At nearly 86 years of age, Clyde Mont Heiner embraced the next chapter of his rich and purposeful journey, leaving a tapestry of wisdom, love, and enduring memories in the hearts of those he touched. Clyde succumbed to pneumonia and passed peacefully at Holy Cross Hospital on February 8, 2024. His last weeks were spent at his home in Farmington, Utah, surrounded by family and friends. The family would like to express gratitude to all who made his life meaningful, especially in his final years. You are in our hearts and prayers.
Clyde, born on April 4, 1938, in Wendell, Idaho, to Mont and Margaret Heiner, was the eldest among three siblings, Susan and Nancy. Throughout his youth, Clyde moved between Jerome, Idaho, and Ogden, Utah. Although the family eventually anchored in Ogden permanently due to Mont's employment with Union Pacific guiding trains in and out of Ogden during World War II, Clyde retained a fond nostalgia for the simple pleasures of small-town life.
Clyde's passions were as diverse as they were fervent, and his love for small-town living led him and his family on numerous camping escapades across the country, eventually culminating in the acquisition of a cherished vacation home in Cannonville, Utah. Inspired by his father's profession, Clyde developed a lifelong affinity for trains, and the family often found themselves joyfully riding the rails on camping adventures. Whether aboard the Heber Creeper or a high-speed bullet train in Japan, Clyde's spirit thrived on the rhythm and exhilaration of a trip on a train. His enthusiasm for trains extended to the realm of model trains, where he curated an impressive and cherished collection over the years.
From a young age, Clyde sensed destiny shaping his path. It began when his family returned to Ogden, setting the stage for his enrollment at Ben Lomand High School, where a thoughtful English teacher paved the way for Clyde to attend Columbia College with a recommendation. During his time at Columbia, fate wove another strand into the tapestry of Clyde's story as he formed a quick friendship with a fellow student from Idaho, Neil Tanner. Visits to each other’s homes during summer vacations became a cherished tradition for the two. It was on these visits to Neil’s family home that he first encountered the woman destined to be his lifelong partner—Gail Tanner, Neil's younger sister. Their meeting marked the beginning of a love story that continues in eternity.
Clyde graduated from Columbia with a bachelor’s in engineering and felt fate guiding him again as he accepted a call to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Hong Kong. While there, Clyde developed a love for the culture, people, and service that would stick with him throughout his life. With plans to return to Columbia or attend BYU to obtain a doctorate in engineering, Clyde was surprised when he was pulled into a meeting with the Mission President who told him that he would attend Stanford for an MBA.
Trusting fate, he took the advice and graduated from Stanford University with an MBA, which led him back to Utah. There he started a career that spanned over three decades at Mountain Fuel, which later became Questar Corporation. Most prominently, he was the senior vice president but held many titles and offices for the main company and its subsidiaries.
During this time, he attended Neil Tanner’s wedding and again saw Gail. He described that moment as the first time he really saw her, and he knew then that she was the girl he was meant to be with. They were married not long after that in the Logan Temple. It was the beginning of a love story full of family, love, and values that lasted 53 years on earth and has now resumed in eternity.
Clyde and Gail’s legacy continued through their children, grandchildren, and an ever-growing number of great-grandchildren. The house was regularly full of the laughter and play of all of them, as well as their friends. It continues to be a house full of memories and love. His legacy stretches beyond his family in his service and devotion to his neighbors, friends, and faith.
Proud to call him dad are Jeremy, Emily with husband Chris, Sean with wife Vicky, Forrest, Joshua, JennyLee with husband Rusty, Mandy, and Marci with husband Josh. He is preceded in death by Gail, his parents, and his sister Susan.
The family is grateful that he is now free of pain and reunited with so many good people who shaped his life for the better. Clyde will be interred in the Logan City Cemetery next to his eternal companion.
Services will be held on Friday, February 16, 2024, at the Farmington Utah North Stake Center at 729 Shepard Lane in Farmington. A viewing will be held beginning at 9:45 am, followed by funeral services at 11:00. Services will be streamed live on Russon Mortuary Live Facebook page and on this obituary page, below. The livestream will begin 5-10 minutes prior to the service at 11 am.