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John David Wendel
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“Mathematician Extraordinaire”

David Wendel, beloved son, brother, uncle and friend, passed away after a short battle with colon cancer on April 1, 2013. He was 50 years and 14 days old.

David, Dave, and Davey, he answered to all three names, was born March 18, 1963 to John A. and Ursula Hilbert Wendel. He was raised in Bountiful and graduated from Viewmont High School in 1981. He served an honorable mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Quito, Ecuador. He attended Ricks College and graduated from BYU with a BS degree in Mathematics. He then attended the University of Utah and obtained a Master’s degree in Mathematics.

His career included work for Eyring Research and Raytheon. He was currently an employee of L-3.

Dave was an accomplished writer. He published both technical articles and philosophical fiction. He always had a love of cars. He enjoyed ownership of a 1986 corvette and Delorean.

Dave’s quiet service showed his testimony of the Savior, Jesus Christ, and Dave’s willingness to follow His example. Dave enjoyed serving in several Bishoprics. He loved the brotherhood he felt there. He was called to serve with the young men in the scouting program. He spent many hours tutoring students in Math, computer science and the art of living. We will miss his gentle wisdom, thoughtful understanding of the gospel and willingness to listen and serve.

He faithfully cared for his mother for 15 years after his father passed away.

Dave is survived by his mother, Ursula Wendel of Bountiful, his brother, Ronald (Nora), Layton; and his sister, Sharon (Ralph) Cutler, Centerville, and 7 nieces and 6 nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, John A Wendel.

The family would like to thank the amazing array of doctors, nurses and technicians that cared for him, and specifically the Liver Transplant team, at the University of Utah in his final days.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 5, 2013 at the Bountiful 58th Ward building, 200 N. 200 West, Bountiful. Viewings will be held Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Russon Brothers Bountiful Mortuary, 295 N. Main and Friday morning 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the church prior to services. Online guest book at
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