Lt. Mark L. Birch
Mark passed away on December 10, 2014 in Sandy, Utah. He was born on May 14, 1925 in Green River, Wyoming to Lloyd and Beatrice Birch. Mark grew up in Coalville and Ogden and graduated from Ogden High School. At the end of WWII, Mark was serving in the Army Air Corps. After his service, Mark joined the Ogden Police Department and later moved to the Utah Highway Patrol where he served for over 40 years. He received a Purple Heart for being wounded in the line of duty. Mark married Vivienne Bingham and together they had four children. He is survived by his children Barbara Scheck, Cheryl (Craig) Kendall, Robyn (Bobby) Lemos and Brad (Pam) Birch, 7 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild, and sister Linda (Jim) Travis. Preceded in death by his beloved wife, parents, his sister Karma and brother Lloyd.
Sgt. John Brent Braegger
John Brent Braegger, 68, passed away on July 30, 2014 after a long, courageous battle with cancer. He was born in April 1946 to James E. and Betty Day Braegger in Brigham City, Utah. He married Marie Burbank and had two children; Lorie Lynne Corbet and John James Braegger (deceased.) On August 15, 1990 he married Bonnie Sowby Braegger who had two children; Connie Brothersen Esplin and Jeff Wayne Brothersen. They later solemnized their marriage in the Bountiful L.D.S. Temple June 21, 1995.
Brent attended Box Elder High School in Brigham City, the Utah Police Academy in Salt Lake City, and Weber State College in Ogden, Utah. He worked at Parson Ready Mix in Ogden, he was the Chief of Police in Willard, and worked with the Utah Highway Patrol where he was a Trooper on the road, he also worked Investigations, the Gang Unit and Narcotics. After twenty-six years in law enforcement he retired as a Sergeant from DPS/UHP. Brent enjoyed camping with friends and family. Brent is preceded in death by his parents James E. and Betty Day Braegger and his son, John James Braegger. He is survived by two siblings: Larry James (Lana) Braegger, and Peggy (Steve) Monsen, his three children: Lorie Lynn Corbet, Connie Brothersen (Doug) Esplin and Jeff Wayne (Aimee) Brothersen, and nine grandchildren.
Tpr. John Wayne Clark
John lived a good life, serving many people and his Heavenly Father along the way. John was the oldest of six children born to Dan Warren Clark and Evelyn Gertrude Cunningham, who both preceded him in death. He is survived by three siblings, Paul, Valerie, and Larry, and was preceded in death by two siblings, Keith and Lee Ann.
John was sealed in the Salt Lake Temple to his eternal sweetheart, Bonnie Lee Williams, and they together had six children, Terren, Bryan, Kenya, Garrek, Amber, and Micah, who have blessed him with 17 grandchildren.
John loved many and many return that love and will miss him dearly
Sgt. Floyd Farley
Floyd Farley passed away on August 4, 2014 at the age of 81. He was born on Dec. 21, 1932 to LaMar and Eva Farley where he grew up on their fruit farm in Orem. He graduated from Lincoln high school and went to Snow college on a basketball/ football scholarship. He then served in the Korean war.
He married Janet White on March 25th, 1955 and they had 3 children Taralyne (Kevin) Larsen, Mike (Sara) Farley and was preceded in death by his son Van (Joni) Farley. He spent 25 years on the Highway Patrol when he retired and they went to work in Safety and Security for Geneva Steel.
He loved working on his peach farm, hunting, fishing and he loved his animals. He always said what amazing people he had met through out his life and he loved and cherished the friendships he had made over the years. He had 10 grandchildren and many great grandchildren.
Col. Roy “Mack” McCabe Helm
Roy McCabe Helm, 86, passed away October 30, 2014. He was born November 1, 1927 in Ogden the son of Nina Nielsen and Roy Edward Helm. He attended Ogden City Schools. Roy married Nettie White on July 28, 2005. Roy served in the Merchant Marines during WWII. He worked for the Utah Highway Patrol as superintendent. Past potentate of El Kalah Shrine in 1973. He loved his cows and horses. He was a very kind and considerate man. Roy is survived by his wife, Nettie; one son, Scott (Valree) Helm; one daughter, Susan (Kevin) O’Conner; grandchildren, Kristin Payne, Tavish and Brodie O’Connor; great-grandson, Jake Payne He was preceded in death by his parents; sister and brother-in-law.
Danette Clark Horrocks, age 70, died at her home after a long hard four-year battle with cancer. She was born June 26, 1944 in Vernal, Utah to David & Helen Eva Warburton Clark. Danette work as a secretary for the Utah Highway patrol and retired after 20 years. She loved to do her needlepoint, homemaking and spending time with her family. Danette loved playing cards with her card club. Over the last four years she spent many of hours driving with her loving brother and sister to the Dr.’s and for her treatments, many times the trips would take sudden stops along the way for a special little treat. She will be forever grateful for the care she received from her brother Bub and sister Chub She is survived by her sons Troy (Vanessa) Asmus and Jerry (Kelly) Asmus. Brother Kenneth Clark; sister, Barbra (Gary) Moon, 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
Jerolyn Rupp John
Jerolyn passed away July 2, 2014. Jerolyn was the third child born to Floyd Rupp and Lettie Todd Rupp on August 18, 1938 in Murray, UT. Jerolyn had two older brothers, Wally and Keith and a little sister Joanne. She graduated from Granite High School and later went to complete one year of college at BYU.
Jerolyn married Robert W. John in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. She and Bob raised two children, Robert Jr. And Elaine.
After Bob’s death in 1983, she and her children moved to Utah to be closer to her family. She started working for the Utah State Highway Patrol shortly after moving back to support herself and her two children. She worked for the State Patrol for many years in different departments.
Jerolyn was a lifelong member of the LDS church and volunteered for over 16 years at the Jordan River Temple. She lived a full life until her stroke in May and will be missed not only by her family, but her many friends.
Lt. Col. Herbert Katz
Herbert (Herb) Katz was born in Basel, Switzerland on October 17, 1947 to Otto and Klara Katz. Stricken by a rapid, unexpected illness, Herb passed away peacefully on January 6, 2015 surrounded by his family. He was 67 years old.
Herb moved to America with his parents in 1949. The family settled in Holladay, Utah where Herb enjoyed a happy childhood. Herb graduated from Granite High School and soon after enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served as a military police officer. He was honorably discharged from military service and joined the Utah Highway Patrol in Cedar City, Utah where he met a beautiful young woman from Parowan named Betty Sue. Herb and Betty Sue were married on November 2, 1974. A few years afterwards their children Joseph, Steven, and Heather arrived.
Herb had a distinguished career at the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) where he began patrolling the highways of southern Utah with his brothers-in-law. Herb moved his family to Salt Lake City as he advanced through the UHP. He also attended school at night to receive his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the Weber State University while working full time and raising a family. Over his 30 year tenure with the Patrol, Herb eventually reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and served as a member of the protective details for both Governors Scott Matheson and Norman Bangerter. In 2001, Herb made his first attempt at retirement which lasted a mere four months (if he could golf in the winter he might have had better luck). Herb went to work for West Valley City creating and administrating their new municipal court. Herb left West Valley for the Utah Safety Council where he worked until trying his hand at retired life again.
Herb’s retirement only facilitated his lifelong love of the outdoors. Whether it was doing yard work, playing golf five days a week, hiking to the bottom of Brown’s Hole, camping with his family at Bear Flat, cruising around Indian Peak in a Jeep, or sitting on a tailgate eating a honeycrisp apple, Herb loved spending time out in nature and sharing that time with his family and friends.
Herb is preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Klara, and brothersin- law Kent (Beth) and Clinton (Linda). Herb is survived by his wife Betty Sue, his sister Jennifer, his children Joseph (Meredith), Steven (Tammisty), and Heather, his nephew Bryan (Katherine), as well as his grandchildren Trevyn, Brayden, Dallin, Kelsie, and Caroline. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Boyd (Mary) and sister-in-law Jenna Dean (Scott).
Col. Dennis Nordfelt
Former West Valley City mayor and police chief Dennis J. Nordfelt died at age 71 after battling a long illness. Nordfelt served as mayor of the city from 2002 to 2010, and as its police chief from 1987 to 1998. Before that he worked at the Utah Highway Patrol for 20 years, including six as superintendent starting in 1981. He also served as West Valley’s Olympic coordinator.
Bigelow said people looked up to Nordfelt because of the things he did for West Valley and for the person he was. “He spent many years serving this community and his efforts helped shape our city and made it stronger. His positive inf luence was also felt far beyond our city in programs, events and especially in the lives of many people in our state. He leaves a tremendous legacy for all of us,” Bigelow said in a statement. The City Council appointed Nordfelt as mayor after Mayor Gerald Wright died in August 2002.
In filling the vacancy, the father of nine children said at the time that he would focus on how city decisions affect families and emphasize whenever possible the importance of a traditional family.
Picked, in part, for his understanding of the city’s strong city manager form of government, Nordfelt vowed to represent the residents in his new role. “The government should only do what its citizens want to have done but cannot do for themselves,” he said.
During Nordfelt’s tenure with UHP, the agency received national recognition for innovative programs. In 1983, Utah and Arizona opened the nation’s first joint-state port of entry, a program duplicated around the country. The following year, the UHP received a United States Senate Award for Achievement for the effort, according to agency’s the website.
Nordfelt leaves behind his wife, Glenda, and his children and grandchildren
Honorary Col. Sterling Roylance Provost
Dr. Provost passed away peacefully on October 24, 2014 in Salt Lake City from a lengthy illness. Sterling was born on 13 August 1929 in Provo, Utah. The son of Earle D. and Freida Roylance.
He earned his BS and MS degrees at the University of Utah and received a doctorate from Brigham Young University. He served in the Utah Air National Guard and following an LDS mission to South Africa, was drafted in the U.S. Army. He was awarded the Commendation Ribbon upon separation.
He met Florence Beverly Smith while they are singing in the Tabernacle Choir. They were married for time and eternity on 25 June 1954 by Elder Spencer W. Kimball in the Salt Lake Temple. Beverly passed away on 10 June 1998.
Following graduation at the University at the University of Utah, he commenced teaching for the Church’s school system for 13 years. Sterling joined Utah’s higher education system in 1968.
He married Mardene Moulton Folkersen in the Jordan River Temple for time on 05 April 2000. Sterling was a life-long active member of the LDS Church. In addition to his full-time mission, he served as a stake high counselor, stake Sunday School president, and in a stake mission presidency. He also served two Church service missions. He taught priesthood quorums and gospel doctrine classes over countless years. He especially enjoyed attending temples throughout the world.
He volunteered his service during Utah’s Centennial Year, the Church’s 1997 sesquicentennial, and the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.
He was engaged for nearly 40 years in law enforcement-related activities. Sterling’s latest appointment was by Governor Huntsman to the Utah Peace Officers Standards and Training Council. He also organized the SLCFBI CA Alumni Association Chapter.
He loved to play the piano, and had a on-going yearning to travel. Traveling to all 50 states and most foreign countries.
He is survived by his dear wife, Mardene, his children, Gayle and Bruce, his granddchildren Barbara Florence, Patrick Sterling (Ashley), Michael Harold (Kimberly), Jessica Lynne, and Jamie Woodham. Along with his great-grandchildren: Jackson Peter, Crew Michael, Jane Posey, and Abigail Rose. Also, a half-sister, Earlena (Dan) Kimball, and a half-brother, Kay (Sherlyn) Lewis. His Beverly, parents, and an older sister Evelyn preceded him.
Sgt. “Big R”, Ronald Emmett Wilson
On September 21, 2014, our hero, “Big R”, Ronald Emmett Wilson, 78, fought his last fight; his passing took place in Murray, Utah with his family around him. He was born October 25, 1935 in Helper to Richard Emmett “Dick” and Mary Passic Wilson.
Ron grew up in Kenilworth, Utah with his younger brother, Gary, where he made life long friends. He attended school in Carbon County where he excelled in baseball, football and basket ball. The last time Carbon High took state in football, he was on the team.
After graduating from Carbon High, he joined the US Air Force, where he served for four years, during his tour of duty, he also played on the Air Force baseball team. While on the team, they won the Worldwide Military Baseball Championship.
While serving in Okinawa, he served with the Air Patrolreceiving several promotions and accommodations. When he returned home from military service, he met and married the love of his life, Hope Colby, October 10, 1959 in Wellington, UT.
Ron began his 27 year career with the Utah Highway Patrol as a dispatcher, followed by assignment as a trooper and finishing up as a Sergeant.
He is survived by his wife of Richfield; daughters, Keelie (Pat K.) Payne of Monroe, Leslie (Harold “Haddy”) Harrison of Salina; 3 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; brother, Gary (Jolene) Wilson of Price. He is preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Tyler Reardon.