Val Bess

Val Wendall Bess

Sunday, June 13th, 1937 - Tuesday, January 8th, 2019
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Val Wendall Bess “Pa”

Age 81

June 13, 1937 - January 8, 2019

FERRON- We are saddened by the loss of our sweet Dad, Grandpa, Brother, Uncle and friend. Val W. Bess left us peacefully while at home with family by his side.

Val was the youngest of nine children born to Archie Edward Bess and Rose Butterfield. He grew up in Holladay, Utah and graduated from Olympus High School in 1957. Val was married to Janice Bennion Wilkins on January 23,1964 in Elko, Nevada. They went on to raise their family and spent fifty wonderful years together. Val was a loving and supportive husband, father and grandpa. There were times he worked several jobs just to make ends meet. Jan sadly passed away in 2014.

In 1961, Val was hired by South Salt Lake Police Department. He was a eager young officer who worked very hard through the ranks to acquire the position of Chief of Police. Val served his community and remained Chief of Police for nearly half of his career. Val was a well respected Chief and made many lifetime friends over his years of service. He was a fair boss who did not judge and he gave second chances. Val served his entire career in law enforcement retiring as South Salt Lake Chief of Police in 1991.

Val was one of a kind. Some of our best memories were made fishing with his “Special Bait” and water skiing in the Little Red Boat he had built with his brother Archie. We spent numerous weekends with family and friends at nearby East Canyon Lake and Rockport. Our family always looked forward to our annual hunting trips to Currant Creek with lifelong friends and our special neighbors “The Garcia’s”. We are so grateful to have spent time together and have so many cherished memories.

Val had several aliases; Pa, Chief, Pudgy, Dan Dan the Mustard Man, Uncle Fuzz and Wanna-B Cowboy. All to which he answered kindly to.

He really enjoyed baking, cooking and barbecuing. It was well known that every camp member could place their special omelette order which he happily accommodated. This tradition was carried on for years while enjoying our friends company as we camped up Huntington Canyon. Val loved the holidays and found much joy in making Christmas fudge and goodies to share. He mastered the art of making homemade pies, and most importantly for the kids was his famous Mickey Mouse pancakes.

Val and Jan moved to Ferron, Utah in 1997 fulfilling their dream of moving to the country. Val was an avid horse lover. He took pride in building new stables and a hay barn at their new home. It seemed there was always a new project that kept him busy. He liked to putter and was always there to help out a friend or neighbor. During this time Val owned several horses and raised a couple of Filly's which he loved dearly. One of his greatest joys was spending time with his youngest grandson Colton once they moved closer to Ferron. These two cowboys built a
bond like no other and were inseparable until his passing.

Val is survived by his sister; Laura Stephenson, Bluffdale, UT; Daughter Tammy Bess and Grandson, Colton Bess, Castle Dale, UT; Grandson, Jared Wilkins Mara (Nikki), West Jordan, UT; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. Special friends and brother-in-laws; KeithBowden, Holladay, UT and Robert White, Salt Lake City, UT.

He was preceded in death by his parents; seven siblings; wife Janice; Two daughters, Danna Wilkins and Sandy Bess; son, Michael Wilkins. Beloved horses; Princess and Chex.

The family would like to give special thanks for the loving care provided by the staff of Rocky Mountain Care and Hospice. There are truly angels among us.

Val requested no services be held. His ashes will be spread at a few of his favorite places. It would mean so much to Val if everyone would take time to do a kind deed or even just visit family or friends.

We will miss you Pa!

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Posted at 07:41pm
Dearest Tammy, Colton and Mike:
I was doing an online search of Uncle Val as I often do and saw the obituary. Needless to say I'm both heartbroken and shocked. My sincere condolences and deepest sympathy to all of you. May Uncle Val rest in peace in the arms of angels. I know Aunt Jan and family were waiting at the gates for him....May God bless and keep them. I can remember the sour green apple candy , trips to the western stores and Corpus Christi when they came to visit, talks about the horses, his love for Aunt Jan and family. I'm sorry for your loss. Take care.
Nancy E. Packer
San Antonio, Tx

Tom Barron

Posted at 05:15pm
Uncle Fuzz:
Thank you for letting me borrow your special hard-top Ford for a date. And, thank you for being the Best Man at my wedding in February, 1961. You will always have a very special place in my heart.


Tom Barron

Patrisia Magallon

Posted at 08:56am
We would like to express our sincere condolences to you and your family. With deep sympathy, we share your sorrow, after the tears have dried and the goodbyes have been said, all we have to hold onto are the happy memories that we’ve shared with our loved ones who have passed, this is what keeps them alive in our hearts and in our minds, and they will continue to live on, through us. May God give you the strength to endure the pain you are going through and may he embrace you and comfort your family during this difficult time."Jesus said to her: 'I am the resurrection and the life. The one who exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life.'"-John 11:25

Mari Lin Cox

Posted at 11:52pm
We just want to say thanks for many years of wonderful memories. They are outstanding, as was our friendship with VAL and Jan. Love you dearly— Lynn’s, Mari Lin, and all the Cox Family.

Annette Helming

Posted at 08:57pm
My love and prayers for Tammy and the rest of the family, and I will miss knowing Uncle Val is here, but I am grateful he was able to finally pass and be with Janice, his sweet Mom and Dad and his siblings and many loved ones who have gone before. I know I will see him again and be able to hug him again and express my love for him at a future time. We had the privilege of Grandma Cotten and Uncle Val living with us for 6 years, and it was all so good! Uncle Val was working and gone a lot, but whenever he was there, he was always so kind and so good to us kids, and I never heard him be unkind or grumpy....he always was thoughtful and kind. I have always looked to him as one of my Heroes on this earth, because he was full of integrity and loyalty and his word was his bond, and he was a true friend to so many. I remember he loved his cars, and I think they were Fords, but I am not good at remembering which cars are which, but I remember he had a black and yellow one and then he also had a pretty torquoise and white one, and he always took such good care of his cars, so I remember we used to beg him to let us wash and wax his car, and we didn't want any money for it, just wanted to wash and wax his pretty cars. So, we were always excited when he said we could! I also remember he liked ketchup on just about everything, and we were having potatoes and gravy and roast, and he poured ketchup even on the potatoes and gravy, and all of us kids at once let out a moan, and he said " I don't know what's the matter with you's good, and it all goes to the same place, anyways!" I know he was a very hard worker, very caring, a lot of common sense, and every person had value to him. I can never say enough good about Uncle Val, and I respect and admire him more than words can say, and Aunt Janice was an angel too, so I am glad they are finally together again.
I know Uncle Val blessed so many more lives than we probably will ever know, and we are blessed to have him as family, and again, my love and prayers to all the family and friends, and I agree that Uncle Val would like us to pass on kindnesses, because he always did that!!!

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