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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Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

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

1939 – 2016

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

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

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

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Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

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



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

1957 in Ephraim.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

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

1956 – 2017

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

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

Kasie was a member of the LDS Church.

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

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

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

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Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

society-obit-christensne-cmyk-2Marian Christenson

Gunnison, Utah

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Thursday, November 17th, 2016


annalchappellAnna L. Chappell

1931 – 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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