Archive for the ‘Obituaries’ Category

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Sorensen.KentKent Earl Sorensen

Mayfield Utah

Kent Earl Sorensen, 63, passed away August 10, 2014 on his farm in Mayfield. He was born December 24, 1950, in Gunnison to Neil H. and Mary Louise Munk Sorensen. He served an LDS mission in South Africa.

Kent married Denice Smith, August 30, 1974 in the SaltLakeTemple. They have 6 children. Kent graduated from GunnisonHigh School and SnowCollege. He also attended UtahStateUniversity. He helped build White Sage Dairy and Farm with his dad and brothers. He worked hard as a farmer and dairyman for his entire life.

Kent was always serving others. He was active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints holding numerous callings over the years including Elder’s Quorum President, High Priest Group Leader, Executive Secretary, Ward Mission Leader and as a dedicated ordinance worker at the MantiTemple. He loved serving in the temple and the interactions he had with the people there. He was also active in the Mayfield Lions Club and Young Farmers.

Kent enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. He especially liked fishing at LakePowell. The time he spent with his family was his favorite. He was always planning the next trip to Powell, Hawaii, up the mountains or Sunday dinner. Every trip, no matter where he was, he would always stop and help anyone he saw in need. He passed this great love of service on to his family.

He is survived by his wife, Denice; mother, Mary Louise Sorensen of Mayfield; children, MaryAnn (Loren) Thompson of Manti, Stephanie (Brant) Gibbons of Sandy, Robert (Holly) Sorensen of Mayfield, Kris (Melanie) Sorensen of Millcreek, “Chubb” Kenneth (Lacie) Sorensen of Spanish Fork and David Sorensen of Sterling; grandkids, Keston, Bridger, Sienna, Cambree, Ayden, Lynlee, Kyana, Mitchell, Lincoln, Porter, Spencer and Savannah; sister, Linda (Que) Miller of Mayfield; brothers, Lee (Tina) Sorensen of Mayfield and Kim Sorensen of Centerfield.

He is preceded in death by his father, Neil H. Sorensen and infant sister, Ann Sorensen. Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 11:00 am in the Mayfield Ward Chapel. Friends may call Friday, August 15 from 6-8 pm and Saturday from 9-10:30 am. Burial will be in the MayfieldCemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at


Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

DespainObitDarrell Despain

Axtell, Utah

Darrell Lorus Despain, 80, passed away July 29, 2014 in Provo. He was born October 16, 1933 in Axtell to Clare and Mabel Despain. He married Margie Hazel Dennison, September 25, 1953 in the MantiTemple.

Darrell graduated from GunnisonValleyHigh School and SnowCollege. He was by trade a farmer and also a truck driver. Darrell was instrumental in installing pipe on the Axtell culinary and irrigation systems. He served as water master of Willow Creek Irrigation for about 20 years. He enjoyed the mountains, camping, hunting and fishing with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Margie; children, Valarie (Burke) Black, Sherrie Memmott, Kim (Carma) Despain, Kent (Mary) Despain and Clayton (Vickie) Despain; 20 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren; siblings, Phyllis (Don) Quarnberg, Don Rae (Eunice) Despain and Charles (Annette) Despain.

He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Claris (Marden) Stone; grandson, Jared Despain.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 4, 2014 at 11:00 in the Axtell LDS Ward Chapel, where friends may call on Sunday evening from 6 to 8 or on Monday from 9:30 to 10:30. Burial will be in the MayfieldCemetery. Funeral directors, Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guest book


Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Sorenson.EldwoodElwood Sorenson

Axtell, Utah

Our beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather, H. Elwood Sorenson, 92, passed away August 2, 2014 in Centerfield after a long, active life of work, love and service. He was the rock and foundation of our family and will be greatly missed.

Elwood was born March 15, 1922 in Axtell, to Truman L. and Rolinda Jensen Sorenson. He was the fifth child of seven children. He graduated from GunnisonHigh School. He joined the U. S. Army at the age of 18 and served 4½ years in the PacificIslands during World War II. He was a radio operator and ammunition truck driver. He received several medals and was honorably discharged. After the war he never again wanted to leave home.

He married Nathella Chritensen, December 7, 1945 in Redmond. The marriage was solemnized in the MantiTemple on June 4, 1952. They had four children: Marshall (Ruth) Sorenson, Gunnison; Kathleen (Ted) Christensen, Richfield; Denise (Donald) Hill, Gunnison; and Paul (Tyran) Sorenson, Hurricane. Nathella passed away after an extended illness on April 4, 1977. It was a difficult time for our family. Two years later he married Julia Brian Chappell on March 31, 1979 in Manti. We were all very happy for them. She brought four children to the marriage: Dorothy (Carl) James, Centerville; Christine (Milton) Johnson, Hyde Park; Tamra (Vic) Petersen, Payson; and JoLyn Chappell (Noni Dalton), Centerfield. Our families blended well together. Julia has been a wonderful mother and grandmother to all of us.

Elwood loved his farm and worked hard to take care of it. He served valiantly in the LDSChurch and in the community. He was a bishop’s counselor, served as bishop of the Axtell Ward twice, and also on the Gunnison Stake High Council. He and Julia were MantiTemple ordinance workers for several years. He was president of the Gunnison Lions Club, member of the American Legion Club, chairman of the Sanpete County ASCS Committee, and president of the Willow Creek Irrigation Company. It was an honor for him to serve as the grand marshal in the Gunnison 4th of July parade. The GunnisonValleyMiddle   School presented him with The Pillar Award for his service to the community. He loved Axtell and its people. He helped them to keep their little post office, donated the old school bell for the park, and helped upgrade the cemetery. GunnisonValley was dear to his heart. You could count on him if you wanted to know some history.

His pride and joy was his eight children, 52 grandchildren, 84 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren who often visited with him at his “penthouse” on the farm. He loved our family reunions, birthday parties, pumpkin patch and Christmas parties. The only gifts he ever wanted for his birthday was for us to attend the temple closest to where we lived along with a case of Pepsi and a little chocolate.

Elwood is survived by his wife, Julia; his children and a brother, Leland (Donna Vee) Sorenson, Axtell.

Also preceded in death by his parents; grandchildren: Jared James, Ted Christensen, Jr., and Summer Sorenson Gordon-Smith; brothers: LeNoir (Helen) Sorenson, Carlyle (Louise) Sorenson; sisters: Elaine (Cloyd) Christenson, Morjorie (Howard) Jensen, and Mathel (Que) Mickelsen.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 12 Noon in the Axtell Ward Chapel where friends may call Friday from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday from 10:30 to 11:30 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


Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Robins.ReNonneReNonne Robins

Salina, Utah

ReNonne Nebeker Robins, 80, passed away July 27, 2014 in Richfield. She was born July 20, 1934 in Sigurd, to Arlington Lynes and Martha Alice Pope Nebeker. She married Bobbie Burke Robins, December 27, 1950 in Salina. He preceded her in death on July 3, 2012.

ReNonne was an amazing woman. She was a very talented seamstress, poet and cook, among many other things. She was the founder of Miss Mary’s Museum, a member of the Salina Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, the American Legion, and served with her husband as grand marshall of the Salina Riding Club in 2001. Bob and ReNonne enjoyed traveling the world and had many great experiences.

She is survived by her children: Mike (Maryanne) Robins, Salt Lake City; Allen (Lois) Robins, Salina; Pat (Terri) Robins, Salina; and Laurie Callioux (Troy) Pollock, Salina; 14 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren; brother, RL (Katherine) Nebeker, Richfield.

Also preceded in death by parents; step-father, Rulon Behunin; grandson, Kruse Bullard; sister, Evelyn Rice.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. in the Salina Stake Center, 98 West 400 North, where friends may call from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Burial will be in the Salina Pioneer Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at


Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

GaryRHansenGary R. Hansen

1934 – 2014

Aurora, Utah – Our beloved husband, fahter, grandfather and great-grandfather, Gary Read Hansen, age 80, passed away Wednesday morning, July 23, 2014 in Richfield, Utah. He was born January 3, 1923 in Logan, Utah, a son of Loyal Cannon and Grace Ann Read Hansen. At a young age, his parents divorced and his mother remarried Edmond Arave. Gary adored his stepfather. His father also remarried and he gained a stepmom, Shirley McCullough. Gary was raised in Ogden with his sister, Jeanene. He graduated from Ogden High school and served an LDS Mission to California-Arizona from 1954 to 1956.

In January of 1958 Gary married DeEtta Child in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. To this union came three children – Pamela Jean, Craig John and Ted Cannon. They later divorced. He later married Beverly Ann Hill on April 18, 1969 in the Logan LDS Temple. They had five more children – Kristi Ann, Katie Lynne, Jennifer Lynn, Garret Layne and Michael Geoffery.

Gary became a firefighter for the Ogden City Fire Department in 1958. He worked as a fireman until he retired in 1976. After retirement, Gary moved his family to Antimony, Utah, where they lived for the next 28 years.

They started a family business called Otter Creek Wooden Crafts, where they made wooden toys and children’s furniture, that they sold all over the western United States.

Gary was an active member of the LDS Church, serving in many different callings. He served as a counselor in the District Seventy Presidency in Antimony.

He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed taking his kids fishing and hunting. He was a great rock hound. He taught his family how to garden and always raised a big vegetable garden. Gary enjoyed all sports and he and his wife taught their children how to play. He was a great dancer and taught his daughters how to dance. He was adored by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and will be deeply missed.

Gary and Beverly moved from Antimony to Aurora, Utah in 2005 because of health issues.

Gary is survived by his loving wife, Beverly, of Aurora; children: Craig and Christine Hansen of Farr West; Lynnette Hansen of Enoch; Kristi Ann Hansen of Aurora; Katie Lynne and Korry Jourdain of Parowan; Garrett Layne and Tina Hansen of Clinton; Michael Geoffery and Kathryn Hansen of Elsinore; 13 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by both sets of parents; three children: Pamela Jean Reno; Ted Cannon Hansen and Jennifer Lynn Hansen; two grandsons: Robert Edward Huntsman and Joseph Korry Jourdain; and a sister, Jeanene and Sherman Ochenbien.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 12 Noon in the Aurora 1st LDS Ward Chapel, where friends may call for viewing Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 P.M. or Wednesday morning from 10:00 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.

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Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

SorensenBeth.ObitBeth Jensen Kennedy Sorensen

1924 – 2014

Our loving Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Great-Great- Grandmother, Sister, Aunt and Friend Beth, 89, peacefully passed away surrounded by her children in her home in Aurora, UT on July 27, 2014.

She was born at her home in Axtell, UT on December 24, 1924 to Alonzo and Rhoda May Jensen. Beth was the third child of seven children. She grew up in Axtell, UT. She attended school in Axtell, Centerfield and graduated from GunnisonHigh School. She married Verge Earl Kennedy on December 23, 1943 in Axtell, UT. Their marriage was later solemnized on May 2, 1964 in the MantiTemple. Verge preceded her in death on February 20, 1979. She later married Delile Sorensen on March 27, 1987 in Manti, UT. Delile also preceded her in death on January 1, 2010.

Beth enjoyed playing guitar and singing with her sisters. She also enjoyed playing her harmonicas. In her earlier years Beth and her sisters made several vinyl recordings of their songs. One of the many things that her family enjoyed most was to sit together and listen to her play.

One of her passions was to send and receive greeting cards of all varieties. She loved to camp, garden, and working alongside her husband on the farm. She was also very accomplished at crocheting and quilting. Her list at Christmas time was longer than Santa’s. She was always looking for ways to share gifts of these talents and to bless other people’s lives.

She is survived by her children, Madge (Charles) Black, Aurora, Randy (Veronica) Kennedy, Tooele, UT, Jennifer (Kent) Frischknecht, Salina, Todd (Irene) Kennedy, Riverton, UT. She is also survived by 19 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-granddaughter, brothers Jay (Stella) Jensen, Axtell and Floyd (Julia) Jensen, Logan; and step-children: Randy (Andrea) Sorensen, Elko, NV, Linda (Harry) Kern, Centerfield, Karen (Mike) Tidlund, Redmond, Lee R (Janeen) Sorensen, Fairview.

She is preceded in death by her husbands, infant daughter Sonja, parents, 3 sisters, Thelma Jensen, Afton Cooper, Rhea Alder, Brother Glen Jensen, and 1 grandson Cody Frischknecht.

Although her life’s travels never took her far for home she was most happy serving her family and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday August 2, 2014, in the Aurora Ward Chapel at 12:00 Noon. Friends may call at the ward chapel in Aurora on Friday evening from 6 to 8 or on Saturday from 10:30 to 11:30. Burial will be in the AuroraCemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook


Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

photo obitBernitta “Neeber” Ivie Mecham


Our loving Mother, Grandma, Sister & Aunt passed away July 22, 2014 peacefully at her home in Axtell, UT.  She was born June 9, 1929 Aurora, Utah to Drucilla Harward Ivie and Quay Ivie.  She was preceded in death by her parents and sibling Calvin and Grace Ivie.

Bernitta was the second child of three and grew up in Aurora, UT.  She married Austin Lynn Mecham April 28, 1947 in PuocheNV 1947 and later the marriage was solemnized in the MantiTemple.  She was survived by her children MaryAnn Madsen (Gail) and the late Newell Hatch, Joyce (Dorrol) Sampson, Brenda (Scott) Buchanan, Leisa (Adrian) Harward, Quay (Sharon) Mecham, Neil Mecham, Mavis (Russell) Heath, and Camille (Jerry) Mason and one Sister Jeanette Coons.


The greatest joy in Bernitta’s life was her children and grandchildren.  She has such a cute sense of humor.  She gave love and support to anyone in need.  She lived to sew and make rag rugs.

She was a member of the LDS church.


A funeral service will be held Saturday, July 26 at 12:00 noon in the Axtell Ward Church.  Friends and family are invited to attend a viewing Friday July 25, 2014 6:00-8:00 PM also viewing prior to the funeral 10:30 – 11:30.  Burial will be at SalinaEastCemetery.  Funeral Directors Magleby Mortuary.


Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

ElmeraCWarrenElmera C. Warren

1923 – 2014

Our dear, kind loving mother, grandmother, aunt, and sister-in-law, Elmera Lee Cummings Warren, 91 passed away into the arms of her Savior, Jesus Christ, on July 21, 2014 in Centerfield, Utah.

Mom was born to Elmer E and Alvina Homan Cummings on March 23, 1923 in Murphysboro, Illinois. Her parents wanted to have a boy when she was born. They named her Elmera by the name Elmer and adding an a. She loved doing things with her father and they were side by side companions. They fished, worked in his machinist shop, and were best buddies.

She married Joseph Ralph Warren on December 25, 1946 in Murphysboro. Through this union three sons were born. Joe in 1948, Dick in 1949, and Bruce in 1955. She always said her greatest accomplishment was raising three hardworking sons. Her husband passed way on July 6, 1966 in Moab Utah.

She is survived by her sons Joe (Jeanette) Warren, Richard L. (Dick) Warren, both of St George, and Bruce (Linda) Warren of Salina. She was proud of her two grandchildren, Ciara Lin Warren of Salina, and Jake Kistenmacher of Eatonville Washington. Also a sister-in -law, Nellie Moran Boone Johnson of Murphysboro, Illinois.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; a half sister, Ada League Dominique; and a step brother Homer Crain.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Mission At Community Living Center in Centerfield for all the loving care and attention they have given Mom the past seven months.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. in the EastsideCemetery in Salina, Utah, under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah.

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Wednesday, July 16th, 2014


On the morning of July 11, 2014 after a long battle with Diabetes & Heart Disease Lynn passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family, in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Lynn was born in SalinaUtah on October 30, 1938. He was the baby brother to 9 siblings born to Garry Aaren & Mary Mae Gates.


Lynn graduated from North Sevier High in 1956. He then served in the US Army. On July 17, 1964 he married his “Squeeze Wease”. They enjoyed 50 years together. Lynn Retired from Kennecott in”2000” after 40 plus years of service.


Lynn always enjoyed having family & friends around. He grew up always having dogs & that never changed as he grew older, he was never without his dog. He was a avid camper from the time he was very young. He loved the mountains & instilled the love of camping into his whole family & friends. The more people who went camping with him the happier he was. Lynn loved classic cars & even owned a few himself. He never passed up a chance to go to a car show & see the “Old Beauties” even if he had to leave camping to go, which we did a few times. He was never one to turn down a road trip with his wife & sisters, & the grand children also enjoyed taking turns going with them.


Lynn was preceded in death by, both parents 6 siblings, Theressa, Blaine, Glenn, Ester, Shirley, baby boy & his Great Grandson Adrius Lynn.


Lynn is Survived by his wife Louise, his 4 Daughters, Gwen (Gaylord) Robb, Capri (Hector) Ramos, Raquel (Frankie) Wellman, Heather (Orlando) Seve, 10 Grand Children, 6 Great Grand Children, 3 Sisters, Faun Pickett, Rowene Burgess, Myrna Winn & numerous other family members & friends.


Memorial Services to be held at the Redwood Memorial Estates located at 6500 South Redwood road on Saturday July 19th at 2:00 pm.


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Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Mortensen.Fred.bwFred Mortensen

South Jordan, Utah

Fred Dean Mortensen, 75, passed away peacefully July 8, 2014 surrounded by his family at his home in South Jordan. He was born July 17, 1938 in Monroe, Utah to Vern and Norma Swindle Mortensen. After his mother’s passing, his father married Melba Erickson who raised Fred as her own. He married Sylvia Hortin May 8, 1971.

Fred was a loving caring husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. There was nothing he wouldn’t do for his family. Fred attended UtahStateUniversity and served in the United States Army. He was successful in all his business ventures. He was partner of Utelite Corporation and Western Clay Company.

Survived by his wife, Sylvia; children: Tawnie Sorensen, Gooseberry; Matthew Mortensen, South Jordan; grandchildren: Avery Higgins, Halie Higgins, Tucker Sorensen all of Gooseberry; brother, Vernal (Anora) Mortensen, Sandy.

Proceeded in death by parents; daughter, Tobie Dee Mortensen; brother, Neal Mortensen; sisters: Barbara Morrey and Dorothy Peterson.

Funeral services will be held Monday, July 14, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the Magleby Mortuary Chapel, 50 South 100 West, Richfield. Friends may call Saturday, July12 at the Jenkins-Soffe Funeral Home, 1007 West South Jordan Parkway (106th South), in South Jordan from 6-8pm. Also, Sunday at the Magleby Mortuary from 6-8pm. and Monday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Monroe City Cemetery with military rites by the Monroe American Legion Post #37 and Utah Honor Guard. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at