Archives for June 2018

Dixie Meyrick Conner


Dixie Meyrick Conner


Dixie Meyrick Conner, born May 7, 1930, died peacefully in her sleep Jan. 27, 2018. She was born to James David Meyrick and Bernadean Hardy.

Raised in Mt Pleasant, Utah, she attended Wasatch Academy, then moved to Salt Lake City. She attended LDS Business College for a time, then went to work. She married twice, Plato G. Kanell in 1950, divorced, and Hugh S. Conner in 1965, widowed.

She was a pistol and unstoppable when on a path to defend her kids or her passions. She created love and change wherever she was. Not always sure of the direction, she took on (whatever) ‘like a boss!’ We have been very blessed to have such a committed force as our example.

She gave us the gifts of beauty, grace, sensibility, loving nature and patience (sort of). She organized bridge clubs and garden clubs wherever she could. Dixie is survived by her greatest joy, three children: Kim Kanell Nielsen, Jill Kanell Knutson, Sean Jim Conner (Kris), seven grandchildren… even three great-grandchildren.

Holidays at Gram’s house was always a treat, she went all out with the china, the silver, and the presentation of an incredible event, every time. We could rarely put on our own shebang without her help. She was so brave, so smart, strong, pretty, gutsy, an accomplished pianist, seamstress, singer, dancer, artist, amazing cook, and creator of memories.

She always knew when to step up and when to back off, always making everyone else shine brighter. Mom didn’t want a funeral, no crying and sadness, Remember her well! In lieu of sending flowers, please plant something special in your garden in her memory. May her memory be eternal!
Special thanks to Sara, Joey, Liz, Teresa, Jordana, Spring Creek, Tender Care, Lehi, Adam and Serenity Funeral Home. You know who you are, and we appreciate your gentle, loving attention.
We will celebrate a life well-lived on June 24, 2018 from 10 a.m. – 2p.m. at Kim’s house. We would love all to attend. If you need the address, please e-mail Kim at:

Marva Belliston Olsen


Marva Belliston Olsen


Marva Belliston Olsen passed away in the early morning on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at her daughter’s home in Spring City, Utah. It brings great comfort to know she is having a grand and joyous reunion with treasured family and friends once lost beyond the veil.
Marva was born on Sept. 5, 1929 in Nephi, Utah as the fourth of what would total six children to Alva Read Belliston and Harriett (Hattie) Broadhead Belliston. She was married to Jay Lawrence Olsen of Fountain Green, Utah on Nov. 10, 1948, in the Manti LDS Temple. They had seven children: Steven (Candy) Olsen, South Jordan; David (Jackie) Olsen (predeceased), Margie (Rod) Ostler, Orem; Laura (Jeff) Watson, Spring City; Susan Olsen (predeceased), Connie (Wayne) Jarrett, Nephi; and Allen (Brenda) Olsen, Fountain Green. She has 26 grandchildren, 63 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson.
Energy, sharp wit and humor, and a pure love of life and of people lit up the entire room anywhere Marva went. Ever loyal to the family’s sheep and farming business, she always made her love of lambs and sheep very apparent. And she didn’t just love collecting sheep-themed decor. She personally cared for countless baby lambs each spring that may not have otherwise survived: symbolic of the concern and sensitivity she showed when she knew of someone in need.
Faithfully, Marva spent her life serving her family and her community. Her family frequently looked forward to her signature spudnuts, raisin-filled cookies, and nut and raisin cake with caramel frosting for birthdays. She also “served” as the “family dentist,” pulling countless loose teeth for her children and grandchildren, who often didn’t want anyone else to even try.

She sacrificed most of her time for personal pursuits dedicated instead to various local ward and stake callings in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She also served for close to 12 years with her husband Jay in callings at the Manti LDS Temple. Jay and Marva would have celebrated their 70th Wedding Anniversary on Nov. 10 of this year.
Marva is survived by siblings Ruth Howard and Joe (Norma) Belliston of St. George. Predeceased siblings are Dee, Duane, and Kent Belliston, and brother-in-law Bill Howard.
Funeral services were held in the LDS chapel located on 151 S. 200 West, Fountain Green at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 11, 2018. Interment was in the Fountain Green City Cemetery. Online condolence at

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Representatives from the Mormon Miracle Pageant get ready to appear on Fox Channel 13 with “Big Buddha” during a media blitz in Salt Lake City last week. From left are Abrielle Hardy of Roy, who plays lead character Mary Henshaw in the Pageant; Easton Cluff of Manti, who plays her husband, Robert; Milton Olsen of Manti, Pageant president; and Andreanna Judd of Gunnison, a featured dancer.

Mormon Miracle Pageant Opens Tomorrow

By Suzanne Dean




SALT LAKE CITY—More people around Utah should know more about the Mormon Miracle Pageant than in the past after a media blitz by Pageant leaders and selected cast members last week.

The Pageant representatives participated in the second annual “Media Day” on Tuesday, June 5, designed to pump up interest in the production, which opens its 52nd season tonight on Temple Hill in Manti.

Last year, Pageant leaders made the appearances. This year, “we involved the youth in that process, and it really freshened up the opportunity,” Milton Olsen, Pageant president, said.

In fact, so many media wanted the youth to appear that the visitors from Sanpete County had to divide into two groups.

Cody Alder of Ephraim, who plays Zrarahemnah, and Cambrya Cox of Ephraim, a dancer, went together to the Morning Show on KSL Radio with Brian Martin and Amanda Dickson.

They recorded two other interviews at KSL to be played later on TV news or public affairs programs.

Abrielle Hardy of Roy, who plays Mary Henshaw, one of the lead characters; Easton Cluff of Manti, who plays her husband, Robert Henshaw; and Andreanna Judd of Gunnison, a dancer; along with Olsen, appeared live on the Right Place Show on Fox Channel 13.

They also recorded a segment on the Channel 4 show, Good Things Utah, with Nicea DeGering. That segment was aired the next day.

Then members of the group recorded an interview with Rod Arquette, a talk show host at KNRS Radio (105.9). Olsen is not sure if the interview has aired yet.

For the past three years, the Pageant has also invited media to Manti to photograph and report from the dress rehearsal. On Tuesday, Olsen said he expected Channel 4 anchor Brian Carlson and possibly crews from two other TV stations.

As for preparations for the production, “in the broad scheme of things they’ve been going pretty well,” Olsen said Tuesday.

This year, Pageant leaders have stressed commitment to the cast and crew. They’ve talked about the importance of attending all rehearsals, attending the pre-performance devotionals, and remaining on the temple grounds for the whole duration of each performance, even when they aren’t on Temple Hill.

“I think we’re seeing them step up and do that,” Olsen said.

For the past years, groups have performed on a stage near the Family History Center each night before the Pageant has started. That’s not happening this year.

However, a group called the Pageant Show Choir, organized by Denise Hagemeister, the Pageant director, and consisting of teens and young adults, will perform nightly from 7-8 at Snow College. The choir will appear before LDS youth attending the Snow Fun program during the Pageant.

Besides the choir concerts, members of the Pageant presidency and youth from the cast will give short talks to Snow Fun participants.

The wild card in connection with the Pageant is always the weather. The forecast from tonight through next Tuesday, June 19, is for cloudy or overcast skies, but with little chance of rain.


Gunnison Valley Police Department

cracking down on ATV violators


By Robert Stevens

Managing editor


GUNNISON—A common complaint about kids driving ATVs irresponsibly on city streets is causing the Gunnison Valley Police Department (GVPD) to tighten up on pre-existing regulations.

“We have received a continual stream of complaints about kids driving off-highway vehicles (OHVs) and motorcycles on the streets,” the department wrote in a public social media post on Friday. “We recognize that in rural Utah there has generally been a slightly more relaxed policy on this issue, but this has become a continual problem and will no longer be the case.”

According to the GVPD Chief Brett McCall, both Gunnison and Centerfield already have laws and ordinances in place regulating ATVs/OHVs and how can kids can and can’t use them.

But even with these regulations in place, dozens of complaints have come in to the GVPD and the communities it polices.

McCall says the department is instituting a new system to enforce these issues without being too heavy handed.

“The problem is, if we just pulled a kid with no helmet over, there is a chance they might never even tell their parents about it,” McCall said.

With that in mind, the GVPD designed a system ensure youth caught breaking the rules while riding an ATV are required to inform their parents.

The department has a new form to fill out when an officer catches a minor breaking the rules on the books. The minor is required to have the parents come in to the GVPD station within five days of being pulled over. If the parents come in and address the issue, the parents become responsible for any discipline of the child may receive, and the police don’t issue a citation.

If the parents don’t come in to talk to the GVPD or if a kid repeatedly gets in trouble while riding, the infraction can be elevated to a juvenile citation, said McCall.

McCall said he regularly encounters parents whose attitude is, “What’s the big deal? Everyone else is doing it.”

But that’s the wrong attitude to have, he says.

The bottom line, McCall said, is the laws on the books say, helmet or not, unsupervised minors without a driver license cannot ride an ATV/OHV on any roads—be it Main Street or back streets.

“Parents need to be aware of the laws,” he said.

The social media announcement about needing to enforce the issue more strictly was met with a mixed bag of support and opposition on the GVPD Facebook page.

Scott Walker, a physician at Gunnison Valley Hospital posted, “Thank you! I see so many victims of ATV accidents in the (emergency room), and many times they are fairly young people, most of whom were not wearing helmets.”

Scott Stallard of Gunnison was less enthusiastic about the plan, saying, “Being free and having fun is what makes this place amazing. It’s turning more and more into California.”
The GVPD said anyone who disagrees with the plan needs to work with their respective cities to get changes made, since the GVPD doesn’t make laws, it only enforces the

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Caden Birch and Aubrey Smith




Troy and Lori Birch of Ephraim are pleased to announce the marriage of their son Caden McAllister Birch to Aubrey Lisanne Smith, daughter of Brandon and Melinda Smith of Vernal, in the Manti Temple on June 9, 2018.

An open house will be held in their honor that afternoon from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Ephraim LDS Church 450 N. 200 West.

Caden is a graduate of North Sanpete High School.  He served an LDS mission to the Indiana Indianapolis Mission and graduated from Snow College.  He is the grandson of Jack and Joan McAllister of Mt. Pleasant and Jesse and the late Pauline Birch of Ephraim.

Aubrey is a graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal.  She served an LDS mission in the Philippines Urdaneta Mission.  She is the granddaughter of Lauritz and Lynda Smith and Kenneth and Tamara Howell.

Both bride and groom are currently students at USU in Logan.

If by some oversight you did not receive an invitation, please consider this as one.

Bertha Clay Peterson Ogden Anderson


Bertha Clay Peterson Ogden Anderson


Bertha Clay Peterson Ogden Anderson, 94, passed away peacefully on May 31, 2018 in Nephi, Utah surrounded by her beloved family.

Bertha was born on Oct. 25, 1923 in Bingham Canyon, Utah to John Adelman Peterson and Merle Curtis. She married Ernest Ogden and they had three children. Ernest passed away in 1958. She later married Glen LeRoy Anderson on Nov.7, 1959 in Ephraim, Utah. Four more children were born and together they raised seven children.

Bertha was a meticulous homemaker who devoted her life to her faith and family. She was a devout member of the LDS church, serving in several church positions, her favorite being choir director. Music and literature were her passions. She loved the delights of nature, small animals, and relatives. Bertha was known for her genuinely kind and sweet temperament and her lifelong musical contribution. She was also known as one of the brightest lights in the community.

Bertha is survived by her husband of 59 years; children: Carol Waycasy, Holly Ashworth, Brian (Shelly) Anderson, Susan (Michael) Bellows; sister; Rose Adelle Peterson; nine grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. Proceeded in death by her children: Larry Ogden, Cheryl Ogden and Mitchell Anderson.

Funeral services will be held Friday, June 8, 2018 at 11 a.m., at the Ephraim Stake Center, 400 E. Center St, Ephraim. A viewing will be held prior to the funeral at the same location from 9-10:30 a.m.

Interment at the Ephraim City Park Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at

Sharron LaRene Hansen Stilson


Sharron LaRene Hansen Stilson


Sharron LaRene Hansen Stilson, 71, passed away suddenly on Friday, June 1, 2018 in Manti, with her eternal companion Edwin A. Stilson at her side.

Sharron was born Nov. 16, 1946, in Manti, to Max Emanuel and Doris Stewart Hansen. She married Edwin Stilson on Feb. 5, 1965 in Manti, later solemnized in the Manti Temple. They enjoyed 53 wonderful years together.

Sharron’s greatest joy in life was her family and she loved them dearly. She had a special love for children, and was extremely proud of all her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Sharron was a hugger and had many, many friends, and had a way of making anyone she met feel as though they were her favorite friend. She enjoyed reading, going to movies with friends, and socializing with the “Met & Et” dinner group.

She was a lifelong resident of Manti and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She had a strong testimony of the gospel and served in various church callings throughout her life, most recently as Manti Utah Stake Missionaries and Manti Temple workers. She also worked for years along with her husband Ed as church custodians.

She is survived by her husband Edwin; children: Kimberly (Thomas) Lee, Shane Stilson, Jeremy (Heidi) Stilson, Brandon Stilson; daughter-in-law, Liz Stilson; brother, Larry (Berdine) Morley; 19 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents; son, Kevin Max Stilson; sister, Arlene Stewart.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 11 a.m. in the Manti LDS Stake Center, 555 Union Street, Manti. Friends may call at the stake center Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. or Wednesday morning from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Burial will be in the Manti Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at

Let’s hang on to tradition and keep up our yards

(including curb strips)



Sometimes it seems that shared community values are breaking down all around us, including in Sanpete County.

In times past, one of those customs was keeping up one’s yard, the area around one’s home, as well as possible, and ideally, as well as other homes in the neighborhood.

Everyone planted grass, watered their grass and mowed their grass. Most people also had well tended trees, flowers and usually vegetables on their home lots.

The expectation that people will have landscaping around their homes is reflected in our zoning ordinances, which almost universally require a defined setback from the street, side yards and back yards.

Yet on many, perhaps the majority, of blocks in Sanpete County, there is at least one home where the entire yard is being permitted to go to dirt and weeds, eroding the quality of life for surrounding neighbors, harming property values, and contributing to a general breakdown of community pride.

We’ve even heard people suggest that one of the “benefits” of living in a rural area is that you don’t have to keep up a yard if you don’t want to. We say, “Baloney.”

Typically, local ordinances do not require yard maintenance, only that weeds be trimmed below a defined height.

We believe the ordinances need to be reviewed. Unkempt yards, often with junk in the yards, are no more acceptable in a rural area than anywhere else.

Often, yard deterioration starts with the curb strip, sometimes called the “mow strip,” between the sidewalk and road. The strip is typically city property, but by longstanding mores, the abutting property owner maintains it.

The photo on the left was taken in Lehi, where 100 percent of curb strips on Main Street north and south of the downtown area are weed-free, irrigated and mowed. All yards in front of businesses and residences north and south of downtown are also nicely maintained.

In about five blocks of downtown, the city has installed pavers and planter boxes. So there is no grass on those blocks. The grass strips pick up again south of downtown.

The result is that a visitor is able to drive or walk along Main Street for about 20 blocks past nicely maintained properties.

We weren’t able to determine if Lehi City mandates yard care along Main Street, or if the city itself maintains the curb strips. If the city is taking care of the strips, we say, “The view is worth the expense.”

Contrast that with the photo on the left taken at the north end of Ephraim near the city entrance where the majority of curb strips, including in front of businesses and one federal agency, have gone to weed.

We’re not singling out Ephraim. It’s happening in almost every town. In Moroni and Fountain Green, where, in the past, virtually all curb strips along the main streets were maintained, weeds are cropping up on many of the strips.

We have to ask, “How long before mores change and weeds start spreading up to front doors?”

We hope it’s not too late to recover our traditions, gather up our pride, get off our rear ends and maintain our yards.


Many Sanpete fire departments in dire need of support


By David Olsen

Staff writer



A crew from the Fountain Green Fire Department race to put on their safety equipment. The gear on the right is relatively new, but the two sets on in the left are several decades older, a problem that plagues the department since up-to-code safety gear is essential to fighting fires without putting firemen in more danger.

Sanpete County fire departments are all facing the same problems this fire-fighting season—not enough money and a shortage of volunteers.

Gunnison Valley Fire Chief Jed Hansen said it costs his city $4,500 to equip one firefighter with the mandatory personal protective equipment. The fireman’s bunker pants and bunker coat (turnouts) cost $1,700 alone and have a maximum 10-year lifespan to meet standards set by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Unfortunately, the Fountain Green Fire Department is using turnouts up to 20 years old. The city only budgets for one replacement set per year. The department currently has 13 active members and would like to add two more. Replacing only one set per year means the department can never catch up.

Fountain Green also suffers from an inadequate building. The roof leaks and there are holes in the ceiling.

According to training officer, Kyler Daybell, “There is no provision for providing compressed air to the main fire trucks, one of which has a leaking air brake system and needs to run for about three minutes to build up enough air pressure to release the brakes before the vehicle can leave the station.”

Fountain Green Fire Chief Matt Green added, “The city provides a budget of $8,000. Of which $2,000 is used for Lamb Days. That leaves only $6,000 for fuel, repairs and operating supplies.” The city also does not have a “Jaws of Life” and must rely on Wales and Nephi for vehicle extrications.

The Fairview Fire Department is in a much better financial position due in large part because of a unique situation.  Fire Chief Nathan Minor’s day job allows extraordinary flexibility in his hours. During the national wildfire season, he can respond anywhere in the country in a brush truck and has been deployed up to 14 days at a time working for the U. S. Forest Service. This work is paid time to the city, which then pays Chief Minor. The balance is then credited to the fire department budget, infusing it with thousands of dollars.

The next biggest problem facing Sanpete fire departments is finding volunteers. There are not enough to go around. All Sanpete Fire Departments are staffed by local volunteers. The volunteers attend training on a weekly basis at their respective departments plus additional training throughout the year.

Daytime is especially difficult to find volunteers because they work and cannot respond from their jobs. Fountain Green is an exception; four members work for Beck Automotive which is a block away from the fire station and the owner has allowed those employees to leave work to respond.

Fairview has reduced the problem somewhat by allowing city employees that are also firefighters to respond while on duty if doing so does not negatively impact the

Like many fire departments in Sanpete, the Fountain Green fire station is worse for wear. The holes in this roof leak when it rains and have insulation falling through from above.


The NFPA sets minimum standards for fire departments and they have determined that on a residential structure fire there must be at least four firefighters on scene before entry into the structure can be attempted. One or two more members that can respond may make all the difference.


Sanpete fire chiefs unanimously agreed that volunteer firefighters are definitely needed, but other volunteers are welcome as well. Driver, clerks, accountants, speakers, information specialists and others are encouraged to sign up.

Volunteer fire departments are mandated to meet the same training, vehicles, equipment, and record keeping as the full-time departments like Salt Lake City.

Adding to that: New home construction and related contents rely on a tremendous number of synthetics. They burn hotter, longer, give off far deadlier gases, and are harder to extinguish than the homes of thirty years ago.

The Indianola Fire Department is not currently certified to respond to structure fires. They are working with the county so they can. They have a solid base of equipment for wild fires and are frequently called to assist other departments with water supplies. They have a 5,000-gallon water tender and two 1,000-gallon fire engine/water tenders as well as two brush trucks. As they are located on SR 89, they have ordered “Jaws of Life” rescue tools so they can respond to frequent car accidents.

According to Fire Chief Rob Beal, when they get their structure fire certification, they will need to upgrade their equipment with self-contained breathing apparatus. They have 12 active members and would like to add two or three more, plus a couple of non-firefighting volunteers.

Sanpete County Fire Warden Tom Peterson is responsible for coordinating the individual city departments to respond to wildland fires.

Peterson has been instrumental in encouraging the departments to work and train together; thus providing a more effective response to all types of incidences, said Gunnison Fire Chief Jed Hansen. Through this cooperation, the cities have entered into mutual-aid contracts to assist each other.


Economic indicators say Sanpete is “fit”


296 new jobs in 2017,

dwelling permits up 112 percent


By Robert Stevens

Managing editor



Sanpete County is running at the front of the pack when it comes to positive economic news being reported for the Central Utah region by the Utah Department of Workforce Services (DWS).

Sanpete County’s job growth stalled somewhat in the second and third quarters of 2017, but rebounded nicely in the fourth quarter,” said DWS Economist Lecia Langston. “In addition, unemployment remains historically low   with no sign of seasonal layoffs. Construction and sales both turned in healthy performances. With all indicators showing improvement, Sanpete County appears to economically fit.”

The DWS released year-over data that addresses economic indicators such new nonfarm jobs, unemployment rates, new building permits and gross taxable sales.

With those factors in consideration, Sanpete County is leaving everyone but Sevier in the dust. In some cases, the contrast between Sanpete and some of the smaller Central Utah counties is stark.

For instance, year-over nonfarm job growth is up by 296 jobs. That’s up 3.7 percent, compared to statewide 3.6 percent averages and meager 1.5 percent nationwide gains.

Almost half of all of those new jobs in Sanpete are in manufacturing; a total of 133 new jobs and a growth of 15 percent over the previous year. Government jobs also saw a 76 position increase, although that’s only a 2.4 percent increase.

Mining jobs saw the largest percentage increase, rising by 58.3 percent. Don’t let that fool you though, since it only amounted to 14 new jobs in total—a testament to the stagnation of mining in Sanpete County.

The average monthly wage in Sanpete County has been climbing steadily since the recession and sits at just above $2,400, which is still $1,400 less than the statewide average monthly income of $3,800.

Seasonally adjust unemployment rates in Sanpete are rounding off at 3.7 percent. In comparison, the numbers are 3.1 percent statewide and 3.9 percent nationwide. Construction and professional services, which both involve seasonal factors, were the dominating contributors to unemployment claims.

Despite construction unemployment claims being the most common, construction is alive and well in Sanpete County. New residential building permits totaled 123 for 2017, and so far 2018 has already seen a further growth of 45 percent. Property values have boosted substantially over that time frame as well, with a 277 percent growth in 2017, and another 48 percent since then. Nonresidential permitting saw its own gains as well, boosting 77 percent over the year-to-date stats.

To top off the good things happening in wallets all over the county, gross taxable sales rates climbed 19.4 percent—the third straight quarter of double-digit gains. In contrast, statewide taxable sales are only up 9.2 percent.

Some other Central Utah counties are in bad shape compared with Sanpete. Piute County had a 9.5 percent drop in gross taxable sales, and saw zero percent increase in new dwelling construction. Wayne County actually has a 56 percent construction permitting rating, and has a 6 percent unemployment rate.

Only Sevier County, with its whopping 1,300 percent growth in building permit sales had the upper hand on Sanpete in any significant area.


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Joseph Paine and Alexandra Lynn Barlow



David and Elann Barlow of Mt. Pleasant are pleased to announce the wedding of their daughter, Alexandra Lynn Barlow to Joseph James Paine, son of Jim and Wendy Paine of Enterprise, in the Manti Temple.

A reception will be held in their honor on June 2, 2018 from 3-6 p.m. at the Mt. Pleasant Red Brick LDS church, 49 South State, Mt. Pleasant.

The bride is a graduate of North Sanpete High School, and is attending Snow College. She is the granddaughter of Brent and Sylvia Barlow of Mt/ Pleasant, and Marshall and Luana Romney of Springville.

The groom is a graduate of Enterprise High School and is attending Snow College, he is the grandson of  Joseph Mee and the late Winnie Mee, and Connie Hardman-Mee, of Enterprise.

Ruth Colynn Hansen


Ruth Colynn Hansen


Ruth Colynn Hansen passed away peacefully May 27, 2018 at the age of 91 in Mt. Pleasant, Utah.

Colynn was born Dec. 24, 1926, Christmas Eve, in Ephraim, Utah, to Paul Gordon and Clarissa Tidwell Hansen.  She was truly a precious Christmas gift to everyone.  She spent her childhood growing up in Ephraim with her siblings working on the family farm.

Colynn was musically inclined and played many musical instruments. One of her fondest memories was playing in the high school and college band. Colynn graduated from Snow College and the University of Utah with honors receiving her degree in Health and Physical Education. She pursued her career teaching in the Summit and Granite school districts.

She loved sports of all kinds and was very competitive. Colynn excelled in softball, tennis, swimming and cross country skiing winning many tournaments and awards which included the Peterson All-Around Girl Athlete Award her senior year at Snow College.  She loved the outdoors and spent her summers gardening, fishing the lakes and rivers, especially Community Reservoir in Ephraim Canyon.       She loved all animals and paid special attention to her beloved cats. Colynn also loved to learn and travel the world through reading.  Her love of reading continued throughout her life.  Colynn was known for her quick wit and natural humor that would always put a smile on everyone’s face.  After retiring from teaching Colynn returned to Ephraim to live in her family home.

Colynn is survived by her sister-in-law Norma; eight nephews and three nieces.   She is preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Garth Tidwell Hansen, Paul Morris Hansen, Max Andrew Hansen, sister Marilee Clarissa Hansen and niece Paula Sue Hansen Miller.

The family would like to thank Doctor Allen Day and all the attendants, nurses and staff of Autumn Park and County Lane Care Center for their wonderful care and kindness.

A graveside service will be conducted in her honor Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 11 a.m. in the Ephraim City Cemetery. Online condolence at


Zions Bank helps repair and paint Ephraim home in

28th annual Paint-a-Thon service project


Kellie Harrison

Staff writer


Nate Christensen (left) and Dave Warren, Zions Bank Financial Center Managers for Ephraim and Manti, respectively, apply a new coat of paint to an Ephraim house as part of the organization’s 28th annual Paint-a-Thon service project on Monday, May 14.

EPHRAIM — Zions Bank kicked off its 28th annual Paint-a-Thon service project on May 14 by adding a fresh coat of paint to the first of 42 homes owned by senior

citizens and disabled residents who face challenges maintaining them.

The home of Carol Ogden in Ephraim will be the first of 42 homes in Idaho and Utah throughout the month of June to receive an exterior home makeover from the Zions Bank employees involved with the project. They will scrape and paint all 42 homes involved.

Zions Bank Ephraim Financial Center Manager Nate Christensen said, “Not only is the project personally rewarding, but it aligns with Zions Bank’s mission to create value in our communities.”

Nearly 90 percent of people over age 65 want to stay in their home for as long as possible, and 80 percent believe their current residence is where they will always live, according to the AARP Public Policy Institute. The population of residents age 65 and older is expected to increase by 145 percent between the years 2000 and 2030.

Zions Bank wants to help those wanting to remain in their homes be able to do that for as long as possible and help them maintain their independence, dignity and health.

The bank will also be providing yard clean-up, pruning, mowing, planting and minor repairs as needed by homeowners, along with the scraping and painting of the homes. Zions Bank has also paid for all of the supplies that will be used to fix up the homes.

Zions Bank’s Paint-a-Thon began in 1991 as a volunteer project for a dozen homes along Utah’s Wasatch Front. Twenty-eight years later, Zions Bank employees continue to spend one week each summer to help the elderly and disabled members of their communities. These volunteers help on weekdays, after work and on Saturdays.

Overall, Zions Bank has donated more than $1 million toward beautifying homes in Utah and Idaho as they continue to serve their communities.