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February 24, 2015

February 25, 2015



Charles Robert McGregor died peacefully in his recliner on Feb. 20, 2015, in Logan, Utah, at the age of 85. Bob was born May 26, 1929, in Thatcher, Idaho, the oldest son of Constance Thatcher and Charles Perry McGregor. He was raised on the family farm in Thatcher, where he received his early schooling at the Mound Valley and Buttermilk two-room schools. He was deemed to be a smart little boy, and skipped the third grade entirely. He also attended the Thatcher school and then graduated from Grace High School in 1946. He went on to earn a degree in welding engineering at Utah State University.

He married a childhood friend, Relda Ane Smith, on Aug. 30, 1950, in the Logan Utah LDS Temple. They were blessed with four children.

Bob was commissioned into the army during the Korean Conflict and trained in anti-aircraft weaponry. When his orders came through he was relieved and surprised to be assigned to guard the Golden Gate Bridge, and spent the remainder of his service playing poker in a bunker overlooking the San Francisco Bay. Losing his trigger finger in a hay mowing accident as a child paid off after all, as the military felt he wasn’t suited for combat. Little did they know that he could pull a trigger perfectly well with that half finger and brought home many deer, elk, geese, and bear to prove it.

Bob was a jack-of-all-trades and held jobs in a variety of disciplines over the years. He taught high school, where he coached the Grace High boys’ basketball team to a state championship in 1955. He was a “rocket scientist” for General Dynamics in San Diego, Calif. He spent many years as a project manager for Thiokol Corporation in Utah. He spent some time as the sales director for DeLorean, Inc. He taught welding classes at USU. He started a business, McBrown Enterprises, with a good friend. They invented, manufactured and sold fireplace heat exchangers and eventually sold their patent. By far his favorite job was the seven years he spent as the proprietor of the GP Bar Guest Ranch on the Green River Lakes in Wyoming. He loved everything about it, from guiding hunting trips, pack trips, and fishing trips, to playing his guitar and singing old cowboy songs by the fireplace in the lodge after dinner. He was an excellent host and the friendships he made during those years have lasted a lifetime. He retired from the rat race at the age of 52 and moved back to his childhood home in Thatcher. He and Relda were able to spend many summers in Stanley, Idaho, helping out with their son’s whitewater rafting company. He enjoyed his life “up the valley.”

Bob was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He had a firm testimony and served in many capacities over the years, including stints with the high council and stake presidency. Bob lived life to the fullest and loved his children without reservation. He was a darn good grandpa, too.

Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Relda; and oldest daughter, Kristie Ane. He is survived by his brother, Don (Joyce) McGregor; and his sisters Lee (Neil) Beckstead, and Jean (Dell) Jensen. He is also survived by his sons, Todd (Deborah) McGregor, Jon McGregor; and his daughter, Kathy (Scott) Jones. Also by ten grandchildren, Jeremy (Julie) Jones, Jason (Noelle) Jones, Josh (Heather) Jones, Maureen (Phil) Koeven, Miriam (Paul) Trappett, Muriel McGregor; Ali, Paige, and Wil McGregor; and Charlie McGregor. Also by 13 great-grandchildren, Kylie, Chloe, Samantha, Jettsen, Owen, Cole, Traegan, Avonelle, Gareth, Donovan, Everett, Malea, and Thane.

A brief graveside dedication will be held on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at 11 a.m. in the Thatcher Idaho Cemetery. We invite all friends and family to come and mingle, socialize and swap stories on Friday, Feb. 27, from 6-8 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 800 E., Preston. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www. webbmortuary.com





Annetta Gittins LaMont passed away at her home on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, in Preston, surrounded by loved ones. Although we will miss her deeply, we are at peace knowing that she is no longer suffering in pain. Annetta was warmly greeted by her husband, Bert; son, Douglas; and grandson, Cody this morning as she crossed to the other side. We are so blessed to have been a part of this amazing woman’s life. Annetta is survived by four of her ten siblings, Melvin Gittins, Dora Boman, Odell Gittins, and Odean McCann. She is survived by her children, Sue Nelson-Preece (Michael) of Lewiston, Utah; Mona LaMont of Myrtle Creek, Ore.; Michelle LaMont (Cordell) of Preston; Troy LaMont (Melinda) of Logan, Utah; and a daughter-in-law, Jan Cundick of Boise, Idaho. She adored her 13 grandchildren as well as all seven of her great-grandchildren.

Annetta was a worker, a fighter, a practical-jokester, a baker and a sweetheart all wrapped up into one amazing woman. Annetta was born in Smithfield, Utah, on Aug. 5, 1936, to Thomas and Katie Gittins. We know Annetta was one of the hardest working women in history. Her work ethic was likely due to being raised in Smithfield and helping out on the farm there. Her siblings also helped develop her sense of humor. Annetta was quick-witted and was a joy to be around. She and Bert got a kick out of teasing their children, including the Christmas morning where they all found eggs, celery and carrots in their stockings. She enjoyed playing games with the family where we all wanted to sit by her and conduct secret trades.

Annetta met the love of her life when she was 18 years old. She and Bert were married Dec. 4, 1953. They lived in Ogden, Utah, and Preston, where they raised five children. Annetta enjoyed outdoor activities with her family and took them on annual camping trips to favorite places such as Jackson, Yellowstone, Redfish Lake and Willow Flat. She felt at home in the mountains.

Annetta fought a long battle with a series of health issues including a stroke, heart problems and arthritis. We are so grateful for her fighting spirit that allowed us extra time with her. Even after her stroke, she was able to continue service at work and in her community. She enjoyed coaching, softball and serving as a Young Women’s leader at church. Annetta worked at Pop n’ Pins Lanes managing and cooking up some delicious café favorites. She later managed the local OP Skaggs grocery store in Preston. After retirement, she enjoyed extra time with her family and helped care for some of her grandchildren.

Annetta was a loyal friend and was touched by the many people who served her. The family is forever grateful to her friends in the church and community and to her caretakers, Rashel Cushman and Davin Fonnesbeck, for serving her until the end.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at 1 p.m. in the Preston 10th ward church building on 155 N. 200 W. in Preston. A viewing will be held on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, from 5-7 p.m. at Webb Mortuary, 1005 S. 800 E. in Preston, and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the church. Interment will be in the Preston Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.webbmortuary.com





Jeanne Ransom Wells, our beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away on Feb. 20, 2015. She was born on June 10, 1929, in Preston, to John Austin Ransom and Agnes May Moore.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Raymond Dean Wells; six siblings; son, Lester Dean; daughter, Janice Jensen; grandson, Tyler Jensen; and granddaughter, Jaime Wells. She is survived by her daughter, Cheryl Ann Myers; son, Michael Ray Wells; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

She graduated from Preston High School and met Ray at a dance center known as the Persiana in Preston. They fell in love and married on June 10, 1948. The marriage was later solemnized in the Oakland LDS Temple. In the spring of 1949 they started their life farming potatoes and raised their four children for about 30 years in Tulelake, Calif., then returning to Preston in 1982.

Jeanne loved spending time with her family and serving in her LDS wards. She also loved sitting outdoors from her home in the summers of Preston visiting with neighbors.

While we are saddened at her passing we know she lived a long full life and she is now enjoying happy reunions on the other side.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at 2 p.m. at Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary, 1950 E. 10600 S., Sandy, Utah. Friends may call Saturday from 1-1:45 p.m. at the mortuary. Interment will be at Larkin Sunset Gardens. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www. webbmortuary.com





Francisca (Frances) Mendoza Garcia, 75, passed away on Feb. 17, 2015, at the Franklin County Medical Center in Preston. She was born Oct. 10, 1939, in Mesa, Ariz., the daughter of Gustavo and Maria Herrera Mendoza. She married Pedro (Pete) Garcia on Oct. 5, 1961, in Franklin, Idaho. Pete preceded her in death on Sept. 30, 2000.

She was a member of the Catholic Church. She enjoyed cooking and camping. She loved spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by four sons and four daughters, Richard (Kelly) Garcia, Terri (Rod) Ames, Jess Garcia, Rita Belew, Becky (Ross) Loertscher, Francisca Garcia, Pete Garcia, Martin (Rose) Garcia, all of Preston; 22 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three sisters and two brothers, Delores Mendoza of Merced, Calif.; Margaret (Frank) Herrera of Lewiston, Utah; Louis Mendoza of Salt Lake City, Utah; Mikel Mendoza Lopez of Preston; Carmen Salizar of Supedio, Ariz.; and by a brother-in-law, Jose Nunez Carriedo of Lewiston, Utah. She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; by a sister, Rose Carriedo; by a grandson, Shayson Belew; and by a brother, Alfonso Mendoza.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at noon at the St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 308 E. Oneida, Preston. Friends may call Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 8th E., Preston, and Saturday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. also at Webb Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Franklin Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www. webbmortuary.com



February 18, 2015

Death Notice


Frances M. Garcia passed away Feb. 17, 2015, in Preston. A full obituary will be in next week’s paper. Funeral services are under the direction of Webb Funeral Home.



Kathleen Larsen Wolfley passed away Feb. 9, 2015, in Nampa, Idaho. She was born Dec. 25, 1943, in Preston, to Percy and Eulalia Larsen. She attended school in Preston and graduated from the LDS Business College in Salt Lake City, Utah. Kathleen served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Great Lakes Mission. This is where she first met Louis Delwin Wolfley. After he returned home Delwin began writing her. They were later engaged and married Sept. 9, 1966, in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. Delwin joined the army in 1973 and the family lived in many places including Colorado Springs, Colo.; Hanau, Germany; and Fort Knox, Kentucky. After leaving the army in 1988 Delwin and Kathleen moved back to Preston where Kathleen worked at Arctic Circle and at the Franklin County Medical Center nursing home. In 1992 they moved to Rupert, Idaho, where Kathleen worked at Minidoka County nursing home. In 2000 they moved to Nampa. Kathleen enjoyed her time spent in the Boise LDS Temple.

Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents, and her oldest sister, Ruth Ann Larsen Alder. She is survived by her husband, Louis Delwin Wolfley, Nampa, Idaho; her children, Becky (Kevin) Newton, Nampa, Idaho, Lee (Kerrie) Wolfley, Nampa, Idaho, William (Janna) Wolfley, Preston, Idaho, Heidi (Brad) Croshaw, Nampa, Idaho; her siblings, Charles (Vera) Larsen, American Fork, Utah, Ramona (Bob) Stoker, Nampa, Idaho, and Larry (Roberta) Larsen Burley, Idaho. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services were held at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, at the Nampa Fifth Ward LDS Chapel, 7809 Deer Flat Rd, Nampa. A viewing was held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12, at Zeyer Funeral Chapel, 83 N. Midland Blvd, Nampa, and at the church Friday from 8-8:45 a.m. prior to the services. To express condolences please visit zeyerfuneralchapel. com





ST. GEORGE, UTAH – Gerri Keller Carter, 53, passed away Feb. 7, 2015, in the couple’s second home in Beaver Dam, Ariz., with her husband at her side. Gerri was born on Nov. 3, 1961, in Preston, to Ruel Smith and Shirley Henderson Keller. She married Kent Loveless on July 11, 1986, in the Logan LDS Temple. They were blessed for a short time with an infant daughter, Jenna Camille Loveless, born Nov. 8, 1989. They were later divorced.

Gerri attended school in Preston, and later graduating high school. She attended Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah, where she received her Associate’s degree. She moved to Logan, Utah, in 1982 where she worked at Wilson Motor for 16 years. In 1998 Gerri decided she didn’t want to live through another cold Cache Valley winter so she headed off to sunny and much warmer St. George, Utah, where she was employed by the City of St. George. There she met and later married the love of her life, Rod Carter. Gerri and Rod began their amazing life together on March 18, 2000, at the beautiful Tuacahn in Ivans, Utah. From this marriage Gerri became a loving mother to Jerran, Andrew and Alyssa Carter, who she loved very much and they simply adored her. Gerri was employed at SkyWest Airline Corporate Office in St. George at the time of her death.

Gerri was very kind, soft spoken and loved by so many people. She had a bubbly personality and a beautiful smile. She battled a difficult and rare cancer from 2008 with grace, dignity and an amazing positive attitude.

Gerri is survived by her loving husband, Rod; mother, Shirley Keller, Preston; children, Jerran (Megan) Carter, St. George, Utah, Andrew (Blakeley) Carter, Taylorsville, Utah, Alyssa Carter, Mesquite, Nev.; sisters, Tammie (Joe) Benson, Logan, Utah, Kristi (Jim) Westover, Clifton, Idaho, Kallin (Grant) Gordon, Whitney, Idaho. Gerri had eight very loving grandchildren. She was also survived by many nieces and nephews who loved her as much as she loved them.

Gerri was preceded in death by her loving father and infant daughter.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, at noon in the Magleby Mortuary Chapel, 50 S. 100 W. in Richfield, Utah. Visitations were held Thursday in St. George and Saturday at the mortuary in Richfield. Burial took place in the Sigurd Utah Cemetery. Funeral directors were Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at www.maglebymortuary.com

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Huntsman Cancer Research Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, in Gerri’s name. Huntsman Cancer Center, 1950 Circle of Hope, Salt Lake City, UT 84112; 801-584- 5816; http://healthcare. utah.edu/huntsmancancerinstitute/giving


February 11, 2015


Kathleen Larsen Wolfley of Nampa, Idaho, and formerly of Preston, passed away Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. She is the mother of William Wolfley of Preston. Services will be held in Nampa, Idaho, on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015. A full obituary will appear in next week’s paper.



Robert “Terry” Winward, Sr., devoted husband and father, passed away Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. Terry was the fourth and youngest child of John Dalley and Martha Emily Holloway Winward. Terry grew up in the Salt Lake City area where he was active in church and boy scouting. He graduated from East High in 1960. He went on to serve a two-year mission for the LDS church in the Western States Mission. He attended the University of Utah where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in 1966 and his doctorate in 1972. He married his “sweetheart,” Della Charlene Wells, on Sept. 2, 1966, in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple. They have five children, Robert Terry Winward, Jr. (Shelli), Jeffrey Dean Winward (Kathi), Christine Lee Winward, Karen Lynn Jenkins (Nathan), and Kimberly Ann Drake (Thomas). In 1984 a job at the Hanford Nuclear site inspired the family move to Kennewick, Wash., where Terry and Della lived out the remainder of their lives.

Service in his church and community was a passion of Terry’s. He spent countless hours in such service. Much of this time was spent in developing talents and leadership qualities in youth and encouraging them to be active community contributors. Terry helped to bring Junior Achievement to the Tri-City area and served as a leader in The Boy Scouts of America. The Scouting program was very important to Terry. He not only earned his Eagle Scout Award as a youth, but also earned a Silver Beaver Award (a distinguished service award) as an adult leader. He was also involved in the Hanford Chapter of the National Management Association (NMA) serving as president and vice-president for multiple years. He received and distributed many awards and recognitions through this and other programs. Terry and Della loved serving in their church and filled many callings through the years. They loved attending the temple and were a great example to their family of devotion and faithful service.

Terry and Della loved being parents, but relished their time as grandparents. Terry especially loved holding the babies and talking to them. He felt it was important to build a legacy for his 18 grandchildren. Terry often wrote poems or letters to his children and grandchildren so his family had something to remember of him. Terry’s love of family extended to a yearning to search out his family lines and meet with extended family to learn more of his family history.

Terry and Della shared a passion for traveling. They went on many great adventures together. Terry was an outdoorsman and found great joy in the hobbies of camping, hunting and fishing. Poor weather and declining health did little to keep him from these adventures. He persisted in going even sometimes over protests from his protective children. He was a believer in doing things that brought him joy.

Terry was preceded in death by his dear wife, Della; both of his parents; brothers, Dick and Jack Winward; and brother-in-law, Marlin Green. He is survived by his five children; 18 grandchildren; sister, Lueve and her husband, Boyd Whitby; sisters-in-law, Pauline and Ruth Winward, and Jacqueline Green.

Viewing will be held Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, 5-8 p.m., at Mueller’s Tri- Cities Funeral Home, 1401 S. Union Street, Kennewick. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Feb. 12, 11 a.m., at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 515 S. Union Street, Kennewick, with viewing beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Idaho Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, 12 p.m., at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1444 S 1600 E., Preston, Idaho, with viewing beginning at 11 a.m. Dedication of the grave will follow at Whitney Cemetery in Preston.

The family invites you to sign their online tribute wall at www. muellersfuneralhomes. com




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Maynard Allan Bennett passed away at his home on Feb. 4, 2015, at the age of 73.

Maynard was born in Soda Springs, Idaho, to Allan and Ruth Miles Bennett on July 3, 1941. He was raised on his parent’s farm in Niter, Idaho, along with his sister, Evelyn. He attended elementary and high school in Grace, Idaho, and graduated in 1960. He loved sports of every variety and spent hours practicing with family and friends. He later served in the National Guard for six years.

Maynard married Lora Lee Viehweg in Soda Springs, Idaho, on May 3, 1968, and they were later sealed in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on Aug. 25, 1970. Maynard and Lori lived in Niter, Arco, Soda Springs, Idaho, and finally bought a small acreage in Thatcher, Idaho, where they raised their family and he spent the last 33 years of his life.

Maynard always wanted a family and loved being a dad. In 1969 their first child, Koby was born, followed by Kamian, Hal, Mitchell and Zachary. His family was the most important part of his life and he never missed any event in which a family member participated. He loved the youth in the area and was a loyal fan of Grace High School sports and other school activities.

Maynard spent his career working in the maintenance department at the Agrium CPO facility. There he made many friendships, which he cherished throughout his life.

Maynard was a member of the LDS Church and served in many callings. His favorite calling was as the regional athletic director where he coordinated the church basketball and softball leagues. He truly appreciated good sportsmanship and believed a person’s character could be judged by how they conducted themselves on the basketball courts and softball diamonds.

Maynard was a quiet, humble and unassuming man who worked hard, and loved his family, the mountains and the simple joys in life. He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife, Lori; his four sons and one daughter, Koby (Heather) Bennett of Lewiston, Utah, Kamian Stevens of Meridian, Idaho, Hal (Sarah) Bennett of Rigby, Idaho, Mitchell Bennett of Kennewick, Wash., and Zachary (Chalee’) Bennett of Idaho Falls, Idaho. He is also survived by his mother, Ruth Bennett; sister, Evelyn Hunsaker; and 15 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Allan V. Bennett; and many uncles, aunts and cousins.

Services were held on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, at noon at the Thatcher- Williams Ward LDS Chapel in Niter, Idaho. Family visited with friends on Sunday 6-8 p.m. at the church and also Monday 10:30-11:30 a.m. prior to services. Burial was in the Lago Cemetery.

Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.simsfh. com





HAMILTON, MONT. – Gwen Call Mortensen, Grandma Gwen to most everyone who ever met her, passed away peacefully on Feb. 5, 2015, at her home in Hamilton, Mont. She was born March 20, 1915, in Dayton, Idaho, to James and Mary (Phillips) Call. Her twin brother, Glen, was born a few minutes before her. She was just a few weeks shy of her 100th birthday and was happily preparing to celebrate it with friends and family.

Grandma was raised and educated in Dayton, Idaho, and on Dec. 4, 1934, she married the love of her life, Orson A. Mortensen. They lived in Idaho where six of their nine children were born. Then they fell in love with the Bitterroot Valley, Mont., and moved there in 1950. They finished raising all nine of their children there, usually while working a number of jobs, farming, gardening and still taking the time to enjoy the great outdoors and her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Orson; daughters and sons-in-law, JoAnn and Dick Garrod, Brookie and Keith Jones; daughter, Margaret Sue Mortensen; along with her parents, seven brothers, one sister, two grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.

Surviving Gwen are her children, Jack (Lottie) Mortensen, Wayne (Audrey) Mortensen, Carma (Bob) VanderPas, Paul (Amy) Mortensen, Marsha (Jim) Waliser, and Anita (Tim) Driscoll. Her legacy lives on with 112 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

A viewing will be held from 12-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, at Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton, Mont., with a graveside service at Corvallis Cemetery at 2 p.m. Wednesday. A reception will follow at Daly-Leach Community Room after the service. Condolences may be left for the family at www. dalyleachchapel.com

There will be a celebration of her life on March 21, 2015, at the Bedford Building in Hamilton from 12-3 p.m.





Frank Barlow Gilbert, 91, passed away on Feb. 2, 2015, at the Franklin County Medical Center in Preston. He was born March 15, 1923, in Fairview, Idaho, the son of Frank James and Matilda Barlow Gilbert. He attended elementary school in Fairview and graduated from Preston High School in 1941. He married Carol Bingham on Dec. 8, 1943, in the Logan LDS Temple.

On April 15, 1945, Barlow was drafted into the Army and sailed to Hawaii on the carrier Bunker Hill during World War II. After his military duties, he worked hard on the family farm with his father to make it a success. He used the G.I. Bill to learn to fly, which was his number one hobby and passion.

Carol preceded him in death on Feb. 12, 1994. He married Cherill Hyde on March 13, 1995, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. He served as a temple worker in the Logan LDS Temple and filled many positions of responsibility in the LDS Church.

He is survived by his wife, Cherill Gilbert, of Fairview, Idaho; by two daughters and one son, Leslee (Bill) Fisher of Paige, Ariz., Skyler Maury (Kim) Gilbert of Preston, Lisa (David) Frame of Ephraim, Utah; by 22 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; by two daughters-in-law, Tamara Gilbert of Pocatello, Idaho, and Kris Gilbert of Fairview, Idaho; by two step-daughters, Jill (Rick) Rowley of Walnut, Calif., Mary (Bill) Thorup of West Jordan, Utah; by a step-son, Stephen (Ruth) Johnson of Bountiful, Utah; by many step-grandchildren; by a brother, Bruce (Tamara) Gilbert of Fairview; and by a sister, Faun Herd of Soda Springs, Idaho. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol; by a daughter, Nicolen Gilbert; by two sons, Daniel Bingham Gilbert and James Barlow Gilbert; by a daughter-in-law, Linda Gilbert; by a step-son, David Johnson; and by three sisters, Portia, Wilma and Thelma.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, at 11 a.m. in the Fairview First Ward Chapel with Bishop Kip Rawlings conducting. Friends called Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 800 E., Preston, and Saturday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the church. Military rites and interment were in the Fairview, Idaho, cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www. webbmortuary.com


February 4, 2015


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FRANKLIN, IDAHO – Ramon Gerald Wright, 79, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at Sunshine Terrace in Logan, Utah. Ramon was born in Franklin, Idaho, on Oct. 22, 1935, to George Gerald and Kathleen Rose Talbot Wright in the Wright homestead home built by his great-grandparents who came to Franklin with the first settlers in 1860. Ramon attended school in Franklin through the eighth grade and then at Preston High School, graduating in 1954. He graduated from Utah State University in 1958 with a bachelor’s of science degree in animal husbandry. He enlisted in the Idaho National Guard in 1956 and served for eight years. Ramon married his high school sweetheart, Lorraine Auger, in the Logan LDS Temple on July 12, 1957. They were blessed with three sons.

Ramon was active in the community. He served as the president of the Franklin Maple Creek Pioneer Irrigation Company from 1975- 1995. In the late 1970s he was actively involved in planning and installing the gravity pipeline that provides irrigation water for many farmers and town residents. Ramon served in Franklin 1st Ward as bishopric clerk, executive secretary, Sunday school president and counselor, elders quorum counselor, scoutmaster, troop committee chairman and home teacher.

In 1969, Ramon and Lorraine went into partnership with Marlow and Paul Woodward and founded Ritewood, Inc. Ramon has served as the vice-president of the corporation for the last 23 years. Through the past 45 years Ramon has helped build numerous brooder, grower, and layer coops. As a self-employed egg farmer and later as a partner in Ritewood, he has helped provide employment opportunities for hundreds of youth in the local area.

Ramon’s hobbies were the mountains, which he enjoyed escaping to as often as possible with his friends. First, fishing and hunting as a boy and later with his sons, along with motorcycle rides with the Crew. Later in life, these became four-wheeler rides and snowmobile trips with grandkids and as many people as could go. He enjoyed these outings greatly until his health made him slow down a tad.

He is survived by his wife, Lorraine; their three sons, Randon (Sheila) Wright, of Kaysville, Utah; Roger (Kim) Wright, of Franklin, Idaho; and Russell (Cynthia) Wright of Logan, Utah; 17 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister, JoAnn (Darwin) Packard of Boise, Idaho; and four step-brothers, Kent, Bryon, Michael, and Scott Chatterton. He was preceded in death by his parents; and step-mother, Ada Johnson Chatterton Wright.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at 1 p.m. in the Franklin Stake Center, 106 E. Main Street in Franklin. A viewing was held on Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 800 E. in Preston and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the stake center in Franklin. Interment was in the Franklin Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www. webbmortuary.com

The family wishes to express a special thank you to Dr. Steven Salisbury for his care of Ramon over the years.

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3 Responses to Obituaries

  1. Leon Clegg on April 4, 2012 at 6:44 am

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the Allred family in the passing of Delores. Such fond memories and close associations with all the family when they were our neighbors in Burley 11th ward. The neighborhood hasn’t been the same since. Really missed them when they moved to Preston. We know she is in a better place now and that we will all be able to see her and other family members again. What a comfort. Your parents are trully great examples to all of us as well as to all ther family and friends. May our Heavenly Father bless all of you in this hour of need.
    All our love, The Clegg family, Leon and Dori

  2. Gary Mitchell on May 6, 2014 at 1:27 am

    I hear that Dr. Mike Teets died who was a principal in the Preston County Schools. I send my condolences as I was a custodian who worked with him in a couple of the schools in Preston County Schools. May God rest you in peace, Mike. Your friend, Gary Mitchell

  3. Martha Ramirez on June 25, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    My Condolences to his Family.
    Bruce was always smiling and happy.
    you’ll be missed.

    Ramirez Family

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