Elmer William Bird, 81, Mapleton, Utah County, Utah, prominent and enthusiastic worker for the , died Aug. 12, in a Provo hospital of a heart ailment.

Mr. Bird was active in several civic, professional and church endeavors. He was former president and director of the Mapleton Irrigation Company; director of the County Farm Bureau; member of the Utah Crop Improvement Board and the Sons of Utah Indian War Veterans. He was the first mayor of Mapleton.

A former to the Eastern States Mission, he was a high priest in the Mapleton 10th Ward and a member of the Mapleton Men’s Chorus.

Mr. Bird was born Feb. 20, 1890 in Mapleton, a son of Charles M. and Abbie M. Whiting. He married Lenore Banks in 1913. She died in 1926. He married Millie S. McDonald, May 17, 1927 in the Salt Lake Temple.

Survivors: widow; son, daughters, Elmer W. Jr., Payson; Mrs. Leo A. (Lillian) B. Crandall, Springville; Mrs. Frank (Orpha) Dee Johnson, Mapleton; Mrs. Robert A. (Maurine) B. Allen, Renton, Wash.; step-son, Athel McDonald, Springville; 26 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brothers, Merrill W., Ogden; Freeman C., Mapleton.

The funeral was held Aug. 14, 1971 in the Berg Chapel in Provo and burial was in the Springville Evergreen Cemetery.

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