TOQUERVILLE - Walter Curtis Lichfield, 83, passed away on February 20, 2011, from emphysema. Walter was born September 23, 1927.
Walter grew up in Star Valley, Wyoming and in Weber County, Utah. Walter proposed and sent a engagement ring to his high school sweetheart, Wilma Browning, when he was serving in the military in China. He also sent silk from China for her wedding dress.
They were married April 14, 1949, in the Logan LDS Temple. Walter loved teaching religion at South Cache High Seminary for 10 years. Walter retired after 27 years working at Hill Air Force Base in Clearfield, UT.
Walter’s passion was his 50 year project of putting the King James Version of the Bible in chronological order without modern technology. Walter published his chronological version of the Old and New Testament which serves as an excellent study guide for the Christian scholar.
Walter is a WWII veteran which he served in Tsing Tao, China as a sergeant in the Marines. Walter and his wife returned to where he was stationed in China 50 years later.
Some of his scholastic honors due to his high IQ was honor roll at Weber State College, a Bachelor’s Degree from USU and a Master’s Degree in Church History at BYU. He was only 20 hours from his Doctorate in Church History at BYU but dedicated his life to raising his large family of 13 children, and saw this as his crowning achievement. Walter’s Master’s Thesis on Thomas B. Marsh can be found in the online archives at BYU. Walter’s professor said that Walter’s thesis was one of the most well researched papers that ever graced the BYU library.
Walter enjoyed publishing his creative works which included song lyrics, how-to books, world creation theories, life stories and illustrated bear stories for kids.
The Walter C. Lichfield building named in his honor is an extension of Dixie State College in Hurricane.
Following in his father’s footsteps, he enjoyed planting trees on the properties where he lived.
Walter and Wilma moved 41 times. Some of the areas they lived are Utah, Nevada, Wyoming and San Diego, California. Walter and Wilma served three LDS missions: Rochester, New York, Tucson, Arizona and the Lost Sheep Mission at the St. George Temple. Walter had a missionary heart and shared his testimony of the gospel where ever he went.
He was known to have a case of Book Of Mormons in his trunk of his car. As Walter traveled throughout the world, he was prepared to give the various language editions of the Book of Mormon to the people whom he would meet. With a warm smile and outgoing personality Walter befriended many.
He is survived by 11 children, 43 grandchildren and 38 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his two sons, his parents and four siblings.
Closed casket funeral services were held Thursday, February 24, at Lichfield Lane in Shangri-La Valley, Toquerville Heights, in the gymnasium’s foyer near Wilma and Walter’s Cottage.
Interment at Providence Cemetery in River Heights, Utah at 3 p.m. Friday March 25th 900 East River Heights Blvd.. The family would be honored if any of Brother Lichfield’s Seminary Students, local friends and relatives attend the 21-gun salute in Walter’s honor as a war veteran followed by dedication of the grave by Morgan High School graduate Brent Lichfield. .
Condolences can be shared at spilsburymortuary.com
Editors Note: Four of Walt’s kids graduated from Morgan High during the 1970’s. Brent, Vern, Robert (Bob),and Luci.
Brent was involved in musicals, Vern in football and wrestling, Robert was on the famous basketball team with Coach Abeglan and Luci served as a Student-Body Officer.
Morgan holds fond memories to our large family.