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In Loving Memory of Linda Coombs Whitney

Linda Coombs Whitney, cherished mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and educator, passed away peacefully in her sleep on April 30, 2024, at the age of 84. Linda faced her journey's end with grace after bravely battling health challenges. She was born on Aug. 1, 1939, in Tremonton, Utah, to Esther and Leo Coombs, and was the fifth of six children.

Linda's journey through life was marked by dedication and service. She spent her childhood in Garland, Utah, where she balanced academics with farm work and sports. Linda graduated from Bear River High School in 1957, laying the foundation for her future academic achievements. She pursued higher education, graduating Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science from Westminster College in 1978, and was a proud member of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society.

Her passion for education led Linda to a fulfilling career as an educator. She began her teaching journey at Our Lady of Lourdes School in 1975 before transitioning to South Davis Jr High and later Davis High School, where she touched countless lives through her dedication to teaching and mentorship. Linda's impact extended beyond the classroom; she served as the advisor for the Davis High School Hockey Team, where she helped support them to a State Championship in 2001-2002. Her legacy of excellence and compassion in education will live on through the many students she inspired.

Outside of her profession, Linda's creative spirit flourished. She found joy in cooking, sewing, quilting, ceramics, painting, and gardening. Her green thumb transformed her surroundings into lush gardens, abundant fruit trees, and more grapes than one could possibly eat or can. Linda's adventurous soul led her to travel annually with loved ones, embracing new experiences and making cherished memories. 

A devout member of her community and church, Linda volunteered at the Bountiful, Utah and Twin Falls, Idaho Temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was an active member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers. She radiated joy, infusing every gathering with her lively presence and sassy sense of humor.

Above all, Linda's heart belonged to her family. She cherished her role as a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, finding joy in their every milestone and activity. Linda is survived by her sons, Chuck Whitney (Lorie, preceded Linda in death); Mark Whitney (Robbin); four grandchildren, Alex Whitney (Kylee); Andrew Whitney (Lea); Kendall Whitney; Kayla Whitney and one great-grandchild Nixon Whitney.

Linda will be forever cherished in the hearts of those she touched, remembered for her steadfast love, limitless kindness, unyielding spirit, and courageous determination. To all who knew her, she embodied the belief that nothing was beyond reach. Confronted with impossibility, she met it head-on, undeterred. May she rest in eternal peace, her memory a beacon of light for all who knew her.

A viewing service will be held on Friday, May 10, from 1:00-1:30 p.m. at Russon Brother Mortuaries, 1941 North Main St. Farmington, Utah where friends and loved ones can gather to honor Linda's remarkable life and legacy. Interment at Lindquist Cemetery, 1867 North Fairfield Rd. Layton, Utah