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Bruce Lee Gunderson, 80, our loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, and special friend passed away in North Ogden on December 30, 2021 after a two- year battle with cancer.
He was born March 21, 1941 to Roland E. Gunderson and Ellen Faun Tuttle in Ogden. The family lived in Washington Terrace, Utah at the time of his birth and later they moved to Sunset, Utah. Bruce was the third child of his parents' nine children.
Bruce attended Davis High School, and there he met his future wife, Doris Heaps. They were married in Sunset in 1960 and raised their three children: Laurie, Steven and Connie in Sunset. Bruce and Doris divorced in 1984 but remained close friends. He then married Sheryl Trimble in 1985, they later divorced.
Bruce started his own business, Bruce’s Sunset 66 Service Station, in Sunset in 1963. He was a fire and police volunteer for Sunset City and was Huntsville’s part time police chief for six years. After attending the Police Academy in 1975 he became a full time police officer for Sunset City and rose to the rank of police chief before retiring in 1991. He then worked for several years as head of security for Associated Foods. He also enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing with his son.
He is survived by his daughters Laurie (Brad) Peterson, and Connie (Craig) Jensen, a daughter-in-law Denice (Steven, deceased) Gunderson; eight grandchildren: Nicole (Rob) Nixon, Cody (Nicole) Jensen, Chase (Morgan) Jensen, Brittney (Bryton) Smith, Chantel (Clint) Redd, Samantha (Arthur) Merrison, Steven J. Gunderson and Sydney Gunderson; 16 great-grandchildren; and the following siblings: Don (Pat, deceased) Gunderson, Robert (Phyllis) Gunderson, Ellen (James) Thomson, Debbie (Lynn) Johnson, Roland Brett (Heidi) Gunderson, and his former wives.
Bruce was preceded in death by his son Steven B. Gunderson, grandson Jason B. Peterson, his parents, and the following sisters: Kaye Halsey, Carol (LeRoy) Brown, and Vickie (James) Thomson.
The family expresses their thanks to Dr. Belisario Arango, Dr. Brandon Fisher, the staff of The Lodge of North Ogden, and his Hospice nurses Tammy and MaryAnn for their care and comfort of Dad.
A celebration of life will be held at a future date.
We will forever cherish the time and memories we have had with our dad.
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