Obituary of Louis Henry Callister (1935 – 2021) – Ogden, UT

Louis Henry Callister, Jr., (86), passed away on December 5, 2021 in Bountiful, Utah, surrounded by his family and loved ones.
Louis was born August 11, 1935, son of Isabel Barton and Louis H. Callister, Sr. He was the eldest of two children, his younger sister Sharee Callister Paulson is deceased. Lou’s mother died as a teenager and her father subsequently married Geraldine Cazier and two more children were added to the family, Richard C. Callister and Paula Christine Callister.
Louis was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After serving a mission in London, England, Louis married Ellen Gunnell on November 27, 1957 in the LDS Temple in Salt Lake City.
Together they are the parents of (seven children), Mark Louis Callister (Susan), Isabel Pande (John Bradley), Jane Hughes (Ryan Bradley), Edward Gunnell Callister (deceased), David Reid Callister (Gretchen), Ann Cox ( Jon) and John Andrew Callister (Michelle). Ellen and Louis are the proud grandparents of 20 grandchildren and were fortunate to have 16 great grandchildren.
Lou was attending the University of Utah Law College when he and Ellen got married. Lou graduated from law school in 1961 and practiced law until his retirement. Prior to joining his father’s small law firm, Lou was the Assistant Attorney General of the State of Utah. Thanks to Lou’s determination and hard work, he led the business that would become Callister Nebeker and McCullough. Louis was well regarded across the country for his banking law practice.
Lou has served as a director and vice-chairman of the board of directors of the University of Utah and the Utah Economic Development Corporation. Earlier in his career, he served as Secretary to the Honorary Colonels of the Salt Lake Police and Sheriff, a member of the University of Utah Hospital Board of Governors and the University of Utah National Advisory Board. Utah. Lou has served as a director of numerous companies, including The Lockhart Co., State Savings and Loan, American Stores and Goldman Sachs Bank, United States.
When their son, Edward, tragically passed away after a long struggle with drug addiction. Lou and Ellen created the Edward G. Callister Foundation to promote awareness of this disease. Lou formed the citizens’ committee, “UCAD” (Understanding the Disease of Chemical Addiction) and was a member of the Utah Center for Addiction Advisory Committee. In 2002, Lou was honored by the University of Utah with an honorary doctorate. Lou was the 1991 Law College Alumnus of the Year and was honored by the College of Pharmacy and the Health Sciences Center.
Lou viewed the protection and preservation of the environment as a religious responsibility. He was invited to join the board of directors of the Grand Canyon Trust and served as chairman of the board from 2006 to 2011.
Lou was deeply spiritual and committed to his faith. The priorities in Lou’s life were family, faith, associates and his community.
The family would like to thank everyone who took care of Lou.
The funeral will be on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Lindquist’s Bountiful Mortuary, 727 N. 400 E., Bountiful, Utah, where a reception for family and friends will be held on Friday, December 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 am to 10:30 am before the service. Interment will be in the Town of Wellsville Cemetery. Online condolences can be made at
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations from Volunteers of America or the Grand Canyon Trust.
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Posted by Lindquist Mortuary- Bountiful on Dec 7, 2021.

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