Gaylord Vincent Skogerboe died peacefully on April 20, 2005, at the McKay Dee Hospital of complications of diabetes. He was born April 1, 1935, in Cresco, Iowa, to Reuben and Rozella Skogerboe. He spent much of his youth in the Midwest.
He later moved to Grantsville, Utah. He was very active in high school and served as student body president in 1953.
He was married to Henrietta Van Huizen on July 23, 1958, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in 1959. He traveled and worked abroad for many years in Pakistan, Thailand, the Philippines and Sri Lanka doing work in irrigation and drainage.
He was employed by Colorado State University for 16 years and later he worked for Utah State University. In August 2004 he was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from Kasetsart University of Thailand. This was a very big moment in his life. Skog was a very optimistic, caring person and loved his work helping third-world countries improve their ability to grow better crops and use their land to the best of their ability.
After he retired from Utah State University, he worked for several years on the genealogy of his father’s and mother’s family. He will be remembered most for his optimism, sense of humor and love of people.
He is survived by his wife Henrietta; his son Michael Skogerboe; his daughter Susan Iacoboni; son-in-law Angelo; and granddaughter Rachel. His sisters and brothers are as follows: Maralee Parkinson of Grantsville, Dean Skogerboe of Salt Lake City, Dennis Skogerboe of Fruitland, Idaho, Larry Skogerboe of Salt Lake City, and Shelley Dalton of Salt Lake City.
Friends may call at a viewing at Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd. on Friday April 22, from 6-8 p.m. and on Saturday April 23, from 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Interment will be in Lindquist’s Washington Heights Memorial Park at 4500 Washington Blvd. Saturday April 23, at 1 p.m.