Matt Long – Obituary

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

MatthewLong1973 – 2015

Las Vegas, Nevada/Salina, Utah – Matthew Merton Long, age 41, of Las Vegas, Nevada, passed away Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 in Las Vegas.

He was born Sept. 5, 1973 in Cedar City, Utah, a son of John Duane and Marsha Ann Mitchell Long. Before the family moved to Sevier County in 1980, Matt was enrolled in the Ruby Thomas School for the Deaf in Las Vegas from age 3 to age 8.   Matt then attended schools in both Richfield and Salina. He enjoyed playing many sports including Little League, basketball, and being on the North Sevier High School Golf Team.

After having lived in Sevier County for 11 years where he was surrounded by good friends and family, Matt moved to Las Vegas and resided there since 1991.  He achieved “Star Performance” status at the New York-New York Hotel where he was employed for 18 years.

His passions included Motocross, golfing, hunting, and he was a whiz at technology. Matt especially loved spending time with his family and friends. He was thoughtful and kind to all, had a contagious smile and a fun personality that drew people toward him which enabled him to make friends where ever he went.

He is survived by his parents; John D. Long of Salina; Marsha M. and Mike Petty of Parowan; brother and sisters who loved him very much: John M. Long, Jamie and Kenny O’Connell, all of Las Vegas, Nevada; Katie and Scott Gourdin of Gilbert, Arizona, 6 nieces and 2 nephews; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

We will all miss him dearly.

Funeral services will be held  Saturday, March 14, 2015, at 1:00 P.M. in the Salina LDS Stake Center, 98 West 400 North  in Salina, Utah, where friends may call for viewing from 10:00 to 12:30 prior to the services.

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

On line guest book at: www.springerturner.com

 

 

 

Marjorie C. Jensen – Obituary

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
Marjorie C. Jensen

Marjorie C. Jensen

1921 – 2015

Salina, Utah – Our kind and beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, Marjorie Crane Jensen, age 94. of Salina, passed away on February 9, 2015 in Pleasant Grove, Utah.  She was born February 13, 1921 in Redmond, Utah, a daughter of Roland Smith and Elva Geneva Breinholt Crane.  She graduated from North Sevier High School, Class of 1939 and then attended BYU in Provo for one and a half years.  She married her sweetheart, Robert Soren Jensen, November 20, 1944 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.  He died March 10, 2003.

Marjorie was a very active member of the LDS Church.  She loved our Savior Jesus Christ and had a strong testimony.  She served many years in the gospel in various callings.  She loved Family History Work and served for 21 years at the Family History Center in Richfield.

She grew a beautiful vegetable garden every year, and enjoyed sharing her harvest with others.  She loved her family very much.  She loved to sew and especially loved to make quilts for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her children: Geraldine and Wayne Cottle of Snowflake, Arizona; Janice and Randy Bristow of Orem; Margene and Gerald Mellor of Fayette; Brent and Carolyn Jensen of Midland, Michigan; Paul and Inalee Jensen of Salina; 21 grandchildren; 58 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law: Eugene and Nancy Jensen, Elva and Mardell Jensen, all of Centerfield.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a daughter, Maxine Jensen; a granddaughter, Lori Jensen; a brother and a sister: Roger Crane; LerLynn and Earl Sampson.

The family would like to thank the Staff and Branch Presidency of Alpine Valley Care Center, and Tender Care Hospice for the love and compassionate care they have show our dear Mom.

Funeral services will be held Friday, February 20, 2015 at 12 Noon in the Salina 2nd LDS Ward Chapel, 85 South 100 East in Salina.  Friends may call for viewing at the Springer Turner Funeral Home in Salina, Thursday evening from 6 to 7 P.M. or Friday 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.

On line guest book at: www.springerturner.com

 

Phyllis Jensen Thiessens – Obituary

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
Phyllis Jensen Thiessens

Phyllis Jensen Thiessens

1930 – 2015

Our lovely Mother, Sister, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother passed away peacefully,

surrounded by her family, on February 8, 2015. Following husband Hank and son Dennis, she leaves behind a loving family and many friends who will cherish her memory. She is the daughter of Vontess and Keogh Jensen of Redmond, Utah.

Please join us for a short service at St. Marks’ Cathedral on Friday February 20, 2015 at 11:00 am. 231 E 100 S. Salt Lake City. Family and close friends are welcome to gather and reminisce at Phyllis’ home (2246 E. 2700 S. SLC) following the service.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation in her name to the Salt Lake Rescue Mission, a charity she supported generously.

Josephine C. Williams – Obituary

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
Josephine C. Williams

Josephine C. Williams

1925 – 2015

Salina, Utah – Our kind and beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, Josephine Ann Chidester Williams, age 89, passed away February 22, 2015 in Richfield, Utah.  She was born June 3, 1925 in Redmond, Utah, a daughter of Lorus Pratt and Kjersten “Kate” Marie Sorensen Chidester.  She married Walter A. Williams, April 13, 1946 in Richfield, Utah.  Their marriage was later solemnized in the Manti LDS Temple.  He died July 9, 1996.

Jo was an active member of the LDS Church, serving as a Primary Teacher and Relief Society Teacher.  She served as President of the Salina Senior Citizens for four years.

Jo enjoyed embroidery, crocheting, sewing, canning, making blankets, making candy and decorating cakes.  She was the owner of a ceramic shop in Salina for several years.

She is survived by her children: JoAnn and Ron Greene of Ephraim; Ray and Linda Chidester of Scipio; Keith LeFevre of Draper; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two daughters: Kathy LeFevre and Betty Lou Allen; five sisters and two brothers: Mable DeSpain; Grace Martin; Mary Formo; Clifford Chidester, Orland Chidester; Syble Christensen and Gloria Keele.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 12 Noon in the Salina LDS Stake Center, 95 West 400 North in Salina, where friends may call for viewing Wednesday morning from 10:30 to 11:30 prior to the services.

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

On line guest book at: www.springerturner.com

 

Twilla Peterson – Obituary

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
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Twilla Peterson

1923 – 2015

Salina, Utah – Our kind and beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and friend, Twilla Marie Christensen Peterson, age 91, of Salina, passed away March 2, 2015 in Richfield.  She was born September 23, 1923 in Redmond, Utah, a daughter of John and Josephine Madsen Christensen.

She graduated from North Sevier High School.

Twilla married Thad Reed Peterson, December 17, 1943 in Richfield, Utah.  He died July 6, 1997.

She was a member of the LDS Church, serving as a Relief Society Visiting Teacher, Compassionate Services Leader and was overseer of the quilting in the Salina 1st Ward.   She served as a Cub Scout Leader.

Twilla enjoyed fishing, camping, gardening and she made beautiful tricot quilts.  She enjoyed crocheting, embroidery, sewing, camping and family activities.  She loved her social life with the Birthday Club.  Twilla had a sense of humor and was quite spunky.  She loved all her grandkids and kept up with what everybody was doing.

Twilla is survived by her children: Kathy and James Thompson of Manti; Connie and Allen Hyatt of Cleveland; Sherri (Reed J. deceased) Peterson of Salina; 11 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; 7 great-great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law: Allen Poulson of Richfield.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son; and all her siblings: Pharise Larsen, Maurine Russell; Joy Poulson, Juanita Olsen, Eldon Christensen, Vannoy Christensen, Howard Christensen and Leland Christensen.

Funeral services will be held Friday, March 6, 2015 at 12:00 Noon in the Salina LDS Stake Center, 98 West 400 North in Salina.  Friends may call for viewing at the Springer Turner Funeral Home, 150 East Main Street in Salina, Thursday evening from 6 to 8 P.M. or at the Stake Center Friday morning from 10:30 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, Utah.

On line guest book at: www.springerturner.com

 

 

 

Jason M. Yardley – Obituary

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
Jason M. Yardley

Jason M. Yardley

1976 – 2015

Aurora, Utah – It’s with heavy hearts we say good-bye to our amazing husband, father, son, brother, nephew, grandson, cousin and friend.  Jason Mel Yardley, age 38, passed away February 10, 2015 at his home in Aurora.   He fought the hardest battle of his life these past 5 years with Oral Cancer. He led by example, lived with honor, and is a light in the center of the darkest storm. He was born October 10, 1976 in Richfield, Utah, a son of Melvin Walter and Debra Jean Jensen Yardley.  He graduated from North Sevier High School, Class of 1995.  He received his Associate of Science Degree from Snow College; his Bachelor’s Degree from Brigham Young University and his Masters Degree from the American Military University.

Jason married Heather Aspen Simpson, September 28, 2002 in the Manti LDS Temple.

As a career Officer in the US Air Force, Captain Jason M. Yardley (Retired) C130 Pilot, served two tours in Kuwait and in Operation Iraqi Freedom.  His last assignment was Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas.

Jason was an active member of the LDS Church.  He completed his Eagle Scout at a very young age, served an honorable mission to Texas San Antonio Spanish Speaking Mission from 1996 to 1998.  He served as Sunday School President, Sunday School Teacher, Young Men’s Advisor and Home Teacher.

Jason liked any and everything with speed: motorcycles, cars, planes and sports, especially the NFL.

He lived his life for his family and loved doing everything with them.  We will love and miss him forever.  We have been privileged to have him in our lives.  We are eternally grateful for having had him in our lives.

Jason is survived by his wife, Heather; his four sons: Dylan, Jackson, Kellen and Harrison; his parents, Mel and Debra Yardley, all of Aurora; brothers: Jaren and Pam Yardley of Richfield; Justin and Janet Yardley, and their son, Zachary, of Scottsdale, Arizona; grandmother, Carolyn Jensen of Redmond, Utah.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Dale Jensen, Howard and Mary Yardley; his in-laws: Heath Simpson and Karen Cox; an uncle, Richard Chris Jensen and a nephew, Aaron Yardley.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 12 Noon in the Aurora 2nd LDS Ward Chapel, 85 North Main Street, where friends may call for viewing Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 P.M. or Wednesday morning from 10:30 to 11:30 prior to the services.

Burial with the Patriot Guard escorts and military honors accorded by the Salina American Legion Post #36 and the Utah Honor Guard will be in the Aurora City Cemetery under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah.

On line guest book at: www.springerturner.com

 

Dennis G. Mason Obituary

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Dennis G. Mason

Aurora, Utah

Dennis G. Mason, 71, passed away peacefully January 20, 2015, in his home in Aurora. He was born October 9, 1943 in Salina to Glenn and Ora Mason. He married his sweetheart, Deanna Joyce Tobler, February 5, 1965 in Richfield.

Dennis spent is entire life in Sevier County where he worked at the Sufco Mine and enjoying what he called “God’s Country”.

Dennis fully loved his family, his cowboy friends, and the outdoors. His passion was hunting, camping and spending days in the saddle on the desert chasing wild horses.

Dennis was always found at 10 am near the Premium in Salina getting a “Fix” and then doing his chores with his close buddies.

He loved his grandkids and teaching them the beauty of the outdoors.

Dennis was a very strong man and had a wonderful heart. He battled cancer many times over his years with the thoughtful help of his loving wife Joyce.

Dennis is survived by his loving wife, Joyce: children: Scott (Cinda) Mason, Richfield; Angie (Walt) Merchant, Aurora; Heather (Rick) Torgerson, Salina; Chance Mason, St. George; grandchildren: Drake (Shakari) Mason, Karolann (Jordan) Jones, Mika Mason, Morgan (Josh) Houghton, Dylan (Joquelle) Merchant, Carsyn Merchant, Chayce Merchant, Kyler Yardley, Kaylie Yardley, Peyton Torgerson, Mayci Torgerson, Trey Torgerson, Cale Torgerson; 6 great-grandchildren:

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Carl Mason, Versel J. Mason; and life long friend Denny Thurston.

The family would like to thank Gunnison Valley Home Health and Hospice for their loving care during his passing.

Funeral services will be held Friday, January 23, 2015 at 12:00 Noon in the Salina Stake Center, 98 West 400 North, where friends may call Thursday from 6-8 p.m. and Friday from 10:00-11:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Aurora Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at www.maglebymortuary.com

 

Fonda Shaw Kennedy Obituary

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Fonda Shaw Kennedy

1929 – 2015

Aurora, Utah – Our kind and beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister, Fonda Shaw Kennedy, age 85, passed away on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at her home in Aurora.  She was born August 10, 1929 in Aurora, a daughter of William Hartley and Mary Jeanette Shaw.  She graduated from North Sevier High School.  She married the love of her life, Evan Neil Kennedy, November 17, 1948 in Aurora.  Their marriage was solemnized in the Manti LDS Temple, July 20, 1957.

She was an active member of the LDS Church, serving as the Young Womens Secretary, Relief Society Secretary and a Visiting Teacher.

She enjoyed fishing, camping with her family, bowling, quilting and crocheting.  She has always loved babies, especially her grandchildren.  Since Evan retired, whenever  you saw Fonda, you usually saw Evan.  They were always together.

She is survived by her loving husband, Evan, of Aurora; children: Jeanette and Newell Anderson of Gunnison; Sharon and DeVere Sudweeks of Aurora; Loretta and Steve Bagley of Huntington; Boyd and Nancy Kennedy of Aurora; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; sister: Roa and Wendell Mason of Aurora; sister-in-law: Mary Shaw of Salina.

She was preceded in death by her parents: William H. and Mary J. Harding Shaw; parents-in-law: Earl and Ethel Oliver Kennedy; brothers and sisters: Utahna Ainsworth, Deon Taylor, Etha Hansen, Leo Shaw, Vern Shaw, Lois Jones, Carol Shaw,  and Gail Shaw; brothers and sisters-in-law: Leone Murray, Verge Kennedy and Boyd Kennedy.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 12:00 Noon in the Aurora 1st LDS Ward Chapel.  Friends may call for viewing at the Aurora 1st Ward, Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 P.M. or Thursday morning from 10:30 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.

On line guest book at: www.springerturner.com

Howard Jensen Obituary

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
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Howard Jensen

1941 – 2014

Howard Jensen, age 73, died December 13, 2014 at his home in Bloomington, Indiana. He was born November 12, 1941 in Salina, Utah, a son of Valton James and Veda Ann Jensen. He grew up in the tiny town of Redmond, Utah, where he saw a children’s theatre production during his early childhood. Ultimately, that experience lead him to pursue a career in theater. After receiving an undergraduate degree from the University of Utah, he spent two years on active duty in the US Army. Subsequently, he received his M.A. from the University of California, Davis and his Ph.D. in Theatre from WayneStateUniversity, where he was an actor in the renown Hilberry Theatre. Howard joined the faculty of the Department of Theatre and Drama at IndianaUniversity, Bloomington in 1972. In 1976, he was appointed head of the department’s acting and Directing Program. The ultimate strength and national recognition of that program was due in no small measure to Howard Jensen’s leadership.

During his career at Indiana, Howard directed scores of plays including: A Streetcar Named Desire, that opened the new Brown County Playhouse in 1977; and Death Of A Salesman, that opened the Ruth Halls Theatre in 2001 in the Lee Norvelle Theatre and DramaCenter. Prior to joining the faculty at IndianaUniversity, he was an actor and founding member of the Utah Shakespearean Festival and later directed more than a dozen productions for the company. He was also a visiting director at such distinguished theatre festivals as the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. And, on occasion, he continued to work as an actor with the Indiana Repertory Theatre.

How’s numerous awards and honors are indicative of his impact on the theatre locally, regionally and nationally. In 1989 he was honored by Arts Indiana as a “State Arts Treasure”, in 2001 the Utah Shakespearean Festival named him one of the 40 most “illustrious persons who have illuminated our lives,” and in 2002 he received the Indiana University Trustee’s Teaching Award.

Howard will always be remembered as a talented artist and teacher by his students, colleagues, and long-time friends, both inside and outside IndianaUniversity. He died peacefully, thanks to Hospice and especially his care-giver/nurse Allison Tomusk.

He is survived by his brother, Dale and Carol Jensen; sisters: Beverly Markos, Donna Vee and Leland Sorensen; close friend, Julie Jensen, and the many theatre students who were inspired by his talent, dedication and love of theatre.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Valton Ross Jensen; three sisters and two brothers-in-law: Virginia Grendahl, Elaine and Sidney Safron, Doris and Wallace Caldwell and James Markos.

Contributions in Howard’s memory and in support of classical theatre may be made to the Howard Jensen Endowment Fund at the Indiana University Foundation.

 

Brent L Taylor – Obituary

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015
Brent Taylor

Brent L. Taylor

Our beloved husband, father, grandfather (papa), son, brother, uncle, and friend Brent L Taylor, age 68, returned to his Heavenly Father at his home in Levan, Utah on December 29th, 2014.

Brent was born on March 19th, 1946 in Salina, UT to George Glen and Effie Novella Madsen Taylor. He was the fifth of five children, and being the youngest was “over-loved” during his childhood.

Brent married Barbara Burr on November 27th, 1964. He later married Pamela Clare Smith on December 24th, 1985 and they were later sealed in the Manti Utah Temple on March 27th, 1993.

Brent graduated from North Sevier High School in 1964 and later continued his education at Weber State University, graduating with a Bachelors degree in Accounting.

Brent was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, serving in various positions including Stake High Counselor, Bishopric 2nd Counselor, YSA Branch Clerk, and most recently serving a full-time mission at the Heber Valley Girls Camp. Brent also served on the Levan Town Council, actively involved in the Levan Main Street Reconstruction Project.

Brent worked in a wide variety of fields in the workplace, including farming, accounting, auditing, construction, sales, and management. He retired from Hilfiker Retaining Walls after working almost 30 years in selling, coordinating, and managing projects around the world as well as serving on the Board of Directors for Visionary Products Inc.

Brent maintained a sincere love for nature, including loving the mountains and outdoors, being an avid hunter, and sustaining his passion for gardening, which was recognized across the state including publications of his novel drip watering system. Perhaps the most important aspect of Brent’s gardening was the opportunity to share the “fruits of his labor” with his friends and family, who will truly miss the fresh fruits and vegetables each year.

Of all these defining aspects of Brent’s life, there can be no greater love than he had for his family. His life is truly defined by the many acts of service, love, and time spent with his family!

Brent was preceded in death by his parents, George Glen and Effie Novella Madsen Taylor, his sister Cloeen Taylor, and his son Troy L Taylor.

Brent is survived by his loving wife Pamela; his children Marlene (Mike) Swasey, Trent (Dani) Taylor, JC (Annee) Reynolds, George (Kimberlee) Reynolds, Monette (Troy) Christensen, Valerie (Matt) Throckmorton, Arthur Reynolds, Morgan (Caroline) Taylor, and Pamela Joy (Chris) Johnson; 34 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren; and his siblings Maxine Adams, Mavis Bastian, and Garry Taylor.

Funeral services will be held Monday, January 5th, 2015 at 12:00pm (noon) in the Nephi LDS Stake Center, 351 North 100 West, Nephi, UT. Family and friends may call for viewing Sunday evening from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Anderson Funeral Home, 94 West 300 North, Nephi, UT and Monday morning from 10:00am to 11:00am at the Nephi LDS Stake Center. Internment will be in the Levan Town Cemetery after the funeral services.