Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Mit Burgess

1976 – 2017

Salina, Utah – Franklin Militon “Mit” Burgess, Jr. age 41, died October 17, 2017 in Sturgis, South Dakota. He was born April 26, 1976 in St. George, Utah, a son of Franklin Milton Burgess Sr. and Patricia Ethel Leatherman Burgess.

He married Charity Dawn Fowler, August 23, 1996 in Duchesne, Utah.  They were later divorced.

Mit was a fun-loving, adventurous soul. He enjoyed anything to do with the outdoors-from camping and fishing to working in his garden. He liked going on horse rides, road trips, watching a good movie and spending time with his family and friends. He had a knack for fixing things and always had a project or two in the works. Mit had a contagious smile and made friends everywhere he went. It’s easy to see from those who miss him that his relationships ran long and deep. His greatest joy was his children and he lit up every chance he got to talk about them.

Mit is survived by his two children, Casen Makale Burgess of Cedar City and Shacey Danielle Burgess of Rapid City, South Dakota; his father and step-mother, Frank and Brandi Burgess of Redmond; brothers and sisters: Fawn Burgess, Donald and Desiree Burgess, Bonnie and Aaron Sorenson, all of Salina; Ben and Kylie Burgess of Aurora; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, and close friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Patricia Burgess; his grandparents,
Rodney and Elizabeth Burgess, Donald and Faye Leatherman.

Funeral services will be held Monday, October 23, 2017 at 6:00 P.M. in the Salina LDS Stake Center, 98 West 400 North in Salina, where friends may call for viewing Monday afternoon from 4:00 to 5:30 P.M. prior to the services.

Burial will be Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. in the Utahn Cemetery in Duchesne, Utah, under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah.

In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the Franklin (Mit) Burgess Memorial account that has been established at Wells Fargo Bank.

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Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Wendell Lund Payne

August 4, 1928 – October 12, 2017



Redmond, Utah – Our dear old dad left us on Thursday, October 12th at 11:45 PM.


Dad was born August 4th 1928 to Vernon and Selda Payne. He was the fourth of four children. He would tell his family stories about his Huck Finn childhood, breaking and riding horses, swimming and ice-skating on Redmond Lake, hunting deer up Willow Creek Canyon, and hunting pheasants on horseback near his beloved town of Redmond, Utah.


Dad served in the military shortly after World War II. When he returned home Dad met his beautiful and loving wife Betty Jo Sorenson at a dance at the Red Monto on Redmond Lake. They were later married February 18th 1950.


Mom and Dad raised six kids. His boys would jokingly say dad had four boys but his horse Henry was his favorite son because Henry was the only one that would listen to him. .  Dad always looked forward to the Fall so he could go hunting with his friends and family.  Dad picked up Golf at the age of 60 and golfed nearly every day he could. Mom and Dad loved to travel.  After their retirement they spent their winters in the Palm Springs area, and they went on multiple cruises. They loved British Columbia. He adored his grandkids and loved to bring them along on his adventures every chance he got. He was also a father figure to several other friends and extended family.

Dad was a veteran of the US Army, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and a descendant of Danish Pioneers. He was a member of the Teamsters union local 222. He spent most of his career as a construction supervisor. He was the Quintessential Cowboy, he was hard-edged, loud, unbending, and always right! He hunted, he fished, he traveled, he rode horses and he golfed. He was a great storyteller who remembered everyone’s name and stories from his home town of Redmond, Utah.




Wendell is survived by his wife, Betty Jo Sorensen Payne of Salt Lake City, Children: John & Denise Payne of Salt Lake City, Julie Hardy of Salt Lake City, Lisa & Tom Jensen of Salt Lake City, Glenn & Karen Payne of Redmond, Kendall & Kerrie Payne of Salt Lake City, and Dan & Kim Payne of Salt Lake City. Grandchildren; Jason & Brandy, Kelly, Joelle & James, Patrick & Carlie, Sunnie & Peter, Dax & Katie, Zak, Sarah, Rebecca, Jessica& David, Jake& Melissa, Nic, Ben, Alexandra, Denny, Cassie & Juan, Colton, Skyler, Jessie, Nikki and sixteen Great-Grandchildren.  His sister Venna Hale of Salt Lake City, sister in law Verna Payne of Salt Lake City, and Brother in law Ralph Horne of Orem.


Preceded in death by his parents, his brother Versal and his sister LaRae Horne


Graveside Services with military honors provided by the Utah Honor Guard and the Redmond American Legion Post #118 will be held at the Redmond Cemetery on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 2:00 PM.


Services are under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah.


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Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Joe Springer

1934 – 2017


Salina, Utah – Johannes Hardy “Joe” Springer, age 83, passed away October 13, 2017 in Provo, Utah.    He was born on March 10, 1934 to Johannes Dirk and Adeline Hardy Springer in Fort Benton, Montana.   Joe married Sharon Moss on October 30, 1959 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.


Joe spent his early childhood on his grandfather’s ranch in Geraldine, Montana and loved to visit whenever he could.   He attended elementary school in Salt Lake City.  The family moved to Richfield, Utah in the 40’s and he graduated from Richfield High School with the class of 1953.   He continued his education at BYU, the U of U, and graduated from the School of Mortuary Science at UCLA.    He served an LDS Mission in the Netherlands.


Joe joined his father in the mortuary business in 1959 and owned and operated Springer Turner Funeral Home in Richfield and Salina until his death.   He was an active member of the Utah Funeral Directors Association where he served for many years on the board of directors, and as the President from 1991 to 1992.


Joe was heavily involved in his community of Salina, and the surrounding areas. He served many years as an EMT, and an EMT trainer. He helped start the first ambulance service that served the Salina area. He served on the Salina City Council, and he volunteered in many local organizations including the Jaycees, Lions Club and American Legion.    He also served in the Utah Air National Guard.   He was a member of the LDS Church where he served as a Bishop and many other callings in his local ward.  Joe loved people, and took any opportunity to serve and or socialize.


Joe loved spending time with his family.  He enjoyed being outdoors.   He liked hunting, fishing and 4-wheeling with his sons, and he had a special love for boating on Lake Powell.


Joe is survived by his wife Sharon Springer of Salina;  sons: Kelly (Ellen) Springer of Delta;  Gaylan (Kristen) Springer of Delta; Blake Springer of Salina;  His sister Claudia (Norris) Cook of Torrey;  11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren.


He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Cherry Eastmond; daughters: Sheila Springer; Linda Jacobsen.


The Family would like to thank the Cardiac ICU at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center for the loving care of our father.  –  Especially Phil.


Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM, on Wednesday October 18, 2017 at the Salina Stake Center at 98 West 400 North, Salina, Utah.   Friends may call for viewing at the stake center on Tuesday October 17 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM or on Wednesday from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM prior to the service.


Burial with military honors provided by the Salina American Legion Post #36 are under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah.


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Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Philip C Davis

Salina, Utah

Philip Charles Davis, 79, of Salina, passed away October 5, 2017 in Centerfield after struggling for years with Alzheimers Disease and congestive heart failure. He was born August 3, 1938 in Salem, Utah to Ted and Eva Epperson Davis. He married Marilou Smith May 9, 1969 in Elko, Nevada.

Phil came from a large extended family who loved and supported each other in all they each did throughout their lives. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy where he was a welder on submarines and was stationed in San Diego. He worked as a lab tech for UDOT for many years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his brother Randy and brother-in-law, Kirk. Any trips to Lake Powell with his family were greatly anticipated and were highlights of the year.

Phil is survived by his loving wife, Marilou of Salina; daughters: Vickie (Shane) Moore, Sparks, NV; Julie (Adam) Ronan, Centerfield; grandchildren: Austin, Makaela, Travis, Kylee; great-granddaughter: Charlotte; siblings: David (Linda) Jackman, Jane (Glen) Hatch, Diana Jackman, Kathy (John) Jensen, Randy (Gloria) Jackman. He is preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Kaij; siblings: Bonnie, Betty, Gay.

Cremation services have taken place. The family is planning a memorial service later in the spring at a favorite place in the mountains. Funeral Directors, Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guest book


Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Maurine H. Jensen

Salina, Utah

Maurine Harward Jensen, 65, passed away October 1, 2017 at her home in Salina. She was born February 16, 1952 in Gunnison, Utah to Clyde Henry and Iva Beth Tollstrup Harward.

She was a great sister, mom, grandma and friend. Maurine loved spending time with her grandkids. She worked many years in area cafe’s as a waitress making many new friends and acquaintances.

She is survived by children: Cameron (Caroline) Higgins, Kenley Higgins, Staci (Cody) Blonquist, Kendra (Jed) Edgel, Lindsay Jensen (Matt) Peterson; 10 grandchildren; 1 great-granddaughter and expecting a great-grandson in November; siblings: Sheron (Sheree) Harward, Clark (Noreece) Harward, Denzil Harward; brother-in-law: Reid Sorensen She is preceded in death by her parents; sister: Jewel Sorensen.

Graveside services and interment will take place on Friday, October 6, 2017 at 12:00 Noon in the Gunnison City Cemetery. Funeral Directors, Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online Guest book


Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Eric O. Christensen

1945 – 2017

Redmond, Utah – Our beloved brother, uncle, cousin and friend, Eric Owen Christensen, age 72, of Redmond, passed away September 26, 2017 in Centerfield, Utah.

He was born June 4, 1945 in Salina, Utah, a son of Owen Duane and Elva Lee Mickelsen Christensen.

He graduated from North Sevier High School, Class of 1963 and then he attended Snow College in Ephraim, where he graduated with a degree in Arts.  He served an LDS Mission to Hawaii and after his mission he went to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City where he graduated with a degree in Arts.

Eric was a member of the LDS Church.  He was a florist and had a flare for designing interesting and entertaining floral arrangements.  He lived and worked in Hawaii as a florist for 40 years, where he decorated many of the fancy hotels and catered many parties and dinners.  He was extremely talented in his floral designs and was very much in demand with his floral arrangements on the islands.  He returned to Sevier County shortly after the death of his father in 2002 and he worked at Anderson Floral and Garden Center in Richfield for 15 years, until he retired.   He enjoyed gardening, doing crafts and handiwork and designing floral arrangements.

He enjoyed camping and spending time with his brothers and their families.

Eric is survived by his brother, Ryan and Verlene Christensen of Santa Clara, Utah; sister-in-law: Sandra Dee Christensen of Redmond, Utah; numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Owen and Elva Christensen; and his brother, Dirk Duane Christensen.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. in the Redmond Cemetery.  Friends may visit with the family at the Springer Turner Funeral Home in Salina, Saturday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 prior to the services.

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

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Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Gwenyth Crane

Salina, Utah

Gwenyth Jae Jensen Crane, 89 was called home September 9, 2017, gaining the heavenly blessings she so much deserved. She passed away in Salt Lake City surrounded by her family. Gwenyth was born July 24, 1928 to Orval Charles and Ethel Jolley Jensen in Provo, Utah. She grew up in Redmond, Utah with her two sisters and one brother. She attended BYU earning a bachelor degrees in elementary education and music.She married John Burton Crane “JB” on May 19, 1950 in the Manti Temple. They made their home in Salina, Utah where they raised three children. She taught for many years in both elementary and high school, instilling in her students the love of learning she always had.

Gwenyth was well known for her musical talents, sharing them with many vocal groups, church programs, weddings, funerals, and school functions. Not only was she a very accomplished pianist, she also played the accordion. She was a talented writer and shared book reports with many organizations. She loved serving in the Manti Temple and as a missionary at Cove Fort, but her greatest joy was her family. Her favorite times were spent with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Gwenyth is survived by her daughters: Johneen (Larry) Anderson and Shelley (Rick) Pingree; 13 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren with 2 more on the way; sister, Sheree (Sheron) Harward; and brother, Farrell (Valleen) Jensen.

Preceded in death by her husband; son, Kurt Crane; sister and brother-in-law, RueLeen and Fred Sheppard; 2 nieces and 1 nephew.

We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to At Home Hospice of Salina and The Lodge Hospice in Salt Lake for their compassionate care of out sweet mother. A special thank you to her sister, Sheree, who was always there to help her with anything she needed.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the Salina LDS Stake Center, 98 West 400 North Salina, Utah. Friends may call at the stake center in Salina Friday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. or Saturday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Salina Eastside Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at


Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Clyde Coates

Gunnison, Utah

Clyde A Coates passed away peacefully in the Nephi Heritage Hills Care Center on September 7, 2017 at the age of 81 years old. He was born in Centerfield, Utah on August 22, 1936 to Clarence Hyrum Coates and Laura Jane Metcalf.

Clyde graduated from Gunnison Valley High School in 1955. He married his best friend and love of his life, Saundra Verna Andreason, June 26, 1959 in Salina. They were sealed in the Manti Temple on June 9, 1962. He farmed with his dad and brothers and carried on farming and ranching traditions as his father and fathers before. He was blessed with five wonderful children, 20 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank the many doctors, nurses, and social workers, Nephi Heritage Care Center and Bristol Hospice workers. He will be remembered as a very loving grandfather, hard worker, loving husband and concerned father.

He is survived by his wife, Saundra, of Gunnison; children: Gaylene (Lance) Dobish; Clyde Jr. (Lori) Coates, Lyle (Sherrie) Coates, Coalette (KC) Bedke and Evan (Stephanie “Skipper”) Coates; siblings: Mary Pavich, Cleve Coates, Boyd (Wilma) Coates, Zada (James) Gates, Marge Coates, Clara Coates.

Preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law: Ray Durnndal and Verna Wyroa Larsen Andreason; siblings: Guy Metcalf Coates, Nola Ashton, Laura Faye Coates, Wyona Coates; brother-in-law, John Pavich; sister-in-law: Geneal Coates, grandson: Conner A Coates; great-grandchildren: Caden C. Coates and Carston E. Coates.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the Centerfield LDS Chapel. Friends may call at the ward chapel in Centerfield Friday from 6-8 p.m. or Saturday from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Gunnison City Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at


Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Gordon L. Kiesel

1934 – 2017

Salina, Utah – In the early morning of August 18, 1934, a 14 pound baby boy was born to LeRoy Peter and Cleo Crane Kiesel. He grew up to be 6’4″ and over 200 pounds who later in life became the Chief of Police for Salina City for over 30 years. He passed away September 2, 2017 at his home in Salina, surrounded by those he loved and who loved him.

Gordon grew up with his sisters Gayle and Shirley, and brother Kendal. Gordon was an achiever early in life. He attended North Sevier High School where he excelled in sports and played basketball on the Varsity Team. He graduated in 1952. He attended Snow College where he was active in sports, including basketball and football. Out of college he worked at various jobs, including ranching, truck driving, and managing the Conoco Station.

He married Evelyn Jensen in 1953. They had four children; Steven, Bart, Marsha, and Mary. They later divorced. He married Margaret Harward on January, 14, 1977 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Later solemnized in the Manti LDS Temple on April 15, 2000. They have enjoyed 40 years of life together.

Salina City asked Gordon to be a part time officer, then in the 60’s, he became the Chief of Police. Gordon had numerous experiences in different disputes in his job. He was instrumental in the capture of numerous suspects in cases ranging from burglary to a plane accident which he was a passenger in that crashed at Accords Lake. He and the pilot suffered minor cuts and bruises and back problems that continued through his life. But, Gordon considered himself and the pilot lucky to have walked away.

Gordon is a second generation law enforcement officer since his father served as the Salina City Marshall for several years. One of Gordon’s proudest moments was when a Grandson (Allen) followed their footsteps to work with the law. Gordon was a member of the Salina Fire Department for 29 years. On two occasions in his life he wore two hats’ Chief of Police and Fire Chief. He has a son-in-law, Paul, and Grandson Allen who serve on the Fire Department. Allen continues in law enforcement at the Gunnison Prison. Gordon’s dad was also in the Fire Department along with his oldest son Steven. Gordon has worked with all enforcement offices in the state as well as out of state. Gordon was also involved with the Utah State Peace Officers Association from 1983-1990, serving as Region H Board of Directors, Sergeant of Arms, Vice President, and President. While serving in the UPOA, he and 39 of his fellow officers built a new building for the UPOA Offices.

Gordon was instrumental in re-organizing the North Sevier Jeep Posse in the 1980’s. Gordon coached little league for many years and also worked with Special Olympics.  He and his two sons had a fleet of trucks which they operated together.

Gordon and Margaret served an 18 month mission for the LDS Church at Cove Fort. In 1997, Gordon retired from Salina City. While on vacation in Seattle, Washington, he was hit in the pedestrian lane which he sustained several injuries. In 1998, Gordon suffered a debilitating stroke. He had severe paralysis and had difficulty in speaking clearly. He partially recovered but still had paralysis on the right side. He had many hospital stays over the years, but always came back to enjoy life. He never complained about his condition.

They enjoyed the cabin that Gordon built at Accords Lake. It was the highlight of his life, he loved going every weekend and whenever he could. Many of his Law Enforcement friends enjoyed spending time there as well. Hunting season was one of his favorite times spent at the cabin with all of his family there. He enjoyed the fall and the color changes on the mountain.

Gordon and Margaret traveled extensively in their motor home and enjoyed many trips together. They later purchased a home in Hurricane where they enjoyed the warm winter months. Gordon could get on his scooter and ride around the cul-de-sac where they lived. Gordon received the best care anyone could ever imagine. Margaret never left his side and made sure that he was well cared for. She gave him many extra years of life because of the love and excellent care she provided to him. He passed away peacefully by her side on September 2, 2017.

Gordon is survived by his wife, Margaret. Children: Steven (Becky) Kiesel, Bart (Linda) Kiesel, Marsha Kiesel, Mary (Paul) Velesguez. Step children: DeAnn (Keith) Jensen, Jerry (Amy) Harward, Stefanie Harward, and Paula (Paul) Martin; 20 Grandchildren, 44 Great Grandchildren, a puppy and four cats. He was proud of all of them and especially watching them achieve success in their lives and the little greats that would visit and wrap their little arms around his neck and say, I love you.

Preceded in death by his parents; two baby daughters; sisters and brother; a Granddaughter and a Great Granddaughter. Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. in the Salina LDS Stake Center, where friends may call for viewing Friday evening from 6 to 8 P.m. or Saturday morning from 9:00 to 10:30 prior to the services.

Burial with honors accorded by the Salina Police Department, the Salina Fire Department, the Sevier County Sheriff’s Department and the Sevier County Search and Rescue 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, September 7th, 2017

Johnny Goble

1959 – 2017

Gunnison, Utah – Our Super hero, Johnny Alan Goble returned home on August 30, 2017 in Murray Utah after a hard fought battle with cancer, surrounded by those who loved and cherished Him.

Johnny was born on October 8, 1959 in Mount Pleasant Utah, a son of Boyd Earl and Margaret Marie Johnson Goble. He grew up  and attended schools in the Gunnison Valley. He graduated from Gunnison Valley High School in 1977 where he was active in FFA, the music and drama programs, wrestling and baseball.

Johnny was active in the LDS church and served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the California, Ventura Mission. After his mission he attended Snow College where he met the love of his life Jodi Rae Ellett.  After only 11 days of dating he knew she was the one and asked her to marry him. They were sealed for time and all eternity on July 18, 1981 in the Manti LDS temple.

John and Jodi are the proud parents of four children. Johnny was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to spend his time out hunting with his boys, fishing with his kids and grandkids and riding his horses. His greatest joy in life was his 7 grandchildren. Johnny was a happy, go-lucky, fun loving guy. He was a jokester and always made sure everyone was laughing.

Johnny is survived by his eternal sweetheart Jodi of Gunnison; his children: Jessica (Craig) Boren of Payson; Jordan (Kami) Goble of Gunnison; Justin (Rebecca) Goble of Eagle Mountain; Janessa (Shyanne) Goble of Orem; his grandchildren, Brady, Mckenzie, Zackery, Eli and Mckell Boren and Hunter and Skyler Goble; his Mother, Margaret Goble of Gunnison UT; Siblings: Jeffery (ShyAnn) Goble of Gunnison; Laurie (Jeff) Morrison of Payson UT; mother-in-law: Karen Rae Giles Ellett of Bicknell.

He is preceded in death by his father, Boyd Goble, brother Jimmy Goble and Father-in-law R. Sheldon Ellett.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, September 5,  2017 at 11:00 A.M. in the Gunnison LDS Stake Center, 80 West Center in Gunnison where friends may call for viewing on Monday evening, September 4,  from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. or Tuesday Morning from 9:00 to 10:30 A.M. prior to the services.

Interment will take place in the Gunnison City Cemetery under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah.

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