In Memory

Preston Whitesides

October 29, 1944 - February 25, 2020 (age 75)

Preston Mark Whitesides of Layton, Utah died peacefully at home surrounded by family on Tuesday February 25, 2020. He was born on October 29, 1944, to Mark and Marion Maynard Whitesides, of Layton, Utah.

He was raised in Layton, Utah and graduated from Davis High School in 1963. He married Carol Manning Whitesides June 3, 1966, and together they raised three children, John, Scott and Tracy and their grandson little John. Preston lived in West Weber, Layton and more recently wintered in Thousand Palms, California.

Preston earned a B.S. degree from Weber State College and an M.A. in Education and an M.A. in Psychology from Utah State University. He worked as an educator in the Ogden and Davis School Districts. He served as a special education teacher and counselor for Clearfield High School for 20+ years before retiring in 2002.

Preston was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed traveling and RV'ing with his family. He had many hidden talents, his gift for music and song, carpentry skills and a quiet sense of humor. Preston was deeply loved by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife Carol, son Scott (Kate), daughter Tracy, grandson John and granddaughters Ella and Abby; sister Margaret and brother Lewis (Shirley). He is preceded in death by his eldest son John and his brother Maynard.

Friends and family are invited to pay their respects on Monday March 2, 2020, between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at Myers Mortuary, 845 Washington Blvd, Ogden, Utah. A gravesides service and interment will at the West Weber Cemetery on March 3, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.

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03/05/20 11:38 AM #1    

Sam Rushforth

Preston was always a great friend. He made my high school years better and I will think of him often. We seem to be in that time of life when our friends and family are vulnerable. This makes me think of our high school years in new and sort of melancholy ways. Preston leaves a hole behind. What a fine guy.

03/05/20 12:44 PM #2    

Ruth Holt (Barker)

Preston was a gentle & peaceful man. Not only in high school but throughout his life. I would run into Preston from time to time as we both worked for the Davis School District. It was always a pleasure to meet & talk for a minute or two.  I agree with Sam. We are at the age of partings. Best wishes to all.

03/05/20 02:21 PM #3    

Glen Davis

My fond memories of Preston pre-date even our years at Davis. He was always a positive, upbeat influence on those of us fortunate enough to call him a friend. He always had a kind thing to say. I'm grateful for his influence in my life as a youngster growing up through grade school, Jr. High and High School. A kind gentle soul. 

03/06/20 11:52 AM #4    

Clint Judkins

Preston was a special person and I value fond memories of him. For a short time during our Freshman year at USU, he and I along with Robert Rampton and Richard Waite were roommates.Those three are now gone, but each influenced my life. They all will be missed. Sam and Ruth are right, we need to treasure our friendships and memories.

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