Obituaries 1
We have collected obituaries for many of our deceased classmates. 
If anyone can lead us to an additional obituary, please send it to Jim Backman at It is sobering to reflect on the lives of our deceased classmates as we celebrate our 60th class reunion. You will be impressed with the range of contributions illustrated in the life stories included here. 

Wallace Terry Anderson
          Wallace Terry Anderson, 52, special son, brother and uncle, died in his sleep, January 28, 1997.
          Born July 12, 1944 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Wallace F. and Maranda R. Anderson. Most of his life was spent as a carpenter and a chef. He was so talented at cooking that family parties were an exquisite gourmet experience. Terry's love of the mountains made the four years working in Alaska, a dream-come-true, especially when he was catching those 50 lb. salmon.
          Survived by mother, sisters: Sally A. (Tom) Bowen; Peggy (Don) Swenson, and numerous nieces, and nephews. Preceded in death by his father and a sister. Morgen and Merin will always have a huge spot in their hearts for their uncle!
          In lieu of a service, friends and relatives may join us in a informal Remembrance Tuesday, February 4th, 1997, 1-2 p.m., at the Monument Park Ward House, 1005 South 2000 East.
Donna Sue Baker Smith
(1944 - 2021) Holladay, Utah, passed away June 8, 2021 of complications from kidney failure. She was born February 9, 1944 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Donna Virtue Sessions and Keith William Baker. They divorced when she was seven years old. She had one brother, Kent Whitney Baker. They were raised by their grandmother, Erma Wetzel Sessions Fisher for all but a couple of years. She attended Uintah Elementary School, Roosevelt Jr. High, and East High School. Sue continued her schooling in the education department at the University of Utah. She was involved in Lambda Delta Sigma, Sigma Chapter, the Church fraternity on campus and then started the Gamma Chapter. The Gamma Presidency won the Quartet Festival, as they all loved to sing. In 1967 Sue moved to Provo, Utah to help her friend, Barbara Richards, who had been paralyzed in a car accident. When Sue moved to Provo, she transferred to Brigham Young University where she completed her schooling graduating cum laude in elementary education. As a devoted friend, she spent the next 23 years caring for Barbara, while continuing with her career as an elementary school teacher. She touched countless lives of young children as she taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders at Sego Lily Elementary, Sandburg Elementary, William Penn Elementary, Hunter Elementary, and Morningside Elementary in Holladay, where she retired from teaching after 30 years.
In 1988 Sue met the love of her life Stephen Petersen Smith, via his mother, LaVon Petersen Smith, and they married in the Salt Lake Temple on November 18, 1988. Stephen's father, Carlos Smith II, had passed away the year before they met. She inherited 5 children when she married, four boys and one girl. She was later blessed with 15 grandchildren, who were her pride and joy. Sue was very active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints volunteering in teaching and leadership positions. She had opportunities to serve in many callings including Spiritual Living, Gospel Doctrine, Relief Society President, Stake Primary President, Primary Music Director, Compassionate Service, Provident Living, and Ministering Angel. She loved to serve! In 2010 Sue and Steve served a mission together in Cody, Wyoming at the Cody Murals Visitor Center. They enjoyed every minute of it, especially the people they served with and met. Following their mission to Cody they served two missions in the LDS Church Locator, and another mission in the Church Conference Center as tour guides. Sue loved reading, counted cross-stitching, knitting yarn hats for the Humanitarian Center, swimming, tennis, golf, oil painting, sewing, writing poetry for family and friends, putting puzzles together, and doing all kinds of crafts with and for her grandchildren. She loved to travel with her husband and enjoyed places like Hawaii; Cayman Islands; Richfield, Utah; McCall, Idaho; Jackson Hole, Wyoming; and St. George, Utah. In 2011 Sue contracted E. coli that went septic and took her kidneys. Eight years later she started dialysis, which resulted in many health problems she battled throughout the rest of her life. She is preceded in death by her mother, Donna Virtue Sessions, and her father, Keith William Baker. She is survived by her husband, Stephen Petersen Smith, brother Kent Whitney Baker (Barbie), children Mark Stephen Smith (Kristine), Shane Oviatt Smith (Natalie), John Hyrum Smith (Tricia), David Earl Smith (Trisha), Stephanie, and 15 grandchildren.
Roy Baran
May 1944 ~ January 2018
Taylorsville, UT-Roy Gordon Baran, much loved husband of Carolyn Davies Baran passed away at home on 27 January 2018 due to complications of congestive heart failure. He was born on 23 May 1944 in Standardville, Utah to Stanley Gordon Baran and Laura Elizabeth Skinner, his siblings were Karien, Stan and Harvey, all who have passed on before him. Roy grew up in Salt Lake City and graduated from East High School.
He married Carolyn Viola Davies on 04 August 1966 in the Logan LDS Temple. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in the spring of 1966, during the Vietnam War era. In the 10 days between basic and advanced training, he returned to marry Carolyn before being deployed to France and then Germany. Carolyn was able to join him eight months later in Germany where they finally began their life together. After returning from Europe he enrolled at the University of Utah and received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. Roy finished his career and retired from the Utah State Department of environmental Quality, having worked until he was 71 years old.
Roy was a boy's man and served many years in the Scouting program, twice as a Scoutmaster, and most every other position in the local BSA units. The boys liked him because he never really grew up and could relate to them with his camping skills, cheerful disposition, knowledge, and seemingly endless string of silly jokes, puns and stories. He faithfully fulfilled whatever calling he was asked to do. He had an abiding testimony of our Savior Jesus Christ and wanted to serve Him wherever and whenever he could.
Roy was not a materialistic man; his identity came through those he loved: Carolyn, his devoted wife of 51 years, his beloved children Quinton and Emily Baran, Christa and Scott Neves, Brenda and Daniel Sampsel, Wes Baran, Leigh and Jake Christensen, and Julianne Baran, grandchildren Corwin, Luke, Alex, Emeline and Mark Baran; Liam, Thomas, Daniel and Spencer Neves; Brendan and Katie Sampsel; Wyatt and Sydney Christensen; in-laws Barbara and David Horne, Anne Reading (Jack) and Keith Davies (Nola) and many wonderful nieces and nephews.
He loved and served his family faithfully, cheerfully and without complaint. He was so patient with us all.
To all who cared for him, the team at the Heart Failure Clinic, CPAS, the Heart Rhythm Clinic, and those who attended him in the Heart and Lung hospital at IMC, a heartfelt thank you.
To honor Roy, please give your family a hug and tell them you love them, encourage a boy, take a kayak out onto a lake, hike a mountain trail or make a donation to a worthy cause.
The sorrow of his loss is softened as we contemplate the joyous reunion that is now taking place among those who have long awaited his return. We are all better for having had Roy Baran among us.
Judith Kathleen Barrus
        Kathleen Barrus, age 59, passed away September 22, 2003 in Salt Lake City after a long illness.
          Judie was born August 2, 1944 in San Francisco, California to Inez and Frank Barrus. She was the oldest of five children. She graduated from the University of Utah with B.A. and M.A. degrees and worked for the State of Utah for 30 years. She retired as an Associate Director for the State of Utah Office of Family Support.
          She was an accomplished musician playing the marimba and xylophone. She brought joy to many with her talent and national acclaim winning the Ted Mack Amateur Hour competition in New York. At age 12 she won a trip to Disneyland to perform on the Mickey Mouse Club Television Show. She later performed for years with numerous local dance bands and with the Utah Symphony. She traveled extensively throughout the world making friends wherever she went. Judie was especially fond of her dogs that were the light in her life.
          Judie was preceded in death by her parents and her brother-in-law Michael Aldrich. She is survived by brothers Gary (Irene) Barrus, Robbie Barrus, sisters Debbie Aldrich and Becka (Stan) Pace, along with many nieces and nephews.
          A graveside service will be held Thursday, Sept. 25, 2003 at 11:30 a.m. in the Midvale City Cemetery. Friends may honor Judie by making a contribution to the Utah Humane Society.
Allen Ross Bayles May 3, 2007
          Allen Ross Bayles, 62, died on May 3, 2007 at his residence in Salt Lake City. Allen was born on July 19, 1944 in Moab, Utah to Wesley Lyman and Zephia Ross Bayles. He was  an always loving husband, father and friend. He is survived by his children: David, Lisa, Cassandra, and Lonnie; two siblings: Evysue Hudson and Wesley O. Bayles; five grand-children; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends who will all greatly miss him.
          He was preceded in death by his father and dear mother. A viewing will be held for friends and family, May 9th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lake Hills Mortuary and Cemetery, 10055 S. State Street, Sandy, Utah. A graveside service will be held on Thurs., May 10, 2007 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family may be contacted through Lake Hills for other arrangements.

Ronald Beckman

onald Carl Beckman


Boise, ID-Ronald Carl Beckman passed from this life unexpectedly of natural causes, peacefully on June 12, 2023. Ron was born on November 22, 1943 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Ira A. Beckman and Ada W. Beckman. He loved growing up in Salt Lake City where he actively participated in Boy Scouts and other youth programs. After graduating from East Side High School (1962) he attended University of Utah, graduating in 1966 with a Business Management Degree. He was active in Sigma Nu Fraternity and retained a great number of friendships from that era throughout his life. It was at the U of U when he met his future wife, Susan (Anderson) Beckman, and they shared many happy moments in their college life.

After college, Ron entered the Army National Guard stationed in San Francisco, California. In 1969, Ron married Susan in Salt Lake City and started fifty-three years of married life in San Francisco. After completing his military service and wanting to raise their family in the Mountain States, Ron and Susan moved to Boise, Idaho in 1972 where Ron worked for the Bank of Idaho. While at the Bank of Idaho, they lived briefly in Coeur d'Alene, where their first son, Robert, was born in 1974.

It was their wish to remain in the Boise area, so Ron left Bank of Idaho to become an agent with State Farm Insurance, establishing his own independent franchise in Boise while also being active in the Lions Club. In Boise, Ron and Sue then had their second son, William, in 1976.

He will always be remembered for his love of life, love for his family, and being very proud of his sons. He also loved nature, fishing, golf, and travel. It was through this love of adventure, that he and his family enjoyed many memorable moments during their time together, both near and far. He seized every opportunity to enjoy the small things in life, which made him the happy, caring person he was.

He is survived by Susan, their sons Rob of San Jose, CA and Bill (Sanni) of Finland; brothers Lawrence (Larry), his wife Erayna of Sacramento, CA, nephew Jacques; and Kent, his wife, Lynda of Portland, OR., niece Sydnie, nephews David (Jennifer) and Victor.
Henk J. Bekker
July 26, 1944 - April 11, 2016
Hinderikus Wilhelm Johann Bekker passed away, surrounded by his wife, children and other loved ones, on April 11, 2016, at University of Utah Medical Center.
He was born July 26, 1944, in Rotterdam, Holland, to Jakomina Venema and Wilhelm Johann Bekker. At the age of 8, he immigrated to the United States with his parents, older sister and younger brother. They relocated to Salt Lake City, Utah, and he spend most of his childhood there. Henk was able to move to California as a young man and became a graduate of UC-Berkeley. He was also privileged to return to Holland as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Henk eventually moved to Idaho, and after a whirlwind courtship, married his soulmate, Carol Rich, on July 18, 1986, in the Logan, Utah, LDS Temple. Together with his three children, Dotti, Justin and Kevin, and her son Ryan, they became a family and moved to Cache Valley. In 1987 the couple happily added another son, Tyson, to round out the bunch. Henk will be very sorely missed, but the memories he left behind are rich and plentiful. Everyone has a funny story about him, and he was a friend to many. His legacy of love, example of how to be a good husband and father, and his devotion to his Heavenly Father will always be remembered. He is survived by his wife Carol, daughter Dotti (Ben), sons Justin (Janae), Kevin, Ryan (Chantiel), and Tyson, sister Truus (Fritz), brother Johann and 13 grandchildren. Henk's family would like to thank all of the first responders and medical staff who helped to assist him and make him comfortable in his final days. A special thanks to Nicole Milne, Henk's niece, for being a calm and steady presence for everyone during the most trying moments, University of Utah Medical Center for his excellent care while in ICU, and to Nyman Funeral Home for helping to navigate this tough time.

Dawn Marie Black Keating
died on January 5, 2014 in Pullman, WA after a long fight against Frontal Temporal Dementia. Dawn was born to Conche and Bert Black, on June 10, 1944, in Riverside, CA. Dawn lived the majority of her childhood and young adulthood in Salt Lake City, graduating from East High School and the University of Utah with a B.A English and History. She married Richard Keating in 1968. They were later divorced. Dawn lived in Chicago, IL for 35 years. She loved the Old Town area of Chicago and was active in local art festivals and community organizations. Dawn loved to travel and one of her best memories was of her trip to China and Russia via the Orient Express. She enjoyed attending the Chicago Opera and other cultural events available in a metropolitan setting. Dawn was the owner of D.B. Keating Inc. specializing in marketing and public relations. In 2010 Dawn moved to Moscow, Idaho to be closer to her sister Ann. Although she loved spending time with her sister she never quite bought into the rural lifestyle. Chicago was in her heart always. Throughout her life Dawn has always been the epitome of strength. Her independent nature has always shined and was never more evident than when she faced her illness head on. Her mantra was "It is what it is" and she moved forward with the hand she was dealt. Everyone that crossed Dawn's path in life has been touched by her strength and will carry it with them long into the future. Dawn was preceded in death by both her parents. Dawn is survived by her brother, Doug and wife Pat Black, her sister Ann Black, nieces Beth Black Hansman (Matt), Megan Black Hyers (Mike), cousin Frances Amos and three grandnieces and one grandnephew. A graveside service will be held in Salt Lake City this spring. In lieu of flowers the family encourages those who cared about Dawn to take a friend to lunch and enjoy each other's company. Dawn, you will be missed on this earth but may you now enjoy all of your fond memories and watch the boats on Lake Michigan with your dog Thistle at your side.
Harriet Black Thrasher 
March 6, 1944 - November 18, 2021
Harriet Ruth Thrasher, age 77 of Bend, passed away onNovember 18, 2021. She was born to the late Lt. Col. Raymond D. and Ruth Black, in East Orange, New Jersey. Harriet retired from Williams Bakery and enjoyed planting flowers, reading, and spending time with family. Harriet was preceded in death by her oldest son, Michael Mannix. She is survived by her loving husband of 37 years, Norman Thrasher, the father of her sons Robert (Karen) Mannix, her sons David (Trisha), Kenneth (Jennifer), grandchildren Mikayla, Alyssa,Mackenzie, Tyler, Luke and Dean, herbrother Stephen (Christine) Black and two nieces, Stephanie and Marielle.
Susan Leona Boone Lane June 9, 2010
Published: Monday, June 14, 2010 12:26 PM MDT   
           Funeral services for Susan Leona Lane, 65, of Gillette will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Allen Street in Gillette with Bishop John Kertesz officiating. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Walker Funeral Home Chapel.
         Mrs. Lane died Sunday, June 6, 2010, at her home of cancer. She was born Oct. 26, 1944, to Daniel R. and Beverly (Burnett) Boone in Lamar, Colo.
         As a young girl, she moved with her family to Salt Lake City and attended East High School,graduating in 1963. 
         She met and married Larry Lane, the love of her life, and the couple moved to Gillette the same year. She was employed as secretary for URS in Gillette for numerous years and worked there until the time of her death.
         Sue is a very devout member of the LDS faith and was sealed to her partner for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake City Temple. She especially enjoyed her primary children and spending time with missionaries in the field. She had many interests and enjoyed outdoor activities such as hunting, camping and fishing. She was passionate about photography and loved to photograph the Lords many natural beauties. She loved to vacation in Hawaii and also loved spending time with her family and friends.
         Mrs. Lane is survived by her husband; children and stepchildren, Neil Inscore of Tooele, Utah, Larry Lane Jr. of Gillette, Tammy Pearson of Kearns, Utah, Nikki Valenzuela of Tooele, Tina Orr of Las Vegas, Lisa Gaer of Tooele, Paula Merchen, Shelly Lane, Tina Cain, Tammy Eldridge and Sindi Dorough, all of Gillette, and Cherie Haire of Oak Hills, Calif.; sisters, Becky Layton of Norman, Okla., and Deborah Parryof Olney, Md.; brothers, David Boone and Daniel Boone, both of Salt Lake City; 45 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
         She was preceded in death by her parents. A memorial has been established in her name to benefit Campbell County Memorial Hospital Oncology Department or Pioneer Manor Nursing
Judy Lynn Brockbank Beesley, 29, daughter of Utah State Sen. Hughes Brockbank, died Tuesday in a Sacramento, Calif. Hospital after a brief illness.
          Born in Salt Lake City on Feb. 12, 1944, to Hughes and Fawn Jones Brockbank, she married Dr. David Beesley in May of 1966.
           Before moving to Roseville, Mrs. Beesley had been a student at the University of Utah and was a charter member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, U. of U. chapter.
           She recently had been appointed a member of the Roseville City Transportation Commission.
           Mrs. Beesley was also an avid tennis player, having recently won a championship sponsored by the Roseville Parks and Recreation program.
           She is survived by her husband, a son Peter Michael, and daughter Sarah, all of Roseville; her parents of Salt Lake City; two brothers and a sister, Gary H., Mrs. John W. (Bonnie) Huish, both Salt Lake City; Norman L., of Oakland; and her grandmother Mrs. A. G. (Jennie) Brockbank, also of Salt Lake City.
Pamela Brasher Watson
Wife, mother, and grandmother, returned home on Friday November 12, 2021, after several years of dementia. She was born on December 28, 1943, in Salt Lake City, to John Franklin and Esther Elizabeth Barber Brasher. She was the third child in a family of 4 girls and 2 boys: Pat Horne, Jay Brasher, Marge Nydegger, Larry Brasher, and Barbara Larson. After marrying Brent Watson in the Salt Lake Temple on June 14, 1966, they spent over 54 years raising two sons, a daughter (all four of them), and welcoming 14 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren to their family. She and Brent loved spending time with their family including grandchildren events and reunions that they planned. Her favorite family reunion was an annual one in Bear Lake occurring over several years. Pam enjoyed serving the Lord in church positions including several times as a ward and stake Relief Society and Young Women president. Perhaps one of her favorite church callings was serving a full-time proselyting mission with Brent in the Provo, Utah mission. She loved praying with people and trying to learn Spanish. She loved being in business. Pam was successful in several ventures including auto finance flooring in California and her real estate developments while in Utah. Her proudest business achievement was her Rim Village multi-family real estate development in Moab, Utah. She loved to state she didn’t pay herself anything for the development until it was completed, and she saw how much was left over. Pam was very competitive in sports (skiing, basketball, and softball) and almost any kind of game (including cards). She and Brent often developed many friendships with other couples over card games. She loved her cherished friendships that she picked up along the way as she and Brent lived in several places in Utah and California. She also enjoyed developing floor plans with builders for several homes she lived in. Finally and most importantly, her testimony of Jesus Christ was unyielding, certain, and powerful. While not perfect, she was ever trying to follow the Lord’s example. In fact, her stated motto was: Just Love. She will be missed by family and many friends, but someday there will be many sweet reunions. We love you Momma!

Marilyn Ann Pack

1944 ~ 2022

- Marilyn Ann Pack, 78, devoted wife, mother, and grandma, passed away on November 24, 2022 after a sudden stroke. She was born in 1944 in Salt Lake City, Utah to George Edward Budd and Mary Adelaide Romney Budd. She graduated from East High School and then attended the University of Utah where she studied dance. She met her husband of 55 years, Mark C. Pack, in the 5th grade at Webster Elementary School. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple in 1966.

Marilyn loved being active and enjoyed teaching aerobic dance and water aerobics. A long-time member of the Humane Society, she loved animals and had a sweet spot for doggies. Traveling to flea markets and antique shows and collecting dog figurines was one of her favorite pastimes.

A dedicated member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Marilyn loved serving her Heavenly Father.

Marilyn is survived by her husband Mark; daughters Merrilee (Les) and Madelon (Dan), and son Miles (Brittany); four grandchildren: Miles Jr. (20), Jake (14), Kate (12), and Maelie (11). Marilyn was happily reunited with her fifth grandchild, sweet Maesyn Brinlee Pack who was waiting for her Grandma to return home with open arms.

Carolyn Bury Lewis
Carolyn Bury Lewis passed away at age 69 on October 22nd, 2013 in her home. Carolyn was born August 14th, 1944 in Preston, ID. Survived by sister Francine (Hank), children Marie, John (Trish), and Rachael; grandchildren Alix, Mattie, Fischer, Kaelie, Nicholas, Annabelle, and Lyndsie; great-grandchildren Addison and Liam; niece and nephew Michelle and Jeremy. She has joined her parents Carl and Ann. Carolyn always found the good in others and gleaned the positives from life. She was always willing to serve others selflessly and lift spirits unconditionally, no matter how great or small the task. Her friends and family remained unquestionably her source of joy. She was a wonderful listener, had great wit and wisdom and her legacy of sharing, caring and support will carry over in the generations to come. A funeral service in her honor will be held October 28th at the LDS chapel on 2nd Ave and K Street, SLC, UT. Viewing service from 11 to 12 and funeral service at 12:30. Carolyn exuded class and kindness. Her serving spirit and sense of humor was a delight to all! We love her.
Joy Ann Butcherite
          Beaver: A University of Utah coed was killed near here in a crash which seriously injured her parents and another couple. Miss Joy A. Butcherite, 19, 1140 Douglas St. was killed. Joy Ann Butcherite was born Jan. 9, 1944, in Salt Lake City, a daughter of Charles O. and Martha Grissel Butcherite. She was a graduate of East High School, and attended the University of Utah one year where she planned to continue her studies this fall. She was a member of Lambda Delta Sigma, and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Deseret News, August 29, 1963.
Wayne Taylor Cederlof, 1944-2016, 
passed away peacefully on May 29, 2016 at the Bountiful Legacy. He was born on April 8, 1944 to Albert Philip Cederlof and Lucile Genet Murphy Cederlof in Salt Lake City. He married ReNae Baxter, later divorced. A daughter from that union, Tammy, married David Waite and they are the proud parents of two children Noah and Shelby. Wayne attended East High School in Salt Lake City and went on to become a Master Printer. He spent several years in the Air Force Reserve with training as an engine mechanic. He had a fascination with aircraft and held a private pilot license and spent many enjoyable hours flying throughout the west. Wayne survived a serious stroke when in his 30's but remained cheerful and thoughtful throughout his remaining years. He was a High Priest in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Wayne is survived by a daughter Tammy Waite (David), brothers: Clark (Patricia), Reid (Robin) and sister Gay Brown (Allen). He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Brent. The family expresses appreciation to Dr. Gary Holland and the kind and patient staff at the Bountiful Legacy where Wayne lived the past four years.
Brink Chipman
          Chipman, longtime television news producer and news director for KSL Channel 5, died at his Boise home earlier this week after a long bout with colon cancer.
          Chipman, 66, joined KSL in 1996 and retired from the television news business in 2004 after more than four years as KSL's news director. Prior to that, he was the station's managing editor.
          Before moving to KSL, Chipman worked for rival station, KUTV Channel 2, where he was a news producer and off-air reporter.
          He also served as a news director at stations in Tucson, Ariz., Portland, Ore., and Boise, Idaho. "He was the personification of the tough news guy with the heart of gold," said KSL News Director Con Psarras. "He loved the craft of journalism. He was a great professional and a great friend."
          Funeral services for Chipman, who died Monday, are set for Saturday in Boise.
Gary Allan Chytraus
          Gary Allan Chytraus died at home December 14, 1994, from complications of diabetes.
          Born March 13, 1944, to Oscar E. and Wilma Nielsen Chytraus in Salt Lake City, Utah. Married Paula Sessions, March 19, 1965. Graduated from East High School and the University of Utah. Worked in the family business for 33 years.
          Served in many church positions including bishop and high councilor. Was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He loved to spend time with his family, especially on his boat at Lake Powell.
          Preceded in death by sons, John, James and Joseph. Survived by wife, Paula; sons, Mark (Michelle), David; daughters, Jill Tucker (James), Janette Glenn (Doug), Anne Jensen (Christopher), Lindie Hoggan (Jim) and Tina; two granddaughters, Jordynn and Ashtynn Glenn.
          Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 17, 1994, 1 p.m., at the South Cottonwood 10th LDS Ward, 5235 So. Wesley Road (1090 East). Friends may call at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 South State, Friday 6-8 p.m. and Saturday at the church from 11:30 to 12:45 p.m.
Paul Clayton
          Paul Algene Clayton, II, born June 16, 1944 in Detroit, passed away January 9, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Maureen Benson; brother, Jeff; sons, Paul, Taft, Shane, Justin, Brett, and Phillip; the sons' respective wives, Karry, Stephanie, Jennifer, Jaidi, Angie, and Amanda; and 22 grandchildren.                
          Paul retired as a special agent for the FBI after serving 31 years, and subsequently worked for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for seven years.
          Paul may be viewed and condolences to the family may be made 6-8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 13, as well as 9:30-10:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 14. Services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 14, all at the LDS Chapel, 9825 Desert Inn, Las Vegas. Burial will follow at Palm Memorial Park-Northwest, 6701 Jones Blvd., Las Vegas.
Virginia Cook Sanders
1943 ~ 2017
Virginia Cook Sanders passed away Thursday morning, April 20, 2017. Daughter of beloved parents, Dr. Melvin A. Cook and Wanda G. Cook, Virginia was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 4, 1943. Shortly thereafter her family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah where she grew through adolescence into the beautiful, vivacious woman we knew and loved.
As a young girl Virginia enjoyed spending her summers with cousins in Tremonton, Utah. She also adored hearing her grandmother, Maude Osmond Cook, read her award winning poetry. Even more than these, Virginia found her life's true passion at Roosevelt Junior High, where she first met a handsome tenor named Gill Sanders.
While at East High School, Virginia's friends called her "Sam" after the famous singer, Sam Cook. Gill just called her "Ginny." Virginia subsequently earned a Bachelor of Science in Education at the University of Utah where she was affiliated with the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority. Outgoing, fun and quick with a compliment, Virginia served as the sorority's social chairman as well as the University's Sophomore Class Secretary.
Virginia attended both East and the University of Utah with Gill. On December 16, 1966, Virginia and Gill were sealed for eternity in the Salt Lake Temple. Gill was the love of her life. We know that they are enjoying a sweet reunion.
After graduating from the University, Virginia taught fourth grade at Webster Elementary in Salt Lake City, Utah and later at Meadowbrook Elementary in Bountiful, Utah. Teaching full classes of energetic youngsters, Virginia discovered a love for children and a corresponding distaste for Halloween. Once Virginia began to have children of her own, she left academia as an instructor but she never surrendered her commitment to education. Virginia enthusiastically served as the PTA President for East High School, as well as the Community Council Chair of both East High and Clayton Junior High.
Virginia delighted in matchmaking and claimed an unusually high marriage rate from her many line-ups. Virginia loved people. Social in every circumstance, Virginia had a flair for giving parties with music and buffets, always finding a seat for one more. Her mother, Wanda, reflected that Virginia's gift for making friends was rooted in her natural inclination to "go beyond and appreciate whatever is noble and good in another person."
Virginia possesses an enduring testimony of our Savior, Jesus Christ. As a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Virginia served as the Relief Society President of the Garden Park Second Ward. In 2006-2007, Virginia accepted the call to serve a proselyting mission with Gill in Boston, MA. This was one of the happiest times of her life.
Virginia often expressed that the crowning achievement of her life was being the mother of six children. Her grandchildren lovingly refer to her as "Gigi." We always will love and miss her.
Virginia is survived by her six children, Keri Lynne Sanders, Lisa Anne Rose (Dade), Matthew Sharp Sanders, MeriKaye Moore (Brian), Geneva Ivory Soulier (Matthew), Kimberly Maurine Ujifusa (JR), siblings Barbara Petersen, Garfield Cook, Merrill Cook, Krehl Cook, and twenty grandchildren. Her dear parents and spouse, Dr. Gill O. Sanders, preceded her in death.
Carolyn Davis Jensen 
        Carolyn Davis Jensen, age 57, passed away peacefully at her home March 8, 2002 from complications related to Multiple Sclerosis. 
        Carolyn was born May 26, 1944 in Salt Lake City, UT. to Louis Dean and Jacqueline Bettfreund Davis. She graduated from East High School and then from the University of Utah with honors. During her time at the university she was affiliated with Pi Beta Phi sorority. Carolyn worked as an elementary teacher, then in the legal and medical fields with the majority of her working career in Medical Records at Cottonwood Hospital. She married her faithful companion, Mic Jensen, July 15, 1967 and they had two daughters.                        
 was a loving wife and mother who was liked by anyone who knew her. Although she endured several years of illness she was always concerned with her children and their happiness and managed to maintain a good sense of humor and positive spirit. She will be greatly missed.

         She is survived by her husband, Mic Jensen; daughters, Julie Jensen, Christine Jensen Meiser (Tom); two grandsons, Samuel and Benjamin Meiser, and brother, Michael Davis (Gail). She was preceded in death by her parents.
         A special thanks to Lynn Webster, M.D. for his assistance and compassion over the years in attempting to alleviate the pain associated with her illness.
         Services will be Tues. March 12, 2002, 1 p.m., Cathedral Church of St. Marks, 231 E. 100 S, SLC, UT. Family and friends may call at Evans & Early Mortuary, 574 E. 100 S, SLC, UT Mon. 6-8 p.m. Interment, Larkin Sunset Gardens, 10600 S. 1700 E, Sandy, UT.
Leo "Ferrin" Dean
           Leo "Ferrin" Dean, 49, remembered for his loving "Bear Hugs", died September 9, 1993, in a local hospital.         
           He was born April 11, 1944, in Salt Lake City, to Lois and Leo Dean. He leaves his spouse, Kristan, three sons, a daughter, numerous other relatives and many friends to recollect his having lived.

          Services will be Thursday, Sept. 16th, 11 a.m., at the Holbrook Funeral Chapel, 3251 So. 2300 East, where friends may call for one hour prior to the services.

Verden Dent
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Verden Dale Dent (Mount Pleasant, Utah), who passed away on October 23, 2017, at the age of 74, leaving to mourn family and friends.


Kathleen Ann Dibble Brasher

Kathleen Ann Dibble Brasher passed away peacefully surrounded by family on December 7th, 2022 in Holladay, Utah at the age of 78.
Kathy was born March 18, 1944 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Wallace and Frances Dibble as the first of eight children. She was raised in humble circumstances in love and righteousness that built character and helped her to become the grounded and Christlike person that she was.
Music was central to Kathy’s life, thanks to a mother who would regularly gather her children to sing at the piano while dad would whistle. Even the family dog, Sunny, would join in. Frances instilled in her children not only a love for music, but an appreciation for how important uplifting music is for our lives. Kathy developed her gifts of singing, writing and arranging music as she directed and sang in choirs and regularly composed special arrangements to share in her ward or with others as she sang throughout her life with her sisters.
It was as a senior in choir at East High School where the director moved the unruly Pam Brasher to the front row to be seated by Kathy, hoping that her influence would help contain Pam. This spawned a friendship that led to Kathy not only meeting a group of girls who became her closest friends, but also to meeting Pam’s older brother, Jay, who became truly the love of her life.
Jay & Kathy were married September 9, 1966 in the Salt Lake Temple, 56 years ago.
With their 7 children and spouses, Jay & Kathy’s posterity now numbers 64, all of whom strive to carry on their legacy of loving and blessing the lives of others.
Kathy’s testimony of the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ was firm. She knew it, she lived it and she loved to share it. Together with Jay, she served a 2-year inner-city service mission in Salt Lake City, then a 2-year mission coaching missionaries and proselyting in Toronto, Canada, soon followed by 2 years doing much the same at the Missionary Training Center in Hamilton, New Zealand. These and other experiences she had traveling the world led to many cherished relationships as she spread her love everywhere she went.
Kathy epitomized faithfulness. She gladly served in any capacity to which she was called, including Primary President, Young Women’s President, Relief Society President, Stake YW President, in Stake RS Presidencies and, with Jay, as the Stake Mission Preparation Leaders. On their own accord, she and Jay held thoughtfully prepared weekly mission prep classes at their home for interested youth from their ward, as well as for their adolescent grandchildren. What beautiful memories those will be.
Although much is required where much is given, Kathy gave so freely and willingly of all that she had. Her legacy is one of service and love. Pure, authentic love. Those blessed to know her will forever feel her impact. Words cannot describe how much we will miss you, our dearest Oma.
Kathy was preceded in death by her parents, Wallace and Frances Dibble, brother, David Dibble, and her sister, Joyce Dibble.
Kathy is survived by her husband, Jay, her children, Brooke (Don) Rowley, Rob (Etienne) Brasher, Jeff (Angie) Brasher, Doug (Alison) Brasher, Kellie (Ty) Brewer, Mindie (Justin) Booth, Camie (John) McPhie, foster-daughter Virginia Tsosie and 36 precious grandchildren with 11 spouses and 10 great-grandchildren and three more en-route. Kathy is also survived by her brothers, Steve Dibble and Mike Dibble, sisters Karen Anderson, Wendy Flanders, and Barbara Larsen, as well as many deeply loved brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and extended family.

Dr. Paul F. Dykman
           Paul F. Dykman, beloved husband of Diane Barry Dykman and father of Paul, Jennifer, Andy, and Allese, passed away at his home on July 22, 2002.
           He was born on July 13, 1944 in Amsterdam, Holland to Jan and Dix Dykman. His family immigrated to Salt Lake City, Utah following the Second World War. Paul served in the United States Army as a First Lieutenant in the Signal Corps. Paul and Diane celebrated 22 years of marriage together.
          Paul was a respected anesthesiologist who practiced medicine at LDS hospital for over 20 years. He was a brilliant man who loved science and had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. He had an adventurous spirit and loved flying, travel, skiing, biking, boating, hiking the Tetons, and scuba diving. He also had a deep love for music and was an extraordinary classical pianist. He loved his family and was the foundation of our lives. He will be missed tremendously and his love and influence will live within us.
          In addition to his wife and children, Paul is survived by his brother, Robert; sister-in-laws and brother-in-laws, Wendy and Brent Braford, Justine and Tom Gudritz, Edward L. Barry, and a myriad of nieces and nephews.
          Friends may call on Thursday July 25, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 S. Highland Dr., Salt Lake City. A celebration of his life will be held on Friday July 26, at 11:00 a.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 2375 E. 3300 So., Salt Lake City. Interment will be at forest Home Cemetery in Greenville, Michigan on August 2, 2002.
Mary Catherine Eddington Nelson
         Mary Catherine Eddington Nelson, age 49, died May 29, 1994 in Salt Lake City.
          Born September 19, 1944 in Panguitch, Utah to Wesley and Sara Elizabeth Johnson Eddington. Married for 25 years to Frank Nelson; later divorced. She worked for St. Mark's Hospital in the 1960's. Survived by ex-husband, Frank Nelson, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews; and special aunt, Dorothy Johnson.

Jack G. Edwards
        Jack G. Edwards, 60, passed away on 14 January 2004 after a courageous battle with leukemia.
          Born on 21 December 1943 to Henry W. and Millie May Edwards. He served an LDS mission in South Africa. Married Marianne Brown on 13 May 1966 in the Salt Lake Temple. Graduated from the U of U in civil engineering and loved working in his industry for 35 years.
          He enjoyed supporting his children in their activities and interests. He was an active participant in the Scouting program and in various church callings.
           Survived by his wife Marianne; sons and daughters: Matthew, Millie, Mindy (Erik) Mostert, Benjamin (Julie); six grandchildren; one brother Bill (Janice) Edwards and a sister Mildred (Ralph) Evans. Preceded in death by his parents and a sister Renee Groves, who donated her bone marrow to Jack.
           Funeral services will be held Monday, 19 Jan. 2004, 12:00 p.m. at the Butler Stake Center, 7035 S. Nutree Dr. in Salt Lake. Viewing on Sunday, 18 January from 6-8 p.m. at Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. South Temple and one hour prior to services at the ward. Interment Mt. View Cemetery.
          The family wishes to thank the Bone Marrow Transplant Team at LDS Hospital. Jack will be remembered by those whom he helped in their time of need.

John Harold Fawcett
passed away peacefully from cancer in Salt Lake City Sunday February 4th. John was born on March 2, 1944 in Preston, England to the late Harry and Margaret Fawcett. While living in England, John's parents joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in 1951. Their conversion led them to immigrate to the USA and settle in Salt Lake City a short time later. John was blessed to return to Europe in 1963 when called to serve a 2-year LDS mission in Ireland under the leadership of Stephen R. Covey. He later fulfilled a life-long dream of serving as a senior missionary in the London, England temple for 2 years.

John married Ella VanTielen, a blond Dutch girl, on August 16, 1968 in the Salt Lake City Temple. Ella passed away in 2007 after a long struggle with cancer. This left John with many years of trying to fill a void...which has now been filled. John was a peaceful, unhurried person who enjoyed working in his yard and spending hours around his beloved fish pond. He had a special place in his heart for the many pets he had over his lifetime. He also loved motorcycles and Land Cruisers and used these modes of transportation to visit National Parks and enjoy nature. John was gifted and worked with computers throughout his life. He put his knowledge to good use while serving countless hours in various callings in the LDS church. Despite John's desire for peaceful surroundings and his inability to "hurry" or "be rushed" he brought seven children into the world for whom he spent his life working long hours to provide for.
He is survived by his children and their spouses; Michael and Allison Fawcett of Cheyenne, WY; Jeffrey and Rachelle Fawcett of Riverside, CA; Jennifer and Olivier Lesage of Paris, France; Christopher and Tina Fawcett of Tucson, AZ; Cynthia Lisonbee of Cottonwood Heights; Melissa Freshman of Salt Lake City, UT; Stephen and Heidi Fawcett of Columbus, OH. He also leaves behind 18 grandchildren and counting, many of whom he proudly baptized and confirmed as members of the Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter- Day Saints. He is also survived by his younger brother and only sibling Eric Fawcett and many loving in-laws.

Robert Dale Fisher
passed away on April 7, 2016 in San Francisco, CA. He was born on December 27, 1943 to Donald H. Fisher and Shirley Emma Louise Schaaf in Salt Lake City. He graduated from East High School in 1962 and attended Utah State University. He served on active duty in the U.S. Army for 2 years. He worked at the Fisher Bread Co. until a fire destroyed the bakery in 1968. He then moved to California where he managed a movie theatre and also worked in retail hardware. He was a member of the LDS Church. He enjoyed painting and taking care of tropical fish.He was preceded in death by his parents.Survivors include his brother; James D. Fisher and step sisters; Claudia (Kendall) Tholstrom and Chirstina Simpson. His brother Richard Fisher recently passed away on October 15, 2016.

Carol Fowler Newton

Carol passed away in her home in Salt Lake City, Utah on April 3, 2018. She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on March 23, 1944 to Lester W. Fowler and Laurene R. Green. She graduated from East High School, class of 1962, married John Parker Newton Jr., and had one son, Mark Newton.
She was a kind and caring person with a great sense of humor. She enjoyed living in the Sugarhouse area, taking cruises, playing golf, listening to oldies music, going for drives, and watching Utah Jazz games. She was active in her community; volunteering her time as a member of the Assistance League of Salt Lake City for approximately 14 years. Carol did work various jobs throughout her life-the most recent being Friends for Sight in Salt Lake-although John afforded her the opportunity to be, primarily, a homemaker.
She was also tough…demonstrating her resilience when facing multiple health problems during her later years. She was a breast-cancer survivor and endured open-heart surgery two times, most recently in October of 2017.
She was preceded in death by her husband John, her parents Lester and Laurene, and her sister Jean. She is survived by her only child, Mark. At her request, Carol will be cremated. A memorial service will be arranged at a later date.

Betty Marie Gardner Lediard
           Betty Marie Gardner Lediard passed away May 20, 1992 in Salt Lake City.
           Born August 21, 1944 in Salina, Kansas. Graduated from East High School and studied at the University of Utah. Betty loved the arts and was accomplished in design, writing, and painting.
           Survivors include husband, Al Lediard; mother, Lillian B. Garner;brother, Ken Gardner; niece; Sarah Gardner. Missed by her pets Ripley andGinger.
              Visitations will be held Friday, May 22, 1992 between 5-7 pm atLarkin Sunset Lawm, 2350 East 1300 South.

Ruben Michael Gomez,
          Ruben Michael Gomez age 60, passed away October 12, 2004 in Richmond, British Columbia. Born June 28, 1944 in Salt Lake City, Utah, son of Ruben Ramirez and Clotilda Ontiveros Gomez. Served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He relocated to Vancouver after his tour of duty but his heart was always in Salt Lake City where his family was. He had a gentle, laid-back personality and maintained a firm belief in God. He enjoyed cooking and found creative ways to prepare vegetarian Mexican-American food, and even snacks for his dogs, Sheba and Stoney, and spent a lot of time at their property in Point Roberts, WA.
          Survived by lifelong partner and friend, Murray Spitz; many extended friends in the Vancouver, British Columbia community; his parents; brothers and sisters, Richard P. (Janice), Murray; Carola (Seth) Ontiveros, Salt Lake City; Andrew V. (Beverlee) Gomez, St. George; David J. (Vicki) Gomez, West Valley; Jeanie Ferguson, Salt Lake City; Daniel G. (Pamela) Gomez, Cottonwood Heights; S. Tim (Marilee) Gomez, Cottonwood Heights; sister-in-law, Jeanette Gomez, Sandy; numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

George Willard (Bill) Grismore, Jr., passed away on March 14, 2013 in Salt Lake City. He was born on February 6, 1944 to George Willard and Val Broders Grismore in Reading, PA. Bill graduated from East High School and the University of Utah with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He worked for Hill Air Force Base, Hercules and later in life the Utah Department of Transportation. Bill was affiliated with First Presbyterian Church.
He is survived by his wife, Robin Leslie Harris Grismore; daughter, Kyle Lynn Grismore; aunt and uncle John F. Grismore (Karma); as well as numerous cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents, Willard and Val; uncle, Richard G. Grismore; and aunt, Dorothy G. Rolly.

Michael Ray Grover (Age 71) passed away on Saturday, December 5, 2015, after a brief and courageous struggle with Glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer. He was born in Butte, Montana on July 31, 1944 and attended elementary school and junior high in Butte. When he was 14 years old, he moved with his family to Salt Lake City, Utah, where he attended Highland High School and then East High School. After a successful mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Germany and Austria, he graduated from the University of Utah and married Connie Christensen in the Salt Lake Temple on June 12, 1969. Mike served as an officer in the Army from 1969 until 1972, including a tour of duty as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam from 1971-1972. After returning from Vietnam, he worked in the flooring business, first for William Volker and Company, Conklin Brothers, then as a sales representative for Holytex Mills, then for Campbell’s Carpet, and finally as the owner of Abby Carpet Contra Costa Floors. Mike loved spending time with his wife, his children and his grandchildren. He loved good music, and was a photography enthusiast. He served in many volunteer teaching and leadership positions for his church, and found great happiness in his service there. He and his wife, Connie, also served as workers in the Oakland LDS Temple. He is preceded in death by his parents, Helen and Justin Grover, and his two older brothers Farrell and Lewis. He is survived by his wife, Connie, and his children Lisa (Richard), Debbie (Michael), Benjamin (Carrie), Laura (Jeff) and Katie (Braden) and his two sisters Justine and Naomi. His honesty and integrity, his positive outlook, and his kind-hearted helpfulness to all are the legacy he leaves for his 20 grandchildren. 

Eileen Louise Gunn Zander
          Eileen Louise Gunn Zander, 57, passed away peacefully at home with her loving family around her on May 12, 2001 after a courageous fight of 3 and a half years with ovarian cancer.
          Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Nov 14, 1943, to Roy and Ruby (Kooyman) Gunn. She married Wolfgang Zander on May 20, 1965 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. She was an active member of the LDS Church where she held many positions. She worked for the law firm Prince, Yeates and Geldzahler for over 23 years. She loved to travel, go to lunch with her friends and family, and above all, play with her grandchildren.
          Survived by her husband, Wolfgang; her children, Gregory Tyson Zander and Carrie (Melvin) Zander Houston; two grandchildren, Raini and Jerzee Zander, Houston; three brothers, Michael (Pauline), Walter and Grant (Cherie) Gunn; and one sister, Laura (Al) Gunn Cady. Preceded in death by her mother and father and her brother, Frank (Vonnie) Gunn.
          We want to give special thanks to Dr. Richard Frame, his nurse, Ruth Lee and good friend, Merrilee Wyatt and other family and friends for their loving care.
          Funeral services Tues, May 15, 11 a.m. at the Cameo Park Ward, 8920 So. 1700 E., Sandy. Friends and family may call at the Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary, 10600 S. 1700 E., Sandy Mon 6-8 p.m. and also at the ward on Tues one hour prior to the services. Interment Salt Lake City Cemetery.

Gary Arlin Hanks
1944 - 2012
        Gary passed away after a painful battle with cancer on Tue, March 3 2012. Gary was preceded in death by his father, John Hanks and his brothers Jim and Dan Hanks. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his daughter Sara, his mother Erva, his sister Joan Pitcher Hanks and his brother Merlyn Hanks. 
        Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 9 2010 at 11:00 am, at the Eastridge 5th Ward, 11777 S Willowood Dr, Draper, Ut. Friends may visit with the family at the same place on Thur evening from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, or Fri morning from 10:00 to 10:30; Interment at Utah Veterans Cemetery.
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Jannis Hansen Conselyea
annis D. Conselyea, born on May 18, 1944 in Provo, Utah, died on August 27, 2023. Jannis attended East High School and Loyola Marymount University. Jannis worked at Capital Hill Mall and served as the Bureau Chief for Public Health and Human Services.

David William Hess
          David William Hess, born May 4, 1944 in Salt Lake City to David Chase and Susan Van Drunen Hess, passed away Sunday, Aug. 19, 2001.
          He grew up in Salt Lake City with his siblings Suzanne, Paul, John, Sandy, Rosemary (deceased) and Tammy. He was blessed to grow up in a warm, loving supportive family where the teachings of Christ were taught.
          David attended East High School and the University of Utah. He also served a mission to the Netherlands, the country from which his mother immigrated. His Dutch heritage was always very important to him. In May of 1968, David married Suzanne Swain in the Salt Lake Temple.
          He was a devoted husband and father and is survived by his wife and children, Deen (Donna), Jason, Rob (Sarinda), Natalie (John) Banks and Gavin. His children were the center of their father's life.
          David had a love for music of all kinds that filled a special place in his heart. He also enjoyed the world of nature, working with flowers and making a garden wonderland of his home. He provided a beautiful life and a warm, loving environment for his family.
          David was an agent with Farmers Insurance Group for 33 years. He will be remembered by those who worked with him for his generous nature, wonderful wit and humor. He will be dearly missed.
          Funeral services will be held Thursday, Aug. 23, at 12 noon, at the Mount Olympus Stake Center, 4176 south Adonis Dr. (3930 East). Friends may call at the stake center on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2001 from 6 to 8 p.m. and also one hour prior to services. Interment will be in the Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.

Von R. Hokanson
Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and patriot, Sergeant Major Von R. Hokanson, received an honorable discharge from this life and passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 1, 2021 in Salt Lake City, UT at age 77.Von met his wife and eternal companion, Judy, in 1965 when they both worked at the ZCMI Department Store. They married in December of 1966. A short time after they were married, he received his draft notice for Vietnam on the same day he received his dream job offer to be a park ranger in Yellowstone National Park. During his one-year tour in Vietnam, he was awarded both the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantry Badge. He met his four-month-old daughter, Lori, for the first time while he was on leave in Hawaii. Upon returning home in 1969, he joined the Utah National Guard. He had a love/hate relationship with his career but served faithfully in the Guard for the next 29 years. When he wasn’t playing soldier or eating lunch at Swifty’s, he was either working in his yard or riding his horse in the mountains. When Von turned 40, he had a mid-life crisis and decided to ride his bicycle from Salt Lake City to Tropic, UT, a distance of over 260 miles. He always enjoyed visiting and spending time with his cousins in Tropic. After completing that ride two times, he decided to take up marathon running at the age of 50. Seven marathons later, he hung up his running shoes and opened his own landscaping business, but not before ruthlessly hounding his children into completing his marathons with him. He had a passion for rocks and always had an eye out for the perfect one to put in his yard. He collected most of them from the foothills above the valley. Once he even took some rocks from a military base during a training exercise. His unit decided to play a trick on him, and they had the base police threaten to arrest him. It scared him so badly, he quickly returned all the rocks to where he had found them. All the effort was worth it in the end, as he won the Sandy City Beautification award for the nicest-looking yard in the neighborhood. Von was at his best when he was wearing his propeller hat on his boat at Lake Powell. He became proficient at predicting when the next rainstorm would occur and constantly repeating what his family affectionately called “Vonisms”, or funny sayings that he had invented that were uniquely his. Von combined his love of horses, yardwork, and poetry when he worked at IFA after he retired from his landscaping business. Every night he would recite a different poem of his own creation over the loudspeaker to alert the customers that it was time to close. One night he missed reciting his poem, and the police officers that worked across the street came over to see what was wrong. They had grown accustomed to going outside every night to hear his daily poem. Von was known by most car dealerships in the valley for his stubbornness and determination to get a “screamin’ deal” on a vehicle. He was even told by one car salesman that he would give him a hefty discount on a car if he never came back to shop there again. Von took it as a win. These same characteristics proved valuable as he battled with Parkinson’s Disease for many years before his death. He was often heard to paraphrase Winston Churchill when he said, “Never ever ever give up”. In his later years, Von always looked forward to playing Santa for the kids at ward parties and for IFA customers. He loved Christmas and enjoyed spoiling his family, especially his grandchildren, with lots of gifts. Von had a special place in his heart for his grandchildren and cherished his time with them. Von was preceded in death by his parents, Gustof and Elfa and his daughter Lori. He is survived by his wife Judy, his daughter Cari (Kirt) Davis, his son Jason (Sarah) Hokanson, his grandchildren Josh and Ella, and his older brother Milton.

Ronald Mead Horton
          Beloved brother, Ronald Mead Horton passed away January 1, 1998 in Madrid, Spain as the result of a heart attack.
          Ron was born March 15, 1944 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Juanita Jorgensen Horton and Dr. Walter Harold Horton.
         Ron dedicated his entire being to music - It was his life. Ron was an accomplished musician, teacher and conductor of both choral and orchestral music. At a young age he received an invitation to play in an orchestra conducted by Pierre Monteaux. At that time he decided he wanted to become a conductor and did everything possible to achieve his goal.
          Ron interrupted his career to serve a mission in Peru for the LDS Church then returned to play in the Utah Symphony and study conducting.
          For many years he was music director and conductor for Ballet West. Ron had an incredible talent for being able to know how a dancer was feeling during a performance and provide the exact tempi needed by the dancer to give the optimum performance. He conducted choruses and orchestras around the world.          
          Upon the death of his mother, Ron moved to Madrid, Spain where he conducted, worked with the head musician of the Spanish Court, helped the LDS missionaries in Madrid and was in the Stake Mission Presidency. He recently completed arrangements for the Tabernacle Choir to visit Spain.
          Ron is survived by his brother, Gary J. Horton.
          A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 10, 1998 at Colonial Hills Ward, 1455 South 1700 East. Family and friends may visit one hour prior to the service. Funeral directors: Cannon Mortuary.

James Bailey Houston
          James Bailey Houston was born on the 29th day of December, 1943, in Lovell, Big Horn County, Wyoming to Wanda Bailey and James Edwin Houston. He passed away January 29, 2004 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was a handsome and healthy child and was a joy to his parents. Before he started first grade he would come to the administrative offices where his father was Superintendent of schools and would run errands to the different buildings on the school premises.
          Jim graduated from East High School in Salt Lake City in June of 1962. That year as a Senior he took the leading role in the Senior Class play. He enjoyed sports of all kinds and enjoyed fishing and hunting. When he was in the 8th grade he and his father and uncle were stranded for three days in a snow-storm in the Ashley National Forest near Price, Utah while on a hunting trip into that area.
           He entered the University of Utah in the fall of 1962 and earned very good grades that semester. He joined the United States Army in August of 1966 and after successfully completing "boot camp" training at Fort Lewis, Washington and San Francisco he was sent to Vietnam in March of 1967. Having been trained as a typist and "key-punch operator" he was assigned to an office position at an army outpost near Saigon.
          Just before Christmas of 1967 while walking outside the army barracks, Jim was attacked by three Vietnamese guerillas (renegade partisans) and in resisting their attempt to get his wallet his left arm was severely cut when one of his attackers slashed at him with a machete. He was hospitalized in Vietnam and then an army hospital in Japan. From this place he called his parents to tell them of his injury. He was next transported to an army hospital in San Francisco and early in January of 1968 he was in Fitzsimmons General Army Hospital near Denver, Colorado. From this latter hospital he was transferred to the Veterans Administration Hospital in Salt Lake City.
          While the arm wound healed Jim never did recover from the after-effects of his "tour of duty" in Vietnam.
          He loved his family and had the greatest respect for his sister and younger brother, and for his brother-in-law, Tim. He loved his nieces and nephews. One of the choice pictures which he sent home just before he was wounded showed him with a group of eight Vietnamese children with whom he had made friends.
          At the age of 12 years Jim began giving talks in church services and spoke in the Bonneville Stake Conference as a representative of the Deacons Quorum. He also was called on to speak in the University Stake Conference impromptu when he was a Priest. He served as Secretary of the Priests Quorum under two Bishops and played the piano accompaniment for the singing in Priesthood meeting for over three years.