Donald Alva Best
Donald Alva Best, age 87, graduated from this earthly existence on Wednesday November 16, 2016. He passed peacefully at home surrounded by family. Born to Benjamin Alva “Bob” Best and Elsie Long Best at home in St. George, Utah on September 14, 1929, the youngest of two siblings.
He graduated from Dixie High School and attended Dixie Jr. College. Drafted into the Army at the end of World War II, he served in Germany. He worked as a laborer, carpenter, St. George City police officer and 25 years on the Highway Patrol. He retired from the Utah National Guard as a Master Sergeant and from the Highway Patrol.
He is survived by Carrol Winsor Best, his wife of 64 years; six children, Alva Kirk (Melody) Best, Sherrie Jean (Larry) Jones, DonnaVee Holt, Robert Max Best, Ronald Tim (Gia) Best and Maria DeAnn (Craig) Norush; 24 Grandchildren and 48 Great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his infant daughter, LanaKay Best; grandson Robert Samuel Best and sister Lorraine Adams.
He believed in productive work and family. He had a charitable character and many friends.
On November 6th, officers with the West Valley City PD stolen vehicle unit observed several individuals abandon a stolen BMW at 4100 South Redwood Road and enter a second stolen vehicle. When the officers attempted to stop the second vehicle, the driver fled and a chase ensued westbound on 4100 South. Officer Cody Brotherson was at the intersection of 4100 South and 2200 West and attempted to throw spikes. The driver of the stolen vehicle swerved towards and struck him, fatally injuring him. A short distance later, the driver crashed and the three occupants fled on foot. Multiple officers from various agencies, including the DPS helicopter, responded and the area and the suspects were located and taken into custody. It was determined they are all juveniles, ages 14 to 17.
Officer Brotherson had served with West Valley City Police Department for three years and is survived by his parents, two younger brothers, and his fiancé.
Our chosen profession is rife with hazards, dangers, and life threatening situations. Please take a moment each day to consider your own personal safety and ask what you can do to minimize those dangers. Remember the five tenants of the Below 100 Initiative: wear your seat belt, watch your speed, wear your vest, W.I.N. (What’s Important Now), and remember: complacency kills. Do all you can to go
home safe tonight and every night. Rest in peace, Cody. Your brothers in blue and brown will take up the watch from here. n
Jeffery Merrill Burnham left this earth suddenly to drive truck for his Father in Heaven. He died on October 25, 2016 at his home of health problems. He was born in 1959 to Merrill Burnham and Jean Hunsaker Burnham. He moved from California to Orem, Utah when he was 8 months old. He attended school in Orem and graduated from Orem High in 1977. He married Staci Grace, later divorced. He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was employed by Advantage Trucking and had driven in all 48 states. His other great love was football, the Denver Brocnocs and his red Chevy Silverado. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, father, daughter, stepfather and stepbrother. He is survived by his mother, Jean Mecham of St. George, Utah; brother, Todd (Verleen); stepbrothers, Steven (Alice) Mecham, Doug (Rosemary) Mecham; stepsister, Shauna (Frank) Hatch.
Audrey Ellen Smith Clements
Our mother, Audery Ellen Smith Clements, 90, of Glendale, OH died peacefully on March 6, 2016, following a long, adventuresome life.
Audery was born in Duchesne, UT on June 2, 1925 to Orrin Draper Smith and Sarah Jeannie (Stott) Smith, the youngest of three children. By age three, her mother passed away and her father deserted the family. Audrey and her siblings were raised by her grandparents, Lester Alger and Ellen Stewart Stott.
In 1943, she moved to Tacoma, WA where she worked in the shipyards as a welder, supporting the World War II effort. While there, she met and married Randy Seaton. They were later divorced. Two children (Randy and Deana) were born to this union.
In 1946, Audery moved back to Utah where, in 1947, she met and married the love of her life, Kenneth Culmer Clements. Audery and Ken had one daughter (Murna). Ken adopted Audery’s other children and loved and cared for. For 25 years, Ken worked for the Utah Highway Patrol. Audrey and Ken lived in several places, including, American Fork, Delta, Panguitch, and Nephi, UT. Together they built four beautiful homes. Upon retirement, they moved to Kanab, UT. When they sold their last home, they purchased an AirStream trailer and became snowbirds, spending many winters in the Arizona desert near Quartzite where they rode four-wheelers and enjoyed new friends and life on the road. In 2000, they settled in Alamogordo, NM, close to their son. In 2012, in declining health, Audery and Ken moved to Westminster, CO close to their daughter.
Audery was a wonderful homemaker, great cook, and beautiful seamstress. She was a member of the Avon President’s Club. She loved to travel anywhere with Ken, especially the desert and on their dream trips to Europe and Alaska. She began wood carving in 1994, making intricate spoons and wood reliefs. She loved to play games, especially Skip-bo and bingo and always enjoyed good food. She was proud of her husband and her family.
Audery was preceded in death by her husband Ken, (2012) and her daughter, Deana (2004) and her two siblings, Brent Smith and Margie Galea. Surviving Audery are her son, Randy (Bonnie) Clements, LaVerkin, UT; daughter, Murna Clements (David) Besel, Liberty Twp, OH; 10 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren, and 8 great-great grandchildren.
Roger Kirby Cutler passed away May 24, 2016 after battling stage 4 metastatic gastric cancer. He was born September 15, 1950 in Kanab, Utah to Conway and Mary May Kirby Cutler. He was raised and played there the majority of his youth, soaking in the red dirt which stayed in his blood throughout his life. It always drew him back to the area where he would eventually raise his own family.
Roger was the oldest of seven children and was given the responsibility of helping to raise them, learning lessons that would be useful in his future career choice. He joined the Utah Highway Patrol, and after 5 years was one of the youngest troopers ever promoted to Sergeant.
Roger loved sports of any kind. KHS was his land of opportunity as he told many stories of awards, trophies, and accolades awarded during his years there; it was up to us to determine which were true. He also reminded us daily that he was “Preferred Cowboy.” Small town life was never portrayed better than through his eyes when he went to Grandma Kirby’s for lunch to get home made tomato and cheese sandwiches. Every game day she would feed him a steak for lunch. His best friends in life were made during this time growing up in Kanab.
After high school, Roger honorably served our country in Vietnam. After the war he married Polly Leach, later divorced. They had a daughter Brandy. He went to Bryce Canyon to work in a Chevron Station, and charmed tourists until he met his wife of 40 years, Lydia Pollock. They were married Sept. 11, 1976 in Tropic.
His Highway Patrol career gave him and his family the opportunity to meet his many lifelong friends in Orderville, Green River, Moab, and Richfield, then finally home to his red dirt of Kanab where he lived the remainder of his life.
Survivors include wife Lydia; children Brandy, Casey (Rod) Willis, Chandler, Clayton (Alexis), Candace (Chad) Staheli, and Chase; siblings Curtis (Joanie), Suzy (Bill) Blasdell, Tracy (Rhonda), Scott (Kristen) Robertson, and Cindy (Mike) Mitchie; brother in law Brad Millett; 19 grandchildren with 2 on the way, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, step parents, and a sister Lynn Millett.
Dorthy McIff Dawson, 76, of Overton, NV and Sterling, UT, passed away on May 29, 2016 in Gunnison, UT. She was born on November 5, 1939 in Sterling, UT to Rex Hatch and Dona Dennison McIff.
Dorthy married George H. Dawson on July 30, 1970 in Las Vegas, NV. Together they have 5 children: Vickie (Louie) Munoz; Dawson Lynn, deceased; Kristi (Junior) Medeiros; Sherry (John) Bell and Georgette (Lanny) Carter, 21 Grandchildren and 21 Great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings, Paul (Charlotte) McIff; Roger (Loraine) McIff and LaDonna McIff. She is preceded in death by her parents, son and brother, Gary McIff.
Her life was dedicated to her devoted sweetheart, their children and grandchildren. With her “Always Positive” attitude she turned thunderstorms into sunshine! She loved her line dancing and all her friends associated with it, along with her BINGO!
Geraldine (Gerry) Rose Penrod Duncan passed away on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at the age of 86. She was born in Lehi, Utah to LeGrande Wells Penrod and Daisy Powell Penrod on August 30, 1930. She was a “blue baby” weighing under 3 pounds and was not expected to live through the night. She was put in a shoe box and placed in the oven of the old coal burning stove and lived (thanks to Aunt Ollie) to tell her story.
She was the oldest of seven children born to LeGrande and Daisy. Her siblings are JoAnn (deceased), Carol (deceased), Joyce (Boyd) Wathen (Lehi, Utah), William (Bill) Penrod (deceased), Ilean (William) Despain (St. George, Utah), and Debbie Warnick (Lehi, Utah). She is reunited with her parents, husband, two sisters, brother and two grandchildren (Philip and Macae) who preceded her in passing.
Gerry was raised in American Fork, Utah and attended Harrington Elementary School, American Fork Junior High School and the old American Fork High School on “the hill.” She was an American Fork Caveman and had cherished memories of the LDS Church, the American Fork/Lehi communities and school activities she participated in (especially theatrical productions, AF marching band/orchestra). She enjoyed her many good and true friends (and wonderful family) from the American Fork area that she considered a blessing in her life.
She married William (Bill) Thomas Duncan (on leave from the Navy during the Korean War) in the Salt Lake Temple in 1951. To this union were added three sons, Scott Thomas (Springville), William Bradley (Loretta) (Sandy, Utah), and James Corey (Charlene) (Sandy, Utah). She loved and adored her eleven grandchildren and twenty-five great-grandchildren.
Bill and Gerry eventually settled in Springville, Utah. After her three sons were in school, she went to work part-time as a clerk and accountant, then a full-time secretary to the Principal of Springville High School (just long enough to make sure her sons graduated), then she went to work as a medical secretary for Doctor Douglas Smith (a doctor of internal medicine). Again, she had many wonderful friends and family in the Springville area.
Gerry loved the LDS Church and had a wonderful testimony. She served as Cub Scout Den Mother, Ward and Stake Drama Director (15 years), Sunday School Teacher, Homemaking Leader, Cultural Refinement Teacher, Ward and Stake Relief Society President and worked in the LDS German Extraction Program for over 10 years. She served as the Director of the Springville Utah Stake Family Record Extraction Program. She also served a parttime family history mission for one year in FamilySearch and a full-time mission in Family Records Extraction Support in Salt Lake. She extracted over 400 thousand names before her death.
Eric Dale Ellsworth
Eric Dale Ellsworth, 31, returned home to his Heavenly Father on November 22, 2016. He was serving the citizens of the State of Utah as a State Trooper when he was struck by a car and sustained injuries that eventually took his life. He was born on January 1, 1985 to Ronald Dale and Marjorie Call Ellsworth in Ogden, Utah.
Eric was a Highway Patrol Trooper and had served faithfully for seven years, fulfilling and often exceeding his obligations and responsibilities. He loved his work and the men and women he worked with. He loved serving and helping those he came into contact with while patrolling the highways of this great state.
Eric was the seventh of nine children, was an Eagle Scout, and was passionate about weight lifting and staying fit. He enjoyed camping with his wife, boys, and family.
Eric is survived by his sweet wife, Janica; three sons, Bennett, Ian, and Oliver; parents, Ronald and Marjorie Call Ellsworth; seven sisters, Esther (Grady) Peters, Jerome, ID; Rachel (Jason) Moyes, Roy; Lori (Justin) Frost, West Point; Amber (Steven) Martini, West Weber; Lisha (Jacob) Folsom, West Bountiful; Amy (Mark) Davis, Beaver Dam; and Michelle (Brian) Heslop, Roosevelt; and one brother, Michael Ellsworth, West Point. Also survived by Janica’s parents, Duke and Jan Roane and siblings, Tony (Jenny) Roane, Herndon, VA; Andrew (Kari) Roane, Layton; and Tiffany (Matt) Rawson, Bountiful. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Dale (Audrey) Ellsworth and Van (Geraldine) Call and niece, Kelli Marie Peters.
The family wishes to express appreciation to Utah Highway Patrol, its members, and their spouses, as well as the Fraternal Order of Police; and other Utah law enforcement agencies; the medical staff of IMC Trauma Unit.
Paul Hugh Hamblin
Paul Hugh Hamblin, age 90, died May 17, 2016. Paul was born in Lyman, Wyoming, April 5, 1926 to Cludius Hugh and Ora Christeen Markham.
Paul worked for the Utah State Highway Patrol 20 years; he retired in 1970 and then went into business with his wife Shirley at a Harman’s KFC take home store. He was drafted to serve in the army for 2 years – May 19, 1945 to July 23, 1946.
He is survived by his wife Shirley: married 57 years and children: Lamont, Mike, Ken, Sherman, Roger, Vickie, Lori, Richard, Karen, Kim and Rex.
He was preceded in death by daughters Karen and Kim.
Devin James Hillin
Devin James Hillin, beloved son, husband, father, brother and uncle passed away on Thursday, July 7, 2016.
Devin was born June 24, 1974 in Idaho Falls, Idaho to James and Darlene Hillin. He was second oldest to two brothers and one sister and grew up in Monroe, Utah. He married his sweetheart, Emily Hillin. They have four children whom he loved dearly, Timarie, Tristen, Torie and Hunter.
He was very gifted with many talents including building and finishing many houses with beautiful tile and finish work. He loved being with family and being outdoors and enjoyed many outdoor activities including mountain biking, running, hunting, fishing and metal detecting with his Dad, brothers and children.
M. Boyd Jensen
M. Boyd Jensen, age 82, beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather, passed away on June 22, 2016. Boyd was born in Murray, Utah on May 31, 1934.
Boyd grew up in Idaho and Crescent, Utah. He married Margaret Louise Brown on June 20, 1953 in Murray, Utah. They were later sealed in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.
Boyd was a master brick layer for many years. He joined the Utah Highway Patrol where he served bravely. After he retired, he served as Bailiff in the Davis County Courts. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints.
He loved Sports and enjoyed watching every one of them with his sons and attended as many of his grandchildren’s activities as possible.
Boyd is survived by his children; Julie (John) Waite of Canton, Michigan, Tammy (Rick) Boyce of Layton, Michael Jensen of Farmington, Monte (Gretta) Jensen of NSL. He adored his 15 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren. Also survived by brother, Johnny Val ( Karen) Jensen. Boyd was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Marge, his parents and three grandsons.
Sandra Lee Jackson Mangelson
Sandra Lee Jackson Mangelson, age 68, died on August 8, 2016 after a courageous month-long battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Sandra was born on March 24, 1948 in Payson, Utah; the second daughter of Harold and Marcile Jackson. She attended schools in Nephi and graduated from Juab High School in 1966. She also attended Snow College. She was the Ute Stampede Queen in 1966.
She married Paul V. Mangelson on May 27, 1967. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Manti Temple on June 10, 1980. Paul’s first post with the Utah Highway Patrol took them to Monticello, Utah, followed by Gunnison, Utah and finally Levan, Utah where they settled and raised six children.
Sandra was an expert seamstress, and an excellent cook. Everything she attempted was done with enthusiasm and zest. The floats she hand-crafted for Levan’s 24th of July Primary parade were amazing! The road-shows she helped direct were so much fun to be in and watch.
Sandra was employed by the United States Postal Service for 34 years. She began her career in 1974 as a clerk at the Levan Post Office. She became Postmaster in June of 1983. She was a member of the National Association of Postmasters of the United States (NAPUS). She loved attending the yearly NAPUS Conventions held all around the nation. She was awarded Postmaster of the Year in 2003.
Sandra traveled the world and loved visiting new places and cultures with her group of traveling friends. Sandra was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She held a wide variety of callings in Primary and Relief Society and was the Stake Young Women’s President. She was also an active member of the Chicken Creek Camp of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers.
Sandra is survived by her husband, Paul of Levan; children, Molly (Scott) Brenchley of Spanish Fork; Amy (Jason) Roper of Taylorsville; Paula (Casey) Nielson of Alpine; Emilee (Joseph) Eyre of Levan; Charles Mangelson of Provo; Annie (Jim) Nielson of Spanish Fork; 20 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; sisters, Judy (Morris) Wright of Nephi, Barbara Cowan of Nephi, Lisa (Morris) Blackett of Nephi, Fawn (Jared) Youngreen of Provo; brothers, Scott (Eve) Jackson of Ferron, Bart (Carmen) Jackson of Nephi; sisters-in-law Mary (Vaughn) Matthews of Murray, Nancy McPherson of Sandy; and many wonderful nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her father and mother.
G. ElRoy Mason
On May 14, 2016 Heavenly Father called home a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend after a tough battle with complications following surgery. ElRoy was a true maverick who had a zest for life, and a keen sense of humor that drew people to him. He dedicated his life to family, friends, and his community through service as a Utah Highway Patrol Officer, which position he retired from after 30 years. Throughout his life he stayed friends with those he served with and continued a lifelong relationship with them. ElRoy was a master marksman and loved shooting his firearms, hunting, fishing, camping, collecting tractors, and road trips with his buddies including his brother Leon whom he had a very close relationship with. ElRoy loved involving his family in all these activities and taught us many of life’s lessons along the way, as well as showing his great love and support, but nothing did he love more than his sweetheart for 54 years Tess. They stood by each other through good times and difficult times and used humor to lighten their load.
ElRoy Mason wanted his family to thank all of his friends for their contributions to his overly filled cup of life. NO regrets, NO should haves. His achievements and fulfilments far exceeded his most outrageous expectations.
He is survived by his wife Teressa “Tess” Mason; daughters Michelle Jorgenson, Mary Gregory (Brant), Brenda Pugh (Tom), Beverly Piombo (Lupe Lozzano), Deanna Willden (Dave); brothers Kenneth Mason (Elnora) and Leon Mason; and his beautiful grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his father William Gerald Mason, mother Inez Mason, brothers Bernell Mason and Marvin Mason, sisters Carma Aird, Loraine Johnson, and his loving son James ElRoy Mason.
Brett William Nielson
Sgt. Brett William Nielson, age 50, passed away on Friday, April 22, 2016, near Kanarraville, Utah. He was born April 21, 1966 in Blytheville, Arkansas to Eric Wayne and Linda Jo Lowther Nielson. He grew up in Wendover. His family moved to Delta, Utah in 1978, where he graduated from Delta High School. He married his sweetheart, Angela Kaye Harris, on November 11, 1989 in Salt Lake City.
He joined the US Marine Corps, and honorably served during the Persian Gulf War. After returning, he worked in security for the Utah Dept. of Public Safety. In 1992, he joined the Millard County Sheriff’s Office. He was dedicated to his job as a member of law enforcement. He took pride in his work and serving his community, and we will miss his friendly manner in helping people.
Brett loved riding motorcycles, shooting, and spending time with his grandkids. He also loved the art of bartering, being known to make trade after trade of things he didn’t want to finally make the trade for the item he did.
Brett is survived by his wife: Angie; son: Chris Wardle; daughter: RyLee Nielson; grandchildren: Keaton, Kiera, and Aria; parents: Eric and Linda Nielson; brother: Clint Nielson; sisters: Beth Poulsen and Candice Peterson.
Kenneth Lee Pyper
Kenneth Lee Pyper, 84, of South Jordan, Utah, our beloved brother, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away August 19, 2016.
He was born January 31, 1932, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Arthur Vernon Pyper and Eva Ann Olpin Pyper. Ken grew up in Salt Lake City, southern California, and then in southeast Idaho where he finished high school at Idaho Falls High, graduating in 1950.
Ken met and married the girl of his dreams, LouCylle Reneer, on Nov. 10, 1951 and were married for 63 years. They were sealed together for time and all eternity to their family in the Los Angeles LDS Temple on Sept. 7, 1963.
Ken and LouCylle were devoted parents to nine children, 45 grandchildren and 35 great grandchildren. His greatest joy in life came from his family and the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Ken served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1954. In 1955 he joined the Los Angeles Police Department and worked as a motorcycle policeman for 25 years; both the Los Angeles Police Protection League and the Los Angeles National Safety Council recognized him for outstanding performance.
Ken attended Mt. San Antonio College and Cal State L.A., where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree. In July 1980 he retired from the LAPD and moved his family to South Jordan, Utah where he worked for more than 15 years in the LDS church-facilities department.
Ken helped all 4 of sons, many grandsons, as well as numerous boys to achieve their eagle scout awards. Scouting played an important role in his life. For more than 20 years he acted as scoutmaster, and in 1989 he earned the Silver Beaver, one of the highest awards received in scouting.
Ken was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and accepted and fulfilled church callings throughout his life. Ken and LouCylle were called as one of the first couple missionaries to serve in the Salt Lake City Temple Square Security Mission from 2002 to 2004.
Some of Ken’s great loves included playing sports, spoiling his beloved dogs, tending to his immaculate garden and winning the blue ribbon for his delicious corn at the Utah State Fair. Other hobbies were coin collecting, hiking, camping, and keeping his yard in pristine condition. He maintained his great sense of humor until the end and will be remembered as a big tease, comedian, and a generous and loving, husband, father and grandfather.
Ken is preceded in death by his wife LouCylle Pyper, parents Arthur Pyper and Eva Pyper, and his sister Elverna Pyper. Survivors include his sister Corinne McAffee, and children: Christine (Bill) Bacon of Provo, Utah; Lee (Renee) Pyper of St. George, Utah; Lorene (Dana) Winters of Spokane, Washington; Lon (Darla) Pyper of Idaho Falls, Idaho; Aaron Pyper of South Jordan, Utah; LouAnna (Ryan) Schick of Riverton, Utah; Amee (Kevan) Guy of South Jordan, Utah; Lance (Julee’) Pyper of American Fork, Utah; and Lynnelle (Jonny) Harmer of Costa Mesa, California.
Boyd D. Redington
Boyd Dean Redington, beloved husband, father, grandfather and greatgrandfather passed away on Monday, March 14, 2016. He was born on February 8, 1932 to George Arthur and Lucy Addie Hawes Redington.
Boyd graduated from West Side High School in Oxford, Idaho. He served an LDS mission in the Southwest Indian Mission in April 1951 to 1953, being set apart by Elder Spencer W. Kimball. He honorably served during the Korean War in the U.S. Army Signal Corp in Germany from June, 1953 to April, 1955. Boyd served in LDS church leadership positions in the Elders Quorum and High Priest Group.
Boyd served on the Cedar City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Executive Committee, The Community Accountability Board working with parolees and those on probation, volunteered at the Cedar City Heritage Center & Theatre.
He worked for the Utah Highway Patrol as a radio dispatcher. An avid professional photographer, he was the first full-time photographer at SUU taking photos of athletics, theatre events, dance, geology events, political and religious figures from 1968 retiring in 1988. After retiring, he opened Boyd’s Photo Service and operated it for over ten years. He acted in the first “Taming of the Shrew” at the Utah Shakespearean Festival and hosted for an additional 14 years in the Randall L. Jones Theatre. His photography has been shown in Salt Lake City, Park City, St. George, Southern Utah University, and other venues.
Survived by his wife, Pamela Wood Orton Redington, brother John Lee Redington, sons Rocky (Boyd D. II), Paul Everett, LaMonte Talawytewa, and daughter Lucinda Jeanae Woods; step-children Kirk Orton, Kevin Orton, and Camille Woolsey, 33 grandchildren, 59 great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by his parents, brothers George Ivan Redington, Albert Reid Redington; sisters Clara Bessie Redington Fisher Brown, Verna Lucy Olson; sons Dallen Reid Redington, George Morris Redington Magoolaghan.
Darlene Robison Rynearson
Darlene Robison Rynearson joined her eternal husband on July 14th, 2016, surrounded by her friends and family.
Darlene was born on March 14th, 1934, in Hinckley, Utah to loving parents, Frank and Fern Robison. She was married to Thomas Melvin Rynearson, Jr. on May 7th, 1954, and was later sealed to him and her children on June 11th, 1969, in the Manti Utah Temple.
Preceded in death by her parents, husband – Tom, and sisters Margaret and Luella. Darlene is survived by brothers Frank Junior and Carl, sister Eva Ann, and children Douglas (Cyndy), Gregory (Marci-Ann), Cheryl, and Shawna (Dave) Dyson; 12 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
Darlene studied at Brigham Young University and later worked at The Paris Company, where she met her love, Tom. Their life together would bring its own challenges, as Tom’s career in law enforcement would require multiple moves. Darlene proved her abilities as a mother and homemaker, raising her family well, wherever and whatever the circumstances.
Working outside the home also allowed Darlene opportunities to share her gifts. Over the years, she worked in a dental office while her children were young, and then in a career as a loan officer for Granite Credit Union until she retired.
Darlene’s passions, however, aside from her family, were her loving dedication to her heritage with The Daughters of the Utah Pioneers (for over 50 years!), and with an obsession for genealogy, which lined her walls and bookshelves. She also served in support of Tom’s career with the Utah Highway Patrol Auxiliary.
Working in service of her faith was also fulfilling to Darlene. She was called to serve in the Jordan River and St. George Temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as well as in the church records division in Hurricane, Utah.
Darlene bravely fought and defeated cancer twice, both breast and colon. In addition to the legacy of her family and life of service, Darlene leaves behind the many treasured works of beauty and warmth she made. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, and knitting and crocheting.
Eldeane Merrill Sheffer
Eldeane Merrill Sheffer, age 85, of Taylorsville, Utah, passed away July 10, 2016.
She was born in St. George, Utah, to Horatio Harris and Millie Hardy Merrill, on May 21, 1931. She married Bert D Sheffer July 12, 1949, in the St. George LDS Temple.
Survivors include her husband; children, Dean (Angeli), Dale (Pam), Linda (Scott) Woodfield, David (Gaile), Robert (Jill), Sandra (Barry) Carstensen, Don (Sharon), and Darren (Sonja); 48 grandchildren; and 82 greatgrandchildren.
Curtis “Mac” Malcolm Shields
Curtis Malcolm Shields, 90, a valiant son, husband, father and friend passed away August 29, 2016 at Payson, Utah.
He was born November 27th, 1925 to Curtis A. and Evalyn Shields of Delta Utah. He was the 1st of 5 children. He grew up strong from his life on a farm. Grandpa & Grandma Shields raised IN MEMORY — continued from page 77 him to be a man of honor and integrity. In 1941, at the young age of 17, Mac left behind the security of home and family to serve his county in the United States Navy. He sailed the Pacific Ocean in the fight for freedom from New Guinea to Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima and Nagasaki.
Upon his return home in 1946, he met and fell in love with Cherie Haninifin. They married and brought 5 children into the world. Two of his daughters, Norma Evalyn and Karen Sue, returned to heaven only days after their births.
In 1958, Mac became a Trooper with the Utah Highway Patrol and served the people of Utah for the next 32 years. In the summer of 1963, Mac lost Cherie and became a widower with 3 children. In 1964 he met and married the second love of his life, Roena Brown Tuttle Hendrickson, a widow with 4 children. Together they raised their 7 children: York Shields (Sandy), Sheri Kae Thueson (Greg), Lana Nielson, Tim Tuttle (Ruth Ann), Mary Ann Steadman (Kevin), Dean Shields (Kris) and Claudeen Sutherland. He has 29 grandchildren and 39 great grandchildren.
He lost his second sweetheart Roena to cancer in 2006. Mom was the encouraging influence that gave Dad confidence in his callings. He has missed her for these past ten years.
Mac loved his family and would frequently call his children to let them know that he would never ever stop loving them and that he was the luckiest man on earth to be blessed with such a loving family.
Mac was a faithful disciple of Christ and served in many positions in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints throughout his life. Mac and Roena served a full time Mission in Cove Fort and at the Oakland California Temple. They later served at the Manti Temple where Mac was called to serve as Counselor in the Temple Presidency. Mac knew that God lived and that Jesus Christ was real and loved us all. He trusted that right would prevail in the end. Mac was charitable and grateful. He saw God’s tender mercies and worked to extend them to others in countless ways. He always tried to leave things better than they had been.
Our family would like to thank all of you for your love and support at this difficult time. We know our father will be greatly missed and that he has touched many lives over the years. He was a true gentleman.