BOUNTIFUL - Joseph Quintin Adair, age 88, our loving father and grandfather, returned home to his Heavenly Father on Dec.10, 2008, at his home in Bountiful, surrounded by his family.
He was born Sept. 26, 1920 in Panguitch to Joseph and Marie Henrie Adair, the oldest of eight children.
A World War II veteran, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the Pacific with the 316 Bombardment Wing.
He then attended Utah State University, where he received a BS degree in civil engineering and subsequently his professional engineer's license.
He married Marjorie Patricia Anderson on Nov. 15, 1947 in Salt Lake City; later sealed in the Logan LDS Temple.
Together, they raised eight children.
His career with the Utah Department of Transportation spanned 36 years serving in Logan, Kanab, Salina and Mt. Pleasant and as district four engineer in Price, where he designed and supervised the construction of I-70, U.S. 6, all access roads to Lake Powell and many other highways.
His SR-276 Potash Road won Parade Magazine's most scenic highway opened in the U.S. in 1966. He received awards for Eagle Canyon, White Canyon, Colorado and Dirty Devil bridges. He served as district two engineer in SLC, where he supervised the design and construction of I-215 and I-80.
He retired in 1986 as chief of roadway design for the state of Utah.
He enjoyed white-water rafting, gardening, exploring the southern Utah desert, traveling the world with his wife, skiing, hunting and many camping activities with his family.
As an Eagle Scout and leader, he took many young men on high-adventure outings.
He served in various capacities in the LDS Church, including, high council, bishop of the Carbonville LDS Ward and the last 11 years in the Bountiful LDS Temple.
Of all his accomplishments, he was the most proud of his family.
He is survived by sister, Wanda Miller; brothers Carroll and Kenneth; his eight children, Lou Ann, Bountiful; Gay (Kirtly) Nordfelt, Las Vegas, Nev.; Quintin (Kathy), Bluffdale; Laine (Rena), Spring Glen; Lori Lee (Matt) Heslop, North Ogden; Robin (Laurie), Las Vegas, Nev.; Leonard (Carolyn), Heber City; John (Judy), Nephi; 33 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; and his special friend, Charlotte Beck, and her family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie; two brothers, Ellis and Ronald; and sisters, Betty Lou and Lucille.
Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 15, at the Bountiful 39th LDS Ward. Interment was in Lakeview Memorial Estates under the direction of Lindquist's Bountiful Mortuary. Condolences may be shared at www.lindquistmortuary.com.
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