Twilla Peterson – Obituary

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Twilla Peterson

1923 – 2015

Salina, Utah – Our kind and beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and friend, Twilla Marie Christensen Peterson, age 91, of Salina, passed away March 2, 2015 in Richfield.  She was born September 23, 1923 in Redmond, Utah, a daughter of John and Josephine Madsen Christensen.

She graduated from North Sevier High School.

Twilla married Thad Reed Peterson, December 17, 1943 in Richfield, Utah.  He died July 6, 1997.

She was a member of the LDS Church, serving as a Relief Society Visiting Teacher, Compassionate Services Leader and was overseer of the quilting in the Salina 1st Ward.   She served as a Cub Scout Leader.

Twilla enjoyed fishing, camping, gardening and she made beautiful tricot quilts.  She enjoyed crocheting, embroidery, sewing, camping and family activities.  She loved her social life with the Birthday Club.  Twilla had a sense of humor and was quite spunky.  She loved all her grandkids and kept up with what everybody was doing.

Twilla is survived by her children: Kathy and James Thompson of Manti; Connie and Allen Hyatt of Cleveland; Sherri (Reed J. deceased) Peterson of Salina; 11 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; 7 great-great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law: Allen Poulson of Richfield.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son; and all her siblings: Pharise Larsen, Maurine Russell; Joy Poulson, Juanita Olsen, Eldon Christensen, Vannoy Christensen, Howard Christensen and Leland Christensen.

Funeral services will be held Friday, March 6, 2015 at 12:00 Noon in the Salina LDS Stake Center, 98 West 400 North in Salina.  Friends may call for viewing at the Springer Turner Funeral Home, 150 East Main Street in Salina, Thursday evening from 6 to 8 P.M. or at the Stake Center Friday morning from 10:30 to 11:30 prior to the services.

Burial 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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Jason M. Yardley – Obituary

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
Jason M. Yardley

Jason M. Yardley

1976 – 2015

Aurora, Utah – It’s with heavy hearts we say good-bye to our amazing husband, father, son, brother, nephew, grandson, cousin and friend.  Jason Mel Yardley, age 38, passed away February 10, 2015 at his home in Aurora.   He fought the hardest battle of his life these past 5 years with Oral Cancer. He led by example, lived with honor, and is a light in the center of the darkest storm. He was born October 10, 1976 in Richfield, Utah, a son of Melvin Walter and Debra Jean Jensen Yardley.  He graduated from North Sevier High School, Class of 1995.  He received his Associate of Science Degree from Snow College; his Bachelor’s Degree from Brigham Young University and his Masters Degree from the American Military University.

Jason married Heather Aspen Simpson, September 28, 2002 in the Manti LDS Temple.

As a career Officer in the US Air Force, Captain Jason M. Yardley (Retired) C130 Pilot, served two tours in Kuwait and in Operation Iraqi Freedom.  His last assignment was Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas.

Jason was an active member of the LDS Church.  He completed his Eagle Scout at a very young age, served an honorable mission to Texas San Antonio Spanish Speaking Mission from 1996 to 1998.  He served as Sunday School President, Sunday School Teacher, Young Men’s Advisor and Home Teacher.

Jason liked any and everything with speed: motorcycles, cars, planes and sports, especially the NFL.

He lived his life for his family and loved doing everything with them.  We will love and miss him forever.  We have been privileged to have him in our lives.  We are eternally grateful for having had him in our lives.

Jason is survived by his wife, Heather; his four sons: Dylan, Jackson, Kellen and Harrison; his parents, Mel and Debra Yardley, all of Aurora; brothers: Jaren and Pam Yardley of Richfield; Justin and Janet Yardley, and their son, Zachary, of Scottsdale, Arizona; grandmother, Carolyn Jensen of Redmond, Utah.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Dale Jensen, Howard and Mary Yardley; his in-laws: Heath Simpson and Karen Cox; an uncle, Richard Chris Jensen and a nephew, Aaron Yardley.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 12 Noon in the Aurora 2nd LDS Ward Chapel, 85 North Main Street, where friends may call for viewing Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 P.M. or Wednesday morning from 10:30 to 11:30 prior to the services.

Burial with the Patriot Guard escorts and military honors accorded by the Salina American Legion Post #36 and the Utah Honor Guard 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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Dennis G. Mason Obituary

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Dennis G. Mason

Aurora, Utah

Dennis G. Mason, 71, passed away peacefully January 20, 2015, in his home in Aurora. He was born October 9, 1943 in Salina to Glenn and Ora Mason. He married his sweetheart, Deanna Joyce Tobler, February 5, 1965 in Richfield.

Dennis spent is entire life in Sevier County where he worked at the Sufco Mine and enjoying what he called “God’s Country”.

Dennis fully loved his family, his cowboy friends, and the outdoors. His passion was hunting, camping and spending days in the saddle on the desert chasing wild horses.

Dennis was always found at 10 am near the Premium in Salina getting a “Fix” and then doing his chores with his close buddies.

He loved his grandkids and teaching them the beauty of the outdoors.

Dennis was a very strong man and had a wonderful heart. He battled cancer many times over his years with the thoughtful help of his loving wife Joyce.

Dennis is survived by his loving wife, Joyce: children: Scott (Cinda) Mason, Richfield; Angie (Walt) Merchant, Aurora; Heather (Rick) Torgerson, Salina; Chance Mason, St. George; grandchildren: Drake (Shakari) Mason, Karolann (Jordan) Jones, Mika Mason, Morgan (Josh) Houghton, Dylan (Joquelle) Merchant, Carsyn Merchant, Chayce Merchant, Kyler Yardley, Kaylie Yardley, Peyton Torgerson, Mayci Torgerson, Trey Torgerson, Cale Torgerson; 6 great-grandchildren:

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Carl Mason, Versel J. Mason; and life long friend Denny Thurston.

The family would like to thank Gunnison Valley Home Health and Hospice for their loving care during his passing.

Funeral services will be held Friday, January 23, 2015 at 12:00 Noon in the Salina Stake Center, 98 West 400 North, where friends may call Thursday from 6-8 p.m. and Friday from 10:00-11:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Aurora Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at


Fonda Shaw Kennedy Obituary

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Fonda Shaw Kennedy

1929 – 2015

Aurora, Utah – Our kind and beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister, Fonda Shaw Kennedy, age 85, passed away on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at her home in Aurora.  She was born August 10, 1929 in Aurora, a daughter of William Hartley and Mary Jeanette Shaw.  She graduated from North Sevier High School.  She married the love of her life, Evan Neil Kennedy, November 17, 1948 in Aurora.  Their marriage was solemnized in the Manti LDS Temple, July 20, 1957.

She was an active member of the LDS Church, serving as the Young Womens Secretary, Relief Society Secretary and a Visiting Teacher.

She enjoyed fishing, camping with her family, bowling, quilting and crocheting.  She has always loved babies, especially her grandchildren.  Since Evan retired, whenever  you saw Fonda, you usually saw Evan.  They were always together.

She is survived by her loving husband, Evan, of Aurora; children: Jeanette and Newell Anderson of Gunnison; Sharon and DeVere Sudweeks of Aurora; Loretta and Steve Bagley of Huntington; Boyd and Nancy Kennedy of Aurora; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; sister: Roa and Wendell Mason of Aurora; sister-in-law: Mary Shaw of Salina.

She was preceded in death by her parents: William H. and Mary J. Harding Shaw; parents-in-law: Earl and Ethel Oliver Kennedy; brothers and sisters: Utahna Ainsworth, Deon Taylor, Etha Hansen, Leo Shaw, Vern Shaw, Lois Jones, Carol Shaw,  and Gail Shaw; brothers and sisters-in-law: Leone Murray, Verge Kennedy and Boyd Kennedy.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 12:00 Noon in the Aurora 1st LDS Ward Chapel.  Friends may call for viewing at the Aurora 1st Ward, Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 P.M. or Thursday morning from 10:30 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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Howard Jensen Obituary

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Howard Jensen

1941 – 2014

Howard Jensen, age 73, died December 13, 2014 at his home in Bloomington, Indiana. He was born November 12, 1941 in Salina, Utah, a son of Valton James and Veda Ann Jensen. He grew up in the tiny town of Redmond, Utah, where he saw a children’s theatre production during his early childhood. Ultimately, that experience lead him to pursue a career in theater. After receiving an undergraduate degree from the University of Utah, he spent two years on active duty in the US Army. Subsequently, he received his M.A. from the University of California, Davis and his Ph.D. in Theatre from WayneStateUniversity, where he was an actor in the renown Hilberry Theatre. Howard joined the faculty of the Department of Theatre and Drama at IndianaUniversity, Bloomington in 1972. In 1976, he was appointed head of the department’s acting and Directing Program. The ultimate strength and national recognition of that program was due in no small measure to Howard Jensen’s leadership.

During his career at Indiana, Howard directed scores of plays including: A Streetcar Named Desire, that opened the new Brown County Playhouse in 1977; and Death Of A Salesman, that opened the Ruth Halls Theatre in 2001 in the Lee Norvelle Theatre and DramaCenter. Prior to joining the faculty at IndianaUniversity, he was an actor and founding member of the Utah Shakespearean Festival and later directed more than a dozen productions for the company. He was also a visiting director at such distinguished theatre festivals as the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. And, on occasion, he continued to work as an actor with the Indiana Repertory Theatre.

How’s numerous awards and honors are indicative of his impact on the theatre locally, regionally and nationally. In 1989 he was honored by Arts Indiana as a “State Arts Treasure”, in 2001 the Utah Shakespearean Festival named him one of the 40 most “illustrious persons who have illuminated our lives,” and in 2002 he received the Indiana University Trustee’s Teaching Award.

Howard will always be remembered as a talented artist and teacher by his students, colleagues, and long-time friends, both inside and outside IndianaUniversity. He died peacefully, thanks to Hospice and especially his care-giver/nurse Allison Tomusk.

He is survived by his brother, Dale and Carol Jensen; sisters: Beverly Markos, Donna Vee and Leland Sorensen; close friend, Julie Jensen, and the many theatre students who were inspired by his talent, dedication and love of theatre.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Valton Ross Jensen; three sisters and two brothers-in-law: Virginia Grendahl, Elaine and Sidney Safron, Doris and Wallace Caldwell and James Markos.

Contributions in Howard’s memory and in support of classical theatre may be made to the Howard Jensen Endowment Fund at the Indiana University Foundation.


Brent L Taylor – Obituary

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015
Brent Taylor

Brent L. Taylor

Our beloved husband, father, grandfather (papa), son, brother, uncle, and friend Brent L Taylor, age 68, returned to his Heavenly Father at his home in Levan, Utah on December 29th, 2014.

Brent was born on March 19th, 1946 in Salina, UT to George Glen and Effie Novella Madsen Taylor. He was the fifth of five children, and being the youngest was “over-loved” during his childhood.

Brent married Barbara Burr on November 27th, 1964. He later married Pamela Clare Smith on December 24th, 1985 and they were later sealed in the Manti Utah Temple on March 27th, 1993.

Brent graduated from North Sevier High School in 1964 and later continued his education at Weber State University, graduating with a Bachelors degree in Accounting.

Brent was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, serving in various positions including Stake High Counselor, Bishopric 2nd Counselor, YSA Branch Clerk, and most recently serving a full-time mission at the Heber Valley Girls Camp. Brent also served on the Levan Town Council, actively involved in the Levan Main Street Reconstruction Project.

Brent worked in a wide variety of fields in the workplace, including farming, accounting, auditing, construction, sales, and management. He retired from Hilfiker Retaining Walls after working almost 30 years in selling, coordinating, and managing projects around the world as well as serving on the Board of Directors for Visionary Products Inc.

Brent maintained a sincere love for nature, including loving the mountains and outdoors, being an avid hunter, and sustaining his passion for gardening, which was recognized across the state including publications of his novel drip watering system. Perhaps the most important aspect of Brent’s gardening was the opportunity to share the “fruits of his labor” with his friends and family, who will truly miss the fresh fruits and vegetables each year.

Of all these defining aspects of Brent’s life, there can be no greater love than he had for his family. His life is truly defined by the many acts of service, love, and time spent with his family!

Brent was preceded in death by his parents, George Glen and Effie Novella Madsen Taylor, his sister Cloeen Taylor, and his son Troy L Taylor.

Brent is survived by his loving wife Pamela; his children Marlene (Mike) Swasey, Trent (Dani) Taylor, JC (Annee) Reynolds, George (Kimberlee) Reynolds, Monette (Troy) Christensen, Valerie (Matt) Throckmorton, Arthur Reynolds, Morgan (Caroline) Taylor, and Pamela Joy (Chris) Johnson; 34 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren; and his siblings Maxine Adams, Mavis Bastian, and Garry Taylor.

Funeral services will be held Monday, January 5th, 2015 at 12:00pm (noon) in the Nephi LDS Stake Center, 351 North 100 West, Nephi, UT. Family and friends may call for viewing Sunday evening from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Anderson Funeral Home, 94 West 300 North, Nephi, UT and Monday morning from 10:00am to 11:00am at the Nephi LDS Stake Center. Internment will be in the Levan Town Cemetery after the funeral services.

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Barney.Laura Barney.Laura.youngLaura Barney

Coconut Creek, Floria

Laura Rose Barney, 87, passed away peacefully, at home, surrounded by her loving
family on January 2, 2015 in Coconut Creek, Florida. The oldest daughter of Daniel La Gerald Barney and Rozella Watts, she was born on May 29, 1927 in Axtell, Utah. She married William Kempton Pollock, July 25, 1949, and later married Francisco Jose Ulibarri on June 7, 1957. Laura’s cherished spirit is carried on by her three children: Victoria (Dr. Eugene) Harkins of Salt Lake City, UT; William Kempton (Amy) Pollock Jr., Pahrump, NV; and Francisco (Angie) Ulibarri of Coconut Creek, FL.

Laura was a loving and resilient woman who faced many challenges. Through her life she developed an admirable personal strength.

Laura was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and enjoyed serving in various callings.

Laura had many talents and enjoyed painting, crocheting, and gardening. Her home and yard always created a delightful oasis for all who visited.

Laura enjoyed her career as a cosmetologist, and loved to read, and read, book after book. She shared her love of reading by teaching others to read through community education. Laura also had a great love for all animals, especially dogs; most recently, her best friends, Onslo and Misty.

Laura has six grandchildren whom she loved dearly: Brigette (Dr.Kevin) Parzych, San Luis Obispo, CA; Joseph (Wendy) Harkins, Salt Lake City, UT; Stephanie Pollock, Payson, AZ; Steven (Jodie) Ulibarri, Salt Lake City, UT; Jeffrey (Ashley) Ulibarri, of Salt Lake City, UT; Claire Ulibarri, Coconut Creek, FL. She was also blessed with four great-grandchildren: Andrew and Benjamin Parzych, Zachary Huffman and Chase.

She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 12:00 Noon in the Axtell Ward Chapel where friends may call from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Burial will be in the AxtellCemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at


Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Steven R. Johanson

StevenJohanson4Old truckers never die.

They just get a new Peterbilt.

Salina, Utah – Steven Johanson was the first baby born on New Year’s Day, 1951, In Sevier County Utah. Lila and Ralph Johanson were rewarded with a new baby boy and a whole case of baby powder. Steven was the only boy in a family that eventually included four girls. Outliving Steve is his sisters, Kathy (Max) Larsen, Barbara (Dean) Landon, and Beth (Paul) Blair. Getting out of this world before him was his sister Ruth (Rod) Griffin.

Steve grew up raising hell and having fun in SalinaUtah. He attended (sometimes) North Sevier High. Steve joined the Marines Corp at the age of 17. He was sent to Vietnam where he served as a field operator as the rank of Sargent.

After Vietnam Steve met and then married Joyce Low. Together they had three incredible daughters, Kammie (Dan) Schultz, Becky (Shane) Moore, and Joni (Ryan) Kammerer. Steve has seven grandkids from his daughters.

Steve met and married Jeanie Evans on June 23, 1990, later sealed in the MantiTemple. Jeanie brought three fun boys to the marriage, Tyler, Bradley, and Matthew Peterson. Soon Steve and Jeanie welcomed two boys of their own, Ryker Johanson, and Austin (Haley) Johanson. Steve and Jeanie loved watching Ryker and Austin play basketball at North Sevier High. Austin and Haley gave him his last two grandkids, Kamden his constant companion and friend, and Keagan who hasn’t arrived just yet.

Steve loved his fifteen grandkids. He was so excited to meet his ninth that he left us too damn early.

Steve was a trucker. He came through life making deliveries of happiness and fun. He loved pets, jokes, and President Obama. He was always making people laugh. Steve was full of it……..good advice and love that is!

Steve passed away after getting his ass kicked by pancreatic cancer (his words), those that were there would tell you he fought like hell. Steve died on January 2, 2015. He was 64 years old. We will miss his laugh, especially when he laughed so hard that no sound came out. Roll on 18 wheeler roll on.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday January 10, 2015, at the Salina second ward cultural hall between 12:00 Noon and 2:00 PM. Graveside services 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 7th, 2015

Davies.Nan Davies.Nan.youngNan B. Davies

Salina, Utah

Nan Brown Davies, 89, of Salina, passed away January 4, 2015 in Provo with her loving family at her side. She was born November 22, 1925 in Annabella to Arnol Richard and Myrtle Loretta Camp Brown. She married Wilford Davies, January 14, 1944 in Alexandria, Louisiana. The marriage was later solemnized in the MantiTemple. He preceded her in death March 30, 2000.

Nan was faithful member of the LDSChurch where she willingly served as a ward Primary teacher, a stake Primary secretary, at the bishop’s storehouse, in the ward choir and as a scout leader. She helped with flowers and luncheons for many funerals.

She was civic minded and willingly served as a volunteer at Salina’s Tourist Information Booth. Some employment highlights included being a bookkeeper for Wilford’s gas station, as a server/waitress at Geneva Nielson’s, Soper’s Café, Mark’s Drive In and in housekeeping at Fish Lake Lodge.

The year 2014 marked Nan’s 67th consecutive garden. She loved her gardens and spent many hours cultivating and growing her treasures. She received many ribbons for her flower arrangements and vegetables at both the SevierCounty and Utah State Fairs. She enjoyed spending time at FishLake with family and friends. Some of her hobbies included camping, fishing, oil painting, appliqueing dish towels, quilting and traveling with Wilford to his military reunions.

Surviving her are her daughters: Janet Hunt (Doug) of Central Valley, Marie Carter (Greg Hubbs) of Spanish Fork; former son-in-law, Todd Carter of Spanish Fork; 9 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; siblings, Joy Ione Larsen of South Jordan, Nad (Markay) Brown of St. George.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; 2 infant daughters; son, Wilford Davies Jr.; siblings: Dawn Brown, Margaret (Jnard) Heath, Newell A. (Norma) Brown.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 9, 2015 in the Salina 4th LDS Ward Chapel, 100 West 400 North, Salina, where friends may call on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 or on Friday morning from 9:30 to 10:30. Burial will be in the Richfield City Cemetery. Funeral Directors, Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guest book


Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Darwin G Anderson

DarwinGAndersonJune 22, 1931 – December 30, 2014

Aurora, Utah – Darwin Glen Anderson, age 83, of Aurora, passed away peacefully at the Gunnison Valley Hospital, December 30, 2014. He was born June 22, 1931 in Salina, Utah to Samuel Glen and Alta Spencer Anderson. He was raised on their family farm in Aurora, Utah.

He married Leona Beth Colby from Vermillion, Utah on April 18, 1949. From that union they were blessed with three children: Danny Glen, Mark Edwin and Debra Pauline. Leona passed away from cancer August 8, 1961.

Following Leona’s passing, he married Rachel Mendenhall and the family was blessed with two more sons: Austin Joel and Robert Edward Anderson. Not all things were made to last and the family was split when Darwin and Rachel divorced.

Many years later he met and fell in love with Marilyn Laura McKenzie Turley from Caliente, Nevada. They were married on December 28, 1983 in Aurora, Utah. From this new union, he gained three step-children whom he loved and adored: Lillian Mae, Michael Raymond and Marnie Kathleen. Darwin and Marilyn enjoyed 31 years together and were together until his passing.

Darwin graduated from Utah State University in 1963 and began a career working for the US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. He retired after 30 years and settled back at his family farm in Aurora, where he became Water Master, a job that he truly enjoyed for over 26 years. Family was his whole focus and he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was an avid reader and enjoyed studying history and politics. In his spare time he enjoyed hunting, gardening, weather tracking, guns and ammunition reloading.

During the Korean Conflict, he served an honorable tour as a US Marine on the USS Kearsarge and other locations throughout Korea.

Darwin is survived by his wife, Marilyn, of Aurora; his 8 children: Danny and Pamela Anderson of Kaysville; Mark and Diane Anderson of Veyo; Debra Anderson of Aurora; Austin and Laura Anderson of North Salt Lake; Robert and Susan Anderson of Rock Springs, Wyoming; Lillian and Kevin Valerio of Caliente, Nevada; Michael and Shauna Turley of Overton, Nevada; Marnie and Tim Fritz of Woodinville, Washington; 22 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; siblings: LaVon Platis of Sacramento, California; Eugene Anderson of Monroe; Julian and Faye Anderson of Bloomington; Althea and Scott Farhni of Clearfield.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Lillian Anderson; a granddaughter, Shandy Rhea Anderson and his first wife, Leona Beth Colby Anderson.

Funeral services will be held Monday, January 5, 2015 at 12 Noon in the Aurora 2nd LDS Ward Chapel. Friends may call for viewing at the Springer Turner Funeral Home, 150 East Main Street in Salina, Sunday evening from 6 to 8 P.M. or at the ward chapel in Aurora, Monday morning from 10:30 to 11:30 prior to the services.

Burial with military honors accorded by the Salina American Legion Post #36 and the United States Marine Corp Honor Guard 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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