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Obituaries | Preston Citizen


December 16, 2014

December 17, 2014


Blair Seamons, 78, passed away suddenly at his home in Preston on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. A full obituary will appear in a future edition of the paper. Arrangements are under the direction of Webb Funeral Home, in Preston.


December 10, 2014





Addie Lou Forsberg Stevens, a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend, fought cancer for over a year before Heavenly Father asked her to come home on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, at the age of 74. Addie was a resident of Grace, Idaho, and recently the last eight years of Preston.

Addie was born on Sept. 14, 1940, to Dave F. and Lucy Bowen Forsberg and lived in River Heights, Utah. She was their first child and when she was 12, they moved to Caldwell, Idaho. She graduated from Middleton High School and went to Ricks College for two years until her sweetheart of four years, Larry Stevens, came home from his LDS mission and they were married on Oct. 20, 1960.

She and Larry moved to Grace, Idaho, on June 30, 1965, where he taught at the high school as the vocational agriculture teacher. He retired from there after they both made many life-long friends and they moved to Preston in 2009. They wanted to move closer to family and made many more friends as they lived in Preston.

Addie loved the gospel and served in many capacities of the LDS Church such as Primary and Relief Society presidents, ward and stake librarians, family history consultant, and many others. She loved genealogy and every aspect of it, and marveled at all of the people she and Larry found, and were led to by the Spirit to have their work done in the LDS Temple. She served in the Logan LDS Temple off and on from 1990 until November 2014. They also served three Spanish LDS Missions to Costa Rica, Spain LDS Temple, and the mission office in Fuengirola, Spain. She loved music and would teach piano to anyone willing to put in the time with her.

Larry and Addie celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on Oct. 20, 2010, by going to the Idaho Falls LDS Temple where they were first sealed and then to a big celebration from their six daughters Diane Hardy, Annette Hansen, Carmen Clark, Karlene Cobbley, Beth Wheatley, and Tara Lemmon on the 23rd. This was a wonderful event with her family that she loved so much along with many friends who were in attendance and she enjoyed it very much.

Addie was diagnosed with uterine cancer and when all of that was removed the very aggressive carcinoma cancer crept up in October 2013. She started chemotherapy with the calmness of faith to know that whatever happened was going to happen if and when the Lord willed it. She had faith in all of her doctors, nurses and hospital staff, wherever she was to help her live as long as God would want her to. Larry would like to thank all of these people for helping her feel like she was important and helped her live for a little longer with all of us.

She fought hard and finally with no life choices left to her, she and Larry made the decision to let her go to her home in Preston on Nov. 28, 2014. She lived out the rest of her life having loved ones and friends around her, with the Spanish Branch and 8th Ward LDS members to give her love and encouragement in the next life with her Father in Heaven. She will be greatly missed by family and friends. Addie was preceded in death by many who loved her and so many more here on this earth that will join her when their time has come to “go home” as well.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at 11 a.m. in the Preston 8th Ward LDS Chapel, 213 S. 200 E. in Preston, with President Ernesto Mariscal 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. Interment will be in the Franklin Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www. webbmortuary.com

In lieu of flowers there is an account set up at Ireland Bank. Donations will be used to support cancer research in many ways.





Our dearest mother went peacefully to heaven on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, at the Heritage Home in Preston. She leaves behind a legacy of love, work and family togetherness, which permeates our family and continues to be instilled in the upcoming generations.

Roma Noreen Taylor was born July 8, 1931, in Winder, Idaho, the daughter of James Caldwell Taylor and Vivian Hollingsworth Taylor. She was the youngest of five children.

She married Glenn Preece Smith on July 1, 1949, in the Logan LDS Temple. They met at the Persiana and danced their way through life together. She greatly missed our dad after his sudden death and we know they are now dancing through heaven together.

Our mother has a strong testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ and actively served in many callings in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was diligent and faithful in every assignment. Her favorite calling was with Glenn as stake dance directors. She also served in the presidencies of both Primary and Relief Society, was a Golden Gleaner and greatly enjoyed doing extraction for many years.

Our mother was a wonderful homemaker. She taught us to work and filled our home with love and lots of good food. It was not unusual to come home from school to freshly made cinnamon rolls with the chocolate chips her children loved although raisins would always have been her choice.

After a move back to Preston, Roma helped her father as the custodian of the Franklin County Courthouse, eventually taking over the job. This job was another tool she used to teach her children and grandchildren the value of work and the importance of doing exactly what was required.

We are grateful for our mom’s long life. She had many health issues in her later years and we were continually surprised and blessed to have her with us. She always was a part of every family activity.

We love you, Mom, and thank you for your wonderful example of love and service. May we be diligent in doing those things that make it possible for us to be with you and Dad in the eternities.

Roma is survived by six adoring children, NorRene (Nelson) Hatch, North Logan, Utah; LuCinda (Randy) Harris, Preston; Michael (Julie) Smith, Preston; Dixie (Rex) Kendall, Oxford, Idaho; Artus (Jim) Amundson, Hyde Park, Utah; RJ (Holly) Smith, Smithfield, Utah; and the lights of her life, 21 grandchildren and 34.5 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one brother, James Calvin Taylor, Salt Lake City, Utah; and one sister, Inez Prather, Ogden, Utah. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, her parents, one sister, and one brother.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at 1 p.m. in the Preston North Stake Center, 310 N. State Street in Preston. 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 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Stake Center. Interment will be in the Preston Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www. webbmortuary.com





Nov. 5, 1937 - Dec. 6, 2014 

Clark M Sears, 77, passed away on Dec. 6, 2014, after a heroic struggle with cancer.

Clark was born to Lester Parley and Mary Murray Sears on Nov. 5, 1937, in Clifton, Idaho. He started his career at Webb Mortuary in Preston in 1955, and he graduated from the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science in December of 1959. Throughout his career, he worked at a number of funeral homes and always had a single goal: to provide comfort to families at the time of their greatest sorrow. He owned Thompson-Sears Funeral Chapel in Gooding, Idaho, and Sears Alamogordo Funeral Home in Alamogordo, N.M. He also served as a president of the Idaho State Funeral Directors Association. Everywhere Clark lived he was actively involved in community organizations, such as the Chamber of Commerce, Elks Lodge, J.C.’s, Rotary Club, School Board and Cemetery Associations.

Clark also worked as a Sheriff’s Deputy in Gooding County from 1987 to 1992.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, swimming, skiing, golf, and going on cruises. He was a true blue Broncos fan and he also loved watching the San Francisco Forty-Niners. Above all else Clark loved and cherished his family.

He is survived by his wife Norma Jeanne; daughters Debra Kay Hall of Gooding, Idaho; Cindy D. Lindgren (Paul) of Meridian, Idaho; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, RaeDene McCombs (Gordon) of West Valley City, Utah; and brothers, Doyle Sears (Wendy) of Preston; and Calvin R. Sears (Cheryl) of Inkom, Idaho; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Lester Paul Sears.

There will be a viewing at noon and funeral service at 1 p.m. at the LDS Meridian South Stake Center located at 6575 S. Eagle Road on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Interment will take place at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, at the Clifton Cemetery in Clifton, Idaho.





Fairview – David Clarence Hansen, 76, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, at Heritage Home in Preston. He was born on May 4, 1938, in Preston to W. Deloss and Vera Jane Jensen Hansen. He married Cheryl Tipton and they had a daughter Julie. They were later divorced. He met and married Joan Fackrell.

Dave attended school in Preston and after high school he served an LDS Mission. He attended and graduated from Utah State University. He worked in the aerospace industry as an engineer and later as a computer consultant. He loved horses and enjoyed playing the piano.

He is survived by his wife Joan, of Preston; a daughter Julie (Matt) Hippley, of Westlake, Calif.; and step-children Carrie Bancroft of Westminster, Colo.; Russell Bancroft of Salt Lake City, Utah; Steven Bancroft, of Duchesne, Utah; and Amy Bancroft of Preston; one grandchild, seven step-grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Ross (Karen) Hansen, of Preston; and two sisters Janeal (Lynn) Call, of Alpine, Utah; and Kathy (Keith) Griffin, of Preston. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Janet.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, at 11 a.m. in the Fairview 1st Ward LDS Chapel, 165 W. 4800 S. in Preston with Bishop Kip Rawlings conducting. A viewing was held on Sunday from 6-8 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 Fairview Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www. webbmortuary.com




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1922 – 2014 

Delores Hansen Auger, age 92, devoted wife, beloved and dedicated mother to eight children, much loved Grandma Dee to 41 grandchildren and 74 great-grandchildren (four more coming soon), passed away peacefully due to a stroke, in her Rose Park home in Salt Lake City, Utah, surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014.

Delores was born Nov. 24, 1922, in a log home on Capital Hill, in Mink Creek, Idaho, to Christen Hansen and Persis Ellen (Nell) Watson Hansen. Her childhood on the Peek-a-Boo Ranch family homestead was filled with adventure, herding turkeys with her dad and playing with family and cousins. As a young girl, Mother, dressed as an Indian maiden, loved to perform with her father, Chris Hansen, “the white Indian” at scouting events throughout southern Idaho. Mother was an academic scholar, Valedictorian, Pep Club and LDS Seminary officer, graduating with honors from Preston High School in 1941. Mother was a journalist at heart. Years ago, she worked for The Preston Citizen as a contributing editor, affectionately known as “Mink Creek Maizy,” Preston’s version of a “Dear Abby” column. Her counsel and advice is still sound and good.

In the summer of ’41, Mom and Dad fell in love, only to say goodbye as our father, Daniel Jensen Auger, of Preston Idaho, joined the 3rd Marine Mormon Battalion, U.S. Marine Corp. after Pearl Harbor, to serve in the Pacific War Campaign. They continued their sweet courtship via mail for the duration of the war. During WWII, Delores worked for Anderson Lumber Co. in Preston and Ogden, Utah, along with serving in the USO with her cousin, Trudy Hansen.

Upon Dad’s return, they were married for time and all eternity on Aug. 14, 1945, “V-J Day,” in the Logan LDS Temple, being sealed by Daniel’s grandfather. They lived in Preston until 1951, then moved to Salt Lake City, but continued to spend extensive time in Idaho with extended family and her many lifelong friends. Family togetherness was so important to Mother. She cherished her extended family and organized many reunions, family gatherings and enjoyed compiling family genealogy information. Mother was gifted with an amazing memory and was truly a living historical treasure. Because of her perfect recall, she was often asked to speak at many family funerals and gatherings. We will miss hearing the wonderful stories of her ancestors, as well as her and Dad’s life, growing up on their family farms during the Great Depression.

Along with raising a large family, Mother served in many church callings in the ward and stake Relief Society, Young Women’s and Primary organizations, and later serving as an ordinance worker for 15 years in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. She was a member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers for over 60+ years and a docent hostess for 15 years at the Pioneer Museum. Mother was a hard worker, poet and writer of numerous family histories. She kept meticulous personal journals and travel albums of all her many adventures. She loved her book club and study group members, remaining life long friends. Mom was always “doing” and involved in many charitable and community service activities throughout her life. She loved working for 31 years at the Hotel Utah, serving prophets, apostles and dignitaries from around the world. She loved her co-workers and continued theses friendships throughout the years. Mother loved to travel, visiting over 20 foreign countries and countless family road adventures. She loved to be part of the annual Bear River Trip with her family. She often said, “Life is a journey and I have enjoyed the trip!”

Mom and Dad were married for 59 years before his passing in 2004. Mom has missed being with her sweet Dan. Delores was preceded in death by her husband, parents, much loved brothers and sister, Paul and Keyth Hansen and Dorothy H. Packer. Delores is survived by her children, Danelle (Paul) Jensen, Lora Jean Larsen (Rodney Payne, deceased and Richard Larsen, divorced), Carole Ann (Michael) Carr, Paula Dee (John) Rutter (David Strong, deceased), Keyth Daniel (Becky), Colleen Rita (Gary) Bozung (Brad Johnsen, divorced), Mark Hansen (Patricia), Bradley Christen (Rebecca); along with her much loved grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, at 1 p.m. at the Salt Lake Rose Park 9th Ward, 760 N. 1200 W. Viewings will be held at the church Thursday evening, Dec. 11, from 6-8 p.m. and also prior to the services from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Graveside internment will be Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, in the Mink Creek Idaho Cemetery at 1 p.m.

Online condolences at www.murraymemorial.com In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Primary Children’s Medical Center or the American Cancer Society of Utah.

December 3, 2014



Harold Gale Baird, 89, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, passed away Nov. 30, 2014, at his home, in the arms of his loving wife.

Harold was born July 13, 1925, in Preston, to Harold Baird and Verla Bennett Baird. He grew up and attended schools in Preston and moved to Idaho Falls when he was 30.

On Dec. 13, 1946, he married Velda Austin in Mink Creek, Idaho. Together they raised three children, Dennis, Merlin and Dixie. Harold and Velda made their home in Idaho Falls, Idaho, where Harold worked for Mountain Bell doing telephone repairs for 35 years.

He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Harold was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. He enjoyed camping, fishing, gardening and spending time with his grandkids and great grandkids.

Harold is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Velda Baird; son, Merlin Jay Baird of Idaho Falls, Idaho; daughter, Dixie Sayer of Idaho Falls, Idaho; brother, Denzil Baird of Bingham, Utah; sister, Jill Hobbs of Douglas, Ga.; three grandchildren, Nikki (Mike) Duffin, Jennifer (Randy) Radford, Ryan Sayer; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Dennis G. Baird; son in-law, Randy Sayer; a brother, Milton Baird; and a sister, LaRue Peterson.

Graveside services will be held at noon, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, at the Preston Cemetery. The family will visit with friends Friday from 6:30- 8 p.m. at Wood Funeral Home, 273 N. Ridge Avenue, Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com




Claire Hall Atkinson, 80, passed from this life on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in Preston. She was born on Dec. 25, 1933, in Garland, Utah, to Levi Franklin and Vurlia Godfrey Hall. She was the eighth of nine children.

She graduated from Bear River High School in Tremonton, Utah. She married the love of her life, Lynn W. Atkinson, on Nov. 30, 1951, in the Logan Utah LDS Temple. They settled on a farm in Clifton, Idaho, where they raised their family of six children. Claire was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving as a Primary teacher, temple worker, Primary secretary, Sunday School teacher, genealogist, and a Relief Society president. She was active in the community serving those around her through countless acts of love and friendship. She was a much-loved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, touching each life. She loved cooking, crocheting, quilting, reading, and doing family history. After raising their family they moved to Preston, where she lived the past 26 years. Lynn and Claire enjoyed farming together, vacationing with friends, and making memories with family.

She was loved by family, friends, and all who knew her. She is survived by her loving husband of 63 years; children, Alleen (Robert) Fish, Malad, Idaho; Blaine (Brenda), Moreland, Idaho; Ronald (DeAnn), Dayton, Idaho; Sharlene (Rick) Liesen, Liberty, Ill.; Scott (Jana), Smithfield, Utah; Jay (Theresa), Preston; sisters, Lauenna Garn, Lorna (Dean) Evans, Adele (Ray) Anderson; and by 23 grandchildren and 49 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; by her brothers, Frank, Harold, Verl, Denton, and Ariel; and by a grandson, Tyler Atkinson.

The family would like to thank the Franklin County Home Health, Sunrise Park and the Heritage Home for their loving care of their mother.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, at noon at the Preston South Stake Center, 55 E. 1st S., Preston, with Bishop Jim Summers conducting. Friends may call Monday from 6-8 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 800 E., Preston, and Tuesday from 10:30- 11:30 a.m. at the stake center. Interment will be in the Clifton Idaho Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.webbmortuary. com


November 26, 2014



Dennis Martin Harris passed from this life to immortality on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, in Portland, Ore., surrounded by loved ones. His passing was due to sepsis brought on by complications from rheumatoid arthritis. To view his complete obituary, see www.russonmortuary.com





Derek Jade Seamons beloved son, grandson, brother, nephew, cousin and friend left his mortal journey in Preston, Idaho, and was welcomed home Nov. 17, 2014, by his Grandpas.

Derek was born on a cold Nov. 21, 1991, in Logan, Utah, to Sara Beth Bodily and Warren Seamons. He quickly became the apple of both his Grandpas’ eyes who taught him many things including how to fish and to play “stick ball.”

He later became a wonderful big brother to Wesley Lowe, MaKayla Seamons, Nathan Lowe and Ashlyn Seamons. He was there to love and support them and he later taught them to hunt and fish. This summer he added step-brother to his many names when Jessie, TJ and Grace Jenkins joined the family.

Derek loved to be outdoors enjoying hunting, fishing, camping, trail riding, hiking, and Jeeping. He seemed to be happiest there. He completed his education in Preston, graduating from Preston High School in 2009. He was working with his father in Smithfield, Utah, at ICON Health and Fitness Inc.

He will be remembered by his contagious smile, easy laugh and fiercely loyal friendship. Many friends and family have been recipients of his many acts of kindness. He was his father’s best friend and his mother’s saving grace. Our lives have been blessed and enriched by knowing him.

He is survived by his mother, Sara (Roger) Jenkins of Newton, Utah; his father, Warren (Mary) Seamons of Preston; his siblings and a very large and loving extended family. He leaves a hole in our hearts being healed by the sure knowledge of The Plan of Salvation.

An account has been set up to help with the expenses at any Wells Fargo under “Derek Seamons Memorial Fund.”

Funeral services were held on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at 11 a.m. in the Preston South Stake Center, 55 E. 1st S., Preston, with Bishop Paul Smart conducting. Friends called Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 8th E., Preston, and Friday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the stake center. Interment was in the Lewiston Utah Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www. webbmortuary.com


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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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