Heber Avon (Von) Packard passed away peacefully with his
beloved wife and family by his side on Wednesday, 8 May
2013. Von was born 5 May 1926 in Nampa, Idaho to Forrest
Leroy Packard and Esther Carter Packard, the seventh child
of 17. In high school, Von served as the Idaho State FFA
President before serving a 33 month mission to the Spanish
America Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Von attended Brigham Young University where he met and
married his sweetheart, Sheila Dunkerley, in the Idaho Falls
Temple on 27 July 1950. They are the parents of 12 children:
Sheila (Stephen) Driggs, Von (Ann), Mark (Bonnie), Garth
(Susan), Paul (Sherrie), Marlys (Del) Lott, Philip (Lynne),
Elaine (Mark) Moon, Rebecca (Lance) Garret, J.D. (Tiffany),
Rachel (Michael) Florence and Jennifer (Paul) Pickett.
In 1956, Von graduated from the University of Oregon Dental
School. He served as a dental officer in the Navy for two
years at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, CA, before opening
the office of Packard Dental in Carlsbad, CA, with his two
brothers, Floyd and Ron. This was the most enjoyable time
in Von’s life as he and Sheila raised their family
with his brothers and their children.
Von loved the Boy Scouts of America. His six sons were
all Eagle Scouts, and he received the Silver Beaver award
for his service in scouting. He was gifted with the love
of music and a most beautiful tenor voice. He sang on hundreds
of occasions, sharing his love of the gospel and family
through music. He sang in church, funerals and most memorably
- sang ‘The Lilac Tree’ at the wedding receptions
of his children and many of his grandchildren. He served
in the LDS Church as a member of the high council, seminary
teacher, Regional Representative, Mission President of the
Chile Santiago North Mission (1979 - 1982), Los Angeles
Temple President (1992 - 1995), Stake Patriarch, and temple
sealer. His greatest delights were those of missionary work
and serving in the temple. In 2011, Von received the BYU
Emeriti Alumni Recognition Award in honor of his life-long
service both in the Church and his community.
Von loved to learn and teach the gospel. He was an avid
reader - a student of the gospel, especially of the scriptures
and particularly the Book of Mormon. He developed a great
love and respect for both his Savior and the Prophet Joseph
Smith. He honored his priesthood and his priesthood leaders.
He was obedient in all things and taught his children, grandchildren
and great-grandchildren to do the same. He was devoted to
his wife and children, and brothers and sisters. He will
be remembered for his countless hours of playing games,
making taffy, singing in his beautiful voice and teaching
those he loved the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Von is survived by his wife of 62 years, 12 children and
their spouses, 68 grandchildren and 73 great-grandchildren.
He will be missed by all those who loved and knew him.
Services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, May 18,
2013 at the Highland LDS Stake Center Chapel, 5335 West
11200 North in Highland. Family and friends may call Friday,
May 17, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Warenski Funeral
Home, 1776 North 900 East in American Fork and from 9:30
to 10:30 am at the stake center prior to services. Interment
will follow services in the Highland City Cemetery. In lieu
of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to
either the LDS Temple Patron Fund or Missionary Fund.