Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Clayton Crane

1925 – 2018

Salina, Utah – Our kind and beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend, Garth Clayton Crane, age 92, of Salina, passed away January 6, 2018 in Centerfield, Utah.  He was born July 4, 1925 in Holden, Utah, a son of Leo Hobson and Mary Donna Stevens Crane.

He graduated from North Sevier High School, Class of 1943.  He was drafted into the Navy December 15, 1943 and served in the Hawaiian Islands until May 4, 1946.  He married his sweetheart, Virginia Mason December 18, 1946 in Aurora, Utah.  Their marriage was solemnized in the Manti LDS Temple December 16, 1947.  Virginia passed away April 24, 2014.

Clayton was an active member of the LDS Church, serving  as a Primary Teacher, Nursery Leader, in the Sunday School Presidency, High Priest Group Leader and in a Bishopric.  He was a faithful Home Teacher and loved to go home teaching so he could visit with his families.

Clayton loved anything outdoors, hunting, fishing, riding in the side by side and just being out side.  He loved watching the Utah Jazz, but most of all, he loved to visit.

He is survived by his three children: Larry Clayton and Ellen B. Crane, Shirece and Alvin Dean Owens, all of Salina; Cathie Lin Sampson of Smithfield; 10 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren with one more on the way.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Virginia; a granddaughter: Theresa Bosshardt; a great-granddaughter, Macie Dawn Crane; and four sisters: Maureen Crane, Dorothy Hicks, Ellis Rae Jensen and Marilyn Cooke.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 12 Noon in the Salina LDS Stake Center, where friends may call for viewing Saturday morning from 10:00 to 11:30 prior to the services.

Burial with military honors accorded by the Salina American Legion Post #36 and the United States Navy Honor Guard will be in the Eastside Cemetery under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah.

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Thursday, January 4th, 2018

Wyatt Kyle Wheeler

2003 – 2017

Bainbridge, Ohio/Aurora, Utah – Wyatt Kyle Wheeler, the 14 year old son of Kyle and Brynn Wheeler passed away on Wednesday, December 20, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio.   He was born September 28, 2003 in St. George, Utah.

Wyatt was passionate about wrestling, hunting, building and creating, and spending time with his family. He spent much of his time helping raise show lambs.  Wyatt was a proud member of the Huntington Huntsmen wrestling team. His genuine love and concern for everyone he met, as well as his infectious smile, contributed to his uncanny ability to connect with all people.  Wyatt loved helping and serving whenever he could. He reminds all to:

“stick to the task, ‘til the task sticks to you,

bend at it, sweat at it, smile at it too;

for out of the bend and the sweat and the smile

will come life’s victories, after awhile.”

Wyatt is survived by his mother and father. Kyle and Brynn Wheeler, and his four sisters: Braylee, Shaylie, Hallie, and Kylee Wheeler, all of Bainbridge, Ohio; his grandparents, James and Pamela Wheeler of Monticello, Utah;  and Boyd and Sandy Jewkes of Aurora, Utah; as well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday, December 26 at 5:00 pm at the LDS Church at 1918 North Bridge Street in Chillicothe, Ohio.  The family met with friends prior to the services from 3:30-5:00.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 12:00 Noon in the Aurora 2nd LDS Ward Chapel, located at 85 North Main in Aurora, Utah, where friends called for viewing Saturday morning from 10:00 to 11:30 prior to the services.

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

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Thursday, January 4th, 2018

Gerald Gibb

Sterling, UT

Gerald Gibb — our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle — returned to the arms of his loving Heavenly Father on Friday, Dec. 22, 2017. He returned to his eternal home surrounded by his family and their great love. The love he had for them will be sorely missed even as it continues to live on in their hearts and in the legacy he leaves behind.

Gerald will be remembered for his open heart, open mind and his open home, ready at all times to provide a warm welcome for family and friends who came for a short visit, or who sometimes needed to stay longer during hard times.

Gerald was born Dec. 16, 1941, in Cardston, Alberta, Canada, to Fred and Helen Gibb. The family emigrated to Utah in 1949, eventually settling in Sevier County. Gerald, the fourth of 10 children, grew up in Redmond where he menaced school principals and bus drivers.

At 17 years old, he joined the U.S. Army, beginning 22 years of a military career. While serving in Alexandria, Virginia, he met the love of his life, Nellie Mary Miller. The couple were married on June 17, 1960, in Alexandria. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Manti LDS Temple on June 21, 1962.

Gerald talked only occasionally about certain parts of his military service, but the wall of his home on which a trove of medals and honors are displayed speaks volumes as to how profoundly he felt about his service to the nation: He was a dedicated American who held a fierce love for his country.

As a young soldier, Gerald served in Alexandria in the Old Guard. He took part in the funeral services for President John F. Kennedy, and stood guard over the assassinated president’s grave. Later, Gerald served as a crew chief in the 101st Airborne Division, and flew with the 571st Medical Detachment. He filled three tours in Vietnam, and also served in Korea (though not during the Korean Conflict).

After his final Vietnam tour, he served in Colorado Springs where, again with the 571st, he was part of one of the Army’s first MAST Units (Military Assistance to Safety and Traffic).

He also served in Germany and Kansas, where he retired from the Army in 1980. By the time of his retirement, he had received Three Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star with Valor, a Meritorious Service Medal and 26 Air Medals (one of those with Valor).

Gerald worked in the private sector for several more years in Utah before working again for the Army, this time as a private civilian, in Dugway, Utah, until 1990 when he and his family settled down for good in Sterling, Utah.

But, having attained a master’s degree in secondary education, Gerald again went to work. With the South Sanpete School District, he was a teacher at Sanpete Academy, the high school equivalency program at Central Utah Correctional Facility. Gerald retired — this time for real — in 2009.

Retirement gave him more time for the things he loved throughout his life, first and foremost his family. Perhaps a close second were the outdoors and his beloved Manti-La Sal mountains. Gerald almost felt more at home outdoors than indoors, camping, hunting and ATV riding at every opportunity and, as his health declined in later years, sometimes to the chagrin of his wife.

Gerald was a mentor to young men, serving as a Scout leader in every LDS ward he lived in as an adult except during Army deployments.

He was an excellent cook — even if he did burn the gravy from time to time — especially at the barbecue grill where delicious “pageant” turkey was often cooked. Sunday dinner, every Sunday until only recently, was his specialty. His generosity knew almost no bounds.

Preceding Gerald in death were his parents, Fred and Helen Gibb; brothers Walt and Jesse; and a grandson, Derrick Wettstein.

Surviving him are his wife, Nellie; children Gerald Mark Gibb (Kelly), Lori Gibb Wettstein (James), Eileen Gibb O’Brien (John), Jennifer Gibb Thurston, and Megan Gibb Greenwood (Ned); 24 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Viewing and visitation were held Monday, Jan. 1, from 6-8 p.m., and Tuesday, Jan. 2, from 9:30-10:30 p.m., at the Sterling LDS Ward Building. Funeral services were Tuesday, Jan. 2, at 11 a.m. in the Sterling LDS Ward Chapel. Interment in the Sterling City Cemetery. Funeral directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina, Manti. Online guestbook at


Thursday, January 4th, 2018


January 29, 1919 – December 31, 2017


Ruth Beck Christiansen 98 years old, passed away in St. George, Utah on December 31, 2017.  Ruth was born January 29, 1919 in Centerfield, Utah to Newman Joseph Beck and Stella Petrina Myrup Beck she was the first girl and fourth born in a family of 8. She was raised in Centerfield where she learned the value of hard work by working on the family farm and then going home to help her mother prepare meals and clean.  This work ethic followed her throughout her life. She married her sweetheart Harold McNeil Christiansen on October 14, 1937 in Richfield, Utah they were later sealed on August 10, 1951 in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. They were married for 69 years before Harold passed away in 2006. Ruth and Harold enjoyed working in the Manti LDS Temple where they served for many years. Ruth always believed that it was important to treat everyone she came in contact with like family. Her circle of friends is vast and she treasured every one of them. Most important to her was her family. Her legacy is rich and her wise words of wisdom are engraved in our minds. She is loved beyond measure and will surely be missed because she is absolutely one that can’t be replaced. Ruth is survived by three of her six children; Karl (Karen) Christiansen, Randy (Karla) Christiansen, Lana (Dan) Hogan; daughters-in-law, Michelle Christiansen and Jean Christiansen; 22 grandchildren; 68 great-grandchildren and 19 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Harold, daughter Jennie Stilson, sons Howard and Mark Christiansen and a great grandson Jordan Mallory. A gathering and celebration of Ruth’s life will be held January 6, 2018. Viewing will be from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. with  funeral proceeding to be held at 12:00 noon in the Mayfield Ward House. Interment will take place in the Mayfield City Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Rasmussen Mortuary of Mt. Pleasant, Utah. Online condolence


Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Nina Westenskow

1939 – 2017

Redmond, Utah – Our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt, Nina Mae Kesler Westenskow, age 78, went home to Heavenly Father on December 3, 2017.  She passed peacefully at her home in Redmond, surrounded by her family.

Nina was born January 13, 1939 in Redmond, a daughter of Herman and Zell May Sorensen Kesler.

She married Wallace S. Westenskow August 25, 1958 and they were later divorced.

Nina was a member of the LDS Church and was a Temple Worker in the Manti Temple and found much joy in this services.

She is survived by her three daughters: Karin Saunders of Manila; Marcy Hyde and Gail Bailey, both of Redmond; 7 grandchildren: Candace Perier, David John Saunders, Casey Lewis, Curtis Hyde, Camille Guenon, Sean Bailey and Lindsy Bailey and 7 great-grandchildren: Samuel Saunders, Avery Saunders, Myles Perier, Chenelle Hyde, Kay Dee Perier, Donavan Lewis and Wayatt Guenon;  brother and sisters: Jay Sant of Salt Lake City; Sylvia Christiansen of Mayfield and Arlene Christensen of Centerfield.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Zell Kesler; a sister, Kate Marie Sant and a brother, Clarence Christensen.

Graveside services will be held Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. in the Redmond City Cemetery under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah.

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Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

JoeAnn Heath

1936 – 2017


Redmond, Utah – JoeAnn Heath, 81, Redmond, UT died surrounded by her family on the morning of November 22, 2017 at Centerfield, UT after a long struggle with lung cancer.


JoeAnn was born on Friday, February 28, 1936 at 10:51 am in Salina, UT to Blain and Ruby (Meier) Poulson. She married Charles Gail Heath on October 30, 1954 in Salt Lake City, UT and lived a colorful Navy life in Japan, Alaska and California till moving back home to Utah in 1971. Their marriage was solemnized in the St. George LDS Temple March 9, 1996.  Gail passed away November 24, 2010.


JoeAnn graduated from North Sevier High School, then attended Stevens Henager College in Salt Lake City. Many years later she graduated from Snow College with Honors. She was active in the community and served in many church callings over the years and together with Gail, they served an LDS mission at Cove Fort, UT.


She co-authored two Redmond Memories books, volunteered as a campground host at Fish Lake and at the Family History Center in Richfield helping others with their genealogy for many years. Sewing quilts, making “Minky” comforters for every member of her family and playing card games were her passions.


JoeAnn is survived by her brother: Gerry Poulson (Beth); sister: Sharon Peterson (Garret); sons: Randell (Tina), Russell (Mavis) and CG (Brenna); 16 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren (including Charli Rae who she held the day before she passed); and her loving dog, Spunky.


Joe Ann was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Joe and her loving husband Gail.


The family would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the Mission at Community Living Rehabilitation and Assisted Living Center in Centerfield, Utah for the wonderful care that Joe Ann received there during the year she spent with them.


Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 12 Noon in the Redmond 2nd LDS Ward Chapel, 310 West 100 North in Redmond, where friends may call for viewing Friday evening from 6 to 8 P.M. or Saturday morning from 10:00 to 11:30 prior to the services.


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


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Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Clark W. Brunson

1941 – 2017

Aurora, Utah – Our loving husband, father, brother, uncle, grandpa, friend and neighbor; Clark Wendall Brunson, age 75, passed away from complications of multiple myeloma in Gunnison Valley Hospital on November 21, 2017. He was born November 30, 1941 in Fillmore, Utah to George Leo and Nina May Jacobson Brunson.  He married Connie Jean Henrie on April 4, 1975 in the Manti Temple.

He graduated from Millard High School in 1961. Served an LDS mission in Northwestern States mission. Attended college at College of Southern Utah (now SUU). Graduated from cash register school in California. Instructor at Sevier Valley Tech in Richfield Utah. Owned and operated Clark’s Business Machine and Archery Supply in Aurora Utah.  Worked in Sevier County Assessor’s Office for a short time.

He was active in the LDS Church, serving as the Executive Secretary, ward clerk, finance clerk, Sunday school president and second counselor in the Bishopric, and served several years as manager of the Bishop’s Storehouse.

He was an avid hunter and angler.  He was skilled in making his own bows, arrows, and obsidian arrowheads.  Clark tied his own flies for fishing also.  He raised a large garden that attracted people from surrounding towns.  He grafted and budded his own fruit trees and grapes from vintage varieties.

Clark is survived by his wife Connie, of Aurora; children: Clint (Jodie) Brunson of Ogden; Monica (Neal) Stevens of North Logan; grandchildren: Averi, Tate, and Cannon Brunson; Sisters: Gloria MacGregor of Auburn WA; Ina Averson of West Valley City, UT; sister-in-law: Kaye Brunson of Richfield, Utah; and brother-in-law: Rudy Aspiazu of Winnemucca NV.

Preceded in death by parents George Leo and Nina May Brunson; his brother Leo Brunson and his sister Nona Aspiazu.

The family of Clark would like to acknowledge and thank all those who have shared love and compassion for Clark during this last year.  Our family, neighbors, friends, home teachers, visiting teachers, scouts, and leaders who provided transportation, helping hands, food, yard care, visits, faith and prayers, cards, letters, and pictures.  Also for the professional help from Gunnison Valley Hospital and Gunnison Home Health Care and doctors, nurses, therapists, and caregivers.  They have gone the extra mile to make him comfortable.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 12:00 Noon in the Aurora 1st LDS Ward Chapel, 85 North Main Street in Aurora, where friends may call for viewing Saturday morning from 10:00 to 11:30 prior to the services.

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

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Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

McKay Mack Mickelsen

1933 – 2017

Salina, Utah – McKay Mickelsen, wonderful and loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather, brother and good friend to all, age 84, returned to his Heavenly Father on November 8, 2017 surrounded by his loving family at his home in Salina.  He was born September 3, 1933 in Salina, to Fred and Bernice Rasmussen Mickelsen.

McKay or Mack as he was known by his closest friends and co-workers went to school in Salina and graduated from North Sevier High School and then attended BYU  in Provo.  He married the love of his life, Shirley Ann Shaw, December 18, 1952 in the Manti LDS Temple.  They were blessed with six children.

McKay was called into the army in 1953, only five months after his marriage and  he served his country in  California and Baumholder, Germany until 1955.  After his return, he and Shirley lived in Orem for 18 years where he managed service stations.  They then returned to Salina where he worked construction for 30 plus years.  He also worked at the coal mine for a few years.

McKay was well known as a Top Notch Mechanic.  He was also known for having the best garden and most beautiful yard in town.

Dad enjoyed anything outdoors including hunting, fishing and camping, but most of all he loved being with his family.

McKay served in various church callings in the LDS Church.  The one he enjoyed the most was serving a mission with his wife at the Sigurd Cannery.

McKay is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Shirley, of Salina; children: Dennis and Leslie Mickelsen of Beaver; Kent and Kris Mickelsen of Aurora; James (deceased) and Analee Mickelsen of Riverton; Linda and Bart Kiesel of Salina; Cindy and Scott Larsen of Nephi, Fred and Donna Mickelsen of Aurora; 41 grandchildren; 81 great-grandchildren with 2 on the way; and 3 great-great-grandchildren; a brother: Vaun and Mary Kay Mickelsen of Manti; sister-in-law: Colleen Mickelsen of Morgan.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a son, James L. Mickelsen; a great-granddaughter, Sarah Rose Kiesel; sister: LaPreal and brother-in-law, Dick Cary; brother: Lynn Mickelsen; sister-in-law: Ruth Mickelsen.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff of Gunnison Hospital and Gunnison Hospice.  Words cannot express our appreciation for the care and compassion shown to McKay and our family.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 12:00 Noon in the Salina LDS Stake Center, where friends may call for viewing Friday evening from 6 to 8 P.M. or Saturday morning from 10:30 to 11:30 prior to the services.

Burial with military honors accorded by the Salina American Legion Post #36 and the Utah Honor Guard 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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Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Weldon D Johnson

1928 – 2017

Axtell, Utah – Weldon Daniel Johnson, 89, passed away quietly with his family by his side on November 1, 2017. He was born in Fountain Green, Utah June 30, 1928, to Orville Glen and Hazel Lucile Daniels Johnson. Weldon started farming at a young age. He bought his first tractor at age 14.

He met and married his bride, VerDell Nielsen February 17, 1948 in Salt Lake City, Utah. They were blessed with 9 children. VerDell died July 18, 2011.

Weldon later owned his own trucking business hauling livestock. Along with thousands of driven miles across the US came a humorous story. He will be remembered for his quick wit and sense of humor, with attention to detail in the many jokes he shared with family and friends.

He is survived by his children: Diane Chevrier of St. George, Nadine (Randy) Ehardt of Las Vegas, Nevada, Claudia (Blaine) Nielson of Axtell, Sherrie Johnson of St. George, Tonya (Robert) Busker of Orem, Jana Shields of St. George, Layne (Kim) Johnson of Hurricane, 21 grandchildren, 32 great grandkids; 2 Brothers, Randall Johnson of Salina and David Johnson of Elmo; and 2 Sisters, Lily Barney and Shanna Cox, both of Washington State.

Weldon is preceded in death by his mother Hazel, father Orville, wife VerDell, son Gary Johnson and daughter Lynette McIntosh;  and 2 brothers: Glen Johnson and Marvin Johnson.

Funeral services will be held Monday, November 6, 2017 at 12:00 Noon in the Axtell LDS Ward Chapel where friends may call for viewing Monday morning from 10:00 to 11:30 prior to the services.

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

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Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Stella Jensen

Axtell, Utah

Our loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a friend to all and everyone was “Honey” to her, Stella Lee Anderson Frandsen Jensen, 89, passed away October 19, 2017 in Centerfield. She was born August 22,1928 in Ephraim to Lee Roy and Stella Catherine Jensen Anderson. She married James Sherrell Frandsen in 1947, later divorced. Married Jay L. Jensen, March 8, 1957 in Ephraim. He preceded her in death December 29, 2016.

She was a loving mother and homemaker. She was an active member of the LDS Church where she served in the Primary presidency for over 20 years and a visiting teacher for many years. She received the Axtell Pioneer Award. She worked for Utah County as a clerk. And at the Fireside Café in Ephraim. She was the Axtell Post Mistress for 13 years. She loved to sing with a group of her Axtell freinds, who her son nicknamed the “Axtell Swallows”.

She is survived by her children: Douglas (Teresa) Frandsen, San Antonio, TX; Randy (Sharon) Frandsen, Union City, CA: Catherine (Kendall) Bartholomew, Mayfield; Sally Mae (Trent) Nielsen, Salina; Charmaine Lewis, Redmond; 13 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren with 3 on the way; sisters: Valine (Dick) Larsen, Sterling; Elaine Holman, SLC; Janet (Lewis) Garbe, Manti; Laura (Dave) Bradley, Sandy.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Marc Frandsen; son-in-law, Mark Lewis; brother-in-law, Cornell Holman.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 23, 2017at 1:00 p.m. in the Axtell LDS Ward Chapel. Friends may call at the ward chapel in Axtell Sunday evening from 6-8 p.m. or on Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Burial will be in the Centerfield Cemetery. Funeral Directors, Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guest book