Gillies Funeral Chapel


Darwin Robert Halling

August 9, 2017

Services: Monday, August 14, 2017 at 11:00 am at the Mantua

Viewing: 6:00-7:30 pm on Sunday evening, August 13, 2017 at Gillies Mortuary in Brigham City (634 E. 200 S.) and also from 10:00-10:40 am just before the funeral in Mantua Ward Chapel.


Darwin Robert Halling beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, friend and neighbor passed away peacefully in his sleep on Aug 9, 2017. He was born in Mantua, Utah to Wilford Merrill Halling and Cora Gertrude Jensen. He was the youngest of 9 children. He grew up in his family home in Mantua where he lived all his life with the exception of a couple of years. He went to Utah State University and received his Bachelor's degree in Mathematics. He had a brilliant Mathematical mind. He met his sweetheart and companion Karen Anderson Leatham on a blind date and they were married on August 2, 1957 in the Logan LDS Temple. They celebrated 60 wonderful years together this past week. They moved to Hyrum, Dugway, Tremonton and then to the family home in Mantua where they lived for almost 60 years. Darwin served in the National Guard serving his country for 8 years. He was very patriotic and loved his country. He worked at Dugway, Thiokol (6 yrs) and then Hillfield where he eventually retired after about 25 years of service. He was a Mathematician/Statistician and really enjoyed the people he worked with. Darwin was a valiant member of his Mantua Ward and served in many callings including: Bishopric Counselor, a member of the High Council, Elder's Quorum President, Gospel Doctrine teacher,Stake Mission Leader, and other callings. Darwin and Karen served an honorable mission in the Chicago North Mission working in the office. He was in charge of the transfers and over the auto fleet. He loved the missionaries and all he met on his mission. He also served as the Mayor of Mantua, and on the city council. He loved doing home improvements, he worked on his family home for his entire life. The 100 year old home stands as a testament to his hard work and skill. He loved boating with his family, deer hunting, reading, working in his shop, doing yard work, gardening and most of all his daily ride on his 4-wheeler. He enjoyed listening to music each day. He liked to travel and insisted on starting every vacation at 4:00 am. He is survived by his devoted wife Karen, His children: Brian (Minta) Halling, Karl (Margie) Halling, Cora Lee (David) Wayman, Julie (Russell) Coburn, Jon (Ricki Lee) Halling, as well as many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his father Wilford Merrill Halling, his mother Cora Gertrude Jensen, all of his siblings, his son Alan Ray Halling and his grandson Braydon Russell Coburn. Services will be held Monday, August 14, 2017 at 11:00 am at the Mantua Ward Chapel with a viewing held at Gillies Mortuary in Brigham City (634 E. 200 S.) from 6:00-7:30 pm on Sunday evening, August 13, 2017. There will also be a viewing from 10:00-10:40 am just before the funeral in Mantua.

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Dear family , I had the pleasure of working close to Darwin for many years at Hill Air Force Bass . He loved participating in our building dinners. He was a man of many talents . He was always so kind to me and my family , bringing us fresh vegetables from his garden . He also made a desk for my young son - out of an old TV cabinet. Amazing ! Darwin loved his family . He praised his beautiful wife consistently and everyone at work knew all of his children -by name - and all the many things they were involved in . My sincere condolences to Karen and the family . Darwin was a treasured friend .

Joy Laverne Schoenecker


Karl, I heard about the passing of your father. I did not know the man, but I know you. I feel he has to be proud of his son,and family. We know you will see him again. God bless you.

Jeff Johnson



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