Obituaries

 

Devora “Dee” S. Blain

Apr. 19, 2108

 

Devora “Dee” S. Blain, 77, passed away on April 16, 2018 at her home in St. George.

She was born in Tropic, Utah on Feb. 3, 1941 to parents Otto M. and Hanna Areta Stewart. She married Richard “Dick” Webb on June 29, 1957 and they had three children: Devra, Sheri, and Clint. She later married Max Gordon Blain on the Feb. 11, 1989.

Dee grew up in Tropic and went to the Bryce Valley High School. She was known for her abilities as an office manager and her bookkeeping capabilities. She had a strong testimony of her Savior Jesus Christ and held true to her belief and the principles of the gospel. She loved her family and her greatest achievement was being known as Grandma Dee. She was loving and kind to all she came into contact with and everyone that met her knew she cared about them. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, both spouses, and her daughter Devra Gamber, as well as a grandson Tyler Bithell and great-granddaughter Tucker Dee Brooksby. She is survived by Sheri (Andrew) Anderson, Clint (Cheli) Webb, her sisters Vrene Robinson, Marva Thompson, and Lorea Durrant, 15 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the LDS chapel located on 930 South Morningside Dr.(approx. 750 E.), St. George. The viewing will from 9:30-10:45 a.m. prior to services at the same location. Interment will be at the Washington City Cemetery, under the direction of McMillan Mortuary 435-688-8880.  Condolences may be shared at mcmillanmortuary.com.

 

Ruth Bylund Kjar

Apr. 12, 2018

 

Our very beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, Ruth Bylund Kjar, 98, peacefully returned to the warm embrace of her eternal companion, Ben Curtis Kjar, and many others of her eternal family, on the morning of April 4, 2018 in Mt. Pleasant.

Her life of loving, consistent, gentle service to family and community started at a young age—she began canning peaches with her family at the age of three because her hands were small enough to fit inside the jars and clean them. As she grew, she kept those hands moving in the service of others throughout her life, blessing her husband and five children.               

Ruth left an indelible mark on all who knew her because she exuded the pure love of Christ in her dealings with others. Her love provided strength, not only to her, but to many others in moments of need. A person always was better after talking with and spending time with Ruth.

Ruth was born Sept. 23, 1919, in Provo, Utah, the fourth of nine children born to Eric Olaf Bylund and Sophia Kirstine Johansen. She married Ben Curtis Kjar on Oct. 31, 1941, in the Manti Temple, and was blessed with a large and growing posterity in more ways than anyone could possibly count. Ben preceded her in death June 24, 2007.

Though Ruth served in many callings, including Relief Society president, she never needed a calling in order to serve. She noticed the needs of those around her and filled those needs. Her thousands of bottles of delicious chili sauce, pickles, and peaches, filled the tables of thousands of family dinners and fended off hunger for many a grandchild in college. She knew, and helped others know, how to take what was available, organize, and preserve it into something wonderful, and then share with others. In her eighties, she was known to hurry off to provide dinner to an “old widow,” and at 90 could still be found making wedding tarts for special occasions.

As a master gardener, Ruth designed and cared for her beautiful yard. She knew the name of every plant, flower, and tree she lovingly placed in just the right spot. Many family weddings, reunions, and parties benefitted from the peaceful environment her great care and hard work provided. Ruth also loved doing crossword puzzles. Sewing was another of Ruth’s hidden talents. She spent many a night at the sewing machine making birthday, graduation, and Christmas outfits for each of her girls. Her hands were never idle—always doing tatting, crocheting, knitting, and ceramics.

Ruth also found time to contribute to society by serving as president of the Utah Chapter of the American Legion, working in a parachute factory during World War II, and contributing many years as an employee of Zions Bank.

Many a grandchild knew where her goodie drawer was located, and they always felt her continual love. Her passion of family history has educated her posterity and spread the spirit of connecting families forever. We can only imagine the joy that is now hers, connecting with loved ones as easily as she showed love here on earth. We honor her and cherish her kind contributions to family, church, and community.

She is survived by her children: Curtis (Becky) Kjar, Manti; Maxine (Denton) Bramwell, Layton; Maree (Stephen) Ohlsen, Payson; Lila (John) Ericksen, Mt. Pleasant; and Steven (Carol) Kjar, Manti; 21 grandchildren, 70 great-grandchildren, one great-granddaughter; and one brother Sterling Bylund. Preceded in death by parents and siblings.

The family would like to thank all those who lovingly cared for her in her time of need.

Funeral services were held Monday, April 9, 2018, at 11 a.m. in the Manti Tabernacle. Burial was in the Manti City Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at www.maglebymortuary.com.

 

Cherri Lee Draper George

Apr. 12, 2018

 

Cherri Lee Draper George passed away in the early hours of April 3, 2018 after a two year struggle to regain her independence due to a severe stroke that was the first of many.  Although she fought to come back many times, it was a gradual decline.  She never gave up the fight to the very end. Both her strokes and her passing brought family members from all over to be by her side. Many thanks to Kathy who advocated her right to live as independent as possible in Assisted Living.  Her kindness can never be repaid.

Cherri was born Nov. 17, 1947 growing into a very head-strong young woman to parents, Delno (Mike) and Nyla Ruth Hamblin Draper.  She has one brother and three sisters: Dick, Vicki (Jim), Lana, Jo Dee.  She married Johnny Hugh George on Nov. 2, 1962.  Later divorced after 28 years and four children: Helen Ruth (Lou), Debra Lynn (Bobby), Johnny Ray, Dana Lee (Paul).  She was preceded in death by her parents and ex-husband.

She loved all babies and they loved her right back.  Of course, her twelve grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren were the light in her life.  She took great pride in the years that she drove a school bus for the disabled children.  All animals were her passion especially her dogs. Many speeches were wasted trying to convince her that she had her quota and could not take in more.  She loved to cook (especially baking) and shared a unique bond over special dishes and treats with many family members (fudge, sugar cookies, divinity, quiche, etc.) 

Ladybugs were her trademark and an example of how she enjoyed pure nature. She had a deep love of the outdoors.  Her yearning for the mountains and camping supported her hobby of collecting “heart-shaped” rocks.  She collected many bells over the years from all over starting with the first that was purchased in Yellowstone Park.

A viewing will be held on Friday, April 6, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Rasmussen Mortuary in Mt. Pleasant, Utah.  Graveside services will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 4 p.m. in the Ephraim Cemetery where her ashes will be buried in the loving embrace of her mother, Nyla.

“With a butterfly kiss and a ladybug hug, sleep tight little one…. like a bug in a rug!” ~Author Unknown

 

Ruben “Don Kokis” Leon

Apr. 5, 2018

 

Ruben “Don Kokis” Leon, 71, of Moroni, passed away March 29, 2018 at his home in Moroni. 

He was born Nov. 5, 1946 in La Cinta, Michoacan, Mexico to Adolfo and Adelida Leon Lopez. 

Ruben grew up in La Cinta, Michoacán and then moved at age 15 to Mexico City to start working. Eventually he moved to the United States as a young adult. 

Ruben loved the outside, fixing cars, yard work, gardening and always had a project he was working on with his Diet Coke and his dog Quate by his side. He was the type of person that would wave at you even if he didn’t know you. He would say, “Hi amigo!” Everyone was his friend and his heart was so big he could hold so much love for everyone in it. He was a great man and for everyone that knew him would say the same. He was strong, hard worker, and a great example to many. 

Survived by his wife, Concepcion Aguado; children, Juan Carlos; Ulises; Rigoberto; Marina; Ana Maria; Rosa; Ruben; Kathy and Stephany; siblings, Constantino Leon; Saturnino Leon; Arturo Leon; Artemio Leon; Leonila Leon; Marciana Leon; Eliasar Leon; Aurora Leon and Teresa Leon. 

A viewing and a mass was held Monday, April 2, 2018 at 6 p.m. at St. Judes Catholic Church in Ephraim. Online condolence at www.rasmussenmortuary.com.

 

Gene Lars Curtis

Mar. 29, 2018

 

            Gene Lars Curtis, 77, passed away peacefully March 23, 2018 at home in Payson, Utah.
Gene was born March 8, 1941 in Moroni, Utah, to Clarence Lars Curtis and Gladys Cloward.
He graduated from North Sanpete High School and Snow College.
He married Bonnie Marie Johnson on June 15, 1962 in the Manti Temple. They are the parents of four children; they have 12 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Gene was devoted to his family. He worked hard and provided well for them. Of the various jobs he had, driving truck was the one he loved the most. Anything weather related was his fascination. He liked playing games with family. His favorite game was ROOK, and on the rare occasion that he lost, a rematch was sure to follow.
Gene was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings.
He is survived by his wife, Bonnie; children: Brenda (Lisle) Crowley, Kendall (Kandy) Curtis, Mary Lou (Troy) Bown, Sue Ann (Michael) Brokaw; brother, Joe Curtis and sister, Annie Leuiene (Jay) Olsen.

            Gene was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and sister.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, March 31, 2018, at 11 a.m. in the Spring Creek LDS Chapel, 1080 South 930 West, Payson. Viewings will be held Friday evening from 6-8 p.m., and Saturday from 9-10:30 a.m. at the above address.
Interment in the Payson City Cemetery.
Online Condolences may be sent at
legacyfunerals.com.

 

 

James Ray Jarrett

Mar. 29, 2018

 

James Ray Jarrett, 96, passed away on March 23, 2018. He was born June 28, 1921, in Nephi, to James Loren and Vanda Homer Jarrett.

He was raised in Nephi, graduated from Juab High School and received bachelor’s and master’s degrees and Administrator’s Certification from Utah State University.

He worked for Lockheed Aircraft Corporation and built ships for the U.S. Navy during World War II.

After his naval discharge, he spent his entire career working for the Weber County School District as a teacher and then as an administrator. At his retirement he held the position of Director of Vocational Education for the district.

He married his childhood sweetheart, Elaine Allred of Ephraim, Utah in 1945 and they had four children.

He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and among other teaching and leadership positions served as bishop of the Washington Terrace 5th Ward in Ogden, Utah.

He loved the rural life style of his youth and his mini-ranch in Huntsville. The “outdoors” with horses and grandchildren were his choice activities.

He was preceded in death by his parents, five siblings, and two granddaughters.

He is survived by his eternal spouse; his four children: Robert R., Brent A., and Arlen K. Jarrett and Cynthia L. Geilmann; 13 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Josephine Woolsey, of Fruita, Colorado.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 1007 W. South Jordan Parkway (10600 S.), South Jordan, Utah. Interment was in the Herriman City Cemetery following the services.

To view the service online or to leave condolences, please visit www.jenkins-soffe.com.

 

Robert Kent Larsen

Mar. 22, 2018

 

Robert Kent Larsen, born Nov. 15, 1944, passed away March 20, 2018 in his home after a long and valiant battle with cancer.

Kent is the son of Lendal and Jewel King Larsen. He was born in Ephraim. He went to Manti High School, where he was active in student government, sports, and drama. He married his high school sweetheart, Camille Johnson, in 1965 in the Manti Temple (53 years).

He attended Snow College and the University of Utah where he studied business; while in college, he worked at Meadow Gold delivering milk. He fulfilled an 8-year enlistment in the Utah National Guard.

After graduating from college, they moved home to raise turkeys and kids. He worked at the Moroni Turkey Plant as human resources director, Sperry-Univac as human resources director, and then Workforce Services as an employment specialist.

He modeled service throughout his life. He started young by serving as student body president in middle school, student body president in high school, and bishop at age 23. He served two terms on Manti City Council and two terms as Mayor of Manti.

He was a member of the Manti City Aquatics Board, the Snow College Institutional Council, the Citizens Advisory Board of the CUCF, the Rotary Club, and the Sanpete Community Training Center Board. He served again as bishop of a YSA ward and in a stake presidency there.     He finished off his lifelong church service by serving a mission with his wife in South and North Dakota. His service to the community was recognized by the presentation of a candle at the annual Yuletide Candlelight ceremony and by the Utah National Guard for “Service Above Self.”

He is best known as an adoring husband, father, and grandfather. He was the ultimate patriarch who modeled patience, love, virtue, kindness, charity, acceptance, generosity. He lived with a smile on his face, a twinkle in his eye, and no pretension in his heart. He loved people, horses, reading, traveling, cheering on his grandkids, and spending time with family.

He is survived by his wife, Camille Johnson Larsen, his children, Melanie (Mitch) Jenkins, Manti; Kelly (Bret) Ashton, Gunnison; Heather (Jason) Nelson, Lehi; Robert Kent (Carrie) Larsen, Manti; and Justin (Kristen) Larsen, Cody, Wyoming; 18 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Margie Lyon and Phyllis Embley, and two brothers, Grant Larsen and Ron Larsen.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Tom Thompson and Merrill Thomspon.

Funeral services will be held Monday, March 26 at 11 a.m. in the Manti Stake Center. Viewings will be held Sunday, March 25 from 6-8 p.m. and prior to services on Monday 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 www.maglebymortuary.com.

 

Bradley Roy Blackham

Mar. 8, 2018

 

Bradley Ray Blackham, son of David and Dianne Blackham, passed away Feb. 27, 2018 at the age of 35.

Brad was the beloved brother of Brett and Brittney Blackham, Emilee and John Kuchenmeister, Brigham and Belinda Blackham, Bryce and Riley Blackham and Brenden Blackham. Bradley was a loving son, brother, father and friend.        

He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a child, he was very active and loved skateboarding, biking, camping, swimming, and snowboarding. He especially enjoyed Scouting and received his Eagle Scout Award at age 13. He also loved Indian lore and was part of Scouting’s Order of the Arrow.

Brad loved working on projects involving leather, wood, rocks, artwork and crafts. He collected insects, jewelry, graphic t-shirts, baseball cards, stickers, pogs, antique books and coins. He had an appreciation for the variety of life and matter on earth.

He loved animals. His various pets included snakes, lizards, turtles, ducks, bunnies, lambs, kittens, puppies, a guinea pig, a white rat and even a tarantula. He enjoyed playing sports and games with his family; including Risk, Rook, Cash Flow, Wiffle Ball and Home Run Derby.

Bradley graduated from Spanish Fork High School and also attended Wasatch Academy for a year, but acquired most of his education from the North Sanpete school system. He was athletic and loved track, cross country, basketball, baseball and Tennis. Brad and his brother Brett actually won region in tennis as a doubles team.

He was a very accomplished musician. He was adept at performing as a guitar player, bass player and singer. Brad performed in high school and college and formed several private performing groups, and instructed students in private guitar lessons.

 Brad was a great lyricist and musical writer. He was the bassist for the group, “Deep Fried and Sugar Coated”, which produced a record titled, “Over the Counter”. Brad wrote or co-wrote six of the songs in that album. Brad also wrote other songs through the years, including two for his daughter titled, “Pretty Little Girl” and “Abby Baby”. He was well-trained and talented to the point where all the other musicians had to do was tell him the style and key signature then he could give them what they wanted on bass or guitar.

He received an Associate’s Degree from Snow College, and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Utah State University. He excelled in writing and financial calculations. He was a wonderful author and often top of his class for research compositions. He was the Finance Club President and was known for taking meticulous notes of lectures that everyone wanted, including his professors.

He married Heather Lee Tayler, who was his wife for five years before their divorce. Later, Brad met Brittany Engstrom and they became the parents of Abby Rose Engstrom. He also loved Abby’s sister Emma Grace Engstrom as his own.

Brad suffered from schizophrenia. In his youth Bradley endured considerable mistreatment by those who did not understand him or his illness. He dealt with his challenges by turning to unique hobbies and eventually music study and performance. As an adult, he dealt with his disability by writing in his journal every day and authoring several books. His most recent work is a poetry book titled, “The Spirit Guide”.

His ability to produce something of value in the late stages of this disease is truly remarkable and inspiring. Nearly every poem in the work references peace, love, unity or forgiveness. One of the most memorable and endearing qualities Brad embodied was his ability to forgive others and feel empathy toward them; even when that was the last thing they deserved. The divine law of love was the most common phrase heard from his lips. He believed it, he lived it, and boy did he preach it. We would all do well to be a little more like Bradley Ray Blackham.

“The law that none are above. Is the divine law of love” verse 10, The Spirit Guide, Light and Love to All.

At 11:11 a.m. every day, Brad wished unconditiona1 1ove to whomever he was with. The 1’s rep1acing the L’s were his code standing for “1ove and 1ight for a11”.

We express our sincere thanks to Central Utah Counseling Center, NAMI (the National Alliance for Mentally Ill), Dr. Michael Smith, Counselor Lance Martin, Dr. Gary Cole, Mt. Pleasant Police Department and EMTs and a special thanks to our family, friends and Mt. Pleasant 1st Ward.

Funeral Services were held Monday, March 5, 2018 at 11:11 a.m. in the Mt. Pleasant North Stake Center. Viewings were held Sunday, March 4, 2018 and Monday prior to services, both at the Stake Center.

Interment was in the Moroni City Cemetery. Online condolence rasmussenmortuary.com.

 

Geneal Mary Christiansen Jorgenson

Mar. 8, 2018

 

Loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, neighbor, and friend, Geneal Mary Christiansen Jorgenson, age 93, of Ephraim, passed away on Feb. 28, 2018 while surrounded by her loved ones.

Geneal was born in Mayfield, Utah on Dec. 18, 1924, a daughter of Albert Julius and Ellis Irene Baxter Christiansen. She attended Manti High School and graduated in the class of 1943. She then went on to Snow College where she graduated with the class of 1945.

She married Max A. Jorgenson on May 5, 1946, and their marriage was later solemnized in the Manti LDS Temple in October of 1990. Max passed away on Jan. 13, 2014.

Geneal worked many years as a seamstress in Carlisle’s Sewing Plant. She also sewed at home and made many uniforms for the Manti High School Drill team and the Snow College Cheerleaders. She enjoyed working in her garden and flower beds.

She loved to cook and was very good at it. We all looked forward to her Sunday dinners with grandpa Albert. She loved the holidays and, looked forward to cooking the holiday dinners for her family.

“Mom, we love you and you will be missed by all.”

Geneal is survived by her children: Sheila and Gerald Curtis of South Jordan; Diane Pehrson of Kearns; Randy and Heleen Jorgenson of Ephraim; Nancy and Brad Ledford of Gunnison; 14 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by both of her parents; her husband; a sister Nola Green; her brothers: Vearl Christiansen; Ernell Christiansen and Bert Christiansen.

Graveside services were held at noon on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 in the Ephraim Park Cemetery, Ephraim, Utah.

Services are under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah.

Online Guestbook at www.springerturner.com.

Janeen Hatch Sorensen

Mar. 8, 2018

 

Janeen Hatch Sorensen passed away at her home on March 4, 2018 after a weekend enjoying home and family, watching home movies, singing favorite songs, laughing and sharing fun memories and stories.

Janeen was born on June 22, 1961 to Newell and Mary Ann Hatch in Salina, Utah. She married Lee R. Sorensen on Dec. 8, 1979, they were later sealed in the Provo Temple on Aug. 7, 1982.

Janeen’s life was filled with love, laughter and adventure. She had an impact on many people throughout her life. She was a preschool teacher, an elementary TA, a teller at Cache Valley Bank and held many positions working with the youth in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Her smile, her songs and her ability to make everyone feel welcome and included will be greatly missed. Janeen’s greatest happiness and success came from her family: her husband, her six boys, her 13 grandchildren, her siblings and her parents. Life was never dull, there was always a broken bone, a bump, a bruise, a laceration or stitches to be dealt with. An adventure or treasure hunt was always in the works and the grandkids loved to go play with Grandma Janeen.

She loved spending time in the mountains, working on her beautiful yard, scrapbooking, sewing and being involved in her community. Her legacy will live on through those she influenced, whether it be through the sarcasm, a sense of fun, nuggets of wisdom or service. Janeen taught through example and has instilled a love of life and a sense of community and family with her children. Even though she was not blessed with daughters her daughters-in-law felt as if they were her own. She always had time to listen, to understand, to lend a hand and to make any occasion special.

Janeen was preceded in death by her father, Newell Hatch, her grandson Monroe Sorensen and her nephew Cole Lovell. She is survived by her husband Lee R. Sorensen, her mother Mary Ann Hatch, her siblings Shelley Carlson, Cami Lovell and John Hatch, her children Jacob (Charleen), Clinton (Karen), Garrett (Shandi), Morgan (Janelle), Kyle (Kayla), Tanner and her 12 grandchildren. She also leaves behind many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services will be held Friday, March 9,  2018 at 11 a.m. at the Mt. Pleasant North Stake Center located at (461 N. 300 West). A viewing will be held at the church on Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. and on Friday, March 9, 2018 from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Interment in the Fairview City Cemetery. Online condolences rasmussenmortuary.com.

 

Doretta Larsen

Mar. 8, 2018

Mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, and friend passed away peacefully in her beautiful family-built, Mt. Pleasant home on March 3, 2018, surrounded by her loved-ones. Doretta Larsen was born on Feb. 10, 1930, in Fairview, Utah, to Delsa Jenivee Olson.

She grew up in the Mt. Pleasant area attending Wasatch Academy. Doretta earned dual degrees in business and accounting from LDS Business College. Doretta married Ray Irvin Larsen on Sept. 11, 1947, in Salt Lake City. Their marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple on Sept.11, 1963.

A lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Doretta held many and various positions including Primary President, Relief Society President, Sunday school teacher, Cub Scout leader, and ward librarian.

Doretta is survived by her 11 children: Michael (Janine), Layton, Utah; Jody (Wendy), Kingman, Arizona; Tony (Mary) Mt. Pleasant, Utah; Linda (Joe White), Riverton, Utah; Christine (Gene Cornwall), Newberry, Florida; Terry, Round Rock, Texas; Lorena, Salt Lake City, Utah; Leslie, Salt Lake City, Utah; Kathleen (Brandon Whytock), Murray, Utah; Jimmy (Camille), Alpine, Utah; Jean (Sean Bevan), Greer, South Carolina; 40 grandchildren, 61 great-grandchildren and 4 great-grea-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by her husband Ray, three brothers and a sister, parents, and two granddaughters.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at noon in the Mt. Pleasant LDS Stake Center (295 S. State) with a viewing from 10-11:30 a.m. prior to services at the church.

Interment in the Mt. Pleasant City Cemetery. Online condolences rasmussenmortuary.com.

 

 

 

Robert Max Scharf

Feb. 22, 2018

 

Our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Robert Max Scharf, age 83, of Centerfield, passed away Feb. 14, 2018 in Gunnison of complications from a fall.  

He was born Nov. 12, 1934 in Chicago, Illinois, a son of Richard Fritz and Grete Sophie Mathilda Tegtmeyer Scharf. He graduated from Lindblom High School and the University of Michigan.

He married the love of his life, Dorothy “Dot” Gene Strothman, June 2, 1956 in Palos Park, Illinois.

Robert was not a member of any particular church, be he very much enjoyed genealogy and he taught LDS church members in California how to research their ancestry.  He was an Eagle Scout and got his award from Eddie Rickenbacker. 

He was a forester and worked for the forest service in California for over 30 years. He fought many forest fires and planted tens of thousands of trees. 

He made lots of memories with his four sons, hiking through the mountains in California. 

He could fix anything.  His welding skills were used to rebuild a drama theater and fix the Patton House in Springville, California.   He rebuilt two model A cars from the ground up.  He started a Model A Club in California.  He also built a 1956 Fordson Major tractor.

He loved his wife very much.  They had a relationship that people strived for. 

Robert is survived by his beloved wife, Dot, of Centerfield; two sons: Bill and Diana Scharf of Rosemead, California; Robert and Jennifer Scharf of Centerfield; 14 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons: James Scharf and Richard Scharf; a grandson: Brannon Scharf; and a great-granddaughter: Rebekah Nelson.

At his request, his remains have been cremated and private family services have been held under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah.

On line guest book at: www.springerturner.com.

 

Richard Torrance Green

Feb. 22, 2018

 

Richard Torrance Green, age 84, born in Spokane, Washington, passed away peacefully Feb. 18, 2018 in the Beehive Home, Payson, Utah. 

Richard was born to Victor S. and Hazel Green on June 3, 1933.  Richard was preceded in death by the mother of his five children, Diane Caryl (Wilson) Vollar and his stepson, David Reed Smith. 

He is survived by his wife Kayla Loa (Cheney) Green, Michael Green, Kathleen Green, Teresa (Green) Thornton, Christopher Green, Jennifer (Green) Smith and stepson, Michael Smith. Richard has 16 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. 

Richard earned a Master’s Degree in General Education from Whitworth College, Spokane. He was a dedicated professional educator his entire career, specializing in mathematics and science. He taught and coached at St. George’s School in Spokane and Oaksdale, Washington.

After moving to California he continued to teach at Rancho Arroyo Middle School and Sunset High School until his retirement from Hayward Unified School District.  Richard loved boats and water. He enjoyed sailing his boat in the San Francisco bay area and spent a lifetime cherishing northern Idaho’s Priest Lake. He found pleasure being a handyman. He relished being outside and could always be found with a shovel in his hand. He enjoyed traveling in his motor home. As an avid photographer, he even had his own home darkroom.

He was also active leader in the Coast Guard Auxiliary.  Richard had a strong religious belief in the Lord that lasted throughout his life, including his affiliation with the LDS church. He was an ordinance worker at the Manti, Temple, Utah for six years, as well as other priesthood organizations.  

Viewings will be held Friday, Feb. 23 from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday from 10-11 a.m. both at Rasmussen Mortuary, 96 N. 100 West, Mt. Pleasant. Funeral services will be Saturday at 11 a.m., same location. Graveside services will follow at Fairview Cemetery.

Afterwards, an open house will occur at 1:30-3 p.m. at The Valentine Carriage House, 613 S. 500 W., Mt. Pleasant. Online condolence at www.rasmussenmortuary.com.  

 

Adrean William Bench

Feb. 22, 2018

 

Ardean William Bench, 89, of Centerfield, Utah, passed away Feb. 14, 2018 in Gunnison, a few days shy of his 90th birthday.

He was born Feb. 19, 1928 at home in Salina, to Samuel Exile and Lenora June Breinholt Bench.

Beginning his schooling at Salina Elementary, Ardean then moved west to North Sevier High School, then earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology at Rick’s College. He served in the Northern States Mission (Chicago, Illinois) in 1947.

Ardean married Rhoda Laura Moulton on Nov. 3, 1950. After some time their children came: Douglas William (Danette) Bench, Kathleen (Allan) Jemmett, Val Denton (Bobbi) Bench and Laurel Marie (Steve) Tutty. He lived and served in many areas of Utah and southeastern Idaho.

He was a seminary teacher and principal for 35 years, but also provided for his family by working for the Forest Service, being a farmer/rancher and ended his employment years by being a safety inspector of seminary and institute buildings for the LDS Church.

Upon his retirement, he was given a statue of a teacher leading some students with the inscription of “Thanks for a lifetime of dedicated service from the Church Educational System, from 1955-1990.” He and Rhoda served a full-time LDS Mission in Busby, Montana with the native Americans.

Rhoda passed away in 2004. Ardean then married Lexie Randa Porter Wells on Nov. 20, 2004. He became the step-father of Coralie (Jose) Rodriguez, Randi (David) Fielding, Rob (Abigail) Wells, Bill (Rebecca) Wells, Dan (Sharla) Wells, Lexie (Michael) Ross. They lived in Rigby, Idaho, for a time, then moved to Centerfield, which was just over a few miles from where he was born and raised. They served a full-time mission at the Gunnison Correctional Facility.

He is survived by his children; 25 grandchildren and 31 step-grandchildren; brother, Keith (ReNee) Bench and sister-in-law, Joan Spivey.

Also preceded in death by his parents; siblings: Arlene Bench, Marlen (Jean) Bench, Wendell (Elizabeth) Bench, Reid (Alta) Bench, Valene (Owen) Bagley, Kenneth Bench, Jay Bench; sister-in-law, Lee Bench.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 in the Centerfield Ward Chapel. Burial was in the Salina Eastside Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at www.maglebymortuary.com.

 

Mont Leon Shepherd

Feb. 22, 2018

 

Mont Leon Sheperd, 87, of Ephraim, returned to the loving arms of his Heavenly Father on Feb. 16, 2018, due to complications of endocarditis. He had his loving wife and children at his side at the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center.

Mont was a very kind, loving and caring person; a father of eight, grandfather of 17, a great-grandfather of 31, and a great-great grandfather of one.

Mont was born Oct. 6, 1930 to Gilbert LeRoy and Viola May Morgan Shepherd at his home in Salt Lake City. The family moved to Levan when he was six years old and this was where he grew up and went to the local grade schools and graduated from Juab High School in Nephi.

Mont was a master at many things and was always busy. He always gave each thing he did his all and his best.

He married Loraine Henrie from Delta, they later divorced. He then married Sarah McEntire, they later divorced, but were blessed with three children from these two marriages: NaLana Rae Sheperd (Daniel) Hughes; Terri Lynne (Steven) Higdon and William Jacob “Jake” (Shannon) Shepherd.

In 1974 he married Maxine Garbe Stevenson and gained a family of five more children. Susan, Ron (Freddie Ann), Gary (Becky), Sandra, and Robert (Jody)

Mont joined the National Guard in Nephi and served six years, one of active service during the Korean War. They cut trees and built a log church and lined the inside with green parachutes. They sent back to the states for sacrament trays. This church was dedicated as the first LDS chapel in Korea, where soldiers happily held their meetings in the new chapel.

Mont’s main profession was a glazer and building contractor. He spent 10 years in Las Vegas and worked on some of the big casinos. He worked 10 years in Phoenix, Arizona on numerous projects. Mont moved back to Levan and started his own contracting business. Later he took a position as a foreman of the carpentry shop at Snow College in Ephraim.

He was also their glazer, locksmith and served 16 years as campus fire marshal. He worked in helping construct the college president’s house, the bell tower, the fountain and numerous other remodeling jobs at the college. He served Ephraim City as a member of the Safety and Planning Committee and the Beautification Committee.

Mont was known for his beautiful yard which was always well groomed and a beautiful big garden. He was happiest when with his wife and family, working in the yard or garden. He loved playing golf with his wife and friends.

Mont was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many positions. After he retired he and his wife served 11 years as ordinance workers in the Manti Temple.

Mont was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Terri; five brothers and one sister. He will be greatly missed by all, but now he is out of pain and doing what makes him happy, serving his Heavenly Father.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 at 11 a.m. in the Ephraim 6th Ward Chapel, 420 North 200 West. Viewings were held on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 at the church from 6-7 p.m. and prior to services from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Interment was in the Ephraim Park Cemetery with Military Honors. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at www.maglebymortuary.com.

 

Lloyd Donald Parley Grant Bright

Feb. 15, 2018

 

Lloyd Donald Parley Grant Bright has returned home to Heaven by the angels, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018.

He was born on Jan. 22, 1936 in Bradfordsville, Kentucky. He was preceded in death by father Henry Ether Bright and mother Lena Virginia Stayton Bright, siblings Charles, Julia, Blanche, and William, and great-granddaughter Samantha Lily.

He is survived by Marilyn Joan Bright, his loving wife of 62 years, and a devoted father to his sons, Michael Lloyd Bright (Teresa), Kevin Todd Bright, Vaughn Marlin Bright, and daughter Danette Joan Kelley (Tim), 14 grandchildren, and 28 great-grandchildren.

Lloyd moved from Kentucky to Salt Lake City, Utah where he enlisted in the Army and served in Korea with an honorable discharge. When home on leave he met the love of his life, Marilyn Payne, down the street from his sister’s home. They corresponded for a year and then they married on June 7, 1956. The rest is history. Daddy, we will miss you until we see you again.

A viewing was held Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. at Broomhead Funeral Home, 12600 S. 2200 W. Riverton. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the LDS Chapel at 15040 S. Mountainside Dr. Riverton. Interment was in the Utah Veterans Memorial Park, 17111 S. Camp Williams Rd. Riverton.

Condolences: www.broomheadfuneralhome.com.