Saturday, December 29, 2012

Archie Pictures

The  three groups of pictures below were given to me by Archie McCarrie. He is not sure who the people are and if you know would you let me know so I can pass the information on to him. Some of them I think are pretty obvious. On the first one there is a picture of a piece of mining equipment and he is not sure the Pic was even taken in Hiawatha. If you know where the pic was taken--- and exactly what the equipment is would you please let me know. Could one of them be YOU??

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Archies Pics

Monday, December 24, 2012

I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and also hope you have a great New Year. Thanks for all your support. If anyone has pictures you would like posted on the blogger please send them and I will post them. I think all of you out there also know you can comment on any of the blogs found here on the HiawathaBlogger just by clickinmg the comment link at the bottom of each blog.  I also keep up a page on Facebook for Hiawatha people if you want to add to that you may also.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Sarie Martino Guy Obituary

Sarie Guy

Sarie Guy

CARBONVILLE/ST. GEORGE - Our loving mother, nanny, sister, friend and beautiful wife, Sarie Martino Guy passed away peacefully at her home in St. George on Dec. 10, 2012 at the age of 67. She was born July 24, 1945 in Price to Sam S. and Mary Ann DiMaggio Martino. Sarie was raised in Price, where she graduated from Carbon High School and the College of Eastern Utah. She married Dan Guy on Sept. 11, 1965. They had two children - Dana & David. They built a house in Carbonville in 1973 and she turned it into a home for her family for the next 37 years. She always tried to make people feel at home in her house, and her children have fond memories of the place filled with family and friends. Sarie was an accomplished cosmetologist as well as a homemaker, and she spent many years working with her own salon, and with the public. She enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, fishing and especially camping with family on the Gentry Mountain. As health issues made it more difficult to go to the mountains, she spent more time collecting antiques with her husband and special friend Lynn. With all of her talents and hobbies, her greatest love was for her family. If you knew Sarie for only a few minutes, you also knew how special her children and grandchildren were. There was never a Nanny that loved her grandkids more than this lady! In her 67 years of life, she touched numerous lives. She will be sorely missed and never forgotten. We look forward to the day we are reunited with her. She is survived by her husband Dan. W. Guy, St. George; daughter, Dana (Sam) Marrelli, Helper; son, Dave (Rebecca) Guy, Montrose, Colo; grandchildren Lacie and Haley Sheppard, Kylee and Logan Guy; sister, Rosanne (Ronald) Kulow; brother, Sam (Dianne) Martino. She is preceded in death by her father and mother Sam and Mary Ann Martino. "God saw you getting tired, When a cure was not to be. So He wrapped his arms around you, And whispered, "come to me." You didn't deserve what you went through, So He gave you rest. Gods's garden must be beautiful, He only takes the best. And when I saw you sleeping, So peaceful and free from pain I could not wish you back to suffer that again. Memorial Mass, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, 11 a.m., St. Anthony Catholic Church in Helper. Family will receive friends at the church Saturday morning one hour prior to services. Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home of Price, where friends are welcome daily and may share memories of Sarie at

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

My family & I want to thank you for all the support that has been given to us by the Hiawatha Friends. Those who sent condolances, cards and telephone calls, and also the ones that came to the visitation and the funeral. Everyone talked about what a kind & concerned person my wife Donnie was. Of course I have known this for years, but I had the advantage of spending 56 + years with her. All our friends have a hard time understanding the close relationship that the people of Hiawatha have. And I have a hard time explaining it-- it just seemed to happen? Anyway-- THANKS-Wally

Monday, December 3, 2012


Our loving Wife, Mom, Grandma & “Grandma Great” passed away in Salt Lake City 1 Dec 2012 after struggling many years with diabetes and its complications. She was born 26 Aug 1934 in Seattle, Washington. She was the oldest child of Neldon & Grace (Winn) Wickman. Donnie was raised in Castle Dale by her aunt & uncle Feno & Evie Huntington. She met Wallace Baldwin while he was home on leave from the U.S.A.F. and they were married 4 Feb 1956. Donnie was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She was called at age 16 as a Primary Teacher & at 26 she was called as a Relief Society President.

Donnie received her higher education at BYU. Later in life she continued her education with classes at Idaho State University & the U of U.
The family moved to Idaho in the 1960’s and Donnie taught a private Kindergarten in her home there. She always included 2 or 3 children with speech disabilities who were recommended by a friend who was a speech therapist.

In the Spring of her life Donnie lived & worked at the Huntington home & farm in Castle Dale, Utah. In the Summer of her life she and her family loved to go camping in their travel trailer. Her favorite spots were Joe’s Valley & Island Park in Idaho. In the Fall of her life she loved to travel. She and Wally & many friends took several cruises to many parts of the world & Donnie loved it. In the Winter of her life came her health struggles. However, in between them she & her family and many friends enjoyed time at the family cabin near Fairview.

Donnie always loved to knit, crochet, scrapbook and do “crafties.” She always said that was her relaxation.

Donnie has always been an out-going, positive thinking lady. She had many friends & was always there to cheer on & help anyone who was having troubles. She was especially devoted to her family- both immediate & extended.

Donnie was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers-Craig, John & David & one granddaughter, Bailey Grace Blake. She is survived by her husband, Wallace Baldwin; 1 son Steven; 3 daughters-Tammi (Rick) Hagen, Melinda Hartley, Jennifer (Chris) Blake; 8 grandchildren & 2 great grandchildren. Also one sister- Janet (Jack) Magnuson & one special Brother Mack Huntington.

Funeral Services will be held at the LDS church at 4545 South 1200 East at 11 AM on Wed, Dec 5th.  Friends may call at a visitation at the church Tues evening from 6 to 8 PM & one hour before the funeral on Wed morning.

The family thanks all the friends & relatives & those who have taken care of Donnie and watched over Wally. We wish to express our thanks for your loving care.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Neldona W. Baldwin, wife of Wallace R. Baldwin passed away December 1, 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Obituary will follow when available.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Andy and Wilma Barnett

Andy and Wilma Barnett

Friends and family, please join us in celebrating Andy and Wilma Barnett's 50th Wedding Anniversary at the Carbon Country Club on Friday, Nov. 23, from 1 - 3 p.m. They were married on Nov. 17, 1962 Children: Micah (Jim), Andy Grandchildren: Beau (Melanie), Dustin (Kari), Danielle, Courtney, Jessica, AJ Great grandchildren: Laila, Cain, Lydia, Charlotte, Alexandria No gifts please!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Well today is Turkey Day and for most people in this country it is the beginning of the Holiday season. That is with the exception of our family which has chose to have Halloween as the beginning of the Holiday season. (Is there something wrong here???)

Anyway I just want to wish everyone on the Blogger a Happy Thanksgiving, a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year, which will be coming along before we know it.

It is great, at least for me, to keep in touch with all of you via the Blogger.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Clifford Glen Finley

Clifford Glen Finley
1926 ~ 2012
Clifford Glen Finley, age 86, passed away in peace on November 13, 2012.
Cliff was born February 18, 1926 on his older brother's fifth birthday. He was born in Hiawatha, Utah to Lewis Stanley Finley and Hattie Hickman. Cliff joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during WWII while in the Navy on the USS Kitty Hawk. He later married Nina Ruth Kimball on August 9, 1950 in the Mesa L.D.S. Temple.
Cliff had a long career as an accountant at Sperry Rand Univac after graduating from B.Y.U. The greatest joy of his life was his family. As a member of the "greatest generation," he was generous with his time and resources and especially loved serving others less fortunate. A distinguished gentleman, a proud patriot of our country, and kind to the core, Cliff taught his family about hard work, respect and fondness for the outdoors, and the importance of education. With an eye for adventure and a mischievous sense of fun, Cliff was the center of his family.
His grandchildren and great grandchildren were his passions as well. He taught them to make a mean milkshake, fish, appreciate the great game of football, especially B.Y.U. sports, and to find the positive in every person and situation. A natural leader by example and deed, Cliff taught those around him to laugh, love life, and relish every moment. He will be remembered most in the hearts of those he helped in times of sickness and sorrow. His lasting gifts to family will be pride in heritage, a devoted life to family and friends, diligent service, and a love of God and fellow man.
Survived by his brother Max, and his sons: Gary and Glen (Natalya) and his daughters Debra (Lon) and Deanna (Jim), 13 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.
A graveside dedication will be held Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 2:00 at the Valley View Cemetery, 4335 West 4100 South, West Valley City.


Published in Deseret News on November 16, 2012

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Cliff Finley passed away in Salt Lake City 13 Nov 2012. As soon as I get an obituary I will post it here on the blogger.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Betty Reaveley Obit Notice

Betty LeFlore Reaveley

January 23, 1933 ~ October 6, 2012

Our loving mother and grandmother, Betty LeFlore Reaveley, passed away tragically on October 6, 2012, exactly one year from the time of her husband’s passing. She was taken from us too soon and before we were prepared to say good-bye.

Betty was born January 23, 1933 to Houston Benjamin LeFlore and Inez LeFlore in Wister, Oklahoma. Her family moved to Hiawatha, Utah in 1947 where she met her sweetheart Clyde.

She married Clyde R. Reaveley in 1951 and their marriage was solemnized in 1963 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They had three sons: Gary, Rod (Diane), Jimmy (Roslyn), six grandchildren; Shawn, Brooke, Brad, Benjamin, Isaac, Caleb, and great-grandchildren; Mayah, Ashton, Garrett, Kyra, Zack, and soon-to-be Skylar.

Betty is survived by one brother Joe LeFlore of LeFlore, Oklahoma. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Clyde, and her three sisters: Doris, Margaret, and Bernice.

Betty taught us much about unconditional love as we watched her care for her husband over the past years. Her family was so important to her and she loved nothing better than spending time with them.

Betty loved the Gospel, family dinners, going for walks, taking drives with her husband, bird watching, her cats, and the wonders of nature. She created beautiful paintings and sewed beautiful quilts for her home and family. Betty was an example to us as she faced her life with grace and joy. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings. She was a Temple Ordinance worker along with her husband Clyde. She worked as a Head Teller for many years at the First National Bank of Layton. Betty was very patriotic and regularly served as an Election Judge.

Funeral services will be held Friday, October 12, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Lindquist’s Layton Mortuary, 1867 No. Fairfield Road. Friends may visit family Friday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the mortuary. Interment, Lindquist’s Memorial Park at Layton, 1867 No. Fairfield Road.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Mike Varanakis (spouse of Sylvia Maragakis)

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Mike Nick Varanakis

Mike Nick Varanakis
1924 ~ 2012
Mike Nick Varanakis, our beloved husband, father, grandfather "Papou" and uncle passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on September 23, 2012, at the age of 87.
Mike was born on October 31, 1924 to Nick and Georgia (Sarras) Varanakis in Kenilworth, Utah.
Mike graduated from Carbon High School in 1942. He excelled in track, football and boxing. Mike served honorably in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1943 to 1946. He was then transferred to the U.S. Air Force and received an honorable discharge from both the Army and the Air Force.
In the fall of 1950, Mike returned to Utah met and married the love of his life, Sylvia Maragakis. The ceremony was held at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Salt Lake City. They enjoyed a long and happy life together. He was never far from his "Dolly". Mike and Sylvia recently celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on September 17, 2012.
Mike was a devout member of the Greek Orthodox Church and served as Vice President of the Parish Council for 4 years. He was also a member of the Pancretan Association of America for over 60 years and was very proud of his Cretan heritage. Mike was thoughtful, loyal, sincere and truly loved his family. He enjoyed spending time on his backyard patio admiring and tending to his garden. We enjoyed many family gatherings listening to all the old stories he loved sharing. Mike was an avid sports fan. He never missed watching a Utah Jazz or University of Utah game. Papou also enjoyed eating out with his family or finishing up a word search puzzle while snacking on his favorite Hershey's candy bars.
Mike enjoyed working with people. He worked for Sears Roebuck for 27 years, Wolfe's Sporting Goods for 12 years and continued to work at Weight Watchers of Utah until he turned 84.
Mike is survived by his wife Sylvia (Maragakis), three sons; Nick (Ellen), John (Bunnie), Jeff, and his three cherished grandchildren; Mike "Tiger", Nicole "Princess #1", and Alexandra "Princess #2", and his little puppy, Elvis. He had many nieces and nephews who knew him best as Uncle Mike.
Mike was preceded in passing by his parents, Nick and Georgia Varanakis, and sisters; Virginia Poulos and Julie Hatsis.
On Thursday, September 27th, visitors may pay their respects from 6pm to 8pm with a Trisagion Service at 7pm at Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church, 5335 South Highland Drive. The funeral service will be held on Friday, September 28th, at 11am at Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church. Interment to follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 1342 East 500 South.
The family wishes to give special thanks to Jodi, Annie, Rebecca, Rosemary and Kathy for all their tender loving care and support for Mike and his family during his illness.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Greek Orthodox Church Benevolence Fund.
We Love You Dad and Papou!
May his Memory be Eternal.


Published in Salt Lake Tribune from September 26 to September 27, 2012

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

We had a good turn out at the Hiawatha Breakfast on 1 Oct 2012. Talked about old times, looked at pictures and I think maybe told a few lies. Ha Ha. Those that were there were: Darrell Bearnson- Dean Petrulas-Don Reaveley-Chris Vaseleou-Glenn Davis-Archie McCarrie-Jim Garber-Bob Wilde- Ken Allred-Paul Mecham-Wally Baldwin-Tom Neilson-Mike Manosakis- Jim Bearnson.

BTW-- I also have posted a list of all that signed in at the reunion in August if you want to take a look. If you were there and your name is not listed let me know---It is on the Hiawatha Day Reunion Blog.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Alice Katsanevas

1923 ~ 2012
Alice Katsanevas, age 89, passed away September 18, 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Alice was born February 1, 1923 in Hiawatha, Utah to Panteli and Argyro Kousterakis Georgelas. She married Michael Katsanevas on June 15th 1946 in the Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Alice was a loving and proud wife, mother, and yiayia. She lived with her sister Connie and had many wonderful friends. "You will be missed greatly by the lives you have touched."
Alice is survived by her beloved son Andy and Sherlene Katsanevas; grandchildren Anthony, Lisa (Brady) Walker, Andrew, Michelle (Mike) Drury; great grandchildren Bergen, Lilian, Drake and Maddox, her sister Connie, and numerous nephews and nieces.
Alice was preceded in death by her dearly loved parents, husband Michael, son Michael, two brothers, and six sisters.
Services will be held on Friday September 21st, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church 5335 So. Highland Dr. Friends may call on Thursday at Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church from 6:00-8:00 (prayer vigil will be held at 7:00). Interment: Mount Olivet Cemetery.
The family would like to give special thanks to Sherlene, JoAnn Young, the Highland Cove Staff, and Jody and Affinity Hospice.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be given to the Greek Orthodox Church.
"We Love You and Miss You Very Much".

Published in Deseret News from September 19 to September 20, 2012

Friday, September 14, 2012

Pauline (Vogrinec) Hansen

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Pauline Lopan Vogrinec Hansen
1918 ~ 2012
Pauline Lopan Vogrinec Hansen passed away peacefully on September 13, 2012 while her son watched over her. She was born January 2, 1918 to Paulina Zupanc and Charles (Karl) Lopan in Winter Quarters, Utah, the second of three children. She attended school in Carbon County.
She married Joseph Vogrinec on October 9, 1937. Three sons were born to this union. They were later divorced.
Pauline danced her way into Richard L. Hansen's life. They were married June 8, 1962 in Elko, Nevada. The marriage was later solemnized in the Logan LDS Temple. She worked for Salt Lake Mine and Smelter Company, Rayne Softwater, IRS, and Ford, Bacon, and Davis with her husband. Pauline and Dick served an LDS mission in Tampa, Florida. Dick was then called as Bishop of the Ogden 54th ward where she cheerfully served as his helper and favorite counselor. Pauline and Dick worked in the Ogden LDS temple for many years as ordinance workers. She also served in the Primary and Young Women's organizations.
Pauline was a Gold Star Mother.
She loved her home, her beautiful yard, and her neighbors. She loved to cook a fresh breakfast of bacon, eggs, and fresh squeezed orange juice for her grandchildren.
Many winters were spent in Yuma, Arizona.
Pauline and Dick loved to travel with their best friends Wayne and Gwen Hansen, with whom most New Year's Eves were spent playing Pinochle. For the last year and half she could be seen singing and dancing and making many new friends at PeachTree Place in Roy.
Pauline is survived by her one son, Charles W. Vogrinec (Marsha), Riverdale; one daughter-in-law, Sharon Vogrinec, Salt Lake City; one brother-in-law, P. Wayne Hansen, Roy; several grandchildren, great and great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Richard, 2 sons, Joseph Gary Vogrinec and Thomas Harry Vogrinec, four grandchildren, and two brothers.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 17, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Lindquist's Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd. Friends may visit with family on Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Monday from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. at the mortuary.
Interment, Ogden City Cemetery.
The family wishes to express gratitude to PeachTree Place and their wonderful staff of loving caregivers and Hospice-4-Utah.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Primary Children's Medical Center, 100 Mario Capecchi Dr., Salt Lake City, UT 84113.
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Published in Salt Lake Tribune on September 14, 2012

Friday, September 7, 2012

Mike Garcia -- Obit Notice

Mike Garcia Jr.

Mike Garcia, Jr. 1931 ~ 2008 Mike Garcia, Jr. died May 14, 2008 at home surrounded by loved ones, from complication of prostate cancer.He was born in Crested Butte, Colorado on Sept. 28, 1931 to Miguel and Edubiges (Eloisa) Soto Garcia. He had fond memories of growing up in Spring Canyon, Utah. He was a well respected husband, dad, grandpa, great-grandpa, nephew, brother, uncle, cousin, friend, neighbor, and godfather to many. Mike graduated from the College of Eastern Utah. He served our country honorably from 1950-1953 in the Korean Conflict as a proud marine. He married Bertha Escandon on April 30, 1955 in Price, Utah at Notre Dame De Lourdes. They made their home in Hiawatha, Utah while he worked for the railroads. Moving to Salt Lake City in 1959, he went to work at Hill Air Force Base, retiring in 1989. For the past 18 years he chose to become a school crossing guard in his neighborhood. He was well liked by the kids and their parents. He has been a member of St. Patrick's Parish for 39 years. Dad enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, tinkering with cars, painting, and going to Wendover. He loved Mexican music and dancing. Most of all he loved being at family BBQ's, drinking beer and shooting Tequila. When this was no longer in his best interest, he told us to have one for him! He has always been a source of strength and a great leader to all of us. He emphasized hard work, honesty, generosity, integrity, and ONGAWAH. He will be missed by many. Mike is survived by his wife of 53 years, Bertha; his children, Linda (Randy), Johnny (Loretta), Mike (Benita), and Elouise; his grand-children, Joey, Jennifer, Mark, Christina, Christopher, Nicole, Stephanie, Sean Nellie Jo, Lindsey, Michael, Anthony, and Katelyn; his great-grandchildren, Elicia, Isabella, Benny, Alexis, Lillian, Samantha, Jessica, Lucas, and Laila were his pride and joy! Brothers and sisters, Richard, Bobby, Corky, Carmen, Josie, Helen, Margie, Rita, his Tia Cora and his in-laws, the Escandon family. Also by his Oscar and Peaches who comforted him to the end. He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughters, Connie Mary and Valeen; his brother, Henry; father and mother-in-law, John and Carmen Escandon; sisters-in-law Maurine, Eva, Lydia and other beloved family and friends. A special thanks to VistaCare Hospice, the staff on the 5th floor at the U. of U. Medical Center, the dialysis team at the Dumke (Humpty Dumpty) Building and the many friends and family who supported him and his family during his illness. A funeral mass will be celebrated Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 1040 W. 400 S. A vigil service will be held Sun. at 7 p.m. also at the church, where friends may call from 6-7 p.m. Committal, Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 4th Ave and T St. Funeral directors, Neil O'Donnell and Sons. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Patrick's Parish, 1040 W. 400 S., SLC, UT 84104.

Published in Salt Lake Tribune from May 17 to May 18, 2008

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Reid L. Olsen

Reid L. "Bill" Olsen
1927 ~ 2012
HELPER-Our beloved husband, father and grandpa, Reid Lamon "Bill" Olsen, age 85, peacefully passed away while surrounded by family on July 20, 2012 in Helper, Utah from age related health issues.
Reid was born in Consumers, Utah on April 12, 1927 to Ira Glen Olsen and Myrtle Clair Bishop. He married his high school sweetheart, Lois Wilson on September 1, 1946 in Duchesne, Utah. Their marriage was solemnized in the Manti Temple on July 21, 1964.
While in high school, he began employment with the coal mines. Reid served for 20 years as a UMWA miner in various local mines. He subsequently served as a Shift Foreman, Mine Foreman and Superintendent working for mining companies such as Liberty Fuel Company, Swisher Coal, Hiawatha Coal and ARCO Coal. After retiring from active mine management, he worked for Long Airdox selling mining machinery. He also worked for the LDS Church prior to his full retirement. Reid had strong work ethics and was a leader of men.
He was active in the community serving twice as a Helper City Councilmember. He has also served on the board for Helper's Railroad and Mining Museum and was a member of the Kiwanis Club. Reid and Lois were honored in 1999 as the Grand Marshall's of Helper's annual Christmas Light Parade.
Reid always loved cars and working on them. He restored his 1931 Ford Model A from the frame up, keeping it in top running condition. He was always able to fix just about anything. He shared his time, talents, and "tools" with many people. He thoroughly loved to "tinker."
Reid was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where he served in bishoprics and as a member of the Stake High Council and other leadership positions. He and his wife served two stake missions and he was a devoted home teacher.
He is preceded in death by his parents, grandson, Danny Olsen; three sisters, EllaMar, Thelma and Mabel; and three brothers, Laray, Earnest and Byron.
Reid is survived by his wife Lois (who devotedly cared for him); one daughter and three sons, Ginger L. (Ernest) Miller, Syracuse, UT, Reid "Rick" W. (Shelly), Helper, UT, Steven B. (Gail), Calgary Canada, and Alan Bill (Deanna) Delta CO; eleven grandchildren: Eric, Jared, Brian J., Jodi, Jennifer, Jayleen, Stephanie, Kyle, Tonya, Rachael, and Shandel and seventeen great-grandchildren: Carter, Jaxson, Gavin, Haylie, Riley, Madison, Mikaela, Vance, Weston, Mylee, Delanie, Adilyna, Elianna, Beckam, Kenley, John and William; and sister-in-law, Orienne Wilson, Roosevelt UT.
As our husband, dad and grandpa, we bid you farewell with love in our hearts, special memories in our minds and our testimonies that we will see you again. We will miss your sense of humor and your goodness.
Funeral service, Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 11:00 a.m., Helper LDS Stake Center, (150 Ridgeway Street) in Helper. Family will be at Mitchell Funeral Home (233 East Main Street) in Price Tuesday evening July 24, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and at the church Wednesday from 10:00 - 10:40 a.m. Interment, Mt. View Cemetery, Helper. Family and friends are welcome at Mitchell Funeral Home daily and may share memories of Reid at

Published in Salt Lake Tribune on July 22, 2012

Don Ramon Lott

Don Ramon Lott
1938 ~ 2012
Don Ramon Lott passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on May 22, 2012. He was born in Hiawatha, Utah on June 16th 1938 to William Bruce and Helen Juanita Hardee Lott. He was raised in Huntington Utah. Graduated from North Emery High School. Served in the Air Force four years.
Married Tamera Helane Davis on September 2nd 1961 in Elmo, Utah. Lived in Salt Lake and raised their family. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2011. He worked as an aircraft mechanic at Hill Air Force Base then moved into management and retired March 2003. Don enjoyed spending time with his family, horses, hunting , fishing and camping.
Survived by his wife Tamera Helane, sons Tracy (Denise Lott, Wayne (Vickie) Lott of Kearns and daughter Gwendolyn (Dale) Goettsche of Las Vegas. Many loving grandchildren and loving great-grandchildren. Brothers and sisters Fern (Derald ) Oliver of Castledale, UT, Ramona (Kim) Sherman, West Valley City, UT, Dennis (Pauline) Lott of Escalante, UT, and Billie Jean (David)Raisanen, Gresham, OR. Including many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Rulon Rae.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday May 29th at 11:00 a.m. in the LDS Westwood Height 2nd chapel at 3976 West 5615 South Taylorsville, Utah 84129 with a viewing at 9:00 a.m. prior to the service. Interment with military honors will be held at the Utah Veterans Cemetery, 17111 Camp Williams Rd. Bluffdale, UT 84065. Special thanks to wonderful care provided by Symbii home health and hospice.
Condolences can be sent to the family at


Published in Salt Lake Tribune on May 27, 2012

Elmer John Widic

1919 ~ 2012
Elmer John Widic passed away in his home on February 16, 2012.
Elmer was born in Green River, Wyoming on October 10, 1919. His parents were Joseph Widic and Pearl Philbrick. He graduated from Green River High School in 1937. In June of 1939 he married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Louise Perkins. Elmer worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for a number of years. In 1945 Elmer went to work for Mt. Fuel Supply company at Hiawatha, Utah. He remained with them for 37 years before retiring from Questar Corp. in 1982. After retiring he was instrumental in forming the Questarians, a retirement group for Questar employees.
In late 1982 he and Dorothy built a home in and moved to Riverdale, Utah. They resided there until a few months before his death.
Elmer had a great love for trains and airplanes. He owned and flew his own aircraft for several years. His home was filled with model airplanes and his own miniature railroad, all of which he built.
He really enjoyed music and dancing and had a collection of over a thousand songs. Dorothy and he loved to camp and spent many many days roaming the hills of Wyoming in search of Native American artifacts. Elmer's greatest love was his wife and partner, Dorothy. They became fast friends with and had the love and respect of all who knew them. Their 73 years of marriage is a real monument to true love, caring and sharing.
In addition to Dorothy, Elmer is survived by his daughter, Mary Jo Spencer; his sister, Dixie Genetti; four grandchildren; several great- grandchildren; nieces and nephews; his sister-in-law, Blanch Brown and his brother-in-law, Mel Perkins.
A visitation with the family, in memory of Elmer, is planned for March 3rd from 1 to 4 p.m. at Myers Ogden Mortuary, 845 Washington Blvd. No formal service is planned per Elmer's wishes.
The family has requested no flowers. Those wishing to honor him may do so by contributing to the Hospice Foundation in recognition and thanks for the care he received with love and compassion for the last several months of his life. Their address is: Community Nursing Services, 425 East 5350 South, Suite 110, South Ogden, UT 84405.
Condolences may be sent to the family at

Published in Deseret News from February 25 to March 2, 2012
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Beth Fry

Beth Fry
Richfield, Utah
Beth Pearson Fry, 84, of Richfield, passed away at home surrounded by her family, June 24, 2012, in Richfield. She was born September 6, 1927, in Mt Emmons, Duchesne County, Utah. She was the oldest child of Leslie Neils and Elda Case Pearson. She lived most of the first nine years of her life in Mt. Emmons except for a little while that her father spent working in the coal mines at Hiawatha in Carbon County. In 1937 her father bought his father's farm in Boneta, Duchesne County and the family moved there. He was a cattle rancher and raised hay and grain to feed the cattle and horses and a large garden to feed the family. Work was no stranger to the Pearson family and it was at the end of the Great Depression so everyone was in the same place. They all had to struggle to make a living.
Beth was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many church callings. She was called as a Primary teacher at about 16 years of age. She was the youngest Primary teacher that the ward had ever had.
She received her schooling first at Mt. Emmons Elementary School and then at Altamont High School where she graduated in 1945. She received a scholarship to Westminster College in Salt Lake City but didn't use it. When she graduated from high school she went to Ogden where she found employment at the Army Supply Depot as a clerk typist, working there for the next year. While working there she met the love of her life, John J. Fry. They were married in Ogden, May 22, 1946. Their marriage was solemnized in the Mt. Timpanogos LDS Temple on October 21, 2004. He preceded her in death on November 4, 2007, after 61 years of marriage.
They moved to Idaho Falls, ID, where Jack had employment. While there, their first two children were born: Delbert James and Carole Jean. Jack's employment later took them to Salt Lake City, and finally to Richfield, where they added three more children to the family: Julie Ann, Teresa Lynne and Sheila Marie.
Beth is survived by her children, Delbert(Virginia) Fry, Richfield; Carole Dumas, Pleasant Grove; Julie Winn, Kearns; Teresa Fry, Richfield; and Sheila (Greg) Higgins, Richfield; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; brother, William Pearson, CO; sister, Marge Lundell, Pleasant Grove; sisters-in-law, Joann Fry, ID and Betty Higdon, CA.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack; parents; grandson, David Jeff Beck; great-grandson, Patrick Douglas Higgins; and sister, Kathleen P. Brown.
Funeral services will be held Monday, July 2, 2012, at 12 Noon in the Richfield 2nd Ward LDS Chapel, 700 W 200 S. Friends may call at the Magleby Mortuary, 50 S 100 W, in Richfield, Sunday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and at the ward chapel Monday morning from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Richfield City Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at
The family would like to thank all the medical personnel who have taken care of Mom the past 18 months, with a special thanks to Shauna, Brooke and Shara for their loving care.

Published in Deseret News on June 28, 2012

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Elaine Norton
Elaine Norton
WELLINGTON - Helen Elaine Johnatakis Norton, age 82, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her family in Wellington on Aug. 17, 2012. She was born in Hiawatha on May 24, 1930 to Jim and Chloe Allred Johnatakis. She married Carl Norton in Wellington on Dec. 14, 1946. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Manti LDS Temple. Elaine was raised in Hiawatha and Wellington and raised her family in Wellington. She and Carl had four children: Jim Carl, Gerald Lynn (Gary), Carla Lorraine and Med Bruce. Her family loved to camp, fish, hunt and search for arrowheads. They spent many happy hours in the outdoors together and with extended family. Elaine was a dearly loved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to many. Her home (recognized by its many antlers) was always open to visitors, and people from all parts of the world visited her and enjoyed her many stories and experiences. She loved to write, both stories and poems, about her family and her life experiences. She was known for her generosity and love and was always giving to others. She was also known for her homemade pinoche. She was a devout member of the LDS church and had a strong testimony of the Savior. Elaine is survived by her children: Jim (Gayann) Norton, Gary (Jodi) Norton, Carla (Kirt) Tatton and by her brother, John (Joan) Jonhatakis, and sisters: Shirley (Granville-deceased) Cooper, Betty (Vern) Workman, and Mary Lee (Francis) Greenland, and grandchildren, Jill (Eric) Foster, Amy Sehestedt, Laurie (Omar) Molinar, Allison Norton, Tori (Bill) Austin, Eric (Heather) Norton, Casey (Nicole) Norton, and Mike Fox, and 14 great-grandchildren. Elaine is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Carl, son, Med, a brother Jimmy and sisters: Lorraine Johnatakis and Connie Kosmack. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012 at 1 p.m. at the Wellington LDS Stake Center, 935 E. Main Street, Wellington. A viewing will be held on Tuesday, August 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at the Wellington City Cemetery. Services are in the care of Fausett Mortuary. Family and friends may sign the guest book and share memories of Elaine at

Monday, August 6, 2012

Hiawatha Breakfast

We had a great turnout today at our Hiawatha Breakfast. Everyone was talking at once and it was hard to keep up with all the conversations.
Those that were there:
Don Reaveley
Wally Baldwin
Dean Petrulas
Archie McCarrie
Bob Wilde
Merlin Blackburn
Mike Manosakis
Ken Allred
Jim Allred   (Ken's son)
Paul Mecham
Chris Vaseleou
Glen Davis
Cliff Finley
Tom Neilson
If anyone else out there in Cyberland would like to come it is held the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month at C.J.'s on the corner of 3900 So. 9oo E. in Salt Lake. Time 9:00 AM.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Norman L. Vuksinick CASTLE DALE - Norman Lavelle Vuksinick, age 78, passed away July 31, 2012 at Castleview Hospital while surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born April 12, 1934 in Spring Glen to Martin Albert and Rose Marion Guide Vuksinick. Married Arlene Reva on Aug. 17, 1957 in Helper. Norman worked for Hi-Land Dairy from 1957 to 1966 as a delivery man delivering milk products to many residences in Price. In 1966, he went to work for the Price City Police Department working his way up the ranks from Sergeant to Captain. He was the first Captain for Price City Police Department leaving in 1982 after 16 years of service. In 1982, he went to work for the Emery County Sheriff Office and after 14 years of service retired as a Sergeant in 1996. In addition to serving his community he served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Norman cherished the time he spent being with his family. He loved teasing his grandkids, enjoyed camping and always looked forward to Christmas morning with his grandkids. He was enthusiastic about his time with the police force and loved to reminisce about the good old days. He will be missed greatly by all those who knew him. Norman is survived by his wife of 54 years, Arlene, Castle Dale; son, Norman S. (Kathy) Vuksinick, Castle Dale; daughter, Tracy Vuksinick-Wood, Castle Dale; four grandchildren, Casey (Jill) Vuksinick, Price, Stephanie Vuksinick, Price, Amber Wood, Price, Kenny Wood, deployed with the National Guard and one great-grandson, Lucas Case Vuksinick, numerous nieces, nephews and a community of friends. Preceded in death by his parents, brother, Martin L. Vuksinick, and niece, Melanie Vuksinick Hamann. Funeral Mass, Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, Noon at Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church in Price. Vigil service, Thursday evening 7 p.m. at Mitchell Funeral Home. Family will receive friends at Mitchell Funeral Home in Price Thursday and Friday one hour prior to services. Committal service: Castle Dale City Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home where friends are welcome daily and may share memories of Norman at

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Norman L. Vuksinick (spouse of Arlene Reva) passsed away 31 July 2012. I will post an obit notice as soon as I get one. Wally

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Hiawatha, Utah date??

John Tracy Martino

J. Tracy Martino
J. Tracy Martino
1957 ~ 2012
Our Heavenly Father received a great man on July 26, 2012. We lost our mentor, our hero, our idol, and best friend. Tracy Martino was larger and louder than life. An adoring husband, loving father, and genuine friend to all, he truly left his mark in this world. He was born in Price, Utah April 1, 1957 to Jay and Donna Gentry Martino. On March 26, 1981, he married Lois Leifson in the Salt Lake City temple. He owned a successful chemical business Golden West Ind. He always had a dream of owning horses. Eight years after buying his saddle, he moved to Heber and his dream became a reality. He was his wife's and children's most enthusiastic cheerleader. Always present and mentoring every soccer game, rodeo, hunt, and trips to Africa. He was one of the most generous and honest men you would ever have the pleasure of knowing. He was the man with the plan. Always had the answer you needed. He'll always be the man. Tracy was a husband, dad, son, uncle, brother, and adopted grandpa.
He is survived by his loving companion, Lois, and their children Christopher, Gentry, (Jen), Colton and his African princess Lillian. Also, Father Jay Martino (Barbara), brother, Lane (Kim) and sister Lyn and several nieces and nephews whom he adored. Preceded in death by his mother (Donna) and father in law Reed Leifson.
You touched so many lives. Ride hard you big rock star. You've earned your way into heaven our friend. Keep some horses saddled and legged up for us when our time comes.
Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 11 AM in the Daniel LDS Ward, 1661 East 980 South, Heber City, UT 84032. Viewings will be held Tuesday, July 31 from 6-8 PM at Olpin-Hoopes Funeral Home, 288 North Main, Heber and on Wednesday from 9:30-10:30 prior to the services at the LDS Church. Internment in the Heber City Cemetery. Condolences may be left for the family at

Published in Salt Lake Tribune on July 29, 2012

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Norma Mecham Obituary

Norma Mecham

November 17, 1927 ~ July 25, 2012

Norma Marine Larson Mecham, 84, died Wednesday, July 25, 2012 from the effects of brain cancer.

She was born on the American Fork Bench in the home of her Larson grandparents to Neil Steven Larson and Erma Fox. The home was located about where the Lone Peak High School now stands.

She grew up in Lehi during the great depression and learned that you have to work and earn to get what you need. She picked fruit, tended children and many other things to make a little money. She was also very helpful around her home helping her mother and father with the everyday chores. She worked one summer at Deseret Chemical Depot as a guard at the main gate while she was in high school. She was always an ambitious person.

She graduated from the Lehi High School in 1945. She then went to beauty school in Provo riding the interurban to and from school. She worked in a beauty shop in Lehi and American Fork until she met and married Paul LeRoy Mecham on August 11, 1947 in the Salt Lake Temple with President Joseph Fielding Smith officiating. After her marriage she worked for Dr. Homer Royle in his dentist office for a while until her first child was born.

They were blessed with 3 boys in their marriage, Robert Paul (Karen), Michael Steven (Caroline) and Craig Lee (Dinah).

After the birth of her kids Norma continued doing her neighbor's and friend's hair in her home and when the boys got a little older she was able to realize a lifelong dream which was to become a nurse. She went to the old trade tech in Provo and received her L.P.N. license getting straight "A's" in every class. She studied very hard for her good grades. She then worked in the American Fork Hospital (where the Heritage Care Center is now located) and when the new hospital was built, she spent the next twenty years there working mostly in the I.C.U. unit, where she made many dear friends. She loved every minute of her work.

Norma and Paul lived in American Fork all their married lives. Norma was always active in the LDS Church and had many teaching and leadership opportunities.

She was very involved for many years in the humanitarian work in the American Fork Stake. She was always a very caring person who liked to help others and never passed up an opportunity to assist someone who needed help. She wasn't one to say 'call me if you need help' but when she saw a need she pitched right in and took care of it.

Norma is survived by her children, one brother (Rex) and three sisters (Lois, Pat, and Glenda) and a sister-in-law (Ruth Ann) who was just like a sister. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother(Von). We would like to give special thanks to Butch McAndless, the Dufeys, Norma's sister Pat and especially Craig and Dinah who did so much to help in every way.

She made Paul promise that she was not to have a funeral so according to her wishes a viewing will be held Sunday, July 29, 2012 from 6-8 p.m. in the Anderson & Sons Mortuary Chapel, 49 East 100 North, American Fork and Monday from 8:45-9:45 a.m. Dedication of the grave in American Fork Cemetery will be at 10:00 a.m. Online memories and condolences may be shared at

In lieu of flowers, please give a contribution to the LDS Humanitarian Fund or to your favorite charity in her name.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Norma Mecham, wife of Paul Mecham passed awaythis morning 25 July 2012. As soon as I get the obituary notice I will post it on the Hiawatha Blogger. Wally

Thursday, July 12, 2012

1951 ~ 2012
Kathryn Diane Allred was born in Price, Utah on the first day of summer, June 21, 1951, to Arthur Kenneth Allred and Carma Rae Simmons Allred. She died on June 26, 2012, surrounded by her family.
Kathy moved with her family to Granger, Utah at the age of three and spent all of her growing up years there. She graduated from Granger High School and attended Weber State University. Kathy worked as a long haul truck driver for 25 years, visiting every state in the Continental U.S. and parts of Canada and Mexico. She loved the outdoors, especially the Red Rock areas of Utah. Kathy volunteered at Red Butte Gardens for 10 years and always felt closely connected to nature. She also had a great love for animals, and along with her parents, contributed financially to The Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. Kathy loved music and enjoyed composing and playing her guitar. She suffered for many years with multiple health problems, but faced them bravely each day. Kathy lived with her parents for the last ten years, offering help and comfort, especially during the years of her mothers' declining health. She will be greatly missed by all.
Kathy is survived by her father, Ken, brother Jim (Becky) Allred, three nieces and one nephew (Amy Allred, Anika (Carson) Pendleton, Ashlen Allred, Andrew Allred) and her aunt, Marilyn Hilton.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Carma, grandparents, and uncle Tom Hilton.
A life celebration will be held on Thursday, July 12, 2012 at Red Butte Gardens, 300 Wakara Way, SLC, Utah, from 9:30-11:00 a.m.

Published in Salt Lake Tribune on July 10, 2012

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

PRICE, Utah – A fire that sparked Tuesday morning on Seeley Mountain in Emery County is forcing evacuations in Carbon County on Wednesday.
The Seeley Fire, located on Seeley Mountain between the left fork of Huntington Canyon and Horse Canyon in the Manti-La Sal National Forest, is believed to have been started by lightning. It has grown to an estimated 8,000 acres since being reported early Tuesday morning and is currently at zero containment.
Fire officials say that a Type 2 designation has been ordered for the fire Wednesday morning, the third fire in Utah to have that designation.
In Carbon County, Clear Creek, Hiawatha, Scofield and Wattis are under mandatory evacuation. SR-96 is also closed leading into Scofield at the junction of US-6.
The Wellington Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (950 East Main Street in Wellington) has been designated as the evacuation center for Carbon County evacuees.
Large animals (cattle and horses) can be taken to the Carbon County Fairgrounds. Dogs and cats can be temporarily housed at the new animal shelter on Airport Road.
Huntington Canyon, Gentry Mountain, North Skyline Drive and the north Miller’s Flat areas are currently under evacuation. SR-31 was shut down Tuesday and used as an evacuation route; it remains closed on Wednesday.
The Skyline Coal Mine in Carbon County evacuated after voluntary evacuation orders were given.
Crews say high winds and steep terrain are hampering their firefighting efforts.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Vernon Leamaster

Vernon Leamaster
HUNTINGTON - Vernon Leamaster, age 96, passed away at his home, May 28, 2012 surrounded by his family.
He was born July 10, 1915 in West Hiawatha to John Martin Leamaster and Millie Whiting, the thirteenth of fourteen children. Vernon married Leora Jensen in Price on Feb. 1, 1936. Their marriage was later solemnized Nov. 19, 1948 in the Manti LDS Temple.
Vernon's early life experiences in West Hiawatha included a secret cave hideout and horseback trips to Huntington and Price. At age eight, the family moved to Provo for a couple of years.
They returned to Castle Valley, settling in Huntington where Vernon lived until he and Leora married in 1936 whereupon they moved to live and work in the coal mine at Hiawatha. In 1944, their small family moved to Huntington; and after several temporary abodes, built the family home in 1951 where Vernon and Leora resided for the remainder of their lives.
In 1944 Vernon and his brothers opened the Leamaster Coal Mine in Huntington Canyon. In the early 1960's, the mine was closed and Vernon worked for the State of Utah Highway Department on the I-70 construction project.
In 1965 he went to work for Emery County, where he was well known and respected as the County Road Supervisor, a position he held until his retirement in 1982.
Vernon was always engaged with civic and church activities. He served on the Huntington city council and was a long time member of the volunteer fire department, was a member of the Emery County Sheriff's Posse and also served Emery County as the Civil Defense Director. For many years, Vernon, accompanied by Dean Young, placed American flags along Main Street in Huntington for all of the holidays.
He was very active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he had the privilege of serving in five different Bishoprics including serving as Bishop of the Huntington 1st Ward from 1966 to 1972. Vernon and Leora served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in South Carolina from 1989 to 1990. They also served as temple workers in the Manti Temple.
Vernon was always a dedicated father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. Seldom did any activities involving family members or friends go unattended. He never gave his hard working hands much rest, continually finding opportunities to help build homes for his children, grandchildren and others as well as countless community service and charitable activities.
He will always be known for his charity, gentle ways, positive outlook, excellent advice and kind words for and about every person he knew or met.
He is survived by daughters Edna Kay Fox and Terri Ann (David) Papenfuss, sons Darrel (LaRae) Leamaster and Lynn (LeIla) Leamaster, 20 grandchildren and 46 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 73 years, Leora Jensen Leamaster, an infant daughter, grandson David Leamaster, great-grandson Jade Sharp. Vernon was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
Funeral services will be held Friday, June 1, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the Huntington 1st & 5th LDS Ward Building (115 S. 400 E.). There will be a viewing at the church Thursday, May 31 from 6 - 8 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. prior to the services. Interment will be in the Cleveland City Cemetery. Services are in the care of Fausett Mortuary. Family and friends may sign the guestbook and share memories of Vernon at

Monday, May 28, 2012

Donald L. Scott, 75

Posted: Friday, May 4, 2012 12:00 am
Donald L. Scott, loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather died unexpectedly in a tractor accident on April 24, 2012, in Rathdrum. Don was born in Poteau, Okla., in 1937, the second child of Dale and Susie Scott.
He graduated high school in Price, Utah, and later joined the Navy and served for five years. It was during this time he met and married his wife, Barbara Elston in 1961. They lived in the California Bay area for 13 years where he worked for Kaiser Aluminum Co. In 1977 Don and his family relocated to Rathdrum and he worked for Kaiser Trentwood and later at Central Pre-Mix in Spokane.
Don enjoyed attending his children’s, grand and great-grandchildren’s sports and school events when possible. He loved having them around and teaching them all he could about fixing cars, motorcycles, fishing and anything that would help them later in life. He loved to fish and recently took up bee keeping and belonged to the Spokane Bee Association.
Don was preceded in death by his father, Dale Scott and brothers, Troy and J.R.
He is survived by his mother, Susie Scott; brother Bob Scott; two sisters and their husbands, Betty and Gail Crick, and Sherry and David Riding; his wife, Barbara Scott; two daughters and their husbands, Jodee and Tom Fyfe, and Janna Busch and Pete Waagenaar; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A private family memorial with a tree planting was held on the property on April 29, 2012, to honor his memory. English Funeral Chapel is in care of the arrangements.

Monday, May 21, 2012

LeRoy Briggs Thompson

1935 - 2012
After a life filled with joy, happiness and service, the greatest man you ever met was called home on May 14, 2012 after enduring six months of pancreatic cancer. Roy was born in Hiawatha, Utah on September 19, 1935 to Ortize and LaVera Briggs Thompson. He married his sweetheart and love of his life, Chloe Jean Rice, on April 22, 1955 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.
Roy graduated from Davis High School in 1954 and attended Utah State University. His life as a working employee began at the age of 12 years and did not stop until he had walked almost every inch of mountain and valley in the county! He loved his good friends and associates from his job of 43 years as a Davis County Surveyor and many of those years as Deputy County Surveyor. He never complained about going to work.
Roy was an active member of the LDS church and served in multiple callings. He was the most dedicated home teacher no matter who he served. He loved everyone. In his current calling as ward executive secretary he was happily fulfilling his duties even from his hospital bed up until a week before his death. Roy passed on at home with his wife and daughter by his side.
He had a contagious smile and laugh, and the catchiest upbeat personality. A person was always better for knowing him. He was a silent giant, always working behind the scenes to improve the lives of others with no desire for personal recognition. He made great sacrifices to provide his family with wonderful opportunities. Yard work brought him a lot of joy and he grew the most amazing roses. If anyone was known to be sick or not able to do their own yard work, Roy would pack up all his equipment and head over to make their yard look like it came straight out of a magazine. Working on the Brent Rice cabin in Dammeron Valley was a joy. Life will be lonely without him in our lives and his laugh ringing through the house, but we know we will see him again and know he is continuing his dedicated service for the Lord. He would encourage anyone to go forward with faith and joy. And so we will!
Roy was preceded in death by his parents, sister: Helen Penny, and a grandson: Sherald Thompson. Survived by his wife; children: Cory (Kim) Thompson, Patricia Thompson, Emily (Joe) Brough and Martha Thompson; siblings: Maryam (Leonard) Fobert, Ortize (Shirley) Thompson, Joyce Goodrich and David Thompson; 13 grandchildren, 14 Great-grandchildren and many nieces & nephews.
Serving LDS missions: Mallin Brough(grandson): Uganda, Africa; Megan Thompson (granddaughter) Arizona; Emily, Joe and Ganzie Brough(daughter, son-in-law, granddaughter): Guatamala.
Funeral Services: Monday, May 21st, 11a.m. at the LDS Gailey Park Ward meeting house, 321 South 50 West, Kaysville. Viewing: Sunday, May 20th, 6-8 p.m. at Russon Brothers Mortuary, 1941 North Main, Farmington 84025 (Across from Cherry Hill Water Park) and again 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. prior to the funeral service at the church. Interment: Farmington Cemetery. Online guest book at

Published in Deseret News from May 18 to May 19, 2012

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Douglas David Larsen

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On May 16, 2012, a loyal husband, father, son, brother, papa, uncle, friend, musician, soldier, and protector was honorably released following injuries he sustained while enjoying the freedom of the open road.
Doug was born on October 25, 1957 in Burlingame, CA to David Evan and Laretta Reaveley Larsen and was the oldest of four adventuresome boys. From an early age, Doug was taught by his parents and chose to center his life on hard work, hands on learning, and the protection of his family and others. Honor, not accolades, was Doug's motivation and unwavering devotion was his drive.
After moving to Utah in 1966, Doug met his lifelong sweetheart, Nadene Nichols, while attending Bountiful High School. They married Dec. 28, 1977 and together raised their three children with the value of "Anything. Anytime. Anywhere. For Any Reason." Doug was defined by his relentless, yet quiet passion for family, music, his Harley, and the scenic outdoors. He found his greatest fulfillment in his personal moments with family and friends gently bestowing profound lessons by skill, word, and deed.
Doug was a soldier in heart, mind, and action. As a member of the Army National Guard Special Forces and as a Huey Crew Chief, he embodied the spirit of the Airborne throughout his life; "all the way and then some." His brave, strong, and shielding nature has inspired many to be all that they can be, and he lived the motto of be brief, be brilliant, be gone. As a man admired by many, Doug will be deeply missed and will not be matched.
Doug is preceded in death by his grandparents: Charles M Larsen and Zola M Alger, and George Douglas Reaveley and Belle Gentry; and his father-in-law: Fred M Nichols. He is survived by his wife: Nadene; his children: Cheryl (Brad) Richards, Greg (Megan) Larsen, and Bradley (AsiaBre) Larsen; his grandchildren: Ava and Beckham Richards and Emmalee and Olivia Larsen; his parents: David and Laretta Larsen; his brothers: C Wayne (Judy) Larsen, Glen (Teresa) Larsen, and Ken (Susy) Larsen; and his mother-in-law, Alice H Nichols along with many other family, friends, and ARUP co-workers.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, May 23rd at 11am (LDS Chapel, 585 E Center St, Bountiful UT). A viewing will be held the evening previous from 6-8pm at the Russon Brothers Mortuary (295 North Main St, Bountiful UT) and at the church before the Wednesday services from 9:30-10:30am. Interment will be in the Lakeview Memorial with arrangements made by Russon Brothers Mortuary. Please visit for condolences.
"This isn't goodbye, just see ya later." HooRah!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Alburn F. Babcock --obit notice

Alburn Frederick Babcock

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Alburn Frederick Babcock, age 72, passed away on May 14, 2012.
Born June 9, 1939 in Hiawatha, Utah, to Alburn Benjamin and Melva Arleta Simmons Babcock. Married Utahna Rey Williams on June 14, 1966. He was an active member of the LDS Church; served in the Army, stationed in Korea. Graduated from the College of Eastern Utah and attended the U of U. He worked at the Hansen Planetarium for 35 years.
Survived by his wife, Utahna; children: Rand (Lynda) Babcock and Shelly (Richard) Johnson; grandchildren, Destiny (Eric) Garrett, Nathan Babcock; great-grandchildren, Aiden and Aerie Garrett and Lily Babcock.
"What moves through us is a silence, a quiet sadness, a longing for one more day, one more word, one more touch, we may not understand why you left this earth so soon, or why you left before we were ready to say goodbye, but little by little, we begin to remember not just that you died, but that you lived. And that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget." - Unknown
Funeral services will be Friday, May 18, 2012, 10:00 a.m. at the Taylorsville 16th Ward, 3495 West 4850 South. Viewings will be Thursday, 6-8 p.m. at McDougal Funeral Home, 4330 South Redwood Road and Friday at the church from 9-9:45 a.m. Interment, Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.


Published in Salt Lake Tribune on May 16, 2012

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Xristos Anesti!

We are saddened to report that one of our Cretan brothers – MIKE PATTERAKIS – has fallen asleep in the Lord. Mike (Manuel) was the third, and last surviving, of four children born to Gregory Emmanuel (Lakous, Crete Greece) and Helen Katsufrakis Patterakis. He was born in 1933 in Dawson, New Mexico.
As many of our immigrant parents and grandparents, Mike’s father was born in Crete and migrated to the United States through Ellis Island (1908) and settled in Grand Junction, Colo. He was a coal miner. Gregory migrated to New Mexico where met his future wife. The arranged marriage meant that Gregory at 32 wed a 15 ½ year old bride. From New Mexico Gregory moved the family to Hiawatha, Utah in 1937 where he again was able to work in the mines.

In 1942 the family made the move to Modesto to reunite with the Katsufrakis family. The family bought a home on 5th Street to be close to the church (on 6th Street). The home came with an upright piano.

Mother Helen learned to play piano in Utah and would play and sing for boarding house dances in Utah. Mike Patterakis Mike would watch Helen play here in Modesto, and learned to play piano himself. He had such a love for music. He sang at church and also in the school chorus at Modesto High School.

After high school graduation, Mike attended Modesto Junior College seeking to become an accountant. However, after hearing him sing, MJC’s department chair advised Mike to change his major to music. He told him he had the talent to become an opera singer. Mike’s passion for music concurred and so Mike changed his major.

His education was cut short when Mike was drafted into the Army in 1956. After spending 2 years in Germany, Mike returned and resumed his studies at San Jose State.

In as much as Mike sang in operas and plays, he felt his occupational ambition was not in opera – but rather teaching. Mike received his Bachelors, Masters and Teaching Credential from San Jose State.

Mike taught in junior and senior high school at Santa Clara from 1961 to 1965. In 1965 Mike was appointed to the Music Department Chair and remained until he retired from teaching in 1982.

Mike too loved the church and its music. Along with his siblings, he sang with the Annunciation Church Choir from its early days. Grace was the director. While in San Jose he cultivated the beautiful voices of the outstanding St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church for seven years as their director. When he left San Jose he gave the reigns to talented Tiky Zes.

Back in Modesto Mike rejoined the Annunciation choir. However, the calling for Mike’s ability to teach and direct were soon resurrected when St. Basil’s Church of Stockton persuaded him to direct their choir. They asked for only 3 months. However, the 3-month commitment extended into 10 years! Mike masterfully united their voices into an award-winning choir until his final retirement in 2003. He loved the church and gave back through its music.

Back in Modesto, Manoli became the voice of the Greek Food Festival—singing and entertaining our patrons while they dined for decades.

Mike was an individual who was there to help whenever called. He even co-chaired the picnic at Modesto’s 1995 National Convention, while his sister Grace was President of Sisterhood Eleftheria at the time.

Mike’s battle with cancer ended last Sunday evening, April 8th

The Trisagion for Mike will be chanted on Tuesday, April 17th @ 7:00PM at the Church of the Annunciation…

Funeral services will be on Wednesday, April 18th @ 10AM also at the Church.

Interment will be at Acacia Memorial Park Cemetery.

The set-up the traditional Makaria will occur on Tuesday @ 4PM. Any help would be appreciated.

To his extended family our prayers are with you….ETERNAL BE HIS MEMORY…Eonia h mnimi aftou… Zois Ologous. XRISTOS ANESTI

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Sherrie Lee Salee 1957/2012

Thursday, April 5, 2012

This is just a reminder to all of you out there in the cyber world that you can comment on the posts, pictures, obits, etc. that I put on the HiawathaBlogger. Please feel free to do so. I think it will make it a more interesting Blog.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Matt Thompson obit notice

Matt Thompson
SALT LAKE/PRICE - Matthew Allen Thompson, age 50, passed away March 24, 2012 in Salt Lake City.
He was born Feb. 27, 1962 in Van Nuys, Calif., to Ray Allen Thompson and Pearl Barnett.
Matt was a graduate of Carbon High School Class of 1980 and in the late 80's he furthered his education by attending Bible School in Phoenix, Ariz. Matt was a very quiet individual who had a deep faith in the Lord. He loved listening to Christian music and reading his Bible.
He loved working with his hands and was willing to help anyone in need. Matt was very industrious and one of his most memorable jobs was working on the City Creek Project. At the time of his passing he was residing in Salt Lake City where he owned and operated Premier Window Cleaning. Matt enjoyed the serenity of the outdoors and one could always find him either hiking, biking, golfing or working out at the gym. He excelled in sports and in his youth was recognized as an outstanding pitcher.
Survived by his mother and step-father, Pearl (Devon) Oliver, Price; sister, Heidi Oliver, Price; step-sister, Heather Wynn, Salt Lake City; many loving aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Matt was preceded in death by his father, Ray Thompson; and his grandparents.
Graveside service, Thursday, March 29, 2012, 11 a.m., Price City Cemetery. Family will be at Mitchell Funeral Home (233 E. Main Street) in Price Wednesday evening from 6 - 8 p.m. and Thursday morning from 10:00-10:45 a.m. Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home of Price where friends are welcome daily and may share memories of Matt online at

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

I loved looking at these pictures. Thanks for posting them. I remember Birdie, your mom, so well -- I loved that lady! She was so much fun!!!!
Irene C. Dougherty

Tuesday, March 27, 2012