Milton Henry Tew

9/1/1921 ~ 4/7/2020

Milton Henry Tew, cherished husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend, passed peacefully from this life on April 7, 2020 in Orem, Utah at the age of 98.

Milton was born in Spring Lake, Utah on September 1, 1921 to John Ivan Tew and Ellen La Velle Ockey. He and his family lived for several years in Salt Lake City when he was very young, but when he was five years old they moved to Nephi, Utah, where he spent the remaining years of his childhood and adolescence.

Some of Milton’s most vivid childhood memories center on his family’s unified efforts to take care of each other during the Great Depression. He worked alongside his family to raise meat, grow food, and make ends meet. He deeply admired the industrious efforts of his parents to keep their family safe and nourished during those difficult years, and through those challenges he learned the sustaining value of hard work, which served him well throughout his life.

Though Milton struggled with school during his elementary school years, he never gave up, and he became a dedicated student and committed educator. Following his graduation from Juab High School, he attended Snow College for two years before serving in the Army for four years. Following his army service, he received his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and his master’s degree from Purdue University.

During his time at Snow College, Milton was blessed to meet Fern Amelia Larsen, whom he was immediately smitten with because of her beautiful and lively eyes that seemed to communicate more than her words. He grew to love her gentle nature, her deep faith, and her intelligent mind, and on July 30, 1942, he and Fern were sealed in the Manti Utah Temple.

Shortly after their marriage, Milton began his service in the Army Corps of Engineers during World War II, which took him to postings in Salt Lake City, Wisconsin, Georgia, New Jersey, and finally to Europe. He served in England, France, Germany, and Austria until the war ended. Some of his life’s most sacred experiences happened during the war, including a strong witness that through his faithfulness he would live to see the end of the war and return home.

After arriving home in 1946, he continued his education, and he and Fern were blessed to start their family, welcoming David, Susan, Melanie, and Paul over subsequent years. After finishing his education at Purdue, Milton and Fern moved their family to Riverside, California, where he spent the rest of his career as a teacher and administrator in Riverside Public Schools before retiring and returning to Ephraim in 1981.

After his retirement, Milton and Fern were blessed to continue their lifetime of service in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They served a mission together to Davao, Philippines and were greatly loved. Following their return from their mission, they served together in the Manti Utah Temple presidency, where Milton was the first counselor and Fern was an assistant temple matron. He also served as a temple sealer for many years, where he was blessed to unite in marriage not only many patrons of the Manti Temple district but also many of his own grandchildren and their spouses. Milton also served as a Snow College Stake Patriarch, with Fern at his side helping him transcribe hundreds of blessings, again including many of his own grandchildren’s.

Milton will long be remembered for his giving heart, his deep faith, and his playful spirit. Well into his 90s, he enjoyed running and playing with his great-grandchildren. He loved to joke and laugh, and he responded with warmth and love to friends and family until the very end. His family will miss his steady presence in their lives, even as they are comforted by the thoughts of his joyful reunion with Fern, whom he deeply missed.

Milton is survived by his sisters; Mary Johnson and Erma Baker; his sisters-in-law LaRue Larsen and Norma Tew; four children, David (Judith) Tew, Susan (Paul) Welton, Melanie (Glen) Moore, and Paul (Rhonda) Tew; 25 grandchildren; 95 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Fern; his siblings, John Lorraine Tew, Joyce Daniels, Deon Olsen, and David Ivan Tew; his granddaughter, Megan Welton; and his great-grandson, Samuel Bryson.

Milton’s immediate family will honor him in a small graveside service in the Ephraim City Park Cemetery in Ephraim, Utah, on April 11, 2020, with burial preparations arranged by Rasmussen Mortuary. Milton’s family looks forward to gathering with friends and loved ones in celebration of his wonderful life on September 12, 2020, when current restrictions are lifted following the resolution of the global coronavirus pandemic.

13 Responses to “Milton Henry Tew”

  1. Dee Breck says:

    I was sorry to hear of his passing. Bill was his Home teacher and loved being with him. He would tell me of his visits and appreciated all his stories. Being with his wife again is a joyful thought for us.

  2. Miriam Olsen says:

    I am so sorry for your loss! He is a great man and I will miss him and his loving kindness to me and my children! I know he is with your Mother and is watching over all of you! I pray I can be even half the person your beautiful mother and kind father were to me! I am so grateful that I was able to know them for the short while I was part of your family!

  3. Clinton King says:

    I’m grateful we had an opportunity to get to know Brother Tew. He lived a full life. We will definitely come to the celebration in September.

  4. Margie Anderson says:

    Loved this good and kind neighbor. He and Fern were very special to me and they were so good to my mother. My sympathy to all.

  5. Jeff Reynolds says:

    I’m sorry to hear of the loss of your father. I enjoyed visiting with him during the brief time we lived in the 7th Ward. He was a great man, and will surly be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. What great comfort it is to know you will be able to be with him again some day.

    -Jeff Reynolds

  6. Robert Tew says:

    Loved this sweet and gentle man.

  7. Carma Steck says:

    Dear Tew family. We loved your father! (As we did your mother. We are so grateful that they are together again.) We know how much you will miss him. He was such an unpretentious, but wonderful, man.
    A great example to us, and our family. May you feel peace in the Lord at this difficult time. Kerry & Carma Steck

  8. Collette Astle says:

    I just wanted to give your family my condolences at the passing of your Dad. He sounds like a special man. I serve in the Relief Society Presidency at Covington. I only interacted with him briefly, only when I went into Memory Care. He was there at our Family Home Evenings every Monday evening. It was enjoyable to greet him each week. I love to read about his life and find out more about the person he truly was.

  9. Irene Ritz says:

    My love and sympathy to the Tew family. Both your father and mother have been an inspiration to me over the many years we have been in the same ward. Fern and I were visiting teacher companions together for many years. I commend Milton for his loving care of Fern in her later years, and to you children and your families for your patient and dedicated care of Milton for so many years. Happy for these two eternal companions to be together again.

  10. Margery Young says:

    I first met them in choir practice and was so impressed with their beautiful voices. They were both inspirations to so many people. They were kind and understanding to all they met. Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family.

  11. Cory and Kim Gordon says:

    We loved Brother Tew. We only lived a half a block away and when we would see him, he always remembered us and that he had married us in the Manti Temple. What a kind and wonderful man. He will be missed, but how wonderful for him to be with his sweetheart again. Our sympathies are with you.

  12. Jon & Valerie Ostler says:

    We want to express our sympathy to you Melanie and Paul and family. We loved your dad as he was such a kind and good man. He will be missed. He gave 2 of our sons their patriarchal blessings.

    Our hearts go out to you and yours at this sacred time, even as your parents are enjoying a joyful reunion. ❤️

  13. Charles Bird says:

    Dear Tews;
    I have many fond memories of your Dad and Mom. Milton was the 1st Counselor to my Dad, Kingsley Bird, in the Arlington Ward in Riverside. He was a steady, dependable source of inspiration to my Dad as he and Sterling Crandall administered a very large ward at the time. We have always admired the Tew family for your many great qualities and missed you all when you moved away from Riverside. I have seen David on a few occasions over the years but have lost track of the remaining siblings. I only remember you as little kids. Ninety-eight years is an incredibly long life filled with so many amazing world events. He was part of ‘the greatest generation”. We now honor his legacy.