Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Obituary Notice

Jennie Lynn Stilson


Jennie Lynn Christiansen Stilson passed away peacefully at her home on March 8, 2017 with her family and loved ones surrounding her after a brief, struggle with cancer.  She was born on October 25, 1954 in Mayfield, Utah to Harold McNeil and Ruth Beck Christiansen.

In her early years, she enjoyed spending time doing anything with family and friends.  She loved outdoor activities and sporting events and anything else her children were involved in.  Jennie loved learning and graduated from Snow College.  She shared this love of learning with her children and those around her.  She was a veracious reader and even spent time as a school librarian.

Jennie was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  She served in many church callings and capacities over the years and enjoyed sharing her testimony with those around her.  Her greatest calling and joy in life was motherhood.

She married Blaine Stilson on June 30, 1973 in the Manti, Utah LDS Temple where they were sealed for time and eternity.  Jennie is survived by her husband Blaine, her four children; Jason and Mindy Stilson of St. George, Brandon and Shanna Stilson of Santaquin, Chelsie and Sean Wasden of Nampa, Idaho, and Shan and Haleigh Stilson of St. George; her mother Ruth Beck Christiansen of Mayfield, Utah, and 19 grandchildren.  She is also survived by her two brothers and sister; Karl Christiansen, Randy Christiansen and Lana Hogan.

She is preceded in death by her father Harold Christiansen and brothers, Mark and Howard Christiansen.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the LDS Morningside Stake Center, 879 S. River Rd. in St. George, Utah.   A viewing will be held on Friday, March 10, 2017 at Spilsbury Mortuary from 5 to 7 p.m., and again on Saturday, March 11, 2017 proceeding the funeral at the LDS Morningside Stake Center from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m.  Interment will be at the St. George Cemetery under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary.

Family and friends are invited to sign Jennie’s online guestbook at


Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Paul Caldwell

Gunnison, Utah

Paul Anthony Caldwell, 84, passed away March 7, 2017, in Gunnison. He was born May 17, 1932, to LeRoy Caldwell and Dorothy Marie Nielsen Caldwell in Centerfield, Utah. He married Gerda Anderson on November 24, l956 in Centerfield. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Manti Temple.

Paul was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He graduated from Gunnison High School, attended Snow College and BYU for a short time, then proudly served his country in the United States Army.

Our family mourns the loss of this generous and kind man. Paul was a gentle man with a great sense of humor. He was loving, quiet, reserved and loyal to his family. Paul’s two fundamental devotions in life were family and work. He worked hard to provide and care for them. He had a strong work ethic and through example instilled that ethic into his children. He excelled musically and enjoyed playing the trombone in the band, “All That Jazz”, directed by Dr. Jan Christensen, and included his children Kay C. (on drums) and Angela Marie (on saxophone). Paul had a successful driving career with W. S. Hatch Co., in Woods Cross, Utah; Jack B. Kelly, Amarillo, Texas; and Barney Trucking, Salina, Utah. He was awarded Utah Driver of the Year, by the Utah Motor Transport Association in l994. Also, Short-Line Driver of the Year by the Utah Safety Council. Our loving husband, father and grandfather will be greatly missed.

Paul leaves behind his loving wife of 60 years, Gerda; daughter,
Angela Marie Tomkins; son, Kay C. (Kim) Caldwell; neice, Janette Hoggan Eatchel; 6 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren; sister, Rhea (Terrel) Nelson; brother, Morris Caldwell. Preceded in death by parents; brother, Wallace (Doris) Caldwell; sister, Viva (Jay) Jenson; infant brother, Will LeRoy Caldwell.

Funeral services will be held Monday, March 13, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the Centerfield Ward Chapel, 210 South Main. Friends may call at the ward chapel in Centerfield Sunday evening from 6-8 p.m. and Monday from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Centerfield Cemetery with military rites by the Oliver-Russell American Legion Post #105 and Utah Honor Guard. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at

The family would like to express their thanks to the Gunnison Valley Hospital, physicians, nurses and therapists for the kindness shown to our husband and father during his final days.

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017


Our mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend Carol Torgerson Charlesworth, age 69, died peacefully in her sleep.  She battled COPD gracefully for the past 10 years.  Carol was born July 21, 1947 in Richfield, Utah.  The youngest daughter of Arthur Henry Torgerson and Alice Luella Knighton Torgerson.


Her growing up years were spent in Bicknell, Utah. She graduated from Wayne High School Class of 1965.  After graduation Carol moved to Richfield to be with her sister Lael.  They were two peas in a pod.  Wherever Lael was, Carol was usually with her even after they both married and had families of their own they made sure they got together at least every Wednesday for a day at the salon, lunch and shopping at their favorite store, Deseret Industries.  Carol was the queen of a bargain.  She always walked out of there with the best treasures.  She loved shopping and fashion.  Carol was always dressed like a million dollars.  She never went anywhere without making sure she was dressed up.


Carol was a woman of many talents.  She could fix anything and had a remedy for everything.  She was very active and loved to get out and do things.  She loved the great outdoor and loved fishing.


In Carols younger years she served as a waitress  before becoming a telephone operator .  She really enjoyed that job and made lifelong friends.  She made lots of friends where ever she went and she loved every single one of them.  They all brought her so much joy.


She went on to marry Wesley Kent Charlesworth February 17, 1968 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  They later divorced.  Together they share a son Gordon Scott Charlesworth.  He was Carols whole world.


Later married Claude J.B. Keller, Jr.  August 31, 1984 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  He passed in 1988.


Carol was an outgoing fun loving soul.  Her grace and beauty shined through to those who knew her.  She was very much involved in the lives of those she treasured.  She loved children and many of them adopted her as their extra grandma.  She was always so excited for their accomplishments and made sure that they knew it.  Carol went above and beyond for anyone that was in need.  She never had much but what she did have, she worked hard for.


Carol was blessed with an extra family when she met her lifelong partner and best friend, Randall Johnson.  He and his children and grandchildren where so valuable to her life.  She loved them all so much.  Randall and Carol took such great care of each other throughout their 28 years together.


She will be greatly missed by those whose lives she touched.


She is survived by her partner and best friend, Randall Johnson, of Salina; Son, Gordon Scott (Nicole) Charlesworth, of Layton; Grandchildren: Madi Charlesworth and Gregory Charlesworth, of Layton; Brothers:  Larry (Libby) Torgerson, of Bicknell, and Phil Torgerson,  of Lyman.


Carol is preceded in death by her parents.  Husband, Claude Keller; Sisters, Lael Torgerson Hales, Myra Torgerson Gish; Brother Charles Arthur “Tuna” Torgerson.


Graveside services will be held at 12:00 Noon on Saturday March 11, 2017 in the Bicknell City Cemetery. Friends may call for viewing on Friday from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Springer Turner Funeral Home, 260 North 400 West in Richfield.


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


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Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

                      Joseph J. Deaton

1927 – 2017


Salina, Utah – I’m Joseph John Deaton.  After much resistance and hesitation, I decided to return to my Heavenly Father on February 24, 2017 because after 90 years, things just wear out.

I was born on January 18, 1927 to John and Jennette (Harding) Deaton in Salina, Utah.  I had two older sisters, Wilmoth Nielson and Vivian Mecham who left before me.  My younger sister, Leween Allred still lives in Salina.

We grew up in a home one mile south of Salina.  After I graduated from North Sevier High School I joined the Army reaching the rank of Sergeant and served in Korea.  Upon returning home, I caught the eye of my now beautiful wife, Doris Elaine Olsen, she lived in Axtell.  We were married on June 8, 1951.  I worked construction for the State Road  as a shovel operator until 1960 at which time we purchased  the Day and Nite Cafe and operated it together for 36 ½ years and closed the doors in 1997.

We have two sons, Ricky J. Deaton, he married Carol Ludlow (from Nephi).  They have a son Tanner John who married Lauren (Gray) and a daughter RiKelle who married Cody Montgomery.  Our other son Jerry Lee Deaton married Leisa Mason (from Aurora). They have a son Dustin who married Jessamyn (Hopper), a daughter Ashley who married Tyler Okerlund and a son Brandt who married Becky (LeeMaster).  Between my five grandchildren, I have fourteen great grandchildren.  On July 29, 2006, I took my lovely wife to the Manti Temple to be sealed as an eternal family.  Now I return to my heavenly home.

You may meet my family at my viewing on Tuesday February 28th from 6:00-8:00 and Wednesday from 9:30-10:30 at Springer Turner Funeral Home in Salina.  My funeral services will be held at 11:00 at the Salina Creek LDS Ward Chapel at 87 South 100 East, in Salina, on Wednesday March 1, 2017 with the interment at the Salina East Side Cemetery with military honors accorded by the Salina American Legion Post #36 and the Utah Honor Guard.

Until we meet again, thank you for your kindness and friendship.

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Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Neal R. Jensen

1949 – 2017

Redmond, Utah – Neal Richard Jensen, age 68, of Redmond, died February 24, 2017 at his home.

Neal was born January 15, 1949 in Salina, Utah, a son of George Therral and Donna Lee Hendricks Jensen. The majority of his childhood was spent with his brother James and sister Ann in the suburbs of Salt Lake City where his love of cars quickly took root. By the time he was a teenager, he was firmly entrenched in the automotive culture and was frequently seen cruising the neighborhood in his 1956 Ford Victoria, a car that his future wife would affectionately refer to as the “Stinkbug”. In 1969, a few years after the passing of his father, he was drafted into the 4th Infantry of the United States Army and deployed to active service in Vietnam. He served for 10 months on the front lines before being honorably discharged. After his military service, he returned to Salt Lake City and married his childhood sweetheart, Rese’ Marie Snyder, on September 10, 1973.
Neal was employed by Wheeler Machinery in Salt Lake City as a diesel mechanic.  In 1978, shortly after the birth of his son, Adam, the new family relocated to Redmond, Utah, to continue his employment at Wheeler Machinery in Salina.  in 1979, not long after their arrival in Sevier County, their daughter April was born.  In early 2004, his wife, Rese’ was diagnosed with cancer and passed away later that year.  Despite the heartbreak from losing his best friend, his children and grandchildren were with him as he spent the remaining years of his life continuing to do what he enjoyed the most.

Neal was an avid auto collector and repairman.  He was especially interested in old Chrysler hemi engines and British cars, primarily Mimi cars, and had collected several throughout the years.  He was also a dedicated Formula 1 race fan and would never miss a chance to cheer on Team Ferrari.

Neal was a very outspoken atheist and a strong supporter of free and critical thought.  He was also a dedicated defender of science and spent a large portion of his free time reading and learning about scientific and historical subjects.

His greatest enjoyment came from spending time with his grandchildren.  He was visited regularly at his home, and all of the kids always wanted to spend as much time as they could with their Papa.

He is survived by his son, Adam (Alex) Jensen of Salt Lake City; daughter April (Justus) Norcross of Redmond; sister, Ann Jensen Dobbs of Salina; brother, James (Teresa) Jensen of Grantsville; grandchildren: Cydnee, Porscha, Courtnee, Hayes and Lennox.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 31 years, Rese’ Marie Jensen; his father, George Therral Jensen and mother, Donna Lee Jensen.

Neal had enormous impact on the lives of everyone he met, and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” Carl Sagan

Grave side services will be held Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 12 Noon in the Redmond City Cemetery.  Friends may call for viewing at the Springer Turner Funeral Home in Salina, 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 Redmond American Legion Post #118 and the Utah Honor Guard will be in the Redmond City Cemetery under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah.

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Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017


       Leta Ann Stewart, age 60 of Salina, Utah, went to be with her Father in Heaven on December 17, 2016.  She was born August 1, 1956 in McCall, Idaho. She was the daughter of Robert Stewart and Modina Balzer.

She was a wonderful mother, an amazing grandmother, a dear friend to many, and a devoted Child of God.

She married Larry Paul Haws in 1978 and later divorced. Together they had a baby girl: Raelynn Laloni Haws, in 1982.

She loved being outdoors, especially in the mountains of Idaho where she enjoyed snowmobiling, fishing, and being with loved ones.  She was a kind hearted and loving person who would do anything to help others.  She loved reading and learning about the Lord.

Aleta is survived by Raelynn (Shawn) Bradford of Salina; Five grandchildren: Ashlee (now in Portland, OR), Mason, Shane, Shalynn, and Carlee, all of Salina; Sheryl Stewart (sister) of McCall, ID; Raymond Stewart (brother) of Idaho.

Aleta was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Modina Stewart of Lake Fork, ID and her mother and father-in-law, Walley and LuElla Powell of Salina.

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Donald Nielsen

Ephraim, UT

Donald Ray Nielsen was born November 24, 1929 in Salina, Utah to E. LaMar Nielsen and Clara Jorgensen Nielsen. He married Dixie Lee Larsen on October 14, 1955 in the Manti LDS Temple.  Don and Dixie have six children. Don passed away on Saturday February 11, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.

Don is survived by his loving wife Dixie; daughters, Vickie (Steve) Butterfield, Lelani Nielsen, Lorna (Vance) Larsen and son, Rex (Debbie) Nielsen, 15 grandchildren 22 great-grandchildren, brothers Gerald Nielsen and LaRell Nielsen.  Don was preceded in death by his parents, brother Clee, and two children, Teri Moana and David.

His was a life of adventure and service, finding great joy in the outdoors. Don served a proselyting mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Samoan mission. He then served in the army in Korea. Upon his return to Utah, he attended Snow College, where he met his beloved wife Dixie. With his new partner in adventure, he returned to the Pacific Islands in 1957. They served a Labor (Building) Mission in American Samoa, Aitutaki Cook Islands, and Hawaii. In 1964 Don was hired by the Government of American Samoa to supervise many projects, including the construction of schools. During that time, Don also served as a Branch President and then Bishop of the Pago Pago Ward. He and his family loved their years in the South Pacific.

Returning to Utah in 1970 Don taught at Utah Technical College, then became Director of The Utah Carpenters Apprenticeship Program. In 1986 Don and Dixie moved to Ephraim Utah, where they started and expanded Sanpete Community Training, a private non-profit organization providing services to people with disabilities. It grew to be one of the best programs in the State. Don and Dixie loved the work and the people.

Don loved the outdoors; from scuba diving in the islands, to horse riding in the mountains of Utah, nature was his element. After retirement, he spent most of his summers in the mountains, with his horses, his dog Rusty, and his family.

Don loved his family and was devoted to them. He showed each person how special they are, and was always there for them. Thank you, dad for your example of unconditional love, strength, and endurance.

Dad and our family would like to thank all those, who through their love and service helped us following the stroke he suffered four years ago.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 12:00 Noon in the Ephraim 2nd Ward Chapel, 450 North 200 West, Ephraim. A visitation will be held prior to service from 10:30-11:30 am. Interment will follow at the Ephraim Park Cemetery with Military Honors. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at


Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Stan L. Simpson

1936 – 2017

Salina, Utah – Our kind and beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle, Stanley Leon Simpson, age 80, of Salina, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on January 23, 2017 in Gunnison, Utah.

He was born October 27, 1936 in Gunnison, a son of Mike and Mable Leona Watts Simpson.  He graduated from Gunnison High School, Class of 1953.  He served his country in the United States Army from August of 1956 to August of 1958.  He was in the Battery A 96th AntiAircraft Battalion.

He married the love of his life, DeNeece Okerlund, January 21, 1961 in Salina, Utah.  Their marriage was solemnized in the Manti LDS Temple, January 29,1972.

Stan coached baseball, basketball, refereed and umpired for over 41 years.  During that time, he touched and molded the lives of many, many young men in the North Sevier area.  He was influential in forming the future of many kids that were under his care as a coach.  He loved them and wanted the best for each one of them.

Stan was an active member of the LDS Church.  He served in many different callings, and enjoyed their weekly trips to the Manti Temple.

He loved to hunt, fish, golf, play pool and spend time with his family.  Family was very important to Stan, and he truly loved his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He will be greatly missed.

Stan is survived by his beloved wife, DeNeece Simpson of Salina; son: Kevin Simpson and his fiancee, Diana Balmain of Kemmerer, Wyoming; daughter: Lori and Trent Hallows of Salina; 6 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Viola Larsen of Salina; a sister-in-law: LaDawn and Joe McGee of Provo.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings: Leora Peterson, Arva Shaw and Bobby Simpson.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Judy, and the nurses and staff at the Gunnison Valley Hospital, for their tender care of our dear husband and father during his final days on this earth.   They truly went above and beyond in their care of Stan.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. in the Salina LDS Stake Center, 98 West 400 North in Salina, 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 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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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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