Archive for the ‘Obituaries’ Category

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

ElaineBurr1Elaine Burr

1933 – 2014

Salina, Utah – Our sweet sister, aunt, great aunt, friend and neighbor, returned to our Heavenly Father in the early morning hours of October 4, 2014 in Centerfield, Utah. Elaine Burr was born in Salina, Utah on July 2, 1933, a daughter of Myron Beason and Olive Mickelsen Burr.

Elaine graduated from NorthSevierHigh School, Class of 1951. She worked at Burr Motor in Salina in her early 20′s and then on to her favorite job, the one that she always talked about, Mountain Bell. She loved her co-workers and often took her nieces and nephews with her to work. After Mountain Bell, Elaine went to work at Zions Bank in Salina. She loved the people she met and always had a smile of her face. There was never a dull moment with the pranks she pulled and her contagious laugh. She later was the Custodian at the Seminary building and local ward houses for years.

Elaine loved to drive her daily route to visit the EastsideCemetery and then stroll through town to see what was new with a stop at the drive-in for an ice cream cone. She taught her nieces and nephews how to steer her 1974 green Monte Carlo on Sunday afternoons while listening to polka music, riding around Salina.

Elaine loved her family and appreciated all they did for her. She especially loved her nephew Kent and her brother Wayne, and all the great adventures they would take her on in the “gator”. They moved her lawn every week and made sure it looked nice for weekend company. Jimmy was always there to lend a helping hand and Brent to stop by and check on her.

Elaine is survived by her brothers: James and Ann Burr of Salina; Brent and Janece Burr of Bennion; sister-in-law: Arda Burr of Salina; many nieces and nephews as well as great-nieces and great-nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers: Jack Burr and Wayne Burr; a sister: Verna Dean Bigler; and a sister-in-law: Belva Burr.

The family would like to thank the Centerfield Community Living Center and Dr. Abbott for taking such good care of Elaine the past few years and At Home Health Care/Hospice, for caring so much for her. She truly loved all of you.

Funeral services will be held Friday, October 11, 2014 at 3:00 P.M. in the Salina 2nd LDS Ward Chapel, where friends may call for viewing Friday afternoon from 1:00 to 2:30 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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Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

LeeLee Torgerson

June 16, 1944 – September 28, 2014

Lee passed away peacefully in his sleep while visiting his son Jason’s family in Cody, WY.

Lee was born in Salina, UT, son of Sid and Lois Torgerson.  Lee lived in other places throughout his life but Salina was always his home. He loved the town and the people who lived there.  Part of his love for the town was the opportunity to hunt and fish in the same areas he grew up fishing and hunting in with his Dad and his brothers.  He enjoyed teaching his boys about the land, telling stories from when he was young and the large amounts of outdoor opportunities.

Lee cooked many meals while feeding young men heading to Vietnam while serving as a cook in the U.S. Army during 1965 through 1967 at Ft.Ord. in California.

One fateful Thanksgiving in 1972 he met the love of his life Cathy Wallace Torgerson.  They have been married ever since the day after Christmas that same year.  Forty-one and half years later the family believes that love does happen at first site.

There are many jobs that Lee worked in the area, but the one that he enjoyed most was his career he had delivering mail for the U.S Postal Service.

Lee was a true artist. People from around the world enjoyed his art that he sold on ebay.  Everyone loved art from PapaLee.

Lee is survived by his wife Cathy, son Paul (Lorie) Torgerson of Salina and his family, Tyrel (Katelyn) Torgerson of Lehi, McKenzie (James) Holmes of St. George, Taylor (Jeff) Lewis of Provo, and Alayna Torgerson of Salina.  Son Jason (Janene) Torgerson and his family, Wyatt, Bobbi and Austin.  Brothers Ronnie, Terry, and Jim Torgerson all of Salina, and RaNae Phillips of Springville. Sisters-in-law Glenda Torgerson, Salina and Shirley Shaw, Koosharem. Outlaw Sisters-in-law Mary (Phil) Carpenter and Bobbi Ryan both of CO. Brothers-in-Law Wayne Rogers of Glendale, CA and Bob Young of Riverton, WY.

Lee loved and enjoyed spending time, teasing, or harassing all of his nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by parents Sidney V. and Lois E. Torgerson. Sisters: Jane Young, Shirlene Rogers, and Mona Elder. Brothers: Bryce K. Torgerson, Deon Torgerson and Dolan Torgerson.

As per Lee’s request no funeral services will be held at this time.  A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

BerniceWoodBernice Wood

1918 – 2014

Salina, Utah – Bernice Anderson Wood, age 96, of Salina, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, returned home to her Heavenly Father and loved ones on September 23, 2014 in Centerfield, Utah. She was born January 30, 1918 on the family farm, north of Axtell, or then known as Hardscrabble, Utah, the second daughter and fifth child of eleven children born to Melvin Wallace and Christina Ludell Tollstrup Anderson. Bernice grew up on the farm and was given the responsibility of herding cattle, milking cows, feeding lambs on the bottle and thinning and topping sugar beets.

She attended Centerfield Elementary and GunnisonvalleyHigh   School.

She married the love of her life, Francillo Earl (Derb) Wood, August 5, 1939 in Gunnison, Utah. Their marriage was solemnized in the MantiLDSTemple, February 14, 1958. Derb preceded her in death on January 1, 2002.

Bernice was an active member of the LDSChurch, where she fulfilled many callings in Primary, Young Women and Relief Society.

She enjoyed working in her flower gardens, canning fruits and vegetables, camping, fishing, traveling, cheering on the Utah Jazz, watching The Lawrence Welk Show, and friendships she had belonging to a woman’s card club.

Bernice was dedicated to her family which she loved and treasured and in return, they loved and treasured her. She enjoyed family gatherings with both the Anderson and Wood Families and developed loving bonds with everyone.

She witnessed more changes in her 96 years than any other generation in history.

In later years, following the death of her husband, Derb, Bernice was fortunate enough to become reacquainted with her teenage friend Art, whom she hadn’t seen for 70 years. Being the same age, they were able to visit frequently, keeping each other company, reminiscing about times gone by.

Bernice is survived by her children: Ronald E. and Judy Wood of Aurora; Jack W. Wood, Kathy and Bryan Rasmussen, all of Salina; 3 grandsons and 1 granddaughter: Brandt Wood, Brandon and Nicole Rasmussen; Karson and Aubree Rasmussen; Abbey Harrison; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters: Marva Daniels of Eloy, Arizona; Vivian and Don Larsen of Sterling; Dellene and Blaine Allred of Erda.

She was preceded in death by her husband; grandsons: Justin Ronald Wood and Chanley (Cindy) Christensen; brothers and sisters: Austin M. and Gertrude Anderson; Fern and Edwin L. Malmgren; Neil C. and Sylvia Anderson; Dick and Twilla Anderson; Jay B. and Leah Anderson; Fay Anderson and Don W. Anderson.

The family would like to extend their thanks and appreciation to Dr. Richard Nay (nephew) and staff at the Gunnison Valley Hospital; the Community Living Center in Centerfield and Gunnison Valley Home Care and Hospice; and Vicky Gurney and At Home Care of Salina, for the compassionate care given to our dear Mother.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 12 Noon in the Salina LDS Stake Center, 98 West 400 North, where friends may call for viewing Saturday morning from 10:00 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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Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Allen.BobBob Allen

Redmond, Utah

On the rainy morning of September 21, 2014 our loving husband, dad, son, brother and friend, Robert “Bob” Leo Allen, 64, passed peacefully away at his home in Redmond after a valiant fight with cancer.

Bob was the first born of Lee and Bernice Allen, the oldest of six. He was born on a snowy day, May 4, 1950 in Tremonton. He attended grade school in Garland and graduated from TwinBridgesHigh School in Twin Bridges, MT where he played football for the Falcons and enjoyed ranch life.

Bob joined the US Air Force in 1973. He was proud of the time he served and was very patriotic throughout his life.

He married Paulette Mantha and together they had three boys, whom Bob was so proud of. Bob and Paulette were later divorced but remained good friends.

On June 5, 1993, Bob married the love of his life, Pennie Carlson. For 21 years they loved and took care of each other.

Bob worked real estate with his dad and spent many years as a cattle truck driver, more recently as a truck driver for Hales Sand & Gravel, where he made many lifelong friends.

Bob loved his sweet wife. He enjoyed a good laugh, good music, good food, NASCAR on tv, Christmas, and spending time with family and friends. We love you, Bob! You will be missed! You will be in our hearts forever!

Bob is survived by his loving wife; sons: Andy (Angie) Allen, Jeff (Jennifer) Allen, Scott (Amber) Allen, Jeremiah (Shilo) Carlson, and Austin Carlson; 10 grandchildren; father, Lee Allen; brother, Lewie Allen; sisters: Lani Callister, Suzanne Pierson, and Pauline Allen; mother-in-law, Bonnie Lund; and his loyal buddy, Rico.

He was preceded in death by his mother and little brother, Andy.

The family wishes to give special thanks to Kristen Gurney for her kindness and the love and care she gave to Bob, and especially to all the dear friends at Hales Sand and Gravel.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 26, 2014 at 12:00 Noon in the Redmond 2nd Ward Chapel, 310 West 100 North, where a viewing will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Burial will be on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in the East Garland Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at


Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Mya BeachMya Denise Beach

1966 – 2014

Salina, Utah – Our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend Mya Denise Beach, age 47 of St. George returned to her heavenly father on September 18, 2014 in St. George, Utah surrounded by her family.

She was born on December 27, 1966, a daughter of Richard Irving and LaPreal Mickelsen Cary in Everett, Washington. She attended DeltaHigh School and graduated with the class of 1985. She married StevenDeLanoChurch in May of 1984. He died on May 15, 1993. Six years later she married Bryan Beach in May of 1999. They later divorced in 2012.

Mya was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She enjoyed the outdoors. She loved spending time in the mountains where she liked to hike, fish, hunt, and camp.  She also enjoyed hunting for arrow heads.

Mya’s family was the center of her life. She adored her two boys and three girls. She also loved each of her children’s spouses and she believed she had ten children rather than five. Yet beloved above all were her grandchildren. They were the true light of her life. She could be often found talking on the phone or on Face Time with them. She loved pictures, and took many selfies of her and her grandchildren together. She was a vibrant force in the life of her family and will be missed by all.

“Shine Bright Like a Diamond… Forever!”

She is survived by her sons: Nathon and Cassidy Church of Salina; Joe and Baylee Church of St. George; her daughters: Chelsea and Judd Williams of Salina; Brandy Beach and Terry Neizer of Redmond; Sierra and Darren Tackett of Redmond; her grandchildren: CaDance, LyRic, MeLody, and Kyzer Church; Jaxson Beach; Bryt’n , and Steffen Williams; Trinity Neizer; her sisters: Lissa Sorensen and Mark McFarland of St. George; Dixie and Kelly Bird of Lehi; her ex-husband Bryan Beach of Salina.

She was proceeded in death by both of her parents; her grandson Deegan Gene Tackett.

Graveside services will be held at 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, in the SalinaEastsideCemetery. Friends may call for viewing Tuesday morning from 10:00-11:30 A.M. prior to services in the  Salina LDS Stake Center, located at 98 West 400 North in Salina, Utah.

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

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Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

MaryCurtis3MaryCurtis2Mary Curtis

1917 – 2014

Aurora, Utah – Mary Emily Hunt Curtis, age 97, of Aurora, passed away and returned to loved ones on September 2, 2014 in Richfield, Utah. She was the seventh child and fifth daughter born to Edward Moroni and Candace Jeanette Brown Hunt on Thursday July 19, 1917 in the small town of Cedarview, Duchesne, Utah. Mary was named after her maternal grandmother, Mary Ann Maranda Hyatt, and paternal grandmother, Emily Casto. She was thankful to be one of twelve children.

Mary met her husband, Herald Lero Curtis in March of 1934. Their marriage took place in the SaltLakeLDSTemple on September 16, 1935. Herald passed away June 15, 1994.

Mary was an active member and taught and participated in many of the organizations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, served two missions at the FamilyHistoryCenter in Richfield, UT; Director of the Salina, Utah Senior Citizens; Member of Daughters of Utah Pioneers and other civic organizations.

Raising ten children kept life busy. As matriarch she was devoted not only to her immediate family, but her extended family and all she met, as well. She worked diligently for her family, and enjoyed genealogy, scrapbooking, gardening, and sewing.

Mary is survived by her children: LaMoine “Curt” (Carmen) Curtis, Phoenix, AZ; Ronald (Lynda, deceased) Curtis, Monroe; Glade (Irene) Curtis, Juanna (Jimmy) Frisby all of St. George; Valene (Ron, deceased) Hagen, Salt Lake City; Neal (deceased) and April Curtis, Enoch; Sherron (Jim) Coult, Aurora; Carol (Nils) Slack, Page, AZ; Alan (Julie) Curtis, Richfield; MaryLee (Dennis, deceased) Dalley, South Jordan; 36 Grandchildren; 72 Great-grandchildren; 18 Great-great grandchildren; and a brother, Richard Hunt of Preston, ID.

She was preceded by death by her parents: Candace and Edward Hunt and ten siblings: Dalton, Elva, Reita, George, Amy, Jean, Ardell, Joseph, Dortha and Ruth; and three grandchildren: Tony, Carrie and Rebecca.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 8, 2014 at 12:00 Noon in the Aurora First LDS Ward Chapel, where friends may call for viewing Sunday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. or Monday morning from 10:00 to 11:30 A.M. prior to the services.

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

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Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

DorisLCaldwellRedmond, Utah – Our kind and loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and sister, Doris Larue Jensen Caldwell, age 85, passed away September 4, 2014 in Centerfield, Utah. She was born April 2, 1929 in Redmond, Utah, a daughter of Walton James and Veda Ann Jensen Jensen.

She graduated from SalinaHigh School, Class of 1947. She married her sweetheart, John Wallace Caldwell, July 26, 1948 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He died April 22, 1989.

Doris was an active member of the LDSChurch, serving as a Visiting Teacher, Secretary of the Relief Society, Compassionate Services Committee, Primary and Young Women’s Programs throughout the years.

She was a wonderful seamstress. She enjoyed making quilts and crocheting. She loved to cook and bake and enjoyed reading.

Doris is survived by her children: Doris Kreiter of Stockton, California; Brenda Lee and Allan Tarket of Tucson, Arizona; Chris John and Cindy Caldwell of Lake Forest, California; grandchildren: Kari Ann Kreiter; Kevin John Keriter; Janine Marie Kreiter; Kendra Lyn Tarket; Jason Allan and Jennifer Tarket; Travis John and Gabriella Tarket; Anne Marie and Eric Meyer; Rheanna Lauren Caldwell; Fiona Grace Caldwell and Collin Sayer Caldwell; great-grandchildren: Justin Kreiter; Preston Kreiter; Carson Kreiter; Alyssa Dawn Elam; Bradley Thomas Elam; Cadence Leigh Tarket; and Colton James Tarket; sisters and brothers: Beverly Markos of Ogden; Dale Jensen of Barstow, California; DonnaVee Sorenson of Axtell; Howard Jensen of Bloomington, Indiana.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John Wallace Caldwell; a son, Kent Caldwell; grandson, Jeremy James Kreiter; and two sisters: Elaine Saffron and Virginia Grendahl.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 12 Noon in the Centerfield 1st LDS Ward Chapel, where friends may call for viewing Saturday morning from 10:00 to 11:30 prior to the services.

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

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Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Hunsaker.KellyKelly Hunsaker

Salina, UT/Deary, ID

Kelly Ann Martin Hunsaker, 53, passed away at UtahValleyRegionalMedicalCenter in Provo on Monday, August 25, 2014 following a brief battle with cancer. She was born January 12, 1961 in Payson to Bill and Linda Henline Ivie. She married Dale Lynn Hunsaker February 17, 1981 in Ely, NV.

Kelly was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and cousin. She worked as cook, a truck broker and truck driver.

Kelly enjoyed riding motorcycles, camping and fishing. She especially loved spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband; sons: Seth (Marissa) Hunsaker, Tyson (Laura) Lymas, D.J. (Barbara) Hunsaker; 8 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild; siblings: Stacey (Bart) Prostgaard, Paige Hartley, Lisa Kay (Bobby) Fredrick, Shane (Tammy) Ivie, Waylon (Tara) Ivie, Lisa Meacham, and Lila Jackson.

Preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Clare Hartley.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the SalinaStakeCenter where friends may call Friday from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in the SalinaPioneerCemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at


Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Richard Harrop

Aurora, UT

Richard Harrop born on Dec 29, 1933 to Royal and Stella Harrop, died – August 21, 2014. Sir, My Report “Already it is time for me to report for duty on a new mission, it is time for me to die, for you to go on living.” I have returned to report a most fabulous trip, I wish to report that I have tried my best to provide service to my God, country and community. I have tried to honor my country with 21 years in the Air Force and three trips to Viet Nam. As a life long Scouter I was fortunate to have been able to work with many outstanding young men. You gave me many opportunities to serve the church with humbling jobs such as Bishop and sitting on the Stake High Councils. Nothing has brought me more joy on my stay on Earth than my family and the people I’ve met. My family has brought me my greatest happiness. I met, married and shared the first part of my life with a most wonderful girl, Ann Hislop (Married January 16, 1953). She was my greatest source of joy, strength and love while there and I can only hope that we will be united together once again forever. We were blessed to have shared with you seven great and noble spirits as our children on Earth. They were indeed valiant servants and loving children that brought us much happiness. They were our greatest creations and our most valued possessions. Both Ann and Ken which have already reported for duty, when Royal, Robin, Aaron, Annette, Royce and Kandy return, you will see how they have grown while away on their trip. I was able to share in the end my last little bit of time with a wonderful person, Joan Shaw-Gleave (Married July 13, 2013 in Aurora). She was my companion and best friend helping me to learn how to live again, giving so much of herself in the process. I just wish we could have had more time together to see all the wonderful places we had planned for. I am so grateful to you for your gift to us of eternal families. While there I tried to serve You, my family, my church, my country and my fellow man the best I could. I was blessed to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and to have had the Priesthood in my life while there. I have a strong testimony of You, Your son Jesus Christ, His sacrifice on our behalf, the Holy Ghost and I will continue to serve in any way I can. I only hope you are pleased with my return.

Rich is survived by his wife, Joan of Aurora; six children, Royal, Alaska; Robin, Vernal; Aaron, Japan; Annette Newman, Gunnison; Royce, Layton; and Kandy Mead, Texas; stepchildren; Jewelyn Jensen, Phoenix; Valrie Shaw, Salt Lake City; Mark Shaw, Phoenix; Brett Shaw, Salina; Janet Huntsman, Aurora; Lisa McArthur, Phoenix; 50 grandchildren; 66 great-grandchildren, 1 great great-grandchild and sisters, Roslyn, Sandra and Vicky, all of Ogden. He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Kenneth and wife, Ann.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 25, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in the Fayette Ward Chapel. Friends may call on Sunday, August 24, 2014 at the Church from 6-8:00 p.m. and prior to services on Monday from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Interment will be in the OgdenCityCemetery at 4:00 p.m. with military honors. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at


Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Muner.EdEdward Munger

Gunnison, Utah

Edward Stephen Munger, 76, known by family and friends as Ed, Eddie, or Eddie Blue Eyes, passed away at UtahValleyHospital in Provo, on August 15, 2014 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Ed was born March 11, 1938 in San Francisco, CA to Merrick Edward and Lois Lydia Baker Munger. He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Ed was always one who enjoyed learning and doing new things. After he completed his military service in California he found work for a printing company in Seattle, WA where he worked his way up from delivery driver to foreman. During this time he met a lovely woman, Janeth Maxine Hibben and they were wed December 3, 1965 in Seattle, WA. The marriage was solemnized in the MantiTemple on August 2, 2012.

During a family vacation to Gunnison, he decided he had to live where the sun shined! So off to God’s County they went and to moved Gunnison. Here, he thought he should try to fit into the country life and learned to ride/drive (and eventually owned) horses and diesels. Through the years he owned and operated three diesel trucks that were used to pull flat bed trailers and even more horses. He put over a million miles on each diesel truck with no accidents. Then after more than 30 years driving he decided enough was enough and retired. Retirement was wonderful; he was able to spend time playing his bagpipes in bands and for parties, parades, funerals, or with friends.

Ed was always artistic and retirement gave him the opportunity to develop his painting talents. There are many of his paintings that can be found in his home and around the community.

Ed was a strong man who had survived heart and cancer surgeries without complaining, knowing there was something greater waiting for him to learn and do. He felt this was his temple calling. He truly loved serving the Lord and working with so many wonderful people he quickly came to call friends. Ed will greatly be missed by his family and friends.

Ed leaves behind his loving wife, Janeth; children: Jerry Dale Jackson and Marie Louise (Lynn Dale) Mortensen, all of Gunnison; grandchildren: Zachary Edward, Kellee Marie, Jadre Diane, and Paydenne Leigh Mortensen; brother, Lawrence (Kae) Munger, Salt Lake City; and sisters: Berti Jensen, Merretta (Revier) Palmer, both from California.

He is preceded in death by his parents, daughter-in-law, Ann Jackson; and sister, Geraldine (Harlan) McLain; brother-in-law, Gordon Jensen.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 11:00 am at the Gunnison 5th Ward Chapel, 210 South Main in Centerfield where friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Gunnison City Cemetery with military rites by Gunnison American Legion Post #104 and the Utah Honor Guard. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at