PRICE - Steven Bruce Temple, age 36, passed away quietly and peacefully at the University of Utah Hospital on March 10, 2008 at 7:30 a.m.
He's now in the hands of God and his pain and suffering are no longer.
Survived by his mother, Vondell; nephew, Shawn; niece, Sabrina; grandmother, Betty Lou Lander; daughters, Nicole and Nakeysha, who were his life; and his ex-wife, Shirley.
He has joined his sister, Valerie, and his dad, Bruce, in heaven.
We all loved him and we will miss him dearly.
Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home.
OREM/EAST CARBON - After celebrating his 98th birthday with his family, Lawrence William Stephens laid down to rest and slipped peacefully away March 11, 2008.
Born Feb. 20, 1910 in the shadow of the Grand Tetons to William Nephi Stephens Jr. and Emily Sophia Zollinger at Rexburg, Idaho, Larry spent his youth moving between Rexburg and Victor, Idaho; Butte, Mont.; and Salt Lake City, working on family ranches and attending school.
An alumni of the University of Utah and Brigham Young University, when it came to sports rivalries, his allegiances were sorely divided as he deeply appreciated the gift of education from both institutions and sacrificed greatly to earn his degrees. During his college years, he played polo, boxed and wrestled.
As a young man, Larry became intimately acquainted with grief. He married Verna Hatch in 1934, then lost their infant daughter to death in 1935 and Verna in 1939. He then married Isabella Hamilton Rich in 1941 and lost their infant daughter, Carolyn, to death just days before her mother, Isabella, in1944. This loss also tore Larry from two stepchildren, Diane and Robert, whom he had come to love dearly.
During those difficult years, Larry took to the air. Too old for regular duty in the U.S. Air Force, he joined the Civil Air Patrol where he earned the rank of first lieutenant. He taught young men and women to become pilots and ferried military personnel, equipment and planes from coast to coast. He loved to fly.
The sun came out when Larry met his sweetheart of 60 years, Allis Esther Crittenden, in 1947. They were married in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on Dec. 18, 1947 and enjoyed life together each day since. They made their first home in Dragerton, where they raised their children, Karol, Ruth, Larry Spencer and Kristine. After 45 years in the tight-knit communities of Carbon County, Larry and Allis relocated to Orem to spare their children the worry of them driving U.S. Highway 6 to the Provo LDS Temple
Hard work was Larry's best and lifelong friend as he tried his hand at ranching, golf course caddying, race horse jockeying, drumming in a dance band, soda jerking, machining, hard rock mining, flying, auto repair and the service station business, construction, a bakery business, hospital administration and education. He found his greatest joy in the field of education and spent 35 years as a teacher or principal.
Upon retirement, Larry found that he could not give up work so he volunteered at the College of Eastern Utah's automotive department for several more years and then finished his life's work as a temple worker for 22 years, serving at the Provo and Mount Timpanogos temples.
Larry especially loved working with young people. In addition to the years spent teaching in the public school system, he volunteered countless hours with the youth in various capacities as an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His service was quiet and understated as he simply lived the gospel principles of doing good to his fellow man.
As we attempt to sum up a life so long and well lived, we must include the character traits that defined this fine man. He was loyal and honest, kind and gentle, hardworking and dedicated, witty with a great sense of humor, incredibly well experienced and enduring almost beyond belief. He was well-loved and will be deeply missed.
Survived by his wife, Allis; children, Karol Walker of Texas, Ruth (Randy) Bunker of Spanish Fork, Larry (Kelle) Stephens of St. George, Kristine (Bryan) Morley of North Salt Lake; grandchildren, great-grandchildren; his brother, Richard Albert (Sally) Stephens; sister-in-law, Lynn Stephens; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Lee and Grant; sisters, Verena Decker and Maurine Rowe Jacobs; son-in-law, F. Reese Walker; grandchildren, Stephen Rand Bunker and Laralyn Walker.
Funeral services were Saturday, March 15, at the Sharon Park 3rd LDS Ward Chapel in Orem. Interment was in the Provo City Cemetery.
Please honor the memory of Lawrence William Stephens with a contribution to the Perpetual Education Fund through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Arminta Marie Hewitt
EMERY - Arminta Marie Hewitt, age 75, died March 18, 2008 in Price.
She was born Feb. 24, 1933 to Arnold L. Jacobsen and Martha Marie Jones in Emery. She married James H. Hewitt on July 19, 1951 in Salt Lake City.
Arminta grew up in Emery and Huntington, but spent most of her life in Emery.
She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter -day Saints and was auxiliary president for the American Legion.
Some of her hobbies included vegetable gardening and genealogy.
She is survived by her two children, Albert Johnny Hewitt of Gunnison and Loretta Sanchez of Price; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; her brothers and sister; Clinton (Joy) Jacobson of St. George, Cecil (Florence) Jacobsen of Emery, Ceylan (Sharon) Jacobson of Salt Lake City and Larraine (Steve) Drummond of Nevada. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James; and her sister, Stella McKinny.
Funeral services will be Thursday, March 20, at noon at the Emery LDS Chapel. Viewing will be Thursday from 11 to 11:45 a.m. prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the Emery City Cemetery. Services are in the care of Fausett Mortuary.
Grant J. Wilson
HUNTINGTON - Grant J. Wilson, age 75, passed away March 18, 2008.
Grant was born March 23, 1932 in Huntington to Leonard and Clara Lela Grange Wilson. He married Nelda Peacock on Sept. 12 1953 in Orangeville. Their marriage was solemnized seven years later in the Manti LDS Temple.
Grant enlisted in the U.S. Army at the beginning of the Korean Conflict and lost his leg to a land mine on Oct. 11, 1951.
He was proud of his sacrifice in behalf of the citizens of the U.S.A. and courageously faced down challenges that resulted from his sacrifice for the rest of his life.
Grant was a loyal son, father and friend.
He was active in his church and community.
Dedicated to his faith, Grant served in numerous positions throughout his life in scouting, elders quorum, ward and stake Sunday School presidencies and high council.
Civic positions include Huntington city councilman, Democratic Party precinct chairman, Vietnam War draft board chairman, school teacher, water master, farmer and master horseman.
He was a fearless defender of the underdog and a scrappy challenger of the top dog.
Grant felt called to aid those who struggled and suffered through no fault of their own.
All who experienced his protection, compassion, loyalty and humor will miss him fiercely.
He is survived by his wife, Nelda; six children: Barbara Olsen of Broomfield, Colo.; Gary J. (Terrie) Wilson of Huntington; Scott (Darla) Wilson of Cedar City; David L. Wilson of Huntington; Amy (Jeff) Richens of Price; and Kristin (Loren) Brinkerhoff of Syracuse; four siblings, Reid (Mavis) Wilson of Price; Bevan (Flo Ann) Wilson of Huntington; Ernest Wilson of Huntington; and Donna (Ron) Keener of Price; 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers: Loren Dick Wilson, Leonard Von Wilson, Bruce Lee Wilson and Dale LeGrand Wilson; one sister, Lela Ann Van Buren; one son-in-law, Paul Olsen; and one sister-in-law, Marjorie Wilson.
Funeral services will be Saturday, March 22, at 11 a.m. at the Huntington LDS Stake Center. A viewing will be Friday March 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fausett Mortuary, 720 North Center Street in Castle Dale, and one hour prior to the services at the stake center. Interment will be in the Huntington City Cemetery, where he will be laid to rest with full military honors.
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