Bradford Norman Ator, 74, of Farmington, Utah died April 26, 2016 of Heart failure in Bountiful, Utah.
He was born May 5, 1941 in Quincy, Adams County, Illinois to Norman Ray and Geneva Dumford Ator. He married his high-school sweetheart, Gloria Danner on December 9, 1961 in Galesburg, IL. Marriage later solemnized in the Logan Temple July 12, 1962.
Brad was an electrical engineer and worked at Hercules, Torkelson, Roberts & Schaefer, Amax and UP&L. He graduated from Bradley University in 1964 with his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering. He constantly encouraged his children and grandchildren about the importance of education. He loved all sports but his favorites were basketball and football. He was an avid BYU fan and always rooted for them on game days. He loved coaching his kids in little league, and after they grew loved cheering for his grandchildren in the stands.
He loved to play catch with his kids and teach them handy skills such as carpentry and electrical. He also loved to teach them life lessons and the importance of treating people properly. Brad had a loving connection with his grandkids, and always made his best effort to make it to all of their functions despite his difficult battle with his health.
Brad had served in the bishopric in the Farmington 13th ward, as a scout leader, a high councilman, and in the stake young men’s presidency. When his kids were grown, Brad and Gloria were pleased to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma mission in 2012. He loved to share stories of his mission, and his testimony of Christ wherever he went.
Brad was preceded in death by a son, Clark (Karlene), his parents and a brother, Boyce.
He is survived by his wife Gloria, and their four children, Gayle (Bobby), Jan (Kyle), Dana (Brandon), and Nathan (Stacy).
Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 PM, Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the Farmington Utah Stake Center (Steed Creek) 347 South 200 West, Farmington. A visitation for family and friends will be on Friday, April 29th from 6:00-8:00 PM at Russon Brothers Farmington Mortuary, 1941 N. Main Street and on Saturday, April 30 from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM at the church prior to services. Interment- Farmington City Cemetery.