William John Kremin, Jr. passed away on Thursday, August 24, 2023 at the age of 92. He was born on September 7, 1930, to William J. Kremin, Sr. and Edna Mae Johnston Kremin in the valley of Tetonia, Idaho. He had only one sibling, an older sister who died at birth.
Despite the Great Depression, it was a picturesque childhood, with huckleberry summers and winters of snow so deep the children used skis to attend the one-room school house. Bill recalled what it was like as an 11-year old boy hearing about Pearl Harbor on the radio which left him with a deep impression of patriotism and duty. He spent his teenage years in Brigham City. After graduating from Box Elder High School in 1948, Bill worked for Standard Oil in Anchorage, Alaska, then started school at Weber Junior College, which he commuted to each day from Brigham in a carpool with his friend, Bill Packer and his brother Boyd (yes, that Boyd Packer). In 1950, Bill joined the Navy for 4 years. He was stationed on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Cape Esperance, transporting planes to Asian Islands. Bill found this experience invaluable. In Oakland, California, he met a young lady eating at a café with her sister. Bill continued to court Joyce Thomas between deployments. They were married December 1951, then stationed at Kodiak Naval Base in 1952. 1954-1968 took them from California to the Wasatch Front, gaining important life-long friendships along the way. They were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple September 10, 1954. In 1958, Bill began a 25-year career with Utah Job Service which brought his family to Vernal in 1968. He felt great satisfaction participating in the Vernal Chamber of Commerce. He and Joyce enjoyed their time with the Saturday Satellites Square Dancing Club. Bill retired from Job Service, signing on with Deseret Power Plant in 1983. He was a member of several bishoprics. In retirement, Bill ran for Vernal City Mayor, serving two terms. Following his mayoral service, Bill and Joyce continued in the cultivation they'd been hard at work at for over 50 years - their family. Bill was always loving, supportive, and generous with his children and grandchildren, instilling within them the priorities of traditions, duty to country, appreciation for nature, and growing their faith. He loved camping and fishing more than any other pastime, John Wayne movies, reminiscing about Tetonia and his Navy Service. Bill felt proud to represent the American Legion at funeral services of fellow veterans. Consistent with the love for "his bride" he ensured that in the final years of Joyce's life, she was comfortable, happy, and had the very best care. She remained his number one priority until her passing exactly one year ago. We are grateful they are reunited once again, both healthy and whole.
We would like to express our appreciation to Dr. Woodward and his team at Canyon Home Care and Hospice, particularly Paige Stewart and Sheila Slaugh.
He is survived by his children: Faith (Les) Mecham, Bill (Laurie) Kremin III, Calvin (Wendy) Kremin, Mark (Colette) Kremin, Eric Kremin, Fawn (Mike) Holmes, Hope (Brett) Taft, 25 grandchildren, and 54 great-grandchildren, his dear brother-in-law John (Elke) McLeroy, and many wonderful nieces and nephews.
Bill was preceded in death by his beloved wife Blenda Joyce Thomas Kremin, his son Paul Nathan Kremin, his sister Edna Fawn Kremin, and his parents William John Kremin, Sr. and Edna Mae Johnston Kremin
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, September 5, 2023 at 12:00PM at the Vernal 7th Ward Chapel (850 West 100 North). A visitation for family and friends will be held Monday evening from 6-8PM at the Ashley Valley Funeral Home and Tuesday 11:00-11:45AM at the Church. Interment will be held at the Maeser Fairview Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the American Legion Post 11.