Torrey, Utah - Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and uncle, Wayne B. Caldwell, age 55, died October 25, 2012 at his home in Torrey, after an amazing battle with ALS.
He was born July 6, 1957 in Greeley, Colorado, a son of Larry Wallace and Charleen Kay Caldwell. He graduated from Wayne High School, Class of 1975, where he went by the name of Wayne Shirley. He attended Colorado Northeastern Community College and received his Associate Degree in Coaching.
Wayne married Anita Kay Greenhow, June 3, 1978 in Vernal, Utah. They were later divorced. He married Shirley Lea Collins, November 5, 2005 in Tarkington, Cleveland, Texas.
Wayne grew up in Hanksville and moved to Vernal in 1975, where he worked for Chevron Oil Company for 25 years. In 2000, he became the acting Pastor of the First Baptist Community Church in Torrey. He loved to share the gospel with anyone who would listen. Wayne was the manager of the Days Inn Motel in Torrey for the past ten years and he enjoyed sharing his knowledge of Capitol Reef and the surrounding area, with any and all of the guests.
Wayne loved the outdoors and enjoyed taking pictures and hiking the back country of Wayne County and the surrounding area. He loved basketball and lettered in basketball and track in high school. He played basketball up until last year, when he became to ill to play any longer.
Wayne loved his family and enjoyed spending time with his sons and grandchildren.
Wayne is survived by his wife, Shirley Caldwell, of Torrey; his mother, Charleen Self of Spanish Fork; his step-mother, Ellen Caldwell of Las Vegas, NV; children: Cody and Sarah Caldwell, Kriston and April Caldwell, Kyle and Melissa Caldwell, all of Vernal; step-sons: Benjamin and Becca Obregon of Austin, Texas; Jeffrey and Kim Varvel; Carl Mark and Lisa Varvel of Cleveland, Texas; Gregory Varvel of Katy, Texas; 15 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters: Russel and Cathy Caldwell of American Fork; Scott and Annette Caldwell of Vernal; Debbie and Paul Francis of Cedar Hills; Jim and Shari Shirley of Lovelock, Nevada; Colleen and Brian Douglas of Spanish Fork; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Larry Caldwell; grandparents: Av and Virginia Kay; Wallace and Mar Caldwell.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. in the Teasdale Cultural Hall, where friends may call for viewing from 9:00 to 10:30 prior to the services. Additional funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. in the World Vision Assembly of God Church, 444 West 400 North in Vernal, where friends may call for viewing Wednesday morning from 11:00 to 12:30 prior to the services.
Burial will be in the Vernal Memorial Park under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah.