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RT "Dick" Simmons

PRICE/SALT LAKE-Born to Ford and Neva Simmons in Murray, Feb. 17, 1933. He shared his passing on Jan. 25, 2008 with his Moonbeam.

Survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Jo; four children, one of each kind, Tammy, Ranae, Russ, and Shanna who loved him very much; 10 grandkids; 8 great-grandkids; and brother Keith.

Graveside services will be held Wednesday, Jan. 30, 1 P.M. at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 E. 10600 South. Online condolences may be made at

In lieu of flowers please donate to your favorite charity.

Thanks for all the great memories.

Linda Kutkas

PRICE-Our loving mother, grandmother, sister, and dear friend, Linda Young Kutkas, age 67, passed away Jan. 23, 2008 after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born October 6, 1940 in Wellington to Melvin L. and Bertha Marshall Young. Married Terry Kutkas, June 28, 1958 in Las Vegas, Nev.; he passed away Jan. 27, 1982.

Linda was a longtime resident of Carbon County and a graduate of Carbon High School Class of 1958. She was well known by many and always noted for her excellent cooking. Linda cooked at the El Rancho and other restaurants in the area for many years. She had many dear friends and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. She enjoyed reading, dancing and listening to music.

Survived by her daughters, Keven (Jase) Mills, Price; Sherry (Jim) Paletta, Wellington; grandchildren, Nathan, Chelsea, Krista (Mark) Giraden, Angel; four sisters and one brother, Beth Woodward, Elko, Nev.; Melba (Jack) Winn, Moab; Val Life, King City, Calif.; Joyce (Clark) Nielsen, Salt Lake; Marshall (Mary) Young, Houston, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews who loved her dearly. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Helen Butler, Louise Young; and mother-in-law, Clarice Kutkas.

Graveside service, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 1 p.m. at the Wellington City Cemetery. Family will be at Mitchell Funeral Home Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. and Wednesday from noon to 12:30 p.m.

Abbigail Ann Bott

PRICE-Our Special Little Angel, Abbigail Ann Bott, age 4, returned to her Heavenly Father on Jan. 25, 2008 atPrimary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City.

She was born Oct. 13, 2003 to Marcus and Deborah (Henrie) Bott in Price.

Abbi was special in so many ways; her laughter andher excitement over the smallest things will stay in our hearts forever. Abbihadmany challenges in her short life,but shehad a determination to conquer each one andlive life to the fullest.Her favorite things in lifewereplaying with her little sister Ryley, as well as hernumerous cousins. Her contagiousgiggle will never be forgotten. She loved to play dress-up in her fairy princess clothes andhave tea parties with her tea set, but her most favorite thingswere dancing and Disneyland.Abbi loved everyone and was always doing little things to make others happy. Abbi attended Pre-school at the Castle Valley Center where she was loved by all who knew her.Her favorite part of the day was riding the school bus.

She is survived by her parents and sister, Ryley Grace;grandparents, Jimmy and Diane Henrie, Wellington; Kathy and Greg Zaborski, St. George; Dennis Bott, St. George; great-grandmother Marietta Henrie and great-grandfather Daniel J. Price,both of Wellington; and many aunts and uncles and numerous cousins.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 11 a.m. at the Price LDS Stake Center, 150 South 500 East. Viewing Tuesday evening from 6 - 8 p.m. Also at the Price Stake Center, and from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. prior to the service. Interment, Wellington City Cemetery, under the direction of Fausett Mortuary.

Donna June Johnson

CARBONVILLE - Our angel wife and mother, Donna June Bentley Johnson, passed away peacefully on Jan. 26, 2008, in her home in Carbonville. Her husband and children were with her and sang her favorite hymns as she passed from our arms into the arms of loved ones on the other side.

June was born to Elba and Vivian Hamilton Bentley on June 22, 1930, in Bennett. Her parents moved to Price shortly thereafter, where she lived until she married Roger Val Johnson on March 21, 1949, in Elko, Nev. Val and June had their marriage solemnized in the Manti LDS Temple two years later. They made their home in Carbonville.

In addition to being an awesome wife and mother, June served faithfully in many leadership and teaching positions in the LDS church, and as a scout and 4-H leader. She was a professional wedding cake decorator, a school crossing guard, and co-owner of the sewing/craft store, "The Calico House" in Price. June was very creative, and loved to paint pictures, sew, make quilts and porcelain dolls, and do various other crafts.

Whether she is known as "Mom", "Grandma", "Sister", "Aunt", or "Friend", her name is synonymous with charity - the pure love of Christ. She was an example of kindness, service, sacrifice, and loyalty. Even in her later years, when her life's memories would slip in and out, her concern for others came before herself. And of course, her unwavering faith in Christ, which we witnessed through her righteous example and teachings, will bless generations to come.

June is survived by her beloved husband, Roger Val Johnson; her children, Randy Val and Dora Johnson, Sandy; Duane and Linda Johnson, Carbonville; Scott and Coreena Johnson, Miller Creek; Donna and Donald Francisco, Enoch; Terry and Cherilyn Johnson, Spring Glen; Julie and Gordon Mathis, Spanish Fork; as well as 30 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters Ellen Bates, Carbonville; Colleen Adair, Wellington; brothers, Kenneth "Kob" Bentley of West Valley City; and Jerry Bentley, Wellington.

June was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Vida and Evelyn; and brothers Dave, Ferrell "Bud", Floyd, and Ray.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008 at 11 a.m. at the Spring Glen LDS Chapel, 2000 North 4000 West. Viewing, Tuesday, Jan. 29 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Fausett Mortuary. Interment, Price City Cemetery under direction of Fausett Mortuary.

Pete Frandsen

PRICE/SANDY-Glen Peter Frandsen, 86, died Jan. 22, 2008, of natural causes at his niece's home in Lindon, where he was surrounded by his family and loved ones as he left for his next great adventure.

Pete was born to Burgess Lyman and Ida Elizabeth Anderson Frandsen in Clarion, on April 2, 1921.

While he was young, he endured the heartache of losing his sister, Nellie, to pneumonia. During the Depression he moved with his family in a horse-drawn wagon to Price. Through several hardscrabble years as the family got settled in Price, he and his four brothers had to sleep outside in a tent year-round. Of those times, he remembered them taking turns sleeping with the family dog for heat�and cuddling up to a turkey or two in the sleeping bag when it wasn't his turn with the dog. It was in Price that he learned the meaning of hard work. He thinned sugar beets with his brothers and sisters, and he and his brother used a horse-drawn cart to haul cabbages that they sold to people in neighboring towns. It was in Price that he developed his love for farming, ranching, and horses. During those years, there was always a milk cow close at hand.

He was proud of his service in the United States Navy during World War II. After spending a brief period of time on gunnery duty in the belly of Navy aircraft, he realized he'd soon go deaf�if he lived that long. So he demonstrated his respectable efficiency at the typewriter and was given a coveted office position for the remainder of his tour of duty.

Pete married Betty Rae Fraser on Sept. 2, 1947, in Reno , Nev.; their marriage was later solemnized in the Manti LDS Temple, when they were also sealed to their four sons and their daughter. After 50 years of marriage�and a whole lot of the world's best baked beans�she preceded him in death.

With four mischievous boys running through the house, Pete and Betty Rae finally welcomed a little girl into the family. Her death from a tragic accident in April 1965, when she was not quite two, was one of his greatest sorrows. More than four years later, Heavenly Father brought into their family a beautiful 12-day-old girl, who became the joy of their lives.

Pete's business was agriculture, and he made his living as a farmer and rancher before working for the United States Department of Agriculture's soil conservation office. His work took the family to Manti, Price, Tooele, and Erda before they settled in their final home in Sandy. During his career he and his brother developed a cabin subdivision above Scofield, where he and his sons put in a labor of love building the family cabins. After he retired, Pete spent a great deal of time meandering through the aspens on Joe or Sparky, his two favorite horses, or carving trails through the canyons on his snowmobile. He and Betty Rae created a mountain paradise that has been loved and enjoyed by all his posterity.

A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Pete served in a number of leadership positions in the church. He traveled extensively, especially after Betty Rae began to enjoy success with her book, Where's Mom Now That I Need Her? While he enjoyed the sights the world had to offer, he always felt there was no place like home�especially his home tucked in the pine-covered slopes of Scofield.

Pete was a hard worker and taught his family the value of work. He was also innovative and creative�give him a piece of bailing wire, a wad of chewing gum, and a strip of duct tape, and he could fix anything. He was a famous tease; neighborhood children were forever ringing the doorbell and asking if Pete could come outside to play. Above all, he was one of the last of the real cowboys. With a talent for picking the best horses available, he was absolutely the most graceful cowboy you'd ever see.

He is survived by his children, Gary (Denise), Gale, Kent, Cullen, and Jennifer (David) Park; 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; his brother, O'Dell (Ona); his sisters, Beth (Ernie) Hartmann and LaRue Fransen; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pete was preceded in death by his wife; his daughter, Elizabeth Ann; his grandsons, Daniel and Cameron Frandsen; his brothers, Dwayne and Garth; and his sister, Nellie. It must have been a joyous reunion!

A viewing was held Jan. 25, at Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary, Sandy and on Jan. 26, at the LDS meetinghouse at 1475 East 8600 South, Sandy, with the funeral following. Burial, Price Cemetery.Online condolences may be made at

In lieu of flowers, Pete requested donations to Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue ( or Best Friends Animal Society (

Dad, we know that while we're temporarily left behind, you've already saddled up Sparky and lifted Elizabeth Ann into the saddle with you. While you and Mom tear up the trails of the rugged mountains that must be part of heaven�for we can't imagine a heaven for you that doesn't include your horses�we will be remembering all you taught us and honoring the legacy you left us.

Happy trails, Dad!

Jerry Reed Wayman

EMERY COUNTY-Jerry was born to Reed Wayman and Florence Tucker in Emery County.

He served in the United States Navy from 1964 to 1968.

Jerry is survived by his mother, Florence Poulos, Aurora; sisters, Dawna (Reeve) Cook, Huntington; Ruth Wayman, Aurora; Merrillee ( John) Zmerzlikar, Helper. Also survived by his best friend, Gene Kerbs, Salt Lake City.

Preceded in death by his father Reed Wayman; stepfather George Poulos and brother Tracy Poulos.

Last employed by Utah Paper Box.

He came, he loved, he laughed, then he returned home to his Heavenly Father.

We love you Jerry and we miss you.

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