January 11, 1860 to August 31, 1945
William Edward Bunker died in Salt Lake City, Friday, August 31 at the age of 85 years. 
Mr. Bunker was one of the old time Deltans, coming here in 1907 to help colonize this 
region and build up the town. He farmed here south of town, neighboring the Jeffery far-
ming operations. Mr. Bunker was born in Ogden Jan. 11, 1860, a son of Edward and Sarah 
Ann Browning Bunker. He was among those who established Bunkerville, and Mewquite, Nev.
the the L.D.S. Church, directed by Brigham Young. Mr. Bunker was always active in L.D.S. 
Church affairs, and served 17 years in the bishopric of the Delta ward. Some years ago, 
he and Mrs. Bunker moved to Manti, where he served as a worker in the Temple, and for
the past six years they had made their home in Salt Lake City, where he also worked in 
the Temple. He had been a high priest since 1909. Mr. Bunker built the first brick home 
in Delta, and it was one of the first ones of any kind. He was the first superintendent 
of the Sunday School for the Delta LDS ward. He was a member of the Melville Irrigation 
Company board for a number of years and was among those who helped build the Uba Dam and 
also the diversion dam, and canal system distribution water to the Melville tract. He 
lived in Delta for 26 years, and spent the most active years of his life here, helping 
to develop the country from the brush state to a successful farming area. He was a 
successful farmer here. Mr. Bunker married Sara Vilage Burgess, Oct. 4, 1880, who died in
1897. He married Emma Iverson in 1900. 
He is survived by his widow and eight sons and daughters: Edward H. Bunker, Mrs. Eliza 
Jane Taylor, William L. Bunker, all of Delta; Mrs. Amanda Ann Dewsnup, Deseret; Owen 
Bunker, Mrs. Grace Peterson, Mrs. Jetta Hepworth, Salt Lake City, and Mrs Dorothy Hansen,
Vernal. there are 7 brothers, D. A. Bunker, Long Beach, Cal.; Martin, John and Robert 
Bunker of Las Vegas, Hector, Bunkerville, Nevada; Francis Bunker, Arizona; Ezra Bunker, 
Salt Lake City; two sisters, Mrs. Della Lisonbee, Delta, and Mrs. Viola Earl, St. George.
Mr. Bunker is survived by 48 grandchildren, 101 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-
Funeral services were held in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, and burial was held in Wasatch 
Lawn Memorial Park.