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John Prazen

PRICE - Our loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend, John Prazen, age 93, passed away unexpectedly Sept. 12, 2007 in Orem

He was born April 14, 1914 in Scofield to Frank and Anna Volle Prazen. Married Mary Pauline Sunter March 3, 1935 in Green River. She passed away Nov. 18, 1995.

John had a hard early childhood and the coal camps forged his strength and character. He learned to blacksmith by standing on a box and swinging a hammer at 4 years old.

John entered the coal mines at 13, working in three-foot coal seams.

Through need and ability, he developed into one hell of a welder and a self-made mechanical engineer.

All you had to do was explain the problem and John would build the answer.

Some of his inventions are still used in the industry today like the belt winder he created out of a used car engine and other item of scraps or the tandem axle he developed with his brother, Frank.

John solved problems, worked hard and provided for his family. They knew he loved them and "daddy was there."

His motto was summed up as: "Always give the boss your best for your pay, learn something every day, never leave things less than you found them, and dance a polka every chance you get."

John is back with his wife of 60 years now.

He is doing what he loves, flipping his welder hood down to build something out of iron, and listening for an accordion so he can dance a polka.

He will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved him.

Survived by his daughters, Kathy (Boyd) Evans, Salt Lake City; JoAnne (John) Sharpe, Provo; sister, Carolyn Dugdale, Salt Lake City; brother, Mark Hovat, California; 10 granchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren.Preceded in death by his wife; daughter, Mary Anne Noorda; grandsons, Mark Winn and Rich Colombo Jr.; three brothers and one sister.

Funeral service was Sept. 17 at Mitchell Funeral Home. Interment, Mountain View Cemetery, Helper.


Brandon J.'Philly' Phillips

ORANGEVILLE - Brandon Phillips age 24, was born June 6, 1983 in Payson. He was the first of three children born to Jamie and Sheila Phillips.

When Brandon was 3 years old, they moved to Orangeville, where he grew up and attended Cottonwood Elementary, San Rafael Junior High and Emery High School.

Brandon loved the outdoors, especially fishing with his son at Pete's Hole and Joes Valley. In fact, if you asked him, he was the "professional fisherman."

He also enjoyed snowboarding up Huntington Canyon as well as four-wheeling and mud-bogging.

Brandon loved his dad's cooking and the "The Simpson's" was his favorite television show. He will always be remembered as a real Simpson's fanatic.

He was a great dad to his son and loved being with him.

He is survived by his parents, Jamie and Sheila Phillips, Orangeville; two sisters, Camille and Casandra Phillips, Orangeville; son, Gage Phillips, age 5, Orangeville; paternal grandmother, Deann Neugebauer, Tucson, Ariz.; great-grandmother, Lucille Evans, Salem; stepgrandfather, Harlen Neugebauer, Yuma, Ariz.; grandfather, Richard Phillips, Provo; grandparents, Paul and Emilee Snow, Ferron; uncle,Shane Neugebauer, Provo; aunt, Michelle Marononi, Tucson, Ariz.; uncle, Greg Snow, Ferron; and numerous cousins and friends He was preceded in death by his great-grandfather, J.C. Evans; great-grandparents, Perry and Pauline Snow and Leola and Ray Conover; and uncle, Ray Snow.

Brandon will be remembered as a man who lived life to the fullest and loved his family.

A memorial service was held Sept. 15 at the Orangeville LDS Church.


Vida Wall

CLEVELAND- Vida Lurena Timothy Wall, passed away peacefully Sept. 5, 2007 in Price.

She was born March 30, 1916 in Cleveland to David Timothy and Alice Lurena Johnson Timothy.

Vida attended schools in Elmo, Cleveland and Huntington. She married Clarence Overland Wall on Dec. 21, 1935. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Manti Temple on Feb. 19, 1966.

Vida was raised in Cleveland and lived there until 1960, when the family moved to Hiawatha.

She and Clarence became involved with a square dancing group, which brought them much joy and allowed her to travel to many places around the world.

Vida was a great sports fan. Her favorite teams were BYU football and the Utah Jazz.

She hunted deer and rode a horse most of her life.

She was dearly loved by all her grandchildren who looked forward to celebrating Christmas at her home.

She was known for her delicious homemade bread and chocolate chip cookies, her hospitality, and her Sunday dinners.

She was a fabulous cook and could easily feed a crowd with little notice.

Vida is survived by children, Lois (Keven) Jensen, Cleveland; James (Joan) Wall Mapleton; Lynn (Carol) Wall, Bountiful; David (Arbra) Wall, Mountain Green; and Wilma (Andy) Barnett, Price.

She often remarked that she couldn't have chosen better spouses for her children, if she'd hand picked them herself.

Vida is the proud matriarch of 27 grandchildren, 89 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; all brothers and sisters; and her husband, Clarence, who she loved dearly.

The family would like to thank the medical staff at Castleview Hospital and the Parkdale Care Center.

Funeral services will be Thursday, Sept. 20, 11 a.m., at the Cleveland LDS Chapel, with a viewing one-hour prior to the service. Bishop Shawn Sitterud will officiate.Visitation will be Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fausett Mortuary, 680 East 100 South, Price. Interment, Cleveland City Cemetery.


Glendon Johansen

CLEVELAND-Glendon Lynn Johansen, age 77, passed away Sept. 15, 2007 surrounded by his wife of 54 years and his loving family after a nine-year battle with cancer.

He was born in Cleveland to Charles A. and Sophia Timothy Johansen, the youngest of nine children. He married Bonnie Lorraine Bishop on Nov. 28, 1953 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Glendon graduated from South Emery High School and later attended Carbon College, where he graduated in welding.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He retired from Utah Power & Light Company in 1987. After retiring he worked for the Huntington Cattleman's Association. He was a true cowboy.

Glendon spent the remainder of his life living his passion, his farm and his livestock.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie; children, Laura (Garlon) Majors, Denise (Dennis) Richardson, Nancy (Louis) Shelley, Beth (Max) Lopan, and Mike (Kate) Johansen; 28 grandchildren; 54 great-grandchildren; sister, Leah Neilan; and brothers, Roy Johansen, and Lloyd (Leora) Johansen. He was preceded in death by his mother and father; brothers, Ruel, Tom, Merwin and Max; sister, Eunice; son-in-law, Jim LeRoy; and one great-grandchild, Jacie Graham.

The family would like to extend a very special thank you to Sherry King, Dr. Bott and all of the nurses at the oncology department and the Central Utah Clinic.

Funeral services Wednesday, Sept. 19, 11 a.m., at the Cleveland LDS Chapel, 355 West 100 North. A viewing will be Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fausett Mortuary in Castle Dale and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. prior to the service at the church. Interment, Cleveland City Cemetery.


Jon Paul Crawford

FERRON - Devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Jon Paul Crawford, passed away suddenly on Sept. 15, 2007.

He was born March 30, 1929 in Rochester to Carlyle and Zenna O. Crawford. Married JoeAnn Wall in Castle Dale Nov. 27, 1948.

Paul was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Paul was a successful businessman and farmer/rancher. He operated a dairy, commercial cattle herd and raised many prize Hereford bulls that have been sold into great purebred herds in the western United States.

As a young man in 1950, he received the highest honor given to Future Farmers of America as National Star Farmer in the western region.

He served on the advisory board of the Helper State Bank, served as chairman on the Castle Valley Special Service District.

He was president of the San Rafael Soil Conservation District for 12 years and served as a board member for 18 years. He received many personal awards from this organization.

Paul was elected onto Emery Telcom's board of directors on Nov. 10, 1971 and served as chairman for 36 years.

From 1971, he quickly emerged himself into the telecommunications industry and has long since been recognized as an industry leader both within and outside the state of Utah.

Under Paul's tenure, Emery Telcom more than tripled in size and exceeded the industry norm. Paul also served on several regional and national telecommunications boards.

Paul was a great sports fan and great supporter of the local high school football and basketball programs.

Survived by wife JoeAnn; children, Jon P. (Barbara) Crawford, Colleen (Garth) Larsen; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister, Evanel C. Rexroad, and brother, Donald Crawford. Preceded in death by sister, Faye C. Curtis

Funeral services will be Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Ferron Dutch Flat LDS Chapel, 555 South 400 West, Ferron. There will be a viewing prior to the service from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the church. Friends and family are invited to attend the viewing Friday, Sept. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fausett Mortuary 720 North Center in Castle Dale. Interment, Ferron.


Irma Storrs Judd

PRICE/VISALIA, Calif.-Irma Ruth Storrs Judd passed away at the age of 91, surrounded by her family on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2007, in Visalia, Calif.

She was born Sept. 11, 1916 in Provo, spent her childhood years in Price and graduated from Carbon High School. She was the second of seven children born to Fred O. and Lottie (Gibson) Storrs.

She married the love of her life, David Max Judd, on July 3, 1935. They celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary prior to his death in 1991.

Max and Irma moved to California ,where Irma obtained a degree in cosmetology and a master's degree in vocational education from UCLA.

She was the director of cosmetology at Riverside City College for many years. She worked with Gov. Edmund Brown in pioneering the vocational-education program in California.

Their family was sealed in the Mesa, Ariz. LDS Temple on Nov. 10, 1950.

She and Max returned to Salt Lake City in the mid-1960s and operated their family auto repair business and Irma's beauty school.

They served a mission for the LDS Church in the Carolinas. The Gospel of Jesus Christ and her family were the focal points of Irma's life.

Irma is survived by her three sons and their families, Jim (Durinda) Judd of Visalia, Calif.; David (Linda) Judd of Hesperia, Calif.; and Robert (Lori) Judd of Henderson, Nev. She had eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Her great-grandchildren lovingly called her "Grandma Honey." She is also survived by her sisters, Edna Storrs Thompson, Helen Storrs Cluff and Nan Storrs Baker. Preceded in death by brother, Art Storrs; and sisters, Donna Storrs Curtis and Gene Storrs Pappas.

Her family will greatly miss her as will all of her extended family and friends.

Services were Sept. 17 in Visalia, Calif. A funeral service will be at Mitchell Funeral Home in Price on Friday, Sept. 21, at noon, with burial to follow at the Price City Cemetery.

A memorial luncheon will follow at the home of her niece, Joane Pappas White.


Wade Hill

WELLINGTON - Allen Wade Hill, 77, died Sept. 15, 2007 at home after a long battle with cancer.

He was born Dec. 14, 1929 in Price to Mullin Elwood Hill and Evelyn Asay. He married Renae Nelson in Price on Nov. 18, 1947.

He is survived by his wife, Renae; son, Rocky (Theresa) Hill; daughter, Sherry (Leon) Davis; sister, Patsy Warner; brother, Michael Hill; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by parents; son, Ken Ray Hill; brother, Elwood Hill; sister, Dyann Lloyd; grandsons, Rik Leonard Davis, Steven Wyler Davis; and great-granddaughter, Elli Renae Henderson.

Funeral services Wednesday, Sept. 19, 11 a.m. at the Wellingtonn 1st/4th LDS Ward building, 50 North 100 East. A viewing will be one hour prior to the service. Interment, Wellington City Cemetery.


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