Wendell Glen Waite, 92, died peacefully November 15, 2021, in Boulder City, Nevada. He lived in North Las Vegas for 55 years.
Wendell was born March 14, 1929, in Las Vegas to Glenn and Vera Hunt Waite. He had three sisters, Doris (1927-1927), Beverly (1932-2019) and Lois (1933-2019) and a younger brother, Miles (1942-1942). "Glenny Boy" spent most of his childhood in Bunkerville, Nevada, which was settled by his pioneer ancestors. He graduated in 1947 from Virgin Valley High School, where he played on the state championship basketball team and served as senior class president.
At the age of 19, Wendell departed for a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in the East Central States Mission, preaching the gospel in Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia and receiving an abiding testimony that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. Upon his return, he served two years in the US Army, stationed in Germany.
He then went to live with family in Los Angeles, where he met Bonnie Welch and fell in love with her beautiful singing voice. Though she was "terribly unimpressed" with him at first, she eventually accepted his proposal. They were wed in the St. George Utah Temple on July 2, 1955, for time and all eternity, raised four children together, and recently celebrated their 66th anniversary.
Wendell graduated from BYU in 1958 and taught at Strathmore College, near Porterville, California. In 1960, the family moved to North Las Vegas where he taught 8th grade math and science at J. D. Smith and Jim Bridger Jr. High Schools for 28 years.
He was elected to the North Las Vegas City Council in 1967. He served for nine years, including two years as mayor pro tem, as well as on several regional and state commissions.
Throughout his life, Wendell's faith in the restored gospel was unshakeable, and his years were filled with Church service, including as elders quorum president, high priest group leader, bishop, stake high counselor, counselor in a stake presidency, and temple ordinance worker. He particularly enjoyed serving as a Sunday School teacher at the Women's Correctional Center in North Las Vegas. He and Bonnie served as full-time senior missionaries in the California Sacramento Mission in 1996.
Three of the things he loved most were Alaskan cruises, BYU athletics (Rise and Shout!), and his ever-growing posterity. Well into his 90s, he would recite the names, in order, of each of his grandchildren, their spouses, and each of his great-grandchildren to anyone and everyone who would listen.
He was preceded in death by his parents and four siblings. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie; his four children, Glenn (Linda), Marlon (Jill), Dan (Andrea), and Jana (David) Dixon; 16 grandchildren; and 55 great-grandchildren (soon to be 56!).
Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 4, 2021, at 10:00 am at the Church of Jesus Christ chapel at 100 E. Hammer Lane (Goldfield and Hammer), North Las Vegas. There will be a viewing at 9:00 am at the chapel. There will be a viewing at the Bunkers Eden Vale Mortuary, 925 Las Vegas Blvd. North, Las Vegas, Friday, December 3, 2021, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Interment will directly follow the funeral services at the Bunkers Eden Vale Memorial Park, 1216 Las Vegas Blvd. North, Las Vegas.
The funeral services will be broadcast live on the internet at http://mywebcast.churchofjesuschrist.org/northlasvegasnevadastake
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