March 5, 2014
JOSHUA MICHAEL OUERT
Joshua Michael Ouert, 28, passed away on Feb. 28, 2014, in Preston, Idaho. A complete obituary will appear in a future edition of The Preston Citizen. Arrangements are by Webb Funeral Home.
ROBERT NEELEY FACKRELL
March 5, 1949 ~ February 26, 2014
To die at age 64 would seem premature, perhaps, for most. But those who knew you, recognize you managed to squeeze at least 100 years of life into 64 short years. Whether chasing the mob through the streets of Curacao, playing drums in the bars of Southeastern Idaho, stealing silver ingots back from thieves who stole them from you, or building a power plant with your bare hands – you’ve lived a series of Hollywood screenplays most people wouldn’t believe.
For you, though, all of your adventures were just “noise to distract from what matters.” Loving mom, sharing your time with us kids, always being there to talk to, caring for those who needed friendship, and above all, showing kindness to everyone – these were your hallmark traits, and that is how you’ll be remembered. Even as you grew too weak to talk, you still somehow managed to end each phrase with a gasp of “please” or “thank you.”
Dad, because of you we know life does not begin at birth, nor does it end with death. As the prophet Alma wrote, “Behold, it has been made known unto me… that the spirits of all men, as soon as they are departed from this mortal body,… are taken home to that God who gave them life.… The spirits of those who are righteous are received into a state of happiness, which is called paradise, a state of rest, a state of peace.” Without a doubt you have been a righteous son and have been received by your Father in paradise. Sweetest dad, rest well at home knowing you have “fought a good fight, finished your course, and have kept the faith.”
With love overflowing,
Your little ones: Joanna Fackrell Mantz, Caroline Fackrell Hawkes, John (Jake) Cannon Fackrell, and Andrew Cannon Fackrell
Sealed for time and all eternity to Stephanie Joyce Cannon on Jan. 29, 1971. Robert leaves behind his loving wife, four children, and 17 grandchildren who all love him to absolute pieces.
The funeral was held Monday, March 3, 2014, at 11 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel, 213 S. 200 E., Preston, Idaho. A viewing was held Sunday, March 2, from 6-8 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 800 E. in Preston, and Monday morning at the church from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www. webbmortuary.com
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the General Missionary Fund of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
KAY LAURITZ SMITH
1922 ~ 2014
Kay Lauritz Smith, 91, passed away on a beautiful morning Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at the Sunrise Park Assisted Living Facility in Lewiston, Utah. Kay was born at home on the banks of the Bear River in Riverdale, Idaho, on Nov. 25, 1922, to Robert Lauritz and Doris Bennett Smith. He lived there until his family moved to Draper, Utah, when he was seven years old. Kay graduated from Jordan High School in 1941.
He married Norma Jane Boulter in the Salt Lake LDS Temple Jan. 14, 1943. Draper was his home until six years ago when he moved to Dayton, Idaho, to be near his sons. Kay was active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in many callings, including counselor in a Bishopric, Bishop, member of a Branch Presidency serving the Utah State Penitentiary, ward missionary and a temple worker at the Jordan River LDS Temple.
Kay worked hard all of his life. He was a poultry man and farmer, but at the same time he worked as a bus driver for Jordan School District for 29 years. He worked for Draper City for awhile on the road crew. He also served his country during World War II in the army. Kay was a director for the Draper Irrigation Company and also served as a director for the Intermountain Farmers Association. Kay loved his family and tried to attend all the major events in each of their lives. He enjoyed visiting people, and sharing the produce from his garden with neighbors. He was content to stay in Draper and rarely traveled. He always had a joke or poem to tell and whistled while he worked.
Kay is survived by his sister, Alice Olsen; sister-in-law, Beverly Thompson (Jimmie); his children, Lauritz (Lynda) Smith, Craig (Becky) Smith, Ruthann (Wayne) Swenson, Frances Simmonds, Robyn Theuerer, Kelli Smith; son-in-law, Cliff Saville; and Douglas Christensen, foster son. He leaves 37 grandchildren, 100 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; five sisters; his wife, Norma Jane; a son; and three daughters who died at birth; a daughter, Tari Saville; three granddaughters; and one great-grandson.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 8, 2014, 12 p.m. at the Draper 5th Ward Chapel, 12700 S. 1617 E., Draper, Utah. A viewing will be at the church Friday evening, March 7 from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, March 8 from 10-11:30 a.m. prior to the funeral. Interment will be in Draper City Cemetery.
Travis John Bowcut, 32, passed away on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Cub River, Idaho. He was born Jan. 24, 1982, in Preston, Idaho, the son of Rodger John and Anna Lee Loftis Bowcut.
He loved horses, chickens, pigeons and country music. He enjoyed duck hunting and being with his daughter and his friends. He liked being with his niece, Vanessa, and his nephew, Christopher. He also loved playing games of any kind.
He is survived by his daughter, Tallianah Marie Zausch of Pocatello, Idaho; by the love of his life, Christina Zausch of Pocatello, Idaho; by his parents, Rod and Anna Bowcut of Cub River, Idaho; by three sisters, Cindy Bowcut of Brigham City, Utah; Becky (Jared) Reynolds of Kirkland, Wash.; Krystal Bowcut of Pocatello, Idaho; by two brothers, Jarred Bowcut of Logan, Utah, and Jeremy Bowcut of Boise, Idaho. He was preceded in death by a brother, Shane R. Bowcut; and by his grandparents.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at 11 a.m. in the Mapleton Ward Chapel in Cub River, Idaho, with Bishop Stuart Burbank conducting. Friends may call Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 8th E., Preston, Idaho, and Saturday from 9:30- 10:30 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in the Mapleton Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www. webbmortuary.com
February 26, 2014
George Lemoin Crockett 85, passed away suddenly on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at his home in Logan, Utah. He was born in Whitney, Idaho, on Oct. 29, 1928, to George Alvin and Christine Olsen Crockett. He married his college sweetheart, Lavina Foutz, in the Logan LDS Temple, Nov. 10, 1950.
George was a graduate of Preston High School and received his Bachelor of Science degree in math, physics and chemistry from Utah State University. He attended Purdue, Stanford, and Oregon State University for his Master’s degree. He went on to earn a Doctorate in education from Utah State University with post-doctoral work in meteorology in Costa Rica. George served for 20 years as a professor and head of science at the University of Northern Colorado. He was also a visiting professor in Changhua, Taiwan, and the University of Northern Iowa. He then served as head of science at Robert College in Istanbul, Turkey. He also worked as director of Meteorological Institute in Madrid, Spain, and then in Saudi Arabia doing technical curriculum development for Aramco, after which he was head of math at Colegio Roosevelt in Lima, Peru.
George was active in the LDS Church, serving two stake missions in Preston, Idaho, and Greeley, Colo. He and his wife, Lavina, were also called to open the mission in the Republic of Turkey. Other church callings included: branch president, gospel essentials, choir director, and stake dance director.
Favorite family memories were trips and outings, reading stories, and Dad’s beautiful tenor voice. George is survived by his devoted wife, Lavina; his children, Christine Williams, Dave Crockett (Marion), Daryl Crockett, Claralyn Sant (Howard), Guy Crockett (Juliet), Joel Crockett, Jonathan Crockett (Adriana), Jesse Crockett (Rebecca), and Sabrina Rodriguez (Roberto); 33 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, George L. Crockett Jr.; his sister, Zenna Beth Crockett; his parents, George Alvin and Christine Olsen Crockett; and a grandson, Spencer Millett.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, March 1, 2014, at 12 p.m., at the Whitney LDS Chapel, 1444 S. 1600 E., Preston, Idaho. A viewing for family and friends will be from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the church in Whitney. Interment will be in the Whitney Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Webb Funeral Home in Preston. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www. webbmortuary.com
February 19, 2014
EDDIE A. SKINNER
Eddie Archibald Skinner, 74, of Soda Springs passed away at his home.
Eddie was born on May 12, 1939, in Soda Springs, Idaho, the son of Archibald Carlyle and Helen Marie Fowler Skinner.
He graduated from Soda Springs High School in 1957 and then attended Idaho State University where he studied auto mechanics and auto body.
Eddie married Meredith Peterson on June 2, 1961, in Grace, Idaho. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Logan LDS Temple on June 8, 1965. She passed away on Aug. 9, 1985.
He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He lived in Soda Springs his entire life except for the time spent attending ISU. He had worked at Caribou Implement, Beker, Nu West and Agrium.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding his four-wheeler, walking and spending time in the mountains watching wildlife. He was an avid supporter of his grandchildren’s sporting and school events. He loved reading books and had an extensive book exchange group. He also enjoyed picking huckleberries, baking pies, cookies, making Christmas candy and everything possible with zucchini. He loved March Madness and closely followed college basketball and football.
Eddie is survived by three sons and one daughter, Alan E. and Kristen Skinner, Gregory Mark and Billie Jo Skinner, Michael Don and Michelle Skinner, and Teresa Skinner, all of Soda Springs, Idaho. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and two more on the way, and a sister Sondra and Claude Snooks. He was preceded in death by his wife and a sister, Jolene.
Services will be held on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, at noon at the Hooper LDS Chapel in Soda Springs. The family will visit with friends on Wednesday evening from 7-8 p.m. at the Sims Funeral Home and on Thursday morning from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the church prior to services. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery in Soda Springs.
Services are under the direction of the Sims Funeral Home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family online at www.simsfh.com
Neldon Lee “Ned” Cundick, 88, longtime resident of Weston and Preston, passed away Feb. 14, 2014, from congestive heart failure at the Franklin County Medical Center. He was born Oct. 22, 1925, in West Jordan, Utah, to Samuel and Charlotte Ida Crane Cundick. He attended school in West Jordan and Jordan High School. He enlisted in the Navy and served in the Pacific on a destroyer escort during World War II from 1944-46. After returning home, Ned finished his high school diploma and married his high school sweetheart, LeRae Beckstead, on March 14, 1947, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.
Ned owned and operated a dairy farm in West Jordan, Utah, until 1971 when he moved his family and the dairy to Weston, Idaho. He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in many callings and was a High Priest at the time of his death. He loved spending time on the golf course with his wife and friends. His happiest moments in life were spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren in activities they all loved like camping, fishing, bowling, golfing and cheering at their school activities. After retiring from dairy farming, they built a home in Preston, Idaho. Together with LeRae, they enjoyed spending winters in Mesa, Ariz., and met many life-long friends.
Ned is survived by his wife, LeRae, of Preston; his children, Nelda (Steve) Kissinger, St. George, Utah; Shauna (Gary) Leak, Weston; and Jerren (Sharel) Cundick, Preston; ten beloved grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Norma Dimond. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Sam, Harvey, Ray and Darrell; and three sisters, Myrtle, Doris, and Lucille.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at 1 p.m. in the Preston 10th Ward Chapel, 155 N. 200 W., Preston, Idaho, with Bishop Douglas B. Roper conducting. Viewings will be Thursday, Feb. 20, from 6-8 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 8th E., Preston, and Friday from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the church. Military rites and interment will be in the Preston Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.webbmortuary. com
JOHN C HANSEN
After nearly 85 years of a full life, John C Hansen, of Helena, Mont., was called home on Feb. 10, 2014. He passed away peacefully in the loving arms of his family due to natural causes of age. He was born May 20, 1929, in a log cabin at Mink Creek, Idaho, to Niels Wilford Hansen and Tora Virgia Wilde. It was here that he developed a love of the mountains, outdoors, horses, hunting and rodeo. He also learned the value of hard work and appreciation for friends and family. He attended Preston schools where he was active in sports – football, track and FFA.
After graduation, he helped on the farm before serving a Spanish speaking mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Texas. Within days of his return, he was drafted into the Korean War and served with the U.S. Army, 2nd Infantry Division, 23rd Infantry Regiment. His unit received the Presidential Commendation. Upon his return from the war, he was a commercial driver for England Trucking. He returned to Preston and worked for Palmer Motors as a mechanic. It was then that a friend introduced him to his sweetheart and love of his life, Janeal Cazier Hoffman, a widow with four young children. John was smitten with Janeal’s sweet spirit. They were married in the Logan LDS Temple on Nov. 7, 1958, and soon added four more children to their family.
He worked at Thiokol for a short time before relocating to Montana where he ranched in Toston with his father-in-law, Vordis Cazier, at Park Trail Ranch. During this time, he also was called to serve as the Three Forks branch president where he served for 11 years. He made numerous friends that became family and loved them all unconditionally. He also served as high councilor in the Helena LDS Stake. John’s life included a lifelong devotion to God, family and friends, always putting another’s needs ahead of his own. He also served on the school board for Broadwater County. He farmed in Townsend, Mont., and in later years worked with Bingham Livestock of Tremonton, Utah, where he was lovingly referred to as “Pappy.” He enjoyed his retirement years in Preston with his wife, looking forward to trips that would take them in the footsteps of the Lewis and Clark Trail. Health needs brought him to live in Helena, Mont.
He is survived by his eight children: Michael (Patty) Hoffman, Wayne (Pauline) Hoffman, Marilyn (Alan) Manwill, Deanna Hoffman, Marian (Richard) Mallard, John Hansen, Pamela (Dean) Helmick, Geraldine (Scott) Colvin. He is survived by all of his 22 grandchildren and 62 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Janeal in 2011; and his siblings, Vinora, Hugh, Adria, Ane and MarDene. Undoubtedly, there has been a tremendous reunion with family and friends.
Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 15, 11 a.m. at the Townsend LDS Church, 916 Broadway, Townsend, Mont. Family received friends Friday, 6-8 p.m. at the Townsend Church and Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m., also at the Townsend LDS Church. Burial was in the Deep Creek Townsend Cemetery under the direction of Webb Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family at www. webbmortuary.com
February 12, 2014
JOHN C. HANSEN
TOWNSEND, MONTANA – John C. Hansen, 84, passed away Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, at his daughter’s home in Rexburg, Idaho. A full obituary will appear in a future edition of the paper. Arrangements are under the direction of Webb Funeral Home in Preston. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Townsend, Montana.
PATSY KAYE CHRISTIANSEN PETERSON
Patsy Kaye Christiansen Peterson died early in the morning of Feb. 14, 2014, at the age of 75, after a brief illness.
Kaye was born in Downey, Idaho, Aug. 4, 1938, to Orion L. and Ruth I. Evans Christiansen. She attended school in Downey. In 1955 she married Dale R. Willie from Malad, Idaho. Together they had two children. After divorcing, she moved to Boise, Idaho, where she met Richard B. Madson. Kaye and Dick were married in 1960 and they had two sons together.
After raising her family as a devoted mother, she earned her GED and was trained as a drug and alcohol counselor. Kaye possessed natural artistic skills. During her life she became an accomplished piano player and enjoyed oil painting. She loved spending time with her many grandchildren.
Kaye was a loving mother and grandmother and loyal friend to many. Being of meager means most of her life, she generously shared what little she had, but more importantly shared love and friendship with all she met and knew. Even in her later years while living at Monte Vista Hills care center, while afflicted with her own health issues, she always reached out to those around her who were less fortunate and found ways of helping them.
Kaye was loved by all those who knew her. She will be missed. She is survived by her daughter Susan Willie Newbold (Jimmy), Pocatello, and sons Kelly D. Willie (Anita), Pocatello, Gregory S. Madson (Sherri), Tremonton, Utah, and Eric A. Madson, San Diego, Ca. She is also survived by her brother Dee Christiansen, 14 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, and sisters Lois, Sherry and Lynn.
A viewing for friends and family will Tuesday, Feb. 18 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Colonial Funeral Home, 2005 S. 4th Ave. in Pocatello. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday at the LDS chapel located at 525 East 100 N. in Downey, Idaho, at 11 a.m. We will greet friends and family at 10 a.m. the day of the funeral in Downey.
Mom will be laid to rest at the Downey City cemetery.
FRANCES W. COTTAM
Frances W. Cottam was born on November 06, 1944, in Whitley, Kentucky; she passed away at her home on Feb. 10, 2014. Frances is survived by her husband, Allen; her sister, Sue; a sister-in-law; three nieces; and her favorite nephew, Jeff; three step-daughters; and eight grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. The family requests donations be made to the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Frances’ honor.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, at 12 p.m. in the Whitney LDS Ward Chapel. Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday evening from 6-7 p.m. at the church and from 10:30- 11:45 a.m. prior to the service. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Horsley Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to www. horsleyfuneralhome.com
PHILLIP M. GEDDES
BANIDA – Phillip Miles Geddes, 63, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at the Portneuf Medical Center, in Pocatello, Idaho. Phil was born on Dec. 5, 1950. It was his mother’s birthday. She was Sarah Miles Geddes. She always made Phil feel so special and told everyone that he was the best birthday gift she could have ever been given. Phil also had a special relationship with his father, Hugh J. Geddes, who taught him how to think independently, “do things his way,” work hard, and most importantly, how to fish!
Phil loved the community of Banida and the closeness he felt with the people there. As a child, he told of having not just one mother, but many who helped to nurture him, making him the man he was. He was in the Idaho National Guard for eight years. While there he made many lifelong friends. He also served as a full time missionary in the best mission in the world, the Cumorah LDS Mission in New York.
Phil married Judy Sibbett on Nov. 26, 1976, in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. He always teased, “That’s the day I told you I loved you, if I change my mind, I’ll let you know.” He must have meant it because they soon had four wonderful children, Jake, Luke, Jessi, and Hugh. They were truly the loves of his life. Phil loved the Gray’s Lake Valley where he spent lots of time helping his father-in-law Glade on the family ranch. They spent many hours together witching water, raising cattle, trading horses, putting up hay and shootin’ the breeze. He loved the youth and spent many hours camping and fishing with them. He loved his church callings, especially those that involved the youth. He recently purchased a laptop determined to fulfill his calling as a Sunday School teacher. He has also served as Elder’s Quorum president, High Priest group leader, Young Men’s president, scout leader, and primary teacher. He was a very willing servant of our Heavenly Father.
He was very smart, and able to fix anything. He learned by doing and then became a master of that task. Perhaps that’s why he was always RIGHT! We all learned early not to argue with him over things because you would never win. Something wonderful happened to Phil when the grandchildren arrived. Oh he was still RIGHT, but those kids had a way of making him feel so content and happy. And he had a way of making each of them feel so special.
Phil passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 4, 2014 at the Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello, Idaho, after surgery. He was greeted by his parents, Hugh J. and Sarah Geddes; his little brother, Jack, and his wife, Christy; and his father-in-law, Glade Sibbett; and many other loved family members. He is survived by his wife, Judy, of Banida, Idaho; Jake (Shannon) Geddes, of Downey, Idaho; Luke Geddes, of Elma, Wash.; Jessi (Jeff) Breckenkamp, of Weston, Idaho; and Hugh (Kathleen) Geddes, of Tenino, Wash.; nine of the most beautiful grandchildren ever born, Andee, Sadie, Jaynee, Alexie, Kale, Max, Glade, Lillie, and little Hugh. He is also survived by his sister, Carol (Richard) Pilgrim, of Woods Cross, Utah; and his brothers, Miles (Josephine) Geddes, of Banida, and Jeddie (LaDawn) Geddes of Preston, Idaho.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at 11 a.m. in the Winder Ward LDS Chapel with Bishop Alan Atkinson conducting. A viewing will be held on Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 800 E., in Preston and Saturday from 9:30- 10:30 a.m. at the church in Winder. Interment will be in the Preston Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www. webbmortuary.com
Ted Earl Steers, 84, peacefully exited his earthly home on Feb. 7, 2014, from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, with his family around him and returned to his Father in Heaven. He was born July 11, 1929, in Preston, Idaho, to Earl Hall Steers and Goldie Frances Hansen. He was raised in Preston and graduated from Preston High School. He attended USU, the Bank of America Bookkeeping School in San Francisco and the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington in Seattle. He worked for and managed First Security Bank in Preston for 24 years. He then was senior vice president for Tracy-Collins Bank in Salt Lake City for 21 years until he and the bank were sold to US Bank. He retired from US Bank after a total of 45 years in banking. While at Tracy-Collins Bank he organized and supervised their growth from three to 27 branches plus the Tracy Mortgage Co. He also owned a mink ranch in Franklin for over 18 years which he operated with the help of his wife, Gerrie.
He married Geraldine Lowe of Franklin in the Logan LDS Temple in 1948. They were married 57 years and had two daughters, Dixie and Shellie. Gerrie preceded him in death in 2004 and then he moved back to Preston in accordance with their original retirement plan. In 2006, he married Marcene Robinson Garrett, a former acquaintance and friend in Preston where he happily lived the remainder of his life.
He was very active in community affairs with the Preston Chamber of Commerce, with golf course development, as chairman of Eastside Class A School District, as president of the Preston Rotary Club, as chairman of the March of Dimes for many years (during the polio epidemic) as well as treasurer of the Village of Franklin. He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving as a teacher, a scout executive, in seven bishoprics, as stake auditor for 12 years, as an officiator in the Salt Lake LDS Temple for 10 years and in the Bountiful LDS Temple, one year ,and Logan LDS Temple, two years. He was active in support of all sports, particularly Preston High activities and he attended almost all of the games with his wife, Marcene, until his health curtailed such participation.
He is survived by his wife, Marcene of Preston; his daughters, Dixie (Don) Suite of Midvale, Utah; Shellie (Tony) Rusho of Cedar Park, Texas; 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; a sister, Jackie Luckey of San Diego, Calif.; two brothers, Norman Petterborg of Mesa, Ariz.; Rex (Pam) Petterborg of Mesa, Ariz.; and by a daughter-in-law, Jan Garrett of Preston. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gerrie; by his parents; and by a son-in-law, Craig Garrett.
Graveside dedication will be held on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. in the Preston Cemetery. Friends may call Saturday from 11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 800 E., Preston. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www. webbmortuary.com
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