Wednesday, January 11th, 2017


Andrew LaCrue

Axtell, Utah

Andrew Colt LaCrue, 34, passed away January 6, 2017 peacefully at his home in Axtell surrounded by his loving family. He was born September 17, 1982 in Provo, Utah to Rick and Cindylou Brooks LaCrue.

In 1995, the family moved to Axtell, Utah where they have remained. Andrew struggled with a long term illness. His Heavenly Father lovingly relieved him of his suffering and took him home. Sadly, we will miss him, but we know it won’t be too long before we are all reunited and rejoicing with him before God.

Andrew loved life and had so much love in his heart especially being around family and friends. He was a devoted father, husband, son and brother.

With a twinkle in his eyes and a smile on his face, he had a sense of adventure. Whenever he was in the mountains, hunting, fishing and camping or just out for a peaceful ride with the family you could always count on the radio rockin’ and the roar of the ol’ Chevy blazing down the country roads around home.

Andrew is survived by his wife, Jamie; son, Carter; step-son, Braxten; parents; grandmother, Sandra Brooks; siblings: Emily (Ralph) Scott, Chad (Courtney) LaCrue, Shannon LaCrue; nieces and nephews: Wyatt, Shelby, Wylie, Kylie, Kalob, Trinity, Jerica, Jess “Jethro”, Kyler, Axel, Asa. They all adored him and he returned their love.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents: Ralph Albert Brooks; Gilbert and Bonnie LaCrue; uncle, Tony Brooks; cousin, Jake Anderson.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 13, 2017 at 12:00 Noon in the Axtell LDS Ward Chapel. There will be a viewing held on Friday morning from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. prior to services. Burial will be in the Axtell Cemetery.

Funeral directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guest book


Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

society-obit-margiewbird-cmyk2Margie W. Bird

1921 – 2016

Salina, Utah – Margie Williams Bird, wife of former Winnipeg Canada Mission President and coach Hugh V Bird, died peacefully in her sleep, at the age of 95, December 27, 2016, at her daughters home in Orem surrounded by family.

Margie was born in Central Valley, Utah, February 26, 1921 to Lyman and Lucille Williams and grew up in the orange groves of Lindsay, California until she was 15 when they moved back to Central Valley. She graduated from South Sevier High School and moved to Salt Lake to attend cosmetology school.

Margie and Hugh married on July 25, 1939 and enjoyed over 60 years raising their three children in Salina. She had a beauty shop in their home and she enjoyed quilting and crocheting in her later years, gifting over 87 quilts to grandchildren .

She loved to cook and is a master of her Hot Rolls, serving countless Athletic Dinners to families and athletes  and missionaries.  She is a dedicated wife,  friend, mother and grandmother.  She is loved by all those who knew her.

She is survived by her three children, Sherrie (Larry) Silcox of Tooele;  Sue (Jerry) Frame of Orem;  Dennis and Merrily Bird of South Jordan; 16 grandchildren; 72 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by her husband, Hugh;  siblings: Thad R. Williams, Max G. Williams and Janet Jones.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 12 Noon in the Salina LDS Stake Center, 98 West 400 North in Salina, Utah, where friends may call for viewing Saturday morning from 10:00 to 11:30 prior to the services.

Burial will be in the Salina Eastside Cemetery under the care of the

Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah.

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Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

society-obit-deonhansen-cmyk-2Deon R. Hansen

1939 – 2016

Deon Reed Hansen, age 77, of Richfield, died December 11, 2016 in Cedar City, Utah. He was born September 24, 1939 in Cedar City, a son of Reed Raymond and Marvel Tolboe Hansen.

Deon graduated in 1957 from North Sevier High School in Salina, Utah. He married Sheila Dee Clark March 3, 1962. They were later divorced.
Deon was an excellent painter and loved working on technique to improve his skill. He was a family man who loved the outdoors. He loved hunting, fishing, walking, hiking and spending time on the ranch with his dad and brother, Redge.

He enjoyed going to Arizona and spending time with Opal, singing and dancing at country jams.
Deon worked as a cosmetologist.
He is survived by his children: Natalie Hawthorne of Salt Lake City, Stacie and Kevin Rasmussen of Salina, Mike and Kim Hansen of Cedar City and Melissa  and Chance Autrey of St. George; 6 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; sister: Koelle and Bruce Martin of St. George; brother: Redge and Barbara Hansen of Colorado.
He was preceded in death by a son, Jason Hansen.
Memorial services will be held Monday, January 2, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. in the Springer Turner Funeral Home Chapel, 260 North 400 West in Richfield, where friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the services.

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Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

society-obit-jensenjay-cmyk-2Jay L. Jensen



Our loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend, Jay L. Jensen, 85, passed away at his home in Axtell on December 29, 2016.  He was born September 17, 1931 in Axtell to Alonzo and Rhoda May Larsen Jensen.  He married Stella Lee Anderson, March 8,

1957 in Ephraim.

He served in the US Navy during the Korean War.  He worked with Valley Furniture for many years and later with Utah Power and Light.

He was a member of the Gunnison Valley Merchant Association.   He

enjoyed his farm and loved to work the land and tend to his cattle.

He is survived by his loving wife, Stella Lee of Axtell; children:

Douglas (Teresa) Frandsen of San Antonio, TX; Randy (Sharon) Frandsen of Union City, CA: Catherine  (Kendall) Bartholomew of Mayfield; Sally Mae (Trent) Nielsen of Salina; Charmaine Lewis of Redmond; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; brother, Floyd G. (Julia) Jensen of Logan.

He is preceded in death by: parents; grandson, Marc Frandsen; son-In-law, Mark Lewis;  brother, Glen; sisters, Rhea, Beth, Afton, Thelma.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 4, 2017at 12:00 Noon in the Axtell  LDS Ward chapel where friends may call on Wednesday from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.  Burial will be in the Centerfield Cemetery with Military Honors by the Oliver Russell American Legion Post #105 and the U.S. Navy Honor Guard.  Funeral Directors, Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti.  Online guest book


Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

society-obit-sorensen-cmyk-2Kasie Ann Sorensen

1956 – 2017

Redmond, Utah – Our kind and loving wife, sister, aunt and friend, Kasie Ann McNinch Sorensen, age 60, of Redmond, passed away Sunday, January 1, 2017 in Centerfield, after a brave and valiant battle with cancer.  She was born January 25, 1956 in Oakland, California, a daughter of Syl and Donna Lee Fair McNinch Jr.

She married James Sorensen, July 20, 1993 in Richfield, Utah.

Kasie was a member of the LDS Church.

She was extremely active in Alcoholics Anonymous where she worked with, mentored and helped others save themselves.  She enjoyed reading, embroidering and most of all, helping others.

Kasie is survived by her husband of Redmond; her parents: Syl and Donna McNinch of Thayne, Wyoming; sisters and brothers: Marilyn and Lee Skinner of Richfield; Shawn McNinch of Salt Lake City; Robert McNinch of Henderson, Nevada; Laurel Keen of Houston, Texas.

Grave side services will be held Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. in the Richfield City Cemetery under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah.

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Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

society-obit-christensne-cmyk-2Marian Christenson

Gunnison, Utah

Our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, teacher and friend, Marian Frandsen Christenson, 94, passed away Friday, December 16, 2016 in Gunnison. Marian was born in Clarion, Utah on November 16, 1922, the third child of Peter Lafayette and Ida Caroline Larsen Frandsen.

Marian grew up on her family farm where there were few luxuries but an abundance of love and adventure. She and her older sister, Edna, were one year apart and inseparable throughout their lives having spoken with one another on a daily basis. She attended grade school in Clarion where she advanced quickly, skipped two grades and graduated at 16 years of age from Gunnison Valley High School. Through high school she played French horn in the band and accompanied vocalists on the piano. Her love of music included the accordion which she bought as a youngster selling eggs, butter, and cream. Marian used this beautiful instrument for over 80 years and was well-known for her talent of playing by ear which made her popular for community singalongs.

On December 23, 1942, Marian married J. Keller Christenson in the Manti LDS Temple and made their home in Gunnison where they lived together for 56 years raising their four boys, daughter and adopted niece. Marian and Keller’s partnership ran deep from working together in the family farm business to their many musical performances in the community, including more than 500 funerals where he sang and she played piano.

A believer in the importance of education, Marian instilled that value in her family, all of whom became college graduates. She graduated from BYU with honors in 1943. She loved being a teacher and began her career teaching home economics at Gunnison Valley High School. She then stayed home with the birth of their first child. Marian returned to GVHS as an assistant to the principal in 1966 and a few years later went back to the classroom as an English teacher and librarian for the next 24 years. She loved her students and was dedicated to their development and well-being. She spent many hours helping with their projects, enjoying their successes, and making a difference in their lives.

Marian was known for lifting others with her positive and caring approach to life. She was supportive of her children and grandchildren and found great joy in their experiences and accomplishments. She was talented as a seamstress – designing and sewing clothes for herself and her family. She also designed and gifted quilts to each grandchild at their high school graduation and marriage. She made each and every grandchild feel important. Her door was always open and everyone knew there was a cookie in her kitchen and a conversation to be had anytime of the day. She had a unique ability to listen and to offer advice only when sought. She made everyone feel loved and appreciated.

Honored for her life-long service to the community, Marian served as Grand Marshall in the 4th of July parade in 2002, and was named as a Pillar of the Community in 2001. She was a founding member of the Ladies Literary Club that met regularly for nearly 70 years and was also active in the local DUP chapter. She was an active member of the LDS Church where she served in multiple callings such as Relief Society president and as a ward and stake organist for over 40 years.

Marian is survived by her children: Tim Christenson, Bruce (Alice) Christenson, Lori (Richard) Nay, all of Gunnison; Jed (Ann) Christenson, Draper; Karma Asay (Rick Rosser), Evanston, Wyoming; and daughter-in-law Elke Christenson, Kakenstoff, Germany; sisters: Ina (Duane) Midgley, Salt Lake City; Louise Pratt, Manti; brother, Allen (Evelyn) Frandsen, Centerfield; 28 grandchildren; and 60 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, J. Keller Christenson; eldest son, Dennis, daughter-in-law, Shauna; sister Edna (Sheldon) Bjerregaard and step-brothers: Ivan (Mary) Frandsen, and Ray (Erma) Frandsen.

Funeral services will be held Friday, December 23, 2016 at 12:00 Noon in the Gunnison Stake Center, 80 West Center, where friends may call Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. and Friday from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Gunnison City Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at


Thursday, November 17th, 2016


annalchappellAnna L. Chappell

1931 – 2016

Salina, Utah – With great sadness, we lost our sweet, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Anna Louise Lau Chappell.  She passed away November 12, 2016 in Centerfield, Utah. Anna was born May 20, 1931 in Hueneme, California, a daughter of Ernest H. and Merl Robinson Lau.

She grew up in Salina, Utah and married her eternal sweetheart, Dale Pratt Chappell July 30, 1949 in Salina.  Their marriage was solemnized in the Manti LDS Temple, January 26, 1995.  Dale preceded her in death, October 24, 2014.

Anna loved her family dearly and was a wonderful wife and mother, also the BEST grandmother EVER!!!  She loved being outdoors in her flower gardens.

Anyone who knew Anna, knew that she was a strong minded women that took great care of her loved ones.  An active member of the LDS Church, she served as a Temple Worker with her husband in the Manti Temple.

Anna will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by her children: Jeffery Wayne and Margaret Chappell of Redmond, Oregon; Stephanie Ann and Brent Steiger of Salina, Utah; Michael K. and Peggy Chappell of Graham, Washington; 7 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; a son, Kirk Dale Chappell; a grandson, Dannon Scott Steiger; and siblings: Dwight Ferrin, Dee R. Lau and Alvie Lau.

Graveside services will be held Friday, November 18, 2016 at 12 Noon in the Salina Eastside Cemetery.

Friends may call for viewing at the Springer Turner Funeral Home, 150 East Main Street in Salina, Friday morning from 10:30 to 11:30 prior to the services.

Burial will be in the Eastside Cemetery under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah.

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Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

socieyt-obit-larson-cmuk-2Mae Dawn Larson

1926 – 2016

Gunnison, Utah – Our beloved mother, grandmother and sister, Mae Dawn Mickelsen Larson, age 90, of Gunnison, passed away November 6, 2016 in Centerfield.  She was born September 26, 1926, a daughter of Earl Andrew and Martha Myrl Curtis Mickelsen in Salina, Utah.  Mae Dawn was raised in Salina and Gooseberry.  During the school years they lived in town, but in the summers they lived at their Gooseberry Ranch, which she dearly loved.

Mom graduated from North Sevier High School, Class of 1944.  During that summer, July 19, 1944, she married DeVon Levern Larson, of Axtell in the Manti LDS Temple.  They made their home in Axtell and had five children, Yvonne, Linda, Earlene, Lee and Don.  In 1955, tragedy struck and Dad had a farm accident in which he lost a leg.  After this accident, Dad was in and out of hospitals due to his accident and related injuries.  About a year later, both Mom and Dad attended the Salt Lake Trade Technical College in Salt Lake City.  Mom graduated in Cosmetology and Dad in Mechanical Drafting.  Life was not easy for Mom.  She was more or less the “bread winner” for the family while raising five children.  In the next ten years they lived in bountiful, Gunnison, Salt Lake City, Logan, Bellingham, Washington and finally in 1965 settled back in Gunnison for the third time and remained there.  Dad died in November 14, 1992.

Mom worked as a beautician for nearly 60 years, most of which was in her own shop in the family home in Gunnison.  She was active with the Utah Cosmetology Association doing service projects like doing hair for the elderly.  She also did hair for the morticians when a client passed away or on the mortician’s request.  Serving others in time of need was one of her greatest assets.  She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in Relief Society, Visiting Teaching,  Cub Scouts, Adult Singles Representative for a few years after Dad died, and other callings.  She was always willing to serve where she was needed.  She was loved by family, friends, neighbors and her clientele and she loved them in return. Mom loved the outdoors, whether it was fishing, camping or working in her yard.  She and Dad have traveled through almost every state, enjoying the scenery and wild life.  Mom’s legacy to her family is her example of honesty, integrity, service, perseverance, love, kindness and good hard work.  She will be missed by all who knew her.

Mom is survived by her children: Yvonne (Gene) Bardsley of Centerfield; Linda (Glen) Mickelsen of Redmond; Earlene (Sam) Castro of Redlands, California; Lee (Brenda) Larson of Culowhee, North Carolina; Don (Linda) Larson of Sanford, North Carolina; 22 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; two sisters: Colleen (Roger, deceased) Rasmussen of Farmington, New Mexico; and Kaye (Marius, deceased) Despain of Axtell.

Mom was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Myrl Mickelsen; her husband, DeVon Larson; an infant brother, Edward Earl Mickelsen; two sisters: Twila Hanna of Oregon and Jenave (Paul, deceased) Bastian of Salina.

The family would like to express sincere appreciation for the love and care of the staff at the Mission at Community Living Rehab Center in Centerfield where she has spent the last year and a half.  They were all so loving and caring.  Thank you so much for taking such good care of our angel mother.

Funeral services will be held Friday, November 11, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. in the Gunnison LDS Stake Center, where friends may call for viewing Thursday evening from 6 to 8 P.M. or Friday morning from 9:00 to 10:30 prior to the services.

Burial will be in the Gunnison City Cemetery under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah.

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Thursday, October 20th, 2016

     society-obit-johnson-cmyk-2     Mark Ken Johnson, age 65, passed away Saturday, October 15, 2016 at his home in Hiko, Nevada after a courageous battle with cancer.  Through this he taught us the importance of optimism and a positive attitude: “It’s all good”.  He was born September 13, 1951 in Fillmore, Utah to Chester Rogers and Stella Vee Stott Johnson.  

                Ken grew up in Holden, Utah where he enjoyed being outdoors, farming, ranching, and hunting.  He loved working hard and became the owner operator of his own cattle and feed business.  In his later years he became a brand inspector and loved visiting with the new people he met each day.  

In 1971, he married Linda Lu Shepherd.  Together they had three children and were later divorced. In 1982, he married Tamra Curtis. They had two children and were later divorced.  He recognized the importance of family and loved spending as much time as possible with his children and fourteen grandchildren.  

Survivors include his children:  Shelli (Conrad) Abrams, Scott (Mindy), Sandi (Jonathan) Mason, Stetson, Kenze (Korey Smith) Johnson, fourteen grandchildren, and his siblings:  Jerri Frehner, Pamiel Reed, Ginger Agee, Jeff, and Penni Sumsion.  He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Diane Buckwalter. 

Funeral services will be  held Friday, October 21, 2016 at 1 p.m. (MST) at the Holden LDS Chapel.  Visitation will be Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Alamo LDS Chapel, and again from 10:30 – 12:30 p.m. prior to services at the chapel. Interment will follow in the Holden City Cemetery. Friends and family are invited to sign our online guest book at


Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

20161005_135347Myrna Winn

1936 – 2016

Salina, Utah – Our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister, Myrna Gates Winn, age 80, passed away peacefully at her home in Salina on October 2, 2016.  She was born June 23, 1936 in Salina, a daughter of Gary Aaron and Mary Mae Miller Gates.

She married Ferrell Winn, June 13, 1953 in Nevada.  He preceded her in death, November 18, 2000.

Myrna was a member of the LDS Church.  She loved spending time with her family and her pets.  She enjoyed gardening and yard work.  She will be greatly missed.

Myrna is survived by her daughters: Mary Nielsen of Redmond and Brenda Jacobsen of Gunnison; 5 grandchildren: Keely Quin, Jordan Searle, Kamron Robinson, Kris Robinson and Josh Jacobsen; and 10 great-grandchildren: Jason Simpson, Damien Simpson, Savana Quin, Mercedes Jacobsen, Gage Jacobsen, Holden Searle, Carver Searle, Kanyon Robinson, Collin Rasmussen and Austin Robinson;  a sister: Fawn Pickett of Ogden.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 12 Noon in the Salina Eastside Cemetery under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah.

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