 years.

Dad loved the game of golf and played many times each week for more than 40 years. He actually had one ‘Hole-in-one’.

Max served in two bishoprics and for many years as the Stake Clerk in the Alpine Stake. He was also a faithful home teacher.

On September 14, 1991, he married Christine Carroll and adopted her two sons, Adam (Denise) Hunsaker and Andy (Jan) Hunsaker. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Timpanogos Temple in September of 2001.

He treasured his calling in the Hillcrest 1st Ward as the Ward Indexing Director for 17 years. He loved the challenge and the blessings of family history and the friendships he developed as he helped people in his ward and stake. He personally completed 567,499!

Max is survived by his five children, 13 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren, 16 step-great grandchildren, his sisters Dora Helsing and Romona (Karl) Jones, and a brother Glen (Kaye) Hunsaker. He was preceded in death by his wives, parents, two sisters, two brothers, and one grandson, Noah.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at the Warenski Funeral Home, 1776 North 900 East, American Fork, Utah. Family and friends may call from 9:00 to 9:45 am prior to the services at the funeral home. Interment will be at the American Fork City Cemetery.

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