William England, who helped build C.R. England into trucking giant, passes at 95

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One of the family members who helped make C.R. England a leading U.S. trucking company has passed.

William Knight England died March 28. He was 95.

According to an obituary published in the Salt Lake Tribune, Knight was born to Chester R. and Maude England in Plain City, Utah on March 6, 1923.

Chester R. England started a trucking business in 1920, according to the website of the C.R. England trucking company. During World War II, William and Gene, Chester’s sons, served in the Pacific Theater, before returning home and building the business. They mostly hauled produce from Utah and Idaho to California.

The obituary said the company began with one truck in 1946 and grew to have more than 5,000 in 2018.

His obituary said he served in many LDS Church positions, and served on boards of both the Utah Trucking Association and the American Trucking Association.