Walter Eugene “Gene” Manning died at his home on Monday, November 22 at the age of 89. He was born on June 6, 1932 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Walter James Manning and Ada Grace Jenkins. He grew up in Magna, Utah, and Kingman, Arizona, where he graduated from high school in 1950.
After high school, Gene enlisted in the US Navy and served in the Korean War as a third-class electronics technician. Gene was honorably discharged in 1955 and worked as a cameraman at KSL Studios in Salt Lake City, during which time he met Joellyn Crapo, originally from Parker, Idaho. They were married in the Salt Lake City Temple on March 12, 1958 and became the parents of four children.
Gene’s professional career has included working as an electronics technician at Atomics International in California, helping build the original KBYU broadcast studios while earning his master’s degree in communications at BYU, serving as general manager of K radio stations. -96 FM and KOVO 960 AM, and leading professional development trainings across the country.
Gene had many callings in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and he viewed the responsibility of ministering as a sacred duty. He has served others outside of his formal callings in big and small ways throughout his life.
Gene was predeceased by his parents, sisters Elaine and Joyce, brother Lawrence (Larry), and sons David and Sean. He is survived by his wife Joellyn, his daughters Maureen (Brent) Warren and Shannon Manning, his stepdaughters Cindy (David) and Cathy (Sean) and many beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren.
The funeral will be on Monday, November 29 at 11:00 a.m. at 60 South Main Street in Salem, Utah. A visitation will be held Sunday evening, November 28, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Walker Funeral Home, 187 South Main Street in Spanish Fork. There will also be a visit on Monday morning from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. at the Chapel on Main Street. Interment will be in the cemetery in the town of Salem. Please visit https://walkermemorials.com to send your condolences.