Jan 092013

Don L. Turley, 81, of Mesa passed away peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, after a courageous two-year battle with cancer. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 o’clock tonight (Jan. 11) at Bunker’s Garden Chapel, 33 N. Centennial Way in Mesa. A second visitation will be held from 10 to 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Old 2nd Ward LDS Chapel, 15 W. First Ave in Mesa, followed by funeral services starting at 11 a.m. Interment will be at the Mesa City Cemetery.
He was born March 31, 1931, in Snowflake to Harvey and Melba Turley.
After grade school in Snowflake he attended high school in Iowa where his family moved, excelling in sports and student council.
He served an LDS mission in the New England states from 1951-53, and then in the Army from 1953-55. Following his military service he attended Arizona State University, receiving a B.S. in Agronomy. This led to employment with the University of Arizona Experimental Farm in Mesa and later the ASU Cotton Center, re-searching pesticides.
While at ASU in 1959, he met and married Martha Ann Bartson in the Mesa Temple. They settled in Mesa, raising four boys and five girls. Martha preceded Don in death, passing in 1988. He is survived by all nine of his children, Guy (Alison), Greg (Bobbie Jo), Gay, Glenae, Genie (Billy), Gary (Beth), Gennifer (Creston), Gen-ice (Zack) and Geoff (Karen); and 28 grandchildren.
To support his large family, Don left agricultural research and worked in the construction industry for more than 20 years before finding his last career driving a bus for Mesa Public Schools. He loved to work and would often outpace men half his age.