Miscellaneous Uintah County, Utah Obituaries

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Dean D. Peterson

Dean D. Peterson, 83, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2000 in Salt Lake City. 
Dean was born in Hayden, on Nov. 15, 1916 to James Christian and Mary LaVern Peterson. He joined the Navy at 18 years of age and during World War II, served on the Lexington and LST 508. He retired after 23 years as a Lt. Commander in 1957. He married Oma Kay on Sept. 11, 1945. Dean was a member of the LDS Church and was known for his good sense of humor and willingness to help others. He fought a debilitating disease for the last eight years of his life, but never let it dampen his spirit, sense of humor or love for his family. 
Dean is survived by his sister, Edna S. Paup; his son, James Dennis; his daughter-in-law, Libby, all of Salt Lake City; two brothers-in-law, Dale Slaugh, Vernal; and Woody Voyles, Boise, Idaho; and 15 loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 1 p.m. in the Thomson Blackburn Vernal Mortuary in Vernal, with a viewing for friends and family from 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Burial will be in the Vernal Memorial Park with military honors provided by the American Legion under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary. 
In lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations be made in his name to the National Parkinson's Association. 

Dona M. Deets

Dona Maurine Fullmer Deets, 78, passed away Oct. 22, 2000 in Vernal. She was born March 22, 1922 in Circleville, a daughter of Barlow F. Fullmer and Anna Nellie Helquist. Dona married Neil A. Deets on March 9, 1945 in Sterling, Ill. 
Dona was a member of the LDS Church. She loved flowers and gardening. She enjoyed reading and traveling to New Mexico and Arizona. 
She is survived by her husband, Neil A. Deets; children, Randall A. (Kathy) Deets, Vernal; Geneille A. (Rodney) Drumm, Salem, Neb.; Anthony F. (Shannon) Deets, Vernal; Donald N. Deets, Greenville, Texas; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Oct. 26, 2000 at 11 a.m. at the 9th LDS Ward Chapel, 250 North 200 West. Friends may call Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary, and one hour prior to the services at the Chapel. 
Burial will be in the Rock Point Cemetery under the direction of Thomson Blackburn Vernal Mortuary. 

Norma Downard

Norma Lambson Downard, 77, of Vernal, passed away Oct. 23, 2000 at the Salt Lake Medical Center, following a short illness. 
She was born on April 18, 1923 in Bingham, the daughter of Glenn and Lucille Jameson Lambson. She married Thomas J. Downard on June 26, 1942, in Salt Lake City. They moved to Vernal in 1948 where they raised a family and retired. 
Norma was a life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was active in the BPOE Vernal Elks with her husband, and also served many years of service as a pink lady at Ashley Valley Medical Center. Norma was very personable and seemed to know everyone. She always had time to say hello to everyone. 
Her husband Tom died May 22, 1982. She also preceded in death by her parents and one grandson, Robert Todd Downard. 
Norma is survived by her three sons, Robert T. (Judy) Downard, Bountiful; Glen L. Downard, Vernal; Quinn C. (Fawn) Downard, West Jordan; a sister, Vera Allen, Salt Lake City; nine grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren. She is also survived by two sister-in-laws, Oka (Elbert) Baese, Vernal; and Nancy (Clinton) Williamson, Taylorsville; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Oct. 27 at the Vernal 1st LDS Ward Chapel, 250 North 200 West. Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. prior to services at the Chapel. 
Interment will be in the Vernal Memorial Park under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary. 

William Hullinger

Funeral services for William Lester Hullinger, born Oct. 2, 1921 and died Oct. 16, 2000, were held Friday, Oct. 20 in the Maeser Stake Center with Bishop Douglas Murphy officiating. 
Carl Barney, grandson, offered the family prayer with prelude and postlude music played by Daun DeJournette.
The congregation, led by chorister Gloria Mansfield and accompanied by organist Daun DeJournette, sang "How Great Thou Art."
Kristopher Hullinger, grandson, gave the invocation with obituary and remarks offered by Bishop Murphy. 
A tape recording of "Go Rest High On That Mountain" was played. 
Speaker was Roger Beckstead. 
The congregation sang a closing hymn, "Til We Meet Again."
David Rodarte, grandson, gave the benediction and Eugene Hullinger, son, dedicated the grave.
Pallbearers were Brandon Hullinger, Dustin Hullinger, Dale Phillips, Kevin Hullinger, Kolby Hullinger, Lewis Barney, Shelby Hullinger and Donald Hullinger. 
Honorary pallbearers were sons, sons-in-law, grandson and great grandsons. 
Interment was in the Roosevelt Memorial Park under the direction of Hullinger-Spafford Funeral Home.

John L. Taylor

Johnny Loyal Taylor, 72, of Roosevelt, died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2000 in a Salt Lake City hospital. He was born Feb. 29, 1928 in Ogden, Weber County, to Frank Taylor and Ruby Roberts. He married Renee Hadlock Sept. 10, 1949. Their marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple on Oct. 26, 1950.
John was an honest hardworking man who loved his family and dedicated his life to providing for their needs and well being. He was a great example and an all around good guy. He was a professional truck driver most of his life and a darn good one. He received various awards for safe driving. He started driving at the age of 18 and made it his lifetime career until due to health problems he was forced to retire.
He loved trucks and never lost his desire to drive. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and had a strong testimony of genealogy and temple work. He encouraged his children to participate in that work. John loved the outdoors and used his hands in that capacity. He loved to do gardening and yard work. He was loved by his family and friends and will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife, Renee, Roosevelt; daughters Louise (Meldrin) Olsen, Neola; Kathleen (Ardin) Freestone, Soldotna, Alaska; son David Corey Taylor, Roosevelt; brother Arthur (KaraLyn) Taylor, Duchesne; sisters Alice (Adam) Lipina, Troy, N.Y.; Lola (Grant) Sheffield, LeBrea, Calif. He had 15 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Ruby Taylor, son, Robert Taylor, brothers Floyd Taylor, James Taylor and a sister, Mae Taylor.
Funeral services were held Oct. 20 at the LDS West Stake Center. Burial was in the Roosevelt Memorial Park under direction of the Hullinger Mortuary.

E. Aleen Maples

Funeral services for Eura Aleen Maples, born Sept. 1, 1914 and died Oct. 15, 2000, were held Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000 in the Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary with Father Jan Bednarz conducting. 
Father Bednarz gave the invocation with prelude and postlude played by Virginia Ewell. 
Corky Miller read a poem, Ken Miller offered remarks about his grandmother, and Betty McKnight, daughter, gave the eulogy. 
Diane Miller and Randy Sharp, accompanied by Virginia Ewell, sang "In the Garden," and "Amazing Grace."
Father Bednarz gave the benediction and dedicated the grave.
Pallbearers were Bill McKnight, Corky Miller, Paul Yoder, Ron Miller, Ken Miller, Joe Evans, Jim Davis and Todd McKnight.
Interment was in the Vernal Memorial Park under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary. 

Mable Handy

On Oct. 17, 2000, our dear mother, Mable Merrell Handy, passed away in Sandy. She was born Nov. 17, 1916 to Fuller Remington and Sarah Christeena Angus Merrell in Myton. Mable married Thomas L. (Ted) Handy in Anchorage, Alaska on August 4, 1941. 
She is survived by children, Tom, Midvale; Brent (Joan), Sandy; daughter in-law, JoAnn, Roosevelt; grandsons, Todd (Lisa), Layton; and Scott Stewart (Marenda), Vernal; and five great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister, Marie Jensen, Provo, and brothers, Harold (Marie), Vernal; Ray, Salt Lake City; Grant (Fran), Naples; Delroy (Connie), Hurricane; and many other nieces, nephews and friends. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ted; a daughter, Sarah Ruth; grandson, Ryan; sisters, Myrtle, Bessie Libbert, Pearl Cook; and brothers, Ross, Karl and Leo. 
Funeral services were held Oct. 21 in the Naples Ward Chapel with Bishop Grant Hatch officiating. 
LaMont Shupe offered the family prayer with prelude and postlude music played by Sally Galloway. 
Paul Merrell gave the invocation and Elaine Merrell offered a tribute to her Aunt Mable.
Karla Coombs and Jane Huefner, accompanied by Michael Karren, sang "Each Life That Touches Ours For Good," and "I Know That My Redeemer Lives."
Speaker was Todd Handy with remarks offered by Bishop Hatch. 
Dale Merrell gave the benediction and Delroy Merrell dedicated the grave.
Pallbearers were Tom Handy, Todd Handy, Mark Coombs, Brent Handy, Scott Stewart and Dale Merrell. 
Interment was in the Vernal Memorial Park under the direction of Hullinger-Spafford Funeral Home.

Daniel Terry

Daniel "Dan" Terry, 43, died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2000 at St. Vincent's Hospital in Billings, Mont., after a long, courageous battle with cancer. 
Dan was born August 18, 1957 at Craig, Colo., the son of James and Mary (Drolc) Terry. He came to Casper, Wyo. and graduated from Kelly Walsh High School. 
On June 11, 1977, he married Robynn Marie Herzog at Basin, Wyo. They moved back to Basin in 1979. Dan worked for Wyo-Ben Inc., for the past 20 years as a foreman. 
Dan was a loving and devoted husband and father. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodworking. 
He is survived by his wife, Robynn, of Basin; two sons, Nick and Matt, both of Basin; his parents of Craig; two brothers, Tony Terry, Greybull, Wyo., and David Terry, San Francisco, Calif.; two sisters, Marcia Gurr, Vernal; and Marsha Scullion, Craig. 
Funeral services were held Oct. 18 at the St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Basin with Father Ron Lytle officiating. 
Burial was in the Mount View Cemetery in Basin under the direction of Atwood Family Funeral Directors, Inc.
A memorial fund has been established at Security State Bank in Basin. 

Evelyn J. Olson

Evelyn Jane Olson, 85, passed away at the home of her daughter, Jeannie Annerl on Oct. 24, 2001. She was born June 18, 1916 on a farm in South Long Lake Township, Minn., the daughter of George & Edna Morcomb.
Evelyn married Leslie E. Olson in 1933 and continued living on the family farm until they moved to Brigham City in 1961 and then to Midvale until Leslie's death in 1971. 
Evelyn lived with her daughter, Christine, until 1985 when she moved to Jensen, on the Green River, to be near her daughter, Jeannie and son, Dan. In 1994 she moved back with her daughter, Christine, and granddaughter, Susie, in Riverton. She resided there until her recent visit with Jeannie and her husband, Frank, and her special care-giver and granddaughter, Jeri Sather. 
Evelyn's favorite past-times were fishing, hunting, bowling and especially playing any kind of games with her family and friends.
Surviving members of her family include her children, Robert (Barb) Olson, Lakeside, Calif.; Dan (Fran) Olson, Big Piney, Wyo.; Jeannie (Frank) Annerl, Vernal; and Christine Olson, Riverton; 15 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and sister, Maude Olson, Brainerd, Minn.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie; daughters, Ninada Olson Sather and Ellen Olson-Padgett; brothers, Glen Morcomb and Ray Morcomb; sister, Vernice Caswell; grandson, John Sather; and great-grandson, Randy Palmer. 
Graveside services were held Saturday, Oct. 26 in the Midvale Cemetery under the direction of the Goff Mortuary. 
Spafford Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements.

Kelly J. Carter

Funeral services for Kelly Jack Carter, born April 7, 1974 and died Oct. 21, 2001, were held Thursday, Oct. 25 in the First Baptist Church with Pastor Stan Arias conducting. 
Pastor Steve Pierce offered the family prayer with prelude and postlude music played by Karen Arias. 
"One More Day" was played during a candle lighting.
Pastor Arias gave the invocation and read the obituary. 
Karly Carter, daughter, read a poem. 
Speakers were Clark Hatch, Chris Ylincheta and Adolfo Ozatta. 
Musical recordings of "The River" by Garth Brooks and "Don't Fade On Me" by Tom Petty, was played. 
Stan and Karen Arias sang "Amazing Grace" and a postlude recording of "Orion" was played.
Pastor Steve Pierce gave the sermon. 
Pastor Ginger Pierce gave the benediction and Pat Mosbey dedicated the grave. 
Pallbearers were Chris Ylincheta, Kelly Stubbs, Travis Gines, Shawn Jackson, Bruce Christofferson and Sage McCormick. 
Interment was in the Vernal Memorial Park under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary. 

Donna Sorensen

Donna Mary Lundell Sorensen, born Nov. 28, 1927 in Vernal, died Saturday morning, Oct. 27, 2001, of natural causes. 
Donna was the daughter of Harold and Alta Mary Lundell and was raised in Vernal. She attended Uintah High School. She attended BYU, where she was a student body officer, and received her bachelors degree prior to starting her career as an educator.
She married George William Sorensen in the Salt Lake Temple on March 31, 1951, and he preceded her in death on Jan. 27, 1992. Together they lived in Provo, Orem, and Mapleton over the years. She served in various callings and in auxiliary leadership for the LDS Church. She retired from teaching in the Nebo School District in 1990.
Donna is survived by her six children, Lon (Marie) Sorensen, Lehi; Suzanne (Jeff) Eaton, Newark, Calif.; Randy (Jackie) Sorensen, Orem; MaryLynne (Scott) Leopard, Gilbert, Ariz.; Neil (Susan) Sorensen, Cerritos, Calif.; and Lance (Tara) Sorensen, Provo; 22 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren; a brother, Dean Lundell of Denver, Colo.; and two sisters, Connie Pope, Provo, and Lynette Morrill, St. Louis, Mo.; a sister-in-law, Marge Lundell, Pleasant Grove.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m. at the Sharon Park LDS Ward Chapel, 600 N. 150 E., Orem. Friends may call Thursday, at the Berg Mortuary of Orem, 500 N. State Street, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., or Friday at the Ward Chapel, one hour prior to services. Interment will be in the Provo City Cemetery.

Deloy Morrill

Deloy Morrill, known to our family and friends as "Gus," passed away on Oct. 26, 2001 at the Veterans Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif. He was born May 9, 1931 in Roosevelt to Ivan L. and Wanda Lamoreaus Morrill. Gus graduated from Alterra High School with the class of 1949. 
While serving in the United States Marines during the Korean Conflict, Gus was injured on August 17, 1952. California has been his home for the past 50 years. While residing in Long Beach, Calif., Gus earned his private pilot's license and played on two national basketball teams: the Long Beach Flying Wheels in 1956, and the Garden Grove Bears in 1958, which won the National Basketball Championship. 
In Mira Loma, Calif., he owned and raised Polled Hereford cattle. Gus moved to Orland, Calif., in 1972 where he was very successful as an almond and olive rancher for 22 years. He was well-known, respected and admired. He moved to his present home in Artois, Calif., in 1994. Gus loved a challenge. He was a true friend, deeply touching the lives of everyone who knew him. 
He is survived by his oldest brother, Dellis (Helen) Morrill, Vernal; three sisters, Leila Houtz, Midvale; Lela (Dean) Hooper, Rockford, Ill.; Ann (Jim) Maquire, Cedar City; sister-in-law, ArVella Morrill, Sunset; and many nieces, nephews and their families. 
He was preceded in death by his parents; a younger brother, Elvin Morrill; sister-in-law, Doris Morrill; and brother-in-law, Duayne Houtz. 
Graveside services will be Saturday, Nov. 3 at 11 a.m. in the Tridell Cemetery. Friends may call at Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary Friday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Before going to the cemetery. 
A memorial service will be held in Orland at a later date. 
Services are under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary. 

Brad W. Gross

Funeral services for Brad Wesley Gross, born Dec. 17, 1977 and died Oct. 21, 2001, were held Friday, Oct. 26, in the Uintah Stake Center with Bishop Clair Davis officiating. 
Dale Merrell offered family prayer with prelude and postlude music played by Linda Richards.
David Gentry gave the invocation with remarks and obituary read by Bishop Davis.
Jamie Johnson read a poem. 
Speakers were Randy Merrell and Bert Angus. 
Geri Benedicto, accompanied by Marian Porter, sang "Remember Me;" Shane Lance sang "Angels Among Us;" and Daymon and Suzanne Leonhardt sang "I Know That My Redeemer Lives."
John Wood gave the benediction and Dan H. Gross dedicated the grave.
Pallbearers were Justin Gross, Jeff Gross, Twain Bridges, Beau Hacking, Karston Merrell, Chris Gross, Britt Hazelbush, Sam McDonald, Jeremy Merrell and Shane Ufford.
Interment was in the Vernal Memorial Park under the direction of Spafford Funeral Home.

Elwin A. Simmons

Elwin Alma Simmons, 80, of Yakima, Wash.; passed away Friday, Oct. 26, 2001 in Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital. 
He was born on April 23, 1921 in Wellington to James Alma Simmons and Rosa Jane Bryce Simmons. 
Elvin served in the U.S. Navy in WWII during the Pacific Theatre of Operation. He was aboard the Battleship U.S.S. Idaho as a machinist mate, 3/C. He farmed in Vernal; Moses Lake, Wash.; and Yakima. Elwin worked in a Civil Service career at Larsen Air Force Base in Moses Lake and the Yakima Firing Center. 
He married Velda Duvall on Sept. 12, 1945 in the Salt Lake Temple. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and served faithfully in stake and ward positions. He served three stake missions. Together with his wife, they served as full-time missionaries in San Diego, Calif. They also served together for 16 years as temple ordinance workers in the Seattle Temple.
He enjoyed community service including actively participating in the Retired Senior Volunteer Program and volunteering at the Yakima Salvation Army for over 15 years. 
Elwin is survived by his wife of 56 years, Velda Duvall Simmons; four children, sons, Thomas R. (Dorothy Kerwick) Simmons, Silverdale, Wash., and Howard Dee (Deena Yost) Simmons, Waterloo, N.Y.; daughters, Lynette Simmons, Orem; and Yvonne (Ande) Kastanif, Tacoma, Wash.; seven grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Also surviving are two sisters, Jean Beatty, San Diego, Calif.; Joyce Coben, El Cajon, Calif.; and one brother, Lavell Simmons, Vernal.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother; an infant son, David James Simmons; brothers, Stan, Wayne, Scott; and sisters, Reva Ryppe, Mildred Farikoff, and Wanda Jones. 
Services will be held Saturday, Nov. 3 at 12 noon in the Yakima Stake Center, 705 South 38th Ave., Yakima.
Burial will be at West Hills Memorial Park under the direction of Keith and Keith Funeral Home. 
Viewing will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Keith and Keith Ninth Avenue Chapel, 902 W. Yakima Ave. 
Memorial may be made to the Missionary Fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Emerson Hackford

Funeral services for Emerson Boyd Hackford, born Nov. 4, 1977 and died Oct. 22, 2001, were held Thursday, Oct. 25 in the Vernal 2nd and 4th Ward Church with Wayne Spafford officiating. 
Ben Taguve, friend, gave the invocation with the eulogy given by Wayne Spafford. 
Speakers were Ben Taguve; Teddy Serawop, brother; LeOra Hackford, grandmother; Rick Hackford, uncle; Joe LaFlamboise, friend. 
Perry Murdock sang "I Did It My Way;" Lynn Hackford, grandfather, sang "Gathering Flowers For The Master's Bouquet;" and a recording of "Go Rest High On That Mountain."
Bobby Dudley read a poem written by Cindy Hackford.
Joe LaFlamboise gave the benediction. 
Teddy Serawop played a musical number dedicated to his brother during a balloon release following the services. 

Darrell G. Robinson

Darrell Gene Robinson, 64, formerly of Bonanza, passed away Oct. 21, 2001 at the North Arkansas Regional Medical Center in Harrison, Ark. 
He worked in maintenance for the past nine years for American Gilsonite, Co.
Interment was Oct. 26 in Harrison. 


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