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Obituaries | Preston Citizen


May 19, 2015


James Louis Messimer

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James Louis Messimer, 96, passed away on May 18, 2015, at the Heritage Home in Preston, Idaho. He was born March 25, 1919, in Strawn, Texas, the fifth child born to James Emmett and Clara Pearl Guest Messimer. He attended school in Strawn graduating from high school on May 30, 1936. He moved to Wyoming in 1938 and worked for the Forest Service acquiring the skills of a very good carpenter.

He moved to Salt Lake City in 1940 and was helping build homes in the Sugar House area when the draft board from Palo Pinto County, Texas, called his number, 32, to report for the draft. He decided to enlist for duty in Utah instead of returning to Texas and was assigned to the Army Air Corps on April 23, 1941. He served over 15 years of active and reserve duty. His tour of duty took him to 20 Air Force bases in the States and 13 islands in the Pacific from Guadalcanal to Hawaii.

James met Anita Hildebrandt in 1942 while he was stationed at the Air Base in Pueblo, Colo. They were well acquainted and Anita corresponded with Jim while he spent about two years in the Southwest Pacific. He was discharged from active duty and automatically assigned to the Army Air Corps Reserve duty. Jim and Anita were married in Lamar, Colo., on March 24, 1946. They both finished their college degrees and were teachers in the Natrona County School system in Casper, Wyo. Anita suffered several open-heart operations and died from heart failure on Jan. 28, 1974, and was buried in the Memorial Gardens, Casper, Wyo. They had 28 wonderful years together and loved working with children.

James had to take early retirement because of a bad stroke and retired to a small trailer park in Arizona named “Paradise Palms Trailer Resort.” After the death of his father, people started calling him James L. “Jim” to shorten his name. Jim met LaVon Miriam VanNoy after a “family home evening.” The night lighting was very poor so Jim was asked to escort LaVon back to her mobile home. They started attending the temple together after several weeks of talking and dating there was talk of a wedding. They were married on Feb. 14, 1985, and had a wonderful marriage. They travelled to many places: Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, Midwest-Mississippi area, Nauvoo and many other church sites and national parks. They had several more trips planned when LaVon was stricken with cancer and died on Dec. 16, 1995, and was buried in Thayne, Wyo.

Jim was active in his church callings as an assistant to the High Priest group and always as a home teacher. His professional leadership was past president of: Wyoming Education Association, Casper Classroom Teachers and the Mills-Mt. View Lions Club. He was a life member of the Wyoming Retired Teachers Association, the Wyoming Industrial Arts Association, Phi Delta Kappa, a life member of NEA in Washington, D.C., and the Masonic Lodge- Laramie Lodge No. 3.

He is survived by two step-daughters, Lorna (Donley) Linford of Evanston, Wyo.; Jolene (Timothy) Hunt of St. Johns, Ariz.; a step daughter-in-law, Carien VanNoy of Tempe, Ariz.; and by 12 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and by many nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by one brother; four sisters; and a step-son, LaDon VanNoy.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 28, 2015, at 11 a.m. at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 800 E., Preston, Idaho, with President Hank Povey conducting. Friends may call Thursday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Military rites and interment will be held on Friday, May 29, in the Wyoming Memorial Gardens in Casper, Wyo. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.webbmortuary.com


May 20, 2015

Death notice:


James Louis Messimer, 96, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 18, 2015, in Preston, Idaho. A full obituary will appear in a future edition of the paper. Arrangements are under the direction of Webb Funeral Home.





Gloris was born in Whitney, Idaho, on March 13, 1921, to Kittie Dunkley and George Morgan Poole. Her childhood was filled with fond memories of growing up on a farm with loving parents and five siblings. She attended schools in Whitney and Preston, Idaho, as well as LDS Business College in Salt Lake City. Gloris married her high school sweetheart, Charles W Goff, on July 15, 1939, in Paris, Idaho. They were sealed for time and all eternity in the Logan LDS Temple on Oct. 8, 1956.

The early years of marriage were spent in various areas, as her husband was a member of the U.S. Coastguard. Gloris worked at the Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco. Throughout life Gloris had many opportunities to travel, visiting over 60 countries alongside her husband.

Gloris was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Gloris received great joy in her family and provided unconditional love.

Gloris was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held numerous positions within the church including Relief Society president and temple worker. Gloris was also an active member in civic activities including president of the Utah Symphony Guild 1985-1986.

Gloris is survived by husband, Charles W Goff Sr; her three sons, Gary (Cindy), Charles Jr (Nora), Greg (Lynell); numerous grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. It is not possible to articulate the depth in which Gloris has touched the lives of those who knew and loved her.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 23, at 10 a.m., with a viewing at 9:00-9:45 a.m. at 2335 N. 4000 W., Corinne, Utah. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www. webbmortuary.com



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Ramona Goodey Halford, 87, passed away on May 12, 2015, at the Franklin County Transitional Care Center in Preston, Idaho. She was born May 2, 1928, in Clarkston, Utah, the daughter of Joseph Daniel and Sylvia Olive Thompson Goodey. She married Victor Conley Halford on Sept. 27, 1946, in Logan, Utah. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Logan LDS Temple.

She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served as a primary teacher. She enjoyed bowling, golfing and fishing. She loved spending time with her family. She so enjoyed visiting with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by two sons, Randy V. (Shirlene) Halford of Preston; Delynn (Mary Lou) Halford of Preston; by seven grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; and by a sister, Cloteel Child of Smithfield, Utah. She was preceded in death by her husband; by two sisters, Inez Godfrey and Leah Ravsten; and by two brothers, Shirley and Farrell Goodey.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 16, 2015, at 11 a.m. at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 8th E., Preston, with President Bruce Hodges conducting. Friends called Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home and Saturday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. also at the mortuary. Interment was in the Preston Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www. webbmortuary.com



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Our beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and friend, Grace DeVone Andreasen Hoggan, 96, passed away at Logan Nursing and Rehab Thursday, May 14, 2015. She was born on Jan. 4, 1919, in Cleveland, Idaho, to Roy Casper and Lula Sophie Andreasen.

DeVone was raised on a farm in Cleveland, Idaho, and the sixth of eight children. Her first eight grades of schooling took place in a one room school house in Cleveland and she graduated Valedictorian at Thatcher High School near Grace, Idaho. After graduating from high school she worked for a summer in Pocatello, Idaho, and then moved to Salt Lake and worked for Blair Motor Company for a little over a year before her mission and then again after she returned. While working, DeVone enrolled in Henager Business College and later at LDS Business School and was in school when she was called to serve an LDS Mission to the California Mission (1939). She loved her mission and talked about it the rest of her life. Even before she passed away she could remember names and places on her mission. The day after returning from her mission (Salt Lake City) she met James Reid Hoggan, known as J. Reid. For J. Reid it was love at first sight and within a short time they were engaged to be married. Reid was already going steady with another girl in Salt Lake, but when he saw DeVone he quickly changed his mind, as he knew this beautiful blonde gal from Idaho was the gal for him.

Reid and DeVone were married in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on Jan. 13, 1942, six months after DeVone returned home from her mission. Mom and Dad were always a team. Dad counted on mom for everything, from driving truck to milking cows and feeding chickens and raising the children. Mom had many talents, she could be the best and hardest working farm hand and then in the evening put her best dress on and be the beauty at the ball. She was hard working and usually at Dad’s side. Her brothers said she was the best and fastest milker in the family. She even taught Dad, a city kid, how to milk. When there wasn’t enough money she would find odd jobs to help bring in additional funds to help. (Like painting and picking beans with all the kids.) She and Reid traveled the world and enjoyed sharing the gospel wherever they went, giving away hundreds of Books of Mormon. She loved her family, always planning family get-togethers. A few years ago she took all of her children and spouses to Branson, Mo., where she loved to go.

DeVone was a great teacher and speaker. She was president of Relief Society for seven years and served under two Bishops. During that time she organized and took care of 57 funerals. She served in the Young Women’s program for many years, not only speaking in Preston, Idaho, but many towns all over southern Idaho and Northern Utah. She served as a missionary and host for almost eight years on Temple Square in Salt Lake. DeVone worked at the Logan LDS Temple for 14 years. One of her later callings was teaching Gospel Doctrine at age of 84. She magnified every calling as she faithfully served in all the auxiliary organizations of the Church stating: “Whatever assignment she had at the time was her favorite.”

Mom loved hard work. She was never idol and was always at Dad’s side whenever a task was to be done. Her greatest qualities were her ability to always turn the worst situation into something better with a positive attitude and always doing it with a big smile, she was one of the most positive persons God ever put on this earth. She had a quest for learning, loved the scriptures and read them to the last day. She was loyal, non-judgmental, quick-witted, and had a great sense of humor (Mom always had a joke for the occasion). She made the room come alive when she entered with her smile and positive nature. Her testimony, faith, laughter, smile and positive attitude were her cornerstone. She always looked for the best in every situation. An elect lady, always cleaving to her covenants, she delighted in doing the will of the Lord. She will be missed deeply.

She is survived by six children, Patrick (Sandra), Jamie Ann Checketts (Dean), Kent (Diane), Marsha Bell (Dennis), Bradley (Cathy), Jefrey (Shari); and her brother, Dee Andreasen. She had a daughter, Judy Rae, who passed away in 1954, at the age of seven. DeVone has 26 grandchildren and 66 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. She will look forward to seeing Reid after 21 years since his death.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy Casper Andreasen, Lula Sophia Larsen Andreasen; husband, James Reid Hoggan; daughter, Judy Rae; brothers, Owen, Maynard, Theo and Max Andreasen; and sisters, Ruby Jenkins and Voloy Sonntag.

Thanks to the many friends that visited her since Dad passed away and especially the last five years. We wish to show appreciation to Logan Nursing and Rehab. She loved the staff and they loved her. A place she called home the last five years. We also want to thank Dr. Brian Carlson for his love, devotion and good keeping.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 23, 2015, at noon in the Smithfield 17th Ward, 340 E. 300 S. in Smithfield, Utah. A viewing will be held on Saturday from 10-11:30 a.m. at the church in Smithfield. Interment will be in the Preston Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.webb-mortuary.com



May 13, 2015


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Darlene Cole Maughan passed peacefully on May 5, 2015, due to multiple health issues related to age. She was a two-time cancer survivor, who passed just four days short of her 85th birthday.

Darlene entered the world on May 9, 1930, in Preston, Idaho, to parents Clifford and Ethel Cole. She was the sixth of seven children.

She met and married the love of her life, Lynn Maughan, and they enjoyed a 67-year marriage, often living in different parts of the country due to Lynn’s career as an Air Force pilot.

Darlene enjoyed spending time with her family, loved nature, bird watching and her favorite television show, Judge Judy.

In retirement, Lynn and Darlene enjoyed traveling the country in their Bounder motorhome. Each summer, Darlene’s grandchildren would eagerly listen for the sound of the diesel motor coming up the hill, signaling their arrival. They also enjoyed multiple trips to Alaska, visiting their two sons and grandchildren. Darlene especially enjoyed the wonderful fresh caught halibut and salmon from the Alaskan fishing trips.

She was predeceased by her infant twin brothers; her parents; and the siblings, Dolores Cole, Dale Cole and Ronald Cole.

Darlene is survived by her husband, Lynn; son, Sean (Jeanne); daughter, Debbie (Andy); and son, Steve (Sandy). She is also survived by grandchildren, Tiffany, Amanda, Sean, Sarah, Dane, Jessica, Kassandra, Michaelene, Amber, Chad, Sierra, and Cayden; and great-grandchildren, Laney, Markus, Jordan, Kristian, Drake, Tarren and Jameson. She is also survived by her siblings, Eugene Cole, Nadine Schreiner and Gordon Cole; as well as many beloved sisters and brothers-in-law; and many nieces and nephews of whom she was fond.

A Celebration of Life and visitation for family and friends was held at Myers Mortuary, 845 Washington Boulevard Ogden, Utah, on Tuesday, May 12 at 11 a.m. Graveside services followed.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the excellent doctors and nursing staff at McKay Dee Hospital, as well as her wonderful caregivers at Pineview Transitional Rehabilitation Center.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Utah Food Bank in Darlene’s memory.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.myers-mortuary. com




Dorothy Elwood Burbank, 95, passed away on May 5, 2015, at the Franklin County Transitional Care Center in Preston, Idaho. She was born Nov. 20, 1919, in Lewiston, Utah, to Herbert and Elvira Elwood. She was the fourth of 13 children. She attended school in Lewiston and graduated from North Cache High School in Richmond, Utah. She was a great helper to her mother helping take care of her younger siblings. She was very close to all of them.

She learned to bake, clean and preserve fruit and produce from her mother and when she had her own family she did an excellent job of this. She was an expert bread maker and enjoyed eating homemade bread.

She met Alma Gardner Burbank at the Persiana Dance Hall in Preston. They were wed in the Logan LDS Temple on June 21, 1939. They lived in Preston and Ogden, Utah, for a short time before building their home in Cub River. She lived there for over 70 years. They raised four sons, Lyle, Rex, Leon and Boyd. She was a great housekeeper and mother. She made several quilts for all her children and grandchildren and some of the great-grandchildren until she was late in her eighties. She enjoyed bowling on a league for many years.

She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and had many callings including in the Relief Society presidency. She did many hours of family history and gave each son a Book of Remembrance. She had a strong testimony of the gospel. She was an avid reader and after Alma’s passing in 2008, she read six to eight books per week. She was easygoing even up to her death and always said, “I have nothing to complain about. I have been very blessed.”

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alma; by her parents; and all but one sister, Della Taylor of Tremonton, Utah. She is also survived by four sons, Lyle (Nayda) Burbank of Preston; Rex (Pam) Burbank of Paris, Idaho; Leon (Sharon) Burbank of Preston; Boyd (Cindy) Burbank of Preston; by 15 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren (and two on the way).

Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at 11 a.m. in the Mapleton Ward Chapel, 5307 E. Cub River Road, Preston, with Bishop Kyle Knapp conducting. Friends called Friday from 6-8 at the church in Mapleton and Saturday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. also at the church. Interment was in the Mapleton Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www. webbmortuary.com



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Lee DeRay Cazier, 75, passed away on May 3, 2015, in Logan, Utah. DeRay was born in Preston, Idaho, on Oct. 12, 1939, to Willis Ray and Hazel Moser Cazier. He attended grade schools in Downey and Preston; he also attended Preston High School. He enlisted in the Navy on Feb. 21, 1958, where he served until being honorably discharged on Feb. 20, 1962. He received his GED from Idaho while serving in the Navy.

He married Judy Kjar on July 15, 1960, in Reno, Nev. They made their first home in California where their son, Dennis, was born. They then moved to Idaho where Annette was born. They then made their permanent home in Smithfield, Utah, where two more daughters, Trina and Katie, joined the family.

He worked at and retired from Del Monte can manufacturing plant where he worked as a line mechanic and an electrician as well as being a jack-of-all-trades. When something went wrong at the plant he was the one to fix it. When he retired he began mowing lawns at Birch Creek Golf Course in Smithfield, a position that he thoroughly enjoyed. He looked forward to it every year.

He was a member of the American Legion in Smithfield. As well as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in the Smithfield Third Ward, he served as a Sunday School greeter in the Junior Sunday School, where all the children loved him. He also was a Cub Master under two separate bishops.

He loved to repair and tinker with various equipment. He showed many acts of service to neighbors and friends by mowing lawns and helping out when needed. He was known for his gruff exterior, but when you to got to know him, he was soft hearted. He was known for his sense of humor. He would do anything to help anyone and never took any credit for what he did.

He is survived by his wife, Judy, of 54 years; a son and three daughters, Dennis Cazier of Garden City, Utah; Annette and Terry Maughan of Benson, Utah; Trina and Bruce Whitbeck of Idaho Falls, Idaho; Katie and Brett Gibbons of Lewiston, Utah; 15 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren with three on the way. He is also survived by a brother, Bob and Karleen Cazier of Preston, Idaho; and a sister, Pat and Sidney Balls of Wellsville, Utah.

Funeral services were held Friday, May 8, 2015, at 11 a.m. in the Smithfield 1st/7th/11th ward building at 79 E. 200 S. in Smithfield, Utah. A viewing was held on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 800 E. in Preston and Friday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the church. Burial was in the Smithfield, Utah, cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www. webbmortuary.com




Karol Louise Phippen Anderson, 86, graduated from her earthly life with very high marks and has returned home for a joyful reunion with family and friends. She broke free of the chains that were keeping her from doing the things that she wanted to do on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in Preston, Idaho. She was born on Sept. 8, 1928, in Rupert, Idaho, the third and middle child of Wilford Kimball Phippen and Anna Louise (Nancy) Gneiting. Mom moved 16 times before she was eight years old, finally settling in the home she grew up in on South State in Preston. After 16 moves Grandma Phippen refused to move again.

When mom was in high school, she was in the Phi-Dels and several other extracurricular activities in addition to being a good student. Mom also met her sweetheart, Valgene Stanley (Gene) Anderson, in school. She graduated from Preston High School in 1946 and in married her sweetheart on Feb. 2, 1948, in Preston.

Karol Lou was very active in the LDS Church and served in many callings throughout her life. She served in the Primary as a nursery leader, in the Relief Society as a counselor and for many years doing extraction work, but her favorite callings were with the Young Women as both a teacher and in the presidency of the Young Women. Mom was a very hard worker her entire life. She was a waitress for many years at the Franklin Cafe and worked as a secretary at the courthouse. She retired from the Federal Land Bank. After her retirement, mom and dad became “snow birds” and spent many winters in St. George, Utah, where they made many wonderful friends.

Mom had a passion for quilting, gardening and handwork. She made hundreds of beautiful quilts and always had a very well manicured yard with many beautiful flowers. She was known by many, in her later years, as the “pretty lady,” which is a name that fit her because she loved beautiful things. Mom is having a wonderful reunion with her sweetheart, her parents, her younger brother, Donald, and her grandson, Derek. Many other family members and dear friends are also enjoying a reunion with mom.

Mom temporarily leaves behind her four children, Vicki Harris, Michael (Kim) Anderson, Steven (Becky) Anderson, and Scott and Robin (Anderson); as well as eight grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Zola Mae (Demont) Lott, Gwen Lott; and her brother, Duane (Julia) Phippen; and many nieces and nephews.

Thank you mom for all you taught us and for the wonderful example you were to us your entire life. We love you very much.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at 11 a.m. at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 800 E. in Preston. A viewing was held on Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home and Saturday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. also at the funeral home. Interment was in the Preston Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www. webbmortuary.com

Our family is so appreciative to Access Home Care and Hospice and especially Thelma Roley for the kind, wonderful and compassionate service given to mom and to the family.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the General Missionary Fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or to Access Home Care and Hospice at 307 S. 100 E. in Preston.




William Detton Pond, age 88, passed away peacefully on May 6, 2015, at the Heritage Home in Preston, Idaho. He was born Feb. 26, 1927, in Logan, Utah, to William Leon and Florence Detton Pond, then residing in Lewiston, Utah. He was reared and educated in Lewiston.

He enlisted in the United States Navy from 1945 to 1946. He was one of the Helmsmen assigned to the aircraft carrier USS NASSAU CVE 16. He moved to Phoenix, Ariz., in 1949. In 1951, he served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the New England States. After his return, he continued his work in Phoenix.

He found employment with Utah Power & Light Company in Ogden, Utah, and relocated there. He married Joyce Arlene Draper, June 7, 1954, in the Manti LDS Temple shortly afterwards. They became the parents of five children. Bill loved gardening and his home was known for the roses that he grew. In his younger years, he liked to ride broncs and received his pilot’s license, but little outweighed his love for the Lord and the Lord’s work because he loved sharing the gospel. Very seldom did you ever walk out of his room without copies of a few stories in your hand. They served two LDS missions as a couple, one to the Philippine Islands and one to Columbus, Ohio, to Rye State University working in genealogy. At the time of his death, he was a High Priest in the Preston Eighth LDS Ward.

He is survived by his daughter, Lisa McDaniel, of Pocatello, Idaho; two sons, David W. Pond of Preston; and John Bret (Trudie) Pond of Honeyville, Utah; 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his son-in-law, Gary Carlson of Preston; and sister-in-law, Ruth Swendsen of Lewiston, Utah. He was extremely proud of his posterity and told us repeatedly in his final days.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Draper Pond; a son, Karl Lee Pond; a daughter, Dixie Joyce Carlson; parents, Leon and Florence; two sisters, Beatrice P. Bell and Eleanor Bach; and a brother, Guy Swendsen.

Funeral services were held on Monday, May 11, 2015, at noon in the Preston Eighth LDS Ward Chapel, 213 S. 2nd E., Preston. Friends called Sunday from 6-8 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 800 E., Preston, and Monday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the church. Interment was in the Lewiston, Utah, Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the LDS Church Missionary Fund. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.webbmortuary. com




Venna Gene Oliverson Robinett, 91, passed away peacefully on May 8, 2015, in the same house that she was born in on April 6, 1924, to Eunice Grace Baird and Orace Oliverson in Franklin, Idaho. She is survived by her daughter, Judy M Robinett, of Franklin.

She went to Sunday school in the old Franklin Village Hall and attended schools in Franklin. Venna graduated from Franklin High School in the class of 1942. After graduating, she went to work for Union Pacific Railroad in Ogden, Utah, turning the engines in the Wheelhouse during WWII. The railway turntable was used to turn the engines back in the direction that they came. On Sept. 28, 1951, she married Loren Robert Robinett in the chapel at Hill Air Force Base, Ogden, Utah. They lived in Utah, Texas, Wyoming, New Mexico and Washington. When Loren retired from the USAF in 1963 they moved back to Franklin and bought the house next door to her parents.

Venna worked at Ritewood Egg Company in Franklin before retiring to work in her garden and tend to her cats. Venna loved to read; and she loved her flowers and her cats. She also enjoyed doing crafts and crocheting over the years and left many exhibits of her abilities. We were always surprised when she would ask if the mail had come so that she could read that day’s Wall Street Journal.

We would like to thank everyone who has been so helpful these past months when needed, especially Dee Burgess and Lauren Haynes, RN, for the care and friendship they provided; friends and neighbors who have been there for her and the family, in particular, Jeanne Smith, Marilyn Sanchez and Todd Hawkes.

Funeral services were held on Monday, May 11, 2015, at 11 a.m. in the Franklin Stake Center, 106 E. Main, Franklin, Idaho. Friends called Sunday from 6-8 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 800 E., Preston, Idaho, and Monday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the stake center. Interment was in the Franklin Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www. webbmortuary.com


May 6, 2015

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SMITHFIELD, UTAH – Lee DeRay Cazier, 75, passed away on May 3, 2015, at the Cache Valley Specialty Hospital in North Logan, Utah. Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 8, 2015, at 11 a.m. in the Smithfield 7th/10th LDS Ward Building, 50 E. 200 S., Smithfield, Utah. Friends may call Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 800 E., Preston, Idaho, and Friday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the church. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.webbmortuary.com




It is with heavy, but peaceful hearts, that we bid farewell to somebody who has been such a source of strength to those around him. Blayne G. Rounds returned to the loving embrace of his Savior, having fought a good fight, having finished his course and having kept the faith.

Born Oct. 6, 1958, to Roy and Norma Rounds, he learned the value of honest labor and selfless service as he worked alongside his nine siblings on the family farm in Rigby, Idaho. It is through these years that he developed what could only be considered an unprecedented work ethic. He didn’t quit – ever. He was always so aware of his surroundings and the needs of others, and if he saw something that needed to be done, he would have finished the task before any of us could formulate a plan. This energy and drive, this desire to lift his fellow brethren, is what allowed him to touch the lives of so many.

The attributes that paralleled his never-slowing work and service are the compassion, mercy and pure Christ-like love that he showed to every person he came into contact with. His famous utterance was, “Well, I’d rather err on the side of mercy. How I want the Lord to show me mercy, is how I want to show it to others.” No matter the situation, nobody had just three strikes with Blayne. He would forgive and forget, and show forth – greater love and compassion. With this charity was an equally founded standard of righteousness. He strived each day to live in a way that would honor the family name he bore, and to please the Lord.

After serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Oakland, Calif., Blayne attended Brigham Young University where he met and married the love of his life, Carolyn Cummings Rounds. Blayne and Carolyn were married for time and all eternity in the Mesa LDS Temple on May 7, 1982. After moving to Logan, Utah, where Blayne graduated from Utah State University, they welcomed their first daughter, Shealene.

Blayne began the first of many business adventures and moved to Preston, Idaho, to work alongside Loyal Hansen at what was Hansen and Rounds Insurance; later to become Rounds and Associates Insurance Services. It was in Preston that Blayne and Carolyn welcomed seven more children to their family: Jessica (MacArthur Jones), Brittany (TJ Adams), Cameron (Danielle Acevedo), Colin (Bryn Haycock), Emily (Cole Baldwin), Curtis and Caleb.

Blayne’s legacy lives on through his family and the individuals whose lives he touched as he served in the community and through his callings as a Bishop of the Preston Fourth LDS Ward and in the Stake Presidency of the Preston North LDS Stake.

Blayne is preceded in death by his father, Roy Rounds, and a brother, Arlyn Rounds. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; his eight children and their spouses; three grandchildren, Traegan, Eden and Ezra; his mother, Norma; and eight siblings, Larry Rounds (Karen), of Rigby, Idaho; Jolene (Ned Hill), of Evanston, Wyo.; Gae (Ron Frandsen), of Brigham City, Utah; Sandy (Tom Albaugh), of Idaho Falls, Idaho; (Gayla Rounds), of Nibley, Utah; Rod (Kathie Rounds), of River Heights, Utah; Peggy (Doug Hanks), of Saint Anthony, Idaho; Judy (Kirk Polatis), of Roberts, Idaho; Norene (Todd Ballard), of Benson, Utah; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 7, 2015, at 11 a.m. in the Preston North LDS Stake Center, 310 N. State St. in Preston. A viewing will be held on Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the stake center and Thursday from 9:30- 10:30 a.m. also at the stake center. Interment will be in the Franklin Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.webbmortuary. com

April 29, 2015

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Venis Johnson Carlson, 88, passed away peacefully at her residence in Boise, Idaho. Graveside services will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015, at 11 a.m. in the Preston Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www. webbmortuary.com




Douglas Dockstader, our loving Dad, Grandpa and Husband, returned to Heaven having passed away on Sunday, April 26, 2015, at the Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello, Idaho.

Doug was born on Feb. 23, 1935, in Mink Creek, Idaho, the son of Adam Grant and Virga Rasmussen Dockstader.

He was raised in Mink Creek and attended schools in Mink Creek and in Preston.

Doug married Roma Bergquist in February 1955. She passed away November 1962. They had four children: Shelly, Melanie, Lisa and Blake.

He married Geneal Baker on Feb. 3, 1965, in Elko, Nev. They had four children: Stephanie, Darrin D., NicKole, Scott G.

Doug spent most of his life in Wayan, Idaho, and Soda Springs, Idaho, and spent the last four winters in Kingman, Ariz.

He loved fishing and hunting and enjoyed riding ATVs and camping.

Doug is survived by his wife, Geneal Dockstader, of Soda Springs, Idaho; children, Stephanie (Chad) Hunter of Grace, Idaho; Darrin D. (Trisha) Dockstader of Soda Springs, Idaho; NicKole (Bill) Mullen of Soda Springs, Idaho; Scott G. Dockstader of Soda Springs, Idaho; Melanie (Steve) Jones of Soda Springs, Idaho; Lisa (Kelly) Stephens of St. George, Utah. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother and father; his first wife, Roma; one daughter, Shelly; one son, Blake; and one sister, Bernice; a brother, Grant Blaine; and two grandsons, Jared and Derek Smith.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015, at noon at the Fairview Cemetery in Soda Springs. The family will visit with friends on Saturday morning from 9-11 a.m. at the Sims Funeral Home prior to service at cemetery.


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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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