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Trevor Hughes

July 26, 1934 — March 16, 2024

Trevor Clarke Hughes passed away peacefully on March 16, 2024. Trevor was born to Jesse and Rachel Evans Hughes in Malad, Idaho on July 26, 1934. He is survived by his former wife, Golda Stokes Hughes; his children from that marriage: Kenneth Hughes, Alan Hughes, Lisa Benson, and Jennifer Seamons; and his wife Daisy Culley Hughes and her children: Martin Culley, Cheryl Ritchie, Brian Culley, and Karen Culley. His many grandchildren and great-grandchildren also honor his life at this time.

 After graduation from Utah State University and time on active duty as an Air Force Officer, Trevor became a design engineer for a consulting firm in Brigham City. During this period, he designed the Mantua Reservoir. He was then a project manager for Bowers Construction   Company, where he supervised the construction of the Second Deseret Gym in Salt Lake City.  

 At age 29, Trevor began his own consulting business, which included designing and supervising the construction of domestic water systems for the Utah communities of Torrey, Lapoint, Leamington, Hinckley, Cleveland, Lawrence, and Elmo. Trevor pioneered the use of low-cost plastic pipe in Utah for such low-density rural systems. In 1967, Trevor returned to USU, obtained a PhD, and began 23 years as a Professor of Civil Engineering at USU and the Utah Water Research Laboratory. After a two-year Sabbatical in Austria, his work in water research planning resulted in work in India, Pakistan, Hungary, Morocco, China, Mexico, and Egypt. His work in Utah included the development of water demand models for the Wasatch Front and Cache Valley, which are still in use by state planners. His work on rural domestic water systems resulted in a major change in minimum standards for sizing pipe, which has allowed economically feasible upgrading of many rural systems.

 Trevor had a math brain, but he also valued art and diverse cultures. Trevor cared about injustices in the world and sought improvement in the quality of life of those impacted by his work. When taking on a project, he knew to appreciate the work and systems in place and only sought to provide additional or more sustainable systems. During his time spent in various parts of the world, he enjoyed learning from other ways of living. He appreciated the opportunity to truly experience the traditions and lifestyles of other cultures, even the not-so-glamorous parts.

 In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation ( . A private burial will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2024. 

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