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Obituaries | Preston Citizen


January 20, 2014

January 21, 2015



DAYTON, IDAHO – Verl Irvin Page, 92, passed away peacefully on Jan. 14, 2015, at the Franklin County Transitional Care Center in Preston, where he resided for the past two and a half years. He was born on Dec. 3, 1922, in Riverdale, Idaho, at his grandmother MaryAnn McCombs’ home, to James Irvin and Lareta McCombs Page. He was a lifelong resident of Dayton, except serving in the Merchant Marines in 1945-1946. He married the love of his life, Helena Murri, on July 17, 1946, in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. He spent the remainder of his life on a dairy farm, working together with his father for 30 years.

Verl and Helena were blessed with seven children, three sons and four daughters. The children were taught to work on the farm, thinning beets, picking potatoes and hauling hay. Six of their seven children served missions and all have attended college. He served faithfully as an Aaronic Priesthood secretary for 14 years. He supported scouting and one son and 16 grandsons have become Eagle Scouts. He worked with the boys and took them on hikes every spring for Aaronic Priesthood Commemoration. He served as Sunday School secretary and Sunday School president in the Dayton Ward. As a member of the Oneida Stake Seventies Quorum, he assisted with activities sponsored by the quorum. He was a member of the Dayton City Cemetery Board for 30 years and served a time as chairman on the board.

He is survived by his wife Helena, of Dayton; and his children, Shalene Albert of Roy, Utah; Marva (Ned) Packer, of West Valley, Utah; Clyde (Terri) Page, of South Jordan, Utah; Janette Lund, of Rexburg, Idaho; Brett (Rosaline) Page, of Dayton; Verna (Gordon) Allred, of Holladay, Utah; and Kelly (Cathryn) Page, of Dayton. He is also survived by 39 grandchildren and 66 great-grandchildren; a sister, Thelma (Argel) Stone, of Ogden, Utah; and a sister-in-law Hazel Spackman, of Logan, Utah. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mary; and brothers, Don and Keith.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, at 11 a.m. in the Clifton LDS Chapel. 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 in Clifton. Interment was in the Dayton Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www. webbmortuary.com

January 14, 2015



Diane Linda Allen, who passed away suddenly on Dec. 29, 2014, in Cape Coral, Fl., would like everyone she ever touched in life, to know that her work here is done. At the young age of 62, having just retired as a professor at Idaho State University, Diane recently received a call, a sort of offer you can’t refuse. So she laughed one last time with her soul mate and then left for a new teaching position from which she will not be returning. This teaching assignment comes with a huge sign-on bonus, a reunion with family and friends that she hadn’t seen in a long time.

Diane’s motto, as an outstanding professor of math, was, “I can teach math to anyone!” She loved her work and it showed in everything that she did. She touched so many lives that we couldn’t even begin to count the numbers and the impact. Diane, alongside Paul, her soul mate of 44 years, lived a full and rich life together. Their time together, side by side, was a love story of the ages. Their life was filled with laughter and loving moments every single day along with their son, Cody, of whom she was incredibly proud of. She was an amazing wife, mother, sister and a college professor who treated all her students as family.

Diane is survived by her loving husband, Paul, son, Cody, and her brother, Ronald Bowden.

Family and friends are invited to view Diane’s complete obituary, memorial information and to send condolences via the on-line guest book, which can be found at www.MullinsMemorial.com.





Magdaleno “Rick” Lopez Jr., 73, passed away peacefully at his home on Jan. 8, 2015, in Preston. He was born on Aug. 20, 1941, in East Chicago, Ind., to Magdaleno Lopez Sr. and AnnaMarie Ochoa. He married Carolyn Fay Gittins on Dec. 16, 1978, in Preston.

Rick served his country honorably and was a Vietnam War hero. Rick loved his family and community. He worked for and retired from the local Post Office after 25 years of dedicated service.

He is survived by his wife Carolyn, of Preston; his children, Brent (Kristie) Lass, Rick K. Hoovater, Anna Marie (Terry) Robinson, Jennifer Jo (Josh) Sinykin, and Jesse Richard (Heather) Lopez; and all of his beloved grandchildren whom Rick loved with all his heart. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Rhonda Lynn Lass; and a grandson, Brayde Issaac Gustin.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, at 11 a.m. in the Preston South Stake Center, 55 E. 100 S. in Preston. A viewing was held on Monday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the stake center. Interment was in the Fairview Idaho Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Webb Funeral Home in Preston. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www. webbmortuary.com





Elaine Burton Carter, 75, of Thatcher, Idaho, passed away on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. She succumbed to the affects of the medication used to treat her 14-year battle with cancer. Elaine was born on May 2, 1939, in Grace, Idaho, the daughter of Robert J and Helen Burton.

She graduated from Grace High School where she was tormented by a boy who pulled her pigtails. She married that boy, Doug Carter, on March 22, 1957, and they spent the next 57 years together. Elaine has lived in Seattle, Wash., Soda Springs, Idaho, and the last 54 years in Thatcher, Idaho.

She enjoyed fall, hummingbirds, gardening, working on the ranch and her grandchildren. She was a domestic goddess that her children can only aspire to be like. Elaine was part of the welcoming and food committee for the Caribou County Fair; she worked at O.P. Skaggs, was a cook at Thatcher Elementary and also worked at Bailey’s market where she enjoyed keeping up on current events.

She was a great example of service by taking care of several ladies of the valley.

She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she served in several callings, mutual president, compassionate service and visiting teacher.

She is survived by her husband, Doug Carter, Thatcher, Idaho; daughter, Julie Ann Campbell, Roy, Utah; son, Dwight (Sharon) Carter, Thatcher, Idaho; daughter, Sandra (Blake) Garner, Farr West, Utah: daughter, Roxan (Jim) Trujillo, Boise, Idaho; sisters, Betty Stevens and Barbara Johnson; brothers, Jim Burton, Bob Burton and Carl Farnworth; 11 grandkids and nine great-grandkids. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband’s parents, three brothers-in-law, and a nephew.

Family welcomed friends on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, from 12-1:30 p.m. at the Thatcher/ Williams Ward Church, Niter, Idaho. Burial at the Thatcher Cemetery per Elaine’s request there were no public viewing or funeral services.

The family would like to thank Dr. John Franson and staff, all the nurses at Caribou Memorial Hospital, Dr.Vincent Hansen and staff, especially Jennifer, for their exceptional care.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Caribou Memorial Hospital in her name.

Services were under the directions of Sims Funeral Home. Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.simsfh.com





FRANKLIN, IDAHO – Eva Chatterton Whitehead, 93, our mother, grandmother, great and great-great-grandmother, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Jan. 10, 2015, at the Franklin County Transitional Care Center in Preston. She was born on May 31, 1921, in Franklin, Idaho, to Wallace LeRoy and Almeda Atkinson Chatterton. She lived her entire life, except for three years, in Franklin. She married John Hoyet Whitehead on April 26, 1939, in the Logan LDS Temple.

Eva was a wonderful homemaker, spouse and mother. She labored all her life farming and mink ranching side by side with Hoyet. Through Eva’s great faith, she was healed from several severe happenings in her life. She served in many positions in the LDS church. Hoyet and Eva loved to dance at the Gold and Green Balls. Eva was a great mother, teaching her children how to survive on what you have and use it well. Her children all learned to grow a great garden and live from the land. Eva and Hoyet loved to travel and took many trips and cruises all over the world.

She is survived by her children, Jerry (Sherron) Whitehead, Wynn (Deb) Whitehead, Nancy (Jerry) McPheeters, and Ted (Bev) Whitehead; 15 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren; and a daughter-in-law, Kathryn Whitehead. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Hoyet; a son, Allan; and her siblings, Emmeline, Willis, Virginia, Junior and Meda.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, at noon in the Franklin Stake Center, 106 E. Main St in Franklin, Idaho. A viewing was held on Monday from 6-8 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 800 E. in Preston and Tuesday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the stake center. Interment will be in the Franklin Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www. webbmortuary.com

The family wishes to express appreciation to Dr. Patton, Franklin County Hospice and the staff at the Franklin County Transitional Care Center. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the LDS Missionary Fund or the LDS Perpetual Education Fund.


January 7, 2015


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1931 – 2014 

EmaJean Moser Golightly, long-time resident of Bountiful, Utah, died Dec. 30, 2014. She was born May 13, 1931, in Preston to John David and Alene Taylor Moser. She was the youngest of eight children. She married Leon Dalley Golightly on March 22, 1949, in Preston. The marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. She worked in the Davis County School lunch program for 27 years. She was a faithful member of the LDS church and lovingly served in many positions.

She is survived by her children, Dennis (MaryAnn), Rickie (Tacy), Michael (Kathy), RoxAnn Golightly (Tim) Williams, Bonnie (Kenneth) Downey, Grant (Jennifer); 28 grandchildren; and 41 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and her siblings.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, at the Bountiful 7th Ward Chapel, 1250 S. Main, Bountiful, Utah. There was a viewing Sunday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Russon Brothers Mortuary, 295 N. Main, Bountiful, and Monday morning 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the church prior to services. Online guest book at www.russonmortuary. com





Dona Luzon Jensen Webb, 95, died peacefully at the home of her daughter Marsha Webb in Sandy, Utah, on Jan. 4, 2015. Dona was born on Oct. 15, 1919, in Hyrum, Utah, to John and Helen Jensen. Her father, as a small child, was amongst the original settlers of Hyrum and Dona was one of the last surviving of the original Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. She graduated from South Cache High School and attended the LDS Business College.

She married Jay Tims in 1941. He died in an accident in 1947. She married Gordon Webb in 1951. They moved to Preston in 1955 where she resided until, in recent years and in failing health, she moved to Sandy where her daughter, Marsha, cared for her. In Preston, Dona was active in the LDS Church and served in auxiliary roles in the Primary, including as the leader of the Trekkers and in the Relief Society. She was a Cub Scout leader and remembered with some pride that she led the troop of Robert Fackrell, Nick Rust and others to the top of Little Mountain. She belonged to the Pickwick club and worked very hard to prepare when it came her turn to give the book review. She joined her husband in many of his Lions Club activities, including readying the hotdog stand for the Rodeo.

She worked for a time at the Preston Carnegie Library, but for many more years as the school secretary at the Jefferson and the Preston Junior High School first for Angus Condie and then for John Palmer when he became the principal. She enjoyed those assignments including the opportunity it allowed to interact with the students, often reaching out to help one or another when she could.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Gordon Webb; a brother, Max Jensen; and a sister, Bernel Ottley. She is survived by her children, Scott Tims of Camarillo, Calif.; Kent Webb of Los Altos Hills, Calif.; and Marsha Webb of Sandy, Utah; and by a granddaughter, Amber Esplin of Alexandria, Va.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, at noon at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 800 E. in Preston. A visitation will be held from 11-11:45 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Richmond Utah Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www. webbmortuary.com





Lex Todd Lewis, 57, passed away surrounded by his family on Dec. 27, 2014, from complications due to kidney failure and MS. Todd is a graduate of Preston High School class of 1976 where he participated in the wrestling team and became an accomplished drummer. Todd loved hunting, warm weather and being with his family, especially his son and granddaughter. His contagious smile and laughter will be dearly missed.

Todd is survived by his son, Stetson (Jenn) Lewis; granddaughter, Kaesynn Rhea; sister Traci (Doug) Doney; sister-in-law, Diane Lewis; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Todd is preceded in death by his brother, Lee; parents, Lex and Doree; and grandparents. Per Todd’s wishes there will be no funeral services.

December 31, 2014


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George E. Wilson, 92, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, at his residence in Ogden, Utah. George was born in Malad, Idaho, to George G. and Myra Heward Unthank Wilson. A loving family man, he married the love of his life, Irma (Fae) Wilson, on Oct. 31, 1942 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. He enlisted with the Army and served stateside and overseas during WWII. After the war, George worked at Hill Air Force Base as a sheet metal worker. Alongside his wife, he raised six boys, Newel George (Kathy), Nolan Guy (Jena), Nacey Glen (Susann), Niven Gale (Jeanne), Neldon Glade (Marlene), and Nicholas Gene (Pam).

George was born on Thanksgiving Day, 1922, and he died on Christmas Eve, 2014. His pride was his family and was able to hand-build their home in Roy, Utah. As a young man, he had his pilot’s license and was an avid flyer. He also enjoyed deer hunting, traveling and camping for his entire life. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Cora; his brothers, Lester and Elgie; and his son, Nolan.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, at noon at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 800 E. in Preston, Idaho. A viewing was on Tuesday Dec. 30, 2014, from 11:00-11:45 a.m. also at Webb Funeral Home. Interment immediately followed at the Cornish Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.webbmortuary. com




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Dorothy Geneva Bench Larson, 99, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, reuniting with many loved ones awaiting her. Born on April 16, 1915, in Logan, Utah, she was the eldest daughter of Hyrum Jeppesen and Margaret Geneva Benson Bench.

She grew up in Logan, attending the local schools and graduating from Logan High School. She attended Utah Agricultural College, where she met the love of her life, Lynn Alma Larson. Prior to their marriage in the Logan LDS Temple on May 5, 1937, she graduated from beauty college. Together they lived in Logan, Wellsville, Sunnyside, Wash., Arco, Idaho and Preston. Their union produced six children, Lynene Larson, Preston; Richard, deceased, (Betsey) Larson, Arimo, Idaho; Rodney (Linda) Larson, Kennewick, Wash.; Patricia (Dan, deceased ) Gyllenskog, Smithfield, Utah; Debbie Woytko, Logan, Utah; and Melanie (Stewart) Bastian, Weston, Idaho.

How do you find the words to describe a life of exemplary humility, unwavering work ethic and unconditional love? She was always finding something to keep her busy, never wasting a moment on idleness. She worked at Sprouse Reitz and Foss Clothing in Preston, Idaho, making friends of all who entered. An excursion to the grocery store was an opportunity to visit with everyone she knew… and that was not a small number! She could be seen walking to town, being offered rides and turning them down because she needed her exercise. She never wanted to put anyone out and would go to great lengths to not be a burden.

Family was of utmost importance. She delighted in her 23 grandchildren, rejoicing in their many accomplishments and successes. The next generation of 51 great-grandchildren loved going to Grandma Dorothy’s and she was just starting to enjoy a new generation of one great-great-grandson.

Music was an important part of her life and she surrounded her family with that joy. It was a large disappointment when her hearing started to fade and she could no longer enjoy that pleasure.

Christmas was one of her favorite holidays. She loved the beauty and peacefulness of the Christmas lights and would leave her tree up well into February. A visit to her home meant food, conversation and fun. We will all miss her fudge and puffed rice balls, which were made with the secret ingredient of love.

She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in numerous callings in the different auxiliaries over the years. Her last dedication of servitude was making certain the bishop received her tithing.

She will be tenderly missed, but we rejoice in the joy of her reunion with those who preceded her in death, her parents; her siblings, Douglas Bench and Betty (Royce) Latimer; her husband, Lynn; a son, Richard; and son-in-law, Dan Gyllenskog.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, at the LDS 3rd/10th Ward Chapel, 155 N. 200 W., Preston. Viewings were held on Friday, Dec. 26, 2014, at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 800 E., Preston from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday at the church prior to services from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Interment was in the Preston City Cemetery. Condolences may be extended to the family online at www. webbmortuary.com

Mom’s final wish would be wanting everyone to know how dearly they are loved. We love you, Mom, and when we turn on our Christmas lights, we will be thinking of you… always!

P.S. Your Christmas lights are on!





Della Charlene Winward was born Aug. 29, 1947, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Delbert Charles and Eleanor Woolsey Wells. She passed away quietly on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at the age of 67.

Della married the love of her life, Robert “Terry” Winward, Sr., in Utah on Sept. 2, 1966, at the age of 19. Della and Terry loved spending time with their five children. They were kept busy in various activities from paper routes to Boy Scouts, Della always being supportive. Della and Terry continued to love their time with family, often traveling to Utah and Western Washington to visit. Traveling became one of Terry and Della’s passions. They took many road trips. One of Della’s favorite destinations was Yellowstone National Forest. She enjoyed watching animals in their natural habitat. Terry and Della had many great adventures together traveling to Canada, Florida, Hawaii, Jerusalem and Mexico. She also loved to oil paint. She spent many, many hours painting masterpieces that her family will treasure.

Della was preceded in death by both of her parents; brothers-in-law, Dick and Jack Winward, and Marlin Green. She is survived by her husband, Terry; children, “Robert” Terry Winward, Jr. (Shelli), Jeffrey Dean Winward (Kathi), Christine Lee Winward, Karen Lynn Winward Jenkins (Nathan), and Kimberly Ann Winward Drake (Tom); 18 grandchildren; sister, Jacqueline Green; sisters-in-law, Pauline and Ruth Winward; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Boyd and Lueve Whitby.

Interment was held on Dec. 30, 2014, in Whitney, Idaho.

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