Oct. 19, 1925 – July 27, 2012
Preston Duncan Workman died peacefully at his home in Lovell on July 27, 2012, after a brief battle with lung cancer.
Pres was born on Oct. 19, 1925, in Delta, Utah. He was the third child of nine children of Martha Lucetta Duncan and Claude Cornelius Workman. Pres married Greta Godfrey on March 20, 1954, in Billings. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake City Temple. Together they had two daughters, Marla and Trudy.
Schooling for Preston began at the stone schoolhouse in Shell. Following the family’s return to Lovell, he completed his schooling in the Lovell schools, graduating in 1943, and directly entered the U. S. Navy and served in World War II.
After the war, Pres worked as a carpenter on the old Lovell water plant and as a pumper for Carter Oil Refinery, did seismograph work for the Shell Oil Company, did ranch work and hauled hay for various ranchers, worked at the sugar factory, roughnecked in the oil fields, was an operator at the Manderson Sulphur plant, and was a Standard gas station attendant.
In 1960, he moved his family to Billings, where he trained to become an X-ray technician. Following his registration with the National Society of Radiology as a radiologic technologist, he was employed at North Big Horn Hospital, where he worked for 35 years. He was active in the Wyoming Society of X-ray Technicians and served as president. He wrote and submitted certification requirements for X-ray technicians to practice in Wyoming, which the legislators passed.
Pres was very dedicated to his responsibilities to the community. He served 12 years on the Lovell Town Council and then as Lovell’s mayor. He was a charter member of the Lovell Toastmasters Club and served as president. He participated in many community activities.
Preston served as a Boy Scout counselor and as a home teacher in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was also a Young Mens’ teacher. He and Greta served as ordinance workers in the Billings Temple and as missionaries at the Family History Center.
His interests were fishing, hunting, rock hounding, lapidary, local history and golfing. He especially enjoyed visiting, reminiscing and sharing stories with his family and friends.
Preston was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Neil, Trulon, Croft and Hulbert and sisters Venita and Eva Lou.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years; his daughters and son-in-law Marla (Norman) Winters of Otto, and Trudy of Lovell; and his grandchildren Amy and Matt Gardner, Patricia and Trevor Casey, Clifford and Meredith Winters, Ryan and Eric Cohen, Rachel, Victoria, Cozette and Lisa Winters, and Scott and Stephanie Winters. He had 11 great-grandchildren. Survivors also include his brothers Dallen (Patricia) Workman, Claude (Glenna) Workman, and brother-in-law Scott B. Smith.
Funeral services will be held this Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, at 10 a.m. at the Lovell East Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Viewing will be an hour earlier at 9 a.m. in the West Chapel. Interment will follow at the Cowley Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.haskellfuneralhome.com.