Wilson Keith Warner, 66, BYU sociology professor for 25 years, died of pneumonia Sunday at the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center.
Some of his students said he challenged them to extend as far as they were capable, while communicating a confidence in what they were doing.
Warner was an emeritus professor and contributed to the department to the very end, according to his colleagues.
“He took me under his wing and taught me what it was really like to be a good Latter-day Saint and a good sociologist,” said Lynn England, professor in the Sociology Department and friend of Warner.
“Students kept him on his toes,” said Karen Stone, Warner’s daughter. She said her father would work very hard at preparing lessons so they would receive the most from their investment.
Warner was born in Heyburn, Idaho and married Vila Jenks in 1950. He is survived by four children and 21 grandchildren.
Warner was also recognized for his work as the Outstanding Educator of America in 1972 and 1975 and the Distinguished Rural Sociologist of the year in 1985. He was selected as the Martin B. Hickman Outstanding Scholar and Faculty Lecturer of the year in 1974.
“His love of learning was contagious,” said Stone.
A viewing will be held today at the River Ridge 2nd Ward in Orem, 810 E. 600 North, from 6 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 10 to 10:45 a.m.
Funeral services will be held Friday, 11:00 a.m. at the River Ridge 2nd Ward.