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Ryan Thayn

WELLINGTON - Ryan Roy Thayn was born Aug. 11, 1973 in Price to Randy and Loralie Thayn. He left us Nov. 4, 1998.

Ryan graduated from Carbon High School in 1991 and he later attended the College of Eastern Utah.

Ryan was an all-star baseball player and loved to coach his younger brothers.

Ryan loved to watch the Utah Jazz and the Oakland Raiders.

Ryan's passion for fishing and hunting developed into taxidermy, which he enjoyed for several years. He stuffed many animals for himself, family and friends.

Ryan's work included repair duties at Mine West and a well operator for Seely Oil Company in Mounds.

Ryan was a strong, reserved person with a dry, witty personality.

Ryan was extremely loved and will be missed dearly by all who knew him.

Ryan is survived by his parents, Randy and Loralie; brothers, Brett (Samantha) Thayn of Nibley and Tyler Thayn of Logan; grandmother, Marilyn Young of Wellington; great-grandmother, Elizabeth Olsen of Ferron; a nephew, Brendan Ryan; three nieces, Cydnie, Ashley and Taylor; and all uncles, aunts, and cousins. Ryan was followed in death by his grandparents, Harold and Ethel Thayn and Merril Young, all of Wellington.

Funeral services will be Friday, June 13, at 11 a.m. at the Wellington LDS Stake Center, 935 East Main. Friends may call Thursday, June 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fausett Mortuary in Price, 680 East 100 South, and Friday one hour prior to the services at the stake center. Interment will be in the Wellington City Cemetery.

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Valerie Bruno

PRICE/HOUSTON, Texas - Valerie Lynn Bruno was born June 5, 1958 to Pete and Doris Bruno.

A beloved daughter, sister, niece, aunt, cousin, and friend, Valerie had a unique love for life, which she shared by serving others. She delighted in knitting handmade toys, afghans and clothing for her dear family members and she sported a playful personality that made her every child's best friend.

Valerie's service also extended to reading to children with disabilities and contributing her talents to the Humanitarian Center and Newborns in Need. Her open arms and selfless attitude made each person in her life feel special and loved.

Valerie graduated from the University of Utah in drama. For over 20 years, she was a dedicated employee for the Williams Company, a home to many valued friends and co-workers whom the family thanks for offering great support in Valerie's life and in her passing.

Valerie had a strong belief in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and had a testimony in the Savior. Her faith offers peace at her passing on June 9, 2008 from a sudden illness, which allowed her to offer more service in being a donor to others.

Valerie is survived by her father, Pete Bruno; Dale Marx; Shirlie (Greg) VanWagoner; Marilyn (Dean) Harmon; Joan (Darrell) Keller; Doug Bruno; and many loved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother, Doris Bruno; and her sister, Doris Marx.

Her family would like to thank those who brought joy to her life and Pioneer Hospital for their attentive care. Thank you also to the Price 1st LDS Ward for their help at this time.

Funeral services will be Saturday, June 14, at 11 a.m. at the Price Utah LDS Stake Center, 150 South 500 East. Viewing will be Friday, June 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fausett Mortuary, 680 East 100 South in Price, and from 10 to 10: 45 a.m. prior to the service at the stake center. Interment will be in the Price City Cemetery.

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Gaylene Ballard

PRICE - Our loving mother, daughter, grandmother, sister and friend to many, Gaylene Mills Ballard, age 71, passed away June 9, 2008 while surrounded by her loving family.

She was born Oct. 20, 1936 in Spring Canyon to Wilburn H. and Thusnelda G. Hunter Mills. Married Martin "Marty" H. Ballard June 11, 1960 in Price; he died Nov. 23, 2005.

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

She was a lifelong resident of Carbon County and a graduate of Carbon High School.

She was a dedicated employee of Safeway's in Price for many years.

Gaylene loved the outdoors and she cherished all that it had to offer. She enjoyed working in her yard, riding horses and spending time with her family.

Gaylene was a lady of great strength and beauty and she always brought great comfort to those around her. She was a friend to all and will be dearly missed by her family and a community of friends.

Survived by mother, Thusnelda Mills; two sons, Michael (Linda) Ballard; Lance Ballard, all of Price; brother, Gary (LaVange) Mills, Spring Glen; three granddaughters, Mikelle, Lacie and Haley; and many special nieces and nephews who loved her dearly. She was preceded in death by father and husband.

Graveside service, Thursday, June 12, 3 p.m., Price City Cemetery. Family will be at Mitchell Funeral Home Thursday from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m.

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Chester Hall

PRICE - Chester Lee Hall, age 77, of Price, passed away Tuesday, June 10, 2008, peacefully in his sleep at his home in Price.

Chester was born in Sweets Jan. 20, 1931 to Chester Lafayette Hall and Erminnie Beulah Baker Hall.

Chester grew up in Sweets and attended grammar school at Central and Harding Elementary in Price. At the age of 14, he left to attend Mooseheart Academy in Mooseheart, Ill., with his sister. While attending high school there, he played football and traveled with his team to Tacoma, Wash., where he helped them to an undefeated season.

Upon graduating from Mooseheart, he also learned the trade of barbering and left as a licensed barber. He returned back to Price in 1949, where he lived with his adopted family of Ed and Iris Potts and their children and was able to renew old friendships with Al Richens and Von Johnston. It was in Price where he met his sweetheart, LeDonna Atwood, at the local A & W.

Chester, with his two buddies, enlisted in the U.S. Navy and left for boot camp in San Diego, Calif., in January 1951. He was later joined by his bride to be and they were married on July 21, 1951. They were sealed in the Salt LDS Lake Temple for time and all eternity on Feb. 29, 1954 upon his return home from the Korean Conflict.

Chester worked as a barber for Toy Atwood at Atwood's Barber Shop as well as at the coke ovens in Columbia and Kaiser Steel in Sunnyside before he made his career as an engineer working for the Utah Department of Transportation, where he retired after 27 years in 1987.

After his wife, Chester's second love was sports, where he was very involved with Little League baseball as the league president as well as very heavily involved as a sports official for community and high school softball, basketball and baseball.

Chester's favorite sport of all, however, was football, which he enjoyed as both a fan and an official. Chester was awarded the state of Utah high school football official of the year in 1999.

He also enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing and being in the outdoors with his family and his friends, Blaine Marx, Alfred Richens and other good friends. One of his favorite places was the Boulder Mountain area in southern Utah.

He was an active member of the LDS Church, where he held several callings in the Price 3rd and 6th LDS Wards.

Chester will be remembered for his sense of humor and friendly outgoing personality. He was able to talk to complete strangers and make those around him feel comfortable in any setting and welcome in his home.

His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were his pride and joy and he will be forever in our hearts and deeply missed. We love you.

Chester is survived by his wife, LeDonna Atwood Hall; children, Robert L. (Peggy) Hall, Poplar Bluff, Mo.; Susan L. Hall, West Jordan; Chester Lynn (Vickie) Hall, St. George; Don E. (Allyne) Hall, West Haven; Gary L. (Kelly) Hall, Cleveland; Tawyna (Cory) Kulow, Price; and Douglas B. (Stephanie) Hall, Price; 21 grandchildren, nine stepgrandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, 10 stepgreat-grandchildren; and numerous brothers- and sisters-in-law. Chester was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Erma Hall Palmer; and daughter, Nanette Hall Baker

Funeral service will be Tuesday, June 17, at 11 a.m. at the Price 6th LDS Ward building at 300 West and 500 South. Friends may visit with the family on Monday evening, June 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mitchell Funeral Home, 233 East Main in Price, and at the church on Tuesday morning one hour prior to the services. Interment, Cliffview Cemetery.

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Dorothy Kay

MURRAY/PRICE - Our beloved mother, mommy Kay, yiayia, sister, aunt and longtime friend, Dorothy Liapis Kay, age 81, passed away peacefully, June 4, 2008 at her daughter's home in Palm Desert, Calif..

She was born Oct. 25, 1926 in Mohrland to Paul Harry and Foto Lambrinos Liapis. Married her beloved, Delbert Leroy Kay Jr., March 27, 1948 in Elko, Nev.; he passed away on July 8, 1984. Married Parley McCleve in Salt Lake City; he passed on Sept. 28, 2000.

Member of the Greek Orthodox Church.

Dorothy was a kind, loving and generous natured woman who deeply loved children, her family and friends and often showed them through her fantastic Greek cooking.

She had a flare for elegance and style that made her one of downtown SLC's most infamous beauticians for over 50 years.

She shined her love and light unto all she came in contact with and will be remembered for eternity.

Survived by her daughter, Kathleen Kay Romney, Palm Desert, Calif.; three grandchildren, Atheena Romney-Qur'an and her husband, Othman Qur'an, Joshua Tree, Calif.; Rick B. Romney, Palm Desert, Calif.; Tiffany Kay Romney, San Francisco, Calif.; two-great-grandchildren, Khalid and Jorian Romney-Qur'an; sisters, Sylvia (John) Platis, Sandy; Helen Maxfield, Murray; and sister-in-law, Alberta Liapis, Bullhead City, Ariz. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, George, Harry and Pete Liapis; and sister-in-law, Ann Liapis.

Funeral service Saturday, June 14, 2 p.m., Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Price. Trisagion service Friday evening, 7 p.m., Deseret Mortuary, 36 E.700 South, SLC. Family will be at Deseret Mortuary Friday evening at 6 p.m. and at Mitchell Funeral Home, 233 East Main Street in Price, on Saturday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Interment, Price City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church are greatly appreciated.

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Clara Minnie Martinez

PRICE - Clara Minnie Trujillo Martinez, age 72, passed away peacefully in her sleep June 6, 2008 at her home.

She was born Aug. 12, 1935 in Montrose, Colo., to Ruben and Georgia Salazar Trujillo. Married Henry Martinez, Feb. 12, 1953 in Montrose, Colo.

Clara was a member of the Catholic Church.

She loved to cook, read and just relax and enjoy the sunshine.

Her greatest gift was her family and she cherished the memories she shared with them.

Survived by her loving husband, Henry Martinez, Price; five sons, Tim, Martin, Russell, Karim Martinez, all of Salt Lake City; Xavier Martinez, Las Vegas, Nev.; and her one and only daughter, MaLis Zaharias, Salt Lake City; brother and sister, Pat Trujillo, Beatrice Ulibarri, both of Salt Lake City; 14 loving grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her parents; and oldest son, Thomas Martinez.

Memorial Mass, Wednesday, June 11, Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church. Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home of Price.

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