Howard Grant Whitney



We are sad to announce the passing of Howard Whitney, born 4 October 1922 in Las Vegas, Clark, Nevada, died 14 August 2009 St. George, Washington, Utah. Howard is married to Ellice Henrie also of St. George. Their children are Ralph Grant Whitney who died in 2002, Lucile, Kent Howard, Kim Henrie, Elyce, Joel William, and David Wayne Whitney. We extend our condolences to the family and they are in our prayers.


Howard Grant Whitney
(October 4, 1922 – August 14, 2009)

Howard Grant Whitney

U.S. Veteran St. George, UT – Howard Grant Whitney, age 86 and a beloved husband, father and grandfather peacefully graduated from mortality with honors on Friday, August 14, 2009 in his home in St. George Utah surrounded by family, love, and the singing of his favorite hymns by family members.

He was born on October 4, 1922 in Good Springs, Nevada to Ralph Emmanual and Doris Nay Whitney. He is the second child of seven and is survived by his sisters, Lorraine Nelson, Laverne McClendon and Elsie Banks and his younger brother Keith. He was preceded in death by his brothers Calvin and Bert.

He married Ellice Henrie on March 10, 1945 in the St. George Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Howard was a Lt. Commander in the United States Navy and served as a Navy Fighter Pilot during World War II. After the war he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Utah State University and a Master’s Degree from the University of Utah. He was a teacher by profession and taught High School math for over 30 years in Delta Utah, Upland, California and Lone Pine, California.

Howard was ordained a Patriarch in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in 1970 by Elder Spencer W. Kimball of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and served for decades before being granted emeritus status when his health failed.

He is survived by his wife Ellice Henrie Whitney, his daughters Lucile Giedt of Albrightsville, Pennsylvania and Elyce Joseph of Riverbank, California, his sons Kent Howard of Lone Pine, California, Kim Henrie of St. George, Utah, Joel William of Lone Pine, California and David Wayne of Medford, Oregon. He was preceded in death by his eldest son Ralph Grant. He has 34 grandchildren, 55 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.

2 Responses to “Howard Grant Whitney”

  1. Grant says:

    I’m grant W Whitney, joel whitney’s oldest son. I lived with Grandpa and Grandma Whitney for about 16 years and the funeral was perfect for him. short and beautiful. Grandpa was a pillar of kindness and words cannot describe what he meant to me. for any one whoknew him, he always said he wanted to be burried under a hill in the inyo mountians and so we (the joel whitney family and friends) are taking his hiking equipment and burring it there next week. Also his celebration of life will be held wednesday august 26th and the lone pine highschool auditorium at 6:00 p.m

  2. Joy says:

    Thanks for the update, Grant. It was so good to visit with family members and to pay tribute to Uncle Howard at the funeral. My favorite part was seeing and hearing his children sing “Abide with Me.” My heart was filled with love seeing them all up there singing for their dad. What a magnificent group of men and women! The spirit was very strong for me. Thanks cousins!
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