Archive for the ‘Obituaries’ Category

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

SOCIETY OBIT Swain bw 2Richard Gates Swain (many knew him as “Cap”) passed away peacefully on June 21, 2014 in St. George, Utah returning home to meet loved ones that preceded him in death.  He battled with Lymphoma Cancer for many years but his strong will to live often kept it in remission.  Cap was born July 25, 1935 to George and Helen Swain in Salina, Utah.  He spent some of his younger years in Panguitch, Utah and Pioche, Nevada moving to Provo, Utah where he graduated from Provo High School.  After graduation he moved to Henderson, Nevada and at this time became a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  He married Jean Hoppe Schuenman in the St. George, Temple on September 3, 1957.  They divorced 39 years later.

While in Henderson he worked as a printer at Marc Wilkinson Printing where he was employed for 18 years.  In August of 1972 he uprooted his family to his birthplace of Salina, Utah wanting the small town life he once missed and enjoyed.  From 1972 he worked for the U.S. Gypsum plant in Sigurd, Utah until retirement.  Cap liked adventure and he showed it through his several moves from Idaho to Nevada and back to Utah again where his final home was made in St. George, Utah in which he spent the last ten years of his life.  He married Pat Young on October 15, 2005 in St. George who was by his side when he passed over.   Cap loved the outdoors and prided himself on his many adventures from hiking the Grand Canyon to various camping trips in the Uinta Mountains.

Cap was preceded in death by his loving parents Helen and George Swain and one sister, Vivian Olsen.  He is survived by his wife Pat Swain, four children; Sharon Roberts, Gregory Swain, Myrna Anderson (Sterling), and Ronald Swain along with 3 sisters; Maxine Jackson, Louise Gardner, and Gay Fyfe, as well as 7 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.  Surviving step children include Jim and Julie Boyd, Maurice and Charise Young, Melia Gilbert, Teri Mitchell, 20 step grandchildren and 6 step great grandchildren.

Richard chose to donate his body to medical science and cancer research.  A memorial in Cap’s honor will be held Saturday June 28, 2014 at the LDS 16th Ward located at 550 East 700 South, St. George, Utah at 11:30 am.  He will be buried in Holden, Utah.



Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

LeGrandeLChristensenLeGrande L. Christensen

1941 – 2014

Gunnison, Utah – LeGrande Loyal Christensen passed peacefully from this life on May 29, 2014, with his daughter at his bedside, from natural causes due to a long battle of poor health, in Draper, Utah.

LeGrande was educated in the local GunnisonValley schools and continued his education graduating from SnowCollege with an Associates of Arts and from BrighamYoungUniversity with a Bachelors of Arts with high honor of Suma Cum Laude.

He served a 2 1/2 year honorable mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Bavarian German Mission.
LeGrande taught History and German at Murray Junior High School at the beginning of his career. He was a successful interior decorator, specializing in fine arts, furniture, and antiques.
One of his most challenging projects was at the Hotel Utah before it became the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. He cataloged and appraised the contents of The Hotel Utah while working with many LDS Church leaders. It was an immense, lengthy project, which he accomplished to its completion.
LeGrande was a man of many talents, among them are playing the coronet, the piano, the organ, as well as his expertise in design.

He owned a beautiful furniture store, LeGrande Originals of Salt Lake and Gunnison, an up and coming travel agency, Trio Travel in Cottonwood, and Julie’s Frozen Yogurt on Main Street in Gunnison. He was also involved, and a great contributor to, his parent’s apparel shop, Lila Lee Apparel in Gunnison.
LeGrande had a great appreciation for the Masters of Art and Music and enjoyed many of the fine things of this life. He enjoyed the theater and the opera. He was a world traveler and enjoyed the varied cultures they offered. He was in Germany when the Berlin Wall was toppled.
LeGrande was a member of the LDS church and held many callings.
He married Mary Ann Clyde in the SaltLakeLDSTemple. This marriage brought a son and daughter, Ron and Julie into the family. Although they divorced, they remained friends.

LeGrande is survived by his daughter Julie Ann (Andrew) Howell, four grandchildren, Taylor, Caitlin, Tanner, and Tate all of Draper,
and his sister, Lila Lee Christensen of Gunnison.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Ron Clyde Christensen, his younger brother Joe L Christensen and a half sister, Cleda Dee Thrasher.

Graveside services were held at the GunnisonCityCemetery on May 31, 2014.

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Wednesday, May 28th, 2014


Howard Wesley Cherry III died peacefully in the afternoon of May 16, 2014.

Howard was born July 11, 1941 in Salina, Utah to Wes and Jerry Cherry. He attended the University of Utah and after school he worked for many years in medical equipment sales. He was married to Joyce Sanderson and divorced. They had two sons, Howard Wesley Cherry IV and Matthew Cherry.

Howard was a kind and loving trouble maker. He loved the opera and classical music, roses, and a good cup of tea. He enjoyed traveling and would take long wandering road trips around the Southwest exploring geological and cultural history. Howard loved a good conversation and was always happy to engage in debate on topics of religion and politics. He was a strong supporter and believer of individual rights and freedom. He wasn’t afraid to speak his mind, even when it got him into trouble. He also made a damn fine hummus. Howard had an adventurous spirit that was contagious, and was always game for new experiences. For many years while living in Seattle, his curiosity led him to enroll in continuing education classes at the University of Washington. He particularly enjoyed studying early Western American history, Roman history, and Japanese American history.

Howard moved to Vashon Island in the fall of 2011 to be closer to his son and daughter-in-law, Wes and Laura Cherry and his grandson, Quentin Cherry. In 2012, Howard was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Howard’s family is forever grateful to Knipp Hopper Homes of Vashon, WA for providing Howard with a comfortable and loving place to spend his last two years.

Howard is survived by his mother Jerry Cherry of Richfield, UT, his sister Ann Thompson of Payson, UT, his brother Kevin Cherry of Monroe, UT, his son Matt Cherry of Midway, UT, his son and daughter-in-law, Wes and Laura Cherry, of Vashon, WA, and his grandson Quentin Cherry.

A celebration of Howard’s life will be held on May 31, 2014, 4pm at the home of Wes and Laura Cherry in Vashon, WA. A second memorial will be held in Salina, UT at a later date.

Rest in peace, Howard. We will miss you!

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Robert R. Peterson pictureRobert (Bobby) R. Peterson



Robert Ray Peterson, age 55, passed away, surrounded by loved ones, May 17, 2014 at the HuntsmanCancerHospital in Salt Lake City, Utah.


He was born September 20, 1958 in Nephi, Utah to Sherman Otto and Florence Williams Peterson.


Bobby led a life full of change and exploration. He worked in many different careers over his life in customer services.  He loved to hunt and fish with family and friends. He found joy in touring the National Parks, he had a love for Southern Utah. One of his biggest passions of the past was caring for and riding horses. He loved and had a big heart for all animals.  Over Bobby’s life his love for the LDS church grew immensely. He dedicated his last years of his life fulfilling many church callings and doing temple work. He found peace and solace in researching his ancestors through genealogy.


Survived by his mother, Florence Peterson; brother, Steven (Gayle) Peterson of Levan;  sister, Brenda Willden of Salina; nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his father Sherman O. Peterson.


Funeral services will be held at 11 am Thursday, May 22, 2014 in the Levan LDS Chapel. Family and friends may call Wednesday evening from 6-8 pm at the Anderson Funeral Home, 94 W 300 N Nephi and one hour prior to the services at the church. Interment will be in the LevanTownCemetery.               

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Bullard.KruseKruse Bullard

Salina, Utah

Our dear, sweet son, brother, grandson and friend, Kruse Lee Bullard, 18, unexpectedly returned to live with his Father in Heaven. He passed away May 18, 2014 at his home in Salina. He was born September 20, 1995 in Gunnison to Kevin Levi and Kasie Christensen Bullard.

Kruse loved Moto-X, ATVs, camping, fishing, fixing up his truck and most of all spending time with friends. He was a wrestler and played football and soccer. His smiling face and loving personality will be missed by all.

He is survived by his mother, Kasie Christensen Bullard, Salina; father, Kevin Bullard, St. George; siblings: Kortney Bullard, Kolton Bullard, both of Salina; Kade Bullard, and Kenzie Bullard, both of St. George; grandparents: Devon and Randa Bullard, Aurora; Allen and Lois Robins, Salina; great-grandmothers: Betty Luke, Venice; and Darlene Bullard, Sigurd.

Preceeded in death by great-grandparents: Hyrum Luke, Francis Bullard, Don and Mary Christensen.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the Salina Stake Center, 98 West 400 North, where friends may call Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. and Wednesday morning from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Salina Pioneer Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Kruse’s name at Mt. American Credit Union in Richfield.

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Roger RassusenRoger William Rasmussen 5/8/1930-4/29/2014


Roger William Rasmussen, 83, of Farmington, New Mexico, passed away April 29, 2014 in Farmington. He was born May 8, 1930 in Centerfield, Utah to William L. and Minnie Ann “Dolly” Carson Rasmussen.

Roger married his high school sweetheart, Colleen Mickelsen, in 1947. The marriage was later solemnized in the Manti, Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Roger spent 2 years in the United States Army. After his honorable discharge, he returned home to Salina, Utah , to work as a mechanic in a coal mine. In 1951, he was buried in a mine cave in and after recovering from his life threatening injuries, decided that that was not the career he wanted. He then worked as an automobile mechanic for a number of years. Watchmaking was something that was in his blood generations back to his ancestors that were clockmakers in Denmark, and he had always had an interest in it. He decided to make that his career.

In the 60’s, he worked for several prominent jewelry stores in Utah, culminating with 5 years at Bullock & Losee Jewelers in Provo, Utah, as their shop foreman and primary jeweler. During this time, he completed a course of education at the Rolex School of Watchmaking in New   York City, and many jewelry designing courses as well.

In 1972, he purchased Alexander’s Fine Jewelry in Laramie, Wyoming. He went on to open jewelry stores in Greeley, Colorado; Salina, Utah; Gallup, New Mexico; Phoenix, Arizona; and Farmington, New   Mexico. The Laramie and Farmington stores remain in the family to this day.

Roger retired in 1994, but continued to do all of the watch and clock repair for Alexander’s Fine Jewelry in Farmington, until he was 80.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters; granddaughter and her husband, Lexi and Trent Pabst; and grandson, Jim Hall. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Colleen, and the children who thought he was the greatest Dad in the world, Linda (Paul) Meredith of Payson, UT; Jim (Barb) Rasmussen of Laramie, Wyoming; Jill (Michael) Davis of Farmington, NM; and Dave (Jan) Rasmussen of Farmington, NM; sister, Nina Fay, of CA; 11 grandchildren, and 25 great-grandchildren, one of which is currently serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the California Long Beach Mission.

The family would like to express their appreciation to Life Care and Beehive Home #4 for their exceptional care of Roger.

Roger’s care is entrusted to Brewer, Lee & Larkin Funeral Home in Farmington and Springer Turner Funeral Home in Salina, UT. There will be a viewing from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm on Tuesday, May 6th at Springer Turner Funeral Home just prior to interment at 1:00 p.m. in the Pioneer Cemetery in Salina, UT. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

MarjoriePoulsonMarjorie Poulson

1925 – 2014

Redmond, Utah – Marjorie Lowry Poulson, 88 of RedmondUtah, peacefully passed away April 26, 2014 in St. George, Utah. She was born in Manti, Utah, December 15, 1925 to Lester Jay and Anna Elvera Danielson Lowry.

She attended MantiHigh School and was honored to be crowned the first Miss Manti.

She married Willis “Bill” Andrew Poulson, March 25, 1949 in Redmond, Utah. She was later sealed to her husband in the MantiLDSTempleApril 24, 1952. He died January 3, 2008.

She worked as a bookkeeper and office manager for the Perfect Pleat Factory. Her daughter remembers the joy she had selling Avon for 25 years as it gave her a chance to meet and interact with many people. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and worked hard to create a beautiful home with lovely flowers in her yard.

She and “Bill” enjoyed the association with lots of fun-loving friends. They traveled and celebrated birthdays together regularly. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and worked for a time at the MantiTemple with her husband. She loved music and taught it to the Primary children for many years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sons, David Poulson and Douglas Poulson; and dear husband “Bill” Poulson. She continually expressed her love and appreciation to her daughter, and her family, who she lived with for the past six years in Henderson, Nevada.

She is survived by her daughter, Tonya; brother, Dale J. Lowry; and sisters Charlotte Christiansen and Michelle Anderson. She was blessed with 15 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.

Special Thanks to the St. George Horizon Hospice Specialist and Season’s CareCenter, including her sister Michelle for the loving care provided to her for the last three weeks as she peacefully said goodbye to family and friends.

Funeral services will be held Monday, May 12, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. in the Redmond 1st LDS Ward Chapel, where friends may call for viewing Monday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 prior to the services.

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

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Thursday, May 1st, 2014

WayneBBurrWayne B. Burr

1928 – 2014

Salina, Utah – Wayne B. Burr returned home to his Heavenly Father on the morning of April 26, 2014, in Richfield, Utah. A husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend, Wayne devoted his life of service to family and neighbors for 85 years.

He was born in Salina, Utah, on August 25, 1928, to Myron Beason and Olive Mickelsen Burr. After graduating from NorthSevierHigh School, Wayne proudly served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War from 1948 to 1952 as part of the Navel Construction Force, better known as the Seabees. He enjoyed sharing tales of constructing causeways and pontoon docks in countries such as Morocco, Trinidad, and Nova Scotia.

After his honorary discharge from the service, Wayne began his lifelong work in heavy construction. For over 30 years, he supervised many highway projects throughout Utah and surrounding states for L.A. Young Construction Co., where he developed lifelong friends. Wayne belonged to the Operating Engineers Local Union No. 3. He also worked for the LDSChurch and the Salina Utah Stake for 17 years.

Wayne married his eternal sweetheart Arda Lucille Johnson in the MantiTemple on April 17, 1953. He raised his family of four children, Kent, Craig, Carolyn, and Linda, who brought him joy throughout his life. He enjoyed spending time with his family in the mountains and deserts of Central Utah. He loved working in his yard, helping neighbors trim trees, walking in the foothills near his home, visiting his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and especially riding in the Gator with his son Kent.

Wayne was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he served in various callings including Bishop, counselor, high council member, and home teacher. Involved in many community projects, Wayne especially took pride in the beautification of the Salina City Cemeteries.

He is survived by his wife, Arda; sons, Kent Wayne Burr of Salina and Craig (Jackie) Burr of Spanish Fork; daughters, Carolyn (Russel) Christensen of Richfield and Linda (Merrill) Hugentobler of Moab; siblings, Verna Dean Bigler, Elaine Burr, James G. (Ann) Burr and Brent (Janece) Burr. He leaves behind 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Myron Jack Burr.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 2, at 11:00 a.m., in the Salina 2nd ward chapel, 85 South 100 East in Salina. Friends may call for viewing at the Springer Turner Funeral Home, 150   East Main Street in Salina, Thursday, May 1, from 6 to 8 p.m., or Friday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. prior to the services.

Interment with military honors accorded by the Salina American Legion Post #36 and the Utah Honor Guard will be in the SalinaEastsideCemetery under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah.

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Thursday, May 1st, 2014


VirginiaCrane1Virginia M. Crane


1927 – 2014


Salina, Utah – Virginia Mason Crane, age 87, passed away April 24, 2014 at her home in Salina of causes incident to age. She was born January 28, 1927 in Aurora, Utah, a daughter of Aldon and Sylvia Shaw Mason. She married Garth Clayton Crane, December 18, 1946 in Aurora. Their marriage was later solemnized in the MantiLDSTemple.


Virginia is survived by her husband, Clayton; children: Larry and Ellen Crane; Cathie Lin Sampson; Shirece and Alvin Owens; 10 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; a sister, Valna Joy Wasden.


She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers: Homer and Nina Mason; Hilmar and Reba Mason; brother-in-law: Thad Wasden; granddaughter: Theresa Bosshardt; and a great-granddaughter: Masie Dawn Crane.


Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 12:00 Noon in the Salina LDS Stake Center, 98 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 SalinaEastsideCemetery under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah.


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Friday, April 25th, 2014

ThomasWoodside1Thomas W. Woodside

“Lil Woody”

Salina, Utah – Our beloved father, grandfather and brother, Thomas Wade Woodside, “Lil Woody” age 55, died April 18, 2014 in Orem, Utah, of a massive heart attack. He was born July 20, 1958 in Gunnison, Utah, a son of Charles Ludora and RaeDean Jensen Woodside. He married Vicky Sue Duffin, September 25, 1982 in Salina, Utah. They were later divorced.

“Lil Woody” enjoyed playing darts, fishing, building barn wood furniture, making wizards, pilfering, collecting stuff, but most of all he loved gardening, yard work and making his yard beautiful. Woody was very talented and was loved by tons of folks.

He is survived by his children: Natasha Woodside of Salina; Josh Woodside of Las Vegas, Nevada; five grandchildren: Domonique Woodside, Shelbie Woodside, Shawnee Mendez-Woodside, Jemma Woodside and Abel Mendez-Woodside; brothers and sisters: Charles Ray “Woody” and Debbie Woodside of Salina; Warren and Betty Woodside of Manti; Nancy and Jim Jacobson of Moroni; Sharl and Allen Karf of Salt Lake City.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Ludora and RaeDean J. Woodside; his grandparents: Richard Ray and Mary Kay Peterson Jensen; Charles S. and Rate Louise Myers Woodside.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Zion’s Bank in the name of Thomas W. Woodside.

Grave side services will be held Friday, April 25, 2014 at 12 Noon in the SalinaPioneerCemetery. Friends may call for viewing at the Springer Turner Funeral Home in Salina, Thursday evening from 6 to 8 P.M. or Friday morning from 10:30 to 11:30 prior to the services.

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

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