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