“What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” ~ Helen Keller

 

What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” ~ Helen Keller


Robert Dick “Uncle Bob” Morganson passed away peacefully on 22 February 2017 in Provo, Utah. Born 18 December 1938 to James Agustus and Mary Rebecca (Reid) Morganson in Springville Utah, he spent most of his life on his family’s West Mountain farm. He enjoyed working a small herd of cattle and helping in the harvest of hay. 

Uncle Bob is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and was faithful in fulfilling many callings, including a fulltime mission to Northern California. He cherished and spoke often of his missionary experiences and appreciated any opportunity to teach. 

It is doubtful that Uncle Bob realized the impact that he had on the lives of many individuals. He was a friend to everyone he met and loved his family dearly. Uncle Bob taught himself to play several musical instruments including the guitar, banjo, harmonica and had a wonderful singing voice. He looked forward to performing at Dalton’s Restaurant in Payson, where owner Sandy Huff and staff treated him like gold. Here he enjoyed filling special requests, especially any Elvis Presley impersonation. 

Though his body began giving way many years ago, his mind remained sharp, calling nieces and nephews just to check in or to say goodnight. Even though he did not have the strength to hold his phone to his ear, he would ask a nurse or an aide to dial numbers, and continued “checking in” up to the end. 

Uncle Bob is survived by nieces and nephews: Kathleen Christensen, Dennis, Kelly (Rebecca), Tim, Karen (Randi Watson), and Kristi Morganson, Tina (James) Samuels, Jerry, Lyn, and Sandra Tanner, Darrel (Jackie) Kendall, Shirlene Buckley, Brenda Kendall, Richard (Kathleen) Kendall, and many great nieces and nephews. He was proceeded in death by his parents and siblings: Lena (Pete) Goodwine, Reed Morganson, Wallace (Beth) Morganson, Grace (Bill) Tanner, Marion (Elwin) Kendall and quite a few nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank Jared, Stacey and all of the Encompass Hospice and Home Health team and the nurses and aids at Provo Nursing and Rehabilitation. Each lovingly cared for Uncle Bob during his final months. Also, thank you to Michael and Walker Family Mortuary. 

Funeral sevices will be held Thursday, March 2, 2017, 11:00 a.m. in the West Mtn. 3rd Ward Chapel, 902 West 400 North, where friends may call 9:30-10:45 a.m. Burial will be in the Payson City Cemetery. 

Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.walkerobits.com

Jeannette Gordon

On Friday, February 10, 2017 Jeannette  Madson Gordon, 56 years of age, passed away after gracefully and without complaint living with M.S. for many years.

She was born April 5, 1960 in Payson to Raydon and Iris Madson.  She was the third of eleven children and married Russell Gordon January 19, 1985.  They had three children, Jamie, Lindsey, and Kelli.  And, she was a stepmother to Tonya and Nick.

Jeannette is survived by her five children, six grandchildren, mother and ten siblings.  Her dad preceded her in death by just two weeks to the hour.  He was there to greet her as she crossed the veil.

Jeannette Graduated from Payson High School and then Snow College.  She went on to go to “The Tech” as she called it and they recommended her for employment at the American Fork Training School where she worked until her illness made it so she could no longer work.

She was devoted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and magnified every calling she had and loved when her visiting and home teachers came.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, February 15, at the LDS Church at 681 East 500 North at 11:00 a.m.  There will be a viewing before the funeral from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. at the same location.

Interment will be at the Payson City Cemetery.

Vicky Lynn Kemp

March 4, 1951 - January 29, 2017

Vicky Lynn Kemp, age 65, passed away on the evening of Sunday, January 29, 2017.

Originally from Santaquin, Utah, life carried her across the country and globe making homes in New Mexico, Alabama, Nevada, the Philippine Islands, the Pacific Northwest, Florida, and most recently, Bainbridge, Georgia for the past 12 years.

She earned a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Utah State University, teaching for a short period before dedicating her life and talents to being an exceptional mother and homemaker. She blessed all who knew her with a most generous heart, insatiable curiosity, indomitable optimism, and firm testimony of her faith. Her passions were growing herbs and heirloom roses, literature, cooking, traveling to Lake Como, Italy, sharing her life with her family, her home in Bainbridge, serving others, and her relationship with her Heavenly Father.

She is survived by her children, Charity Trawick of Bainbridge (Cheshire), Rachel Spencer of Tooele, Utah, Sarah Hake of Maplewood, N.J. (Justin), Adam Kemp of Winston-Salem, N.C (Mitzi) and her seven grand children Jonah, Ethan, Eden, Harper, William, Violet, and Rhys. She is also survived by her mother Ruby Kaletta, her brothers Bob Kaletta (Joann) and Paul Kaletta (Gail), and her sisters Brenda Mikesell (Dale) and Debbie Kirk.

A private memorial for immediate family will be held on Friday, February 3, 2017. To honor her passion for education, Memorial donations may be made to the Vicky Lynn Kemp Scholarship, c/o Bainbridge State College Foundation, 2500 East Shotwell Street, Bainbridge, GA, 39818. (Vicky’s Family asks that checks be made out to Bainbridge State College Foundation with Vicky Lynn Kemp Scholarship listed in the Memo line.)

ELAINE RODGERS GUEST

Elaine Rodgers Guest, born April 24, 1941, of Payson,  Utah passed away on Tuesday, January 17,2017 after a seven year battle with Alzheimer.

Elaine was born in Payson, Utah and is the daughter of George Roy Rodgers and Phyllis Ann Livingston Rodgers of Payson, Utah. She is the second oldest of 4 children; Shirleen (John) Kinnear, Lee Rodgers, and Charles Rodgers.

Elaine attended Payson High School, BYU and the Pasadena Playhouse where she was active and greatly succeeded in Art, Music and Drama.

Elaine married Milton DuBose Guest on February 21, 1969 and were later sealed in the Salt Lake City Temple on August 8,1974. They were both very active in the LDS church, and were Temple Ordinance workers for 6 years in the Provo, Utah Temple. 

Elaine worked for NuSkin International for 10 years, where she loved creating the'Rewards Program' and working directly with distributors around the world. Elaine was a piano and singing teacher and creator of the VIP Children's Singing Group. She was a valued and loved member and actress of Payson's own PCT and was in several musicals and plays including Frontier, My Fair Lady, Mame, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Music Man, Annie, Steel Magnolias, Harvey and The Foreigner. She was also an actress with the Provo Theatre Company where she was in Nunsense and Happy Valley. Elaine was also a founding member of the Payson Children's Theatre group; The Playmakers.

Elaine is survived and deeply loved byher husband of 48 years, Milton DuBose Guest, three daughters; Megan (Jason) Parker, Danielle (Steven) Harrison, Istrea Ann Guest , and her 7 grandchildren; Michael, Zachary, William, Connor, and Tyler Harrison, Emma and Jack Parker, and her two beloved dogs Cookie and Chip.

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 11 a.m.  at the LDS Chapellocated at 1080 South 930 West, Payson. A Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 9:30-10:45 a.m.  prior to funeral.

The family would like to thank Walker Funeral Home for their kindness

Condolences may be sent to www.walkerobits.com

Robert Charles Moore

Our dear Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great-grandfather passed away the morning of January 2, 2017. Robert Charles Moore, 85, was born October 29, 1931 to Neil McGregor Moore and Mary Agnas Atkinson in Bingham Canyon, Utah.  He graduated from Bingham High School where he played on the baseball team. He married Karen Smith on July 15, 1963 and they were later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple.

Bob worked for and retired from Kennecott Copper after over 40 years as a foreman. He was blessed with 3 children and made his home in Sandy for 40 years. Bob was a member of the LDS church where he held several callings including working in the Jordan River Temple and served a mission. Karen and Bob then moved to Payson. He enjoyed golfing, photography, helping his children, and the outdoors while going walking or on car rides.

He is survived by his wife Karen, his children Janeen (Eric) Dean, Douglas (Julie) Moore, Leslie (Glen) Jensen, his grandchildren Jordan, Bryce, Emri, Michael, Kaylee, Shelese, Dereck, Brooke, Dawson, Levi, Megan, Parker, and one great grandchild Swayzie.

We would like to thank the staff of Seasons of Santaquin as well as the doctors and nurses at Mountain View Hospital in Payson, UT for the excellent care that they provided to him. 

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 7, at 1 p.m. at Goff Mortuary, 8090 S. State St., Midvale, with a viewing one hour prior to services. Interment, Sandy City Cemetery.

www.goffmortuary.com

Corey T. Ewell

Corey Troy Ewell, 37, was born May 14, 1979 in Juarez, Mexico.  His parents Arlin Reed and Annie Ruth Banks Ewell were eager to meet their baby boy and brought him to his forever home when he was just days old.  Corey was a fun-loving child who loved everyone and shared his smile with anyone who came his way.  Corey grew up in Genola, Utah and attended Goshen Elementary School and later finished his high school education at Payson High School in 1998.  He worked many years in the service industry and most recently was working and serving the homeless as an employee of the Road Home in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Corey passed away December 26, 2016 at his home, peacefully, in his sleep after spending Christmas evening with his mother. 

Corey had a deep love of food. He loved making goodies and sharing a sucker, a cookie, or a meal with anyone who would eat with him.  He loved hanging out with his nieces and nephews and spent hours entertaining them with puzzles, outside adventures, and his homemade haunted houses.  He loved music, hiking all over Goblin Valley, and he loved his side job of washing windows. He loved making origami and shared his talent with many.  Corey, however, is known for his love of everything Nintendo.

Corey is survived by his parents, Arlin and Annie Ewell; his siblings, Reed (Linda) Ewell of Draper, UT, Randy (Gay) Ewell of Ely, NV, Kurt (Rebecca) Ewell of Taylorsville, UT, Allen (Sherrie) Ewell of Payson UT, Mary Ann (Spencer) Olsen of Sandy, UT; Marilyn (Gregg) Hiatt of Payson, UT, Merlene Ewell of Garland, UT, Malessa Ewell, Bruce (Regina) Ewell of Mountain Home, ID, Melanie (Mason) Francom of Murray, UT, Gina Reyes of Provo, UT, Keauna (Deon) Fesolai of Magna, UT, Shaylauna (Jimmy) Miller of Lehi, UT.  

Funeral services will be Friday, Dec. 30, 2016 at 11:00 am at the Genola LDS Church, Main & Center Street.  Friends may call at the Brown Family Mortuary, 66 South 300 East, Santaquin on Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and Friday at the church from 9:45 to 10:45 am prior to services.  Burial, Spanish Fork Cemetery.  Share condolences at www.brownfamilymortuary.com

JOAN BIGLER OBERG

Joan Bigler Oberg, 85, of Payson, Utah passed away peacefully on December 13, 2016.

She was born on July 23, 1931 in Payson, Utah to Pearl Butterfield and David Bigler. She was the youngest of six children. She married Marvin T. Oberg on October 7, 1950. They are the parents of five children, Pam (Shirl) Christensen, Jan White, Trudy (Rick) Steele, Holly (Dale) Beckstrom and Troy (Shannon) Oberg.

Joan lived a good life. She was smart, witty and wise, adventurous and unique. She had a fun personality. She was a good sport and laughed easily. She loved cars, cards and her cabins along with the many friendships she developed throughout her life.

Joan is survived by her husband Marvin; their five children, 14 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren and her sister Faith Greaves.

A Visitation will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.  at the Walker Funeral Home in Payson, 587 South 100 West, Payson.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.walkerobits.com

Melroy (Mel) B. Harward
1936 – 2016

Melroy (Mel) B. Harward died November 26, 2016 due to complications of Alzheimer’s at Pheasant Run Alzheimer’s Special Care Center. Mel was born December 22, 1936 to Thomas Orin & Alma Renee Barney Harward in Kenilworth, Carbon County, Utah.

Mel began his professional career while he was still in high school working at Sears selling draperies. He met Sheila Elizabeth Bruno while working at Sears and they married and later divorced. Mel lived most of his life in the Salt Lake Valley. Later in life he met and married Donna Peterson, after he married Donna they spent summers in Minnesota and winters in Salt Lake.

Mel enlisted in the Air Force as an active duty reservist where he visited over forty countries all over the world. At age 40 he switched branches of service so he could become an Army Green Beret. He spent over 30 years serving his country.

Education was important to Mel, after retiring from the military he went back to school for a Master’s Degree in social work. He enjoyed his time in the military and as a social worker. Mel loved to travel, boat and water ski, snow ski (he was even a ski instructor at Brighton Ski Resort) and go to ballgames with his boys. He loved cars and had several different models (Baracuda, Model-T, Jaguar, & several Mustangs) throughout his life.

Survived by his wife Donna Peterson Harward, children, Kim (Brent) Thompson, South Jordan, UT, Keri (Boyd) Price, Monroe, UT, Melroy ”Roy” (Athena) Harward, South Jordan, UT, Kyle (Traci) Harward, Farmington, UT, Kaly (Laura) Harward, Eugene, OR. 19 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, siblings Thomas Harward, Shirley Holt & Oranee Abbott.

A viewing was held Sunday December 4th from 5:00-5:50 pm followed by a Celebration of Life at 6:00 pm, at Jenkins-Soffe South Valley 1007 W. South Jordan Parkway (10600 So.). There was also be a Celebration of Life Monday, December 5th 12:00 noon at the Unity Spiritual Center, 1602 E. 2100 S. Garden Center @ Sugar House Park. We would like to thank all those at Pheasant Run for the wonderful care they gave our dad. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Alzheimer’s association, in Mel’s name. Online condolences at www.jenkins-soffe.com.

DENNIS WAYNE CARTER

Dennis Wayne Carter, 69, of La Habra, California, passed away on November 15, 2016, in Anaheim surrounded by his loving family.  Dennis was born in Payson, Utah, September 26, 1947 to Rosa Buffo and Wayne D. Carter.  He was raised in Payson and attended school there graduating from Payson High School in 1965 where he was active in sports.

 A life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, he honorably served in the Italian Mission.   Dennis attended Brigham Young University where he met his sweet wife Pamela Clark.  The two were married in the Los Angeles Temple in 1971.  He graduated from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic while working full-time and raising their eight children.  An avid fisherman, Dennis loved hunting, the outdoors, sports, classical music, art, gardening, cooking, and most of all, his family.  Working hard his entire life, Dennis retired from the Kroger Corporation.   

He is survived by his wife of forty-five years Pamela, of La Habra, and children:  Katrina (Louis) Larres, Clovis, CA; Michelle (Vince) Ayala, Corona, CA; Joshua (Kimberly), West Point, NY; Chad, Ontario, CA; Jeffrey (Kristine), Corona, CA; Kellin, Corona, CA; Stefani (Brian) Slocum, Corona, CA; Margaret, Layton, UT; 15 grandchildren, brother Randy (Laura) Carter, sisters Penny (Kevin) Bowles, and Tami (Eric) Strong,  plus a large extended family.  

Funeral services for Dennis will be held December 3, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at the La Habra LDS Chapel, 2351 E La Habra Boulevard, viewing from 9:00-9:50 a.m. prior to services.  Interment at the Memory Garden Memorial Park in Brea, California.

Illa Fay Atwood Bascom

Together again at last forever.

Our dearest mother Illa passed away peacefully on November 11, 2016. Illa was born on October 27,1927 to Andrew David Atwood and Bessie Lenora Slaugh in the Naples, Vernal, Utah area. She was the third child and the first girl in a family of 6 children.

She married Raymon Owen Bascom on January 21,1946 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Their marriagewas later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. They have 7 children: Rayma Jean Bascom,  Robert (Sharon), Jerry Ann (Ken) Lance, Dale (Jeri), Barta Murry, Gayla (Bob) Carter, and Nina Pace. They have 34 grandchildren, 91 great-grandchildren and 17 great-great-grandchildren.

Once they were married, they lived in Vernal, Utah and later moved to Riverton, Wyoming. They also moved to Rupert, Idaho and later Spring Lake, Utah. They finally moved back to Vernal to stay in 1980. It was and always would be home to both of them.

When Illa was in high school she worked at alittle five and dime store called Pinkies. She attended and graduated from Uintah High School.

Illa has served in many church callings including Young Women leader, Primary and Relief Society teachers and leaders. She was a great help in compiling the "Spring Lake Archives" book about the residents of Spring Lake, both past and present.

Ray and Illa served a mission together in the Louisville, Kentucky mission. They also served in the Provo and Vernal temples.

Mom loved to sing. She had a beautiful voice. She loved poetry and collecting poems. She was a very loving and caring person and always tried to be positive and upbeat. She made the best homemade candy and treats. She was a great cook. Her fried chicken was so great on the picnics we used to take. She taught her children to love work and to work hard. She was a beautiful seamstress and made many of her own clothes and her children's clothes. She made many beautiful quilts. She was a beautiful artist and loved to paint.

 

Mom was preceded in death by her husband Raymon Bascom, her parents, her older brothers Larvin and Alburn, and her younger sisters Vivian and Wenda Nell. Also a great granddaughter Bailey, and a great-great granddaughter Taci Mae.

 

She is survived by her brother Dall Atwood and two wonderful sisters-in-law Donna Bascom and Carma Bryant, her children and many more loving family members.

We would like to thank the wonderful staff at Seasons of Santaquin for all their countless hours of love and care for mom as well as her hospice nurse Tangi Perry of First Choice Hospice for the loving, gentle and tender service to Mom in her greatest time of need.

A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 1 p.m.  at the Maeser 2nd Ward chapel 2575 North 1500 West, Maeser, Utah.  A Visitation will be held on Monday, November 14, 2016 from 6-8 pm at the Walker Mortuary in Payson, 587 South 100 West, and from 11:45 a.m. til 12:45 p.m. at the church prior to the service.  Interment will be held at the Dry Fork Cemetery, Dry Fork Cemetery Road, Vernal, Utah 84078. 

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.walkerobits.com  

ROGER GRANT HANNA

Roger Grant Hanna 68, passed away Saturday October 29, 2016,  surrounded by his family.  He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to William Grant and Darthella Butler Hanna.  He was raised in Goshen, Utah, by Darthella and Kay Cook, attending school in Goshen and Payson.

He served in the 101st Airborne Division during the Vietnam War receiving many  medals, including two Purple Hearts.  He earned his BS in Business at SUSC in Cedar City, Utah.

He owned Pollman  Carpets and RG Hanna Flooring Company in Southern California.  He was a member of  the Jaycees. He played and coached soccer for several years.

Survivors include his Wife, Marita Loy Pollman of 43 years, Cypress, California; His Children, Levi (Ria) Hanna, Cypress, California; Aaron (Valerie) Hanna Buena Park, California; 3 Grandchildren, Corey, Leah & Ryan Hanna.  Sisters Sharon (Ron) Hurst, Spring Lake, Utah; Donna Lance (Larry) & Sarah Mckowen of Goshen, Utah; Step Sister Kayleen (Buck) Peak, Boise , Idaho; Sisters-in-Law Patricia Pollman & Linda Ferrera of California and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and step brother Paul Cook.

A celebration of his life was held in Cypress, California and a graveside service will be held at the Goshen Cemetery 1000 South Center on November 19, 2016, at 1 p.m.  Military rites will be performed by the American Legion post #123.

 

JOAN FOSTER PRICE

Joan Foster Price passed away peacefully Tuesday Morning, October 18, 2016.  She was born August 13, 1935 in Lake Shore, Utah to William McClain Foster and Lora Lavena Huff.

Joan grew up in Lake Shore Utah and spoke fondly of her childhood.  She loved her childhood friends and maintained those friendships throughout her life. She developed a quiet, happy disposition and was a pillar of strength to her family and friends.

She met Larry Price when she was visiting a cousin in Idaho.  They had a long distance courtship and were married in the Salt Lake City Temple on August 25, 1952.  They were married 39 years before his passing in 1992.  Joan never remarried and looked forward to the day they would be reunited.

Over the years she lived in many different places around the country including Utah, California, Pennsylvania and Nebraska.  She developed deep friendships in all of these places and is remembered by many for her love and kindness.

Joan was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings throughout her life. She especially enjoyed the opportunity she had to serve as a full-time missionary with her sister Ellen in the Nebraska Omaha Mission. She loved the missionaries and members she served.

Her most cherished calling was that of being a mother and grandmother.  She loved her babies and took any opportunity to hold and snuggle them.  Her family was her life and she would do or sacrifice anything to serve and help her posterity.  She loved to have meaningful conversations and enjoyed any time where she was surrounded by her family.  She had the gift of being a peacemaker which brought calmness and serenity into the hearts of those who were experiencing trials and difficulties.  Her faith in the Savior and His love instilled in others a hope that things would be okay, no matter how overwhelming at times.  Joan lived her life in the service of others and by doing so developed charity.  She was genuine, honest, kind and compassionate; a true disciple of Christ.

She is survived by her children:  Dennis (Joanna) Price of Georgetown, SC; Gene (Jeanie) Price of Clayton, CA; Robert (Denise) Price of Concord, CA; Marti (Brad) Carroll of Payson, UT; Michael (Paula) Price of Provo, UT; Lucia (Jan) Newman of Elk Ridge, UT; Newel (Elizabeth) Price of San Jose, CA; and Warren (Marnee) Price of Holbrook, ID.  Also by her siblings: William Foster, Clarence Foster and Edith Graves.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Larry Gene Price; daughter, Kathleen (David) Williamson; sister, Ellen Price; her parents and many friends and extended family members.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at the LDS Elk Ridge Sixth Ward Chapel, 450 Elk Ridge Drive, Elk Ridge, UT.  Viewing will be held prior to the service from 11:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.  Interment will be on Monday, October 24, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. at Oakmont Memorial Park, Lafayette, CA.

Condolences may be sent to the family at:   www.walkerobits.com

Richard F
(Dick)
Hanks

 

Richard F Hanks, 85 passed away August 21, 2016 after a brief illness. He was born on June 19, 1931 in Salem, Utah at the home of his parents to Ernest C. and Sarah Ellen Hanks. He is a lifelong resident of Salem. He went to school in Salem and Spanish Fork and graduated from Spanish Fork High School. Richard was an accomplished athlete and enjoyed playing many sports.                                                                                                                 

He served an LDS mission in Northern California. In 1954 he married his loving wife of 62 years, Jeannie Ray. They were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple. They moved to Washington State while serving in the US Army during the Korean War. While there, their daughter, Connie, was born. They moved back to Utah where their son, Mark was born. Richard graduated from BYU with a teaching degree and taught for over 30 years for Nebo School District. When retired, he enjoyed repairing small engines and the hobby turned into a home business, where he fixed mowers, tillers, snow blowers, and equipment of all types until retiring earlier this year. 

He loved sports and excelled in many of them. He was an excellent golfer and taught his son, son-in-law and MANY grandchildren and friends the game. He enjoyed playing with them often. Richard would play a round of golf with anyone who was willing to play, even on short notice, often buying his companions’ round just so they might play. He had devoted friends, many can credit the beginning of their friendship to a sport, especially golf.

Richard said there were two kinds of people, his friends and people he had yet to meet. He was loyal father, husband, and friend. He was helpful and free with his advice (you better take it), friendly to all around him and a man of his word. He was an extremely charitable man, he helped many families with their missionary expenses, subbed for Santa, and fixed lawn mowers at no cost for those in need. He taught his family to give a full day's work and to be of service to others. He taught the kids to be prompt and on time (one of his children actually learned these traits). With Richard on time meant, 10 minutes before the time announced according to his watch and his watch was always set 10 minutes ahead of the actual time. He was a very hard worker and his efforts showed in his well kept home, yard, and garden. He had a green thumb and could make anything grow. His garden was always open to friends and neighbors and he shared the produce abundantly.  Richard was a High Priest, Ward Clerk, and dedicated Home Teacher, he truly cared about people and was always willing to help in any way that he could.

 He leaves behind his beloved wife, Jeannie, his children Connie (Sam) McVey, and Mark (Annette) Hanks, both of Salem, twelve grandchildren and 7 1/2 great-grandchildren to date.  He also leaves behind his two sisters, Carol Talmage (Bountiful) and Linda Peery (Spanish Fork). He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother Ernest G. Hanks. 

Funeral services will be at the Salem 9th Ward Chapel, on Center Street and Main, Salem, Utah, on Saturday, August 27th at 11:00 am.  Burial with military honors will be in the Salem City Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be sent to the LDS General Missionary Fund or a charity of your choice. 

Condolences may be sent to the family at:   www.walkerobits.com

Don Harold Christensen

Don Harold Christensen, age 83 of Payson, passed away Friday, July 29, 2016 at his home. He was born June 5, 1933, In Payson to Harold and Dorothy Kitchen Christensen. He grew up in Payson, graduating from Payson High School in 1951. Don served in the U.S. Air Force from 1953 to 1957. Don married his sweetheart, Neva Nelson, in 1953. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Manti LDS Temple. He was employed for 36 years at Geneva Steel, Orem, Utah, in the Open Hearth.

Don fought multiple health problems, surviving countless surgeries, both major and minor, until he could not fight any more.  Throughout it all, he never lost the sense of humor that brought smiles to those around him.  The jokester, the storyteller, has graduated.  He left his tired, frail body behind. His children and grandchildren will always remember his jokes, his stories, the simple hugs and conversations.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Dorothy Kitchen Christensen; and his brother, Bruce.  Don is survived by his wife, Neva; children: David Todd (Merlene) Christensen, William Don (Michelle) Christensen,  Cheryl(Clint) Thompson,  Rebecca (Randy) Harrison; and 12 grandchildren.  He is also survived by siblings: Lorna (Ruel) Lewis, Marie (Robert, deceased) Hatch, Kent (Elaine) Christensen, Clair (Raylene) Christensen, and Renee Iker.

Memorial services will be at the LDS chapel at 1128 East 100 North, Payson, Utah, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 13, 2016. There will be a visitation for family and friends, also at the church that day, from 9:45-10:45 a.m. prior to services.  Interment at Payson City Cemetery with Military Honors conducted by the American Legion, Dist. #4.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.walkerobits.com

SCOTT BAUER

Scott Allen Bauer was born November 2, 1979 in Payson, Utah. Scott was the fourth child to Allen K. Bauer and Sandra K. Bauer. He joined his father Allen and returned to his loving Father in Heaven on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at the young age of 36. He fought a long and courageous battle with his health and continually remained hopeful for a better tomorrow.

Scott was always kind, he loved animals and people from every walk of life. He was generous to the end and always a friend. He is survived by his mother Sandra Bauer and his 7 brothers and sisters, Diane, Yvonne, Debbie, Camille, Elizabeth, Jonathan and Alexandra. He will be greatly missed by anyone who knew him.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, July 22nd, at 11:00 am, at Mountain View 2nd Ward, 75 South 600 East, Payson, Utah, where Viewings will be held Thursday, July 21st, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, and prior to services on Friday from 9:30 to 10:30 am. Interment in Payson City Cemetery.

 

Funeral Directors: Utah Valley Mortuary.

 

JOHN RICHARD BRANDON

Our Beloved Husband, Father & Grandfather John Richard Brandon passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on June 22, 2016 at the age of 86. John was born June 9, 1930 in Payson, Utah to Ingwald Ingebretasen Brandon and Emma Sophia Andreason. He married the love of his life Mabel Anita Tillinger on August 29, 1950 in Corpus Christi, Texas. They were later sealed for time and eternity in the Manti Temple on July 2, 1963. They have been married for 66 years.  

After John’s service in the Navy they made their home in Payson, Utah. They had seven children; Diane (Richard) Christensen, Connie (The Late Randy) Wilson, Randy (Alice) Brandon, Sandra (Randy) Provstgaard, Yvonne (Bart) Olson, Gary Brandon and (Pam Hearne), Rick (Debbie) Brandon. They have 37 grandchildren, 78 great grandchildren, and 10 great great grandchildren.

 He worked at the Geneva Steel as a crane operator for 36 years. He loved camping, fishing, and spending time with his family. He is survived by his spouse and family. He was preceded in death by his parents and all his siblings (2 brothers and 2 sisters), 1 son-in-law, 2 granddaughters, a grandson, and a great granddaughter.

Funeral services will be held on Monday June 27, 2016 at the Mt. View Stake Center. 75 South 600 East Payson, Utah. There will be a viewing on Sunday evening June 26, 2016 from 6-8 PM at the Walker Mortuary in Payson, Utah (587 South 100 West) and from 9:45-10:45 at the Stake Center.

 

Leslie Ray (Buzzy) Wilson

1928 - 2016

Our beloved cowboy, husband, father and grandfather, Leslie Ray “Buzzy” Wilson,  passed away Friday,  May 6, 2016, from complications of Alzheimer’s, to go on his last roundup. We will greatly miss his love, humor, and sweet spirit.  Our loss is heaven’s gain.

He was born December 17, 1928, in Payson, Utah, to Leslie Hugh and Adelaide Victoria Cartwright Wilson, the fourth of five children: Elaine, Bob, Mary Jane (who because she couldn’t say brother, called him Buzzy, a name that stuck for life), and Stanley.  He grew up in Payson, staying there his entire life. When in high school, he played on the football team, and in his senior year was Student Body President. He loved singing and dancing and enjoyed participating in those activities at school.

He graduated from Payson High School in 1947. That same year, he married his high school sweetheart, Rowene Dixon, on April 4, 1947. They had 51 years together, before her death in 1998.  They have three children: David, Leslie Ann, and Debbie Em.

Buzzy worked from the time he was young, at various jobs, for farmers and at U.S. Steel’s Kiegley Quarry. He then worked for Staker Paving, and for Payson City.  He was a cowboy at heart and loved horses.  He enjoyed riding and caring for them. He worked on the ranch of his father-in-law for many years. He was a member of Cockleburr Riding Club and the Elks Lodge.  He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and in later years, was a service missionary at the church farm in Elberta, Utah.

He married Elaine Wride Schramm on August 19, 2000. They have enjoyed time together traveling, dancing, working in the church and family activities.

Buzzy is survived by his wife, Elaine; his children: David (Roberta), Leslie Ann (Kenneth) Gubler, and Debbie Em (Rick) Cook. Also survived by stepchildren: Lanette (Jerald) Holmes and Jeffery Schramm. Combined, he has 17 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his wife, Rowene; and his siblings: Elaine Duncan and Bob Wilson; and stepson, Lowell Schramm; and great-grandson, Zach Fenton.

Funeral services will be Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the LDS Mountain View 7th Ward Chapel, 681 East 500 North, Payson, Utah. Visitation for family and friends will be at the church on Friday, May 13, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. as well as on Saturday morning from 9:45–10:45 a.m. prior to services.  Interment at Payson City Cemetery.

If desired, donations can be made to The American Alzheimer’s Association in lieu of flowers.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Mountain Air Care Center for their dedicated service, and Bonnie and Camie for their sweet hospice service.

Condolences may be sent to family at www.walkerobits.com

RONALD ALMA VINSON

1944 - 2016

Ronald has gone to be with his loving family. He passed away on April 26th at the age of 71 years old. Ronald was preceded in death by his mother, father, and older brother. Ronald loved the outdoors and would often walk many miles. He will be missed by his younger brother, relatives, neighbors, and friends.

Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday, April 30th, at the LDS Chapel 482 West 1400 South in Payson, UT.

 

Joyce Ringquist
7/10/1930-04/16/2016

Joyce Ringquist (Zeeman) died peacefully in her sleep at her home in Camas on April 16, 2016, after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.  She was 85.

Joyce is survived by Bob, her beloved husband of 57 years, children- Steve (Karen) of Camas, Gayle (Steve) of Federal Way and Mike (Pam) of Statesville, NC.   Grandchildren- Brianna (Brandon), Darren (Megan), Josh, Colten and Jenessa.  Great granchildren- Beckum, Lorelei and Oliver. Sibilings- Darrell, Sherm, Lamar, Martha, Barbara, Robert and Carma.  Joyce had many nieces, nephews and cousins as well as many friends.  She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Martha Zeeman; sisters, Bernice, Alene, Maxine; and her brothers, Charles and Leon and three daughters who were stillborn.

Joyce was born on July 10, 1930, in Payson, Utah, to John and Martha Zeeman.  She was the fifth of thirteen children.  She graduated from Payson High School in 1948.  She married Bob in 1959 in Salt Lake City and moved to Camas in 1960.  The couple welcomed three children into their home over the next nine years.  Joyce managed the Montgomery Ward store in downtown Camas for a few years and then went to work helping Bob at his insurance office for Farmer’s Insurance in downtown Camas for over 20 years. Because of their love of photography they followed their dream and opened a one hour photo lab called 205 Photo Express in 1983 in Vancouver, which they ran for 14 years before retiring.

Joyce was a true woman of many talents. Growing up she was the drummer for her family’s band. She also excelled in playing the guitar, piano and violin. She loved to sing and had a beautiful voice.  She was an artist who loved the medium of pastels.  She took many art lessons at Clark College over the years. She enjoyed sewing and made her daughter’s wedding dress and her grandchildren’s blessing outfits, which her great grandchildren also wore. She was a master gardener who loved to grow vegetables, berries and flowers. She was well known for sharing her bounty of garden goodies with others and for her homemade raspberry jam.  She enjoyed volunteering at Helen Baller and was a lifelong member of the LDS Church, where she taught recently in the children’s program and young women’s program.
 
A celebration of her life is scheduled for Saturday, April 23, 2016, at 11am at the LDS Prune Hill Chapel with Bishop Greg Gillespie officiating.  All are welcome to attend and celebrate Joyce’s life.

Condolences can be made at cascadiacremation.com

 

ANTHONY DOUGLAS RIVERA

Anthony Douglas Rivera passed away on March 7, 2016, in Meadview, Arizona. He was born in Augsburg, Germany on February 26, 1964 to Guillermo Rivera, and Reah May Davis Rivera. He was the youngest of four children.

Because of his father's service in the Army, Anthony's early years were spent in Germany; Ft. Huachuca, AZ; Ft. Ord, CA; Quito, Ecuador and Balboa Canal Zone in Panama.

He graduated in 1983 from Payson High School where he was known as “Bubba”.

He then went on to study at the University of Utah Medical Center in the School of Radiologic Technology. After graduation he became employed as a Temporary X-Ray Technician and was assigned to jobs in Washington, DC; El Centro, CA; Soldotna, Alaska; Hawaii; Minnesota; and San Francisco, CA. This was the perfect fit for Anthony's adventurous personality. He enjoyed exploring and visiting all the historical sites while living and working in these areas.

After traveling for many years, he settled in St. George, Utah, and then recently in Golden Valley, Arizona where he worked for the Grand Canyon West Skywalk.

Anthony had many hobbies and interest and especially loved the great outdoors and the beauty of nature. He will be remembered for his big heart and compassion for others, his big smile, jovial laughter and his love of having fun. He treasured his friendships and his family.

He had a special bond with his eleven nieces and nephews. With his fun spirit and loving nature, it was easy to see why they claimed “Bubba” to be their most favorite uncle. Christin, Tina, Kelly, Elizabeth, Whitney, Jason, Cody, Audrey, Kyle, Chey, and Trystn will surely miss their uncle.

Anthony is survived by his siblings, Cathleen (Joel) Moffat, Willy (Sheri) Rivera, and Dan Rivera, as well as many other supportive and loving nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. He will be greatly missed. His family takes much comfort in knowing he has returned to his Heavenly Home and reunited with his parents.

Friends and family are welcome to attend a graveside service and interment that will be held at the Payson Cemetery on April 2, 2016 at 11:30.

 

Dean Lewis Hancock

Dean Lewis Hancock, formerly of Payson, Utah, passed away Sunday, March 13, 2016, in Silver Springs, Nevada. Dean was the son of Orson and Verl Lewis Hancock, born August 6, 1946.

He is survived by his wife, Rose, and three sons, Dean Jr., Tony, and Robert, and by three sisters, Janeene, Donna, and Alice, and three brothers, Don, Max, and Rulon.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Geneve and Jule.

Services held in Nevada.

 

Karen Carter Hansen Havekost

Karen Carter Hansen Havekost passed away peacefully on March 12, 2016. She was born on November 2, 1941 in Payson, Utah to Reid and Karine Stewart Carter.

She attended and graduated from Payson High School and attended Brigham Young University to further her education in early childhood development.

She married Gary Hansen and together had three children.  They later divorced.  She then married Ralph Havekost and had one daughter.  Karen worked for Mountainland Head Start for forty years and loved working with children.  She worked hard to raise her family and loved spending time with them.  She also enjoyed time with her dog.  Karen loved to cook and always made sure you never left hungry.

She is survived by her children: Shane (Ginger) Hansen, Spanish Fork; Scott (Allison) Hansen, Payson; Tracy (Richard) Beveridge, Heber City; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by her two brothers: Keith and Brent Carter whom she dearly loved.  She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Terry Carter, daughter Cindy Havekost Newitt and grandson Michael Banks.

 

Funeral services will be held at Walker Mortuary in Payson, 587 South 100 West. Friends and family may visit from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 or 10-10:45 a.m. on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at the funeral home. A funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in the Payson City Cemetery.

 

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.walkerobits.com

 

 

 

 

 

MARTIN JAY PETERSON

Beloved husband, father, son, grandpa (Papa), brother and friend passed away February 26, 2016 surrounded by loved ones after a short but courageous battle with cancer.  He was born April 23,1953 to Jay O. and Norma Lee Peterson in Payson, Utah. He was raised in Santaquin, Utah and resided there for 59 years and later moved to Ivins, Utah.  He married the love of his life Jacquee and they have 3 children Nichole, Whitney and Marty.

 From a young age he was taught the value of hard work. Martin loved people and his greatest gift was his compassion for others and his sense of humor. He treasured the friendships he had in his life - old and new. Everything he did was nothing less than perfect. He loved to BBQ, spend time with his family, especially his grandkids, riding ATVs and traveling. 

Martin is survived by his wife, three children, his father Jay O (Phyllis) Peterson, father & mother-in-law Larry and Georgia Ewell; siblings Janet Kelsey, Marianne (Max) Hohrein, John (Karen) Peterson; and five grandchildren, Brilee, Kaylee, Easton, Paisley & Gentry. He was preceded in death by his mother Norma Lee Peterson. 

We will always carry your memory in our hearts farewell my friend: Marty, Tune, Big Marty, The big guy, Mart Nut. 

Special thanks to Journey of Hope, our earthly angels for their tender and compassionate care, Southern Utah Veterans Home-Ivins and to all our family and friends that supported us during this difficult time.

 There will be a viewing at the Brown Family Mortuary, 66 So. 300 East, Santaquin Thursday from 6 to 8 pm.  A Celebration of Martin’s Life will be Friday at 11:00 am at the Santaquin Stake Center, 45 So. 500 West, with a viewing prior from 9:30 to 10:45 am.  Burial, Santaquin City Cemetery.

JOHN (JACK) WILLIAM DANIELS

John (Jack) William Daniels, 90, of Payson passed away on the morning of February 23, 2016 of natural causes. Jack was born at home in Payson, Utah, on August 15, 1925 to John J Daniels Jr and Cora Ladell Harper. 

Jack graduated from Payson High School in 1943 and joined the Merchant Marines that summer. He married Jual Porter on May 4, 1946 in Evanston, Wyoming.  They would have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary this year. They were sealed in the Provo Temple on April 23, 1991.

Jack worked in construction most of his adult life. He worked for Butler Construction Company for 25 years building water and sewage treatment plants across the United States. Later, he along with 2 friends, Lynn and Max Reece, started their own construction company, RD&R Construction.

After retirement he and Jual served an LDS church service mission in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. He loved to fish and took many of his grandchildren fishing with him.  He was extremely intelligent and enjoyed the family trivial pursuit games every Sunday night.  He was scoring points for the boys team right up to this last Sunday night.

Jack is survived by his wife Jual, his five children, Jackie Hone, Scott (Chrissy) Daniels, Dorie (Jim) Hone, Drew (Denise) Daniels, and Jon Daniels, 18 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild on the way, and a sister Fay Angus.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Blanche (Jay) Brown, Deon (Dick) Gray and one brother, Reid Daniels.

The viewing and funeral services will be held at Payson Park Ward Chapel, 110 South 300 West, Payson, Utah, on Saturday, February 27, 2016. The viewing will be held from 10:00 – 11:45 AM, followed by the funeral at 12:00 noon. The burial will be at the Payson City Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.walkerobits.com.

 

RHONDA MAUREEN PROCTOR

Rhonda Maureen Proctor died peacefully in her home Tuesday, February 16, 2016 after a year- long battle with cancer.  Rhonda was born on August 11, 1947 in Lusk, Wyoming to Viola Lavona Peterson and John Alden DeGroot.  She became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the age of 14.  She graduated from Aurora Central High School in Aurora, Colorado in 1965.

Rhonda married Gary J. Proctor in the Manti Temple on February 11, 1969.  She had three sons and two daughters.   She is survived by her mother, Viola Thatcher; brother, David DeGroot; and her children, Gary Jay Proctor, Troy Proctor, Tana Proctor Olsen (Corey Olsen), Sonya Proctor Crawford (James Crawford), and Greg Proctor (Syringa Amy), grandchildren and a great grandbaby.

She graduated from Brigham Young University in August of 1991 with a degree in Special Education. She later earned her Masters Degree in Education. She taught at Park View Elementary and Taylor Elementary schools for over 25 years.

She is leaving a great posterity including 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  Mom loved teaching, reading, crocheting, and doing crafts.  She especially loved taking care of her family which she did up to the very end of her life.  She loved tremendously, served selflessly, cared abundantly, and lived beautifully.

She will be missed, but we know she will continue to be with us as our guardian angel.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Elk Ridge 3rd Ward Chapel, 259 E. Alpine Drive, Elk Ridge, Utah.  Family and friends may visit Friday evening, February 19 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Walker Funeral Home, 187 S. Main Street, Spanish Fork, and on Saturday morning at the church from 9:45-10:45 a.m. prior to services.  Interment will be in the Salem Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family at:   www.walkerobits.com

 

JOHN THOMAS MARSHALL

John Thomas Marshall returned to our Loving Heavenly Father on January 31, 2016 in Provo Utah from complications due to pneumonia. He was surrounded by his loving Family.  John was born December 7, 1961 to Rex and Carol Marshall.  He graduated from Spanish Fork High School and later attended Dixie Collage.  He lived a life full of service. His family and friends will miss him very much along with his wry humor.

He is survived by his parents Rex and Carol Marshall of Payson Utah.  His two sons, Andrew Marshall and Christopher Marshall both of Des Moines, Iowa. His grandchildren, Aiden Marshall, Peyton Driscoll and Cashton Marshall, also of Des Moines, Iowa. He is also survived by 3 siblings, Gary (Heidi) Marshall of Riverton, Utah; Patricia (Robert) Davis of Mapleton, Utah and Janean Marshall of Payson Utah.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, February 5, 2016 at 1:00 pm. A viewing will be held prior to the services from 11:00 am - 12:45 pm.  Services will be held at the Mountain View 4th Ward Chapel, 681 East 500 North, Payson, Utah. The interment will be in the Payson City Cemetery.

The family would like to thank the Doctors and Nurses in the ICU of Utah Valley Regional Medical Center for their kindness and invaluable care.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.walkerobits.com


JO ANNE WITT MATTINSON

Jo Anne Witt Mattinson returned to her heavenly home on January 17, 2016 at the age of 84.  She was born to Kenneth and Theora Witt in Heber, Utah on October 10, 1931.  She loved Heber Valley and had many fond memories of her siblings, relatives, and especially her grandmothers Humes and McDonald.  During her elementary years her family moved to Payson, Utah.    Jo Anne graduated from Payson High School, where she was a scholar, drum major and accomplished saxophone musician.  She attended Utah State University and pursued degrees in history and physical education.

While at Utah State she met and married Lt. Richard James Kohlwey in 1952. They had one son Randy Kohlwey.  Richard was killed in The Korean War.  She later married Faye Mattinson on December 23, 1957 (the boy next door).   They shared a wonderful life focused on their six children, service, careers, and outdoor recreation.  Jo Anne loved camping, hiking, and destination vacations with family.  Often she would pack up the trailer and travel to Capital Reef with her kids, cousins, and friends.

Jo Anne had a passion for family history.  She loved to learn and was an avid reader of scriptures, history, and literature. She had a flair for designing and constructing parade floats.    Above all, she loved her family and was happiest when they could all be together.   In 1984 Jo Anne accepted employment at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in the business office where she made many lasting friendships.  She was a member of the Junior Cultus Club for over fifty years, raising funds and providing service to the community.

Jo Anne was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  She was grateful for her various ward and stake callings.  She had many mentors whom she loved.

Jo Anne is survived by her husband of 58 years; Faye Mattinson, her children; Randy (Brynn) Kohlwey, Keith (Kestin), Jeff (Dawn), and Susan Hayes (Tim) as well as nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren,  2 siblings Kenneth (Karen) Witt and Claudia (Ted) Johnson.  Her parents, two sons, Bruce Faye and Kelly Gene, and two siblings Shanna Ashby and Norman James Witt precede her in death.

Friends and family may attend a viewing 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. the funeral will follow at 11 a.m. held Saturday, January 23, 2016 at the Payson 14th Ward Chapel, 100 South 300 West, Payson, Utah.   Interment will be in the Payson City Cemetery.   Funeral Directors: Utah Valley Mortuary.

 Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.uvfuneral.com.The family wishes to extend its gratitude to all those who cared for and served Jo Anne including her loving sister Claudia, her friends and neighbors, Dr. Hwang, and Healthcare Professionals.

 

ERMA TAYLOR GARDNER

Erma Taylor Gardner, age 89, beloved wife, mother, daughter, grandma, grandma “great”, gram, sister, aunt and friend passed away on Friday, January 8, 2016 at Mountain View Hospital in Payson, Utah.

She was born on July 2, 1926 in Fremont, Wayne County, Utah, daughter of Floyd Pratt and Ethel Sorensen Taylor.  She married Max Adelbert Gardner on August 8, 1945 in Lyman, Utah.  They were sealed in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on April 20, 1951.

She grew up in Lyman, Wayne County, Utah.  She worked at Hillfield.  She married Max, at the age of 19, and moved to Salem, Utah.  Erma and Max worked and farmed together.  There was nothing she didn’t know or couldn’t do.  She was an amazing wife, mother, homemaker, gardener and farmer.  She also worked at BYU Food Services for 12 years. Erma and Max ­­­­­­moved to West Mountain in 1971.  They then moved to Payson in 1991.  She has always been a dedicated, loving and giving wife and mother.  She was the best sister ever, always watching over and maintaining a very close relationship with her brothers.  She was extremely loyal, dedicated and the pivotal person in many lives.  She would do absolutely anything for her husband, children, family and friends. She happily shared her time and talents.  Erma’s beautiful crocheting, quilts and handiwork is displayed and honored in homes across the United States, Canada and other countries.  For those blessed enough to know Erma means that they’ve felt love beyond measure.   We love and miss you Mom!

Erma has been an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Her most cherished Church callings were serving with her husband as dance directors and as ordinance workers in the Provo LDS Temple.  She also loved serving as a Primary Chorister and being a member of the Salem 1st Ward Singing Mothers.­­­­

Erma was preceded in death, after 50 years of marriage, by her devoted husband Max Adelbert Gardner.  Also her loving sons Floyd Gardner and Mack Gardner, who cared for and cherished their mother; her thoughtful son-in-law Winston Glass; her parents, whom she treasured and cared for; her granddaughter Mandi Gardner who teased and adored her grandma; 3 brothers and 2 sisters.

She is survived by 2 daughters Loie (Winston) Glass, Riverton, Utah and Carol Ann (Charlie) Sorenson, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; 2 daughter-in-laws (Floyd) Leona Gardner and (Mack) Lynette Gardner; 13 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; 3 brothers Clip (Ronella) Taylor, Lyle (Kathern) Taylor and Oscar (Marsha) Taylor and her “angel” friends Karen and Bill Morris.

We would like to express a heartfelt thanks to Payson 2nd Ward members, special family members and friends who have loved and served Mom faithfully.  We would also like to thank the amazing medical teams at Mountain View Payson Hospital for excellent, loving care given to Mom (and family members) during her short stay.

Viewing will be held on Tuesday, January 12 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Walker Mortuary, 587 South 100 West, Payson, Utah.

Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the Payson LDS 2nd Ward, 274 South Main Street, Payson, Utah with a viewing from 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.walkerobits.com

 

JOANN ELLSWORTH

On January 8, 2016 JoAnn Hales Ellsworth finished her life on earth and instantly the entire Ellsworth family gained the most fiercely protective guardian angel ever known. (Not a small job because there are over 100 of us!) Actually it is just a continuation of her earthly mission. After having endured patiently a prolonged illness, we are fairly sure she danced into heaven and celebrated with loved ones who met her there.

JoAnn was born on February 18, 1932 in Payson Utah. She married Richard Ellsworth and blessed his life for 64 years. She was an amazing mother to Pam (Mark) Wilson, Christine (Alan) Riley, Dan (Beck) Ellsworth, David (Renee) Ellsworth, Craig (Andrea) Ellsworth, Sam (Shannon) Ellsworth and waiting for her on the other side, her daughter Peggy Sue Case. She was a loving grandmother to 28 grands and 43 great grands who called her GG. Each one knew they were her favorite.

We invite you to join us as we celebrate her life on Tuesday January 12, 2016 at 11:00 at the Payson 1st Ward, 225 South 400 East, Payson, Utah. Visitation will be from 9:45 to 10:45 am prior to the funeral.

We would like to extend a special thanks to Corey Verwer and Sheree Reynolds , two angels who so lovingly cared for JoAnn the last 4 years.  

Share condolences with the family at www.brownfamilymortuary.com.

 

RUTH ANN KING WILKINS

Our beloved mother, grandmother and friend Ruth Ann King Wilkins passed away peacefully on Friday, January 1, 2016 surrounded by her family.

Ruth Ann was born October 14, 1939 in Payson, UT to Melford and Della Lyman King.  On August 22, 1958, Ruth Ann married her eternal sweetheart Ernest Wilson Wilkins in the Salt Lake Temple and together they raised their eight children in Southern California.

She grew up in Payson, UT where she attended school and graduated from Payson High School.  She volunteered as an election poll worker and was active in the local camp of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers. Ruth Ann loved to do quilting, sewing, canning, embroidery, collecting bovine figurines, and tending her orchids, but most of all, spending time with her family.  She was an active member of the LDS Church where she served in various callings, including serving as an ordinance worker with her husband in the Los Angeles and Newport Beach California temples. Ruth Ann and Ernest served as missionaries in the Arizona Tempe Mission and served on the San Carlos Apache Reservation.

Ruth Ann is survived by her husband of 57 years; Ernest W. Wilkins, her children; Curtis E Wilkins, Kimberly Wilkins, Jeffery T (Jane) Wilkins, Brenda Lee (Anthony) Frutos, Stephen M (Amy) Wilkins, Blaine K (Charity) Wilkins, Ross James (Janet) Wilkins, and Melanie (Shane) Carey; as well as 24 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and 1 brother, Terrill (Mary Lee) King.  She is preceded in death by her parents, brothers and sisters; Melford Arl King, Hal H. King, Afton D. (King) Hales, James L. King, Ross V. King, Garth M. King, Jane (King) Ludlow.

Funeral Services will be Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. in the Mapleton White LDS Church, 31 West Maple Street, Mapleton. A viewing will be held on Friday, January 8, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. at the Walker Funeral Home, 587 South 100 West, Payson, and also on Saturday at the church prior to the services from 11:45-12:45 p.m. Interment will be in the Payson City Cemetery.


 RICHARD B. PICKERING

 

Richard B. Pickering, son of George and Geneva Pickering, born on January 28th, 1942, in Payson, Utah, passed away Monday, December 7th, 2015, at the age of 73, in Saratoga Springs, Utah.

Our dad was a great man, a wonderful father, grandfather, and Friend to everyone. Dad was someone who took joy in life. He loved helping others, to give and be surrounded by family and friends.  He was called grandpa by all those he knew.

Dad never had or wanted much other than to enjoy life and help everyone. It made him happy to give.

He had many hobbies: fishing, hunting camping, making jewelry, dream catchers and all things Indian and pioneer.  All to give to those he knew and loved, and even some he didn’t know.

Working was a passion for him. He worked in auto body, mining, and construction. His painting and auto body work he took great pride in and was great at it. He loved to laugh. We can’t forget one of our favorite memories, how much fun he had jumping out of that tree at Burraston  Ponds, even at 65.

He was survived by his children Kimberly Pickering, Dixie Pickering, Jeff Larson, and Paula MacArthur. His sister Larae Rudy and his brothers Lynn and Michael, 22 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Lola Larson, his two children Layna Paul, Stephanie Fullmer, and his grandson Colby.

Those who knew our father, know that he didn’t want anyone to mourn his death, but celebrate his life, and enjoy the happiness and wonderful man he was in ours.

 

Nora Jane Westover DeGraw


Nora Jane Westover DeGraw, of Ada, Oklahoma, passed from this mortal life to the next on November 23, 2015. She was 75 years old.

Nora was born on October 28, 1940, in Winslow, Arizona, to Edwin Lloyd Westover and Laura Hudson. She was the fifth of six children. She attended school in Santaquin and Payson, Utah, graduating from Payson High School. She married her sweetheart, Curtis Lamar DeGraw, on March 29, 1961, in the Salt Lake Temple. They were blessed with nine children (losing one daughter to a stillbirth) and raised them in a home full of love and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Nora and Curtis later served as a missionary couple in South Carolina. 
 

Prior to their marriage, Nora worked as a secretary on the staff of David O. McKay, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After their marriage, she dedicated her life to raising their children, returning to part-time work as a secretary at the Santaquin Elementary School after their youngest child started school. Her typing and shorthand skills were legendary. She lived most of her life in Santaquin, Utah, with a few years near the beginning of her marriage in Salt Lake City and the last five years in Ada, Oklahoma, living near a son (Merrill) and a daughter (Misti) and their families. 

Nora was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  She was a naturally spiritual person, whose smile lit up the world around her and whose tears were harder on her children than any punishment. She was small in stature, but she had the largest heart possible. She was known by all as one of the kindest, sweetest, most gentle people on this earth.  Nobody ever heard her raise her voice in anger or frustration, and she was never known to criticize others. Her optimistic, loving, accepting personality was a beacon to her family and everyone with whom she associated. She loved her family, her religion, her friends, music (an accomplished pianist), reading, getting to know, appreciate and love others, and most of all she loved her husband, her eternal companion of 52 years.   Her greatest wish after his passing two years ago was to be with him once more, but she was willing to wait on the Lord’s timing for that glorious reunion with Curtis and their daughter, Lorna Sue.

Nora is survived by three siblings: Edwin Lauroyd (LaDean) Westover, Carol (Barry) Avery, and Nadine (Archie) Alexander; eight children: Michelle (Chad) Barlow, Ray (Michelle) DeGraw,  Camille (Carl) Hollinger. Kathryn (Brent) Thayne, Cynthia (Devon) Harward, Lance (Robin) DeGraw, Merrill (Carianne)l DeGraw, and Misti (Steve) Goza; thirty-six grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; two siblings, Sherla (Jay) Bingham, and Horace Ray Westover; a stillborn daughter, Lorna Sue; and a grandchild, “Concha” Thayne. 

The family asks that each person who knew and loved Nora renew an individual commitment to love and serve others by accepting and internalizing the Savior’s words, “As I have loved you, love one another.”   She would prefer to be honored by what we do, how we live, and who we become more than by anything we might say.  She would also want everyone to fill their homes with smiles and good music – the universal, harmonic language of love.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, in Ada, Oklahoma, under the direction of Criswell Funeral Home.  Burial was in the Pontotoc Cemetery, Johnson County, Oklahoma. 

Arland LeRoy Hazel

January 8, 1926 - November 20, 2015

Arland LeRoy Hazel, 89,  of Salem passed away on November 20, 2015 in Payson, Utah surrounded by his family.

He was born on January 8, 1926 in Salem, Utah to William and Minnie Smith Hazel. Arland joined the Navy at a young age and served during WWII.  After his time in the service he married Ilean Wilkinson on August 4, 1947 in Provo, Utah.  Together they raised five children.  

Fishing, camping, gardening and riding his side-by-side are some of the activities that he enjoyed with his family.  Family was everything to Arland and he will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife Ilean, his children:  Arlean & Doug Shepherd, Spanish Fork;  Lynn & Janet Hazel, Benjamin;  June & Richard Morgan, Provo;  Kathy & Ron Bishop, Indianola;  Blaine & Jennifer Hazel, Salem.  He is also survived by 19 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren,  and  6 great- great- grandchildren and a sister; Darlene Eggleston of Springville.

Arland is preceded in death by 6 brothers, 3 sisters, one granddaughter, and one great-grandson.

Funeral Services will be held  on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Walker Mortuary, 187 South Main Street, Spanish Fork.   Visitations will be held on Monday from 6-8:00 p.m. and on Tuesday from 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. at the same location.  Interment will be in the Salem City Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.walkerobits.com


Ralph Gaylen Kelsey

Ralph Gaylen Kelsey, age 59, has gone hunting on October 17, 2015. Ralph was born to Arthur and Myrtle Kelsey. Ralph married his high school sweetheart and love of his life Carla Nadine Rigby on June 6, 1975. Together they had four children, Tony (Kesia) Kelsey of Payson, Tonya (Kevin) Lowe of Payson, Kelly Kelsey of Wellington, Dusty (Jordan) Kelsey of Santaquin. Ralph had eleven grandchildren that he loved to tease. Ralph enjoyed camping, hunting, and going on four-wheeler rides. He also enjoyed going shed hunting and exploring old ghost towns with his family.

Ralph loved to work on his '54 GMC Jimmy truck and collected antiques. Ralph was a hard worker and enjoyed helping others. He would talk to anyone and knew everyone. He would always tell people to smile. Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Myrtle Kelsey; one brother, Sheryl Kelsey; three sisters, Louise Winne, RaNae Hazel, and Marla Miller. He is survived by his loving wife, four children, his dog Odie, eleven grandchildren, and four brothers, Randy Kelsey of Payson, Gary Kelsey of Mapleton, Kenneth Kelsey of Benjamin, and Devere Kelsey of Nephi.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Walker Mortuary, 587 South 100 West in Payson.  A viewing will be held on Monday evening from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Mortuary and on Tuesday from 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment will be in the Payson City Cemetery.

If you have a classic car or truck please drive it. We will be having Ralph's last ride in the '54 to the cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.walkerobits.com

 

Robert F. Allen

Robert Francis Allen left this life October 2, 2015 surrounded by his wife and children. He was born November 11, 1938 in Phoenix, Arizona, the son of Owen Woodruff Allen, Sr. and Adah Pomeroy Allen.

Bob attended Brigham Young University and Arizona State University prior to serving in the Finnish LDS Mission. Returning to BYU, he met and married Nancy Ann Bradford, September 6, 1963 in the Los Angeles LDS Temple. He was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force and became a B-52 pilot serving in the Cold and Vietnam Wars. He flew for the Air Force Reserve while achieving his MS in biology at BYU. He became a professor of biology and Institute Manager, and designed and supervised the laboratory at Oklahoma City Community College. Following retirement, he moved to Payson, Utah, and then labored in the New York Utica Mission with his wife. Bob was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints throughout his life. He served in many capacities including Bishop, Stake President, Patriarch and temple ordinance worker.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy; children, Robin (Douglas) Maxwell, Lesley (David) Gabbitas, Heather (Alex) Brown, Scott B. Allen, David (Jennie Jo) Allen, Amy E. Allen, Jennifer (John) Ketcher; a sister, Jackie (Doyle) Randall and a sister-in-law, Jeanne Stephenson. Bob was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Owen W. Allen, Jr. and a sister, Shirleen (Richard) Collett.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, October 6, 2015, at 11:00 a.m., in the Brookside 2nd Ward, 952 West 1580 South, Payson. Friends and family may call at the Walker Mortuary, 587 South 100 West, Payson, Monday, 6-8:00 p.m., and family at the church Tuesday, 9:45-10:45 a.m. Burial will be in the Payson City Cemetery with Military Rites accorded by the American Legion, Dist. #4.

Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.walkerobits.com.


JoSEPH I. EVANS

Our strong & gentle father, Joseph Ivan Evans, age 92, passed peacefully from this life on September 24, 2015. He was born on April 16, 1923 in Anaconda, MT, to May Barrett & Ivan Alphonzo Evans. He married Ethel May Ekstrand on August 26, 1946 & they were sealed on November 16, 1957 in the Los Angeles LDS Temple.

After serving in the Army for two years during WWII, Joe returned, married & built a home where he & Ethel raised their children making happy memories. He lived his values of how to work, serve others & make sacrifices for family. He worked at Bethlehem Steel before the War & for 30 years afterwards at Firestone Tire & Rubber Company. Joe loved to find items for others “in a vacant lot,” create innovative items & find antiques then restore them. He was happiest body surfing, riding his bike, driving anywhere, watching things grow & in his garage “messing around.” We will miss him—his teasing, his laugh, his gentle ways, his unconditional love & support.

He is survived by his children: Craig (Paula) Evans, Marsha (Don) Crenshaw, Karen (Steve) Wood; 16 grandchildren & 40 great-grandchildren (+ one coming). He is preceded in death by his wife & parents.

His family wishes to thank the staff at Seasons of Santaquin Assisted Living for their loving care.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 29th at 11:00 am at the Santaquin 19th Ward.  Interment was in the Santaquin City Cemetery with military rites by Santaquin American Legion Post 84 under the direction of Brown Family Mortuary.

 

JANIS COOMBS PROVSTGAARD

Janis Coombs Provstgaard, our loving mother, passed away on Sunday, September 13, 2015 surrounded by her family. She was born on February 21, 1929 in American Fork, Utah to Ralph and Annie Lee Hedgepeth Coombs. She married James Sheldon Provstgaard on September 10, 1948. They are the parents of 5 children, they have 13 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

Her proudest accomplishment was her family. Janis worked at Mountain Bell and retired from U.S. West with 25 years of service. She had many lifelong friends whom she dearly loved, she loved the outdoors and nature, she loved to travel, she especially loved to GOLF! She was a member of the Payson Ladies Golf Association for many years.

She is survived by her children; Michael (Heidi), Sheirl (Betty), Brett (Elva), Lee Ann (Jon)Young; brother Frank (Carol Ann) Coombs; sister Sandra (Larry) Hanks; brother-in-law Larry Porter. She was preceded in death by her husband Sheldon, daughter Debra Kay Provstgaard, daughter-in-law Gail Provstgaard, sister Nancy  Porter. Our family would like to express a special thanks to the staff at Canyon Breeze Senior Living, for the love and care Janis received.

The funeral services will be held on Wednesday September 23, 2015 at the Payson First Ward, 225 S. 400 E., at 11:00 a.m. A viewing will be held at the church one hour prior to services. Interment will be in the Payson Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.walkerobits.com

 

JERRY DALLIN TAYLOR

Jerry Dallin Taylor, 78, of Riverton, Utah, passed away peacefully on September 4, 2015. He was born May 2, 1937 to Chester and Donna Dallin Benard in Las Vegas, Nevada. They were later divorced. Donna married Claude Taylor, who adopted him. Jerry was sealed to them in The Manti Temple.

He graduated from Spanish Fork High School in 1955. He married Lois McClausland.

Jerry served our country, honorably in The US Army. He and Lois were later divorced. He married Zola Dickey Jackman. Together, they had Gerald (Tiffanee) Taylor, Rodger (Cheryl) Taylor, Cindy (Mike) Peterson, Lonny (Destiny) Taylor and was stepdad to and raised Norene (Chris) Jensen, Tina (Jeff) Shepherd, and Bret (Tiffani). They were later divorced. He married Diane Gladys Ronkainen. Together, they had Tammy (Jonathan) Clark, Stephanie (Dave) Sampley, Pamela (Rick) Ekker and Becky Taylor.

And legacy of many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

His siblings are Kenneth (Judy) Taylor, Allen Taylor, Donna Jean (John) Millar and Dal (Laurie) Taylor.

He served as 2nd Counselor in The Orem 9th Ward Bishopric, owned and/or managed and worked for IGA in American Fork and Provo, Safeway in Orem and Spanish Fork and Halstrom Motors in American Fork, Storehouse Market in Orem. He was very inventive. Worked for Franklin Institute in Salt Lake City. He sold encyclopedias across the country. He was a TV repairman. He taught his kids how to be great people and good work ethics. You would catch him working on a car and teaching the kids how to be a great mechanic. He was always helping someone.

Jerry was an avid marksman, outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, camping, fishing, and shooting with his family. He deeply loved his wife, children and stepchildren and would do anything within his power for each of them.

He was an active member of the LDS Church, played clarinet in the Spanish Fork High School Band, and had a beautiful deep bass resonating singing voice.

We will miss his contagious smile.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Allen, his daughter, Cindy, and his loving wife, Diane. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, September 9th at 1:00 p.m. at the Broomhead Funeral Home, 12600 South 2200 West, Riverton, Utah. A viewing will be held on Tuesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home and also one hour prior to the funeral services on Wednesday. Interment will follow at the Riverton Cemetery.

 

ERMA RICH CLARK

Erma Rich Clark passed away Monday, August 31, 2015, at the age of 85.  While she is deeply missed, we are happy that she has now joined other family members and know she has been welcomed with much love and happiness.

Erma was born in the old log house on January 27, 1930 in Fairview, Wyoming to Marvin Allred Rich and Leora Child .  She is the second of 6 children. Erma attended grade school in Fairview, and graduated from Star Valley High School in Afton, Wyoming. She attended BYU. 

Erma met her husband, Lester N. “Brig” Clark while working as a switchboard operator at the Valleon Hotel in Afton. They were married in Provo, Utah on July 4, 1950. She liked to joke saying she gave up her independence on Independence Day and never got it back again.

Erma was raised in a strong LDS home with a strong pioneer heritage. She and her siblings had fun growing up in Star Valley, playing ball in the summer and building big things with the snow in the winter. They had the post office in their house. Her mother ran the post office, and when kids were old enough, they helped. They sold stamps, registered parcels and got them ready for mailing. 

Her elementary school had 2 grades in each room, with just 4 rooms. They took the bus to Afton, about 5 miles away, when they attended high school. Erma played the trombone in school, and had many friends whom she kept in touch with as much as possible over the years. After high school, she worked in Afton for awhile, where she met her future husband. 
They lived in Provo for many years and later moved to Payson and built a home there.

Erma was truly a hard worker, caring for her family, and working outside the home. She worked at Signetics in Orem, Utah, for more than 20 years. When the plant closed down, she began working as a crossing guard in Payson, and later began cleaning rooms at the high school in the afternoons after she finished crossings. She was a crossing guard for 15 years. She was 80 when she finally retired.
It was not unusual for her to come home from working a long hard day, and proceed to do canning of all kinds. Fruits, vegetables, even fish. Not to mention making dinner and caring for her 5 kids.
She was blessed to spend the last 2 ½ years at Mountain Air Assisted Living in Payson, where she was cared for and loved by their excellent staff. While it was difficult for her at first, it truly became her ‘home’ and she referred to it as such. Many thanks to the wonderful people at Mountain Air. 

Erma has always placed her children first. We all went to church and she taught us about family, the church, and how to pray. She was a woman of great faith, and courage, and instilled that in her children. She is deeply loved by all, and will truly be missed.
Erma and Brig had 5 children, Loreta Ann, Roger Niel, (Linda), James Marvin, (Heidi), Roslyn Kirsten, (Brent), and Lester David. Her son, Jim, lived in Oregon and died at age 49 of cancer. Surely they have had a wonderful reunion.  She has 12 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren whom she loved and loved spending time with.

Funeral services are at 11 am, Tuesday, September 8, 2015, at the Mountain View 7th Ward Chapel, 681 E 500 N in Payson, Utah. There will be a viewing at the church that morning from 9:30am to 10:45am. Interment at Payson City Cemetery.  Friends and family are all welcome to join with us as we say goodbye to this wonderful daughter of God.

     
Funeral arrangements for Erma are being handled by Berg Mortuary of Provo.  Our thanks to them also.

Dallin Rey Johnson

After 3 years of countless miracles, Dallin Rey Johnson peacefully passed away Thursday, July 30, 2015 following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.  Dallin was born June 8, 1956 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Dennis Alton and Lorene Williams Johnson.  He grew up in Bountiful, Utah, graduating from Viewmont High School.  He attended Weber State University, University of Utah, and graduated from UNLV with a degree in Hotel Administration.

He was sealed for time and all eternity to his sweetheart, Susan Lea Zobrist on May 23, 1979 in the Salt Lake Temple.  They were blessed with five wonderful children.  He was an amazing husband, father, and grandfather and his family was his highest priority. He was very supportive of his children and grandchildren in all their various activities and pursuits. He had a special relationship with each member of his family and was very involved in each one’s life.  Dallin was a people person and everyone loved his genuine smile.  He was a true leader and led with love.  His Oreo Club will continue to be an inspiration to many.

Dallin owned and operated hotels in Arcata, CA, Battle Mountain, NV and has been running the Payson Quality Inn for the past 27 years.  He had a strong work ethic and was an example to many.  Sports were a favorite pastime that he shared with his family.  He loved being outdoors and his yard was his pride and joy.  One of Dallin's passions was his annual fishing trip to Alaska, which he enjoyed with his dad, mom, brothers, sons and loved ones.

As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Dallin served a full-time mission to San Diego, CA and held many church positions such as; Young Mens President, Bishopric Counselor, Finance Clerk, and Executive Secretary.  He was currently serving in the Primary.  He also loved singing in the Ward Choir.

Dallin is survived by his loving wife, Susan; children, Ashlee (Nate) Baker and Ryan, Tyler, Dylan, and Kyle, of Salem; Justin (Mindy) Johnson and Paige, Katie, Haylee, and Jordan, of Spanish Fork; Jayme (Vic) Smith, of Orem; Garrett (Paige) Johnson, Riley and Paisley, of Spanish Fork; and Shealeen (Chet) Harmer, of Woodland Hills.  He also leaves behind his brothers, Westlyn Johnson and Brandon Johnson.  Dallin was preceded in death by his parents, Dennis and Lorene Johnson and his sister, Suzette Johnson.

Heartfelt thanks to the Huntsman Cancer Institute, especially Dr. Glynn Gilcrease, who gave the family hope when no one else would; ICU Staff, and Rocky Mountain Hospice. 

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Maple Canyon Ward Chapel, 220 S. Woodland Hills Drive, Woodland Hills, Utah.  Family and friends may call on Monday evening, August 3, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the same location and on Tuesday morning from 9:45-10:45 a.m. prior to services.  Interment will be in the Salem City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Huntsman Cancer Institute

Condolences may be sent to the family at:   www.walkerobits.com

FLORENCE FOLKS MOORE

1915 – 2015

 Florence Folks Moore, born February 11, 1915 at her father’s farm north of Ashland, Kansas, passed away on July 24, 2015. Florence was preceded in death by her son, William Moore. She is survived by the Neil Folks family, the Ray Folks family and the Laurel Johnson family. Graveside services will be held at the Ashland Kansas Highland Cemetery.

 Most of her grade school years were spent in a one-room country school, which was one and a half miles from her home. For her eighth grade and freshman year of high school, she attended St. Mary’s of the Plains Academy in Dodge City, Kansas. She then returned to Ashland High School and graduated from there in 1933. She attended Emporia State Teachers College for one year and dropped out for a year. Then she returned to college to get her life certificate to teach. For the next three years she taught at a one-room country school west of Ashland. Her first year of teaching she had seven students, seven grades, and all boys. She then returned to Emporia State and graduated from there in 1941 with a B.S. degree in primary education. For the next two years she taught at the State School for the Blind in Jamesville, Wisconsin.

 When World War II started she joined the Marine Corps. She was discharged when the war was over. She then went to Hartford, Connecticut and worked with the blinded American veterans returning from the war.

 She met her husband there and was married in 1946. The family moved to Gadsden, Alabama, where her son William Robert was born. The family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1952. The first three years there they owned a Red Goose children’s shoe store. After they sold the store Florence went to work at Sandia Laboratories, a Federal Government installation. After twenty-three years she retired in 1980. In 2005, she moved to the Seville Retirement home in Orem, Utah to be near her nephew, Ray Folks, and family. In 2011 she spent a few months living with her grandniece, Melanie Johnson and family, before moving to Latter Days Assisted Living in Santaquin, Utah; where she resided until her death.

Condolences may be extended to the family at www.bergmortuary.com.

 

We will miss you “Aunt Sis”!


Bernell Christian Evans

Bernell (Bernie) Christian Evans, 84, passed away July 2, 2015 in Payson, Utah.

Bernell was born January 8, 1931 to Frederick William Evans and Mary Lillie Schaugaard in Payson, Utah. He was the oldest of 4 children; Julia Dean Sepulveda, Ferral and Keith (surviving).

Bernell grew up in Lake Shore until the death of his father at age 10. There he learned the value of hard work and the importance of family. He moved to Payson, and later graduated from Payson High School in 1949. That year he welcomed his step-father Loren James Maland into his life. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War on the U.S.S. Tolovana. He married Marianne Hillman March 17, 1951 in Payson. Their marriage was solemnized in the Manti Temple. They were blessed with three children, Gary (Linn) Evans of Camarillo, CA; Ann (Brad) Adams of Spanish Fork; Karen (Jared) Hanson of Payson; 12 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.

After his military service, Bernell graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in industrial arts and math. He loved being an educator in Nebo School District for 33 years. His personal motto was taken from Abraham Lincoln who said, “Be proud of the place in which you live and live each day in such a manner as it will be proud of you.” He used his skills and talents to quietly give back to his community. He served faithfully in the LDS Church as a bishop, member of the stake presidency, and temple worker. He extended his leadership to the community as a member of the Payson City Council and as Mayor.

Funeral services will be Monday, July 6, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the Payson 16th Ward Chapel, 650 West 800 South. Friends may call at the Walker Mortuary, 587 South 100 West, Payson, on Sunday, July 5, 2015 from 6-8 p.m., or at the church on Monday from 9:30-10;45 a.m. Burial will be in the Payson City Cemetery with military rites accorded by the American Legion, District #4.

The family would like express a sincere thanks to Dr. Garry Miller, Mountain Air Assisted Living, home health,  and hospice for their kind and loving care.

 


MARION CHEEVER

Marion Edith Clark Cheever, age 93, of Payson, passed away peacefully Saturday, June 6, 2015, in Payson, Utah. She was born September 11, 1921, in Newdale, Idaho, a daughter of Thomas Alonzo Clark and Melva Ricks Clark.

Marion grew up on a farm in Anoka County, Minnesota, during the Great Depression and learned the value of hard work and frugality. She joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the age of nineteen. Education was important to her, and she obtained her Normal diploma after high school. She taught grades one through eight for two years in country schools before coming out west to BYU where she furthered her education. She married her sweetheart George Albert Smith Cheever Jr., March 28, 1946, in the Manti LDS Temple. They raised a family of six children, including two sets of twins. Marion taught her children the gospel and was an example of love and compassion to all she came in contact with. She was faithful in all of her callings, had an abiding testimony of the Savior, and loved family history work. She worked with her husband in the family history center and served in the temple for many years. Through her family history work, she was able to connect with cousins from all over the country. She loved her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren very much and enjoyed having special one on one time with each of them. 

Survivors include her children: Janet (Jim) Turner, Payson; Julie (L. Dee) Stevenson, Payson; Mark (Kellie) Cheever, Bothell, Washington; Grant Cheever, Salt Lake City; Rose (Rodney) Jackson, Orem; and Bruce (Machelle) Cheever, Woodland Hills; 20 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Her husband, George, and her siblings, Leo, Clara, Dan, Buzz, and Darrell preceded her in death.

Her family would like to thank everyone who has helped in her care, especially those at Seasons of Santaquin. Their love and compassion are truly appreciated. 

Funeral Services will be held Thursday, June 11, 2015, at 11 a.m., in the Payson 14th Ward Chapel, 110 South 300 West. A viewing will be held prior to the service, from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. Interment in Payson City Cemetery. 

Funeral Directors: Utah Valley Mortuary. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.uvfuneral.com.

 

CHERYL LYNNE MASON KECK

Cheryl Lynne Mason Keck, 70, of Payson, Utah passed away May 28, 2015 in Payson. She was born August 21, 1944 in Murray, Utah to Clifford Burnett Mason and Reatha Jesse Evans Mason. After her father was killed in a plane crash, Cheryl’s mother married Carolus Martinus Roestenburg Jr.

Cheryl married Elmo Clinton Keck June 1, 1965 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Together they had 8 children.

Cheryl is survived by her husband, Elmo Keck; children: Lori Anne (Joseph) Vance, Dwayne (Rebecca) Keck, Blair (Lisa) Keck, Malia (Keith) Gray, Tyler (Candie) Keck and Jeffrey (Jolyn) Keck; 31 Grandchildren; Siblings: Jana (Robert) Gunn, Carl (Karen) Roestenburg, Kelly (Maria) Roestenburg and Scott Roestenburg.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Brenton Tane; daughter, Angela.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Payson 11th Ward, 902 West 400 North, Payson, Utah. Family and friends may call Friday, June 5, 2015 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Walker Funeral Home, 587 South 100 West in Payson, or Saturday from 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. at the church prior to services. Interment will be in the Payson City Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.walkerobits.com


Mildred Dorothy Minnich Ward

Funeral services will be held on Saturday May 16th at the Mountain View 6th Ward in Payson for Mildred Dorothy Minnich Ward, 100, who passed away on May 7, 2015, at Hearthstone Manor Assisted Living facility in Spanish Fork, Utah.  Mildred, or “Micky” as she was also known by her family and friends, was born June 8, 1914, in Chicago, Illinois.  She was raised and resided on the windy city's South side until she moved to Salt Lake City in 1999 to be close to other family members who had also relocated to the area.  In February 2000, she purchased a condominium in the Rosewood/Mountain View Estates in Payson where she resided until her “temporary” move to Hearthstone Manor in April 2014.  

Mildred converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Chicago in 1937.  She was sealed to her sweetheart, Vernon D. Ward of Rock Springs, Wyoming for time and eternity in the Salt Lake Temple on June 29, 1938.  Vernon passed away August 23, 1988.

Mildred had one sister, Viola A. McKenzie, and one brother, John T. Minnich, who preceded her in death.  She is survived by her three children Karen (& Del) Marx of Salem, John Ward of Scofield, and Ralph (& Ann Fillmore) Ward of Sherman Oaks, California.  She had seven grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren:  Kimberly (& Roger) Flier and children Riley, Ferrelyn and Blake Jensen of Long Beach, Mississippi; Craig (& Camille) Marx and children Jake, Eli and Lillian of Farmington; Sam Ward (& Kim Ahara) of Los Angeles; Scott (& Jen) Ward and children Ethan, Andrew and Ashley of Spanish Fork; Jillian (& Bryan) Messenger and children James, Alexis, Kent and Isaac of Branchburg, New Jersey; Janalee Ward of Sherman Oaks, California; and Alison Ward also of Sherman Oaks.

Funeral services will be held, Saturday, May 16, 2015, at 12:00 noon in the Mtn. View 6th Ward Chapel, 789 East Arrowhead Trail, Payson. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday May 20th at 11:30 AM at the Fairmount-Willow Hills Memorial Park located just outside of Chicago in Willow Springs, Illinois.  In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the American Diabetes Association. Family and friends are welcome to send online condolences to www.walkerobits.com.  

Shirley Laycock Stevenson

Shirley Laycock Stevenson 81, passed peacefully away, surrounded by her family on April 27, 2015. She was born Aug. 1, 1933 in American Fork, Utah to Albert Hamilton Laycock and Helen Emily Kooyman. She was the third of eight siblings: Art J (Nadine), Clifford Bert (Carol), Gerald Kenneth (Janet), LeRoy K (Margaret, Lola), David Lloyd (Sally), Rebecca Ann (James Fillmore), and Ronald Paul (Jan).

Shirley attended school in American Fork. She loved school and her homemaking classes. She was on her high school drill team and won competition titles 3 years in a row. She completed 3 yrs. of Seminary and it was upon this foundation that her testimony began. She graduated from high school and Seminary in 1951. After graduation she went to work as a telephone operator. She later worked at Barbizon until she met the love of her life, Farrell James Stevenson. She also worked for Nebo School district as a lunch lady later in life. 

Shirley and Farrell (Jim) were married Oct. 13, 1956 and were later sealed in the Provo Utah Temple. They were blessed with 6 children; Mickey (Shirl Sorensen), Brian (Kelly), Bruce (LaRae), Mark (Kim), Douglas (Malinda), Craig (Susan), 30 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild, and three great grandchildren on the way. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, Art J, Clifford Bert, Gerald Kenneth and Ronald Paul, 2 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild.

Her love of homemaking was evident throughout her life, as her home was the gathering place for her siblings, children and all of her grandchildren. She enjoyed using her talents as she created quilts, sewing projects, and crafts to beautify her home. She loved family camping trips and vacations, reunions. And family visits and gatherings.

She loved the Gospel and her visiting teachers. She supported her family in all their activities and church callings. She had a firm Testimony of the Gospel and lived for those blessings, which was one of the last gifts she wanted to leave to her family. Her example of unconditional love and valiantly enduring to the end will be cherished by all the lives she touched.

Her family would like to thank her hospice caregivers, Andrea, Leslie, Cori and Pam for the loving care she was given and the kindness and concern shown to her husband and family. You gave her dignity in her last hours which was so important to her.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 1, 2015 at 11:00am in the Payson 15th ward Chapel, 650 West 800 South, Payson, Ut. Family and friends may call Thursday, April 30, 2015, 6-8:00 p.m., at Walker Funeral Home 587 South 100 West, Payson, Ut. or on Friday 9:45-10:45 prior to services located at the church. Interment will be in the Payson, Utah Cemetery.


ROBERT EDWARD STEVENS

Robert Edward Stevens 83, of Payson, Utah completed his journey in mortality passing away peacefully on April 19, 2015, surrounded by his family.  He was born on March 11, 1932 to Neldon Edward and Denise Sheen Stevens.  He loved growing up in Payson and was very proud of his Pioneer heritage.

After graduating from Payson High School he earned his Bachelor's Degree from Brigham Young University in Secondary Education. Later through a fellowship program at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque he earned his Master's Degree in Mathematics.  He enlisted in the Air National Guard and after being called into Stateside active duty during the Korean conflict he was honorably discharged.  He married his sweetheart Dellavene Jex from Spanish Fork, Utah for Time and Eternity on June 9,1953 in the Manti Temple.

Employed by Nebo School District, he returned to Payson High School where he taught Mathematics and assisted with various athletic programs retiring after a career spanning 30 years. He took a personal interest in his many students and enjoyed making connections with them and their children and grandchildren as he their paths crossed later in life.

He was an active member of the LDS Church serving in many callings including a bishopric counselor and as a caring home teacher.  He shared his love of the outdoors with his family enjoying countless hours fishing at Strawberry Reservoir, in addition to hunting and camping with extended family and good friends.

He was a kind and gentle man of integrity, a loving husband, father, brother and uncle. He loved being “Grandpa Bob” to his 20 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren. In many ways this was a defining role in life as many others also referred to him as Grandpa Bob.

He was preceded in death by his wife and two grandchildren Kimberly Ann Stevens and Derek Roy Johns and a great-grandchild Ruger Robinson.  He is survived by his five children, Jim Stevens (Christie) of Payson, UT, Diane (Greg) Cramer of Idaho Falls, ID, Mark Stevens (Paula) of Saratoga Springs, UT, Shauna (Jeff) Crook of Spring, Texas and Brent Stevens (Robin Moore) Montevideo, MN, and a sister Shirley Court (Mont) of Payson, UT and his friend of a life-time Clinton Dansie of Payson, UT.

Due to numerous physical challenges during the last several years he resided at Mountain Air Assisted living and finally at the Central Utah Veterans Home.  With his positive attitude, engaging personality and sense of humor he made numerous new friends among the fellow residents and staff.  The Family wishes to extend their sincere appreciation and gratitude to the administrators and dedicated personnel of these two local facilities who have loved and respectfully cared for our father during this time.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday April 24, 2015 at the Payson First Ward Chapel, 225 South 400 East in Payson.  A viewing will be held Thursday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Walker Mortuary, 587 South 100 West in Payson and prior to the services on Friday from 9:45 to 10:45a.m.  Burial will be in the Payson City Cemetery with veterans rites provided by the American Legion.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.walkerobits.com

 

 

Calvin Clark Reece unexpectedly but peacefully passed away on Friday, January 6, 2017.  Cal was born in Payson, Utah, on June 6, 1942, to Clark and Ferol Elton Reece.  He was a U.S. Army Veteran, stationed in Germany and Colorado, where he served as a medic.

He married Lis Baash in 1963 in Germany.  They returned to Payson and together had two sons: Pete Clark Reece and Soren Poul Reece.  They were later divorced.

Cal was very involved in the Payson community for many years, including the Chamber of Commerce and also owning and running a small business on Main Street: C. Reece & Sons.

In 1980, he married Ruby Ith, and they together raised her two daughters: Marcii Ith Palmer and Megan Ith Hansen.  They later divorced.

At this time he became involved in the Payson Historical Society and Payson Then & Now.

Cal was preceded in death by his parents and his only brother, Jim Reece.  Survivors include his two sons, Pete and Soren; stepdaughters and their children; sister-in-law Julie Reece; Nieces, Nephew, Great, and Great-Greats as well.

Also, many many, lifelong friends, whom he loved and all held their own special place in his heart.

In ways he may have been a private man, but his sense of humor and character were not.  He will be missed by so many that knew and loved him.  May the good karma he spread on earth be his legacy we can all carry on.

Godspeed, Uncle Cal.

There will be a short viewing at Walker Mortuary, located at 587 South 100 West, Payson, Utah, 10:30-11:30 a.m. before a graveside service at Payson City Cemetery for friends and family on Thursday, January 12, 2017.  Military rites performed by American Legion District 4.

Max Blaine Reece

Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, Max Blaine Reece, age 79 of Payson passed away peacefully at home on Friday, December 23, 2016.

He was born October 29, 1937 at Payson, Utah to Robert Clark and Charlotte Electa Koyle Reece.

He married Gayle Erickson, September 20, 1957 in the Manti LDS Temple.

Max enjoyed golfing. During his years of golfing he managed to get 7 holes in one. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was a general contractor for 37 years and owned and operated RD&R Construction with his brother Lynn andJack Daniels. He worked for The Daily Herald after retirement for 13 years. Max loved his family and especially his great-grandchildren.

Survivors include: his wife, Gayle, Payson; children, Lila Kay (Steve) Haws, Payson;  Maxine Bush, Clearfield; Stephen Blaine Reece, Payson; 5 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Elden and Lynn Reece; Nona Tervort and Leora Bradshaw.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, January 3, 2016, 11:00 a.m. in the Payson First Ward, 225 South 400 East, where friends may call 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. Burial will be in the Payson City Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.walkerobits.com.

MADISON JOHN (JACK) ARGYLE

Madison John Argyle, (Jack), age 92, left us on December 20, 2016, to spend eternity with his loving wife, Shirley, who he has missed tremendously.        

Jack was born October 30, 1924 to Ivan Madison and Venetta Betts Argyle of Payson, UT. He was the oldest of 5 children.  He was a member of the LDS Church and later held the position as a High Priest.        

He joined the Army in 1944 where he fought for our country during WWII. Upon returning, he worked at Ironton Steel Mill in Springville and retired from The Dugway Proving Grounds.

 After he returned home from the war, he married Shirley Holm of Spanish Fork, Utah on September 29, 1948. where  they were later sealed in the Manti Temple.       

They had 3 beautiful children together: Douglas and Judy Argyle, Kent and Patricia Horrocks, Darrell Argyle and Kim.        

He loved playing his harmonica any time somebody would give him a chance, he loved to draw and his favorite pictures were of horses, where he gladly gave them away.  He was even known to have sold a few. And if you ever wanted to say hi, he would have supper at One Man Band most nights of the week. He was a very sociable man who had stories for anybody who had the time.        

He is survived by his 3 children, a brother Howard Argyle and a sister Laverne Argyle Larsen, 9 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren and lots of nieces and nephews.    

He was preceded in death by wife Shirley, his parents, step-mother LaRue Smith Argyle, sister  Lillian Irick, brother Reed, parents-in-law Hans Andrew and Ellieta Beck Holm,  and daughter-in-law Mary Hadfield Argyle.        

A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 12 p.m. at the Payson 15th Ward LDS Chapel, 650 West 800 South, Payson. A Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 from 10:15-11:45 a.m. at the church. Friends may call prior to service from 10:15-11:45 a.m.  Burial will be at Payson City Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the American Legion.

 

Barrie Cyril Larson

1948-2016

Mr. Barrie Cyril Larson, 68, of Payson Utah, passed away on Saturday, November 26,2016 in Peru, with his loving wife right by his side. Barrie's final days were spent doing what he loved to do, Traveling and seeingthe world.

Barrie was born in Payson, Utah on April 14, 1948 to Tom and Gladys Larson, the oldest of three children. Barrie was a 1966 Payson High School graduate. Barrie continued his education at Brigham Young University. Barrie Enlisted in the United States Army on November 27,1967 and proudly served his country. Barrie was assigned to the United States Army Fifth Infantry Division, and served in Vietnam, earning the status of a Vietnam Combat Veteran. After honorable service, Barrie established himself as a successful business man.

Barrie's life was fulfilled with adventure and happiness. Barrie's contagious and energetic personality touched everyone who had the privilege to meet him. Barrie was a compassionate spirit, combined with wisdom, strength, courage and integrity. The quality of life exceeded the quantity of time he was with us. Barrie was a loving, caring, devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. Barrie enjoyed watching sports, gardening, camping, traveling, but he enjoyed spendingtime with family above everything else.

Barrie is survived by his wife, Dawna Larson; mother of his 4 children, Kathie Larson; children Lori Moulton, Tony Larson, Karrie Larson-Hernandez, and Christopher Larson; siblings Christy Metz and Guy Larson; grandchildren, Austin Larson, Treston Moulton, Gage Moulton, A.J. Larson, Aspen Larson, and Adelle Hernandez; best friend Huck (the terrier).

Barrie is preceded in death by his parents Tom and Gladys Larson; and previous wife Laurie Brinkerhof Larson.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, December 13,2016 at Noon at the Payson 6th Ward Chapel, 780 West 500 South , Payson.  A Visitation will be held on Monday, December 12,2016 from 6-8 p.m. at the Walker Funeral Home in Payson, 587 South 100 West, and from 10:45-11:45 a.m. prior to funeral.

 

Erma Sutherland Buys

1935-2016

Loving wife and mother Erma Sutherland Buys passed away on November 19, 2016, surrounded by family. 

Erma was born on April 29, 1935 to Roscoe Bliss Sutherland and Roma Boyle. She married her high school sweetheart, Jerry Patten Buys, on October 15, 1953. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Manti Temple. 

Erma was active in her community. She was a longtime member of the Payson Cultus Club and enjoyed her association with the Payson Lady Firemen. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she served in such callings as the Relief Society and Young Women's presidencies. She enjoyed her time serving in the Provo Temple. Erma retired from JCPenney in 1995.

Erma always had a sense of humor, and loved to visit with others. She also liked to read and take walks with her dog, Missy. She was supportive of her grandchildren and loved to spend time with those she loved at the family cabin.

Erma is preceded in death by her parents and a son, Jerry E. Buys. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, son Michael (Becca) of Orem, daughter-in-law Cindy F. Buys of Saint George, son Craig (Cindy) of Payson, daughter Joni (Jason) Bateman of Mosida, sister Lois Wright, 18 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.  

The family would like to offer a special thanks to Bonnie Valdez for her care and support, and to Erma's loving husband, Jerry, for his endearing dedication to his sweetheart.

Viewing will be held at Walker Mortuary in Payson on Tuesday November 22, 6:00-8:00 PMand at Payson Park Ward at 110 South 300 West on Wednesday November 23, 9:45-10:45 AM, followed by a funeral service at 11:00 AM. Interment Payson City Cemetery. 

Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.walkerobits.com

Earl Hazen “Smiley” Ford

Earl Hazen Ford, known to many as “Smiley,” passed away on November 6, 2016, at the age of 85, from causes incident to age.

He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, October 4, 1931, to Hans Otto Ford and Laura Sophia Hazen.

As a young boy, Earl enjoyed  riding horses.  In his later years, one of his hobbies was riding his 4 wheeler with his wife, Carleen.

Smiley lived in Utah most of his life.  He lived in Salt Lake City, Payson, Goshen, and Helper, and a short time in Arizona.

Earl married Ruth Park on September 24, 1951.  Together they had four children.  Later divorced. He married Nona Jean Jacobson on December 11, 1979.  Later divorced.  His third and final marriage was to Carleen C. Colledge on July 8, 1997.

“Smiley” was a hard rock miner by trace, working in the Burgin and Trixie mines in Eureka, Utah.  He enjoyed mining and was a hard worker.  He became a huge rock hound and enjoyed traveling to see rock formations.

Earl had a passion for gardening and loved to show off his crops.  He enjoyed sharing with neighbors and friends.  He was an avid College football fan and was a life-long UTE fan.  He also followed the Utah Jazz very closely.

Everyone who knew Earl was fully aware of his convictions on politics and religion.  He loved debating anyone who would sit down and listen.

Earl is survived by his wife, Carleen; sister, Claire Malmstrom, Lehi; daughter, Elaine (Bruce) Jones, West Valley City; sons, Howard (Brenda) Ford, Draper; Brent (Vickie) Ford, Payson; Karl (Kari) Ford, Orem; step-daughters, Jeanni (Jason) Callaway, Santaquin; Amanda (Pete) Kirkendall; step-son Jared (Alesha) Colledge; 17 grandchildren; 5 step-grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Laura June Ford; half brothers, Russell V. Ford and Jack Ford; 1 grandson, Heber Eric Jones; step-son Zebulon Colledge; many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Memorial service, Tuesday, Nobember 15, 2016, 3:00 p.m. at Mitchell Funeral Home, 233 East Main, Price.  Family will receive friends one hour prior to services.  Arrangements are entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home of Price.  Friends are welcome daily and may share memories of Earl online at www.mitchellfuneralhome.net.

 

Beth Ballard Whitney

Together Again

 

Beth Ballard Whitney, 96, was born in Payson, Utah, on July 4, 1920, to Ivon Lee Ballard and Emma Catherine Okelberry. Married Dale Cameron Olsen, later divorced. Married Marion Dalton (Jack) Whitney July 25, 1959, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple on June 26, 1968.

Beth worked alongside her sister Fern Ballard at the Beehive Beauty Salon for decades. She also did hair for Neil O’Donnell & Sons Mortuary and Larkin Mortuary.

She is survived by two children, Marian (Scott) Hendricks of Amarillo, Texas, and Russell M. (Angela) Whitney of South Jordan, Utah, Eight grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. The family would like to thank the staff of Copper Ridge Health Care along with Susanne of Symbii Home Health and Hospice, for treating our mother with great dignity and compassion for many years. Appreciation is also extended to the members and Branch Presidency of the Jordan Oaks 9th Branch.

Graveside services will be held on November 12, 2016, 11:00 am at the Payson City Cemetery, Payson, Utah.

FRANK ARGYLE BECKSTROM

Our father, Frank Argyle Beckstrom, age 98, passed away peacefully at home on October 29, 2016 surrounded by his children. 

He was born on May 5,1918 to Arch and Elizabeth Beckstrom in Benjamin, Utah and raised in Spanish Fork and Benjamin area. His later studies were at BYU, U of U and graduated in Pharmacy at Idaho State.

The day after Pearl Harbor was attacked he was drafted into the army. After special training was sent to Dakar, Africa to help build a 100 bed hospital. He worked as a pharmacist there until 9 months before the war ended the he was transferred to Khartoum Sudan to run a pharmacy there. He had many war stories like fishing in the Nile and travels into Egypt. 

After 5 years in Africa, WWII ended and he returned home. He met Helen Deon Powell in Payson, Utah. They were married June 13, 1948 and had 4 children.

In 1960, Frank and Helen opened Franks Pharmacy in Payson and stayed in business until his retirement at age 70.

Farming was always his love which he returned to after retirement and continued until shortly before his death. 

Frank is survived by his daughtersJan (George)Cook of North Salt Lake, Kim (Mike) Parsons of Bountiful, and son Tracy of Payson, 6 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. 

He was proceeded in death by his wife Helen, daughter Shellie, parents and all his siblings, Clarence, Mary, Ila, Beth, Merrell, Leon, Wayne, and Blair. 

A Viewing will be held on Wednesday, November 2,2016 from 6-8 p.m. at Walker Funeral Home in Payson, 587 South 100 West. A Graveside Service will be held on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 12 p.m. at the Payson City Cemetery. 

Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.walkerobits.com

CAROL ANN GEE COOMBS

Carol Ann Gee Coombs, age 78, passed away on September 8, 2016, comforted by her husband, in Hurricane, Utah, after a courageous struggle with chronic illness. Private family services were held at her home on September 12, 2016. Carol was born in Santaquin, Utah, on October 8, 1937, the fourth child and only daughter of Martha Winifred Burraston and Lester Joseph Gee.

She graduated from Payson High School. Carol married her sweetheart, Frank Ralph Coombs on September 19, 1955; their marriage was solemnized in the Manti Temple on June 6, 1964. They were married for over 60 years.

Carol is lovingly remembered by her husband, Frank, her four children: Kimra Lee Bowers, Annette Kimble, Lori (Terry) Scovill, and Mark (Melanie) Coombs; 6 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; 2 brothers, Ronald (Linda) Gee, and Lynn Gee; and loving nieces, nephews, and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers: Ted Gee, Merrill Gee, Boyd Gee, and Monte Gee; and one grandson, Christian Frank Hanson.

Carol was a generous and loving wife, mother, and friend. Her life brought joy and laughter to all of us. We have each been touched by her courage. Her sweet smile, quick laughter, and delightful wit will be deeply missed. The family would like to thank all those who provided tender care for our wife and mother. We are ever grateful.

Kimberly Jean Pickering

On the morning of August 19th Kimberly Jean Pickering left this life to join her parents, Richard B Pickering and Lana Spencer. She was also greeted by her nephew Colby Green and many others.

She leaves behind her children, Nikkiela (Nikki), Jeremy, Ethan and Sydney and her grandchildren Enoch, Reliegh & Keera. She will also be missed by her sister Dixie Farr, her nephew Corbin & niece Cailyn, her best friend & sister Tara Barton, many friends and a huge extended family.

Kim was born in Payson and spent much of her life there. She was proud of her Bachelor’s

Degree and was working on her Masters. She was extremely talented and would share her talents with others. She loved to crochet and make blankets for her loved ones. She was good at horseshoes, pool and bowling. She loved to garden and would can pickles & salsa. She made great jerky. She loved getting others to paint her toenails, lipstick and always tried to look nice. She enjoyed a good Coke with pebble ice, the outdoors, family reunions and camping at Burraston Ponds. She also loved her pets. Most of all she was a great Mom & Grandma. She was always putting her kids ahead of herself and always gave her grandchildren too much candy. She left a void in many hearts.

A small family service will be held on Tuesday, August 23rd.

KENNETH PAUL COOK

Kenneth Paul Cook, age 64 of Goshen, passed away Friday, August 5, 2016 at his home.

He was born July 15, 1952 in Payson, Utah to Kenneth (Kay) Cook and Pauline Warren Myrup. He was raised by Darthella Butler Cook.

He graduated from Payson High School. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a forklift operator at the Tooele Army Depot for 5 years and he was a ProfessionalRace Horse Jockey for 28 years.  He was a member of the American Racing Association, The American Quarter Horse Association and The Utah Thoroughbred Association. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Survivors include: his mom, Darthella Cook, Goshen; siblings, Lynda (Merlin) Maynard, West Valley City; Roger (Loy) Hanna, Cypress, California; Sharon (Ron) Hurst, Spring Lake; Kayleen (Buck) Peak, Boise, Idaho; Brad (Linda) Myrup, West Valley City; Sarah McKowen, Goshen; Gregg (Bonnie) Myrup, Orem; Donna Lance (Larry), Goshen; Penny (Mike) Boel, Nephi. A special cousin, Gordon (Ann) Kirk, Spanish Fork. He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth P. Cook and Pauline W. Myrup; a brother, Danny Myrup and his favorite dog, Bailey. 

Funeral services will be Saturday, August 13, 2016, 11:00 a.m., in the Goshen LDS Chapel, 90 South Center Street. Friends may call at the Walker Mortuary, 587 South 100 West, Payson, Friday, 6-8:00 p.m. or at the church Saturday, 9:45-10:45 a.m. Burial will be in the Goshen City Cemetery with Military Rites accorded by the American Legion, Post 174.

The family would like to express a special thanks to Bonnie B. and Lorrie S. at I-Care Hospice and to our sister Sarah for their compassionate and loving care.

Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.walkerobits.com,.

 

Rosemary Brough Dixon

1940 – 2016

Rosemary Brough Dixon, beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend returned to her Heaven Father on Monday, July 18, 2016, at her home in Payson Utah. She died from Ovarian and Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) Cancers.

Rosemary was blessed with a gracious spirit, an understanding heart and a happy, warm and accepting disposition. Her beautiful smile radiated love to all who knew her. A year after she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Ovarian Cancer, Rosemary built a room for family and friends to gather. Each visit brought her joy.

Rosemary wrote the following:

I was born August 4, 1940, in Nephi, Juab, Utah, the first child and only daughter of John Henry (Jack) Brough and Lois Mangelson Brough. With my birth, there were now five generations living: Myself, my mother Lois Mangelson Brough; my grandfather Ruben Andrew Charles Mangelson; my great grandfather Lorenzo Mangelson and my great, great grandmother Eliza Nielson Mangelson.

I graduated from Juab High School in Nephi in 1958, and LDS Business College in Salt Lake City in 1959. I worked as the secretary to the Director of the Salt Lake City Board of Health and was also secretary for the Deputy Vice President, Neal A. Maxwell, of the University of Utah In Salt Lake.

I married my best friend, Dennis Blanchard Dixon, in the LDS Manti Utah Temple April 25, 1969. Our daughter Malinda Dixon, was born in the Provo Hospital Aug. 16, 1979, and was sealed to us in the Provo Temple. She has been a blessing to us our whole life. We were foster parents to Maxine Norton, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Andre De Pasqual of Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Ron John, New Mexico.

I have been truly blessed to serve my Heavenly Father in many capacities in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; Including Ward and Stake Relief Society President; Ward and Stake Young Women’s President; 23 years as Secretary of the Payson Jr. Seminary; a mission in the Andes South Mission (Peru, Chili, Bolivia); a Spanish Speaking mission in Payson, Utah; Stake Camp Director at Camp KoHoLoWo; and numerous other callings in Primary, Young Women, Sunday School and Relief Society organizations.

I remodeled a room in my home so I had a place to work on my Family History. I served as President of the Nephi Brough Family History Organization, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Worldwide Brough Family Organization.

My love of Family History took me to England, Scotland, Wales and Switzerland and many states in America.

In 2014 Dennis and I were the Grand Marshalls of the Payson Onion Days Parade. For 15 years I was a member of Jean’s Golden Girls, and had a wonderful time dancing with great friends. We traveled from Hawaii to New York – Branson, Missouri, to Evanston, Wyoming, and numerous places in between.

I was preceded in death by my parents, John Henry (Jack) Brough and Lois Mangelson Brough. I am survived by my husband, Dennis Blanchard Dixon, my daughter Malinda, of Payson; Foster children Maxine Norton of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Andre Depasqual of Sao Paulo, Brazil; and my brother, John Karl Brough (Jackie) of Nephi.”

A viewing will be held at the Payson First Ward, 225 South 400 East, Payson, Utah on Thursday, July 21, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. There will also be a viewing at the Payson First Ward on Friday, July 22, 2016 prior to the funeral service at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be at the Payson City Cemetery.

 

JAMES JONATHON DURRANT

James Jonathon Durrant—better known as Jim—peacefully passed from this life on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 in Salt Lake City. He was 63.

Jim fought through all sorts of heart problems, through countless surgeries both major and minor, until he could not fight anymore. Throughout it all, he never lost the kindness or sense of humor that brought smiles to those around him.

He was born March 13, 1953 in Salt Lake City, where he was first introduced to one of his passions, Utah football, as his dad played for the Utes. One of his favorite activities was attending Utah games with his family, as well as stopping at a nearby restaurant to eat, talk, and laugh after the games.

Jim served an LDS mission in Helsinki, Finland. His love for Finland stayed with him throughout the rest of his life and he enjoyed celebrating Finnish holidays with his family. He never stopped serving others.

In September of 1976, Jim married his eternal sweetheart, Vicky, in the Provo L.D.S. Temple.

He worked for Nebo School District and enjoyed helping the teachers and children of Wilson Elementary School. Once his health took away his ability to work full time, he continued to volunteer at elementary schools, assisting children with reading, writing and math, doing whatever he could to help.

He loved his children and grandchildren, though he at times preferred to let his actions speak the words he had a difficult time saying. His children and grandchildren will always remember his face in the crowds at little league games, plays, or concerts; the jokes, time helping with homework and doughnuts. They will also remember the simple hugs and conversations. He was always available, and no one doubted his love. He spent as much time as possible with his family, taking the grandkids with him as he went bird watching or showing up to take them to school.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Mary Lou Durrant, and his sister, Tammy. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Vicky; children Tracy and David Montgomery, James Durrant, David and Jessica Durrant, William and Shanna Durrant; grandchildren Victoria, Johnathan, Tricia, Lexi Lou, Drew, Rowan, and Ivy. He is also survived by siblings Tim and Linda Durrant, Kate and Jay Shuler, Wendy and Jeff Jasperson, Sandra Nilson, and Richard and Evelyn Durrant as well as aunts Klara, Alta, and Georgia Durrant.

Funeral services will be held at the Mountain View stake center, 75 South, 600 East in Payson, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 14. Viewings will be held at the stake center Friday, May 13, from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday from 12:45-1:45 p.m. Donations can be made at https://www.gofundme.com/jimdurrant. His family would like to thank all those who supported him throughout his life. Countless were the number of lives he touched, countless more brought joy and happiness to him.

Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.walkerobits.com.

 

BRENT REED PEERY

1947~2016

Brent Reid Peery, of Payson Utah passed away peacefully at the age of 69.  He succumbed to diabetes related complications on May 4th 2016.

Born in Payson, Utah February 5th 1947 to Page Reid Peery and Elsie Sumsion Peery.  At age two his family moved to Santa Ana, California where he became an Eagle Scout and graduated from Santa Ana Valley high school.

Brent developed a passion for cars at an early age.  By age 16, he owned and fixed up one of his many pride and joys - a 1955 Pontiac (he fixed up and sold over 100 cars during his life).  The man had a “need for speed” which drew him into owning many motorcycles/cars/boats and even a small plane (Cessna 150).  Car shows, drag races, top fuel, were all a big part of his life. He took numerous trips to the Colorado River via plane to water ski the river with many friends while living in California.

Brent was a dedicated man in his profession with the telephone company.  He started as a coin collector at age 18 with Pacific Bell and worked his way up over 37 years of service to a management position with what is now known as CenturyLink (formerly Quest, US West, and Mountain Bell).

Brent had many hobbies.   He was a fisherman, hunter, and loved shooting guns.  He thoroughly enjoyed Fish Lake where he spent many trips with friends and family over the years.  He was most passionate about fixing up cars and entering them into various car shows, where he won numerous awards.  Most notably was his other pride and joy a 1948 Ford Coupe that he built from the ground up. Brent followed the tradition of his father and built a dune buggy, which the grandchildren loved.

His grandchildren really made him tick, and his eyes would light up anytime he was around them. With 22 grandchildren he was a busy man attending all of their games/recitals/various activities. He was their number one fan and wouldn’t miss their activities for anything.

Brent married at an early age to Julie Ann Johnson.  They were married for 38 years, and together had six wonderful children and 22 grandchildren. Later they would divorce.  At age 65, Brent married Jean Boswell and they were married for two years.

He is survived by his two sisters Nola Hofmann (John) and Jan Hackbarth (Steve) both of California; Six children, Becky Zobell (Tracy),  Shane Peery (Janet),  Jamie Schramm (Dave), Jodi Peery,  Scott Peery (Tara), Janell Finch (Chad).  22 Pride and Joys in order - Zack Zobell, Lexi Peery, Trevyn Zobell, McKay Peery, Easton Frisby, Chandler Schramm, Abby Peery, Avrie Frisby, Zane Zobell, Mallory Schramm, Treyson Zobell, Sam Peery, Aubrey Schramm, KatelynFinch, Hayden Schramm, Chloe Peery, Carson Finch, Addi Peery, Livvy Peery, Conner Finch, Kinzley Finch, Paxton Peery (deceased)

He was preceded in death by his parents Page Reid and Elsie Peery and younger brother Alan Peery, all from Payson.

A viewing will be held Friday, May 13th from 6pm - 8pm at the Payson Walker Mortuary located at 587 South 100 West. Interment will conclude the private graveside service on Saturday at the Payson cemetery.  The family would like to thank Sunrise Hospice Home and staff for their kind and compassionate care during his final days on earth.

Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.walkerobits.com



 

Arlene Clement Stewart McCune Rodgers

 

Ruth Arlene Clement (Stewart) (McCune) (Rodgers) passed away in Mesa, Arizona April 17, 2016, just six weeks short of her 100th birthday. Arlene was born May 28, 1916 in Ephraim, Utah.

She is the daughter of Thomas Alma Clement and Sarah Fairless (Clement) and she grew up in Eureka, Utah.  Arlene married Dr. Max William Stewart of Payson, Utah.  They had three children; Max Lynn Stewart who married Karen Jex, Sarah Ann Stewart who married John L. Anderson and Tom William Stewart who married Karen Elmer. Karen passed away in 1996 and Tom married Tola Miller of Salt Lake City.

Arlene has nine grandchildren; Gary Stewart and Kristine Stewart (Bates) children of Max Lynn and Karen; Mark William Anderson, Paul John Anderson and Mariann Anderson (Goodfellow) children of Sarah Stewart (Anderson) and the late John L. Anderson. Children of Tom Stewart and Karen are Tammy Stewart (Anderson), Stephanie Stewart (Fabilia), Tiffiny Stewart (Young) and Justin Stewart.

Arlene was preceded in death by Dr. Max Stewart of Payson, James McCune of Nephi, Roy Rodgers of Payson; her sons Max Lynn and Tom, and one great grandson Colton Ray Stewart.

 

Viewing in Mesa, Arizona will be at Bunkers Mortuary, Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 33 N. Centennial Way, time: 6 - 8 PM.

Funeral services will be at Walker Funeral Home, 187 S. Main, Spanish Fork, Utah, on Saturday, April 23, 2016. There will be a viewing from: 9:30 -10:30 AM and a service at 11:00 AM

Burial:  Payson City Cemetery, Payson, Utah

Condolences may be sent to the family at:   www.walkerobits.com

 

CARTER BENSON

 

Loving husband, father, grandfather, son and brother returned home to his Heavenly Father surrounded by his family on Friday, March 25, 2016.

He was born February 19, 1970 in Logan, Utah to his loving mother Sherrie Kraync.

Carter grew up with a love in all things outdoors. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, and spent many memorable years hunting and training with his loyal best friend Binx.

Carter was the youngest brother of three and enjoyed the time he spent with his older brothers. He married Debbie Spencer August 4, 1990.  From there his family was started and he prided himself on his kids and grandkids. Carter, Debbie and their children were sealed in the Manti LDS Temple September 5, 2000.

Carter was very involved in coaching his kids' sports teams and spending time teaching them to fish and hunt every opportunity he could. Carter took on the challenge of going back to school at age 40 and became a Registered Nurse. He was a great nurse and had a special connection with older patients. He was proud of the nurse he had become. Carter was loved by many and was the first to serve when service was needed.

His two granddaughters have been his pride and joy for the past two years. He was so proud of them and loved spending time with them and spoiling them with anything they wanted.

Carter is survived by his mother Sherrie (Vennie) Kraync, his wife Debbie, his children Brittany (Kyler) McPherson and Braxton Benson, his grandchildren Hinley and Ayvie, his brothers Chris (Carla) Benson and Shawn (Margarita) Benson, his grandpa Ross Spencer, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.  He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Dora Mae Spencer.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 30th at 12:00 at the Santaquin 12th Ward, 90 South 200 East, where friends may call from 10:00 to 11:45 am prior to services.  Interment, Santaquin City Cemetery under the direction of Brown Family Mortuary, Santaquin.

 

 

 

 

Gregory H Winegar

Gregory H Winegar (Greg) 61, passed away on March 23, 2016, at his home in Santaquin, UT,   Surrounded by his family.  Greg was born April 30, 1954, to Betty and Grant Winegar in Payson UT.  He grew up working on the family farm along with his three older brothers.

He graduated from Payson High where he met his future wife, Leola Oram. They were married July 26, 1974, in Elberta UT.  They were later sealed to each other and their three children in the Salt Lake Temple.

Greg was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  He served in many callings his last being the Bishop of his beloved Santaquin 5th ward.

Greg loved many things, but first and foremost was his Family.  Don’t mourn for Greg, he left us with lasting memories and has left his broken body here on earth, and at this moment his great laugh is echoing the halls of heaven.  Greg is survived by his family and too many friends to name or count.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his step father John, (Jack) R Call.

He is survived by his wife and children.  Kirk G (Melissa) Winegar, Kara Lee (Tyrel) Irons, Rachel (Dan) Christensen.  His four grandchildren, Kallen and Caleb Winegar, Adelyn and Tucker Christensen.  Nephew Brett R Oram.  His brothers; Bruce (Karen), Brian (Delee), Val (Pam), his sister Alice (Lee) Murdoch.  His step sisters, Cheryl (DeMonte) Pierce, Jan Fisher, Debbie (Van) Stosich, Jackie (Steve) Duerden.

“Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joy restored.  Be still my soul: When change and tears are past, all safe and blessed we shall meet at last”

Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 11:00 AM, at the Santaquin 5th Ward, 90 South 200 East, Santaquin UT.  There will be a viewing held Monday, March 28, 6-8:00 p.m. at Walker Mortuary, 587 S 100 W Payson, UT, and at the church prior to the services 9:45 – 10:45. Burial will be in the Santaquin Cemetery.

Condolences can be sent to the family at: www.walkerobits.com

 

ELAINE O. NELSON

1917~2016

Carol “Elaine” Openshaw Nelson peacefully passed away on March 14, 2016 at Legacy Village Memory Care Center. Elaine was born on January 25, 1917 in Santaquin, Utah to Floyd and Dot Openshaw. She was the oldest of four children and spent her adolescence up to age eighteen in Santaquin. In 1935 she graduated from Payson High School and shortly thereafter (October 5th of the same year) married Irving “Clive” Nelson and moved with him to Goshen Utah. She would reside in Goshen for the next 74 years. Clive passed away in 1985 after nearly 50 years of marriage, and Elaine never remarried but devoted her remaining 31 years to her family, friends and church. Elaine was blessed with three sons, Douglas, Nyles and Jerry. Nyles, sadly passed away after just 14 months, in 1945. Doug left us unexpectedly in 2008. In 2009 Elaine moved to Highland Cove Independent Living Center in Holladay, Utah and remained there until health issues necessitated her moving to Legacy Village in 2013. In January of this year, Elaine celebrated her 99th birthday with nearly 40 members of her ever growing family in a festive celebration of her life…her only regret was not hitting her self-determined goal to make it to 100!

Elaine was the quintessential mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother to a posterity of 63, and she tutored and taught us all in the virtues of life. While she never won many worldly awards, her contributions to human kind were incalculable. She was part of the “greatest generation” and as such, was steeped in integrity, hard work, honesty, trust, loyalty and devotion to family, friends, church and country. Her hands taught us not only the art of incredible cooking and epicurean delights, but cradled and comforted us all (many times) with love and safety. Her never-ending warmth wrapped a blanket of belonging that we could never forget or shake. Her love of family and its eternal mission, drove her, in later life, to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His temple to ensure that we were all linked together for time without end. Her grit and toughness defended and sheltered us all throughout her earthly sojourn while she was fiercely protective of us all. Her infectious smile and effervescent personality won over not only every family member, but anyone to whom she came in contact. As other worthy members of her generation, her glass was never half empty but always brimming over the top with enthusiasm, happiness and positive feedback. There just are not enough superlative adjectives to describe her contributions to her family; and she did it all without being in the spotlight or seeking the adulation of others. She was, simply put, the best and we all knew it!

Elaine is preceded in death by her husband (Clive), her sons (Nyles and Douglas), her sisters (Margie Boone and Joyce Madsen), her brother (Tietjen Openshaw), her daughter-in-law (Mardene), her granddaughter (Hollie), and her parents. Those left to honor her legacy are her youngest son (Jerry), her daughter-in-law (Debby), twelve grandchildren, thirty-two great grandchildren and one great-great grandson. Thank you mom, we will always love you!

Funeral services will be held at 11 am Friday, March 18, 2016 in the Goshen LDS Chapel. Family and friends may call Thursday evening from 6-8 pm at the Brown Family Mortuary 66 South 300 East Santaquin, UT.

Interment will be in the Goshen Cemetery.

The family would like to express sincere appreciation and gratitude to the staff at Legacy Village for their love and tireless hours in taking care of our mom and also to the expert professionals at Brighton Home Care and Hospice.

MARILYN JESPERSEN

June 22, 1938 – February 26, 2016

Marilyn Jespersen passed peacefully on February 26, 2016.  She was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, to Albert and Elizabeth Jespersen.  She earned her degree in Physical Education at UCLA and went on to a successful teaching career.  Marilyn was most greatly rewarded by her faith, dedication, and participation in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  In recent years, Marilyn was a happy resident of the Elk Ridge Assisted Living Center in Elk Ridge, Utah, along with her furry companion, Dexter. 

As a child, Marilyn learned to play the accordion from Myron Floren, future member of the Lawrence Welk Show.  Her sister, Janet, who played piano, joined her in her love of music.  Marilyn was patient with a fun spirit, bonding with her nephews, niece, and great-nephew and great-nieces with a unique playfulness.  She was also given the opportunity to serve and spoil a handful of canine companions who were fortunate enough to have adopted Marilyn.  Her pockets were never empty of treats.    

She is predeceased by her parents, sister, and nephews Michael and David.  She is survived by her niece, Beverly, and great-nieces Katie and Emily, and niece Suzanne, and great-nephew Andy, and great-great nephew Mark, and great-niece Janelle.

Her family would like to give special thanks to the Elk Ridge Assisted Living Center, and to Jessica Pierce for providing generous and caring support to Marilyn.  Jessi and Marilyn grew to be close in the past 16 years, and they always ended their conversation with, “I love you” because the greatest gift we have to share with each other is God’s love.

Marilyn Jespersen will be remembered with her name carved into the Celebration of Life Monument located in southeast corner of Library Square, 300 East 500 South, Salt Lake City, UT. Services were held at the Elk Ridge Assisted Living Center on Saturday, March 5.

Kenneth Behling Abbott

                                                           

Beloved father, husband, son, brother, grandson and friend passed away after losing the battle to depression on Tuesday, February 23, 2016.  

Kenneth was the owner and operator of Abbott Auto Repair in Payson.  Kenneth loved cars and talking with customers.  He enjoyed outings, especially shopping and fishing with his family.  He enjoyed raising chickens, pigeons, turkeys and rabbits with his children.  Kenneth loved to garden.  His favorite things to grow were pumpkins and corn.  Kenneth was always willing to help others.  

Kenneth was born December 2, 1981 to Linda and Gary Abbott in Payson, UT.  He graduated from UVSC with an Automotive Degree.  Kenneth was married to Tiffini Ann Worthen in the Mount Timpanogos Temple on August 12, 2005.  They were blessed with three beautiful children, Hannah Grace, Kenneth ‘Benson’ and Charlotte Tiffini Abbott.  

Kenneth is survived by his wife, three children, his parents; Gary and Linda Abbott, parent-in-laws; Russell and Tonya Worthen, five siblings; Nelson (Heather) Abbott, Nathan (DeLinda) Abbott, Emily (Kasey) Crawford, Solinda (Nathan) Niles, Jared (Shannon) Abbott, grandma Thora Behling and many aunts, uncle, nieces, nephews and cousins.  He will be missed.   

Viewing will be at Walker Mortuary, 587 South 100 West, Payson, Sunday, 6--8:00 p.m. Funeral services will Monday, February 29, 2016, 11:00 a.m. in the Payson, Utah Stake Center, 650 West 800 South, where friends may call 9:45-10:45 a.m. Burial will be in the Payson City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions for his children’s education funds.

Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.walkerobits.com.

GLEN THOMAS

Glen Elwin Thomas, age 88 of Santaquin, passed away February 17, 2016 in Payson.  He was born July 13, 1927 in Goshen, Utah to Wilford Sherwin and Ruth Rowe Thomas.  Glen married Madge Elaine Jensen January 5, 1968 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Glen was a veteran of WWII serving in the US Navy.  He retired from Geneva Steel after 33 years.  He also enjoyed working on his farm.  He loved being together with his family fishing, hunting and camping and was a great supporter of high school rodeo and 4H.  He was a handyman and his family will treasure the small trinkets he made for them.

Glen was a veteran of WWII serving in the US Navy.  He retired from Geneva Steel after 33 years.  He also enjoyed working on his farm.  He loved being together with his family fishing, hunting and camping and was a great supporter of high school rodeo and 4H.  He was a handyman and his family will treasure the small trinkets he made for them.

He is survived by his wife, Madge, of Santaquin; children, Max (Lisa) Kay, Marilyn (Steele) Coombs, both of Santaquin, Jerry (Kathy) Thomas, Spanish Fork, Janet (Kevin) Patterson, Idaho.  He was also loved by all of his grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Also surviving are his sisters, Ruthella Christensen, Anita Allen, Joann Dunn, Sherry Bell, Leann Larsen, and a sister-in-law, Louise Thomas.  He was preceded in death by a sister Olive, and brothers Nate, Neil and Don.

The family would like to express special thanks to Paige Steele for her tender care of Glen.

Funeral services will be held Monday, February 22nd at 11:00 am at the Santaquin North Stake Center, 545 North 200 East. Friends may call at the Brown Family Mortuary, 66 So. 300 East, Santaquin on Sunday from 6 to 8 pm and Monday at the church from 9:45 to 10:45 am prior to services.  Burial with military rites in the Santaquin City Cemetery.  Share condolences at www.brownfamilymortuary.com.


ROBIN SUE JABLON

After a short but difficult fight with brain cancer, Robin passed away peacefully Wednesday night, February 10, 2016 surrounded by her family at the young age of 57.  After her initial diagnosis she lasted less than a month.  She returned home on February 1st where she was able to spend her last days with those who love her.

She was a compassionate, kind and loving person who was an avid photographer and animal lover.  She knew how to live life to the fullest.  Most of all she loved to laugh.

Some of her accomplishments were receiving her first Associates Degree at age 49 in Elementary Education, completing her Bachelors Degree in Respiratory Therapy at age 53, volunteering in Poland helping students learn English, serving as a Las Vegas LDS Temple worker for 2 years, faithfully serving in callings in the LDS church, and superbly and faithfully living and loving her most important calling of God of being a mother and grandmother.

She was able to live her dream of having a small farm with animals in Caldwell, Idaho.  Her family was her world – a wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother and friend.  She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her husband Bill Jablon, mother and step-father, Shirley and John Upright, children Joshua and Nicole Craig, Jesse and Stephanie Craig, grandchildren Abigail, Savannah, Jacob, Madison, Cooper and Caedyn, sister Kari Bickel-Kammerer, brother Scott Hudleson, nieces Kathryn Grace Bickel, Emily Sue Bickel, Katelin Lorene Bickel, Kristopher Robert Kammerer, Jr., Christian Scott and David Timothy Hudleson.

Funeral services were held Saturday, February 20th at 1:00 pm at the LDS Summit Ridge Church, 591 Summit Ridge Parkway, Santaquin under the direction of Brown Family Mortuary, Santaquin.  Interment was in the Santaquin City Cemetery.  Share condolences with the family at www.brownfamilymortuary.com.

BEN WARREN CALL

Our dear husband, father, grandfather and brother Ben Warren Call, born September 8, 1949 in Afton, Wyoming, passed away unexpectedly while shoveling snow on January 30, 2016 in Payson, Utah at his home. Ben was born to Evan Papworth Call and Bessie Warren Call. He was the 9th of 14 children and loved his six brothers and seven sisters. He grew up on the family farm in Afton, Wyoming where he attended school and graduated from Star Valley High School. He studied Education at Utah State University and taught in Payson at Parkview Elementary and Payson Middle School for 30 years.

He married Nedra Ann McBeth on March 20, 1970 in the Salt Lake City Temple. They have 4 wonderful children: Dr. Conley Ben (Berit Morales), Kendall McBeth (Sarah Elizabeth Tuttle), Camille (Benjamin Allan Burk), and Cameron Ned (Sara Teemant). They have 21 darling grandchildren, 10 grandsons and 11 granddaughters who adored their grandfather. He was always having fun with his family camping, boating, teaching life principles, playing games, listening to them with their musical talents and following their sports. His influence was very strong with his family and grandchildren. He will be dearly missed.

He was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served diligently in many positions, currently as the Financial Clerk and a Home Teacher. Ben was always ready to lend a helping hand and serve those around him.

He served in the Wyoming National Guard and was a member of the Nebo Credit Union board for many years. He enjoyed restoring antique cars, music, being with family, building, and restoring homes.

Funeral services will be on Friday, February 5, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Mountain View Stake Center, 75 East 600 South in Payson, Utah. Friends may visit with the family Thursday evening from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Walker Mortuary, 587 South 100 West in Payson, or on Friday from 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment will be in the Payson City Cemetery with Military Rites accorded by the American Legion, Dist. #4.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.walkerobits.com


REED MENDENHALL PAGE

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Reed Mendenhall Page passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family Saturday, January 16, 2016 at the age of 82. Reed was born on November 27, 1933 in Payson, Utah to Earl Leaver Page and Reta Mendenhall Page. He graduated in 1952 from Payson High School where he was Senior Class President. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management in 1956 from BYU.  

He married Rae Ann Hill in the Manti Temple on September 18, 1953 and they raised six children together. He spent most of his life managing the Page Family Orchards and later worked in Real Estate. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and served faithfully in many callings. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, and spending time with family and friends, especially times spent at their cabin at Strawberry Reservoir. Although Reed was a man of few words, his treatment of others spoke volumes to his character, wisdom, and unconditional love.

Reed will be greatly missed and is survived by his wife Rae Ann and six children: Joan Patten, West Valley; Connie O’Hara, Payson; Alan (Monica) Page, Payson; Karen (Jim) Ostler, West Jordan; Nancy (Jan) Burr, Providence; Marianne Page, Sandy; 15 grandchildren, and 16 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Carol (Garth) Belliston, and brother Lynn (Verdene) Page.

There will be a viewing Tuesday, January 19th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Walker Funeral Home, 587 South 100 West, Payson, Utah. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, January 20th at 11:00 a.m. at the Page Ward LDS Chapel located at 711 South 600 East Payson, Utah. Family will greet friends from 9:45-10:45 prior to services. Interment will be at Payson City Cemetery following the funeral service.

Condolences may be sent to the family at .

 

AUSTIN STAHELI

Austin Staheli, of Santaquin, Utah passed away peacefully and surrounded by loved ones on January 7, 2016 at the age of 72.

Born to Dean and Vera Staheli, in Long Beach, California, Austin was raised in Payson, Utah.  While in Payson, Austin’s live revolved around the family farm, hunting and success in football and track. He served an LDS mission in Switzerland and attended Brigham Young University.  At BYU,   he met and married the love of his life, Linda Fok.   Austin pursued a career in Finance that would take him to Iowa, Minnesota, California and Georgia.  It was in Georgia where Austin became a convert, believing to his last days, in the superiority of Coke over Pepsi.

Austin was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.  He had a strong faith in God and in doing what is right.  He enjoyed the outdoors, relied upon the powers of hard work, and had a passion for wood turning which contributed to the life lesson that it is entirely appropriate to stop the car, pull out a chainsaw and cut out the perfect wood burl while dressed in a suit and tie.

We will fondly remember Austin for his love of travel, the orderly and meticulous way he organized his home, his collection of funny (and sometimes irreverent t-shirts), and the pride he took in the accomplishments of family.  His passing leaves behind a gap in our hearts.

Austin has been preceded by his parents Dean and Vera, and his wife Linda.  He is survived his son John, daughter in-law Consuelo, “grandbabies” Vivian and Jackson and brothers Paul, Randy and Phil.

We ask you to join us in celebrating the life of Austin Staheli.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Walker Funeral Home, 587 South 100 West in Payson. Family and friends may call on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Funeral Home, or on Thursday from 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. at the Funeral Home prior to services. Interment will be in the Payson City Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.walkerobits.com

We ask that any donations made, in lieu of flower, are directed to:

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Humanitarian Services

c/o LDS Philanthropies

1405 North University Ave

Provo, UT 84604

www.ldsphilanthropies.org

 

F. WAYNE BUSHMAN

F. Wayne Bushman, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away from gastric cancer on Thursday, January 7, 2016, at his home in Payson, Utah. He was 97.

He was born May 13, 1918 to John Martin Bushman and Elfreda (Effie) Farquharson in Lehi, Utah, where he attended schools and graduated with the Lehi High class of 1936.  He served as a missionary in the Texas Louisiana Mission.  He worked as a dairy farmer for over 55 years. On Oct. 2, 1941 he married Shirley Tobler in the Salt Lake Temple.  He and Shirley lived in Lehi where 6 of their 7 children were born, until they relocated to a larger farm in West Mountain, Utah. After retiring from farming, he and Shirley built a home in Payson.  

Wayne served faithfully in numerous church callings including stake missionary, bishop of the Lehi First Ward, and counselor in the Nebo Stake Presidency.  He enjoyed working in the Provo and Payson Temples until shortly before his death.  Shirley died in 2004, and Wayne was a gentle and loving nurse to her during her final years.  He was known for planting a large garden and bottling his harvest.  He retained an optimistic attitude and love of work and life until the end.  He loved his family dearly.

Wayne leaves a large posterity who all adored him, including Eileen (Calvin Urry), Lehi; Marilyn (Blaine Carlton), Draper; Ken (Linda Watson), St. George; Carole (Arv Richards), Lehi; Janice (Jay Hathaway), Mona; Neil (Christa Wignall), Payson; and JaLaine (Doug Sievers), Madison, WI; 38 grandchildren; 94 great grandchildren; and 3 great-great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife, 1 great granddaughter, and his parents, and siblings: Lloyd, Ilah Hadfield, Keith, and Ludene Peterson.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, Jan. 15, at the Payson 16th Ward, 650 West 800 South, Payson.  Viewing is Thursday at the church from 6-8:00 pm and from 9:30 to 10:30 am before the services.  Burial in Lehi City Cemetery.  Online guest book at wingmortuary.com.


LILA MAE NIELSEN HEELIS

Lila Mae Nielsen Heelis, 82, passed away on Tuesday, December 29th. Lila was born January 17, 1933 in Dividend, Utah to Elmer and Lillis Nielsen. She married Theron Blakely Heelis on November 14, 1952 in Santaquin, Utah. They were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple 5 years later. She was a good and faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

She is survived by her six children, Sharon Lyn Heelis, Joni Gudmundson (Gordon), Julie Ann Heelis, Ginean Hales (Mark), Steven Theron Heelis (Cherene), Amy Cannon (Seth) and two of her brothers, Veral J (Bud) Nielsen (Mary Jean) and Boyd Nielsen (Pam). She was preceded in death by her husband, Theron Blakely Heelis, parents, brother (Dean), and sisters (Reva and Venna). Lila had 26 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, January 2nd, at 11:30 am, at the Suncrest 7th Ward Chapel, 891 West 130 North, Orem, Utah, where a Viewing will be held prior to the services at 9:30 am. Interment will be in the Santaquin City Cemetery.

Funeral Directors: Utah Valley Mortuary. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.uvfuneral.com.

 

VILDA J. EREKSON

Vilda Josepha Hatch Erekson passed away peacefully December 7, 2015 at the age of 91.  She was born July 19, 1924 to Sisson Jacob Hatch and Emma Rosetta DeLange in Koosharem, Utah.  She was the 11th of 12 children.  The family circumstances were very humble.  They lived at the ranch in the summers where they made their own fun, playing in the creek and hiking in the foothills.  They moved to town in the winter.  She remembers the day they got electricity in town.  They would make cheese and other dairy items and could go to the creamery and eat fresh curd.  To this day fresh curd was still one of her favorite treats.

She attended school for 10 years in Koosharem and was in the school orchestra for 2 years, playing the coronet.  She attended the last 2 years of High School in Manti where she stayed with one of her older sisters who was married.  She graduated April 30, 1942.  She attended seminary for 3 years as well.  She returned to Koosharem for the next 2 years where she had many happy times with a group of friends she called the “old maids and bachelors”.  She also spent a lot of this time with her brother DeVerl.

In 1943 she visited her sister Thelma Tanner in Payson where she first met Harold Erekson.  This began a friendship that would change her life.  During World War II she worked for a time in Portland, Oregon at the Western Union office and had many fond memories of her time there.  She corresponded with Harold occasionally during this time.  They were engaged shortly after her return to Utah when the war ended.  They were married September 26, 1945 in the Manti Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  They made their home in Payson not far from where the new Payson Temple now stands.

Vilda was active in the church all her life serving in many different callings.  She read her scriptures daily even as her eyesight was failing.  She and Harold served for many years as ordinance workers at the Provo Temple.  She was an active member of the DUP and enjoyed the meetings very much.  She was involved in genealogy and family history from an early age and kept extensive records of all of her posterity.

If asked, she would say that her family was her greatest accomplishment.  She is the mother of 12 children, 56 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and even some great great-grandchildren.  She loved visits from them and especially enjoyed the family reunions.  As the children married, moved away and had families of their own she had many opportunities to travel to various locations to visit.  She and Harold attended as many baby blessings and baptisms as their circumstances allowed.  She had a great love of music which she passed on to many of her family.  A tune she could sing along with was a highlight for her and she kept many verses of favorites and would refer to them from time to time.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold, and 2 grandsons, Mikey Turrell and Bryce Erekson.  She is survived by her youngest sister, EllaVee Turner of West Jordan, Utah; all 12 of her children, over 50 grandchildren, and numerous great and great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 12, 2015 at12:00 noon at the old West Ward building, 5200 W. 10400 So. Payson, with a viewing prior to the services starting at 10:30 am.  A viewing will be held Friday December 11th from 6 to 8 pm at the West Mountain 2nd Ward building at 900 W. 400 No. Payson.  Interment will be at the Payson City Cemetery under the direction of Brown Family Mortuary, Santaquin.


DENNIS MAESTAS

Dennis Maestas passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday evening November 21, 2015. He was born August 7, 1935 to Juan and Amada Maestas in Coyote, New Mexico. He was married to his Ms. Ellie Sharon Hallam on April 25, 1957.

In the late 70's he worked as a hard rock miner in Eureka, Utah with his brother and friends. He then worked in Scofield, Utah where he retired from after he lost a foot while helping a friend when the mine caved in.

Dennis enjoyed restoring old cars and entering them into car shows. His 1954 turquoise Ford was often a first place winner. He loved camping, fishing, golfing and anything outdoors with his family. They enjoyed four wheeler rides, preparing for the hunting season and going on their summer vacations. One of his passions was working and breaking in horses.

Dennis had a kind heart and no matter where he went there was someone that always knew him. He was always willing to give a helping hand, advice or a lavish story. Dennis had a sensitive soul but a hard exterior. Even though his health journey was a bumpy one and he didn't always feel well, he never lost sight of the important things in life, friends and family. He adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, loved his family, and was a true and lifelong friend to many. He always wanted to be involved in the conversation and had plenty to add.

The family would like to thank the Payson Dialysis Center for the time and support they gave him while he was there for the last 5 years. He appreciated the love and care given to him by his wife, and following her passing, his daughter Sherrie and husband Marvin who lived with him as his health declined.

He is survived by and will be truly missed by his 3 children: Diana Gilmore (Brad), Sherrie Holdaway (Marvin), and Randy Maestas (Janet); sisters: Clorinda Morphin, Mary Ruthorford, Cordy Lavato; brother Paul Maestas; 11 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Dennis was preceded in death by his wife Sharon; daughter Denise; son Greg; brothers-in-law: Joe Morphin, AR Ruthorford, and Leroy Lavato; sister-in-law Karen Maestas; and sister Molly Romero.

Mass of the Christian burial will be held on Monday, November 30, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the San Andres Catholic Church, 315 East 100 North in Payson. Family and friends may call on Sunday, November 29, 2015 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. with Rosary at 8:00 p.m. at Walker Mortuary, 587 South 100 West in Payson, a Memorial Service will be held Monday from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. at Walker Mortuary of Payson prior to the Mass. Interment will be in the Payson City Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.walkerobits.com

 

KENNETH ORTON

Kenneth Ray Orton, 81, of Elk Ridge, Utah passed away on November 3, 2015 at the Veterans Medical Center in Salt Lake City. Born on March 29, 1934 to Raymond Melvin and Elaine McArthur Orton. He was raised in Ogden. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1951 where he served for four years with one year in Morocco.

Ken married Nelda Westover on February 16, 1955 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1958 and began teaching at Payson High School. He sold insurance for Beneficial Life and then opened and operated a Real Estate office, Nebo Agency, in Payson and in Nephi. He loved his career of helping families find a house that they would call home.

Ken and Nelda had eight children: Kevin Orton—deceased (Lynn) of Payson, Carrie (Rhett) White of Washington, Kathryn (Stuart) Nelson of Genola, Sterling (Connie) Orton of Pleasant Grove, Steven (Frances) Orton of Provo, Mark (Melanie) Orton of Payson, David (Angela) Orton of Spanish Fork, and Tammy (Shawn) Weymouth of Maine. They also had eight foster daughters.

He considered his family as his greatest accomplishment with 8 children, 46 grandchildren, with a family tree reaching 140 posterity.

Ken is survived by his wife, Nelda Orton, sister Karma (Norm) Dahle of Clinton, and brother Richard (LeAnn) Orton of Brigham City. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Margaret (Steven) Hatch of Ogden, son Kevin, grandson Darrin, and grandson Joshua.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 7th at 11:30 am in the Elk Ridge Stake Center, 185 East Ridgeview Drive, Elk Ridge. A viewing will be held at the church on Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 to 11:15 am prior to services. Burial with military rites will follow in the Payson City Cemetery.  Share memories and condolences with the family at http://www.brownfamilymortuary.com/

 

ANN DAVIS WAGNER

 Ann Rowley Davis Wagner, beloved matriarch, died Oct. 11, 2015 in the Payson Hospital. She was born Dec. 15, 1937 in Orem, Utah to M. Alvin and Myrtle Bigelow Rowley.

Ann graduated from Lincoln High School in Orem. In 1955 she married Leland Davis in the Salt Lake Temple. After Leland’s graduation from BYU, they moved with their two oldest children to Brigham City, Utah. They soon added three more children to complete their wonderful family.

In 1974, Ann was honored for her sewing, baking, and mothering skills as the Utah Young Homemaker of the Year. A lifelong Latter-day Saint, Ann served as Relief Society President, Stake Young Women President, and in Youth programs. They loved her! In 1996-97, Ann and Leland served in the Hawaii Temple.

After moving to Santaquin, Utah, Ann lost Leland to cancer in 1999. Ann married LeRoy Wagner in 2002. They served missions in the Employment Resource Center, San Diego Mission (Mormon Battalion) and the Tennessee Nashville Mission.

Ann was preceded in death by her infant son Todd Davis, Leland and her parents. She is survived by her spouse LeRoy Wagner; siblings Claude (Karen) Rowley, Barbara (John) Wintch, and Philip (Shirley) Rowley; children Debra (Brian) Minert, Gary (Lynette) Davis, Dana (Matt) Storrs, and Evan (Annalyn) Davis; and 14 beloved grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

The viewing will be Friday, Oct. 16th from 6-8 pm in the Brown Family Mortuary, 66 S 300 E, Santaquin, UT.  Funeral services will be Saturday, October 17th at 11:00 am in the Santaquin LDS chapel at 250 South 580 East.  A viewing will be held prior to the funeral from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.  The interment will follow in the Orem City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to the LDS General Mission Fund.

 

ROBERT PAUL FINCH

Robert (Bob) Paul Finch a caring, loving husband, father, grandfather and friend passed away October 3, 2015. He was born December 14, 1925 in Payson, Utah to Robert E. and Vera LeBaron Finch, his first years of life were spent in Goshen, Utah.

At the age of eight his family moved to a farm west of Payson. He attended schools in Payson and after graduation was drafted into the army of the United States. He served valiantly in World War II where he was severely wounded and almost lost his life, he was awarded the Purple Heart.

He married Mary Elva Payne on April 20, 1950 in Payson, Utah. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple.

He was employed by Nebo School District for many years and ran a small farm west of Payson where he resided.

Bob had many interests. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing trips, sports, and being with his family and friends. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren. Blessed with a beautiful tenor voice and love of music, Bob and his brothers gave many hours of service singing at hundreds of funerals, parties, and civic events over the years.

He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and served in many different church callings.

He was very proud of his grandchildren and was their greatest fan. He tried to always support, and encourage them in all their talents and accomplishments.

He is survived by his five children, Susan (Blake) Garrett of Nephi, Paul (Penny) Finch of Payson, Julie (Phil) Staheli of Payson, Lorilee Carson of Payson, and Jolene (Joe) Stubbs of Genola; 21 grandchildren and 58 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Gerald Finch of Payson, and David Finch of Delaware.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary Elva Payne; two brothers, LeBaron Robbins (Helen), and Vernon Finch (Kathleen); sister, Helen Bray (Max); daughter-in-law, Wendy Finch; son-in-law, Craig Carson; grandson, Nathan Paul Garrett.

Services will be Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.. in the West Mountain LDS Ward Chapel, three miles west of Payson on Utah Avenue. Friends may call at Walker Mortuary, 587 South 100 West, Payson on Wednesday evening from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. or at the church on Thursday from 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. prior to services. Burial will be in the Payson City Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.walkerobits.com

 

Barbara Butler

Our loving mother, grandmother, and best friend, Barbara Jane Elmer Butler, was reunited with the love of her life on September 25, 2015. She was born June 19, 1939 to Bliss and Jane Elmer. She graduated from Payson High School in 1957.

Barbara married her sweetheart, Jim Butler, on January 18, 1957. They were later sealed for time and all eternity in the Provo LDS Temple on July 15, 1994. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she held many of her favorite callings. She worked most of her life in banking at First Security Bank, and later retired from Wells Fargo Bank. She enjoyed spending time with family; her dear friend, Evan Henderson; and all of her friends from Senior Citizens. She loved lunches with her sister, Judy, painting and crafts.

Barbara is survived by her daughter, Sandy (Blake) Clayson, Lake Shore; a son, Matthew, Spanish Fork. She is adored by six granddaughters: Brandi (Matthew) Scott, Dusty (Colby) Olsen, Heather Clayson, Nanette (Todd) Dieffenbacher, Lacey Rawlinson, Tamra (Adam) Short; and eight precious great-grandchildren. She is also survived by siblings: Judy (Dub) Barnes, Mark (Diana) Elmer; and sisters-in-law: Diane (Marv) Luster and Linda Farnsworth; and a very special friend, Evan Henderson.

The family would like to thank Bonnie Ballard and Parkway Health for the special care our mother received.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 30, 2015, at 11 a.m. in the LDS Spanish Fork River Stake Center, 462 West 550 South, Spanish Fork, Utah. Family and friends may call on Tuesday evening. September 29, at Walker Funeral Home, 187 South Main Street, Spanish Fork, from 6-8 p.m. or Wednesday morning at the church from, 9:45–10:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment will be in the Spanish Fork City Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.walkerobits.com

 

Myron Vivan Olson

Fitting for a Labor Day, our hard working and beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, husband, and friend Myron Vivan Olson passed away September 7, 2015, in Santaquin, Utah.  He was born over 95 years ago on December 20, 1919, in Santaquin, to Vivan Joseph and Ada Naomi (York) Olson, he married Ethel Virginia Walin in Chicago, Illinois, on May 11, 1946, their marriage was later solemnized in the Manti LDS Temple.  Ethel passed away October 2, 2005, and he married Bonnie Joyce Clement Kay on February 12, 2011.

Myron and Ethel raised five children: Michael (Nanette) Olson, Santaquin; Karen Virginia Wilson Taylor (deceased); Deanne (Bill) VanAusdal, Phoenix, Arizona; Dan (Cauleen) Olson, Santaquin; and Scott (Sherilee) Olson, Morgan, Utah.

He loved and adored and was in return loved and adored by twenty-two grandchildren, forty-nine great-grandchildren, and one great great-grandchild.

As one of the greatest generation, Myron served in the United States Army from October 13, 1941, through December 24, 1945, in the Pacific Theater of World War II.  He became a founding member of the Santaquin American Legion, was instrumental in helping to establish the Veteran’s Memorial at the Santaquin City Cemetery and in obtaining a World-War-II-era Howitzer for placement west of the entrance to what is now the Santaquin Chieftain Museum.  He was honored to be Grand Marshal for the Santaquin City Celebration in 2005, and his love for farming led to his naming a procession of farm tractors for the Grand Marshal’s Choice Award.

He graduated from Payson High School in1938 and helped build the “P” on the mountain east of Payson High School.

During his youth, he worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps, and especially enjoyed sign making.  He was known for his calligraphy and handwriting skills.

Myron worked as a Steelworker for Geneva Steel in Orem, loved gardening and growing fruit trees, loved the great outdoors, including hunting and fishing, and was an excellent marksman his entire life.

He helped compile and write a history of the Santaquin-Tintic Stake: “Give Me This Mountain,” and is a direct descendant of early pioneers in Santaquin, living long enough to have spoken with people who had crossed the plains and then witnessing the turbulence and wonders of the Twentieth Century and early Twenty-First Century.

He served in many capacities in the LDS Church, including Sunday school, Elders Quorum, bishopric, ward and stake clerks, stake historian, and Provo Temple ordinance worker.

He spent his life in service to others and was a friend to all.  He was a kind and generous man who freely and so often shared friendship, love, and the bounties of his crops with friends and family alike.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, all of whom served in the U.S. military: Douglas “Doug” Olsen, Robert “Bob” Olsen, and William “Bill” Olsen.

The family wishes to thank Latter Days Assisted Living and Horizon Hospice for their compassionate care, and a special thanks to Nurse Paige Steele for her special care.

A viewing will be held Friday evening, September 18, 2015, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Brown Family Mortuary, 66 South 300 East, Santaquin, and on Saturday, September 19, 2015, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. prior to funeral services, which will be held at the Historic Downtown LDS Chapel, 90 South 200 East, Santaquin, funeral to begin at 1 p.m.

Interment at Santaquin City Cemetery with full Military Rites under the direction of the Santaquin American Legion Post 84.

 

Darlene Herbert Taylor

Darlene Herbert Taylor, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and dear friend passed away in Payson, Utah on Friday, July 31, 2015.

She was born November 7, 1945 in Payson, Utah to George Thomas and Lavern Vest Herbert.

Darlene’s life was one of self-less service. She took great pride and loving perfection in all she did. She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served as PTA President of Taylor School and her efforts made their fundraising some of the greatest successes. She put her heart and soul into everything she did. Her hobbies consisted of casting chocolates and making chocolates, crocheting and making gifts for those she served. She took great pride in her teaching and speaking to others. She was Valedictorian of the Payson High School Class of 1964. She graduated as a Straight A Student with a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Utah. She served a faithful LDS Mission in Denmark. 

She married the love of her life, James Reed Taylor, January 26, 1973 in the Manti LDS Temple.

She is preceded in death and was lovingly greeted by: her parents; sisters, Zelda Hurst, June Stanton; brother, George “Bud” Herbert, Jr. and a son-in-law, Clint B. Campbell.

She is survived by: her husband, James Reed Taylor; daughter, Allison Campbell, all of Payson; son, Benjamin (Heather) Taylor, Levan; grandchildren, McCord (Gabi) Campell, Lea Campbell, Karissa, Reed, Menzilia Taylor; great-grandchildren, Xander and Jocelyn Campbell; sister, Nila (Dan) Neil; brothers, Blake (Mary) Herbert; Blair (Bonnie) Herbert and Dale (Carol) Herbert.

Funeral services will be Saturday, August, 8, 2015, 11:00 a.m., in the Payson 11th Ward Chapel, 902 West 400 North. Friends may call at the Walker Mortuary, 587 South 100 West, Payson, Friday, 6-8:00 p.m. or at the church on Saturday, 9:45-10:45 a.m. Burial will be in the Payson City Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.walkerobits.com.

Frank Ballard

Frank Ballard passed away surrounded by his family and loved ones on Monday July 20, 2015 at his home in Payson, Utah. He was born to Sterling and Rosamond Ballard on May 4, 1946 in Payson, Utah.  He was educated in Payson, Utah, proudly served as a US Marine and went on to become a pipefitter.  He married Susan Kay on February 8, 1969 in Elko, Nevada.  Together they raised three children.

He is survived by his wife Susan, children Natalie (Kelly) Evans, Joy (Fred) McCray, and Burke(Natalie) Ballard, grandchildren, Madison Bufton, Kelton Evans, Brittany McCray, Caleb McCray, Noah McCray, Brock Ballard and Colby Ballard, great-grandchildren Kache and Kennedy Bufton. Siblings Karen (Ward) Curtis, sister-in-law Nancy Ballard, John (Debbie) Ballard, Stanley (Marilyn) Ballard and Ed (Mary Jane) Ballard.  Preceded in death by his parents Sterling and Rosamond Ballard and brother Blaine Ballard.

Funeral services will be Monday, July 27, 2015, 11:00 a.m. in the Mtn. View 6th Ward Chapel, 789 East Arrowhead Trail, Payson. Friends may call at the Walker Mortuary, 587 South 100 West, Payson, Sunday, 6-8:00 p.m. or at the church Monday, 9:30-10:45 a.m. Interment will be in the Payson City Cemetery with Military Rites accorded by the American Legion, Dist. #4.

The family wishes to thank the Central Utah Veterans Home for the care they provided to Frank.  They especially want to thank Bonnie Ballard and I-Care Hospice for the care and love they provided to Frank and his family.

Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.walkerobits.com.

 

AILEEN LANT

Aileen Peterson Lant, 86, passed away on Thursday, June 18, 2015 peacefully in her sleep.

She was born October 27, 1928 in Santaquin, Utah to Addie Armstrong and Soren Henry Peterson. She married Richard Lee Lant in Payson on March 2, 1950. They were later sealed in the Manti LDS Temple on March 2, 1966.  

She worked at Payson Hospital as an ER Technician. Aileen loved her job and especially enjoyed those she worked with. She spent much of her time crocheting, knitting, and tying quilts for those she loved. Aileen loved her family especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Aileen is preceded in death by her parents, Addie Armstrong and Soren Henry Peterson; her husband, Richard Lee Lant; and multiple siblings.

She is survived by her son David (Joyce) Lant; her granddaughter Tiffany (Nic) Atkin; her grandson Jon R. (Marissa) Lant; and several great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at 12:00 p.m., in the Payson 11th Ward Chapel, 902 West 400 North, where friends may call from 10:30-11:45 a.m. prior to the services. Burial will be in the Payson City Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.walkerobits.com

Aileen's family wants to thank the Central Utah Veterans Home in Payson for their great care.


MADELINE WILSON

Madeline Emma Daley Wilson was born May 19, 1933, in Gypsum, Colorado in a one room log cabin. She was the eighth child of nine children of Jean and Harriet Daley.

Our Dad has decided his vacation is over and has finally called his Princess home! United again! June 12, 2015.

Most of her life was lived in Payson, Utah.  She graduated from Payson High.  She has many special friends that she has kept in contact with and made many friends from all the places she has lived and visited.

She married her High School Sweetheart  J. Paul (Pete) Wilson on Feb. 7, 1953.  Later they were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple Oct. 8, 1954.

Madeline worked many years in the banking business.  First, starting out with First Security Bank in Payson, Utah, and later, Manager for Wasatch Bank in Santaquin, Utah.

They served a mission in the Oklahoma Tulsa Mission in 1990-91.  After returning they retired to live in St. George, Utah.

She is survived by her children:  J. Scott and Jeanie Wilson, Jane Ann and Steve Draper, Cora and Darrell Jolley, Karen Wilson and Barb Beckstrand.  13 grandchildren, 32 great  grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Saturday,  June 20, 2015 at 10:30 AM with viewing from 9-10 AM prior to the funeral at the Cottonmill Ward (North Bridge Building) 1080 West Arlington, St. George, Utah.

Interment will be at the Payson City Cemetery,  June 20, 2015.  Graveside Service will be 4 PM.  Arrangements are under the direction of McMillan Mortuary 435-688-8880. Condolences may be shared at mcmillanmortuary.com

 

KATHLEEN GARDNER CURTIS

Kathleen Gardner Curtis, 77, of Payson, Utah passed away on May 30, 2015 in Payson. She was born on July 10, 1937 in Spanish Fork, Utah to Eugene Thomas and Sarah Blanche Gardner. Kathleen graduated from Spanish Fork High School, she continued her education at Utah Technical College where she received her LPN.

She married Theone (Ted) W. Curtis on June 4, 1958 in Spanish Fork,  they were later sealed in the Manti LDS Temple on July 1, 1966. Throughout her life Kathleen worked at, American Fork Hospital, Nephi Hospital, Utah State Hospital, Payson Hospital, the LDS Hospital, and Osmond Real Estate. She loved to spend time with her family.

Kathleen enjoyed reading, quilting, sewing, and traveling. She was an active member of the LDS Church and served in many callings.

Kathleen is survived by her husband, Theone W. Curtis; children: Laura Tramell, Jeff (Renee) Curtis, Dale (Andrea) Curtis, Alan (Jane) Curtis, Andrea (Brett) Lloyd, Mark Curtis, and Janel Curtis; 26 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; sisters: Blanche Larsen and Marene Redmond. She was preceded in death by her brothers: Mark, Sterling, and Keith.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the West Mountain Chapel in Payson, 5237 West 10400 South (3 miles west on Utah Avenue). Family and friends may call on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Walker Funeral Home in Payson, 587 South 100 West, or on Thursday from 9:45  a.m. til 10:45 a.m. at the church prior to services. Interment will be in the Payson City Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.walkerobits.com

SANDRA JEAN ARMSTRONG

Sandra Jean Brockbank Armstrong passed away peacefully May 14, 2015.  She was born December 2, 1935 in Payson, Utah to Starr L. and Grace Taylor Brockbank.  She married Howard Armstrong July 20, 1951 in Payson and their marriage was later solemnized in the Manti LDS Temple.  She later married Stanley Peterson April 10, 1983.  She was the proud mother of four children, Karen, Dick, Cal D. and Robert.

She spent countless hours supporting her children and grandchildren at ballgames.  She was very patriotic and active in the community.  She served as the Mayor of Santaquin in the early 1980’s.

She had a strong testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  She held many positions in the church.  Her favorite always involved music.  Music was always a big part of her life and at her request will be a big part of her funeral service.

She is survived by her children, Karen & Gary Hoover, Dick, Robert & DeAnn; her 7 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.  She is also survived by her sisters, Francis and Fern, and a brother Stephen; her sisters-in-law, Ingrid Brockbank and Leah Rae Boney, and a daughter-in-law, Susan.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her step-mother, Enid, her husbands, Howard and Stanley, a son, Cal D., a grandson Tory, a brother, David, a brother & sister-in-law, Starr H. and Janet, and a sister-in-law, Mary Ann.

Services will be held Friday, May 22nd at 11:00 am at the Payson 8th Ward, 780 West 500 South.  Friends may call at the church on Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and Friday from 9:30 to 10:45 am.  Burial, Santaquin City Cemetery under the direction of Brown Family Mortuary, Santaquin.  Share condolences at www.brownfamilymortuary.com.

LORRAINE SANFORD SUTTON

Lorraine Sanford Sutton, 79, of Payson, Utah passed away on May 7, 2015 in Santaquin, Utah. She was born on April 20, 1936 to Mearl J and Gladys Marie Taylor Sanford. Lorraine attended school at Payson High School.

She worked as a bookkeeper at Natures Sunshine. Lorraine married Aaron Don Jones, he later passed away. She then married Lonnie Wayne Sutton and they were later divorced, he later passed away.

Lorraine enjoyed collecting things. She was very involved politically and looked to beautify the city by pulling weeds wherever she was. She was an active member of the LDS church.

Lorraine is survived by her five sons: Garry Jones, Scott Jones, Keith Sutton, Richard Sutton, and Juan Sutton; 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; Merlene Daley, Dick Sanford, Nancy Greenhalgh, and Sandra Camp. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Aaron Don Jones, and Mike Jones.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Payson 15th Ward, 800 South 650 West in Payson. Family and friends may call from 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. at the church prior to services. Interment will be in the Payson City Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.walkerobits.com

Annette Hawker Taylor

Annette Hawker Taylor passed away April 25, 2015 at the home of her sister in Payson surrounded by her family. She fought a courageous short battle against cancer.

Annette was born on November 5, 1946 in Rexburg, Idaho. She was the second child of seven born to William Harold Hawker and Maxine Nichols Hawker. Annette attended grade school in Lava Hot Springs where her father was a school teacher. She moved to Ririe, Idaho, in the 3rd grade. Her family then moved to Payson when she was thirteen where she attended Payson Jr. High. She graduated from Payson High School in 1965.

Following her graduation she attended the College of Southern Utah. On December 23, 1965 she married her high school sweetheart Sherril Taylor. They moved to Modesto, California, where Sherril attended Vet School. While in Modesto her daughter Stacy was born in 1967. Returning to Utah they lived and worked at the BYU Dairy in Salem, during this time they welcomed a second child Nathan in 1969. They moved to Santaquin in 1972 and their third child Jacob was born. Annette and Sherril later divorced.

Annette worked at Rancho Trailer, Nephi Sewing Plant and Guy Wall's Save A Dollar. She started working at 7-11, moving into management after many years she finally reached her goal and franchised her own 7-11 in Vernal, Utah. In February she was awarded the franchise of the year award.

Annette was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She served in many callings throughout her life. She had an extreme knowledge of the gospel and was a great teacher and example to all. Annette enjoyed playing softball, riding horses, camping,  playing cards and traveling with her family and friends. Most of all she loved life, the outdoors, and having fun. She supported her children and grandchildren in whatever they were involved in.

Annette is survived by her three children Stacy and Sam Evans Payson, Nate and Gina Taylor Santaquin,  Jake and Gina Taylor Vernal, Her grandchildren, Dusty and Rebecca Oberg, Bodie and Joqell Taylor, Travis Taylor, Lillie Beth and Austin Bair, Colton and Amanda Taylor, Sadie Taylor, Zachary and Michaela Evans, Dalton and Paige Taylor, Chelsea Taylor, Zeb Evans, Shaylee Evans, Seth Evans, Austin Taylor, and Wyatt Taylor. She also had eight precious great grandchildren.  Her siblings and step siblings, Marilyn and Stan Spencer Payson, Brent and Ann Hawker Colorado Springs, Harold Dean Hawker Provo, Paul and Shelly Hawker Spanish Fork, John and Patti Hawker Sandy, Brian and Sarah Hawker Van Cover Washington, Jordan and June Degraw West Minister California ,Mary Hicks Cypress California, Glen and Bonnie Degraw Paso Robles California, Danny Degraw Pleasant Grove, Martha Alt West Minister California. She was preceded in death by her parents and her stepmother Rosa.

Mom your example of independence, service and giving will live on through each of us. 

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the Payson 3rd Ward Chapel, 274 South Main in Payson. Family and friends may call on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Walker Funeral Home, 587 South 100 West in Payson, or on Thursday from 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. at the Church prior to services.

Interment will be in the Payson City Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.walkerobits.com

 

LEORA SIMONS SMITH

Beloved mother and grandmother LeOra Simons Smith, 85, of Payson, Utah died April 22, 2015 of natural causes. She was born on May 15, 1929 in Woodruff, Utah to Wainer Dixon Simons and Hazel Pearl Dean.

LeOra married Donald Ted Smith on August 26, 1949. She retired after 35 years of service as an LPN at Mountain View Hospital in Payson. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

LeOra is survived by her children Don (Pauline) Smith, Ralph (Joy) Smith, Karen (Terry) Haney; 19 grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren; sisters Ellen Davis and Donna (Tom) McPherson. She was preceded in death by her husband Ted; two children, Ted Dean and Connie Lou Carter; son-in-law Randy Carter; her parents; two sisters, Fern Miggs and Elizabeth Joan Smith; and a brother Elliott (Bud) Dixon Simons.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Payson South Stake Center, 711 South Peteetneet Blvd. in Payson. Family and friends may call on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Walker Funeral Home, 587 South 100 West in Payson, or on Wednesday from 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. at the Stake Center prior to services. Interment will be in the Payson City Cemetery.

The family would like to thank Dr. David Bennion, the staff and residents of the Beehive Home, and all friends and family for their support.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.walkerobits.com

 

darren reed bunker

December 27, 1964 - April 13, 2015

Darren passed away peacefully after a 28 month battle with a brain tumor. He leaves behind his wife, 6 children, Mom and Dad, 2 brothers and 2 sisters and all their families.

Darren has had a profound impact on many lives just by loving the people around him. He brought out the best in those he came in contact with. He made dear friends in his home town of Enterprise, UT, his mission, his current ward, his neighbors, his place of work and the people he met at the many ball games he attended to support his children.  He loved the temple and held his testimony as a great treasure. Darren was a true Yankee fan, but loved a good game no matter what team was playing. He will be dearly missed. This is not goodbye, rather, until we meet again.

Funeral services will be 11:00 am, Friday, April 17, 2015 at the Mtn. View 8th Ward, 789 Arrowhead Trail Road,  Payson, Utah where a viewing will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Thursday, April 16, 2015 and Friday prior to services from 9:45 to 10:45 am.  Interment in the Payson City Cemetery.

Online condolences at www.premierfuneral.com


TYSON ANTONIO GUZMAN

Saturday, March 7, 2015 Lorene finished her time here on earth to return to more heavenly things.  Lorene was born in Chandler, Arizona May 17, 1926 to Delpha and Joseph Johnson. She married John Barker in 1948 and they were later divorced.  She married Karl Ellsworth in 1968.  She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  She loved the gospel and was always involved in temple and missionary work. She was a wonderful mother, wife, sister, grandmother and friend.

Lorene was known for her beautiful crafts, wonderful home decor and great meals.  She loved to garden and was often found in her beautiful gardens in the spring. 

She was preceded in death by her husband Karl Ellsworth, parents Delpha and Joseph Johnson, brothers Ellis, Forrell, and Loren Johnson and a sister, Eula Walker.

She is survived by her brother Harold (Martha) Johnson, four sons: Steve, Rick (Karen), Robert, Wayne (Ruth) Barker and four step children: Kenneth (Jearldene), Lynn (Diane) Ellsworth, Janice (Fred) Larsen, Launa (Geary) Newell, 23 grandchildren and 62 great-grandchildren

Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the Mountain View Stake Center, 75 S. 600 E. Payson, Utah.   Viewing for family and friends will be held at 9:00 a.m. prior to the service.  Following the service Lorene will be laid to rest in the Payson City Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.walkerobits.com

Blaine David Wilkerson

1979-2017

 

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must let everyone know that our father, husband, grandpa, son, brother and best friend has passed. On March 5, 2017 Blaine David Wilkerson’s journey on earth ended suddenly so he could be with his Heavenly Father. Blaine graduated from Payson High School in 1998 then served his country in the United States Army Reserve, graduating from Fort Benning, GA boot camp in September 1999. Blaine later married his high school sweetheart, Jamie Mittelman, after they both realized they were always meant to be together. Blaine was an avid hunter & fisherman, he loved riding his Harleys and dirt bike where he felt free.

In addition to leaving his loving wife; Jamie, Blaine also leaves behind 2 sons, 2 daughters and 2 grandchildren; Kayden, 17 and Tytus, 12, Jeracho, 20, Tèa, 20, her husband Brandon Carrell and their children Traven, 3 and Brinley, 1.  Blaine is also survived by his mother and father; Steve and Lila Haws of Payson, his grandmother Gayle Reece of Payson, his sister Kara, her husband Adam, their 3 children and his brother, best friend and hunting buddy Dustin Haws, Dustin’s wife Melissa and their 3 children. 

Blaine was preceded in death by his Father David Wilkerson of Orem, his grandparents Max Blaine Reece, LaVar and Anne Wilkerson. Blaine also leaves behind many loving and caring uncles, aunts, and cousins. We will all miss Blaine, but will always remember how he lit up our lives.

On March 18th  2017 at 4 pm Jamie, Kayden, Tytus, Tèa, Jeracho, Lila, Steve, Dustin and Kara would like to invite all of Blaine’s family and friends to join us for dinner and a celebration of his life at the Payson City Center, 350 West Utah Avenue, Payson Utah. We honor Blaine and share some stories of the joy he brought to all of us. 

In lieu of flowers the family is asking that you donate to one of the listed charities in Blaine’s name to honor him and his time on earth. 
Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation: https://firehousesubsfoundation.org/donate/
Shriners Hospitals For Children: http://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/en/donate 
Addict II Athlete: http://addicttoathlete.org/

DARCI WINGER

Darci June Winger, 45, of Payson, Utah, returned to her heavenly home on February 21, 2017. She was born in Mt. Vernon, Ohio and passed away in Murray, Utah. 

Darci was a beloved daughter of Larry and Sally Winger. Mother to Jose Jr. and Tyler Ojeda. She was also birth mother to Kayla Severson, Nicolas Law, Jaden Frost, and Ellie Law. A sister to Debra (Allen) Frost, Dedra (Gary) Dietz, Dara (Blane) Wilson, Dione (Kevin) Ketchum, Denise Ferguson, Danita Hooper, Dyan (Cory) Law, and Danielle Winger; and a sister-in-law to Tuty Burga. She is preceded in death by her brother, Larry Winger Jr. She will also be missed by her 42 nieces and nephews. We love you, always have always will!

On February 14th Darci was in a tragic automobile accident as a passenger, whose driver was impaired. Due to the severity of her injuries she passed several days later.  

Darci battled with addiction throughout her adult life. She was a source of great inspiration and strength for those she met on the road to recovery. She made friends easily and judged no one. Darci had a zest for life and was enthusiastic about everything. A kinder, more loving and generous person couldn’t be found. 

Just like a phoenix out of the ashes, freed and enlightened she’s made whole. Prepare to take flight. Welcome home my daughter, my Phoenix. 

The funeral will be held Wednesday, February 22, at 11:00 am in the LDS Chapel at 600 East 700 S. Payson, UT 84651. 

A go fund me account has been set up to help with expenses: 

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William Ray

William Sylvester Ray "Bill", age 86, passed away on February 2, 2017 in Buhl, Idaho. Bill was born in Coburg, Oregon July 28, 1931, to Harold LeMoine Ray and Ruhama Adair Ray. 
At approximately age 10, the family moved to Prineville, Oregon. He graduated from Crook County High School in Prineville, and served an LDS church mission for two years in Denmark. On January 6, 1954, he married Mildred Ann Allen, and they were sealed in the LDS Logan, Utah Temple on October 3, 1955.

Bill joined the Air Force in 1954 and served stateside at Scott Air Force base in Bellevue, Illinois and Selfridge Air Force Base in Michigan during the years of the Korean War. During their time in Michigan, he and Millie were blessed with three children, and enjoyed traveling to see northeastern US sites including the "Hill Cumorah Pageant" near Palmyra, New York and Niagara Falls.

After his military discharge in 1957, he and his family moved back to central Oregon and through the years, lived in both Bend and Prineville. He attended Central Oregon Community College in Bend and their family was blessed with five more children, all born in Prineville. Bill had a long career in construction. Many of his children enjoyed traveling with he and Millie to visit perspective jobs or to learn about construction practices when taking him lunch or working beside him. He built two beautiful homes in which his family lived. He spent the latter part of his career as a roofing contractor, and continued his roofing company after moving to Payson, Utah in 1975. He completed many jobs through out the western United States, and instilled in his children a strong work ethic. Many times he helped his children by offering them work.

In the late 1960's he and his family took a memorable vacation to San Francisco with six young children in tow. Through out his life, Bill, Millie, and their family visited Disneyland, and many well-known National parks such as Yellowstone, Mesa Verde, Crater Lake, Arches, Zions, Capital Reef, Bryce, and Canyon Lands, as well as numerous state parks, lakes, and recreational areas. He enjoyed many hours of boating on Utah Lake with his children and friends. After he retired, Bill and Millie traveled to The Blue Ridge Mountains in Appalachia to meet Millie's extended family and see genealogical sites. They also visited many church history sites throughout Missouri. Bill and Millie made it a point to attend every possible family baby blessing, baptism, and confirmation as well as weddings and reunions.
He was an avid genealogist and worked to extend his family genealogy, as well as help Millie extend hers.  He loved to read non-fiction and church books, as well a good novel. He had a great fondness for westerns and accumulated a large collection of Louis L'Amour books. He enjoyed puzzles of all kinds, and was quite adept with 3-D puzzles. He also found time be a dedicated member of the Kiwanis while he lived in Payson, Utah.

Bill was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints his entire life. He worked at the Genealogy Library in Orem, Utah, served as an early morning Seminary teacher and Stake Missionary Leader in the Bend, Oregon Stake, and was a lifetime missionary in addition to multiple other leadership positions. He was a good example to his children, even though he often jokingly professed to be “ornery, disagreeable, grumpy, ill tempered and hard to get along with”.

He was preceded in death by both of his parents, Harold and Ruhama; one brother, Daniel LeMoine Ray; a daughter-in-law Cindy Giles Ray; a granddaughter, Chelci Anna Hone; and a great grandson, Gideon Michael Harty.

Bill will be missed greatly by his surviving wife, Mildred Ann Allen Ray of Jerome, ID; two brothers, Charles Leonard Ray (Leann) of Pleasant Grove, UT, and Robert Ashford Ray of Marshville, MO; two sisters, Naty Alice Ray Bowen (Eugene) of Carson, WA, and Mary Ray James of Loa, UT; as well as his eight children; Tisha R. Ray Harty (Doug) of Castiac, CA, Becky J. Clarkson (Dirk) of Jerome ID, William A. Ray (Cindy) of Winnemucca, NV, Melanie A. Ray Millett (Robb) of Payson, UT, Samuel S. Ray (Sherryn) of Mt Pleasant, UT, Kirsten W. Ray Fullmer (Steve) of Fairmont, WV, Sara S. Ray Norris (Lee) of Jerome, ID, and Twilla D. Ray Mann (Tyler) of Provo, UT; as well as twenty-seven grandchildren and forty-two great-grandchildren.

The family would like to thank the staff of Desert View Care Center for their loving care for our father. We greatly appreciate their concern, thoughtfulness, and kindness.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 12:00 Noon, at Jerome Second Ward LDS Church, 50 East 100 South, Jerome, Idaho with a viewing one hour prior to service.  Graveside services will conclude at Jerome Cemetery.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on Bill's memorial webpage at www.farnsworthmortuary.com.

MARTIN JENKINS

Martin Jenkins, 75, passed away January 17,2017 in Nephi, Utah from cancer. He was born February 26,1941 in Lapoint, Utah to Earl Harrison Jenkins and Ellen Ruby Olson.

He was a welder by profession and worked in the oil fields. He was also good at working with leather making many purses, wallets, and belts. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his brothers and camping with his family and friends.

He is survived by Liz Clements, his lifelong companion, his children Michelle, Cory, Amberlee, Jerry, and Bobbi, 9 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, brothers: Ed, Kenneth, Michael, Mitchell, Russell, and Jerry, sisters: Rose and Nancy.

He is preceded in death by his son Jayson, his parents and 3 brothers, Pete, Oliver and David.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday,  January 21, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Walker Funeral Home in Payson, 587 South 100 West. A Viewing will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 9:45-10:45 a.m. prior to service.  Interment will be held at the Payson City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to www.walkerobits.com

Adah Marlene Young Montague

Adah Marlene Young Montague, 81, of Payson UT passed away on Monday, December 26, 2016. She always kept a great attitude of service. She was as spunky as she could be. She had agreed to be the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers (DUP) Chaplain at the Charleston in Cedar Hills, Utah, her latest area of residency.  

She was born to the late William Henry McCawley Young and Hilda Allean Willis on May 11, 1935. Marlene graduated from Tooele High School in 1953. After graduation Marlene enrolled in St. Marks Nursing School where she graduated with a Nursing Diploma. Upon her graduation, Marlene worked at St. Mark’s hospital.  Marlene also worked at Nephi Hospital and Mountain View Hospital in Payson, Utah.  After her retirement from Mountain View Hospital, she volunteered there for about fifteen years.

Marlene was involved in Scouting as a Den Mom for at least fifteen years and Girl Scouting for ten. She was very involved in the Payson Chapter of the DUP.  Marlene was also a coronet player in the Payson City Band for fifteen years. She played the coronet in Jr. High and High School marching band in Tooele.

On October 20, 1957 she married Eldon Hoover and they had Steven and Rodney but later divorced.

She later married Marcus Armstrong Montague on May 19, 1968 and their marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake City Temple on August 17, 1970. This union blended a family of his, hers, and theirs (Nancy) into one.

A faithful member of the LDS church, she served in many capacities. She served as RS President, chorister and also as the funeral/luncheon coordinator. The latter one was her favorite calling. She also enjoyed serving along with her husband as temple workers in the Provo temple from 1987-1989.

Marlene is survived by five children: Steven Montague, Las Vegas, NV, Barbara (Jim) Rhodes, Loveland, CO, Stuart (Kelly) Montague, Payson, UT, Rodney (Marnie) Montague, Los Angeles CA, Nancy (Boris) Reyes, Highland, UT, fifteen grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren with one on the way and an older brother, Gordon Young, and a younger sister, Jeannie Young. She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Mark Montague.

Marlene left behind a great legacy of hard work through service, love for Scouting, music, family, and the importance of unconditional love. She will be dearly missed. Until we meet again. We love you!!

Funeral services will be Saturday, December 31, 2016, 11:00 a.m., in the Payson, Utah Park Ward Chapel, 110 South 300 West. Friends may call at the Walker Mortuary, 587 South 100 West, Payson, Friday, 6-8:00 p.m. or at the Church on Saturday, 9:45-10:45 a.m. Burial will be in the Payson City Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.walkerobits.com.

Niles Persson

Niles Leonard Persson, 87, passed away December 20, 2016 with his family by his side.

Niles was born August 24, 1929 in Payson, Utah, one of five children.  He served in the Central States mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1949 to 1951.  He is a graduate of the School of Pharmacy of the University of Utah.  Following his graduation, he served in a MASH unit on the front lines of the Korean War.

After the war, he returned home and married for time and all eternity the love of his life, Carol Dawn Kropf, in the Los Angeles California LDS Temple.  They have been happily married for over 60 years.  They settled in Madera, California where he owned and operated Niles Pharmacy for many years.  In 2005, he was recognized for being a 50-year active registered pharmacist by the California Board of Pharmacy.

Niles was known for his kindness, patience and spiritual humility.  He demonstrated these attributes as a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.  He also used these traits as the branch president and then the first Bishop of the Madera Ward for 13 years, leading the building of the church house where the Madera Wards still meet.  Niles created beautiful gardens that were enjoyed by many.  He loved traveling the world with his cherished wife throughout their lives.

 He is survived and greatly missed by his wife, his children, Janee Persson and Dion Persson (Stephanie), along with five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, along with his older brother, Sheldon Persson.

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 1 p.m. at the Walker Funeral Home in Payson, 587 South 100 West, Payson. A Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 12 p.m. at the Walker Funeral Home in Payson. Condolences may be sent to www.walkerobits.com

 

Lee Savage

Ira Lee Savage, age 68 of Santaquin, passed away December 6, 2016 from the horrible effects of Agent Orange, a side effect that many Vietnam Veterans suffered.  He was born October 30, 1948 in Cedar City, Utah to Howard Moroni and Louise DeMille Savage.  He was raised and attended school in Cedar City.  Upon graduating from college he married RaNae Matheson and they had three children, Tamera, Colton and Scott.  They later divorced but remained friends.

Lee served two years in Vietnam with the 1st Infantry Division and the 101st Airborne where he was wounded in action and decorated.  Upon his release from military service he worked for Utah International as a truck driver until the closing of the iron mines.  He then worked for WW Clyde, again driving truck all over Utah building highways, a job enjoyed very much.  He also worked on the Jordanelle Dam.  The last six years as a transport driver, he often said some of his loads weighed 275,000 pounds.  During this time he married C. Geniel Shaw.  They later divorced and also remained good friends.

In 1988 he joined the Santaquin Fire Department where he was awarded Firefighter of the Year in 2007.  In 1991 he joined the Santaquin Ambulance Association and became an EMT.  He dedicated his life to the Fire and EMS service.  He served in many capacities including training officer and engineer in the Fire Dept.  In the EMS he was also a training officer, instructor and past president.  In 2008 the Utah Association of EMT’s presented Lee with the John Henrie award as State EMT of the year.  He eventually had to give up active service because of his health.  Lee was well known across the state as a Firefighter and EMT.

He is survived by his fiancé, Catherine Holman; his children, Tamera Miller, Vancouver, Washington, Colton Savage, Wasilla, Alaska and Scott (Keelie)Savage, Lovell, Wyoming; 7 grandchildren; 3 brothers, Mike, Paul and Jon and a sister, Wilma, all of Cedar City; and Catherine’s kids and grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Dec. 12th at 1:00 pm at the Santaquin LDS Stake Center, 45 South 500 West, where friends may call from 11:00 to 12:45 prior to services.  Interment, Santaquin Cemetery with Fire and Military Rites by Santaquin Fire Department and Santaquin American Legion, Post #84.  Share condolences at www.brownfamilymortuary.com.

MABLE LOVELESS CHRISTENSEN

March 28, 1934 ~ November 27, 2016

 

Mable Loveless Christensen, of Ogden, passed away on Monday, November 27, 2016. She was born on March 28, 1934 in Payson Utah, to Owen Parry and Virginia Harryman Loveless.

 

She married Donald Hyrum Christensen in Payson on May 24, 1952. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Ogden Temple. He passed away on June 12, 1997. She missed him dearly.

Mable grew up in Payson, often spending summers with her brother, Jerry, in San Francisco visiting her grandmother. She graduated from Payson High School in 1952. Mable worked for the Internal Revenue Service, serving her country for 24 years.

Mable was an active member in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She served in many callings including Compassionate Leader, Visiting Teacher, and Service Missionary at Temple Square in Salt Lake City.

Mable's family was her pride and joy. She loved each and every one of her “favorite” children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She adored her brothers, especially her youngest brother who always had her own private cabin ready for her every summer.

Mable enjoyed sewing, knitting and crocheting. She made each of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren personalized blankets and aprons embroidered with their names, as well as afghans for each member of her beloved family. She loved traveling with family and friends, playing games and cards with her many close friends. She attended the local Red Hat’s Club and rarely missed a Friday lunch with her long time friends “The Golden Girls.”

 

Mable is survived by her four children: Brent Christensen, Marcie (Steve) Gilgen, Gina Clawson and Mike Christensen; her brother, Jerry (Carole) Loveless; two sisters-in-law: Lorraine (Blaine) Loveless and Marilyn (Maynard) Christensen Tippetts and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and five brothers: John Parry Loveless, Blaine Harryman Loveless, Kenneth Owen Loveless, Gene Francis Loveless and Dan Raynor Loveless.

 

Funeral services will be held Friday, December 2, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Colonial Springs Ward, 2360 N. 600 W. Harrisville, Utah. A viewing will be held Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Myers Mortuary, 845 Washington Blvd. Ogden, Utah, and Friday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the church. Interment, Evergreen Cemetery, 100 N Monroe Blvd. Ogden, Utah.

 

The family wishes to thank all those who provided her with such loving care during her time at McKay-Dee Hospital.

 

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.myers-mortuary.com.

Robert Lee Hales

 

Our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Robert Lee Hales, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 21, 2016 at the age of 80.  He was, and will continue to be, our example of faith, diligence, and righteous living.  He truly loved and served his family and friends, both those around him and those who have preceded him beyond the veil.

Robert was born April 22, 1936, in Provo, Utah, the son of Leo P. and Ione Thomas Hales.  He is survived by his sister, Joan Fryer of St. George, Utah, and brother, Reed Hales (wife Kay) of Provo.  On his return home from serving an LDS mission in the West Central States Mission, he married Barbara Joan Barrow in the Salt Lake Temple on August 22, 1958.

Robert graduated from Provo High School in 1954 and then attended Brigham Young University where he eventually earned three degrees:  Bachelor of Science,  Master of Religious Education, and Doctor of Education.  He taught Seminary in the Church Education system in Park City, Nephi, and Blanding, Utah.  He then returned to Provo and taught History at Dixon Junior High School for many years. He initiated the first Advanced Placement History program in Provo at Timpview High School.

He loved young people and tried to instill a love of learning in them.  After leaving the public schools he turned to real estate, eventually becoming a Broker and beginning his own company, This Is The Place Realty.  His last employment was at BYU as an Administrator in Conferences and Workshops where he served for 20 years.  

Robert served faithfully in many callings in the Church.  Some of his favorite callings were: temple worker, family history specialist, gospel doctrine teacher and being a missionary.

Robert was preceded in death by his son, Stephen A. Hales and grandson, Spencer S. Hales.  He is survived by his wife, Joan and children: Calli Hales (widow of Stephen)of Provo, UT; Mark (Ginean) Hales of Santaquin, UT; Robert (Marylan) Hales of Santaquin, UT; Mary Ann (Jason) Lindsey of Santa Clara, UT; Scott (Jennifer)Hales of Seattle, WA; Lynette (Dale) Cave of Highland, UT; Rebecca (Steven) Stokes of Los Alamos, NM; Deborah (Brandon) Rhoads of Draper, UT;  Kimball (Laura) Hales of Lenexa, KS; James (Makala) Hales of Pasco, WA.  At the time of his passing he had sixty-one grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 11:00 am at the Santaquin East Bench Chapel.  Interment was in the Provo City Cemetery under the directi

Sherman Jones

 

Sherman Lovell Jones of Santaquin, Utah passed away peacefully on Friday, November 11, 2016. He was born in Oak City, Utah on May 16, 1930 to Jefferson and Belva Jones. He was the sixth of seven children. He grew up on a farm near Delta, Utah and attended Brigham Young University where he met Merle Henderson of Provo, Utah. They were married September 13, 1950 and moved to Sutherland, Utah where their first four children were born. In 1958 they moved to Santaquin where they started a concrete business. Two more children followed. Sherman grew the business and specialized in concrete-lined irrigation canals and ditches. The business mainly did work in Millard and Utah counties but built ditches all over the state and in Nevada and New Mexico. As a family business, he taught his family the blessings of hard work.

Sherman was active in church and community service. He was the bishop of the Santaquin South Ward in the 1970s and served on the Santaquin city council and later as mayor in the 1980s. 

Sherman was preceded in death by his siblings, Rulon, Marilyn, Alice Beth, Helen, Lyman, and Bryant, and his grandsons Clint and Trevor. He is survived by his wife Merle and his six children, Lamarr, Rene, Russell, Aaron, Kevin, and Norman. He has 30 grandchildren, 74 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren. 

The family would like to thank the staff of the Seasons of Santaquin care facility and CNS Hospice for their kind service in the last six months of Sherman’s life.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Nov. 16th at 11:00 am at the Santaquin Stake Center, 45 South 500 West.  Friends may call at the Brown Family Mortuary, 66 South 300 East, Tuesday 6 to 8 pm and Wednesday at the church from 9:30 to 10:45 am. Interment, Santaquin City Cemetery.  Share condolences at www.brownfamilymortuary.com.

Judy Rolfson Thomas

Judy Rolfson Thomas, wife, mother, educator, and faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died in Payson, Thursday, October 27, after a valiant battle with breast cancer. Her never-ending positive attitude, strong foundation and fighting spirit strengthened both her and her family all the way through to her final hour.

Judy was born in Raymond, Alberta on September 15, 1946. She moved to Provo, Utah in 1967 where she graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She married Jay Arnold Thomas on March 3, 1973 and they were sealed in the Manti Temple April 17, 1976. She was a first and second grade teacher at Brookside Elementary in Springville Utah for 20 years. She served in many positions in the church including Cub Scout Cubmaster, Relief Society President, Stake Primary President, Young Women’s President as well as serving a mission in Nauvoo, Ill. from March 2014 to October 2015. She loved to serve others and was hard-working, intellectual, funny and compassionate.

She was preceded in death by her eternal companion Jay; father and mother Wilson and Virginia Rolfson; brother Bruce Rolfson; son-in-law Mark Jones; and grandson Dylan Thomas.

She is survived by her eight children; Travis Thomas; Jessica Cortez; Trisha Smith; Joel (Angela) Thomas; Marilyn Jones; Wells (Emily) Thomas; Mark (Rebecca) Thomas; Lee Thomas; 23 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Also by siblings Kent and Bernice Rolfson; Kay and Denny Fromm; and Jack and Becky Rolfson.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 2 at Payson Utah South Stake Center 711 S 600 E at 11:00 a.m. A viewing will be held Tuesday 6-8 p.m. at Walker Funeral Home 587 S 100 W Payson, UT and 9:45-10:45 at the church prior to the services. Interment will be at the Payson Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.walkerobits.com.

 

John Mont Wilson

May 21, 1938 - August 19, 2016

John Mont Wilson of Layton, Utah passed away on August 19, 2016 of complications due to a lingering illness.  If you called him “John” he knew you were from the Army or a solicitor; he was known as “Mont” to family and friends.  Mont was born on May 21, 1938 in Payson, Utah; the son of Waldo Matthew and Bernice Thomas Wilson and the brother of Sherol Wilson (Marian).

Mont married his true love and best friend, Maurine LeFevre, on September 21, 1957 in the Manti

Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Four children:  Janette Bannister (Glenn) of Peoria, Arizona; Michael (Gloria) of South Jordan; Richard (Daralyn) of West Haven; and Michelle Maakestad (Michael Greene) of Sandy completed the family unit.  Known as “Grandpa” to ten wonderful grandkids: Sara Wilson, Matthew Bannister (Becky Maloney), Valerie Conklin (Dan), Emily Wilson, Jonathan Wilson (Jamie Lawrence), Luke (Wendy) Wilson, Nathan Bannister, Logan Wilson, Afton Wilson, and Abigail Maakestad.  “Little” Logan Wilson (Jonathan’s son) is the first great-grandchild with two more on the way.  In ways expressed through action more than words, he leaves a family legacy of love, listening, guiding, caring, and being generous.

A well-read man and a lover of learning, Mont could carry a conversation on most any topic.  His formal education included graduating from Payson High School and obtaining a degree in Civil Engineering from Brigham Young University.

Over the span of 48 years, Mont had a Hall of Fame career in the highway construction business in Utah and other western states.  He was named Engineer of the Year in 2005 by the Associated General Contractors of Utah.  If you drive on a state or federal highway anywhere in Utah or use a runway at the Salt Lake International Airport, you can bet that Mont has been there and had a hand in blazing the trail.

“John” joined the Army in high school and served his country in the Army Reserves for more than 27 years.  As a member of the 259th Quartermaster [Petroleum] Battalion from Pleasant Grove, Utah, he served a tour of duty in Vietnam in 1968.  He was one of 16 unit members to earn a Bronze Star Medal.  He retired in 1983 with the rank of Major.

Mont is survived by his wife, children, brother, sister-in-law, grandchildren, and great-grandson.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family would like to thank the care providers Dr. James Reynolds and Dr. Roger S. Hansen and their dedicated staff.  Their thoughtful and expert care helped us along our way.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Canyon Woods Ward, 1085 North (Mutton Hollow Road) 50 East, Kaysville, Utah. Friends may visit with family on

Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lindquist’s Layton Mortuary, 1867 N. Fairfield Road, Layton, Utah and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the church prior to the service.

Graveside will be at 2:30 p.m. at the Payson City Cemetery, 400 North 800 East, Payson, Utah.

In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to an educational institution of your choice or to the

American Cancer Society.

 

We consider it a blessing to have been humbled in mumbly peg at the hands of Dad, Grandpa, or Uncle

 

Mont. We love you and will miss you.

 

 

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.lindquistmortuary.com.

CHERI ADELE NIELSON

Cheri Adele Nielson (age 75) returned home August 5, 2016.  She was born May 21, 1941, the first of seven children to Keith and Avadele Ward in Provo Utah.

Cheri loves her family and will be greatly missed by all. She is truly a daughter of God and a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She loves the Savior and set a great example for her posterity by consistently serving others and bearing testimony wherever she went. She served a mission in the Philippines, spent years as an 11-year-old scout leader, loved the sisters in her ward as a Relief Society President, and held many more callings throughout her life. 

Her greatest calling was being a wonderful spouse, a marvelous mother, and a beloved grandmother. She was an outstanding teacher and worked as an aide in various schools. She touched and blessed the lives of many children. Cheri knows and loves Jesus Christ; her faith shines like a light to us all as she gracefully endured the hard times in her life and brought peace and happiness to all who knew her.

Cheri was preceded in death by her Parents, Keith and Arvadele Ward, her Father-in-law, Albert Senius Nielson II, Brother-in-law, Albert Senius Nielson III, and Son, Garth Hugh Nielson.

Survived by her spouse, William Marion Nielson, Mother-in-law, Ethel Mae Johnson Nielson (age 96), 6 Siblings and 5 Children; Sandra (Ken) Robinson, Christine (Jerry) Chadwick, William (Kay) Nielson, Stephanie (Kevin) Terry, Jeneal (Mike) Christian, (Melanie) Nielson, 48 Grandchildren, and 34 Great Grandchildren. 

Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, August 9, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at the LDS Church on the corner of 2660 S. River Rd and 1905 E. Rustic Dr. St George, Utah. A viewing will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. There will be a sunrise Graveside Service held the next day, Wednesday, August 10, 2016, at Spanish Fork Cemetery 420 S. 400 E. at 9:00 a.m. Condolences may be shared at www.mcmillanmortuary.com.

 

Terry Lynn Warner

September 25, 1955 – July 11, 2016


Mountain Green – After a beautiful life and a courageous battle with liver cancer, our wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, passed away peacefully at her home.

Terry Lynn was born on September 25, 1955 in Payson, Utah to Glen Walter Thatcher and Marilyn Adams Thatcher.

She married Max Kim Warner on March 7, 1975 in the Provo Utah Temple. Together they made Mountain Green, Utah their home, where they were blessed with four children.

Terry Lynn graduated from Payson High School where she was a cheerleader, and a member of the National Honor Society.  She attended Weber State University on an Academic Scholarship.

Terry Lynn was an active member of the Mountain Green LDS Ward and had many ward and stake callings.  She especially loved the Young Women and her Sunbeam Primary class. She worked many years as an Oral Surgeon Assistant for Dr. Blaine Austin, and taught piano lessons to many of the neighborhood boys and girls.  She took pride in being a stay-at-home mother to her four children.

Those who knew Terry Lynn loved her for her bubbly and vivacious personality, her Christ-like example, and for her courage and never-give-up determination during her battle with cancer.  The greatest joy in this life was her family, whom she loved unconditionally with all her heart.

She is preceded in death by her parents and sister, Kathey Thatcher.

Terry Lynn is survived by her husband of 41 years, Kim; daughters: Tiffany (Jon) Kortman, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Emily Wyatt, Mountain Green, Utah; sons: Wesley K. (Becca)Warner, Clinton, Utah and Shane Derrick Warner, Henderson, Nevada; and seven grandchildren.  Also surviving are three brothers and one sister, Gary (Cindy) Thatcher, Kevin (Kim) Thatcher, Gordon (Lisa) Thatcher and CoyAnn (Robert) Kilmer.

The family would like to thank CNS Hospice, the Huntsman Cancer Institute, Utah Cancer Specialists, friends, neighbors, and family for the many acts of kindness during Terry Lynn’s battle with cancer.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday July 16, at 11 a.m. at the Highlands Chapel, 5378 West Old Highway Road, Mountain Green, Utah. Viewings will be held Friday July 15 from 6-8 p.m. at the Highlands Chapel and on Saturday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the services.

Interment will be at the Milton Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, donations could be made to the LDS Church Missionary Fund.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.walker-mortuary.com

Erica Leone Montague

Our beautiful, smart, fun-loving daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin and friend to all, Erica Leone Montague was welcomed into heaven after an automobile accident took her from us on May 7th, 2016.

Erica was born five-weeks early, on April 18, 2000, to Brad C. & Jennifer (Jenny) Montague, in Payson, Utah.

Erica was able to do so much in the short time she was here on earth; it would take most of us our entire life to do what she did. Erica loved life and lived it to it's fullest.  She had this special spirit that was felt by everyone who knew her.  From the start she had her dad wrapped around her finger.  She was definitely a daddy's girl.  

Erica enjoyed sports, watching TV, movies, going to plays, reading books, vacations, camping at Scofield with the Johnson’s, listening to music, singing in the shower, riding in the car, eating out, hunting, hanging out with friends, and helping others.  Erica loved to be involved and do almost everything but clean her room. She wanted to try everything. As a child she was involved in dance from the age of three to thirteen with Cindy, Carly and Cassie Buys; she tried playing soccer in Kindergarten but thought twirling around with her arms spread wide was more fun.  She also tried and was involved in volleyball, basketball, track, and cross country but in her heart she wanted to play and loved softball; in part because of the examples set by her cousins McKell, Shelby & Payton.

Erica played the piano, the accordian, and sang in the choir. Erica had just turned 16 and was a sophomore at Salem Hills High School.  She was involved in the choir and had just made the Serendipity Choir for next year.  She was on the Salem Hills High School Softball team, which she loved.  She looked forward to pancake Fridays with Ms. Jill and the gang, learning how to drive a stick shift so she could drive "little blue" around, and was excited to be going on her first school dance.

Erica is an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In her short life she served as the Beehive President, Miamaid President and had just been called as the Laurel President.  She enjoyed going to the temple and doing baptisms for the dead.

Erica is survived by her loving parents, her little/best sister Marissa, her Grandma Janice Patten of Payson; her Grandpa Duayne "Dode" Montague of Salem; special friends Caitlin and Shae; as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends (too numerous to mention). Erica was welcomed into heaven by her Grandpa Duane Patten, her grandma Leone "Bluey" Montague, her neighbor she affectionately called "Grandma Gwenie" and several others that were waiting to greet her and give her hugs.

There will be a viewing on Friday, May 13th, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Payson Stake Center (650 West 800 South, Payson, Utah), and a viewing Saturday, May 14th from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. with a tribute and celebration of Erica's life to follow at 11:00 a.m. Erica will be laid to rest at the Salem City Cemetery (130 East 965 South, Salem, Utah) following her services.

 

Erica's family would like to express their love and appreciation for all of those who have shown their love and support to them. May God bless each and every one of you.


Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.walkerobits.com

Barbara Jean Rasmussen Jex

Barbara Jean Rasmussen Jex, aged 89 (less 1 month) passed away May 5, 2016 at her home in Payson, Utah.  

 She was born in Vernal, Utah in the big yellow house on June 17, 1927 to Clarence Arthur Rasmussen and Alice ‘J’ Henrichsen. She was in the middle of 9 children. Her father was a salesman so they moved quite a bit—Provo, Vernal, Provo, Cedar City, Provo again, and then to Pleasant Grove where they lived on a 7 ½ acre farm where she worked hard, picking berries and fruit. Barbara graduated from Pleasant Grove High in 1945. In the fall she attended BYU where she met Melvin Dean Jexwho had returned from serving 5 yrs in WWII. They were married Aug 7, 1946 in the Logan LDS temple. They were married 67 yrs. They were the parents of 8 children. Barbara has always been active in the LDS church serving as Relief Society President, Primary President, MIA President, Singing Mother, Ward Choir Director, Organist, and Ordinance worker in the Provo Temple for 15 yrs. 

She said, “As a family we have enjoyed being active in the LDS Church and have loved the wards in which we have lived. The Church has always been a guide for us and helped us with solving our problems. The Lord does not test us beyond our ability to overcome and we receive many more blessings than we deserve. 

Barbara was preceded in death by her husband Melvin, her parents, her siblings—Max Alfred, Donna, Clarence Wesley,  Ida Mae (Malcolm) Christianson, Eldon Earl, Eva Alene (Bruce) Fugal, Thoral Leon (Theo), Mary (Blaine) Nielson; two children, Jennifer Jex and Christine Johnson; and 5 grandchildren. 

She is survived by her children: Jacqueline (Lawrence) Thompson, Larry (Hugette) Jex, James (KelliE) Jex, Ruth (Eddy) Corbridge, Alice (Curtis) Heslop, and Alan (Dianne) Jex; 43 grandchildren and 78 great-grandchildren. Surviving in-laws Blaine Nielson and Carol Rasmussen.

Graveside service will be held at the Spanish Fork Cemetery, 420 South 400 East,  at 10:00am on Saturday, May 7, 2016 under the direction of Walker Mortuary in Payson.

 

Robert Newell Winget

 

1942-2016

Robert Newell Winget of Payson passed away Wednesday evening, April 13, 2016. He was born in Monroe, Utah to Newell Anderson and Reba Young Winget. He would frequently share fond memories of growing up on the farm and working in his father's grocery store.

He served a full-time LDS mission to the Gulf States Mission. Not long after returning from his mission, he fell hard for Linda Beth Nordgren, and the two were married in the Manti LDS temple on August 21, 1964.

He earned a PhD in biology and related sciences from the University of Utah. He worked as a research professor at BYU for 15 years and a teaching professor at BYU-Hawaii for another 22 years. While at BYU-Hawaii, he served as a campus Bishop, where he touched the lives of many students. Robert loved the natural world and would spend as much time as possible exploring and studying its wonders. As a scientist, he had a strong faith in God and was able to bridge religion and science in a way that strengthened the faith of his students. Robert loved scouting and served in various roles, including scoutmaster, in Orem and in Hawaii. He also loved gardening, cooking, and reading.

He will be best remembered as someone who gave sincere service to his family, church, and neighbors. His gentle sense of humor, his deep compassion, and his thoughtful understanding made life easier for all those who knew him.

He is survived by his eternal companion and sweetheart Linda, and his seven children: David Winget (Molly), Hong Kong; Brian Winget (Inday), Payson; Gordon Winget (Lena), Pleasant Grove; John Winget, Broomfield, CO; Roger Winget (Jackie), Lehi; Michael Winget (Kahi), Provo; Heather (Jake Atwood), Orangeville; and 15 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Betty (Arlo Young), Monroe. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother-in-law, Garth Johnson; and grandson Jay Winget.

The family would like to express appreciation to all the doctors and nurses who cared for Robert over the past several years. A special thanks to the Payson Dialysis Center for their compassion and professionalism.

A viewing will be held in his honor Monday, April 18, 2016, at Walker Mortuary: 587 South 100 West, Payson, from 6-8 pm. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 19 at 10 am in the Payson, Utah 7th Ward chapel, 1120 East 100 South, Payson, with a viewing prior to the service from 8:45-9:45. Interment will be in the Monroe City Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.

Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.walkerobits.com

CALVIN RAYMOND CLAYSON

Calvin Raymond Clayson passed away Friday March 25, 2016 of causes incident to age.   He was born in Provo, Utah on December 15, 1931 to his parents Ralph Essom and Emily Reva Wride Clayson. 

Cal was raised in Lake Shore, Utah, and graduated from Payson High School.  He served his country honorably in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict.  

Cal enjoyed sports, especially basketball which he played in high school and in the Navy, but his favorite was to play in the annual church basketball league.  Cal rarely missed an opportunity to catch a basketball game on television, and he especially enjoyed watching the Utah Jazz.  

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and served for a time as Ward Clerk.

Cal worked at many jobs over the years.  He delivered bread, sold cars, and for a time owned his own business.  He most recently worked at the American Fork Boat Harbor. 

Cal was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and for a time served as president.

He married Marilyn Greenhalgh in 1957 and was later sealed in the Manti LDS Temple.  Together they had five children.  They later divorced.  He married Karen Marie Jex Stewart in 1973 and they were together until the time of her passing in 2011.  

Cal is survived by his children: Dirk (Lorretta) Clayson, Kanab; Teresa Fowden, Santaquin; Doni (Alan) Bufton, Payson; and Brenda Clayson, Laguna Hills, Callifornia.  He is also survived by his stepchildren: Gary (Angie) Stewart, Spanish Fork; and Kristine (Rick) Stewart Bates, Riverton.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Karen; his parents and sisters Ila Beardall, Fay Andreason, Dixie Emery, and his brother Howard.  He was also preceded in death by his son Wade, and grandson, Colton Stewart.

Funeral services will be held Thursday March 31st at 11:00am at the Santaquin North Stake Center located at 500 North 200 East, Santaquin.  A viewing will be held March 30th from 6:00 to 8:00pm at Walker Mortuary in Spanish Fork, and from 9:45 to 10:45am prior to the services.

Renee Miller

Lifelong Goshen resident Vida Renee Johnson Miller died March 15, 2016. She was born September 10, 1930, descended from Tennessee mountain folk and a Mormon pioneer who came west with the first company. Raised by her widowed mother in a transplanted miner’s shack, she moved through the block to a house she built and shared with Howard, the man she married in 1948—those homes being the only two she ever lived in.

Renee hosted countless family gatherings, reunions, holidays, campouts, and picnics, and her passing leaves a hole no other potato salad can ever fill. Children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren seldom left her house without carrying away a quilt or Afghan crafted by her always-busy hands. Throughout her life Renee served her family, community, and church as a little league baseball scorekeeper, Cub Scout leader, Primary president, rodeo secretary, room mother, Relief Society visiting teacher, temple worker, tractor driver, and keeper of branding fires. For many years, Renee worked as housekeeper and Executive Housekeeper at Mountain View Hospital in Payson.

She is preceded in death by her father, John Blaine Johnson, and mother, Mary Lucile Stewart Finch Johnson; husband, Howard; sister Billie Horton and brother Ted Johnson; half-sisters Audra Calderwood, Winona MacDonald, and LaVern Kirk, and half-brothers Lynn Stewart Finch and Gail Finch. Renee is survived by sons Zebbie (Julie) and Rodney (Susan), daughters Pamela (Wayne) Gasser and Denise Warren, 14 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held March 22 at 10:00 a.m. at the LDS chapel in Goshen. Friends may visit at the church from 9:00 a.m. the day of service, and Monday evening, March 21, from 6:00 to 8:00 at Brown Family Mortuary in Santaquin. Renee will be interred next to Howard at the Goshen cemetery.

 

Eleanor Hamilton Loveless

May 17, 1921 - March 9, 2016

“No love in mortality comes closer to approximating the pure love of Jesus Christ than the selfless love a devoted mother has for her child.”  Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

After a long, hard journey, Mother passed through the veil into the loving arms of her Heavenly Father and her beloved husband, Miles Loveless.  We are sure she was also greeted by her loving parents, Calvin Dwight and Anne Simmons Hamilton, her sisters Mildred Carter, Elaine Shelton, her brother Gordon Hamilton, and her two precious grandchildren, Timothy Loveless and Jenna Loveless.

Elder Holland’s words perfectly describe our dear mother.  She was a wonderful, devoted mother, wife, grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother, sister, friend and neighbor.  She was born in Spanish Fork, Utah, graduating from Spanish Fork High School.

Except for seven years, in which she resided in Smithfield Utah, Mother lived her adult life in Payson, Utah, where she helped Dad on the farm and worked for J.C .Penny.   While living in Smithfield, she worked for J.C. Penny in Logan, and after moving back to Payson, she worked for Christensen’s Department Store.

She was a woman of great talents, being a professional artist, gardener, and seamstress.  Her artistic abilities were demonstrated both on canvas, and her ability to teach art for many years to the senior citizens of Payson.  Her yard, always adorned with beautiful flowers, and her lovely green orchard were always a joy to behold to all who passed by.  Her many crocheted items, and her incredible artwork, will be cherished and loved for many years to come by her posterity.

 She was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ, of Latter Day Saints in which she held many positions throughout her life.  She married Dad, April 29, 1941, in the Salt Lake Temple.  She and Dad were parents to Annette (David) Isaac, Raymond Miles (Gwen) Loveless, and Kent Jay Loveless.  She was the earthly grandmother to nine grandchildren, Susan, David, Christopher, and Emily (Isaac) Kerry Anne, Kimberly, Melissa, Daniel, and Megan (Loveless), 19 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren.  She is also survived by her brothers Roland (LaRae) Hamilton, Blair (Merlene) Hamilton, and her sister Ramona (William) Rust.

The family extends a special “thank you” to Ted Fitzgerald, her faithful home teacher, who brought her the sacrament and visited with her every Sunday without fail.  “Thank you” to Stacey Memmott and Robyne Peabody from Encompass Home Healthcare who both lovingly served Mother as her hospice aide and nurse.  They were such a help and support through Mom’s final journey allowing her to fulfill her wish, “to die in her own home”.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Walker Mortuary.  Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 14, 2016,  at the Mountain View L.D.S. First Ward, 1138 East 100 South, Payson, Utah, at 11:00 a.m.  There will be a viewing at the Mountain View First Ward from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.  Interment will be in the Payson City cemetery.

Mother, we love you and until we are together again, you will always live within our hearts.

Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.walkerobits.com.


EMILY COOK DYCHES

Emily Cook Dyches (affectionately known simply as “Em”) of Salem, Utah, our beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, cousin and friend passed on from this earthly existence on Wednesday, February 24, 2016. Emily led an exemplary life full of joy and meekness which began in Moroni, Utah just over 39 years ago. She was joyfully welcomed into this world in October of 1976 by her proud parents, Lynn and Nora Cook.  As the oldest daughter, her older brother and younger sisters remember her as sweet, loving, soft-hearted, talented, and considerate. Emily had a sharp memory and would playfully retell stories to the delight and dismay of her family. In high school she was charismatic, kind, and adored by all of her peers. At North Sanpete High, Emily participated in drill, softball, choir, and seminary. As a young adult, she attended and graduated from Snow College where she met many close and cherished friends. She later transferred to BYU, where she fittingly graduated in Elementary Education. This allowed her to combine two of her lifelong passions—children and education. Emily shared this passion with many young children as she taught school for six fulfilling years at Challenger Schools.   

 As a teen and young adult she excelled as a gifted pianist. She has since shared that talent with many others through teaching piano lessons and willingly playing anytime someone needed an accompanist. We will most assuredly miss her impromptu recitals, turned family sing-alongs, in our family room. We cherish those memories which we will continue to hold so dear. The kids and Eric especially loved when Em would passionately pound out Journey’s classic—Don’t Stop Believin’.    

Towards the end of her time at BYU,  Em married Eric Dyches, her childhood and high school sweetheart. Married for over 17 years, their romance started as young love between two innocent children in the third grade. Theirs is a love story for the ages which was sealed for time and all eternity in the beautiful Manti Temple on October 30, 1998. Eric adored Emily and the two were seldom apart. She is his everything, and he cherishes the fact that he was the one she chose as a companion. It was his honor and privilege to adore and protect her during her time on earth. He draws faith and confidence in the power of Divinity, which will allow that same adoration and protection to continue after this life.  Em’s training in the home by her own wonderful and devoted mother prepared her to be an affectionate and compassionate mother to five amazing children.  Em’s attributes of kindness, patience and meekness can be seen in the lives of her children. She was deliberate about teaching her children not only practical life lessons, but more importantly eternal lessons, centered on how one can progressively become more like the Savior in word and deed. She never shied from sharing her testimony with her children. Her beautiful children, and their lives, will prove to be her most treasured legacy.    

 As an adult, Emily never stopped learning. She became a passionate photographer who recorded life with a creative and artistic eye. Her work as a children’s portrait photographer is inspirational and timeless. Her favorite sessions were of her own children, her nieces and nephews and children of her closest friends.    

 Emily loved her Savior, Jesus Christ, very much. This was evident in everything she did. The family draws great comfort in knowing hers was a life well lived. She exemplified the attributes and teachings of the Master. She carried herself with grace and compassion, willingly serving and loving those around her. One of her greatest attributes was her commitment to limit her own unrighteous judgment for those around her.   

 Emily is survived by her eternal sweetheart, Eric, and their five precious children: Jace Eric (15), Addison Emily (12), Kolby Karl (9), Macie Jane (6), and Trey Hudson (11 mos.).  Emily is also survived by parents, Lynn and Nora Blackham Cook; siblings: Chris Cook (Christy), Maria Slade (Joel), Becca Anderson (Ben), and Megan Johnson (Ray); as well as many other supportive and loving nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Emily will never be forgotten as a beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, cousin and friend.   

 A celebration and remembrance of Emily’s life will be held on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at the Salem Utah Stake Center, 470 E. Salem Canal Road, Salem, Utah. The services will begin at 12 p.m. Family and friends may visit Tuesday evening, March 1, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Walker Funeral Home, 187 S. Main Street, Spanish Fork, Utah; and on Wednesday morning at the Salem Stake Center from 10-11:30 a.m.  prior to the services. Interment will be in the Salem City Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers a Gofundme account has been set up on behalf of the Dyches family at https://www.gofundme.com/ukr92pdw . A portion of those funds will be used to fund the "Emily Cook Dyches Memorial Scholarship" at Lifehouse Performing Arts Academy.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.walkerobits.com  

 

Sara Ann Foutz Newman, aged 59, passed away peacefully on February 18, 2016, in her beloved home in Payson, Utah. She had received a terminal diagnosis of stage IV brain cancer on December 14, 2015, and was able to be surrounded by family and friends nearly constantly for the final two months of her extraordinary life. Even in those difficult weeks she remained an example of love and charity to all who have been blessed to know her.

Sara was born to the late Hal Bert Foutz and Liane Bunnell Foutz on November 29, 1956 in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was the fourth of six children, Les, her brother, and her sisters Holly, Ellen, Susan, and Lisa, all of whom survive her. Her father owned an airplane taxi service and would frequently transport people from Las Vegas to Los Angeles or other large close cities,  and Sara had many fond memories of her father taking her flying with him in the evenings. Flying was such an important part of her young life that she earned her pilot's license at the age of 15, and could legally fly airplanes before she could drive a car.

She graduated from Clark High School after participating in cheerleading and getting such excellent grades that the school principal would excuse her and her two best friends to go skiing on school days, weather permitting. Sara then left the warmth and heat of the Nevada desert to attend Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho for a year before transferring to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

Her sense of adventure stayed with her, and while on tour in Europe with the BYU folk dancers she fell in love with Michael David Newman, who was also on tour with the dancers as a musician. They were married in the Provo, Utah LDS Temple on December 14, 1977. Mike and Sara remain sweethearts, best friends, and true loves, and have been a great example of teamwork and marriage for everyone who knows them. She is preceded in death and welcomed into Heaven by her daughter, Karissa Newman, and survived by her husband, Michael David Newman, and her remaining three children, Anna Ciera Newman Birch (Bryant Birch), Angela Dawn Newman Day (William Day), and Stephen Michael Newman (Judy Newman). She is also survived by her five grandchildren, Ashelynn Ciera Birch, Bryson Paul Birch, Caringtyn Anna Birch, Brandon Stephen Day, and Connor William Day, for all of whom Grandma Sara was the favorite.

Sara was an example of charity and service. She was a substitute teacher at Wilson Elementary, where the kids would greet her with smiles and cheers of "Mrs. Newman!!" She was an integral part of the director's board for the Springville International Folkfest for over two decades where groups of professional folk dancers from all over the world would gather to celebrate and share their unique cultural heritage. In that responsibility she built bridges of friendship and understanding that quite literally spanned the world. She served in Stake Young Women's presidencies and Relief Society presidencies, Women's Conference committees and Temple Shift and Veil coordinators, and as a missionary in the Young Women's room of the LDS church office building in Salt Lake City, where she made wonderful lifelong friendships with other women serving in various church capacities, both highly visible and less so. She was easy to love, because she gave love so easily and served so gracefully.

Sara's greatest ambition in life was to bring people closer to the Savior and help them feel His love. At various points in her life when people attempted to give her recognition she would always deflect it upward, giving the praise and thanks to our Heavenly Father. She taught her children never to be afraid of hard work and to always rely on prayer, to consistently look upward for guidance, and to never be afraid of people no matter where they were from or what beliefs they held to, but to love them first as brothers and sisters and worry about the rest later. She has now graduated from this life, and is celebrating a reunion in Heaven with those who love her who have waited for her there. She continues to be an example to the rest of us, so we can be reunited in the morning of the first resurrection.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 11:00am at the Payson Utah West Stake Center, 500 South 800 West in Payson, Utah. Family and friends may come to a Viewing on Monday, February 22, 2016 from 6 pm-8 pm at the Walker Funeral Home, 587 South 100 West in Payson, Utah or on Tuesday from 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. at the Stake Center prior to the service. Interment will be at the Payson City Cemetery with a gravesite dedication. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.walkerobits.com, or at the family blog following Sara's cancer at www.wewillbetogetherinthemorning.blogspot.com.

April 3, 1938 - February 14, 2016

David G. Christiansen, loved father, grandfather, husband, brother, and friend, passed away on Valentine’s Day 2016. Such a fitting day for a man who loved, and truly was loved by so many. David was born in Tremonton, Utah to Glen Marinus Christiansen and Lillian Merrill Morrison Christiansen. He was the second of four children. His family lived in Tremonton in his younger years and then moved to Payson, Utah where they owned a dairy farm. David was an active and passionate member of the LDS Church and possessed a deep love for the gospel. He maintained a belief in hard work, perseverance, and education and he carried these virtues with him throughout his life. He also enjoyed horsemanship and participating in sports. He played basketball and football for Payson High and was graduated as Valedictorian in 1956. David attended BYU where he met and married Julianne Prude. He was graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering and was hired at Westinghouse where he worked in sales the majority of his career. David served unceasingly in his home, the community, and his church wherever he went. He served as Bishop in three wards across the country, as well as other important church callings. He also focused countless hours on genealogy and temple work. David later started Tri-Power Associates in Bountiful, Utah and married Joy Strohn in 1995.

David was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and complications of his condition eventually took his life. He was cared for at North Canyon Care Center and was surrounded by many loving staff members and residents. We wish to thank the incredible care provided by the staff at North Canyon Care Center. David was resilient, and even during the worsening of his condition he kept his strong will, sense of humor, faith, and desire to learn. These positive aspects of his demeanor are the true defining components of David’s character.  

David will be missed tremendously, but he has left his mark and his legacy will be carried forward. “God be with you ‘til meet again.” We love you dearly.

David is survived by his  wife Joy Strohn Christiansen, former wife Julianne Prude Christiansen, children Mark (Angela) Christiansen, Kari (Scott) Spendlove, Brent (Amy Sue) Christiansen, Clay (Dawn) Christiansen, Amy (Brent) Hadley, and Laura (Blake) Child, 22 grandchildren and one great grandchild,  and siblings Carol Butler, Don Christiansen, and Diane Wilkins. He also is survived by six step-children from his most recent marriage that include Holly (Troy), Elizabeth (Jeff), Russell (Lorena), Josel (Tyler), Clarence (Michelle), Christopher (Tracy), 22 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, and seven great, great  grandchildren.

Please join us for a celebration of David’s life on Monday, February 22, 2016 at the Val Verda 3rd Ward Chapel at 2600 S 500 W, Bountiful, Utah. Viewing is from 11:45 - 12:45 pm, and funeral at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson Research (www.michaeljfox.org).

 

GAROLD REO GALBRAITH

Garold Reo Galbraith, age 82, passed away suddenly on January 29, 2016 at UVRMC in Provo, from complications resulting from a blood clot.

Born March 13, 1933 in Lyman, Idaho to John Herbert Galbraith and Ida Mae Barber Galbraith.  Garold graduated from high school in 1949 and joined the United States Army where he was sent to Camp Roberts, California for basic training and qualified as a heavy weapons infantryman. He married Helen Yoshi Horiuchi on June 22, 1956 in Lyman, Idaho and they were later sealed in the Manti Utah Temple.

Garold graduated from Central Utah Vocational School in 1959 and received his degree in auto mechanics. He worked for Smith Auto Company in Spanish Fork, the state of Hawaii and IFA in Payson, Utah.

Garold was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was involved in the scouting program. He was a member of the Horseless Carriage Club of America and the Utah Valley Old Car Club. Together, with his wife Helen, he served as president of the Happy Valley Squares, a square dancing club. He also enjoyed hunting, target shooting, antique cars and gardening.

He is survived by his wife Helen; children Herb of Maui, Hawaii, Leila (Joe) Jacobsen of Payson, Utah, Reo (Dawn) of Orem, Utah, Timothy of Maui, Hawaii, Darren of Nephi, Utah, Kaiana (Trestan & Savannah) of Springville, Utah, Kalani (Paige) of Spanish Fork, Utah, sisters Mae Geisler of Pocatello, Idaho and LaRue Palmer of Menan, Idaho, nineteen grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by son Joel Dee, grandson Jeremy Jacobsen, granddaughter Natasha Galbraith, sister Della Merrill and brothers LeRoy, Donald and Clinton.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 5, 2016 at Nelson Family Mortuary, 4780 N. University Avenue, Provo, UT. There will be a viewing on Thursday, February 4, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the mortuary and one hour prior to funeral services on Friday. Interment will be at the Payson City Cemetery. Family and friends that are unable to attend the services can watch the services live by accessing the webcasting link on Garold's obituary at www.NelsonMortuary.com

 

JERRY EDWIN BUYS

St. George, Utah- Jerry Edwin Buys, 59 years old, passed on January 25, 2016 in St. George, Utah.  He was born October 21, 1956 in Payson, Utah to Jerry and Erma Buys.  He married Cindy Farr Buys on June 11, 1977 in the Provo LDS Temple.

He is survived by his wife:  Cindy Buys; son Jason Buys and Sunny Highley of St. George;  daughter Candice De Vivo and Johnny De Vivo of Pacific Grove, CA; son Nathan Buys and Naomi Buys of St. George; son Brett Buys of Saint George; son Derek Buys of Saint George; grandchildren; Kolby Foster, Giavanna De Vivo, Isabel Buys, and Charly Buys.

Our loving husband, father, son, grandfather, and brother will be missed. He was a compassionate and considerate soul to everyone he met. His family was his absolute joy and pride in this world. As he was theirs, they are proud to have been blessed by such a devoted man.

Funeral services will be Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.  at the Bloomington Hills Second Ward located 1075 E Fort Pierce Drive, St. George, Utah 84790.  Visitation prior to funeral services will be from 9:30-10:45 a.m. at the same location. Interment will be Tonaquint Cemetery, under the direction of McMillan Mortuary 435-688-8880.



GORDON TAYLOR

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Gordon Sterling Taylor, 86, of    Payson, Utah,    passed    away Friday, January    8, 2016.  He was born    November 17,    1929, in Payson, Utah, to Sterling and Lucille    Taylor. After graduating from    Payson High School, Gordon graduated from    Brigham Young University and then attended and graduated from Northwestern University    in  Dentistry. He married Karen Christiansen    December 18, 1953  in the Manti Temple. They shared over 50 wonderful    years together    serving    their family, church, and the community of Payson.

Gordon practiced dentistry in Payson    for 38 years.  He was    a  perfectionist    at his craft and    loved    his profession along with his  staff and patients.

Gordon was a    member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day    Saints    and served in many    church    callings, including Scout master, Bishopric member and High  councilman.    His latest    calling    was teaching the High    Priest  group lessons in the Third Ward.

Gordon served     his community     by helping to restore the Peteetneet    Academy, serving as  Mayor    and helping to    restore    the Huish Theater.  He donated  countless hours and dollars to the betterment of Payson    City.

Some of Gordon’s greatest joys include family vacations,  traveling the world, scouting, cabin trips,    playing    cards,    hiking and his horse, Shasha.

Gordon was the perfect example of hard  work, generosity, dedication to a cause and never giving    up.

Gordon was preceded    in death by his    beautiful wife, Karen     Taylor. He is survived    by his    Sister,    Jeri (Mac) Brimhall,  Springville.  Children: Greg (Cindy) Taylor, Cynthia (Jeff) Vest,  Mina    (Ken)    Money, Emilee Fletcher, and Amy (Ryan) Dart.  He loved his 25 grandchildren and    18 great-grandchildren.

A viewing will    be held in his honor on Friday    January 15th at  the Walker Mortuary, 587 South 100 West, Payson, UT.  The viewing    will be from 6-8 PM.  Funeral    services will be held  Saturday, January 16    at 11 o’clock at  280 South Main Street, Payson, UT.

 

RICHARD KEITH "FOX" WIGGINS

Richard Keith “Fox” Wiggins, 76, of Sun City, AZ returned home January 3, 2016. Born in Columbus, OH, Richard was a proud veteran of the US Army with a deep love for his country. He raised his family in Pasco, WA and moved to Arizona 12 years ago to be closer to his children and grandchildren.

He was a loving father and grandfather, a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and a loyal friend to many. Second only to talking about the pride he had for his family, Richard’s favorite topic was sports, especially his Dallas Cowboys and Ohio State Buckeyes. All who were lucky enough to know him in this life will miss his fun sense of humor, kindness, and unmatched personality.

Richard was preceded in death by his father, Ferrel Wiggins, his brother, Pat, and his sister, Nedra. He is survived by his mother, Charlotte, his children, Wendi, Blaine (Teesha), Joe (Danielle), and Jay (Misty), 37 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 10:30 AM, with visitation at 9:30 AM, at the LDS Chapel located at 5104 W. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Phoenix, 85304. Richard will be laid to rest at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona located at 23029 N Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85024.


Mechele Ellis Jones

Mechele Ellis Jones went to live with our Heavenly Father on December 11, 2015.  She was born December 11, 1989 to Ron and Trina Hudson Ellis, Santaquin.  She married Caleb Jones, November 19, 2011.  Mechele was educated in Santaquin and graduated from Payson High School, participating in volleyball and softball.  She loved to travel with family, especially Disneyland, find a co-ed softball team, and helping others with her special visits and tender care.  Most recently she was working with adults who have special needs at the Provo Care Center. 

She is survived by her husband and parents, her sister, Megan (Nate) Walker, her pride and joy, niece MaKaylee Walker, and Grandpa George Ellis of Idaho Falls, Idaho, along with in-laws, Randy and Barbra Jones of Huntington, Utah and their family, Cade (Marilyn), Cassie (Daniel), and Cierra.  Mechele leaves behind many aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends.  Because of her generous love to others, hearts are aching with her absence. But we know those who went before her, Grandma and Grandpa Duke and Lily Hudson, Grandma Betty Ellis, and her Uncle Ed met her with open arms.  We love you Chele. 

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Dec. 16th at 11:00 am at the Santaquin Downtown Chapel, 90 South 200 East, where friends may call on Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and Wednesday from 9:45 to 10:45 am prior to services.  Burial, Santaquin City Cemetery under the direction of Brown Family Mortuary, Santaquin.

IDA BANNER MATTINSON 

Ida Banner Mattinson, 74, passed away Thursday, December 3, 2015 at her home in Payson, Utah after a short battle with cancer.  She was born July 28, 1941 to Arthur and Una (Robertson) Banner in Standardville, Utah.   She married Dale Mattinson July 7, 1962 and they were sealed in the Timpanogos Temple on May 29, 2002.  They were blessed with three children, three grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren.   Ida was very involved in the Spanish Fork Senior Citizens group.  A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she served in many capacities, including Primary and Relief Society Presidencies.  She is survived by her sweetheart, Dale; children: Stacey (Mike) Mitchell, of Heber; Steven Mattinson, of Tooele; and Craig (Jodi) Mattinson, of Spanish Fork.  She also leaves behind her grandchildren and great grandchildren, whom she adored; two brothers, Jack Banner and Clyde Banner.  Ida was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, and one brother.  Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the LDS Chapel located at 789 E. Arrowhead Trail, Payson, Utah.  Family and friends may visit Monday evening, December 7, from 6:00-8:00 p.m at Walker Funeral Home, 187 S. Main Street, Spanish Fork, and on Tuesday morning at the church from 9:45-10:45 a.m prior to services.  Interment will be in the Spanish Fork City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at:   www.walkerobits.com  

Ida Banner Mattinson, 74, passed away Thursday, December 3, 2015 at her home in Payson, Utah after a short battle with cancer.  She was born July 28, 1941 to Arthur and Una (Robertson) Banner in Standardville, Utah.  

She married Dale Mattinson July 7, 1962 and they were sealed in the Timpanogos Temple on May 29, 2002.  They were blessed with three children, three grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren. 

 Ida was very involved in the Spanish Fork Senior Citizens group.  A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she served in many capacities, including Primary and Relief Society Presidencies. 

She is survived by her sweetheart, Dale; children: Stacey (Mike) Mitchell, of Heber; Steven Mattinson, of Tooele; and Craig (Jodi) Mattinson, of Spanish Fork.  She also leaves behind her grandchildren and great grandchildren, whom she adored; two brothers, Jack Banner and Clyde Banner.  Ida was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, and one brother.

 Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the LDS Chapel located at 789 E. Arrowhead Trail, Payson, Utah.  Family and friends may visit Monday evening, December 7, from 6:00-8:00 p.m at Walker Funeral Home, 187 S. Main Street, Spanish Fork, and on Tuesday morning at the church from 9:45-10:45 a.m prior to services.  Interment will be in the Spanish Fork City Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family at:   www.walkerobits.com

 

Our treasured father and husband slipped out of our loving arms and through the grace of Jesus Christ, returned home to our Heavenly Father on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at the age of 80. He was born September 8, 1935 to Fred C Alexander and Celesta Campbell in Cannonville, Utah. He married his sweetheart, JoLene Carol York November 1, 1957 in Santaquin, Utah. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Manti Temple.

He will be greatly missed and will remain in our hearts until we are reunited. He has been our hero, advisor, example and mentor. He served our family, his country and the Lord with great humility, dignity, valor, integrity and unfailing determination.

He is known for his dedication to the Marine Corps. He lived the mantra “Improvise, Adapt & Overcome”! He strived for perfection in all that he did.

He loved the outdoors and hunting; he brought home his last deer at the age of 79. One of his favorite things to do was to ride up Santaquin Canyon, offering ice cream to the first one who spotted a deer.

He served faithfully in many callings in the LDS church. He loved the temple and one of his greatest joys was bearing his testimony. He set an example by the way he devoted his life to serving the Lord. He was truly an honorable man in every sense of the word. We will always love our humble hero!

Ben is survived by his wife, JoLene, and their five daughters, Diane (Eldon) McMurray of Orem, Utah; Janet (Dallin) Westwood of Spring, Texas; Teri (Carter) Strebel and Tracy (Rodney) Hurst both of Santaquin, Utah; Carol (Doug) Dobyns of Lindon, Utah; 22 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one sister, Winnifred Jones, and 3 brothers, Archie D Alexander, Earl J Alexander and Chad B. Hales. He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson.

A viewing will be held in his honor on Monday, November 9th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Brown Family Mortuary, 66 South 300 East, Santaquin. Funeral services will be Tuesday, November 10th at 11:00 am at the Santaquin Stake Center, 45 South 500 West. A viewing will be held prior to the services from 9:45 to 10:45 am. Interment with military rites will be at the Santaquin City Cemetery immediately following the services.  Share condolences and memories with the family at www.brownfamilymortuary.com.

 

 

GLADYS JOYCE LARSON

Gladys Joyce Larson (McArthur), aged 85, returned to live with our Father in Heaven the morning of October 15, 2015.

Gladys was born February 13, 1930, in her family cabin located in Huntington Utah, to Cyril McArthur and Dortha Ardilla Day. She was a great addition to the family. Gladys’ sister told her that she was their, “little glad girl, and brought joy” to their lives.

Gladys was a feisty good natured woman. She was actively involved in her education and enjoyed playing percussion instruments. Gladys set the example for her posterity by being the Vice-President of the No Swearing Club as a youth.

Gladys was married on December 11, 1953 to Thomas Franklin Larson. They lived in West Mountain where together they ran a dairy farm and raised 3 kids. Gladys enjoyed traveling with Tom. They went on many trips together, but their favorite spot was Lake Powell where they could fish and ski.

Gladys was a member and past President of the American Legion Auxiliary and Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. She was honored to be a part of both organizations and served them well.  She was also involved in her church serving in the Primary and Young Womans organization

Gladys is preceded in death by her parents, brother (Shirl), sister (Thelma), and her husband Tom. She is survived by her three kids Barrie Larson (Dawna), Guy Larson (SueAnn), and Christy Metz (Hoby); She leaves behind 10 grandchildren and 13 Great Grandchildren.

Viewing will be held on Saturday October 24, 2015 at 10:30-11:45 am at the West Mountain Chapel 3 miles West of Payson on Utah Ave. Funeral services will follow at the same location at 12:00 pm with internment at the Payson City Cemetery.

The family would like to thank the Payson Beehive for their great care and love of Gladys the last 4 years.  We would like to thank Bonnie Ballard and ICare hospice for their care in her last months.

Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.walkerobits.com.

 

MAUDE JACKSON

Beloved mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend, Maude T.M.E. Jackson, age 91, passed away on September 29, 2015, in Santaquin, Utah. Maude was born and raised in Lyman (Wayne County) Utah on June 18, 1924, daughter of Eric and Eliza Otilla Forsyth Torgerson. She was the youngest of ten children.

After high school, Maude moved to Salt Lake City where she met a handsome soldier, Louis Mirabile, They married on November 5, 1943, prior to his overseas service in WWII. When Louis returned after two years they made their home in Provo, Utah, later moving to Payson, Utah. They had three children, Louis, Kathy and Michael. Louis passed away in 1988.

Maude married Ralph M. Egan on June 3, 1989. He passed away in 1998. She then married Joseph A. Jackson on April 14, 2000. He passed away in 2010.

Maude was happy in her role as homemaker and kept a meticulous home and was an excellent cook. Family was everything to her. She is beloved by everyone and will be greatly missed by her family. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and was endowed in the Provo Temple.

Maude is survived by her daughter, Kathy (Golden) Alvey, son, Michael (Donna) Mirabile, daughter-in-law, Michele Mirabile, 8 grandchildren, Amy, Craig, Anjanette, Louis, Vanessa, Shanna, Jonathan and David, 11 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by stepsons, Kenneth (Kim) and Ray (Tracey) Jackson and the Jackson family, who she loved.

She was preceded in death by her three husbands, son, Louis Mirabile, granddaughter, Shanna Aston, her parents, her sisters, Elna Chappell, Zora Blackburn, Edna Hyatt, Maurean Christensen and five Torgerson brothers, Donald, LaVerl, Delton, Hans (WWII) and Roland.

Funeral Services will be held Monday, October 5, 2015 at the Mountain View 6th Ward, 789 Arrowhead Trail in Payson, at 11:00 a.m. Friends may call on Sunday evening at Walker Mortuary, 587 South 100 West in Payson, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Monday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service at the church.

The family would like to express our appreciation to 1st Choice Home Health and Hospice and Latter Days Assisted Living for their tender care of mom.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.walkerobits.com


GWYN CHAPMAN HARMER

Together Again

Our beloved mother, Gwyn Chapman Harmer passed away on Friday, September 11, 2015, at the age of 86.  Mom was born in Manti on May 10th, 1929, to Samuel and Stella Chapman.  She married Richard (Dick) Harmer on April 11, 1951, later sealed in the Manti Temple. 

Mom grew up in and went to school in Manti with her brother Ken, whom she loved dearly.  She was a cheerleader while at Manti High School; she carried this throughout her life by being her children and grandchildren’s biggest cheerleader.  She met her sweetheart Dick while going to Snow College.  They began their life together in Payson while Dick finished college at BYU and also started their family.  Mom finished her schooling and started teaching at Salem Elementary, moved to Spanish Fork Middle School teaching P.E., she finished her teaching career at Payson Middle School.  Mom was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, having served in the choir and as choir director for many years.

Mom had a beautiful singing voice; she was part of the Merry Tones singing group that performed at many events.  She enjoyed that time with Karma, Erma, Gloria, and Arlene.  Mom also was a huge Jazz fan, never missing a game on T.V. Family knew not to interrupt her during a game!

Mom and Dad especially enjoyed their time spent at the Firemen’s conventions. They both loved to travel, enjoying every place they went. She kept traveling after Dad passed in 1994. Mom was a Daughter of the Utah Pioneers, a member of Nebo Credit Union board, a member of Jr. Cultus, a volunteer for Peteetneet, and a member of Payson City Lady Firemen, making many friends along the way.  She loved gardening, ice cream, a good conversation and giving babies kisses on their necks.

Mom is survived by her children: Brent and Lynn Harmer, Cindy and Craig Buys, grandchildren; Justin and Staci, Jennifer and Jim, Adrianne and Rian, Brady and Carly, Jed and Aubrey, Jordan and Whitney, Cassie and Ryan.  Sixteen great grandchildren, with one on the way. She is also survived by her sisters-in law: Helen Walker (Jack) and Nina Chapman. Preceding her in death: her beloved husband Dick, son Carey, brother Ken Chapman, sister and brother-in-law Joe and Lynne Ahlin.  We would like to thank Latter Days Assisted Care, in Santaquin for the loving care that they gave to Mom while she was there.

Services will be Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 11:00 A.M.,  Payson Second Ward, 274 South Main. Friends may call at Walker Mortuary Monday, 587 South 100 West, September 14, 2015, from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. and on the 15th from 9:45 to 10:45 A.M.  Burial will be in the Payson City Cemetery.


Tammy Lee Laursen

On July 7, 2015 we all lost an amazing woman. Her children Karly Laursen and Brandy Black loved her beyond words. We have comfort that she is now reunited with her youngest child Lee Da'nae Laursen. Her husband of over 35 years has and will always love her. Her five grandchildren will miss the games, laughter and creativity she brought. She is also survived by her siblings: Terry Zeeman, Taunya (Rick) Martin and Tony Zeeman. Her brother, Troy Glenn Zeeman, and a step-son, Dell John Laursen, preceded her in death

She was born July 23, 1957 at Salt Lake City, Utah to Glen J. and JoAnn Roberts Zeeman.

Please come pay your respects on Friday, July 10, 2015, 12-12:45 p.m. at the Walker Mortuary, 587 South 100 West, Payson. Graveside services will follow at 2:00 p.m. at the Payson City Cemetery, 805 East 400 North.

Condolences may be sent to the family at: : www.walkerobits.com.

 

Neva Peterson

Our beloved mother, Neva Jean Haskell Peterson, passed away June 7, 2015 in American Fork, UT, reunited with her eternal sweetheart.  The impact of her life is marked by innumerable acts of love and service.  She had exceptional compassion and always offered a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on, and unconditional love to everyone she came in contact with.

Neva was born September 7, 1937 in Payson, UT to Ernest LeRoy and Beulah Pierce Haskell.  She lived in Haskellville (Payson) and attended and graduated from Payson schools.  She learned to work hard on her family farm and loved being close to all the family who lived nearby. Neva was chosen to represent her hometown as Miss Payson in 1955.

Neva married Harold (Hal) Halford on September 10, 1956 and they were later divorced.

Neva met the love of her life and married Alden James (Jim) Peterson on January 6, 1969 in Elko, NV.  One of the happiest days of her life was when they were sealed in the Provo LDS Temple on June 14, 1985.

They made their home in Santaquin where she would spend the rest of her life.  From her earliest memories all Neva wanted was to be a mother.  Together she and Jim raised 5 children.  She cherished any opportunity to be with her family.  She was blessed with amazing neighbors and friends who enriched her life as she did theirs.  Neva had an incredible bond with children. She loved them and understood their precious innocence. Both felt great joy in those relationships.

She loved spending time in her yard and particularly enjoyed watching and feeding the birds.  Neva had a beautiful voice, loved music and it had a profound impact on her life.

Neva had an incredible testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  She loved reading the scriptures, spending time in the Temple and served as an ordinance worker in the Provo Temple for many years.  She fulfilled every calling with all her might, even when it was very hard for her.  She recognized the promptings of the spirit and blessed many lives by listening and acting on those promptings.

She loved her country and served in the American Legion Post 84 Auxiliary.  Together Neva and Jim led Santaquin City’s efforts to build the Santaquin City Veteran’s Monument.

She is survived by her loving children Jean Halford (Mark) Wadsworth, Kris Halford Hanson, Melanie Halford (Glen) Walker, Carole Peterson (Robert) Parkin  and Mark (Christine) Peterson,   14 grandchildren (Justin, Luke, Sophia, Terra, Wesley, Daniel, Matthew, Paige, Evan, Jessica, Rebekah, Ashley, Jacee & John) along with 9 great grandchildren who adored her.  Surviving siblings are Eldon (Leona) Haskell, Lois (Lowell) Hadlock and sister-in-law Frances Gull.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim; parents, Irean and Alden L. Peterson, and Beulah and LeRoy Haskell; sister, Joyce (Robert) Snow; and sisters-in-law, Bonnie Baird and Deanna Hanson.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 11th at 11:00 am at the Santaquin 9th Ward, 545 N 200 E.  Friends may call at the Brown Family Mortuary, 66 So. 300 E. in Santaquin on Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and Thursday at the church from 9:30 to 10:45 am prior to services.  Interment, Santaquin City Cemetery.

 

DARYL KAY

Daryl Johnson Kay, 90, passed away peacefully May 29, 2015 after a short bout of pneumonia.  Daryl was born November 17, 1924 in Santaquin, Utah to Vivian Inez Johnson and Elmer Kay.

 
He served as an infantryman in Europe during World War II and as a SSgt in the Korean conflict. In 1957 he married Darlene Persson from Eureka.

   
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Darlene Kay; daughter Toni Wall of Spanish Fork, Utah; daughter Sandra (Andy) Riggins of Carlsbad, CA.  Also grandchildren Kelbie (John) U'Ren - Boise, ID: Cody (Hillary) Wall, Victorville, CA: Kei Riggins - currently serving an LDS mission to Mexico; Drex Riggins - Carlsbad, CA.  Two great granddaughters, Addilynn Wall and Harper U'Ren. Twin sister Carol Hansen, brother Lyle Kay.   
 

Funeral services will be held Tuesday June 2, 2015 at 1:00 at the Brown Family Mortuary, Santaquin, Utah.  Burial will be in the Santaquin Cemetery with military honors by Santaquin American Legion Post 84.

Brooke Adair Barnes

Brooke Adair Barnes, age 23 of Elk Ridge, passed away Wednesday, May 13, 2015  surrounded by family at her home after a 4 year battle with leukemia.

She was born January 20, 1992 at Payson, Utah to Jeffrey D. and Vicki Lyn Holm Barnes. She graduated from Salem Hills High School in 2010 where she enjoyed Dance and part of the Drill Team. She was an  accomplished artist, dancer and writer. She had a special love for animals and her nieces and nephews. She was always thinking of others before herself. She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

Survivors include: her parents of Elk Ridge; her fiance, Travis J. Blackett, Santaquin; her siblings; Megan Lyn (Joshua) Meador, Santaquin; Porter Darwin Barnes, serving in the Adelaide, Australia LDS Mission; Garrison Jeffreyy, Elk Ridge; grandparents, Kenna Holm, Payson; Darwin and Judy Barnes, Payson. She is known by Aunt Bobbi to her Nephews and Nieces, Maysen James; KaizLyn Jean; Remington Jane and Rustin McCoy Meador. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Frank Holm.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 1:00 p.m., in the Elk Ridge, Utah LDS Stake Center, 185 East Ridge View Drive. Friends may call at the Walker Mortuary, 587 South 100 West, Payson, Monday, 6-8:00 p.m. or at the church Tuesday, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Burial will be in the Payson City Cemetery.
The family would like to express appreciation to the LDS Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, East 8 staff, who was like family to her, and Debbie Lofgran who was Brooke’s Hospice Nurse. Also to all the family and friends for their love and support.  Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.walkerobits.com.

Lou Jean Robbins Williamson

1927-2015

 Lou Jean Robbins Williamson, 87, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother passed away peacefully in her home, surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, May 2, 2015 due to heart complications. Lou Jean was surrounded by friends and family during her final days. Knowing death was upon her, Lou Jean anticipated the reunion with her parents, especially her Dad whom she always had loved greatly and adored. She felt great excitement knowing she was going to see him soon, as well as her loving Heavenly Father and lifelong sweetheart Roy.

Lou Jean was born on November 24, 1927, in Orem Utah, to Luzell and Thelma Robbins. Lou Jean learned service to others by her parents loving example as she saw them serve. Mother had a strong work ethic which she learned while working together with her family on her parent’s fruit farm.

Lou Jean married her lifelong partner Martin LeRoy Williamson, November 17, 1953 and was later sealed in the Logan Temple. Together they built a successful dairy business and lovingly raised a beautiful family of five children. She loved her children greatly and was a good mother. Her family was very important to her.

Mother loved the gospel of Jesus Christ and served others in many church callings. After Roy and Lou Jean retired, together they served in the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania mission for the L.D.S. Church. Lou Jean also served in the Provo Temple for many years until her health prevented her any longer.

 Lou Jean enjoyed cooking and was skilled in the kitchen. Her family will carry fond memories of family dinners she prepared with love in her home for them to gather and enjoy. Her children and grandchildren have many of her beloved recipes to prepare and keep her love of cooking present in their families even after her passing. Mother also was very skilled at cross-stitching. She made many family heirlooms that are beloved by her family. The homemade Christmas stockings all individualized for her children’s families are a favorite as well as her Christmas tree skirts with beautiful detailing she so lovingly made.

Mother loved animals dearly. During the years on the dairy farm she tenderly cared for the dairy calves and enjoyed it greatly. She and Dad also raised several Arabian horses she attended to with a loving hand. Animals always held a special place in her heart.

Lou Jean and Roy had a condo at Snowbird where they would gather for a week at a time with their children and grandchildren. Fond lifetime memories were made there as those rooms were always filled with giggles, laughter and the sounds of scurrying footsteps of children preparing to head to the swimming pool. Lou Jean’s best friends were her mother and sisters. Gathering together with extended family was something Mother was passionate about. Her great efforts to gather family together created tender memories. Her children feel and view their childhood as a choice time in their lives thanks to her. They remember always gathering with aunts, uncles and cousin and learning the importance of family, love and support. She will be deeply missed but as we envision her surrounded by her heavenly family whom she had missed so much we are comforted and feel peace.

Lou Jean is survived by her children: Garth (Rebecca) Williamson of Payson, Utah; Jeanne (Robert) Crews of Glendale, Arizona; Layne Williamson of Billing, Montana; Jill Newton of Payson, Utah; Vickie (Scott) Phillips of Payson, Utah. Lou Jean has sixteen grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister Gwen Lythgoe of West Valley, Utah and proceeded in death by her husband Roy, her parents and her sister Delores Fowers.

 The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the Encompass Home Health nurses and aides for their loving care and support to Lou Jean and family during her final weeks of her life. We thank her sweet friends in Mapleton for their love and concern. Thankfulness to her daughter Jill for her care of mother for the past years.

 Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m.Thursday, May 7, 2015 at the LDS Chapel, 1316 South Main Street, Mapleton, Utah. Friends may call at the church, Wednesday, May 6 from 6-8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 9:30-10:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment, Springville Evergreen Cemetery, 1997 South 400 East. Condolences may be sent online at www.bergmortuary.com.

 

RIED HARPER DANIELS

Ried Harper Daniels, 85, passed away peacefully April 24, 2015. He was born February 24, 1930 to John J. and Cora H. Daniels. He was a member of the Armed Forces, serving during the Korean War. Upon returning home he worked for Geneva Steel and then Hill Air Force Base as a computer operator.

Ried was a member of the LDS Church and enjoyed all things BYU, especially the football

program. He was also an avid fan of Davis High School sports.

Ried is survived by his four children, Dallan (Lori) Daniels, Kaysville, UT; Diana (Todd) Larson, Logan, UT; Denise (Russ) Roll, Seattle, WA; Doug (Julyn) Daniels, Syracuse, UT., siblings John (Jack) Daniels and Faye Angus. He is the proud grandfather of 16 and greatgrandfather of 3. 

A graveside service will be held at the Payson City Cemetery Monday, April 27, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.

Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.walkerobits.com

Mary June Heelis

Mary June Heelis completed her mortal journey on Friday, April 17, 2015, dying of natural causes at Mountain View Hospital in Payson, UT. June was born on June 2, 1927 in Santaquin, Utah, the sixth of eight children in the family of Thomas Peter and Anna Sophia Johnson Heelis.

She attended elementary school in Santaquin and graduated from Payson High School. She later attended vocational school. Much of her professional life was spent at Barbizon, where she was a dedicated employee for many years and where she established lifelong friendships.

 June served faithfully over the years as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Priesthood blessings in her later years brought peace and comfort as she dealt with health issues and the loss of loved ones.

 June loved people and was always welcoming to visitors. She hoped you would take a treat home with you, or enjoy a Pepsi with her. Her social club friends were friends for life. After retirement she became a grandma to elementary school students who loved her as much as she loved them.

Predeceasing June were her parents and her brothers and sisters Mildred Greenhalgh, Gordon Heelis, Wilbur Heelis, Lola Bradley, Betty Neff, Theron Heelis and William Heelis. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Lila Heelis, and seventeen nieces and nephews who were mothered by her and blessed by her loyalty, generosity and desire to share adventures and good times with them.

 Lifes challenges were experienced by June but they did not overcome her buoyant spirit. She chose to be happy.

 A viewing will be held on Monday, April 20th from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at Brown Family Mortuary, 66 South 300 East, Santaquin.  Funeral services will be Tuesday, April 21st at 12:00 in the Santaquin Third West LDS church, 100 North 345 West, with a viewing from 11:00 to 11:45. Interment will be in the Santaquin City Cemetery.

 

ROBERT VANCE LARSEN

Robert Vance Larsen, 86, son of Vance Carl Larsen and Clara Shelton McKendrick, passed away April 8, 2015 in Payson, Utah in his sleep. He was born in Duchesne, Utah on January 1, 1929.

From a very young age Robert had been fascinated with airplanes and always wanted to learn to fly. His very first airplane ride in 1943 with Casper Wolfe at the controls started him on the journeys which lead to him getting his private pilot’s license before his driver’s license. After many years of flying all types of planes for various jobs his ultimate dream came true and it culminated with a 25 year career with Western Airlines as a pilot. During that career he piloted such planes as the DC-3, Convair 240, DC-6, 707, 720B, 737 and finished his career with the DC-10.

On July 6, 1946 Robert enlisted in the Navy. While in boot camp at San Diego, California he had hopes and designs of serving on a submarine. Unfortunately, due to a decision one day to goof off with two other sailors rather than fulfill his work assignment at the end of boot camp, they were placed on report and thrown in the brig for three days and nights. While he was in the brig his orders came to report to submarine school. Being in confinement, he missed the opportunity. He would later say had he went to that school he most likely never would have had a flying career. He was instead assigned on November 19, 1946 to serve on an aircraft carrier, the USS Kearsarge where he served until October 10, 1947 when he was reassigned to the USS Midway. Robert completed his naval service in June, 1948.

One night in March 1948 while on a 10-day leave from the Navy, Robert and a friend, Paul Harding, went to a drive-in cafe in Provo, Utah where he pointed to one of the car-hops working there and said to Paul, “do you see that cute little gal?”

“What about her?”

“That’s the girl I’m going to marry!”

“You’re crazy, you don’t even know her name,” Paul said laughingly.

Eight months later on November 8, 1948, Robert married that girl, Ruth Christina (Chris) Willden at her Aunt Ruth’s home in Provo, Utah.

Robert was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1937 by his uncle Rulon Larsen in the waters of the Strawberry River in Duchesne. After several years of inactivity Robert returned to church activity in 1959 and had been a faithful member ever since, serving in many capacities and callings. He and his wife Chris also had the opportunity to serve as Name Extraction missionaries from their home in Eagle Mountain, Utah.

He lived a full life and loved to share his experiences with family and friends at every opportunity. He is loved and will be missed.

Robert is preceded in death by his parents, sisters, and his oldest son, Robert Vance Larsen, Jr. and is survived by his wife Chris and children, Ruth Darlene Mahler (Gustav), Rulon, Steven (Debbie), Karen Harris (Randy), Leland (Arlynne), David (Tish), and 24 grandchildren and 48 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on April 16, 2015 at the LDS chapel on 4142 Lake Mountain Road in Eagle Mountain, Utah. Viewing from 9:00-10:30am with the funeral at 11:00am. Interment will be at the Veterans Memorial Park at Bluffdale, Utah by Camp Williams.

 

THOMAS MANNING

Thomas Edward Manning, 77, passed away March 31, 2015 in Santaquin.  He was born May 18, 1937 in Casper, Wyoming to Joseph William and Mae Belle Gainsforth Manning.  He married Boletta Chloe Gardner and they later divorced. 

Tom was an avid hunter, fisherman and accomplished trap shooter.  He was very proud of his many construction accomplishments including the Alaskan pipeline and other jobs around the world. 

 Survivors include his children, Gary (Carolynn) Manning, Cherie (Ron) Zeeman, Lori Manning, Sandra (Patrick) Koon, Kevin (Martha) Manning, Tom (Stephanie) Manning and Wayne (Lori) Manning; 17 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren; a brother, Mike Manning; and his faithful companions, Clyde and Mya. He was preceded in death by a brother, Dale Manning. 

A special thanks to IHC Homecare and Hospice nursing staff. 

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 4th at 11:00 am at the Brown Family Mortuary, 66 South 300 East, Santaquin.  

In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Humane Society of Utah in his memory. 

Nona Reece Tervort

Nona Reece Tervort passed away from natural causes on Friday, March 6, 2015 at 7:00 P.M.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 12th at 11:00 A.M. at the Payson, Utah Mountain View LDS Stake Center located at  75 South 600 East in Payson. Friends and family may call from 6:00 - 8:00 P.M. Wednesday at the Walker Mortuary. 587 South 100 West in Payson. or prior to services from 9 - 10:30 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in the Payson City Cemetery.

She was born In Payson, Utah to Robert Clark and Charlotte Koyle Reece on December 14, 1925.  While yet a young girl she lost her beloved older brother, Elden in an auto accident.  Her sister, Leora was her best friend growing up.  She had a great love for her two younger brothers Lynn and Max

She is survived by her four children - three sons, Elden, (Linda Brown) - Tom, (Paula Stone). - and Dave (Kathleen Mathews), and her daughter Teena (Kevin Christopherson).

She waited for her sweetheart, Glen to return from the sea after his service in WWII.  They were married July 17th, 1945 and began their lives together.  They were later sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on August 12th, 1957.   Since 1970 they rarely missed a church meeting.  In addition to their four children they were blessed with 23  grandchildren, 73 great Grandchildren. and 3 great great grandchildren.

Nona loved the youth of the church and served in the young women’s organization (Mutual) nearly all of her life until her declining years.  She served as president, advisor, counselor, secretary, camp director and other positions during that time.

Nona loved sports.  She loved and excelled in many sports while in school to the extent girls were allowed to participate at that time.  She was extremely positive and supportive  as she cheered on on her children, grand children and great grandchildren as they explored their potential.

Nona will be missed by all who knew her and has certainly added love, enthusiasm, and emotion on the other side as she was reunited with her beloved Glen, her Mother, Charlotte, and others who have preceded her in death.

Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.walkerobits.com