December 11, 2013
Carroll Elmo Whitney was born Dec. 23, 1929, near Weston, Idaho, to Mervin and Kathryn Whitney. He grew up on the family farm in Weston with no electricity or running water, no indoor plumbing, no refrigerator and no radio. While farm life was often demanding, the location of the family home in beautiful Cache Valley Idaho provided a backdrop where Carroll developed a deep love of the outdoors, including fishing, hunting, and camping. Carroll joined the Boy Scouts at age 12, achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and eventually served as scoutmaster for a year when his scoutmaster went to serve in WWII.
While attending Weston High School and West Side High in Clifton, Carroll played football, baseball and basketball. During his senior year, he was co-captain of the football team, captain of the basketball team and a class officer.
Having been awarded a full scholarship, Carroll attended the University of California, Berkeley, beginning in the fall of 1947. He rowed on the crew and was a member of the team that won the Pacific Coast Championship in 1949. He was also a member of Sigma Pi fraternity, where he bonded with a group of fraternity brothers that remained amongst his closest friends throughout his life. In the fall of 1950, while attending a fraternity party, Carroll met his future wife, Leatrice Marie Alsing. In June, 1951, Carroll graduated and received his commission as an Ensign in the US Navy. He and Lea were married two days later on June 17, 1951. They would be together for the next 62 years.
After graduating from Navy Supply Corps School in Bayonne, N.J., Carroll was assigned to the Pacific Fleet where he served aboard the USS Wiseman, a destroyer escort ship. Carroll and Lea followed the ship to its home port in San Diego, Calif. During 1952 and 1953, Carroll was stationed aboard the USS Wiseman off of the coast of North Korea. Carroll was released from active duty in May, 1954. He remained active in the Naval Reserve for 17 years before retiring with the rank of Commander.
While he was serving in the Navy, the couple’s first son Eric was born on Feb. 18, 1953. After being released from active duty they returned to San Francisco where Carroll accepted employment with Shell Chemical Co. as a trainee at a ammonia manufacturing plant in Pittsburg, Calif. Subsequently their daughter, Jill, was born on July 4, 1955, and their son Scott on Nov. 6, 1956.
Within a few months of being hired by Shell, Carroll became a sales representative for the company in San Francisco. Over the next 34 years with Shell, Carroll was a sales representative in Sacramento, Calif. and Overland Park, Kan., District Manager in Columbus, Ohio, and National Sales manager in Atlanta, Geo. Carroll then became vice-president of Sales in Houston, Texas, an achievement beyond anything he had imagined for himself, before retiring in 1988. In the mid 1980’s, in preparation for retirement, Carroll formed a partnership with his brother-in-law, Dayle Olsen, to operate the family farm. They worked together repairing fences, building a fish pond, growing alfalfa, and raising cattle until the farm was sold in 2006.
Carroll led an active life with many interests, including fishing, golf, bridge, wine tasting, travel and family vacations. He was an avid golfer throughout his life and participated in many events and tournaments. Carroll traveled extensively both professionally and for pleasure. He and Lea made regular trips to the west coast to visit old friends from college and work. He maintained many friendships with his fraternity brothers and former co-workers and regularly participated in the annual Shell Ag Chemical reunion. He continued to support his alma mater and made many trips to see the Cal Bears crew and football games. In The Woodlands, Carroll and Lea always looked forward to weekly dinners out with their circle of dinner friends as well as weekly bridge games with their card playing buddies.
Carroll adored spending time with his family, and took his wife and children on annual family vacations camping in Yellowstone Park and surrounding areas while they were growing up. As the children grew up and became spread out geographically, he continued their vacation traditions. Each year he made it possible for his children and their families to get together for Christmas ski trips in Salt Lake City, as well as for a trip each summer visiting locales throughout the American West. He passed on his love of the outdoors to his children and grandchildren who love fishing, golfing, camping, hiking and horseback riding.
Carroll is survived by: son, Eric Whitney; grandson, Colton Whitney; and granddaughters, Madison and Savannah Whitney from West Jordan, Utah; daughter, Jill Whitney from Sherman Oaks, Calif.; son, Scott Whitney; and grandson, Alexander Whitney from Worthington, Ohio; granddaughter, Kathryn Whitney from New York, N.Y.; granddaughter, Dawn (Scott) Pletcher; and great-granddaughters, Mackenzie and Morgan Pletcher from Fairlawn, Ohio.
It has always been a wish of Carroll’s that his friends and acquaintances get together upon his death to laugh, tell stories, and enjoy some food and a good drink. A celebration of Carroll’s life will be held from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at the Woodlands Country Club Tournament Players Clubhouse, 1730 S. Millbend Drive, The Woodlands, Texas 77380. All friends and family are invited.
If desired, remembrance contributions may be made to: The American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231.
Mervin LeRoy Gifford, 77, passed away on Dec. 6, 2013, at McKay- Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah. He was born Oct. 30, 1936, in Springdale, Utah, the son of Othell and Margie Johnson Gifford. He married Marjory Ward on Sept. 23, 1960, in the Logan LDS Temple.
He enjoyed sports, yard care, drama and debate. He received an “Excellent Rating” in debate from the State Legislature. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served a three year mission to the Mexico North LDS Mission. He also served his country in the National Guard from 1959-67. He was a member of the Lion’s Club as well.
He received an associate’s degree from Dixie College and his B.A. and Master’s degree from Brigham Young University. He was a CES teacher and supervisor (co-coordinator) in the Seminary and Institute program for the LDS Church for over 36 years. He enjoyed the wonderful associations over the years.
He had many church callings in his life. He served as an elder’s quorum president, young men’s president, in the bishopric twice, as Bishop twice, as a high councilor and in the stake presidency twice. He was a mission president and presided over the Mexico Monterrey South LDS Mission with his wife.
He is survived by his wife, Marjory of Preston; five sons and two daughters, Brent (KayLee) Gifford of Westerville, Ohio; Kenneth O. (Brenda) Gifford of Preston; Kevin (Liz) Gifford of West Valley City, Utah; Annette (Derek) Gandia of Kauai, Hawaii; Sherri Gifford of St. George, Utah; Byron (Jennifer) Gifford of Highland, Utah; and Steven (Bobbie) Gifford of Layton, Utah; by a brother, Delemar Gifford of St. Louis, Mo., and by 29 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, by a sister, Leah Whitney; an infant brother, Othell Jr. and by an infant sister, Fawn Gifford.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at noon in the Preston Tenth Ward Chapel, 155 N. 2nd W., Preston, Idaho, with Bishop Doug Roper conducting. Friends may call Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 800 E., Preston, Idaho and Wednesday from 10:30- 11:30 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in the Franklin, Idaho, Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www. webbmortuary.com
Sallee L. Sant Torfin Keller, 78, passed away on Dec. 8, 2013, at the Franklin County Medical Center in Preston, Idaho. She was born Aug. 1, 1935, in Pocatello, Idaho, the first daughter of Percy and Fern Sant. She graduated from Grace High School in 1953, then worked in Pocatello, Idaho, for IBM which was a job she truly loved.
With a love of horses, especially her horse “Lady,” she became queen of that Famous Preston Night Rodeo in 1954.
She married Milton Torfin and they had four children. They later divorced and she married Vernon Keller of Mink Creek, Idaho, and together they raised nine children, five sons and four daughters.
She loved living on the farm in Mink Creek with Vernon. She milked the cows every day, twice a day, for 40 years. She also delivered the mail around the valley for years, and loved getting to know everyone and where they all lived. She knew everyone in town and they knew her.
After retiring from the post office, she took a job delivering newspapers just to keep busy, delivering them in the middle of the night because she thought people needed their paper before sunrise!
Sallee enjoyed taking long rides around the valley with anyone who was willing to take her. She loved to see what everyone was up to, and loved to talk about her greatest blessings, that being her nine children, 24 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.
She is survived by husband, Vernon Keller; five sons, and four daughters, Kelton (Denise) Keller, Kurt Torfin, Kim (Dianna) Keller, Clay (Nancy) Torfin, Casey (Glenda) Torfin, Kay (Jeff) Hill, Kristi (Brett) Hall, Karla (Chris) Jensen, Karma (Doug) Wood; and by two sisters, Judy Mansfield and Loni Lish. She was preceded in death by her parents and by a sister, Jeanene Sant.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at noon in the Mink Creek Ward Chapel with Bishop Kent Egley conducting. Friends may call Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 8th E., Preston, Idaho and Saturday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in the Mink Creek Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.webbmortuary. com
Rebecca Shaw Darley Packer, 98, of Chubbuck, Idaho, passed away on Dec. 5, 2013.
Rebecca was born March 26, 1915, in Wellsville, Utah, the second daughter of Elizabeth Ann Simpson Shaw and George Thirkell Darley. She attended elementary school in Wellsville, Utah, and high school at South Cache in Hyrum, Utah. After graduating from Utah State University in 1937 she was called to serve a mission in the Texas-Louisiana LDS Mission. It was here that she met her future husband, Vaughn Packer who was also serving a mission in Texas. After Rebecca returned home, she began teaching at North Cache High School in Richmond, Utah. The next year Rebecca and Vaughn began courting and were married on Nov. 29, 1940. Over the next 10 years they welcomed four children: Vonda, John, Sherman and Darla, into their family onto a little farm near Franklin, Idaho. In 1959 they sold the farm and moved into Franklin.
Rebecca was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She held many callings in the church. She especially loved doing French and Italian extraction for the church. In 1981, Vaughn passed away and in 1989 Rebecca was called to serve another mission for the church. This time it was in San Diego where she learned to love the Hmong, Loatian and Vietnamese families that she worked with. Long after she returned she continued to correspond with the elder and sister missionaries and the members that she had worked with and loved.
Rebecca has always been a hard worker. She loved to make quilts, entering many in the fair and quilt shows. She enjoyed doing a variety of kinds of handwork, including: quilting, applique, drawn work, needlepoint, cross-stitch, cutwork, crewel and crochet. She loved entering her handwork in the fair and continued until the year she died. She made many gifts for her family and loved giving small gifts to each grandchild and great-grandchild every year.
In June of 2004 she moved to Chubbuck, Idaho. Although it was hard to leave her home in Franklin she learned to love the people in her new ward. She was always involved and loved the new families she met there.
Rebecca is survived by her four children, Vonda (Don) Bahr of Provo, Utah; John (Barbara) Packer of Franklin, Idaho; Sherman (Janine) of Sandy, Utah; Darla (Brent) Grigg of Chubbuck, Idaho; 25 grandchildren; 75 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; four brothers; one sister; one grandchild and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services for Rebecca were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at the LDS church at 4773 Independence in Chubbuck, Idaho. Friends called from 6-8 p.m. at Wilks Funeral Home 211 W. Chubbuck Road, Chubbuck, Idaho, on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, and from 10-10:45 a.m. at the church on Tuesday. Interment was in the Franklin, Idaho, Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.wilksfuneralhome.com
STEVEN KEITH HANSEN
Steven Keith Hansen, 43, a resident of Wendell, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, at North Canyon Medical Center in Gooding.
Steve was born on Nov. 9, 1970, in Preston, Idaho, to Sam and Edith Hansen. He was raised and educated in Preston, until he moved to Wendell in 1989, where he met the love of his life, his best friend, his forever, Amy Michelle Bay. They were married on Oct. 17, 1992, in Wendell, Idaho, at the home of her parents.
Steve and Amy fell in love at first sight and have been inseparable since. Steve had an infectious smile that could light up most people. Amy called it “Steve’s Perma Grin!”
Becoming parents was the biggest dream they both had. After many attempts, and no luck at getting pregnant, they were finally blessed with the most amazing miracle, their son Larry Skott! The family was finally complete. But two short years later they got another huge surprise, another amazing miracle, Brady Keith was born! They could not have been happier, still so in love and two wonderful children. Life was great!
Steve loved the outdoors. He loved to hunt, fish, camp, four-wheel, snowmobile and he loved to tear things apart and put them back together, even if there were a few leftover parts, as long as it worked, it was fixed!
Steve is survived by his wife, Amy Michelle Bay-Hansen; one son, Larry Skott Hansen; both of Wendell, Idaho; four brothers, Gary Hansen, of Preston, Idaho; Randy (Peggy) Hansen, of Eden, Idaho; David (Rachel) Hansen, of Wellington, Kan.; and Ramon Banks, of Iona, Idaho; 10 sisters, Janet Crandall, of Georgetown, Idaho; Sandy (Lonney) Smith, of Soda Springs, Idaho; Susan (Lyle) Goodsell, of Preston, Idaho; Renee (Mike) Hillyard, of Preston, Idaho; Gail Hansen of Montpelier, Idaho; Denise (Todd) Turner, of Brant, Mich.; Kristine Hansen, of Edgeley, N.D.; Penny (Jeff) Beus, of Payette, Idaho; Mindy (Mike) Starry, of Twin Falls, Idaho; and Sheri (Dan) Anderson, of Gooding, Idaho. Steve is also survived by his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Larry and Linda Bay, of Wendell, Idaho; grandmother-in-law, Vena Gorrell, of Gooding, Idaho; and numerous nieces and nephews; many wonderful friends and extended family.
Steve was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Brady Keith Hansen; one brother, Kurtis P. Hansen; several grandparents, nieces and nephews.
Visitation for family and friends was held from 12-2 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at Demaray Funeral Service – Wendell Chapel. A celebration of life followed at 3 p.m. at Living Waters Presbyterian Church in Wendell.
Memorial contributions in Steves’ name may be made to the Steve Hansen Memorial Fund and may be made at any US Bank branch.
Amy, Skott and Brady were Steve’s world, as he was theirs. Steve struggled with a lot of pain due to his industrial accident. But with these issues, he still tried to be the best dad and husband he could be. As long as he had his family, he lived the best he could. And now he rests in peace alongside his beautiful Brady; the one person he could not live without.
We love you Steve, Rest In Peace My Love.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Demaray Funeral Service – Wendell Chapel.
December 4, 2013
MERN PARRY PALMER
Mern Parry Palmer, beloved wife, dear aunt, devoted daughter and sister, passed away Nov. 28, 2013, in Mesa, Ariz., from age related complications. She was a resident of Preston, Idaho. She is survived by her husband, Ronald W Palmer, her loving husband of 62 years.
Mern spent the last 30 years living in Preston, Idaho, in the summer and Apache Junction, Ariz., in the winter. She has many friends in both areas. She worked most of her life for Utah Power and Light as an executive secretary for the general manager. She also worked alongside her husband in their mink ranching business.
She loved crafts and became a talented stained glass artisan. She also enjoyed crocheting. She took pride in her beautiful yard and flower gardens. She was a competitive bowler on the Ladies League at the Pop n Pin Lanes and was a Hall of Fame Bowler. Mern and Ron enjoyed many years at their summer retreat up Cub River Canyon. They were generous with their lovely spot by the river. Mern and Ron also enjoyed traveling in their motor home and each year were at the Blackfoot Fair to watch the Indian Horse Races.
She is survived by her husband, Ronald W Palmer, her loving husband of 62 years. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin “Ted” Parry and Florence Jennette Nelson Parry. Her only brother, Keith N. Parry, and her brother-in-law, Jim Palmer, have also passed away. Aunt Mern is also survived by her nieces and nephews who thought of her as a second mother. These are, Dennis and Debbie Parry of Providence, Utah; Steven and Michelle Parry of Logan, Utah; David Parry, Gary and Melanie Cook, and Michael Parry of Twin Falls, Idaho; Lewis and Staci Palmer and Allison Palmer of Preston, Idaho; and Jim and Michelle Payton of North Ogden, Utah. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Linda Palmer of Preston.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at 12 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 800 E. in Preston, Idaho. A viewing will be held Saturday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Interment will be in the Preston Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.webbmortuary. com
Mern requested that donations be made to the Lupus Foundation of America, Inc., Box 418629, Boston, MA 002241-8629 or at www. Lupus.org in lieu of flowers.
Donald S. Hendrickson, 81, of American Falls, Idaho, passed away Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. He was born Oct. 24, 1932, in Preston, Idaho, to Edith Esther Shaffer and Virgil Fremont Hendrickson. He grew up in Preston, Idaho, and West Yellowstone, Mont., areas with his sisters, Afton and Nellie, and his brothers, Iver and Edwin. He graduated from Preston High School in 1950. He attended Nampa Business School, completing the telegrapher course. On Nov. 16, 1951, he married Verla Jean Moore in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. They were blessed with five children, Virgil, Marcia, Wayne Corey, Terrill and LaRene. Additional great blessings in his life, whom he was always focused on, were the grandchildren and the most wonderful great-grandchildren. It really made his day if he got to hold one of these sleeping babies.
He was employed by Union Pacific Railroad for 46 years as a telegrapher. He worked along the Idaho Division of Union Pacific from Weiser, Idaho, to Opal, Wyo., ultimately ending up in American Falls and finishing his career with the Railroad in Aberdeen, Idaho. In addition to working for the railroad he always had more than one job. In 1968 Don and Verla entered the school bus transportation business. They operated Briggs & Hendrickson Transportation until 2008 and operated Hendrickson Transportation in Mountain Home, Idaho, from 1978 until 1994. They also operated Gemotor Lines which was a charter bus company and he enjoyed taking groups on temple tours to various LDS temples, to girls camps, scout camps, the Manti LDS Temple Pageant and the Calgary Stampede. He was always a very hard worker and it was difficult for him the last year when he was unable to do the things he loved to do.
He was an active member of the LDS church. He enjoyed reading, driving, hunting, camping, fishing, family, moving sprinkler pipe, driving bus, riding the train, helping others…
He was preceded in death by Verla, the love of his life (what a joyous reunion), his son, Corey, granddaughter, Audra, and great-grandson, Kyler, as well as his parents and two sisters.
The visitation will be from 11-12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, American Falls 4th Ward, 650 Pocatello Avenue, American Falls. The funeral will start at 1 p.m. and interment will follow at the Falls View Cemetery.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.davisrosemortuary.com
RICHARD T. BALLIF
Our husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and “Uncle Richard,” passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, in Logan, Utah. Richard Terrell Ballif was born on Jan. 13, 1928, in Preston, Idaho. His parents, Serge Chadwick and Ina Terrell Wilcox Ballif, welcomed him into a family that would eventually include four boys and four girls.
Richard served his country in the occupation forces in the 11th Airborne in Japan. He attended USAC when he returned home. It was at the family farm in Winder, Idaho, that he met his sweetheart and eternal companion Sara Swainston. They were married July 27, 1948, in the Logan LDS Temple. They had two sons, Dennis Robert and William Laurence. The family spent many happy years together dairying and farming in Winder. Dad was a faithful member of the LDS Church. He served in several bishoprics and on the high council. He loved his calling in the nursery and particularly enjoyed serving with his wife Sara in the Logan LDS Temple which he considered the “frosting on the cake.”
He loved his family and is survived by wife, Sara; his sons, Dennis (Janeen) Ballif and William (Lynne) Ballif; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters Joanne Cottrell and Ina Rae Knighton. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Lyman, David, Don; and sisters, Yvonne Knighton and Florine Durham.
Funeral services were held on Monday, Dec. 1, 2013, at 11 a.m. in the Preston 10th Ward LDS Chapel, 155 N. 200 W., Preston. A viewing was held on Sunday from 6-7:30 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 800 E. in Preston and Monday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the church. Interment was in the Whitney Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.webbmortuary. com
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to the LDS Perpetual Education fund.
November 27, 2013
GARTH B. CHRISTENSEN
FAIRVIEW – Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother Garth B. Christensen, passed away peacefully on Nov. 20, 2013, at his home in Fairview, Idaho. Garth fought valiantly for the past 32 months to defeat cancer with the only objective of staying alive to watch over his family. He was born on Sept. 17, 1953, in Ogden, Utah, to Leonard Junior and Mary Ruth Bybee Christensen. He married Janice Garrett on July 12, 1974, in the Logan LDS Temple.
Garth was who he was, just a down to earth, honest, generous man that will be missed greatly.
He was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and loved serving in various capacities alongside men and women whom he greatly admired. He loved the Savior and believed that if you put Him at the center of your life, everything else would fall into place. His life was spent in family, community and church service. Garth was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother who, never one for fanfare, quietly went about doing much good in the world. His greatest joy was his family. He liked to spend time with his wife, children, grandchildren and friends. He especially enjoyed taking them on the snowmobiles and four wheelers to the mountains and canyons in this area that he loved so much.
He grew up on a farm learning about the law of the harvest, perseverance and hard work at an early age, milking cows, hoeing beets, controlling weeds, watering the crops, digging post holes and building fences. He was a dedicated steward of the land and a tireless hard worker until his body failed him. He and his wife worked together owning and operating their farm with the help of their children.
Garth did what He done! He loved reading the writings of Louis L’Amour who properly researched and characterized the American West.
Garth is survived by his best friend and wife of 39 years, Jan (Janice Garrett Christensen) Fairview, Idaho; his five children and their spouses, Cody and Janeal Christensen, Caliente, Nev.; Shanci Cram, Fairview, Idaho; Kit and Minnie Christensen, Fairview, Idaho; Cache and Amanda Christensen, South Willard, Utah; and Paige Christensen, Logan, Utah. He is also survived and dearly loved by 11 grandchildren: Marissa, Carlin, Chance, Jonas, Jazmin, Jaylen, Kathryn, Alexa, Jonathan, Lia and Logan Garth, as well as his father-in-law and mother-in-law Dick and Connie Garrett, Fairview, Idaho. His siblings are Cheryl (Mark) Moosman, Burley, Idaho; Scott (Syndee) Christensen, Fairview, Idaho; Janeal (Al) Tremayne, Clarkston, Utah; Marilee (Kevin) Balls, Spanish Fork, Utah; Nancy (Bob) Funk, Smithfield, Utah; and his brothers-in-law Doug (Sue) Garrett, Kemmerer, Wyo.; and Sid (Jill) Garrett, Idaho Falls, Idaho. Garth was preceded in death by his father Leonard Junior Christensen and mother, Mary Ruth (Bybee) Christensen.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, at 11 a.m. in the Fairview First Ward LDS Chapel, 165 W. 4800 S., in Preston. A viewing was held on Monday from 6-8 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 South 800 East in Preston and Tuesday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the church. Interment was in the Fairview Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.webbmortuary. com
A special thanks is extended to Dr. Ali Ben- Jacob and his staff and to Dr. David Beckstead and his staff for their care and compassion. The family would like to give a special thanks the nurses with Hands of Hope Hospice (http:// www.handsofhopehospice.com/) for the loving care they gave to their father.
CHET M. ATKINSON
WESTON – On Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, our Heavenly Father called home a special son, Chet M. Atkinson. Chet was born on Aug. 9, 1987, in Logan, Utah, to David Lee and Gayla Balls Atkinson. Chet grew up in Lewiston, Utah, spending most of his time hunting and fishing on the banks of the Cub River with his family and friends. Chet attended Sky View High School where he excelled in sports and making friends, especially those of the opposite sex. Chet was first team All-State in football his senior year and the captain of the team every game that season, until he decided to tell a coach he disagreed with him. Chet also excelled in track and was state bound until he told the coach he wouldn’t cut his hair. Chet was always one to speak his mind and to stand up for what he thought was right.
After high school, Chet joined the work force. He became a full-time employee in the family business, Dave Atkinson’s Roofing. He loved to work hard and was so proud of what he did. There were many things that Chet loved in life. He loved anything you could hunt, anything with a motor and especially his dogs. Yet the greatest love of his life was his wife Ashley (Blackner) Atkinson. The two met at a bonfire next to the river. After a year of redneck dating, Chet proposed to Ashley on the tailgate of his pickup truck with two hound dogs singing in the background. They were married on Aug. 21, 2009. His love for her was matched only by her love for him. They lived in Weston, Idaho, with their many dogs, several horses, and surrounded by neighbors that they loved. Chet wasn’t one to make it to church every Sunday, but you couldn’t find a more Christ-like man. He was always serving others, always giving, even when it seemed he didn’t have the means to be doing so. Chet’s kindness and service touched many lives.
Chet was welcomed, with a grand reunion, to the other side by all those that have gone before him. His niece, Jozie Atkinson, his grandfather, Marsden Balls, his grandmothers, Laura Lee and Ivy May Atkinson, and a host of dogs, some loved more than others. Chet was loved and will be missed by so many. We know we will see him again and that he will always be there to help us along our way. We love you Chet.
He is survived by his wife Ashley, of Weston, Idaho; his parents David and Gayla Atkinson, of Lewiston, Utah; his brothers Steve (Liz) Atkinson, of Florence, Ore.; and Zeb (Gentry) Atkinson, of Clarkston, Utah; his sister Callie (Tony) Moosman, of Amalga, Utah; his nephews, Wyatt Atkinson and Kooper Moosman; and his grandfather, Kendall Atkinson, of Hyrum, Utah; and his grandmother, Beatrice Balls, of Logan, Utah.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at 12 p.m. in the Richmond LDS Stake Center, 135 W. Main in Richmond, Utah. A viewing was held on Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 800 E. in Preston, Idaho and Saturday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the stake center. Interment was in the Lewiston Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.webbmortuary. com
The family would like to thank all of those who have helped in so many ways, especially all those who helped at the scene of the accident. We appreciate the great care and love given to Chet and our family.
November 20, 2013
CHET M. ATKINSON
WESTON – Chet M. Atkinson, 26, passed away on Nov. 17, 2013, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Preston, Idaho. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at 12 p.m. in the Lewiston 3rd/4th Ward Chapel, 16 S. Main, Lewiston, Utah. Friends may call Friday from 6-8 pm at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 800 E., Preston, Idaho, and Saturday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the church. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.webbmortuary.com
Delores DeLone Larsen Steed, 85, passed away Nov. 12, 2013, at her daughter’s home in Pendleton, Ore. She was born June 7, 1928, in Logan, Utah, the daughter of Guy and Delone Smith Larsen. She married John Harvey Hobson on Nov. 23, 1946, in Malad, Idaho. He preceded her in death in a farm accident. On Sept. 20, 1963, she married Dee Vern Steed in Malad, Idaho. Their marriage was solemnized Feb. 17, 1964, in the Logan LDS Temple. He also preceded her in death.
She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in the Relief Society and was involved with the Daughters of Utah Pioneers for over 30 years. She helped organize a Pioneer Marker in Weston Canyon. She loved genealogy and scrapbooking. She enjoyed canning and horse backing. In her younger years she loved sheep and 4-H. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by three sons and one daughter, Kerby (Val) Steed of Vernal, Utah; Kelly (Brenna) Steed of Casper, Wyo.; Steven (Machele) Steed of Newton, Utah; Brenda (Chris) Christensen of Pendleton, Ore.; by ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her two husbands and by a brother, Noel Larsen.
Funeral services were held on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, at 11 a.m. in the Preston South Stake Center, 55 E. 1st S., Preston, Idaho with Bishop Quinn Corbridge conducting. Friends called Sunday from 6-8 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 8th E., Preston, Idaho, and Monday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the stake center. Interment was in the Garland, Utah, Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www. webbmortuary.com
Loneta Hollingsworth Fonnesbeck, 90, passed quietly at Legacy Village of Layton, Utah, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Loneta had been at Legacy in independent living since Sept. 21, 2012. She struggled during that time with failing health, but maintained a happy disposition and was loved by all who came to know her at Legacy. She will be missed by both the staff and the wonderful ladies who lived there.
Loneta was born April 12, 1923, in East Millcreek, Salt Lake County, Utah, to Elam Hollingsworth and Clara Anna Hansen, both of Preston, Idaho. Mother lived in East Millcreek and Farmington Canyons during her youth where her father Elam ran the power plants for Utah Power and Light. They eventually returned to Preston when her father was assigned to run the power plant there. She tragically lost her father at age 12 when he attempted to save a young girl who fell into the Bear River at the Bear River Narrows in Riverdale, Idaho. Both were drowned.
Loneta spent her teenage years living with her mother Clara in Preston, Idaho. She attended Preston High School where she was active in student government and held student body offices every year of high school. She was fun loving and popular and had many dear friends that she stayed in contact with over the years. She met Myron Fonnesbeck from Weston at a high school dance, fell in love, and they were married April 24, 1942. They lived in Weston until Myron (Mike) enlisted in the Marine Corps during WWII. After boot camp she moved to California where they lived in San Diego and San Francisco until the war ended. When the war ended they returned to Weston where Mike worked on the farm with his father. In 1956 Mike and his brother Norman took over the farm from their father James. They lived in Weston and farmed until he retired in 1985. After Mike’s retirement they bought a small home in St. George, Utah, where they wintered and then along with many friends from Weston and Cache Valley trailered and traveled throughout the west and Canada for almost 20 years. It was a wonderful time and they had many great experiences and memories from their travel. Loneta was active in the LDS Church and served in many positions in the Weston Ward and in the stake.
Loneta will be remembered as a woman of compassion and love, a woman of great friendship, hard work, high energy, and always willing to help. She will be missed by many, but has been reunited with so many more, who have been waiting for her to join them.
Loneta leaves behind sons M. Bruce Fonnesbeck of Farmington, Utah and Rodney D. Fonnesbeck, of Nampa, Idaho: sisters-in-law Oda (Ellis) Rasmussen, of Orem, Utah and Yvonne (Paul) Fonnesbeck, North Logan, Utah. She has nine grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Loneta is preceded in death by her brother Farrell Hollingsworth of Lakewood, Colo.; her husband, sons Hollis Fonnesbeck, and James Brent Fonnesbeck; and a daughter-in-law Linda Seamons Fonnesbeck.
Funeral services will be in the Weston 1st Ward Chapel on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at 11 a.m. with Bishop Randy Austin conducting. A viewing will be held Thursday, Nov. 22, from 6-8 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home located at 1005 S. 8th E. in Preston and Friday from 10-10:45 a.m. at the church. Interment will be at the Weston Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.webbmortuary. com In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the LDS Missionary Fund.
Special thanks go to the staff and residents of Legacy Village of Layton, Utah, who were so kind and loving to mother while she struggled during her failing health.
KaDee and Doug Johnson of Preston, Idaho, need to be recognized for the extra love and caring they offered to mother during her trials. A granddaughter could not love her grandmother more.
LYMAN WOOD MERRILL
October 9, 1926 – November 16, 2013
Our beloved husband and father, Lyman Wood Merrill, passed away peacefully Nov. 16, 2013, in Logan, Utah.
He was born in his grandfather Merrill’s home in Weston, Idaho, on Oct. 9, 1926, to Lawrence Wood Merrill and Hannah Elnora Nielsen Merrill. He was the youngest of three children and the only boy. He was in a hurry to be born and beat the doctor to his grandfather’s home which required his maternal grandmother, Francess Nielsen, to deliver him. Fortunately she was a seasoned mid-wife.
Lyman attended grades first through eighth at Weston grade school and then graduated from Weston High School. During his high school years he was a standout football player and excelled at playing the cornet in the school band. He was often called upon to play his cornet at various community events. Later he used this talent in a dance band that played all over the southeastern Idaho area. Following his adventurous nature he also earned his pilot’s license while attending high school.
When Lyman turned 18, he enlisted in the Maritime Service and was sent to Santa Catalina Island for six weeks of boot camp. He was then assigned to the liberty ship The Joel Palmer. Upon reaching the Philippines, he saw the first real action of his war: an air raid. His second assignment was to The Grinnell Victory. During the remainder of the war he served in the Merchant Marines carrying supplies to the troops in the South Pacific. Generally the supply ships traveled in convoys of battleships and destroyer escorts because they were targets for enemy submarines. His final assignment was to take supplies to troops at Okinawa as the end of the war. His ship arrived in Okinawa three days after the initial invasion by the American forces. The “wipe-up” operation was still in progress on the beach; Japanese Kamikaze planes were still occasionally coming in. While in the Okinawa port his ship was ordered to sea because of an in-coming typhoon. Away from port, they weathered high winds and waves three stories high. During this typhoon Lyman witnessed two nearby ships slip under water and disappear. He was in Okinawa when the war ended.
On July 21, 1947, Lyman married his high school sweetheart Norma Murdock in the Logan LDS Temple. He met his sweetheart at the end of his ninth grade year and, telling the story later, said the first time he saw her, “she was the cutest thing I had ever seen.” He was totally smitten. Five daughters and one son were born to this couple: Tedra Gae, Jill Launa, Meridee, Jon Murdock, Lurayne, and Mollie Elizabeth. Jon lived for only five days and Lurayne died shortly after birth. Lyman and Norma felt the loss of their two little children every day of their lives. To his remaining four daughters he gave the great gift of loving their mother.
Lyman attended Utah State University, and earned a diploma in accounting from LaSalle Extension University. He also qualified as a certified tax practitioner. He was a hard worker and supported his family by farming, working as a fireman, building homes, drawing construction plans, working at Thiokol, and preparing income tax forms. In 1968 he became the postmaster for the Weston Post Office and then, after a few years, transferred to the Preston Post Office where he served until his retirement after 25 years of service in 1992. During his time as a postmaster Lyman was very active in the National League of Postmasters, and served as the Idaho State President of the League. He served as a troubleshooter for the postal department and was assigned to assist post offices that were experiencing problems to help them become more successful. Lyman served on the postmaster selection board of the Salt Lake Sectional Center.
Lyman was active in the LDS church and served in various capacities such as scoutmaster, ward clerk and financial clerk.
Lyman was a very creative man. After retirement he began creating ironwork sculptures. Among these included lighted Christmas soldiers, stars, and deer. Preston City commissioned Lyman to make lighted Christmas soldiers that they used to line the main street of Preston for the Festival of Lights celebration. For this, the city honored Lyman and Norma as the 1998 Lamplighter and Queen of Lights of the festival. He also created American eagles, dragonflies and various other sculptures. Finally, Lyman created a tree-quarter size End of the Trail piece that now marks his final resting place in Weston, Idaho. He also loved carving animals and old west figures.
Finally, Lyman was a most generous man. He freely gave of both his time and money to anyone he saw that he thought was in need. These generous acts were performed quietly and often anonymously.
Lyman is survived by Norma, his wife of 67 years; his sister, Shirley Pitcher of Ogden, Utah; his daughters: Tedra (Mack) Balls of Pocatello, Idaho; Jill (Charlie) Moore of Newport, Oregon; Meridee (Michael) McDermott of Tremonton, Utah; and Mollie (Jeff) Larson of Logan, Utah. He is also survived by the five grandchildren he adored: Heidi Luker, Nicholas Ball, Katie Balls, Cody McDermott, and Destiny Spackman. Lyman is survived by 14 great-grandchildren.
Preceding Lyman in death were his parents, Lawrence and Elnora Merrill; his sister, Francess Bush; and his two little children, Jon and Lurayne.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at 11 a.m. in the Whitney First Ward Chapel, 1444 S. 1600 E., Preston, Idaho. Friends may call Friday from 6-8 p.m. at the church in Whitney and Saturday from 9:30- 10:30 a.m. also at the church. Interment will be in the Weston Idaho Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.webbmortuary. com
LaRae M. Leak, 84, of Weston, Idaho, rejoined her sweetheart on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, after a short but courageous battle with cancer. At the time of her death she was surrounded by her family. She was born Feb. 21, 1929, in Park City, Utah, to Linford Sterling and Alta M. Marett. She attended schools in Park City and West Jordan, Utah, graduating from Jordan High School. After graduating, she worked at First Security Bank in Salt Lake City, Utah.
On Aug. 18, 1949, she married her sweetheart, James H. Leak, in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple. She enjoyed music and singing and participated with several choral groups throughout her life. Her family was the love of her life and she tirelessly and unselfishly served her family, oftentimes at great personal sacrifice.
She was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints unwavering in her testimony of the Savior and the gospel of Jesus Christ. She served in numerous callings in the LDS Church including ward Relief Society president and ward Primary president. In addition, she and her husband, James, faithfully served in the Georgia Macon LDS Mission and in the Logan LDS Temple. She also worked in the LDS church’s family extraction program. She was proud to be a member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers and she enjoyed reading, sewing, painting and crafting.
She is survived by her sons, David (Janeen), Gary (Shauna), Kevin (Jeanne), Tom (Juanita) and by 15 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and by her sister.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 at 11 a.m. in the Weston LDS meetinghouse in Weston, Idaho. Friends may call Sunday from 6-8 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 8th E., Preston, Idaho, and Monday from 9:30- 10:30 a.m. at the church in Weston. Graveside dedication services will be held Monday at 3 p.m. in the West Jordan, Utah, Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www. webbmortuary.com
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