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Layne Doran Anderson

January 12, 1945 — October 20, 2023

Salt Lake City, Utah

Layne Doran Anderson

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Layne Doran Anderson was born January 12, 1945 to Nina May Dawson and Joseph Merlin Anderson, the third of six children, in the area now known as Cottonwood Heights, Utah.  The family moved to Franklin, Idaho when he was 5 years old, and then to Kalispell, Montana when he was 11.  Layne graduated from Flathead High School in 1963 in the top of his class.  He excelled academically and participated in various clubs and activities throughout his 4 years.  He was a leader on the wrestling team and competed at state as a senior.  He took German all four years of high school and was therefore surprised to get his mission call to Brazil speaking Portuguese.  He served in the Brazil North Mission from 1965-1967.  He loved being a missionary and those years formed a deep love for all people but especially those in Brazil.  

Layne attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois on a full-ride scholarship, graduating with a B.S in Chemical Engineering, followed by an M.B.A. with a focus in finance.

Layne met Patricia Buchan, a beautiful British girl, at church in Wilmette, Illinois, upon returning from his mission. They were married and sealed in the Cardston, Alberta Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on June 14, 1969.  They lived in Chicago, where their first daughter was born, then briefly in Houston and Philadelphia, before accepting a job in São Paulo, Brazil, where they spent the next 11 years raising the family (adding 5 more children), having many wonderful experiences and making life-long friends along the way.  They moved to Orofino, Idaho two days before Christmas in 1983, a memorable trip as there was a huge snowstorm en route, and lived there for many more years as they finished raising their children near family.  They had one more child to complete their crew - seven children in total.  

Layne and Pat moved to Washington state in 2003 and both worked during the next 9 years, including getting to serve as volunteer workers in the Seattle Temple, until they retired in 2012 and began more than a decade of serving as full-time missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  They served 5 missions together: 

1) As temple workers in the Recife Temple in Recife, Brazil;

2) As local support in the Leeds England Mission, where they enjoyed living in Pat’s hometown and spending quality time with her family;

3) As office workers in the Cabo Verde Mission;

4) As branch president and support in Portimão, Portugal in the Lisbon Portugal Mission; and

5) As temple construction missionaries and historical recorders of the construction of the Brazil Brasilia Temple.

Layne was a dedicated member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, holding various callings (volunteer positions) including: ward membership clerk, ward financial clerk, elders quorum president, seminary teacher, primary teacher, high councilor, ward mission leader, bishop (both in Brazil and in Idaho), and branch president (both in Idaho and in Portugal).  He loved those he served, especially the youth.

Layne’s lifelong motto was “service to others”, and he always sought opportunities to bless the lives of those in need, doing it quietly without drawing attention to himself or seeking praise.  He befriended the lonely, created jobs for those who needed work, fed the hungry, paid for missions for some who couldn’t afford it, sponsored some young people to attend college, paid for medical procedures for some children, all the while living a very simple, frugal lifestyle himself. 

Layne and Pat completed the last mission in June 2023, had a wonderful family reunion, celebrated 54 years of marriage, and were getting ready to submit papers to go on a sixth mission.

They intended to visit their children and siblings this past August, when their vacation was cut short by some health concerns which turned out to be Stage 4 metastatic melanoma.  Layne was blessed with 6 weeks of good health following brain surgery, during which time he was able to say goodbye to all his children, most of his grandchildren, and all of his siblings and their spouses.  He had one week of fast decline and passed away peacefully at the home of his daughter and son-in-law in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 20, 2023.

He is survived by his wife Patricia, his children Lydgia (Brett) Jarvis, Gaelen (Heather) Anderson, Kenyon (Jennifer) Anderson, Braan (Jordyn Moreno) Anderson, Cort Anderson, and Tarina (Derek) Cooley, his brothers Merlin (Raquel) Anderson and Nyle (Aline) Anderson, his sisters Nina Kae (Steve) Laird and Judy (Rob) Sloan, 32 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his daughter Colette Anderson Hudgins,  his sister Nancy Andrews, and his parents.

The family would like to thank the many doctors, nurses, and staff at The Huntsman Cancer Hospital as well as the Huntsman at Home team for their loving care in his final weeks of life.  

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