Obituary: Veryl Cleverly, Oct. 5, 1937-May 1, 2011

Veryl Cleverly was born Oct. 5, 1937, and died May 1, 2011, of complications from open heart surgery. He was the eighth child born to Viene Lauretta Potts and Thomas Franklin Cleverly.
Veryl was born in the basement of the house his father was building on Howard Street in what was then Woods Cross, now Main Street in North Salt Lake, Utah. He enjoyed his childhood roaming the foothills east of his home and riding the sheep and hiding in the hay bales at the old North Salt Lake stockyards. Friends Bill Wood, Sam Howard, Ralph Kenyon and nephew Norton Cleverly were always there with him to put pennies on the railroad tracks and share other adventures.
When Veryl was 14 he spent a summer working on his brother Lawrence’s farm near Nyssa, Ore. He liked this life and the next summer chose to stay and attend high school with his nieces Deone and Jerilyn. He also liked Carolyn Vaughn, the girl across the aisle, in his English and physics classes. He married her on July 19, 1956, in the LDS temple in Logan, Utah. Veryl and Carolyn shared 55 years together.
Veryl was an accountant for 21 years at International Harvester in Salt Lake City, Utah and Burley, Idaho. He then worked for J & J Office Supply in Burley before purchasing Jackson’s Office Supply in Craig, Colo., in 1976. He and Carolyn worked together until they retired to their “paradise” upriver from Meeker, Colo., in 1993. They have resided in Preston, Idaho, since 2007.
Veryl loved and cared for Carolyn with all his heart. He enjoyed fishing, traveling and tinkering with his sprinkler system. His children, grandchildren and his yard were his pride and joy.
Veryl was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
He loved serving people in the church and in the community.
Veryl is survived by four children: Derek (Lani) Craig, Colo., Kathryn Spencer (Kenny) Lehi, Utah, Alex (Lori) Oxnard, Calif., Blake (Bruchele) Casper, Wyo.; 18 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; one brother, Darrell (RaNae), and  sisters Lorraine Hudson, Atascadero, Calif., and Ann Thomson (Dale) Salt Lake City.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Willard, Lee and Lawrence; one sister, Arlean Dennis; and one grandson, Shelby Spencer.
Services will be held Thursday, May 5, 2011 in Preston, Idaho, 8th Ward, 213 So. 2nd East at 12 p.m. Friends may greet the family at the church between 10:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m., prior to the service. Graveside services at the Bountiful city cemetery will be held at 5 p.m. that same day.
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