In memory of
Dr. Dell R. Foutz November 15, 1934 - February 13, 2017 Dr. Dell R. Foutz, retired Professor of Geology, passed away Monday, February 13, 2017, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction ,CO. Dell Riggs Foutz was born November 15, 1934, in Ogden, UT, the third of five children born to Leslie and Veva Riggs Foutz. Dell graduated from Ogden High in 1950, and Weber Jr. College in 1952. Dell received both BS and MS Degrees from Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, and graduated with a PhD in Geology at Washington State University in 1966. Dell married Sherry Bradfield, of Fortuna, CA, on December 22, 1953, in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple. In 1956, Dell was called into the Air Force and began pilot training. He spent 1958-59 in Korea. After his service in the Air Force, Dell returned to BYU and was an Army Reserves pilot. Dell earned his Doctorate at WSU in Pullman, WA, then moved to Corpus Christi, TX, in 1965 to begin work as a geologist with Humble Oil Co. In Kingsville, TX, Dell served as Bishop in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1972, Dell began teaching just as MCC was transitioning to Mesa State College. His official retirement was in 1995. He authored two books: "Illustrated Geology of Colorado" and "Where's the Gold on the Colorado River? (And How to Get It Out?)". In 2002 Dell and Sherry, served an 18 month CES mission for the church in Greensboro, NC. In 2005-06, they served two summers at the Mormon Historic Handcart Site at Martin's Cove, WY. In 2010 Dell married Arvilla Jones Jenson of Las Vegas, NV. Dell authored a third book, "Elusive Treasures", an autobiographical work, mixing humorous twists of fiction into his real-life adventures and personal experiences. Dell is survived by his wife, Arvilla J. Foutz; son, Dr. Paul Foutz, OD; daughters, Vicki Whiting, and Connie Monroe, both of Grand Junction; Janice Foutz of Provo, Utah, and Tracy Robinson of Jacksonville, Florida; brother, Kent L. Foutz of Longmont; sisters, Larue Sparrow of Roy, Utah, and Larene Barclay of S. Ogden, Utah; 18 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 6 - 7:30 p.m. Friday at Martin Mortuary. Visitation will also take place 10 - 10:40 a.m. Saturday at the LDS Stake Center, 2542 G Road. Services will follow at 11:00 a.m. Graveside services, with military honors, will be held February 22, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. at the Grand Junction Veteran's Memorial Cemetery, 2830 Riverside Parkway.
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