Saturday, September 18, 2010

Goodbye Dad

Fred C. Faucett 1926 ~ 2010 Fred Faucett lived a long, full life, which came to a peaceful end on September 5, 2010. He was 83. Fred was born on Oct. 23, 1926 in Provo to Joseph Carl Faucett and Eliza Whiting Faucett. He overcame polio and graduated from West High School in 1944. During World War II he enlisted in the Navy and was stationed on an aircraft carrier in Okinawa. He witnessed the devastation of the Nagasaki bombing before returning home to Utah in 1946.
When he met Audrey "Mickey" Bailey, they were engaged by the end of their first date. Their courtship lasted all of three weeks before he put a ring on the finger of the love of his life. Married March 18, 1949, their partnership lasted 49 years. Audrey Faucett passed away in 1998 at the age of 71. Fred is survived by their eight children: Terry ("Milo") Leonard, Michael (Julie) Faucett, Kim (Kaye Lynne) Faucett, Sandy (Lynn) Faucett, Pam (Kale) Timothy, Lisa (Steve) Canham, Brett (Shelly) Faucett, and Trisha (Michael) Cottrell. He had 22 grandchildren and 12 great-grand-children. Fred is also survived by three sisters, Evelyn (John) Langton, Helen (Maurice) Lee, and Bet (Robert) Backus. Fred lived life simply. He walked to work at the Midwest Casket Company every day for 48 years, enjoyed British comedies, Tom and Jerry Cartoons, and fishing (his buddies nicknamed him Killer).

He ate whatever was put in front of him and couldn't get enough of his Werther's Originals. He was born with a silly sense of humor and generously passed that "gene" onto his children. He was a character and will be missed. A viewing will be held Friday, Sept. 10 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Memorial Estates, 6500 South Redwood Road. A graveside service at the same location will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Sat., Sept. 11, with a viewing one hour prior. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests an online donation to Fred's youngest son, Brett and his family, who are serving a humanitarian mission for Children with HIV/AIDS. Select "Partner Support" and designate "FAUCETT" as recipient at the following website Special thanks to everyone at Christus St. Joseph Villa for their loving care and kindness.

I read this obituary of my Dad at his funeral with tear filled eyes and a cracked voice. I'm going to really miss you Dad! I love you and will see you on the other side.



lcanham said...

We enjoyed your visit so much. Next time we meet up I hope to see Shelly and girls too. It has been too long between visits.
Love you all,

Snap said...

Brett, I've been back to this post about your Dad a few times now and just never know what to say in these situations, except I am so sorry to read about your loss. It sounds like he was a wonderful man and will be missed very much!

Brett & Shelly Faucett said...

Dear Snap,
Thank you so much for kind words and I appreciate your comments. He was a wonderful, crazy old man. He will be missed very much. Thank you again

Carmen said...

Tears and love from Philly... Joy for a life lived fully and vibrantly. Sadness for loss and goodbyes. xoxo

Peter Varvel said...

Eloquent post about an amazing and beloved man.
Continued hugs and prayers for your family, friend.