Sep 062013

Nephi Wallace Bushman, 84, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at Snowflake following a lengthy illness. Viewings will be held from 6 to 8 o’clock tonight (Sept. 6) and at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Main Street LDS Chapel at 421 N. Main St. in Snowflake. Funeral Services will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, at the same location. Interment will immediately follow at the R.V. “Mike” Ramsay Memorial Cemetery on the northwest corner of Fourth South and Fourth West in Snowflake.
He was born on June 19, 1928, in Snowflake to the late Martin Degen and Phoebe (Baker) Bushman.
Nephi’s early years were spent helping his family raise and peddle vegetables. He was an Eagle Scout, played football in high school and was president of the Future Farmers of America, Snowflake High School Chapter. After graduating from high school, he served a mission in western Canada for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After he returned, Nephi enrolled at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He also worked in several grocery stores there.
He married the former Maxine Cox for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple of the LDS church on June 26, 1952.
They farmed for about two years, with Nephi working as the produce manager at the Safeway store in Nampa, Idaho, during the winter.
Nephi’s father requested that he come to Snowflake to run his father’s store just prior to Southwest Forest Industries announcing plans to build a pulp and paper mill there. It was an opportune time and Nephi began construction of the Foodtown Shopping Center. For the next 20 years, he was involved in business, civic, political and church activities, which included being a member of the Kiwanis Club, Snowflake Chapter, for 12 years, Snowflake Chamber of Commerce president for three years, Silver Creek District Irrigation Board president for one year, Republican Party precinct committeeman, Snowflake
Elementary School board member, committeeman for the establishment of a community swimming pool, Snowflake town councilman, board member of the Department of Economic Planning and Development, State of Arizona, Republican candidate for the Arizona State Legislature, executive board member of the Grand Canyon Council of the Boy Scouts of America and recipient of the Silver Beaver Award, and secretary/treasurer of the committee to establish a community college in Snowflake.
After retirement, Nephi and Maxine answered six mission calls from the LDS church, including a proselyting mission to Pohnpei in the Guam-Micronesia Mission, a proselyting mission to Nigeria Africa, an historical site restoration mission to Chesterfield, Idaho, a community pioneered by Maxine’s great-grandparents, a humanitarian mission to Vietnam to teach English as a second language, a proselyting mission to Singapore Mission with assignments in Malaysia
and Pakistan, a mission to Nauvoo, Ill., (church historical sites tour guides and Nauvoo Temple workers), and a second mission to Nigeria to the Nigeria Aba Temple as a counselor to the temple president. At the temple dedication, Nephi was set apart as a sealer and Maxine
as the assistant matron by President Gordon B. Hinckley. This was a very special time in both of their lives.
Survivors include his wife, Maxine Cox Bushman of Snowflake; Nephi II (Rebecca Stringham) Bushman of Kingman, Samuel (Lonette Roark) Bushman of Nierstein, Germany, Bonnie (Sam) Merrill of Holladay, Utah, Rebecca (Alan) Shields of Hurricane, Utah, Joseph (Kathy Ashcraft) Bushman of Snowflake, Naomi (Brent) Willis of West Jordan, Utah, and Benjamin (Shannon) Bushman of Tucson; 46 grandchildren; and 39 great-grandchildren.
Owens Livingston Mortuary of Snowflake was in charge of the arrangements.Bushman, Nephi obit