Archives for July 2017

Conner Meacham


Conner Meacham


Bentonville Arkansas Mission



Conner Meacham has been called to serve in the Bentonville Arkansas LDS Mission.

He will speak Sunday, July 30, at 1 p.m. at Manti red church, 295 S. Main.

Conner is the son of Cole and Staci Meacham of Manti.

David Christensen


David Christensen


Korea Seoul South Mission




David Gerry Christensen, son of Matt and Melody Christensen of Manti, has been called on an LDS Mission to Asuncion Paraguay. He will speak at 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 30 at the Manti Stake Center. He will enter the Mexico Missionary Training Center on August 15.

David will also be receiving his Eagle Scout award at a court of honor on July 29 at 6 p.m. at the Manti Stake Center. His project was building a bridge at the Mia Shalom Girls Camp.

Bradley Sego



Bradley Sego


North Dakota Bismark Mission




Bradly D. Sego returned home on July 28 from serving in the North Dakota, Bismarck Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He will report on his mission in the Ephraim 3rd Ward on July 30 at 11 a.m., Ephraim Stake Center, 400 East Center Street. All are welcome to attend his report.  The family is excited to have him home.

Bradly is the son of Daniel and Kristy Sego of Ephraim.


Andrew Lamb


Andrew Lamb


Porto Alegre South Brazil Mission



            Andrew Lamb has recently returned from serving in the Porto Alegre South, Brazil Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He will speak in the Moroni 2nd Ward sacrament meeting at 9 a.m. on July 30, at the Wales LDS Church, 80 S 200 W, Wales, Utah.

Andrew is the son of Ken and Jenifer Lamb of Moroni.

Samantha Shepherd


Samantha Shepherd


Santiago Dominican Republic Mission



                Samantha Shepherd, daughter of Joel and Cheryl Shepherd of Moroni, recently returned from serving in the Santiago Dominican Republic LDS Mission.

She will report on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at 9 a.m. in the Wales Church.

Her grandparents are Bev and Shirl Shepherd of Spanish Fork and Ray and Chelta Arens of Blackfoot, Idaho.

Erica Ericksen and Daniel Harmon





Mrs. Heidi Ericksen and the late Valon Ericksen of Manti, Utah, are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Erica Elaine Ericksen to Daniel Amos Harmon, son of Amos and Jeannie Harmon of Cove Fort, Utah.

The wedding will be held on Saturday, July 29, 2017. A reception will be held in their honor that evening from 7–9 p.m. at the Manti 9th Ward Cultural Hall, 295 S. Main Street. All friends and relatives are invited to attend.

The young couple plan to make their home in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

Cameron Harris and Jessica Cox




Gary and Tricia Cox are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter Jessica to Cameron Elvin Harris, son of Garth and Sharon Harris.  They will be married on Thursday, July 27, 2017 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.

Jessica graduated from Manti High School in 2012 and then attended Snow College before serving an LDS Mission to the Pennsylvania Philadelphia Mission.  She is currently attending SLCC, studying psychology and is employed by RISE.

Cameron graduated from Taylorsville High School in 2007 and served an LDS Mission to the California Ventura Mission.  He is currently attending SLCC studying business management and works for the LDS church.

Jessica is the granddaughter of Greg and Janet Maylett and Doug and Joyce Cox, all of Manti.

Cameron is the grandson of Elaine Harris and the late James Harris and the late Lamoine and Virginia Harris.

No formal reception will be held.

Trystan Daniels and Breanna Ray




Steven and Chrissy Ray of Ephraim, are happy to announce the marriage of their daughter, Breanna Marie Ray to Trystan Daniels, son of Cory and Tara Daniels of Ephraim.

Breanna graduated from Manti High School in 2013, Snow College in 2015 and Southern Utah University in 2017 with a degree in communications.

Trystan graduated from Manti High School in 2015, has been taking classes at Snow College and will be continuing his education in the fall.

Trystan and Breanna have chosen to be married on Friday, July 28, 2017.  A reception will be held in their honor, that day at the LDS church, outside pavilion (571 E 100 N) in Ephraim from 6-8 p.m. Please feel welcome to come and celebrate with us.


Leo “Ray” Otten




Leo Ray “Ray” Otten was fortunate to live a full, adventurous and rewarding life but sadly, he was called home on July 15, 2017 at the age of 92.

He was born in Mayfield, Utah to Alda LaVell and August Garrett Otten in 1925. Preceding him in death are his parents and his sister, Jean Otten. He leaves behind the love of his life and wife of 70 years, Sarah Belva Otten, his children, Belva Rae Malan of Hurricane, Utah, Faye Otten Williamson and Jay Williamson of Bellevue, Washington, Ann Otten Kageyama and Gary Kageyama of Reedley, California, Lee Otten of Clovis, California and Jeanne Otten Chapman of Oakhurst, California. Ray also leaves behind 14 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

Ray was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served as bishop of the Sterling Utah Ward from 1958-1960. Ray was an Army veteran of World War II, serving his country while stationed in Okinawa, Japan. In his early family years, Ray was the postmaster and proprietor of Sterling Grocery / Mercantile in Sterling, Utah.

He then moved his family to Washington, then California where he became a Petroleum Distributor, first in Crescent City, California, then Merced, Parlier and Hanford, California. Ray worked hard to build a successful business. His priority was always providing for his family.

Ray loved flying. He was a licensed pilot for many years and would take to the skies every opportunity he could. He had an adventurous spirit and loved to travel. His wife and children have spent many vacations in various parts of North America, including Canada for a month because of his desire to see what was over the next mountain. Ray spent vacations with his wife, Belva in New Zealand, Australia and Fiji.

Music and dancing were always a part of his life. He would teach his children to dance as they stood on his feet and he whirled them around the room. His love of big game hunting has been passed down through stories he has shared of many family hunting trips he has been on in Utah. Ray valued education and encouraged his children to ask questions.  Ray shared his love of the water with his children and he taught many of them to waterski at an early age.

He will be missed but his family takes comfort in knowing that he is at peace and no doubt, in the arms of his family who passed before him. Graveside services will be held at the Sterling Cemetery in Sterling, Utah on August 26 at 10 a.m. A celebration of life will follow at the LDS Cultural Hall in Sterling.

Thomas Christensen




Thomas G. Christensen, 84 of Fairview, Utah, passed away July 20, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family. Born Nov. 10, 1932 to Thomas Reese and Alta Maurine Hansen Christensen in Richfield, Utah. Married Jane Lou Kerr, later divorced; married Gaye Larsen Giles.

Tom worked for Mountain Fuel “Questar Gas” for 36 years and retired as a general foreman in 1991. His family was the love of his life, golf came in as a close second. He was an active member of LDS church and served with his wife Gaye at the Manti Temple.

Tom had a passion for flying and had his pilot’s license for many years.  For the last 17 years he has looked forward to his morning Pepsi with his good friends Schooney and Fenton. Tom was a star athlete in high school. He excelled in football, baseball and basketball and was honored as “Sophomore  Athlete of The Year” and served as student body officer at South High School.

The family would like to express a special thanks to hospice nurse, Kayln Bench, for her loving and comforting care.

Tom is survived by his wife Gaye Christensen, Fairview; children, Tom (Kristin) Christensen Jr. Fairview; Sherry Frick, St. George; Tren (Pam) Giles, Draper; Tangie (Gary) Schatz, Palmdale, California; daughter-in-law Debbie Christensen, Sandy; sister Maurine (Kent) Dahlberg, Salt Lake City; 11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral service will be held Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 11 a.m. in the Fairview 2nd Ward Chapel (131 E 100 N). Viewings will be held Wednesday, July 26, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. and Thursday from 9:30- 10:30 a.m. both at the church. Interment in the Fairview City Cemetery. Online condolences


Shauna Allen




Shauna Lee Van Orman Allen, our dearly loved daughter, wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend, passed away at age 46 on July 23, 2017, following a traffic accident near Roosevelt, Utah. Shauna, the oldest daughter of J. Gibb and Sheryl Lee Pratt Van Orman, was born on Oct. 20, 1970, in Provo, Utah.

Throughout her life, Shauna was passionate about learning new things. In her teen years, she enjoyed cooking, playing piano, singing, dressing her siblings up for plays and skits produced solely by her. She also sewed Cabbage Patch dolls that she sold for $25 each. Eventually, she graduated to making and selling beautiful porcelain dolls, complete with amazing, frilly, lace dresses. Shauna loved feminine things, and throughout her life, she was a refined lady.

Shauna attended Provost Elementary and Farrer Junior High School before graduating from Timpview High School in May 1988. Soon after graduation from high school, she received her associate degree from UVSC as an executive secretary.

Shauna married her sweetheart, Derryk Clyff Allen, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on June 3, 1988. They are very best friends and spent all their free time together. They have been happily married for 29 years and were blessed with eight children, five boys and three girls.

Her education was put on hold while her children were young. Her family is the biggest joy in her life. She and Derryk have taught and loved them devotedly, and, to their credit, all their children are the “Cream of the Crop.” After her children were all in school, Shauna went back to school also. She juggled motherhood, running a large household and her education for over 10 years, finally receiving her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nursing. At the time of her death, she was working for Intermountain Healthcare helping people manage their health. Last week, she was promoted to a new position and was excited for this new adventure in helping people in her community.

As a faithful lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she has served in many positions in every auxiliary organization. She particularly loved working with her own daughters in Young Womens. Her life exemplifies all the finest qualities, including those in the YW theme.

We grieve, not without hope, but because we all love our sweet Shauna so very much. Because of our magnificent Savior and His atoning sacrifice, we know we will mingle and laugh and love with her again at some future day.

Shauna is survived by her husband, Derryk Clyff Allen and eight children: Tanner (Chelsie) Allen, children: Rosalynn, Alice, Everly; Tyler (Brittney) Allen, children: Clyff, Emma; Tasha (Kaydon) Stubbs; Jared, Tucker (missionary in Zimbabwe), Taft, Tawnee and Josclynn Allen; parents: James Gibb and Sheryl Lee Pratt Van Orman; Myrna Allen and the late Clyff Allen; siblings: Chad (Katherine) Van Orman; Tamara (Craig) Peterson; Dustin (Josie) Van Orman; Kevin (Katherina) Van Orman; Rochelle (Matt) Rumsey; Hannah (Sam) Doty; Tiffany (Brian) Thomas and Lacey (Brett) Miller; Jerye (R’dell) Lee; Dustyn (Kamie) Allen; Ryial (Nicole) Allen; Alyshia (Mike) Robison and Clyfton (Amanda) Allen. She is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and oodles of friends! We are sure her grandparents, father-in-law and many other loved ones are greeting her in a joyous reunion on the other side of the veil.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 29, 2017; at 11 a.m. in the Sanpitch LDS Ward Chapel (92 S. 200 W., Wales).  Friends and family are invited to come celebrate her life at a viewing held on Friday, July 28, 2017, from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 –10:30 a.m. prior to the services both held at the church.

Interment in the Wales Town Cemetery. Online condolence; donations can be made at



Kimberly Kay Young




Our dear sweet angel, Kimberly Kay Young, went to be with our Heavenly Father on Saturday, July 22, 2017. She was born on Oct. 2, 1973 in Payson, to Larry Lynn and Georgia Gay Skinner Young. She blessed our lives for 43 years.

Kimberly graduated from Manti High School and received a certificate of child care from Snow College. She was a beloved Girl Scout leader for many years and loved being involved in her community.

Kimberly faced many trials and difficulties in her life. She underwent brain surgery at age four to remove a benign tumor. The tumor and surgery left Kimberly legally blind and with many other limitations. After removing as much of the tumor as possible the doctors gave her five years to live.              Kimberly was a miracle given to teach of us and touched our lives.

Kimberly was a huge spirit tucked into a short little body that struggled to contain her. Her spirit and loving nature touched all those with whom she came in contact. Kimberly taught us about perseverance and never giving up. Even with so many things going against her she always had a positive attitude and happy spirit. She had a sweet and powerful testimony that touched and strengthened all those who experienced it. Her light and spirit will be deeply missed.

She is survived by her dad Larry; siblings Shane (Janint) Young, of Herriman; Kara (Samuel) Hampton, of Lehi; Travis (Crystal) Young, of Santaquin. She is also survived by four nieces and two nephews.

She was greeted home by her mom Georgia Skinner Young; nephew Steven Young; grandparents and other loved ones.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 11 a.m. in the Manti Stake Center. Friends may call on Friday, April 28, 2017 from 6-7:30 p.m. and also prior to services from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in the Manti City Cemetery.

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


North Bend Entertainers to

present ‘Nunsense’ this week


July 27, 2017


FAIRVIEW— The North Bend Entertainers will be presenting the musical comedy play “Nunsense” at the Peterson Dance Hall in Fairview.

The play, by Dan Goggin, begins when the Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook, Sister Julia, child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters, and they are in dire need of funds for the burials. The remaining “Little Hobos” decide that the best way to raise the money is to put on a variety show, so they take over the school auditorium, which is currently set up for the eighth-grade production of “Grease.”

The show has become an international phenomenon. With more than 5000 productions worldwide, it has been translated into 21 languages.

“I think people are looking for an escape,” Mr. Goggin said of the shows’ enduring appeal. “Every time you turn on the television, it’s bad news. I think the main thing ‘Nunsense’ does is makes people feel better.”

Directed by Jason Quinn of Mt. Pleasant, the cast includes residents from all over North Sanpete County. The five nuns are played by Angie Daley of Milburn, Lucy Quinn of Mt. Pleasant, and Sarah Anderson, Brynne Lamb, Ellie Anderson of Fountain Green.

Performance dates are July 27, 28, and 29. Call 469- 1177 or visit for information and times.


With streets project done, Sterling Town budget decreases 45 percent


John Hales

Staff writer



STERLING—Minus the expense of a streets improvement project that is now finished, the Sterling Town budget for the fiscal year that started this month is pretty much even with last year’s.

If it’s only a matter of the bottom line, the town’s general operating budget for the next year is just 45 percent of what it was the previous year: $129,189, which is down from $233,430 for fiscal year 2017.

But that $104,241 difference comes almost entirely from just over $100,000 in maintenance and capital-outlay costs for the streets project undertaken by the town the two previous years.

The project done, the town won’t need to shell out this year for that expense.

With that taken into account, there is a difference of only $3,458 lower this year from last year.

By the time you also factor in nearly $5,000 in cemetery-project debt service that retired last year, the budget this year is only about $1,500 from being exactly square with last year’s. It also means that the $1,500 difference is a year-over increase, but accounts for just slightly more than 1 percent of this year’s budget.

One-third of that difference came from the town council’s willingness to spend an extra $500 this year for 24th of July festivities, which the town celebrated on Monday of this week. The extra amount may have been part of a mea culpa for cancelling the event last year, which was met with stern disapproval from townspeople.

At a city council meeting about one year ago, shortly after cancelling the celebration—but too late to do anything about it—Mayor Randall Cox said he and the town had made a mistake in not holding the traditional celebration.

“I’ve had quite a few people mad at me,” he said at the time. “I apologize, and it won’t happen next year. Next year we are going to have it. We aren’t even going to talk about canceling it.”

He and the town council were as good as their word, with a 24th of July celebration that got perhaps more attention —as well as an additional 25-percent funding boost —this year than in years past.

“I felt it went really good,” Councilmember Yvonne Larsen said Tuesday, Larsen and Councilmember Marilyn Lyon, headed the town’s 24th celebration effort. “I feel it was one of the better ones we’ve ever had, in all the years we’ve done it.”

The celebration committee planned more and diverse activities this year, she said. “There was just something there for everybody; that was the comment from the crowd and the committee.”

Did the town council intend for the extra $500 to be a make-up for last year?

“Yeah, that’s how they felt,” Larsen said. But they also wanted to invest in event as a way to raise money for planned improvements to the city park: a better celebration might mean more donations.

“People will remember they had a good time,” Larsen said.

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