We are saddened at the passing of Dr. Lerue W. Winget, 96, of St. George since 1990, on Oct. 10, incident to age.
No words adequately describe this man. From full pioneer stock, he was born Jan. 25, 1921, in Austin, near Monroe. He was the third child born to Ellis and Ida (Baldwin) Winget. He survived all his siblings: Maurine (Orrin) Colby, Sherral (Gayle) Poulson, Dewain (Leah), and Dorothy (Glade) Foisy.
Lerue married Nola Lou Sampson on Oct. 24, 1942. They celebrated their60th wedding anniversary in 2002. Nola passed away in 2008.
Lerue’s leadership skills were honed very early, as he enthusiastically accepted and performed admirably in all positions of responsibility and authority assigned to him in matters of faith, family, career, and country. He left a legacy of love, service, and faith for his posterity.
He is the father of Greg L, Dian L (Bunk) Robinson, Brent E (Donna), Jeril D (Marsha), Jon S (Kathy), and Treasa (Roy) Webber.
Lerue was the High School Utah State Champion of the 440 yard dash and also taught 21 algebra students in his senior year of high school. He was a captain in the U.S. Army for five years during World War II.
As a professional educator, his career includes teaching algebra, principal of junior and senior high, and for 28 years, he was the associate superintendent of public instruction for the state of Utah. He served as adjunct professor at the University of Utah, Brigham Young University and Utah State University.
He served as bishop in Murray 7th and 9th wards and in the Murray South Stake Presidency for 17 years. Lerue and Nola served a temple mission in Sydney, Australia, from 1985 to 1987. He served as sealer in the Jordan River Temple for 10 years and 25 years in the St. George Temple. He served in various community service organizations including president of the Cotton Mission Chapter of the Sons of Utah Pioneers.