Luke Layton Adams was born on September 26, 1930, to Frank David and Leona Layton Adams at Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah.
He graduated from Davis High School. With the help of the G.I. Bill, he received his Associates Degree from Weber State College and later graduated from Utah State University with a major in Business Administration and a minor in Art Education. He also completed many classes toward a Master’s Degree.
He was drafted into the United States Army at Fort Douglas on January 8, 1952. He traveled by troop train to Fort Lewis, Washington. He had 16 weeks of basic training at Camp Roberts, California. He, along with 4,500 others traveled by troop ship from San Francisco, California to Inchon, South Korea. He was a member of the 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, earning $90 per month, plus $30 extra for combat pay as a gunner on a quad 50 caliber half-track. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, the Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Stars plus other awards. He was discharged at Camp Stoneman, California on December 30, 1953.
He married Diana Craythorne on July 5, 1956, and became the parents of two sons, David and Robert. He was blessed with four grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, with one more on the way. Luke and Diana recently celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary.
He retired as a Computer Programmer at Hill Air Force Base. For 37 years he served as a volunteer firefighter for Layton City Fire Department. He also recently received his 60-year service award for his membership in the Utah State Firefighters Association. As active members of the Utah State Firefighters Association, Luke and Diana attended over 60 consecutive Utah State Firefighter conventions. Throughout the years they were able to make many lasting memories with many of their dear friends. Jim and Judy Morgan and their daughter JoyLynn have been wonderful to assist as needed at the last few conventions.
In the 1970’s Luke and Diana built a cabin in the High Uinta Mountains, where they enjoyed four wheeling in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter. Luke and Diana have shared their love of the great outdoors with their grandchildren and great-grandchildren and have created a lifetime of memories at the cabin with grandpa and grandma.
Some of Luke’s interests were wood carving, deer hunting, fishing, and pheasant hunting. Many of his wood carvings include award winning blue ribbon life-sized totem poles, bears and birds; signs and Christmas tree ornaments.
Those who knew Luke the best, knew he had an entertaining sense of humor and was always pleasant to be around.
Luke was known for collecting many treasures. Those often included, items discarded by others. A trip to the cabin or other desirable vacation spots were not complete without pulling off to the side of the freeway for a road-side treasure, typically a bungie cord, tow strap, gas can or street sign.
Throughout his life Luke was never one to complain, including in recent years when he had many trips to the doctor’s offices, ER’s and hospitals. His life was extended to the point it was because of the loving and compassionate care of his wife. While often reserved about his love and devotion for others, we all knew his greatest accomplishment in life was his marriage to Diana.
As a Korean War veteran, Luke had the privilege of going on an Honor Flight with his grandson back to Washington DC to see many of the war memorials and museums. An experience Luke recalled with fondness.
Luke was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters. He is survived by his loving wife Diana, two children, Frank David Adams, Robert Craythorne Adams (Anna), daughter-in-law, Tamela Adams, four grandchildren, Robert Elias Adams (Jennifer), Sarah Louise Cutler (Steve), Jane Diana Flores (Nic) and Mary Elizabeth Mrock (Jon), eleven great grandchildren: Ross (Bolivia Santa Cruz Mission), Ren, Bella, Hazel, Eden, Drake, Eleanor, Elliott, Kai, Allen, Martin and a little girl on the way!
Funeral services will be held Friday, October 6, 2023 at 2:00 pm at Lindquist’s Layton Mortuary, 1867 N. Fairfield Road, Layton, Utah. Friends may visit with family Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and Friday from 12:30 to 1:30 pm at the mortuary prior to the service.
A special thanks to Dr. Stephens and her team at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Luke and Diana met them in the fall of 2015, their care and compassion were so appreciated. Our heartfelt expressions of gratitude to the many caring medical professionals, including the Layton Fire Department, Layton IHC Hospital, Evanston Hospital, University of Utah Hospital, Huntsman Cancer Institute, McKay-Dee Hospital and Canyon Home Care and Hospice, where Carly lovingly attended to Luke in his final weeks.
Interment will be at Kaysville City Cemetery with full military honors.
Services will be live streamed and may be viewed by going to www.lindquistmortuary.com and scrolling to the bottom of Luke’s obituary page.