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A BAe-146 Tanker drops fire retardant to slow the spread of the Crooked Creek Fire burning north of Fairview near Milburn.

Milburn residents express faith in

firefighters as blaze consumes forest

Robert Stevens

Managing editor


MILBURN— Despite pre-evacuation orders on a number of nearby structures, Luann Greenwell of Milburn sat on her front porch watching the mountains burn. She didn’t seem worried because firefighting crews have succeeded in pushing back the fire.

According to information released by the Sanpete County Sheriff’s Office at the onset of the Crooked Creek Fire, a pre-evacuation order on Friday was issued for more than 20 structures, including those in Dry Creek and Tucker Flats.

Although not much stands between the fire and her home besides plenty of fuel and one paved road, Greenwell was smiling and relaxed.

“The fire crews are on the ball,” Greenwell said. “They’ve really been hustling and I want to give credit where credit is due. I am not worried at all.”

The fire ignited on Wednesday, July 18 from lightning in the Crooked Creek mountains in the Manti-La Sal National Forest, east of Milburn and north of Fairview.

From the beginning, fire crews have worked to fully suppress the fire. As of Saturday, the fire had grown to more than 150 acres, according to Leann Fox, of, the state website that releases up to date information on wildfires in Utah.

 Fox said Friday’s cloud cover and cool weather with temperatures in the low 80s gave firefighters an advantage in fighting the fire.

However, she also said the fire is burning in mixed conifer with down and dead timber, and large standing timber, which generates extreme heat and is resistant to cooler, more humid weather.

Aircraft dropping water and retardant were important to holding the fire and helping firefighters as they worked on the ground, she said. The fire was most active on the northeast flank of the mountains.

According to Rosann Fillmore, public affairs specialist with the Forest Service, as of Monday, the fire was burning on 137 acres and 182 personnel were fighting against its spread—with three engines, three HotShot Crews, three initial attack crews, three helicopters, one airplane dropping retardant and a water tender.

“Although fire line has been built around the perimeter, heavy fuel, snags and rolling logs are keeping the fire hot and pose a risk for spread,” Fillmore said.  “Natural fire behavior helped to secure the fire on the southeast edge where there are fingers of fire and steep terrain. Crews have been securing the line by taking down snags and turning over burning logs.”

Dead and downed timber continues to burn in numerous individual spots, so firefighters were working to get spots contained, Fillmore said. Rain has not helped fire burning in heavy logs. Firefighters will continue work to improve and secure lines.

The Manti-La Sal National Forest has issued an order closing the fire area: Forest Roads 138, 1178, 1048, 1049; Forest Trail 0053 from the Forest Boundary to the junction with Forest Road 0138; Forest Trail 048 from the Forest Boundary to the junction with Forest Road 1178.

The closure is in place to prevent potential injury to the public and firefighter safety during fire operations. You can read the order at:

“Everyone attending holiday celebrations and families recreating in the area of Fairview, Milburn and Fairview Canyon need to be aware of increased fire traffic,” Fox said. “Travel cautiously throughout the area.”

Although three structures further up the mountain have been given evacuation orders, Greenwell said she expects everything to turn out okay for her, and she “doubts she’s going anywhere with as hard as the fire crews are working.”

Spring City sets hearing on

big hike in property tax


James Tilson

Staff writer


            SPRING CITY—Spring City is proposing to double its municipal property tax rate for the upcoming fiscal year.

A Truth-in-Taxation notice published in this week’s and last week’s Sanpete Messenger says the proposed increase would raise the revenue yield from property tax in the coming fiscal year by 105.72 percent over revenue for the last fiscal year.

A public hearing is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the council room in the Spring City Old School Community Center.

Mayor Jack Monnett said of the increase, “It’s vital.” Monnett called it part of an effort to make needed improvements and repairs to the city’s infrastructure. “We knew we had to do it,” he said. “Infrastructure costs money.”

The notice gives two examples of how the tax increase would impact a hypothetical resident or business. On a $180,000 residence, the Spring City charge on the home owner’s property tax bill would increase from $88.31 to $181.67, an increase of $93.36.

For a business property valued at $180,000, the property tax increase would go from $160.56 to $330.30, an increase of $169.74.

On June 14, the city council tentatively approved the new property tax rate as part of the city budget, although the new rate cannot go into effect until after a public hearing and final adoption.

The proposed certified rate was raised from .000917 last year to .001850, which is similar to the rates charged by Fountain Green and Fairview, but lower than the rate in every other municipality in the county except in Wales.

Monnett said Spring City’s rates, not just for property taxes but also for utilities, have been lower than most everyone else in the county.

“We were falling so far behind everyone else as far as revenue. We’ve kept (taxes) low, but it finally hit us in the face. If we keep doing this, we won’t be a city much longer.”

Councilman Tom Brunner said, “Nobody likes taxes or higher utilities, but we did what we needed to do to make sure the city provided the necessary services and balance the budget.”

Even though the revenue that would potentially be gained is a big jump, lower income households should feel less impact than households with higher incomes, the mayor said.

Property tax is based on the value of a house, so the owner of a house with a low assessed  value will pay a lot less than the owner of a $180,000 house. Utility rates are tied to consumption, so a household using relatively little water will pay less than a high-consuming household.

Utah Heritage Credit Union eager to

show off Ephraim branch


Suzanne Dean



            EPHRAIM—Utah Heritage Credit Union will hold a grand opening on Tuesday, July 31 for its new Ephraim branch at 268 S. Main, including a ribbon cutting and free lunch for the community.

Prize drawings begin and 11:30 a.m., and everyone attending can receive a ticket, according to Greg Sterner, vice president of lending. The biggest prize will be a Camp Chef pellet grill

At noon, credit union officials will cut a ribbon signifying completion of the new branch. A lunch of pulled pork sandwiches will follow and continue until 1:30 p.m.

Credit union staff moved into the new building the first week of March. “But we wanted to hold off on the grand opening until the landscaping was in. Everything’s all finished now,” Sterner said.

The first step in creating the new branch was demolition of a one-time house where loan officers were located in April 2017. The lending functions moved into the banking branch next door.

Nearly a year later, the new building was sufficiently complete to enable both lending and banking staff to move in. The credit union started serving customers in the new facility. About one month later, the original branch office, also located in a one-time house, was torn down.

Completion of the new branch has enabled the credit union to centralize all lending, including auto, personal, construction, mortgage and business loans, Sterner said. Previously, some types of loans were handled at UHCU headquarters in Moroni.

“Combining banking operations and lending in one building is a big step forward,” Sterner says.

The most notable feature of the new building is tall windows on the east side that let in a lot of sunlight, Sterner says. The building also has a sizeable lobby with updated furniture.

Another feature, still being completed, is a room on the north side of the building near the teller stations. Eventually, it will have computers and I-pads patrons can use for electronic banking.

The building has five private offices on the main floor with finished space in the basement where more offices can be added in the future as the credit union grows.

Kevin McClung holds shotgun while he and Jamie Klaes talk beside airplane.

‘Mad Dog Made’ to air on Discovery

Channel featuring local inventor


Robert Stevens

Managing editor


EPHRAIM—The Discovery Channel is shooting a reality TV series in Sanpete County based on the life of “mad” scientist who builds outrageous weapons and tools with the help of his daughter and his master apprentice.

“Mad Dog Made” is a show based based on the skills and training of renowned military weapons designer, engineer and combat consultant, Kevin “Mad Dog” McClung, formerly of Prescott, now living in Manti.

The series, which so far has been entirely filmed in Ephraim, will debut on the Discovery Channel on Friday, Aug. 3 at 10 p.m., and will show McClung and his team fabricating cutting-edge handheld weapons and tools—one example of which is a super long-range rifle meant to shoot down weapons of mass destruction.

McClung will be assisted by former Marine and weapons expert, Jacob Sanchez and McClung’s own daughter, Morgan Fey McClung—who was named after King Arthur’s evil sister because her father said he “saw a dark streak in her” when she was born.

“Morgan is so funny,” McClung said. “She’s quick-witted and such a quick learner. She brings a lot to the show.”

McClung is a former senior scientist at the American Rocket Company. He is also an experienced outdoorsman, combat trainer and weapons and combat consultant. His two teammates add more than 15 years of experience in fields like blacksmithing, computer-aided-design, carpentry and aerospace mechanics.

McClung said the idea grew to life after Lionsgate Productions saw a video of what McClung and his team likes to do—fabricate outrageous weapons and tools. The studio was wowed and quickly sent a film crew to Ephraim.

“I’ve been working in Hollywood as a consultant for a long time,” McClung said. “I have never seen something get greenlighted so fast.”

The debut episode will show McClung and his team using their combined talents to create their own spin on the life-saving tool used by first responders known as the “Jaws of Life.”

The team will be tasked with creating a tool capable of rescuing an automobile accident victim within three minutes.

Later in the season, the team will also be tasked with building tools capable for use in space and will create a protective shelter for crashed bush pilots who are being stalked by wild animals.

The series is produced by Rogue Atlas in Association with Lionsgate Television.

Manti City considering annexation

that would add 438 acres to city


James Tilson

Staff writer


The Manti City Council is proposing annexation of 438 acres on the north and east side of the city. The area to be annexed (in white) stretches from north of the cemetery, to north and east of Temple Hill, and takes in a swatch along the city’s eastern edge going south to approximately 300 South. The city’s buffer zone is in orange.

            MANTI—Local citizens voiced concerns over property taxes and zoning for a new annexation proposed by Manti City at last week’s council meeting.

            Manti proposed an annexation of 438.37 acres of land on the north and east sides of the city, stretching from north of the cemetery and Temple Hill and going around the eastern edge of Manti to approximately 300 South.

            Prior to the regular council meeting, citizens were invited to voice their opinions at a public hearing on the annexation. Prior to the hearing, Mayor Kory Soper read a statement to the audience.

            In part, it said, “There have been some concerns raised that the city may have to pay for street and utility infrastructure for the proposed annexation area. That is not the case. It is the policy of the city that private development pays for its own street and utility infrastructure, which must comply with city standards. Once new infrastructure is placed to the city’s satisfaction, the city assumes ownership and maintenance of those streets and utilities.”

            However, other concerns were raised by the audience. Linda Nielson, local business owner and real estate broker, said she was “not opposed, but I think this annexation is premature,” and “the zoning of the annexed properties be clearly identified.” Nielson believes the annexation will have minimal positive impact on the city’s residents as a whole, versus the greater positive impact for the annexed property owners and the city government.

            According to Nielson, 25 percent of the city is exempt from property tax. She said 50 percent of the annexed property would be exempt, and the other 50 percent would be zoned “greenbelt” (which taxes the property at a lower agricultural rate). Nielson requested an accounting of the financial impact of the annexation on the city.

            Steve Allred, property owner, asked the council when the zoning for the new annexation would be settled. The concern is that the zoning is currently unknown, and there is sentiment to expand the city’s commercial/business zones along U.S. 89 in the annexation area. Mayor Soper told Allred the planning commission would consider the issue at its next meeting on August 7.

            Kris Jorgenson, a landowner within the annexation area, stood to voice his approval. “Cities grow, or they die,” was his sentiment. Jorgenson said the city needs areas for single family homes, and the area would eventually be part of the city anyway. Annexing the property sooner would lead to better planning.

            The council tabled the annexation until the council next meeting, in order to consider all the comments by the public.

            Wes Alexander, with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR), presented a proposal from the DWR for a new deer control program. In response to deer problems “all along the Wasatch Front,” the DWR has instituted a “lethal removal” programs for cities up and down the Wasatch Range.

            According to Alexander, to qualify for the program a city would have to enact a no feeding of deer/elk/moose ordinance, show the damage that deer had done in the city and carry a $1 million liability insurance policy. Having done that, the city would apply to the state for a Certificate of Registry (COR) to begin the removal.

            The city would then contract with someone to carry out the program, which would include hunting the deer from an elevated stand within the city limits, luring the deer to the stand with feed and shooting them with a crossbow. The hunting would occur from Aug. 1 through Dec. 15.

            The only costs to the city would be the insurance policy, the contract with the hunter and the cost of deer disposal.

            Alexander informed the council that although several other Utah cities had begun using the program, only Herriman had been using the program for any amount of time. However, Herriman had reported a dramatic drop in vehicle impacts with deer while using the program.

            The council did not take action on the presentation, and said it would consider the information.

Ephraim’s Milton Tew says ‘do jobs right’

Milton Tew

            Possibly the oldest man in Ephraim, Milton Tew learned the value of hard work and good humor at a young age. He was born in 1921 and grew up during the Great Depression. With nothing to waste, he learned to work hard and do a job right the first time, according to his son Paul.

           With help from his father, Milton graduated high school and went to Snow College in 1939. It was there that he met his wife, Fern Amelia Larsen. “They had a milk cow and Dad needed milk, and I think he was sweet on my mom, so I think it kind of worked out that he kept getting his milk from there, and one thing led to the next,” says Paul. “…He kept asking her to marry him over and over and over, and she finally acquiesced.”

            Milton and Fern both graduated from Snow and went on to Brigham Young University. Milton had to pause his education for a few years during World War II, when he served in the Army Corps of Engineers in Europe.

            Milton finished his education at Purdue in Indiana. He was an educator, at one point being the vice principal of a large high school in California.

            He had four children—David, Susan, Melanie, and Paul. Paul recalls the lessons his father taught him as a boy. “He deeply ingrained, if you’re going to do a job, do it right… I appreciate that. It was a challenge being a kid, but I now understand the value of hard work.”

            Milton retired at the age of 60. He and his wife served an LDS mission in the Philippines. He was also in the Manti Temple presidency, and served as a patriarch for Snow College student stake. Now, at 96, he mostly keeps to himself. He lives in his home in Ephraim, where his children take care of him. His wife passed away ten years ago, and he misses her terribly, but he retains a sense of humor.

 “He’s a fun-loving fellow. He loves to laugh. He’s happy. As he gets older, he’s kind of losing that, but he likes to laugh, and he thinks he’s funny,” his son says.

            Milton will turn 97 in September.

Former NS high school teacher

enters guilty plea


James Tilson

Staff writer


            MANTI—The North Sanpete High School teacher accused of “sexting” with a student entered a guilty plea in 6th District Court in Manti last Wednesday.

            Bradford Bentley, 54 of Mt Pleasant, pleaded guilty to enticing, soliciting, seducing  or luring a minor by Internet or text, a Class A misdemeanor.

            The offense carries a possible sentence of up to one year in jail, a fine of up to $2,500 and a requirement to register as a sex offender.

The case started after a student approached the NSHS school resource officer with allegations Bentley had sent her text messages of a sexual nature. Bentley became the focus of the investigation and was dismissed from his teaching job in May.

Investigators seized two cell phones and two iPads from Bentley’s classroom as evidence. Investigators have said the devices did not have any sexually oriented photos, only text.

When asked whether he would recommend jail for Bentley, Kevin Daniels, Sanpete County attorney, said, “I will rely heavily on the presentence investigation.” Sentencing was set for Sept. 12.


Case of Centerfield sewer line break

shows complexities of local government

Nearly all city councils in Sanpete County want to do what seems right and fair. But as a situation that came up at the Centerfield City Council a couple of weeks ago demonstrated, doing so can be complicated.

In 2004, the city council adopted an ordinance saying that the city was financially responsible for main sewer lines going down the middle of streets.

But if a leak or break occurred on a lateral line going from the sewer main to a private property on the side of the street, the property owner was financially responsible, even if the break was located on city property.

Centerfield is not unique, Ephraim City, for one, has the same policy regarding lateral lines.

Recently, a break occurred right at the joint where the lateral connects to the main. The lateral serviced property owned by Roger Marshall, a well-like resident who has cancer. The city billed him $2,200 for the repair.

There have been allegations that installation of the sewer laterals years ago was a slip-shod job. Marshall wasn’t able to attend the city council meeting where his predicament was discussed. A neighbor spoke in his behalf. But in an interview, Marshall reported, “When we dug up the broken pipe, we found that whoever installed it didn’t even glue it to create a seal.”

Marshall can ill afford the $2,200 repair. The community has been raising money to help him with medical bills. To tab him with the cost of repair of a problem he in no way created seems almost callous.

But as Mayor Thomas Sorensen pointed out, rightly or wrongly, the ordinance currently on Centerfield’s books says property owners are responsible for laterals, period.

If the city approved a refund for Marshall, it could open Pandora ’s Box. Other property owners who have paid for repairs to portions of lateral lines that were located on city property anytime after 2004 could start asking for refunds. Who know how much that would cost the city?

Going forward, when other breaks occurred on city property, property owners could insist that the city fix them, because the city had done so for other owners. If the city said “no,” the property owners would have good grounds for a lawsuit.

Some council members wanted to give Marshall the refund. Such an action could have been justified as a gesture of compassion. But the mayor called for consulting with the city attorney first. “Let’s make sure we do this the right way,” the mayor said. Ultimately, the motion to give Marshall a refund was tabled.

In dealing with day-to-day issues such as a potential refund to Marshall, a city council must always keep the big picture in mind. Based on the memory of one of the mayors involved in installing the sewer system, it went in in the 1980s. It’s a given that a system in place for that long is going to start breaking down.

It is probably time for Centerfield to call in Sunrise Engineering, its consulting engineering firm, have the company evaluate the whole sewer system, and ask Sunrise to make recommendations for preventive maintenance or, potentially, replacement of parts of the system.

While not a perfectly fair solution, it might make sense for Centerfield to keep its existing ordinance on laterals in place for now. Once the sewer system is upgraded, and the potential for leaks and breaks has been minimized, the city can change its ordinance and take responsibility for portions of laterals that are on city property.

Adopting a new ordinance, of course, requires public notice for at least two weeks, followed by a public hearing, followed by a council vote.

The only plausible course would be to make the ordinance applicable to cases following adoption. Making the ordinance retroactive would create an administrative and financial hornet’s nest.

As we said, running a municipal government can be complicated.

We could understand why the city might want to refund the repair cost on compassionate and humanitarian grounds.

Handcart trek gives participants

appreciation for pioneer trials

Robert Stevens

Managing editor


During a portion of the trek, the companies reenacted a historic Mormon pioneer moment known as the “women’s pull,” where the women and girls were forced to go on ahead on the trail after the men and able-bodied boys were called in to duty in the Spanish American War.

MANTI—After his second pioneer handcart trek, this time with his wife and two sons by his side, a Manti man has a renewed appreciation for the arduous journey of his ancestors, and the strength, courage and faith of women and youth—both past and present.

Jim Bob Pipes, 40, first experienced a pioneer handcart trek in his early teens. On Thursday, July 12, he set out on a new trek—this time with his wife Becky, 39, and his two eldest sons, Jacob, 17, and Josh, 15. He spent three days pulling handcarts over 25 miles of rough terrain, with conditions made to simulate the Mormon pioneer’s trip west.

The trek, which Pipes says his LDS stake organizes about every four years, was the culmination of nearly a year’s planning.

Pipes has a bigger picture view of the trek now that he has helped plan one. The planning has helped him see the real scope of what Utah’s pioneers really dealt with on their journey to the Beehive State. Sharing the trail together brings out the best in people, he says.

“The whole idea behind a pioneer trek is to experience firsthand the faith and determination of our pioneer ancestors,” Pipes says. “We hear stories of their courage and grit after being expelled by a nation that denied them the religious liberty guaranteed in the Constitution.

“These people left the comfort of fertile farms and quiet communities at gunpoint, with only what they could carry in a wagon or handcart, and faced the uncertainty of a 1000+ mile journey to a place they had never seen.”

Pipes says now that he has a family, he wanted to encourage his children and other LDS youth to explore the questions of why their ancestors would do that, endure some of the physical challenges and discover in themselves what helped the pioneers keep going in the face of such a monumental task.

“We want the youth to feel that their faith is very much connected to their pioneer ancestors’ faith,” Pipes says.

The large group, which consisted of participants from all of the Manti LDS Stake wards, was organized into three companies of approximately 100 people. Pipes and his family trekked with a company led by David and Natalie Fullmer, who were given the titles of “Pa” and “Ma”.

“It was wonderful to experience the trek in a family setting,” says Becky Pipes. “To love and be loved. To pray for and be prayed over.”

Each person was asked to choose a pioneer to learn about and to trek in their honor. Pipes chose his great-great-grandfather, Hans Peter Jensen, who came west and then south to Manti and helped build the town and surrounding areas.

Jensen helped get water and electricity established in Manti, helped survey the route for a railroad from Nephi and served as the bishop of his ward for 26 years.

Pipes says the purpose of the ancestral homework was “to remind us when our feet hurt or the path was rocky that we have it in us to do what they did.

“It was very powerful and we heard the youth tell of the new appreciation they gained for the things their ancestors did.”

In fact, Pipes says that he was proud of how well his sons and the participating youth handled the journey.

“Through the entire experience, walking with the youth each day, I never heard complaints that I honestly thought might flow rather freely,” he says. “They knew the job ahead of them; they put their heads down and got to work.

“And instead of negativity they built each other up, encouraging each other to keep going, or they traded off pulling and provided relief when someone got tired.”

Another aspect of the pioneer journey that Pipes says was impressive was the determination of the women—his wife, Becky, included—during a portion of the trek modeled after history and known as the “women’s pull.”

The women’s pull came about during the exodus to Utah when many of the men and able-bodied boys were asked to assist in the Mexican-American War. Many of the men left and the women and girls were required to continue on without them.

“When we reenacted this by having the women pull some of the hand carts up a steep hill, the fortitude I saw in them was incredible,” Pipes says. “They prepared themselves mentally and spiritually by meeting together beforehand and then those women gave it everything they had.

Despite rough terrain and many challenges, the pioneer handcart trek had plenty of joyous moments, such as the square dancing where the company of trekkers proved they weren’t too tired to have fun.

“It was truly inspiring to watch them tackle such a strenuous physical task with courage, determination and faith.”

Pipes’ wife Becky had some insight from the trek as well.

“We made our way through a dry riverbed,” she says. “The sandy ground and new growth made for a challenge. I learned if I just straddled those saplings straight on, they would hit my skirt and go beneath. So much less effort than dodging each one.

“I’m still thinking on all the applications, but it does remind me of buffalo that goes straight into a storm instead of running from it and by doing so they spend a lot less time in it.”

Despite all the hardship the trek puts participants through, it has its fair share of merriment. Pipes says the food committee did an amazing job, and there were also many moments of joy, celebration and even square dancing along the way.

“The food brigade rocked our thick socks every single meal,” Becky says.

Maynard Donnell Sorenson


Maynard Donnell Sorenson

            Maynard Donnell Sorenson, 85, passed away Saturday, July 7, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

            He was born Sept.20, 1932, the son of Maynard and Vera Olivorson Sorenson. His early youth was spent in Axtell, Utah. He married Jeanene Weed, Nov. 4, 1950. They are the parents of two sons: Steve, of Tonapah, Arizona and Kelly, of Centerfield, Utah. They resided in Los Angeles, California. Jeanene passed away in 2010.

            Donnell married Lavon Marie Hoffman Hillesland on Feb. 8, 2012.

            Donnell started his career at McDonnell Douglas in Los Angeles, California as a metal finisher. Shortly after that, he started his own business, which grew to five businesses in metal finishing including Precious Metal Reel to Reel Finishing all in Los Angeles, which he ran for 65 years.

            He also was a real estate developer with developments in Scottsdale, Arizona and Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was the owner of office buildings in the Salt Lake City area, most notable the Denver Building which houses the Veterans Administration Offices Complex.

            Donnell developed and patented a nozzle system which was used to extinguish the fires at the launch site after launches of the space shuttle, as well as in large power stations and sewer systems.

            He was an avid flyer for business and pleasure. He was a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association since 1970, as well as a member of the American Bonanza Society. It was fun see Donnell fly over and tip his wings as he buzzed the family farm in Axtell signaling us to drive over and pick him up at the Redmond Airport.           

            Don loved to shoot skeet and was a member of a shooters club. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and made trips home to hunt deer in our canyons with his dad Maynard.

            He is survived by his wife, Lavon; Lavon’s daughter, Kim Hillesland, both of Los Angeles; sons: Steve and Kelly; numerous grandchildren; brother, Bill (Debbie) Sorenson, Jerome, Idaho; sisters: Marnie (Bill) Clawson, Leawood, Kansas; Laurel (Ray) Christensen, Mayfield; and Robyn (Hal) Hendrickson, Gunnison. He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Sheila Sorenson; an infant sister, Karen, and first wife Jeanene.

            A private graveside service for the immediate family will be held Saturday, July 21, 2018 in the Gunnison City Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at

            Donnell will be greatly missed by family and friends alike.

Elsie Kay Dyches

Elsie Kay Dyches

            Elsie Kay Dyches, 77, of Moroni, passed away July 18, 2018 at her home surrounded by her family.

            She was born March 7, 1941 in Fairview, to Caleb T. and Rachel Blackham Hartley. She married Bernell R. “Boone” Dyches on July 1, 1959 in Fairview. They were married 56 years and raised four children.

            Kay always loved to be around her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, spending time on the desert while her family sheared sheep, cutting wood, playing bingo and watching ball games. She excelled in gardening and taking care of her goats. She loved and had a positive impact on all who were blessed to be part of her life.          She is survived by her children: Tammy Thompson, Ogden; Scott (Diane) Dyches, Moroni; Allison Boudreaux, Moroni; Jarred (Christina) Dyches, Moroni; 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; siblings: Norma Gean (Bill) Alston, Washington; Ellis Hartley, Provo; Bob (June) Hartley, Ely, Nevada and Dorene Sperry, Provo.

            Preceded in death by her parents, husband, Bernell Dyches, sister; Linda Goforth Seethaler; sister-in-law, Esther Dyches; son-in-law, Bart Thompson; niece, Shelly Dyches; nephew, Cody Dyches; great-nephews, Colton Dyches and Mason Dyches Burnside.

            Graveside services were held Saturday, July 21, 2018 at the Moroni City Cemetery at 11 a.m. Online condolences at

Howard Alan Hagemeister

Howard Alan Hagemeister

                Howard Alan Hagemeister, devoted husband, loving father, Lionel train collector, sailing enthusiast, and dapper dresser returned home July 19, 2018, in Manti, after a year and a half bout with cancer. Howard was welcomed home by his mother and father, Ruth Blunk and Alfred Hagemeister, and his first born son, Mark.

                Women always had their eyes on Howard. First there was his mother, Ruth. She first laid eyes on him Jan. 19, 1934 in Fort Collins, Colorado when they placed her newborn son in her arms. 18 years later, he caught the eye of a 17 year old junior at Fort Collins High School. On May 12, 1953 Howard married Eileen Marion Knight, the only girl he ever kissed.

                Eileen joined the LDS Church in 1960. However, never one to make a rash decision, Howard waited 33 years to be baptized in 1993. They were sealed to each other, along with their children in the Salt Lake Temple, June 4, 1994.

                Although Howard took his time to embrace the gospel, he jumped in with both feet. He and Eileen served a mission in Quebec, Canada in 2000. He had numerous callings in the church but his greatest love was serving in the temple. He served as an ordinance worker in the Manti Temple for three years and as a sealer for 12 years.

Howard Alan Hagemeister


                Howard was a patriot. Enlisting in the Navy in 1952, he served his country in body for four years and in heart and spirit for the rest of his life.

                Waiting to reunite with their husband, father, brother and grandfather on some glorious day yet to come are wife, Eileen; children: Susan Granger, Paul (Denise) Hagemeister and Rene Hagemeister, all of Manti; brother, Charles (Pearl) Hagemeister, Fort

Collins, Colorado; as well as 11 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

                Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 10 a.m. in the Manti Tabernacle. There will be no public visitation. Burial will be in the Manti Cemetery with military honors by the Manti American Legion Post #31 and Navy Honor Guard. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at

                Howard had little tolerance for mean spirited people. In lieu of flowers please do a random act of kindness in his name.


Ronna Lee Swenson Torgerson


Ronna Lee Swenson Toregerson

                On what would have been her mother’s 125th birthday, July 20, 2018, Ronna Lee Swenson Torgerson, our sweet mother, passed away and into the waiting arms of those who passed before.

                She was born Feb. 4, 1931 in Fairview, Utah to Anthere and John Swenson, the youngest of 10 children. She married LaVern Torgerson June 30, 1947.

                They have four children: Michael (Gail), Randy (Kathy), Jacalyn (Joe) and Gary (Lynne). Mom and dad spent many years in Wayne County, Utah before moving to Salt Lake City in 1956. They moved to Denver in 1962.    

                Mom worked for Frito-Lay in Denver for many years, driving 125 miles from one end of Denver to the other in rain, sleet, hail and snow. She left Frito-Lay in 1971 when they opened the first of their service stations.         

                They retired in 1986, spent a few years as Snowbirds in Arizona during the winter and summers at the cabin they built together in Coaldale, Colorado, then finally came home to Richfield where Vern passed away in 2004.

                Mother lost her vision in 2001, but fought valiantly to remain independent. She moved back to Denver to be near Jackie and Gary and into Sunny Acres Retirement Center when she could no longer take proper care of herself. Dementia is an incredibly cruel disease, and mom gave the fight of her lifetime to combat it . . . but in the end, sadly, it took her.

                She is survived by her children, nine grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson, as well as many well-loved nieces and nephews.

                She was preceded in death by her husband, Vern; grandson Anthony Porath; brothers Shirley, Ross, Jay, Harry and Dwaine; and her sisters: Wilma, Vanetta, Ora and Helen.

                Viewing will be held Saturday, July 28 from 10-11:30 a.m. at Rasmussen Mortuary in Mt. Pleasant Utah.

                Graveside service at noon in the Upper Fairview City Cemetery in Fairview, Utah. We will keep your legacy alive, mom with the love, kindness, principles, humor and hard work ethic you instilled in all of us. We love you forever and ever. Online condolences at

Maurine Tatton Bown


                As one journey ends, a new one begins for Maurine Tatton Bown on July 7, 2018.

                Maurine was born Dec. 8, 1932 in Salt Lake City, the daughter of Lou Wallace and Thelma Josephine Smith Tatton.

                She attended Manti High School. She married the love of her life, Francis Basil Bown in March of 1950.

                Maurine worked in Food Service at Hill Air Force Base and managed two other restaurants. She also worked as a seamstress in several sewing manufacturing companies and her most recent work was as a Home Health Care Aid in the Home Health Care Industry.

                She enjoyed camping, fishing, sewing, painting, gardening, woodworking, reading and old westerns. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends and her dog Hanna.

                Maurine is survived by her daughters: Bonnie Swapp (Frank), Vickie Williams, Sherie King, Shellie Bown; 13 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; sisters: Marie Combes, Kathy Anderson (Harry), Betty Conner and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, two brothers, two sisters, son Douglas Bown, and two sons-in-law: Clint Williams and Dave King.

                The family will celebrate her life on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018 at her home from 1-4 p.m. Interment will be in the Clearfield City Cemetery, Clearfield.

                Arrangements entrusted to Provident Funeral Home of Ogden. Online condolences may be expressed at

Manti little league

team takes state


Katelyn Allred

Staff writer


Back row (L-R): Head coach Kyle Bailey, Kayson Bailey, Kort Cox, Bo Stevens, Sutton Sorensen, Kelan Layton, Coach Shaun Layton. Front row (L-R): Kane Christiansen, Lane Cox, Chase Keisel, Kyan Mickelson, Brayden Thomas

            MANTI—The Manti Astros won the Utah Boys Baseball Association state championship last week.

            The championship took place in Springville on Wednesday, July 11 and included teams from all over the state. The Astros played teams such as the Springville Nationals, the Lehi Mariners and the Salem Dodgers before defeating the Salem Indians in a tense championship game.

            The team was undefeated during the season, but faced a challenge in Springville. They were down six points during their last game before they managed to score the runs needed to take state.

The Astros ride the fire engine down Manti Main Street to celebrate winning state.


“They loved it,” says Manti City Recreation Director Josh Jensen. “It was a great experience for the kids.”

            The Astros are made up of 12 boys in fifth and sixth grades, and they played in

the pool A Division. To celebrate their victory, they rode the fire truck down Manti Main Street the next day. “They enjoyed it,” Jensen said.

The other Manti team, the Angels, took third place in the tournament.