A beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, Fred Arthur Bronson passed away peacefully at his home in the early morning hours of June 30, 2023.
He was born on November 29, 1947 to Roy and Hazel (Devoe) Bronson in Ogden, UT where he continued to cause mayhem with his brother until he graduated from Ben Lomond High School. Soon after, he joined the Army so his brother wouldn’t have to. He was stationed in Vietnam where he earned a Purple Heart and was honorably discharged after being shot in the foot while pulling a comrade to safety. Fred’s selflessness was a defining characteristic that he constantly practiced throughout his life.
When he returned home, he met a girl with beautiful long hair and that was that. He married Pat Verley on February 21, 1970. They were blessed with two wonderful daughters soon after and settled down in Roy, UT where they would stay for the next 50 years. Fred worked as a technician and supervisor at Alliant Tech for 45 years before he retired. He loved going to work and was adored by his co-workers.
Fred was not a man that stayed in one place for long. You could often find him at the auction buying mismatched folding chairs, making a trip to Home Depot to buy his 3rd power drill because he lost his, getting Pat her daily diet Coke from the old Texaco, attending one of his grandkids’ many sports games, or helping someone with a project. Fred was always serving others with his skills whether it was helping a co-worker build a deck, fixing his daughter’s dishwasher, or laying carpet for free for someone he barely knew. He freely shared everything he had. He would give you the shirt off his back if needed. He talked to everyone and had the ability to make anyone feel like they were a lifelong friend. If you stop at Midland pharmacy, Chevron, Winegars, Wasatch Peaks, any of his neighbors’ houses or pretty much anywhere in Roy, chances are they know and love Fred.
His loves in life were Coca-Cola, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, watching old Westerns, four-wheeling, and most of all, his grandchildren. They were his pride and joy and he never missed a soccer tournament, football game, track meet, choir concert, or graduation.
Fred leaves behind his beloved wife of 53 years, Pat, and daughters Kelly Wallace (Mike) and Kim Winter (John). He is also survived by his sisters Hazel Berglund, Barbara Smith, Alice Golko and Kay Colunga; seven grandchildren, four bonus grandchildren, ten bonus great-grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren with two more on the way. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Roy, sisters Cheryl and Darlene, and great-granddaughter Emmy Lou.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Bristol Hospice, especially Ashley, and to Dr. Chase Bailey at Ogden Clinic, the only doctor Fred ever liked.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 8, 2023 at Lindquist’s Roy Mortuary, 3333 W 5600 S Roy. Friends may visit with family on Friday, July 7 from 6 – 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 8 from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. at the mortuary.
Interment, Lindquist’s Memorial Gardens of the Wasatch, 1718 Combe Road.
If you wish to make a donation in honor of Fred, please consider donating to Shriners Hospital for Children.