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Walter Eugene “Gene” Manning

Nov 26, 2021

Walter Eugene “Gene” Manning passed away at home Monday, November 22, at 89 years of age. He was born June 6, 1932, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Walter James Manning and Ada Grace Jenkins. He grew up in Magna, Utah, and Kingman, Arizona, where he graduated from high school in 1950.

Following high school, Gene enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the Korean War as an Electronics Technician Third Class. Gene was honorably discharged in 1955 and worked as a camera operator at KSL Studios in Salt Lake City, during which time he met Joellyn Crapo, originally of Parker, Idaho. They married in the Salt Lake Temple on March 12, 1958, and became the parents of four children.

Gene’s professional career included working as an electronics technician at Atomics International in California, helping build the original KBYU Broadcasting studios while earning his master’s degree in Communications at BYU, serving as general manager of K-96 FM and KOVO 960 AM radio stations, and conducting professional development trainings around the country.

Gene held numerous callings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and he considered the responsibility to minister a sacred duty. He served others outside his formal callings in large and small ways throughout his life.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Elaine and Joyce, brother Lawrence (Larry), and sons David and Sean. He is survived by his wife Joellyn, his daughters Maureen (Brent) Warren and Shannon Manning, his daughters-in-law Cindy (David) and Cathy (Sean), and many much-loved grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Monday, November 29, at 11:00 AM at 60 South Main Street in Salem, Utah. A viewing will take place Sunday evening, November 28, from 6:00 ­- 8:00 PM at the Walker Funeral Home, 187 South Main Street in Spanish Fork. A viewing will also be held Monday morning from 10:00 ­ 10:45 AM at the Main Street Chapel. Interment will take place at the Salem City Cemetery. Please visit https://walkermemorials.com to send condolences.