Otto Ludwig Draper
Born May 14, 1934
Died August 3, 2012
Otto was born in Portland, Oregon, the youngest in a blended family of a half sister, a half brother and one full brother. After the death of his father just after his first birthday, Otto's widowed mother returned her family to Ut where her extended Swedish emigree family lived.
Growing up in Midvale, Otto was a precocious and independent tow head. At Jordan High School, where in addition to achieving academic success, Otto was a key member of the state championship football team. He remained an enthusiastic Beetdigger his whole life.
After high school, Otto was ready to see the world. Turning down several football scholarships, Otto joined the US Navy. While in the Navy, Otto was a submariner and an electronics tech. However, He didn't totally give up football. While in San Francisco, Otto played on the Navy's Treasure Island football squad where they scrimmaged with the San Francisco 49ers.
Otto was a gifted mathematician and engineer. Upon graduation from BYU, Otto accepted, from 13 job offers he received, a position with General Electric. While much of his career was spent with GE, Otto was also employed with other firms that were part of the early vanguard of the electronics revolution taking place in "Silicon Valley." In his career, Otto participated in key research and development for many important innovations including the navigation systems for the Apollo space program, advancing the state of digital storage systems, digital imaging and lasers.
Otto loved Sailing and photography. Otto served in numerous LDS church callings throughout his life but, he especially enjoyed his service as a ward missionary/mission leader and as a home teacher in the many places he lived.
Married to Florence Fife in 1957 in the Salt Lake Temple, Otto in his professional capacities took his growing family from Utah to Massachusetts to Florida to Arizona to California to Utah, back to California, to Nebraska and finally, back to Utah. By 1982, Otto and Florence's brood included three sons and five daughters. Besides these eight, many more spent time sheltered in Otto and Florence's home.
The last years of his life were marked by service in both the Provo and Mt. Timpanogos temples, time spent with wife and family, and dealing with ill health. Florence and family express their deep gratitude for all that have assisted with caring for Otto at the dialysis center and at Otto and Florence's home.
Otto is preceded in death by his father, mother, brothers--Bill and Raymond and daughter, Laura. Otto is survived by his wife Florence F. Draper, 8 children 35 grandchild 10 great-grandchildren and sister Phyllis D. Nibley.
Viewings will be held Tuesday, August 7th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM and Wednesday, August 8th from 9:30 to 10:30 AM.A funeral service will follow Wednesday, August 8th at 11:00 AM.
The location of both the viewings and funeral are:LDS Lakeview 6th Ward Chapel,2168 South 140 West, Orem, UT
Interment will follow at the Orem City Cemetery
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Arrangements are by Walker Sanderson Funeral Home in Orem.