ODEAN BARNUM Odean Barnum, 86, of Las Vegas, passed away peacefully while visiting a grandson in South Jordan, Utah. He was born July 8, 1926, in St. George, Utah, to Orange Decatur Barnum and Angie Bell Hughes, and raised in Mesquite. During World War II
, he served with the U.S. Army in the Philippines. There, he received a Purple Heart
. Odean married Roberta Blake in the St. George LDS Temple, March 3, 1948. They lived in Blue Diamond for 14 years, then moved to Las Vegas where they lived 28 years. During these 42 years, he worked at Blue Diamond Gypsum plant as a laborer, foreman, and superintendent. He served as a bishop of the LDS 28th Ward in Las Vegas prior to retiring to St. George. He loved serving in the temple, gardening and spending time with his grandchildren. Odean's wife, Roberta, preceded him in death. He is survived by his three sons, Lawrence Dean (Kathleen) Barnum of St. George, David Elwin (Wendy) Barnum of Las Vegas, and James Douglas (Annette) Barnum of Twin Falls, Idaho; and his brothers, Jim (Marketta) Barnum of Mesquite, Thyrel "Gabby" (Nora) Barnum of Las Vegas, and Aschel Barnum; and sister, Roxie Barnum Bearden of Mesquite. Odean had 14 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren. Viewing will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, at the Metcalf Mortuary, 288 W. St. George Blvd. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 26, in the St. George LDS 5th Ward, Flood Street Chapel, 85 S. 400 East in St. George, with a viewing from 10-10:45 a.m. Burial will be at the St. George City Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, 435-673-4221. Please see Metcalf's website at www.metcalfmortuary.com
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