Charles Walter Wintch

Charles Walter Wintch




Our loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, husband, brother and friend, Charles Walter (Walt) Wintch, passed peacefully away at home in Hurricane  on Jan. 5, 2019 after  an eight month, hard-fought battle with cancer.

Walt was born in Manti on Feb. 8, 1935 to Ardray and Pearl Bessey Wintch. He married his sweetheart, Darlene Loraine Solo in Salt Lake City, Jan. 28, 1954.

They are parents of four children: Cheryl Hyland (Mike), Tammie Sadler (Stan), Rona DeMille (Kirk), Charles (Chip) Walter Wintch Jr. (Shaneen), 9 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, children and brother, David. He was preceded in death by his grandson Joshua and brothers Don and Garth.

Walt was a loving husband and caring father. He leaves quite a legacy in his building of churches and schools throughout Utah.  He retired from Valley Builders in Gunnison, Utah but his love of building called him back, and he went on to work for Ence Homes where he finally retired for good.

Walt loved the Manti mountains, specifically 6-Mile Canyon, where his family camped, hunted and fished. He also loved a good campfire and with a twinkle in his eye and that deep voice, he told endless stories that entertained his family and friends.

Per Walt’s wish, no services will be held. “The mountains are calling me home, and I must go,” he said.

Dallin Keith Bradshaw

Dallin Keith Bradshaw




With deepest sorrow, we announce that Dallin Keith Bradshaw, age 21, of Mt. Pleasant. Our son, brother, and friend returned to our Heavenly Father on Jan. 12, 2019.

He was the son of Kevin and Leslie Bradshaw, born Aug. 12, 1997 in Payson.

He was the brother of Shalisha (Rob) Hosking, BriAnne (Pablo) Tinoco and McKinzie Bradshaw, and uncle of Keagan, Remington, Colter Hosking, Bentley, Oaklynn, and Damian Tinoco.

Dallin was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the 92nd Fox Refueling Unit of the United States Army Reserve.

He was a graduate of North Sanpete High School.

Dallin loved his dog Lola, riding his motorcycle, snowboarding, being outdoors and hanging out with friends and family. He will be greatly missed.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 at 11 a.m. in the Mt. Pleasant North Stake Center (461 N 300 W). Viewings will be held Thursday, Jan.17, 2019 from 6-8 p.m. and Friday from 9-10:30 a.m. prior to services, both held at the Stake Center.

Interment in the Mt. Pleasant City Cemetery with Military Honors. Online condolence

Robert Wayne Miller

Robert Wayne Miller




Robert Wayne Miller, 83, passed away Jan. 12, 2019 in Richfield.

He was born Aug. 12, 1935 in Brigham City, Utah to Janus Wayne and Ila Ruby Casto Miller. He married Janet Miner on Nov. 13, 1958 in the Salt Lake City Temple.

Rob graduated from dental school at the University of Oregon. He was a dentist in Dos Palos, CA for 40 years. He and Janet retired in Manti, where they’ve spent the last 10 years.

A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Rob and Janet have served four missions together: two in California and two in Oregon.

He enjoyed fishing, farming, drawing, sculpting and writing love letters to his wife. Rob was devoted to his wife and family and serving others.

He is survived by his wife, Janet; children: Laurie (Paul) Stoker, Fayetteville, Georgia; Susie (Paul) Johnson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Melinda (Dan) Christensen, Tremonton; Mary (Jeff) Jones, Ammon, Idaho; Heidi Miller, Lehi; Carrie (Gabe) Stephani, Niceville, Florida; Peter Miller, San Jose, California; Megan (Travis) Liston, Washougal, Washington; Charlie (Meg) Miller, Greer, South Carolina; Sam Miller, Atwater, California; 46 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and all his siblings.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 at 11 a.m. in the Manti 8th Ward Chapel, 295 South Main. Viewing will be Friday at the ward chapel from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Manti City Cemetery.

Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at


Lynn Terry Nuffer

Lynn Terry Nuffer


Lynn Terry Nuffer, 84, passed away at his home in Manti, on Dec. 31, 2018.

He was born on Aug. 18, 1934 in Salt Lake City, to Elvin Joseph and Mildred Amelia Terry Nuffer. Lynn was the oldest of eight children. He was the epitome of a workaholic. He began working at the age of six mowing lawns and raking leaves. This desire to work was so strong that at the age of 15 he dropped out of high school to help supplement his family’s income.

Lynn grew up with a great love of swimming. Throughout his life he won many metals for swimming and diving.

Lynn was sealed to his sweetheart LouConne Larson in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on Feb. 14, 1955.

Lynn had great faith and love for his Savior Jesus Christ. He has served in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in many callings which eventually lead to a two year mission served for the church in Lansing Michigan with his wife.

Some of the most memorable jobs that Lynn had were: milkman at Winder Dairy, production manager at Heat King Stoves, police officer for Manti City and his favorite job was driving the Pre-School bus for South Sanpete School District.

Lynn is survived by his wife, LouConne Larson Nuffer; children; Michael Lynn Nuffer, Richard Terry (Kaye) Nuffer, Rebecca (Moroni) Patane, David Joseph (deceased), Karen (Donny) Seely, Douglas Paul (Penny) Nuffer, Jeffrey Allen (Melody) Nuffer; siblings, Nina Tapp, Bonnie Butler, Daniel Nuffer, Margaret Nuffer, Joseph Nuffer and Jennifer Nuffer; 21 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. He is also preceded in death by his parents, stepmother, Joan Wheatley and sister, Marilyn James.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 at noon in the Manti Stake Center. Friends called prior to services at the church from 10-11:30 a.m. Burial was in the Manti City Cemetery with Military Honors. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at


Joan Maness Newman Hill

Joan Maness Newman Hill


Joan Maness Newman Hill, 72, passed away peacefully from natural causes and complications associated with pancreatic cancer on Dec. 13, 2018 in the comfort of her long-time Axtell home.

She was born on Sept. 30, 1946, to Robert Maness and Elise Bailey. She attended South High School in Salt Lake City where she resided with her grandmother, Alice Morrey Bailey and developed skills in art, music, and a playwright’s talent for entertaining. Joan had many accomplishments throughout her life, her most notable was having a large family of boys with her former husband George Brent Newman.

Joan lived in her Axtell home for 46 years. The last 25 of those years were with her second husband, Tim Hill, with whom she helped raise his three children. She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where she served and fulfilled numerous callings throughout her life.

She worked for the Utah Department of Corrections from 1991 until her retirement in 2010. Joan was always youthful and energetic, even completing Police Officer Standard Training in 1999 at the age of 53 and achieving several other certifications in Criminal Justice and Social Work.

Once retired, she stayed very active with Tim competing in antique car shows, skydiving, and taking vacations with numerous family and friends. She also found great joy spending time with her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Joan is survived by her husband, Tim; sons: Robert Newman, Georgia; Ronald Newman, Salina; Russell (Irina) Newman, California; Ryan (Jody) Newman, Elk Ridge; Raymond (Tia) Newman, Idaho; and Randon Newman, Riverton; stepchildren: Rick (Mary) Stewart, Roosevelt; Brooke (Brett) Robbins, Kaysville; Allen Hill, Aurora; 30 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren; siblings: John Collins, Washington; Lauralee Bass, Riverton; Charles Collins, Nevada. She is preceded in death by her parents, and stepson, Kevin Hill.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Dec. 21, 2018 at 11 a.m. in the Axtell LDS Ward Chapel located at 75 West Center Street, Axtell, where friends may call on Thursday, evening from 6-8 p.m. and Friday morning from 9:30–10:30 a.m.

Burial will be in the Axtell Cemetery. Funeral Directors Magleby Mortuary: Richfield, Salina, Manti. Online guest book at

Carole Davis Tervort

Carole Davis Tervort


Carole Davis Tervort, 76, of Ephraim, passed away Dec. 16, 2018 in Provo, Utah after a long battle with heart disease.

She was born to Benjamin Elmo and Evelyn Bradshaw Davis, March 16, 1942, in Mt. Pleasant, Utah. Carole graduated from North Sanpete High School and received an Associate’s of Science from Snow College.
On Dec. 22, 1962 she married the love of her life, Louis G. Tervort, in the Manti Temple. Carole and Louis served an 18 month mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Laie, Hawaii. After their mission they worked as ordinance workers in the Manti Temple. They would have been married for 56 years this Saturday.

She reached out with great compassion and a tender heart full of love for her family, friends, neighbors and those unknown. She was a true friend to all her knew her. Music, reading and gardening were her passions. Carole’s life is a testament to the virtues of faith, kindness and charity.

Carole is a beloved mother. She is survived by her husband Louis and children: Lisa (Brian) Murray, Roger (Christa) Tervort, Rachelle (Brett) Stubbs, and Megan (Casey) Jewkes; 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Marilyn (Larry) Burningham. Carole was preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Tyler Tervort; and brother, Glenn Davis.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018 at 11 a.m. in the Ephraim 2nd Ward Chapel, 450 North 200 West. Friends may call at the ward chapel in Ephraim Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. or Saturday morning from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Wales Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at

Vernon George Buchanan

Vernon George Buchanan


Vernon George Buchanan, 92, passed away Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018 in Orem, Utah, after a brief illness.

Vern was born on Nov. 13, 1926 in Challis, Idaho, to George Wenzel Buchanan and Edna Wuenschel. He graduated from Granite High School in Salt Lake City in 1944, after attending 13 different schools in various parts of the country because of his family’s frequent moves. He attended Oregon State University and the University of Utah.


On Oct. 25, 1946, he married Carolynn Fagg in the Salt Lake Temple, and together they raised six children. Carolynn passed away in 1976, and he then married Karen Hunt in 1977. Vern added a seventh child to the family when he adopted Karen’s daughter shortly thereafter. Following Karen’s death in 2015, Vern married Carolyn Ringger on the day before his 90th birthday in November 2016. He was loved dearly by his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many extended family members.


Vern lived a life of hard work, spiritual commitment, love for his family, and service to other people. He had an inventive mind and a deep entrepreneurial spirit; he wasn’t afraid to take risks or try new things. In his early married life, he built many homes in the Salt Lake area, and he and Carolynn lived in ten houses in the first ten years of their marriage as they bought, renovated, and sold the properties.

Vern built several small businesses, from carpentry and cabinetry to specialty installations. He later entered the suit-and-tie world of business in microfilm and microfiche camera production. Vern had a reputation for being fair and honest in everything he did, and the people who worked for him always remembered him for his integrity.


Though many would think of Vern as a quiet person, he was a prolific writer of his own personal and family histories. Eventually he wrote 11 volumes of the different aspects of his life, including his parents’ history and growing up in rural Idaho, raising children, his various jobs and service projects, and even one volume called, “Laps of Memory: A Different Way to Write Your Personal History,” which he offered for sale in local shops.


Vern and Karen moved to Manti from Salt Lake in 1990 after Vern’s retirement, and together they built their home on 300 South. His grandparents had lived in Manti for many years, and Vern had spent time as a young boy visiting them.

He felt they could have an impact on a smaller community in their retirement, and quickly became active in both civic and church activities. Vern was a talented craftsman, and added special touches to the home they envisioned as a “gathering place” for family and friends.

Every year they grew a large garden in the backyard and shared the bounties of their garden with neighbors and family. Vern loved to care for his yard, and could be seen on his riding mower every week, even in the past few months.


Vern spent much of the past 28 years in service to the community and people of Manti. He and Karen dedicated eight years to leading the project to restore Manti’s Old City Hall. His craftsmanship is evident in the woodworking details, as well as the historical touches throughout the building, including the copper cupola that tops the structure.


Vern was active and dedicated to service in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He held many church callings, and with Karen served a mission to the England Bristol Mission from 1988-1989. Vern and Karen served as temple workers in the Manti Temple two days a week for eight years.

For the past 15 years, Vern served as the Stake Patriarch, providing hundreds of patriarchal blessings members of the Manti Stake, as well as many of his grandsons and granddaughters.


Since their marriage in 2016, Vern and Carolyn spent the last two years together actively involved with their Family Home Evening group, hosting dinners and lessons together every Monday evening. They generously opened their home to others in need, and hosted parties and a wedding in their garden.

Carolyn provided loving care and companionship for Vern in the last two years as his energy waned. “I’m slowing down a bit,” he often remarked, but he still continued to serve and provided patriarchal blessings until a few weeks before his passing.


Vern is survived by his wife, Carolyn, and his family members: Julie Ross (Brent), Gayle Boyle (Richard), Karl Buchanan (Kate), Jan Christensen (Que), Merrilee Buchanan (Gary), Scott Buchanan (Celeste), Jennifer Buchanan, Eric Ringger (Kristi), Kevin Ringger (Laurie), Kent Ringger (Krista) Monica Bambrough (Blaine), Hans Ringger (Elin). Siblings include William Buchanan, Juanita Edvalson, and Douglas Buchanan (Sylvia). Vern leaves behind 45 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild, and as well as dozens of nieces, nephews, and extended family members.


Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, at the Manti 6th Ward Chapel, 295 S. Main Street, in Manti. Visitation and viewing will be held at the same chapel on Thursday evening, Dec. 20, from 6-8 p.m., and 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Friday, with services at 11 a.m. Visitors are kindly requested to refrain from using scented perfumes or lotions because of family members’ chemical sensitivities.


A brief graveside service and interment will be at the Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 E. Highland Dr., Salt Lake City, at 3:30 p.m.


The family would like to thank the many friends, family members, neighbors, ward members, and care providers who visited and cheered Vern during his final days. We are all deeply grateful.

Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Blewitt Jenkins

Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Blewitt Jenkins


Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Blewitt Jenkins passed away peacefully on Dec. 14, 2018 in Ephraim, at the age of 85, of causes incident to age.

She was born April 6, 1933 to Raymond Francis Blewitt and Anna Agnes Pochuvay in Follansbee, West Virginia. She married Kenneth Wayne Jenkins in 1955 and they had four children. They joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1966 and were sealed for eternity in the Salt Lake Temple in 1967. He preceded her in death in January 2002.

Elizabeth was known for her many talents: she was a passionate genealogist, an accomplished quilter, a fabulous cook, and a loving grandmother. She seemed to be her happiest when she had all of her children and grandchildren surrounding her, enjoying a Sunday evening meal that always included her secret and superb spaghetti sauce.

She had a beautiful alto singing voice, and was a devoted member of the Church. She held multiple church callings throughout her life, she loved the scriptures, and passed on a strong testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ to her children.

Elizabeth is survived by her four children: Ann (Evan) Whitaker; Laurie (Bruce) Miller; Kenneth Mitchell (Melanie) Jenkins; and Matthew (Mindee) Jenkins; 19 grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents; brother, Bud; and sisters: Donna and Coralee.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 21, 2018 at 11 a.m., in the Manti Tabernacle Relief Society Room, 90 S Main Manti, where friends may call from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Interment in the Gunnison City Cemetery.

Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at

George John White


George John White

George John White, age 78, passed away Tuesday morning, Dec. 4, 2018 in Gunnison, Utah.
George was born July 18, 1940 in Roxbury, New Hampshire to Alpheus Cummings White and May Elizabeth Nourse White. He graduated from Keene High School in 1958. He married Norlan Irene Broyles in Burbank, California on April 8, 1960. She later passed.
George was a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps serving in the Vietnam War and various locations throughout the U.S. including California, Okinawa, New York and Hawaii. George worked as an aircraft safety equipment mechanic while he served.
He worked as a truck driver but enjoyed many other activities. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed going to Palisades Golf Course, often teeing off at sunrise with his buddies. George also participated in re-enactments of mountain men rendezvous during the late 1980’s to 1990’s. He could be seen parading around in his mountain man attire during the July 24th parades in Mayfield.
One of George’s greatest joys was playing Santa Claus, and he fit the part perfectly. For several years he could be found at various Christmas parties on Christmas Eve in Mayfield.
Later in life, George became a permanent fixture at the well-known cafe-store Lishey Lou’s in Mayfield. It was one of his greatest joys and he felt very fulfilled doing his part by helping out, running the register, and greeting customers.
George is survived by his daughters: Paige (Mark) Ishii of Orem; Georgia (Kevin) Kiggins of Orem; his granddaughters: Madison Ishii of Ogden; Sienna Ishii of Orem; Lose Vai Fo Ou of Orem; Ana Vai Fo Ou of Orem; Natasha Lynn White of Bloomfield, New Mexico; his grandsons: Miles Keith Cole of Mayfield; Kendrick Kiggins of Orem; Zachary Kiggins of Orem; Clayton Jonathon White of Bloomfield, New Mexico; and Chauncey Alpheus George White of Bloomfield, New Mexico.
George was preceded in death by his father and mother, Alpheus Cummings and May Elizabeth Nourse White; his wife Norlan Irene Broyles White, and his son Jonathan William Chauncey White.
A celebration in the honor of George’s life will be held at from 10 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 in the Mayfield Community Center, 52 North Main, Mayfield. Military honors will be provided by the Utah Honor Guard and the Centerfield American Legion Post #105 at 1:30 p.m.
Services are under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Homes of Richfield and Salina, Utah.
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Lorene Larson Willardson


Lorene Larson Willardson

Our loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend, Lorene Larson Willardson, 85, passed away peacefully Dec. 8, 2018, in Gunnison, surrounded by loving family.
She was born to Lu Terry and Edna Tuttle Larson in Ephraim, on June 13, 1933.
In her younger years Lorene was an active contributor on the family farm and in her community where she worked as a lifeguard and was crowned Cowboy Sweetheart. She graduated from Snow High, Snow College.
Throughout her life Lorene was productive and not afraid of hard work. She worked at the turkey plant in Salina, the sewing plant in Manti and Gunnison, D&D Buick in Gunnison, and then tirelessly built alongside her husband their family owned business; Dee’s Body and Fender, that she still managed up to only a few years ago.
Lorene was best known for her welcoming spirit and passion in serving others. No matter if she knew you or not, you were always welcomed into her home and would be treated like family. She was a talented cook and could whip up a meal in no time; rarely would anyone leave her home without first enjoying a hot delicious meal, good company, and a humorous story or two. She would always give you her best, and would say; “I’m fine” in spite of the long hours she had just worked or not feeling well.
She simply “loved” and we will truly miss her, her laughter, her hugs, and hearing her say, “love you, dear.”
Survived by her children: Rodney (Tammy) Willardson, Centerfield; Roger (Candice) Willardson, Mayfield; Teresa (Doug) Frandsen, San Antonio, Texas; Lynda (Terrel) Edwards, Sterling; Lynn (Sharalee) Willardson, Ephraim; Delene (Mark) Coates, Gunnison; brother, Ray Terry (Nadine) Larson, Ephraim; 27 grandchildren and 67½ great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by her husband Dee Gilbert Willardson; parents; sisters: Vonda Lee Larson and Margaret LaRue Larson.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 at noon in the Gunnison Stake Center, 80 W Center. Viewings will be held Wednesday, from 6-8 p.m. and Thursday morning from 10–11:30 a.m. Interment will be at Gunnison Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at

Dixie Smith

Dixie Smith

Dixie Dorine Alcorn Smith passed away Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 at the Mission at Community Rehab, Centerfield. She was born Aug. 11, 1933 in Harlem, Blaine, Montana to Lenard Clark Alcorn and Edith Vera Hutchinson.

She was the sixth of 10 children. Her siblings were Donna (Eggers), Lenard Eugene, Cecile, Joyce (Hughes), Betty (Stephenson-Harrison), Marlene (Payne), Norma (Cisneros), Jerry, Teresa (Harris). Those surviving are Donna, Betty, Jerry and Teresa.

Her family moved to El Monte, California when Dixie was 11 years old. She became interested in dancing as a teenager and began teaching dancing to youth. For 50 years she had dance studios and classes for young girls. It was her passion.

While visiting her sister in Northern California she met Albert Benjamin Smith, who was looking for a Christian woman. They fell in love and Albert joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They married in Santa Ana, California on June 26, 1965. Their marriage was sealed in the Los Angeles Temple one year later.

Dixie became an instant stepmother to Alberts’ four sons: Larry, Jerry, Benjamin and William. She wanted a family of her own, but unable to have children, they adopted Casey Albert in 1966, and Jodorine Allisa in 1969. They became her pride and joy. A son, Casey (Jacqueline) Smith; and daughter, Jodorine (Kristos) Corzano died Sept. 16, 2018.

She loved her grandchildren: Haley (Cozzens), Daniel and Addie Smith; Kayla and Devon (Claire) Annis; Krysta Corzano (Jayden) Rogers, and Katerina Corzano (Jaysen) Sorenson and great-grandsons Cole Cozzens, Trigger Rogers, and Knox Sorenson.

She was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, teaching primary classes for 50 years, and loved her little darlings. Temple work was a joy for her and she did much work on the Smith lines.

She moved to Manti in 2006 with her grandson, Devon, and was followed by her daughter Jody and her family. For approximately five years she worked for the Utah Council of the Blind in Sanpete County, driving to the homes of the seeing impaired and helping them with their needs, retiring in 2016.

Dixie will be buried next to her husband in the Manti Cemetery.

There will be a family luncheon Memorial on Friday, Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. in the Manti 2nd Ward Building, 555 East Union St.

Kendall Anderson



Kendall Anderson

Kendall Anderson left his earthly home Dec. 1, 2018.

He was the son of Andrew and Sheri Anderson, born May 13, 1978 in Mt. Pleasant, brother of Brian (Amanda) Anderson and uncle of Kynzie Anderson.

Kendall worked for years in the turkey Industry and for a short time as a coal miner. He enjoyed the outdoors, visiting with family and friends. Kendall enjoyed hunting, but not with a gun-he took his camera. He loved Nascar, Christmas and his Ford F150 Truck.

He is preceded in death by grandparents Boyd and Dora Anderson, Dick Webb and Dee Blain and cousin Nick Christensen.

Graveside services will be held Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. in the Wales Town Cemetery. A viewing will be held Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. in the Wales LDS Church under the care of Rasmussen Mortuary.


Travis Michael Olsen




Travis Michael Olsen

Travis Michael Olsen, 33, passed away unexpectedly Nov. 27, 2018 while working. He was the firstborn of five children to Michael and Margo Olsen Sept. 21, 1985 in Mt. Pleasant, where he was raised.

Travis followed his dad around with a hammer and learned as much as he could, as young as he could. He was a natural-born entrepreneur and builder. He built a multi-room chicken coop at age 10 and, using his mom’s tennis racket, ran his own profitable seeding business before he was a teenager.         He completed his first taxidermy project at age 12, a pheasant he had hatched and raised himself. He was first formally employed at age 14, when he started riding his 4-wheeler to Bear Mountain to work.

In high school, Travis was active in the FFA. His team took state and traveled to nationals in Oklahoma City for rangeland judging. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout and he graduated from North Sanpete High in 2004. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Honduras, Belize, El Salvador, and Guatemala.

Travis was married and sealed to the love and light of his life, Bree Anne Duncan, in the Manti LDS Temple on July 27, 2007. He was her rock, her “calm to my crazy,” her everything.

Travis earned his associate degree from Snow College and a bachelor degree from Utah State University in Business Management. Already a successful businessman, he made it official by graduating in 2010. He owned and operated Double T Lawn Care and Divine Edge Property Management with his brother Tyler.

Travis built and landscaped his own home. He could build or fix anything. If he didn’t know how, he figured it out.

Travis loved to travel with Bree. They most recently visited Iceland, Holland, and Belgium. When he wasn’t with Bree, he was hunting. To say he was a lifelong avid hunter would be an understatement.

Travis had a carefree, easy-going personality and got along with everyone. He didn’t have anything bad to say about anyone and had no enemies or grudges. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, neighbors, and all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife, “son”/dog Batman and parents, all of Mt. Pleasant; sister Megan (Eric) Taylor, Orem; brother Tyler (Lusia) Olsen, Fairview; sister Mailey (Austin) Christensen, Cedar City; brother Tod Olsen, Orem; parents-in-law Keith and Debbie Duncan, Neola; grandmother Maxine Anderson, Fairview; Bree’s siblings; and 17 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Robert and Beverly Olsen and Gary Anderson, aunts and uncles Eugene Anderson and Peggy and David Samons, and cousin Clint Anderson.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 at 11 a.m. in the Mt. Pleasant North Stake Center. Interment was in the Mt. Pleasant City Cemetery under the care of Rasmussen Mortuary.

May Jean Buchanan Larsen


May Jean Buchanan Larsen

Our beloved mother, grandma, great-grandma, sister, aunt and friend May Jean Buchanan Larsen, 90, passed away at Gunnison Valley Hospital on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018.

She was born to Reuben and Sophia Chavez Buchanan in Manti, Utah. After a short illness, Sophia passed away leaving Rueben with five kids. He then married Ann Soffe in 1934. They later had two more sons together.

Jean married the love of her life, Leslie Dale Larsen on Dec. 10, 1947. Their marriage was solemnized in the Manti Utah Temple on Jan. 5, 2002. They made their home in Gunnison, Utah. He preceded her in death June 16, 2018.

She was active in numerous church callings. She was an active member of the Gunnison Legionnaire Auxiliary. She worked for many years at the Pacific Trail Coat Company and Roadrunner Trailer plant, making many friends.

She enjoyed being a snowbird and traveling south to meet up with family, enjoying several months in the warm sun. She and Leslie loved

May Jean Buchanan Larsen

fishing together. They spent many nights camping in their trailer by beautiful lakes. She always looked forward to her girls’ trips to St. George with her daughters, her sister and nieces, spending time laughing together going to plays and movies and going out for late night hot fudge sundaes and fries at midnight.

Jean loved her family fiercely and believed food could fix anything. She was always willing to “cook you up something.” Family dinners at grandma’s were always the best, full of love and good food. One of the most delightful things for her was her weekly women’s club. She loved to get together with friends to eat and have fun. These friendships she cherished.

She is survived by her children: Richard Larsen, Leslie Jean Baguley, Ruth Sorenson, Kent Larsen; her grandchildren and many great-grandchildren; siblings: Ruby, Jerry, Duane, and Gail.        Also preceded in death by her parents; brothers: Darrell and Wallace.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 at 11 a.m. in the Gunnison Stake Center, 80 West Center, where friends may call Sunday evening from 6-8 p.m. or Monday morning from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Gunnison City Cemetery.

Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at


Jay Newell Childs



Jay Newell Childs

Jay Newell Childs, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, teacher and friend, passed away at his home in Gunnison, surrounded by his loving family on Nov. 25, 2018, at the age of 85.

Jay was born March 14, 1933 in Gunnison, a son of Newel S. and Wanda Mae Westenskow Childs.  He had three older sisters and was a very welcomed addition to his family.

Jay was an exceptional school student growing up.  He was an active participant in high school activities including baseball, track, basketball and FFA.

At a young age Jay learned farm and ranch skills.  He graduated from USU and BYU and taught fifth and sixth grades at Gunnison Elementary School for 31 years.

He married his sweetheart, Janet Louene Sorenson, Jan. 16, 1953 in the Manti LDS Temple.  Together they had 10 children, 3 daughters and 7 sons.  Their posterity now includes 45 grandchildren, 73 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-granddaughter.

Jay was an avid sports fan and continued to show support to Gunnison Valley High School and Brigham Young University sports for decades.

Jay and Janet served two full-time missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Jay served in many church leadership callings including counselor for five different bishops and as a Manti Temple Worker for 11 years.

Jay was active in many community organizations.  He served as President of the Gunnison Senior Citizens, President of the Gunnison Jaycees and President of the Gunnison Valley Lions Club.  He also served as Governor of the Lions Club for the State of Utah.

Jay is survived by his wife of 65 years, Janet of Gunnison; nine children: Peggy and Ken Petersen of Bountiful; Janice and Brent McClellan of Gunnison; Steven Childs of Page, Arizona; Paul and Carolyn Childs of Gunnison; Robert and Suzanne Childs of Gunnison; Kelly Childs of Gunnison; Larry (deceased) and Kristal Childs of Gunnison; Julie and Kal Bumgardner of Lehi; Michael Childs of St. George; Gary and Anne Childs of Centerfield; also two sisters: Glenna Brady of St. George and Renee Lott of Provo.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Julia Mae Childs; a son, Larry Childs; and two grandsons: James Childs and Keegan Watson.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 at 11 a.m. in the Gunnison LDS Stake Center, where friends may call for viewing Friday evening from 5-7 p.m. or Saturday morning from 9- 10:30 prior to the services.

Burial will be in the Gunnison City Cemetery under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah. On line guest book at:



Beth Nadean Yardley Jensen Shurtleff


Beth Nadean Yardley Jensen Shurtleff

Beth Nadean Yardley Jensen Shurtleff passed away peacefully in her sleep at the age of 91 on Nov. 21, 2018.

Beth was born May 10, 1927 in Christianburg, Utah, the sixth of Russell and Ethel Gill Yardley’s seven children.

Beth’s early life was filled with adventures on her family’s farm. When she was old enough, she enjoyed accompanying her dad and brothers on logging and deer hunting trips out in the local canyons.                  She often reminisced about the animals they had on the farm – not just work horses and laying hens, but also an orphaned weasel and a doe fawn the Yardley kids raised as pets for a few years.

She also learned the value of hard work watching her father expand his business opportunities and grow the farm during and after the Great Depression, and helping her mother with keeping their house, canning, and baking.

Beth married Miles Jensen in May, 1946. Miles and Beth had four children – son Leland (Lee) and daughter NaDene, as well as another daughter and son who died shortly after childbirth.

A few years after NaDene was born, Beth and Miles moved their family to Salt Lake City. They divorced in 1964.

Beth’s adventurous spirit never left her. In 1980 she got married to Ned Shurtleff. Since Ned was the co-owner of Shurtleff and Andrews crane company, the wedding ceremony was held in a decorated crane basket elevated three stories above the crowd of family, friends, and onlookers.

They later moved to Afton, Wyoming, where Ned pursued his dream of owning a horse ranch. Beth took to small town life like she’d never left the farm. She would saddle up a horse and ride down the lane, sometimes going as far as the small post office in a nearby town via quiet backroads.

She even broke her own mule, Midnight, and took pride in riding him in the 4th of July parade and participating in the local rodeo, “winning” the title for Slowest Barrel Run of the weekend.

It was in Afton that Beth became active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and she served in many roles throughout the years, from Relief Society President to temple worker in Manti. Beth and Ned divorced in 1991.

After a few years, she sold the ranch house and moved to Manti to be closer to her brother, Gill. She lived next door to Gill for many years. Initially she worked for her brother serving guests at the Yardley Inn, and later rented out rooms in her own house for Inn guests and temple workers.

She lived each day to the fullest, even in her later years. She’d coax friends to join her on the Ferris wheel when the fair carnival came to town, and agreed to play a Mormon pioneer crossing the prairie with a handcart in the Mormon Miracle Pageant – even though she was in her 70’s.

She met with friends most weeks to play different card games, and often joked that it was her turn to host the “poker club.” She grew a good-sized garden and had a few fruit trees, and worked putting up preserves each fall for many years.

Family members looked forward to receiving jars of her peach-pear or apricot jam as annual Christmas gifts. Her love of animals followed her to Manti, where she adopted a stray Siamese mix kitten, Willie, who was her steady companion for almost 20 years.

Through it all, Beth’s life was marked by her sense of humor, her grit (she joked she was a tough old bird), and her love for family, friends, and the Church. She lived a life to emulate – quick with a joke, a tune, and a smile.  She was an avid reader, an author, an artist, a gardener, a baker, a seamstress, a mule trainer, an animal lover, a card shark, and so much more.

She was preceded in death by her parents (Russell and Ethel), four brothers (Thomas, Birdell, Howard, and Gill), one sister (LaRue), her son Lee, and infant daughter and son. She is survived by her sister, Althea; her daughter NaDene (Jay) Edmunds; daughter-in-law, Rainey Jensen; grandchildren Beorn (Elisa) Edmunds, Gadrie Edmunds (Dave Keir), Vickie (Dave) Hogen, and Clayton Jensen; and great-grandchildren Bryce Hogen, and MiLee and Ara Belle Jensen, as well as many nephews, nieces and other extended family members.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 at 11 a.m. in the Manti Tabernacle, 90 S. Main. Friends may call prior to services from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Interment will be in the Manti City Cemetery.

Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at