Archives for June 2018

Pageant attendance follows

recent trend upward to 76,730


By Suzanne Dean




Joy D. Jones, general president of the primary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints talks with primary children from the Manti LDS Stake who picked up trash after each Pageant performance. The general primary presidency, which consists of Jones, Lisa L. Harkness and Cristina B. Franco, came to Manti on Thursday, June 21 to support the children.

MANTI—The weather was great, the cast was committed and the community support was exceptional during this year’s Mormon Miracle Pageant, according to Pageant President Milton Olsen.

Even better, Olsen says, the estimated attendance of 76,730 was up from 2017, showing a consistent pattern of rising attendance going back to 2015.

Attendance is estimated by an assigned Pageant counter who uses mathematical methods to estimate the number of people in various seating sections.

In 2014, estimated attendance hit a low of 65,020. But it went back up to 70,600 in 2015, 74,600 in 2106 and 74,804 in 2017.

One night, Friday, June 22 (the second Friday), made the difference this year, Olsen says. “It was the largest night in four or five years.”

While the crowds were better this year, the performance was also more consistent.

Typically, two-thirds of the performers are returnees who have performed in previous pageants, Olsen says. Last year, there were several changes in the narration tape. The changes were minor, but they affected what performers needed to do on the Temple Hill.

This year, there were no changes in the tape. “There were fewer unknowns, which made for consistency. That helped the performance,” he says.

Olsen says there were about 700 participants this year in the cast and stage crew, down from as many as 1,000 in recent years.

Because of the pageant’s reliance on returnees, when, for instance, a family that has performed in a given scene for several years does not participate the next year, there can be a noticeable hole on the hill, and other cast members have to reposition themselves to fill in the space.

“But it didn’t feel like any of the group scenes were smaller than usual,” he says. More performers were participating in multiple scenes and that was one of the Pageant presidency’s goals for this year.

There are always a couple of “big labor days” when people from LDS wards throughout Manti and Ephraim are called in to set up chairs and scenery, and later to take them down, he says. “This year, I really believe we had more than ever.”



Ephraim City loses a million gallons of

water, asks residents to conserve


By Robert Stevens

Managing editor




EPHRAIM—More than 1 million gallons of water was lost in Ephraim City over the weekend after a water main broke in two places and city crews scrambled to repair them.

Chad Parry, public works director, said the break was discovered on Saturday in a pressurized pipe that runs from springs in Ephraim Canyon (the city’s primary water source), through two of the city hydroelectric plants, and into a complex of seven city water tanks.

Parry said a pressure gauge in one of the hydro plants had registered low water pressure for a few weeks. But workers thought the drop might be occurring because the sparse snowpack was reducing water output from the springs.

Then on Saturday about 10 a.m., Parry got a report of a complete break in the pressurized line, which is designed to carry 900 gallons of water per square inch. Water was gushing out of the broken pipe and flowing down the mountainside.

The large amount of water lost was due in part to the fact that the break happened in an area with high water pressure.

According to city engineer Bryan Kimball, city crews repaired the initial leak on Monday, but after turning the water back on, a second leak was found, which was probably caused by a reaction from the first leak.

All of the tanks, including 1.5-million-gallon underground tank completed in 2011, are connected, so the water loss could affect levels in all the tanks.

Kimball said city crews have temporarily addressed the second leak by diverting most of the water to a different pipeline and are working now to repair the second leak.

With the water mostly diverted to another pipeline, the water is flowing and tanks are filling again, Kimball said.

Based on the observations at the hydro plant, Parry believes the pipe had been leaking for some time before it broke completely.

Now that the pipe is repaired, and no water is being lost, “we’re hoping this is going to help our water situation,” he said.

Kimball said there are no current mandatory water restrictions in place, but conservation of water, such as a voluntary reduction in lawn watering, is highly encouraged during this time, and the city splash pad has been turned off as of Tuesday.

“We are still in a very dry water year which is affecting our water supply, and the water situation is being monitored closely,” Kimball said.

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Utah Rep. Mike Kennedy, who is running for Utah Senate, talks with a visitor to the Kennedy booth in the vendor area of the Mormon Miracle Pageant.


Kennedy emphasizes ‘depth and

breadth of connections’ to Utah


By Suzanne Dean




Utah Rep. Mike Kennedy, a physician who is challenging Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, says he’s a fan of logging, of water reclamation and of the state beginning to manage federal lands within its border.

The Messenger conducted a phone interview on Monday with Kennedy, a family physician who lives in Alpine, Utah County, and who is serving his third term in the Utah Legislature.

Kennedy surprised a lot of people when he got more votes than Romney in the Republican State Convention. But Romney is leading Kennedy in recent polls.

During his campaign, Kennedy has stressed what he described as “the depth and breadth of my connections to the state,” something, he says Romney doesn’t offer.

“I’m a regular person,” he said in the Messenger interview. “I’ve been on welfare, I’m from a divorced family of seven. I know what it’s like to press through difficulty. I understand regular people and what they’re dealing with.”

Kennedy said he was acquainted with instances in Washington state where forests were clear cut, leaving nothing but barren ground. That’s irresponsible, he said.

But sustainable logging is simply “responsible use of the land. The earth is meant to be used.” He talked about “horrible conflagrations” in which overgrown trees become matchsticks.

He said he had heard even trees infested by the bark beetle can be used for lumber. “If those could be logged, it would reduce forest fire potential and offer economic benefits,” he said.

As a legislator, he is familiar with the Narrows Project, he said. The foresight of people 30 or 50 years ago to manage and store water is one of the things “that has put this state into a position where we are functioning, and not only functioning, but thriving.

“If we look 50 years into the future, even 10 to 15 years,” he said, “we have to continue the same efforts” or progress will stop.

Referring to the various bureaucratic approvals the Narrows has received, and the Army Corps of Engineers refusal to grant the final permit, Kennedy said, “How many times do I have to step forward and ask mother? As a U.S. senator, I would fight vigorously to make sure progress was not stunted based on the interests of one entity.”

Regarding potential state takeover of the millions of acres of federal land in Utah, Kennedy said, “There are many voices to be considered. I have been an advocate for at least management.

“If the federal government turned over management of certain lands to the state for a 10-year period, and saw that the state not only took excellent care of the land, but was able to extract some resources that helped the local economy, there’s the potential of a win, win, win all around.”

Kennedy said the federal government can help family farms by conducting research on how to make them more viable. If regulations are impeding small farms, he said, he would try to get those out of the way.

“I want to be a hands-on senator. I will talk to people around the state and ask them, ‘What’s going on? What do you need? so we can break down barriers” to success.

He said the immigration system is “a mess.” But he said “separating parents from their children is very disturbing to me.”

“I don’t think any of us know what is going on,” he added. “Is the adult actually the parent of the child? Are they bringing children to get deferential treatment?”

Kennedy was born in Eat Lansing, Mich., the second of seven children. He grew up in Ypsilanti, Mich.

In his teens, his parents divorced, and his father left the household. “We didn’t have he money for one place, let alone two,” he said. That’s when his mother had to turn to public and church assistance.

He cut lawns, bussed tables and drove a United Parcel Service truck.

He served an LDS mission in Arizona, and after his mission, went to BYU, where he got his bachelor’s degree.

He went to medical school at MichiganStateUniversity, located in East Lansing where he was born, and did his residency in Midland, Mich.

In 2001, he came back to Utah with his family, which now includes eight children. He later entered the BYU law school and in 2007 got his juris doctor on top of his medical degree.

“I’m 49,” he says. “I done a number of things to prepare myself. It seemed like the time to offer my services to the good people of Utah.”

Messenger publisher Suzanne Dean interviews Mitt Romney, candidate for U.S. Senate in Utah. The interview occurred at Lisa’s Country Kitchen restaurant in Nephi.

Romney discusses resources, export markets and immigration


By Suzanne Dean




NEPHI—Mitt Romney, former Republican nominee for president and now a candidate for U.S. Senate, said he would favor Utah taking ownership of federal lands within its borders.

But in an interview while on the campaign trail that covered many rural issues, Romney said until a land transfer happens, there should be a lot more local input in the way the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service manage public land.

“I would like to see the state get a pilot project to manage certain forests and let the Department of Interior see that we can do a better job at managing our forests than they do,” Romney said.

Romney said the influence of the “extreme environmental lobby” is reflected in the antipathy to logging in the national forests. The result is excess growth and the risk of wildfire.

An example, he said, is the Brian Head fire, “which creates huge destruction, and then we have runoff of mud, which goes into Panguitch Lake, which dirties the lake, which kills the fish. The Forest Service acts like it’s being responsible to the environment, when in fact, it’s hurting the environment by not having responsible forestry management.”

Romney said one of the main ways government could help family farmers is by opening up more export markets. That’s why, he said, he is concerned about the Trump administration’s tariff proposals.

“I’m not one who is enthusiastic about trade wars. The opponent in a trade war will try to hit back where it hurts the most. It hurts us most in agriculture.”

In his interview with the Messenger, Romney made several points about immigration. First, he said children should not be separated from their parents, even if the parents come into the country illegal.

He noted that in January, President Trump had said he favored giving legal status to people covered by DACA. Romney said he supported that position. But he said he doesn’t favor giving DACA individuals a special path to citizenship. They should be required to get in line with all other applicants for citizenship.

But viewing immigration more broadly, Romney described the U.S. immigration system as a “mess.”

“It’s a very convoluted process to become a legal resident or citizen of our country. I would like to simplify it. I would move away from the chain migration approach, which is distant relatives all getting in.

“Instead I would make it a more merit-based system where you get points, for instance, for speaking English, for having skills that are necessary for our economy, perhaps for having savings so we know you are not going to become a burden on our taxpayer.”

Romney said he would like people to be able to apply for citizenship on the Internet. There could be a site listing everyone who has applied and showing where particular applicants are on the list. Applicants could go on-line, see where they stood, and move up the list in a “very transparent way.”

Finally, Romney said that on a policy basis, excluding tariffs, he’s pleased with the actions President Trump has taken so far. But he said he would speak out if the president or other leaders said things that were an affront to American values.

“If people in leadership say things that are racists, highly divisive, or anti-woman or anti-immigrant,…I’ll point that out,” he said. “As a former nominee of my party, I feel a responsibility to speak from time to time, and I’ve done that in the past and anticipate continuing to do that…”

Romney, 71, grew up in Michigan, served an LDS mission in France and got his bachelor’s degree at BYU. He got a law degree and an MBA at the same time at Harvard.

In 1999, state leaders called him in to clean up financial and ethical problems in the Salt Lake Olympic Organizing Committee. He directed the committee through the 2002 Winter Olympics.

He served as governor of Massachusetts from 2003-2007. He sought the Republican nomination in 2008, but lost to Sen. John McCain. He won the GOP nomination in 2012, but lost the election to Barack Obama.

In February, 2018, after Orrin Hatch announced he would retire, Romney announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate.


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Sanpete needs to step up and meet the needs of its fire departments


“We’re trying to maintain the same standards as Salt Lake City and other big towns,” says Sam Draper, Mt. Pleasant fire chief and chairman of the Sanpete County Fire District Board. “In small towns, it’s hard to abide by those standards.”

If that isn’t the truth.

The fire district and local volunteer fire departments are grappling with increased costs for fire trucks, breathing apparatus, firefighter coats and pants, and a dozen other essential items.

At the same time, they’re having trouble recruiting the volunteers required to meet National Fire Protection Association and insurance industry standards

We all need to understand what firefighting costs and be prepared to dig a little deeper into our pockets to support our local fire fighters.

There was a time when some Sanpete County fire departments were not equipped to protect their communities. Fire trucks overheated in the middle of fires and would not pump water.

More than 20 yeas ago, people around the county had the foresight to come together and set up the Sanpete County Fire District. The fire district purchases fire trucks and some other high-costs items. When the district buys a new truck for a larger community, it may reassign one of that city’s older trucks to a smaller town.

The district is funded by a fee on everybody’s city utility bill. The fee was $3 for more than 10 years. In 2017, it was raised to $4.

The fire district can boast of successes in getting the 13 municipal fire departments in the county decently equipped. In 2016, the district got a $600,000 grant from the Utah Community Impact Board (CIB). It added $644,000 its own accumulated funds and was able to spend $1.24 million on several new trucks.

Problem is, the CIB told Sanpete County the grant was the last it would make for local fire equipment.

The $4 fee brings in about $350,000 per year. But in most cases, that’s not enough to buy even one new truck. So the fire district has to save up to buy trucks.

That’s why the total fire district budget for 2018 is $922,000. The district has been saving up to buy Ephraim a new ladder truck, a truck Ephraim must have to be prepared to fight fires in multi-story dormitories and off-campus student housing structures, among other buildings.

Bids were opened a couple of months ago. The cost of the truck and ancillary equipment: More than $900,000.

Meanwhile, there is a lot of variation in city and town budgets for their fire departments. The proposed fire department budget in Ephraim for FY 2019 is $249,720. That averages out to about $125 per household.

In the Gunnison Valley, where one fire department serves six towns—Gunnison, Centerfield, Mayfield, Fayette and Axtell—the proposed FY 2019 budget is $76,000. That averages about $50 per household.

In Fountain Green, some fire fighters are using “turnouts” (coat and pant sets) that are 20 years old, even though the lifespan of such clothing is supposed to be 10 years.

The turnouts cost $1,700. The town has 13 fire fighters. And the town’s fire department budget only covers replacement of one turnout per year.

And because of difficulty of recruiting fire fighters, two departments in the county, Mt. Pleasant and Ephraim, have started paying fire fighters token amounts for coming to drills, attending out-of-town trainings required for special certifications, and responding to fires.

Fire fighting is public safety. It is one of the basic functions of local government. Costs have to be covered. We can never go back to the day when the only fire truck in a community breaks down in the middle of a fire.


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Vendor ‘hiccups’ delay primary ballots


By Suzanne Dean




MANTI—The Republican primary, with just two contests on the ballot in Sanpete County, will close out next Tuesday, June 26.

There is no primary for Sanpete County voters in the Democratic party or any of the minor parties that will be on the final ballot.

“It’s the smallest ballot I’ve ever seen,” Sandy Neill, county clerk, said.

The lead contest is the U.S. Senate race between Mitt Romney, past Republican nominee for president, and Utah Rep. Mike Kennedy of Alpine, who actually got more votes than Romney at the Republican State Convention. (See page six for interviews with the candidates.)

The other race is for Sanpete County Commission. The contenders are Justin Atkinson, an engineer and member of the Mt. Pleasant City Council, and Ed Sunderland, a retired farmer and long-time chairman of the board of the Sanpete Water Conservancy District.

If you mail your ballot, it must be postmarked no later than Monday, June 25. If you mail your ballot at the post office near closing time, be sure to ask for the postmark to be hand-stamped.

If you go to one of the drive-up ballot boxes, you need to deposit your ballot by 8 p.m. on Election Day. Boxes are located outside the Mt. Pleasant, Ephraim and Gunnison city halls and the county courthouse in Manti.

You also have the option of bringing your ballot to the clerk’s office in person up to 8 p.m. on Election Day, or coming in during office hours, or up to 8 p.m. on Election Day, and voting on a voting machine in the lobby of the courthouse.

To vote in the primary, you must be a registered Republican. If you’re registered in Sanpete County, but are affiliated with a different party, or unaffiliated, it’s too late to change your affiliation to Republican.

But if you’re not registered at all, you can come to the clerk’s office up to just before 8 p.m. on Election Day, register, affiliate with the Republican Party and receive a provisional ballot.

Those basic facts and procedures are similar to other elections. But for Neill, and even for many voters, the election so far has been a lot different and a lot more difficult than past elections.

This year for the first time, the county used an external vendor, Election Systems and Software (ESS) of Omaha, Neb.  to prepare ballots. Apparently, ESS used another company to mail the ballots.

Very few counties in Utah send ballots out themselves. Neill said the deciding factor in choosing to use ESS this election was that her office was scheduled to install required new vote counting equipment at the same time it would have been sending out ballots, and that was more than the office could handle. Other counties had used ESS in the past and been satisfied.

But for Sanpete County and six other Utah counties who used ESS for the primary, things did not work out. Neill is not sure whether the problem was the ballot preparation company or the mailing company or both, but “they did not get the ballots out on time.”

The ballots were scheduled to be mailed June 5. Voters were supposed to get them two or three days later, between about June 7 and June 10.

Yet most of the ballots didn’t reach Sanpete County mailboxes until Tuesday, June 19.

“I’m very confident the rest (of the voters) will receive them tomorrow,” she said. That would be yesterday, Wednesday, June 20.

As weeks passed, as it became evident voters didn’t have ballots, and as some people called to complain, Neill says she felt helpless.

“Your hands are tied,” she said. By the time the problem became apparent, it was far too late to print new ballots and get through the multi-week process of sending them out from the clerk’s office.

To add insult to injury, the drive-up ballot box outside the clerk’s office got smashed up and was out of commission for a while.

“A truck went up and over the curb and smashed it pretty badly,” she says. Her office found someone who could repair it “and we’re up and running again.”

Neill is philosophical about the problems her office has been through. “We don’t want to feel this destroyed our election. It’s just a hiccup in it.”

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Volcano affects students from Guatemala


By Katelyn Allred

Staff writer



EPHRAIM—Snow College students Dina Lopez, David Mazat and Adriana Salazar are grateful their families were not harmed by the deadly volcanic eruptions in their home country of Guatemala.

When she first received news of the deadly eruptions on June 3, Lopez said she didn’t give it much thought because in Guatemala, volcanic eruptions are “so normal… it happens every day.”

“But two or three hours later, I started to hear that a lot people were killed,” she said. “When I found that out, I called my family and all my friends from the area.”

None of the students’ families were harmed in the eruptions. Their hometown of Chimaltenago is on the opposite side of the mountain from the destructive pyroclastic flows. The worst damage it received was a layer of ash.

But other parts of Guatemala have been ravaged by fast-moving flows of hot gasses and volcanic matter. Satellite photos showed towns covered in floods of brown, as if the lush green foliage has been painted over with mud. The death toll was estimated at 109 as of June 9, and there are over 200 people missing.

“In some ways you feel impotent, because you cannot help your people—some people that you know, your neighbors, your family,” Mazat said.

Though far from the damage, the students are still finding ways to help. On Saturday, June 16, they will hold a car wash in Ephraim, with the proceeds going to the Mesoamericano Foundation, which is located right in the middle of the destruction and will be able to put the funds where they’re needed most.

The car wash will be in the parking lot of Risk Managers in Ephraim, at 110 N. Main St. from 10 a.m to 2 p.m.

Alex Peterson, director for the Snow College Center for Global Engagement, said the goal is to raise to $5000 with the car wash, online donations and other fundraising efforts.

Donations can be made at and should be checked as going to “other” and specified for the Guatemala fund.

Lopez, Mazat and Salazar will all be sophomores at Snow College this fall. They are all majoring in engineering.


Third man faces charges in doomsday cult investigation


By James Tilson

Staff writer



MANTI—The Sanpete County Attorney’s Office filed charges last week against a third man connected to the child abuse cases against the leaders of the Knights of the Crystal Blade cult.

Robert Shane Roe, 34, of Castro, Calif., is wanted on an arrest warrant for one count of sodomy of a child, a first-degree felony, alleged to have happened Aug. 28, 2017 in Spring City.

According to Sanpete County Attorney Kevin Daniels, Roe was recruited to join John Coltharp’s and Samuel Shaffer’s cult through a Facebook group called “the 1890,” which espoused ancient Israelite traditions mixed with old Mormon theology.

Coltharp was the first leader of the group, and Shaffer later joined the group as its “prophet.” The duo then set about recruiting new members through social media. Daniels said this a very unusual feature of their cult. Most Mormon fundamentalist off-shoots tend to eschew modern technology, and want to return to the “old ways.” Coltharp and Shaffer embraced social media, and used it to find new followers.

Daniels said Roe was invited to Sanpete County to meet Coltharp and Shaffer, and to be baptized in their church. Roe was enticed with the offer of a child bride, which would be the child of one of the leaders. Daniels declined to identify to whom the child was related, in order to protect the victim.

Roe met with Coltharp and Shaffer in Mt. Pleasant, and spent the night there in a hotel with the child, at which time the crime allegedly occurred. The next day, Roe apparently became disillusioned with Coltharp and Shaffer, and went back to California.

Daniels said he has been in contact with Roe, through an attorney, and that Roe plans to turn himself into authorities and fight the charges.  However, Daniels does not know the timeframe in which Roe plans to do that.  Daniels said the arrest warrant will stay outstanding until Roe comes back to Utah, or is arrested.

Shaffer pleaded guilty to charges in Iron County for child rape and child abuse, and was sentenced in May to 25 years to life for the child rape charge, and one to 15 years for child abuse, to run consecutively. Shaffer still has pending charges in Sanpete County.

Coltharp pleaded not guilty to charges of sodomy and child bigamy, and appeared in court on June 13. At time of press, Coltharp was still scheduled for trial the first week of July.

Jordan Sorensen and Kaitlyn Keisel


Jordan Sorensen and Kaitlyn Keisel


Mr and Mrs Brody and Amber Keisel of Manti are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Kaitlyn Amber Keisel to Jordan Ray Sorensen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Brian and Mariah Sorensen of Gunnison on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 in the Manti Temple.

A reception will be held in their honor that evening from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Keisel residence, 614 East 400 South.

Kaitlyn is a graduate of Manti High School and Snow College. She will continue attending Snow College as she pursues a nursing degree. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bud and Dana Keisel of Manti and Mr. and Mrs. John and Mary Louise Hall of South Jordan.

Jordan is a graduate of Gunnison High School. He then served an LDS mission in the Arkansas Bentonville Mission. He will continue attending Snow College.  He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Guy and Marilyn McArthur of Gunnison and Mr. and Mrs. Raymond and Glenna D Sorensen of Richfield.

The couple plans to make their home in Manti. If you did not receive an invite, consider it an unintentional oversight and please join us to greet the new couple.





Deven Clark Fore


Deven Clark Fore


Deven Clarke Fore passed away April 22, 2018. He was born to Paul and Rebecka Fore on Sept. 18, 1982, just after they moved to Ephraim.

He loved living in the country with freedom to explore the great outdoors and ride with Evan Reid on his tractor.

Deven had a brilliant and creative mind. He built and programmed computers in middle school and visualized and built many home projects. After his father passed away, he took good care of his mother doing household projects. He had a sense of humor and a tender heart.

He married his high school sweetheart Alicia Nooner and they had two beautiful children, Ian and Ava. He adored them and spent a great deal of time teaching, loving, and playing with them. He worked for Vercsend as a senior dev ops.

He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Edward Fore, and his grandparents, Clyde and Barbra Fore.

He is survived by his grandparents Hal and Mary Anne Clarke, his mother, Rebecka Fore Park, step-dad Max Park, siblings Benjamin (Kathrin) Fore, Kellie (Troy) Braun, Laura (Alan) Cleaver, June (Ryan) Johnson, Missy (Jason) Streiff, Miles (Miranda) Fore, and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Deven, we love you. There will always be an empty spot in our hearts till we are reunited again.

Ronald Blaine Stapley


Ronald Blaine Stapley


Ronald Blaine Stapley passed away on May 31, 2018 at the age of 81. Ron was born Sept. 10, 1936, the second child of three born to Edna Heaton Stapley and Blaine Stapley.

Ron was raised in Cedar City, Utah, served an LDS mission in Hawaii where he was given the name Kamaka by the LDS saints of Maui, and studied chemistry at the University of Utah and Utah State University.  Over the summer breaks, Ron worked as a tour bus driver for the Utah Parks System.

During the summer of 1959 he met Julie Ann Nielson, a fellow Aggie who worked as a cashier and singer in the Grand Canyon Lodge. Ron proposed to Julie in February and they were sealed in marriage in the Manti Temple on July 29, 1960.  Julie and Ron both graduated in 1961 and Ron took a job with the Carnation Company in Van Nuys, California, a job that took him to Bellevue, Washington, and eventually to Platte City, Missouri.

Ron and Julie have five children: R. Lind, Wendy, Craig, Christopher, and Jonathan, all of whom survive with Julie. Ron is also survived by his two siblings, Kent and Marilyn. Ron was the grandfather to 19 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Ron was a proficient manager at work, a dedicated volunteer at church, and a father who loved his wife and children dearly. His callings in the church ranged from 11-year old scout leader to stake president. He and Julie traveled the world, leaving no fruit-stand unpatronized. Half the joy of travelling was the knowledge that upon return, they could replicate the tastes of their adventures in their kitchen, a place where in his later years, Ron grew familiar.

The best times were around that room’s table, where Ron loved to join Julie with his children and grandchildren eating, talking, memorizing the periodic table of elements, and playing card games.

Ron recognized chemistry outside of his profession. He saw it in the fireworks that marked summers with unrivaled volume. He saw it in the painted canyons of his youth. It was the source of lingering illness, and the pathway to health. He saw it in his candy, handfuls of which graced his suit pockets.

Ron wanted his children to do and be better than he was and loved them fiercely regardless.

Graveside services were held Monday, June 11, 2018 at 1 p.m. in the Ephraim Park Cemetery with a visitation at the Ephraim LDS Stake Center prior to services.

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