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