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Stanley 'Rip' Podbevsek

SCOFIELD - Stanley "Rip" Podbevsek, age 74, passed away Dec. 30, 2002 at his home.

He was born May 25, 1928 in Scofield to Joseph and Veronica Parrish Podbevsek. Married Joy Rich April 19, 1957 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Rip was a lifelong resident of Scofield. Served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Member of UMWA where he retired from Valley Camp Coal in 1989.

He will be dearly missed by everyone who knew him.

Survived by wife, Joy; son, Vard Podbevsek; daughter, Kim (Mike) Erkkila, all of Scofield; three sisters, Frances Elzey, Carson City, Nev.; Veronica Haycock, Spring Glen; Alice (Paul) Schmidt, Price; and four grandchildren, Tod, Brad, James and Jennifer Erkkila. Preceded in death by parents; three brothers, Joe, Louis, Frank; one sister, Mary Strang.

Memorial service Thursday, Jan. 2, noon, Scofield LDS Ward Chapel under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home. Family will be at the church one hour prior to service.

In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to the Rocky Mountain Hospice, 60 E. 100 North, Price.


Beverly Cotner

PRICE - Beverly Easton Cotner, age 76, passed away Dec. 30, 2002 at her home.

She was born Nov. 6, 1926 in Salt Lake City, to Albert and Laura Marsing Easton. Married Dewitt Daniel "Jack" Cotner Jan. 24, 1946 in San Diego, Calif. Marriage later solemnized in the Manti LDS Temple.

Member of the LDS Church, where she taught Primary for many years.

Beverly worked as a secretary for the BLM, Forest Service, Soil Conservation District, and I.F.A.

Her greatest love was farming along side her family and, in 2001, the family was awarded the Soil Conservation Award for Carbon County Farmers.

She loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and will be dearly missed by her family and a community of longtime friends.

Survived by husband, Jack, Price; two sons, Kip (Glenna) Cotner, Ferron; Kevin (Kayleen) Cotner, Price; brother, Doug Easton, Price; sister, Donna Christensen, Pierce, Idaho; six grandchildren, Kasidy, Kandice, Kyla, Kacey, KayDee, Kale; three great-grandchildren, Danay, Kenden and Kyler. Preceded in death by parents.

Funeral service Friday, Jan. 3, 11 a.m., Price LDS 3rd Ward Chapel, 303 W. 500 South. Family will be at the church Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and Friday one hour prior to service. Friends are welcome at Mitchell Funeral Home daily. Interment, Cliffview Cemetery, Price.


Terry Brown
"Little Terry"

PRICE/SALT LAKE - Terry LaVar Brown, age 28, passed away Dec. 23, 2002.

He was born Aug. 6, 1974 in Price to Terry L. and JoAnn Birch Brown.

Terry was a very intelligent and social young man who touched the lives of everyone he met. He was a graduate of Carbon High School and the Massage Therapy School.

He loved watching and playing sports and spending time in the outdoors. Terry's greatest love was fly fishing with his dad.

"Little Terry" was an awesome uncle and he made each niece and nephew feel special. He will be dearly missed by his family and many dear friends.

Survived by parents, Terry (Evelyn) Brown, Price; seven sisters and three brothers, Carol Brown (Steve) Feuers, Price; Gayla Brown (Vince) Strandell, Frankfort, Mich.; Sue Brown (Patrick) Dirks, Price; Lorrie Blake, Price; Jami (Gary) Felice, Price; Floyd Jr. (Laurie) Chap-man, Salt Lake; Misty Chapman, Lehi; Stephanie Dunlap, Price; Chris (Georgia) Dunlap, Wellington; David E. Udink Jr., Price; grandparents, Wilfred (Arline) Brown, Kenilworth; Jewell Clark, Wellington; many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, 28 nieces and nephews and six great-nieces and one great-nephew. Preceded in death by mother, JoAnn; brother, Nathan; and grandfather, Pop Birch.

Funeral service was Saturday, Dec. 28, Mitchell Funeral Home. Interment, Price City cemetery.


Geary Taylor

HUNTINGTON - Our beloved Geary LaVar Taylor, 64, died suddenly from a work related accident on Dec. 26, 2002.

He was born July 11, 1938 in Orangeville to Jarred LeRoy and Della May Cox Taylor. He married Linda Maria Hayes June 26, 1960. They later divorced, but remained friends. He married Mary Anderson Nov. 7, 1986 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Geary loved life and enjoyed gardening, fixing up the house, camping, the outdoors and a good movie. He was very accomplished in woodworking. He was active in the community and had served on the Huntington City Planning and Zoning Committee. He was a member of the LDS Church.

He especially loved his family and that love was returned to him.

He is survived by wife, Mary of Huntington; children, Jeron (Deb) Taylor of Heriman; Susan (Trevor) Kattenhorn of Powell, Wyo.; Michael Taylor of Las Vegas, Nev.; Cheri Emanuel of Las Vegas, Nev.; Kenny (MaRecia) Freeby of Lehi; T.J. (Jacquie) Dale of Orem; Tommari Sorenson of Huntington; 11 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. Also father and mother-in-law, Jesston and Donna Anderson of Aurora; sister, Barbara Baudack of Salt Lake City; brothers, Chester (Betty) Vaughn of Las Vegas, Nev. and Jack H. Taylor of Huntington. He was preceded in death by parents; one brother and two sisters.

Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 30, at the Huntington LDS 1st Ward Chapel. Burial, Orangeville City cemetery under the direction of Fausett Mortuary.


Helen Stevenson

EAST CARBON/PRICE - Our special daughter and loving sister, Helen L. Stevenson, age 48, passed away Dec. 26, 2002 at Parkdale Care Center in Price.

She was born Aug. 22, 1954 in Dragerton, to Harold T. and Mary Stella Stevenson.

Helen was a member of the Catholic Church and a lifelong resident of Carbon County.

She enjoyed coloring, dancing and participating in the Special Olympics, where she won many trophies.

One of her greatest enjoyments was WWF wrestling and watching her true love, Rick Flair.

Helen's kind and loving ways touched everyone she met and she will be cherished in our hearts forever.

She is survived by loving mother, Mary Stevenson, Price; brothers, Larry Stevenson, Boise, Idaho; James H. (Lorain) Steven-son, Price; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and dear friends. She was preceded in death by father, Harold T. Stevenson.

Funeral Mass Tuesday, Dec. 31, 10 a.m., Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church. Vigil service, Monday evening, 7 p.m., Mitchell Funeral Home. Committal service, Price City Cemetery.


James Norton

PRICE - James LeRoy Norton, 68, passed away at his home in Price surrounded by the love of his family members following a lengthy illness.

He was born March 25, 1934 in Helper to Clyde and Florence Murray Norton. He was raised in Carbon County and married Gaye Fausett in Sunnyside on Aug. 27, 1952. The marriage was later solemnized in the Manti LDS Temple on May 24, 1968.

Jim loved sports, fishing, hunting, camping, car and trucks, archery, and working in his wood shop. Most of all Jim loved spending time with his family. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where he served in many positions.

He will be remembered with love by wife, Gaye Norton of Price; children, Jim C. (Pam) Norton of Santaquin; Dennie R. (Cindy) Norton of Lyman, Wyo.; Creg (Marilyn) Norton of Lyman, Wyo.; Dollie (Dale) Nyberg of Lapoint; Geni (Shawn) Hawk of Las Vegas, Nev.; Jodi (Mike) Nelson of South Jordan; mother-in-law, Rose Fausett of Price; 25 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Also two sisters, Leola Daniels of West Valley; Barbara Eyre of North Ogden; Uncle Tom Murray of Carbonville. He was preceded in death by parents; and sister, Blanche.

Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 30, at the Price LDS Stake Center. Interment was that afternoon in the Duchesne City Cemetery under the direction of Fausett Mortuary.


Janet Alexander

SALT LAKE/PRICE - My beautiful mother, Janet Lynne Bohn Alexander, age 56, passed away Dec. 28, 2002 in Salt Lake City after a long battle with cancer.

Her loving spirit entered this world June 2, 1946 in Price and was the joy of her parents, Cecil and Evelyn Larue Jessen Bohn. She married Phillip Alexander in September 1973 and later divorced. From their union came their only child, Suzanne.

Janet had many wonderful friends who were there for her right until the end. Mary Osborn, Bob Johnson, Doug Taylor and Don Reifsnider, we will never forget your love and support.

Janet was blessed with a great capacity to love her fellow man. She was able to love and cherish many special people who had great meaning in her life.

Janet was the type of person who would give you the shirt off her back and expect nothing in return.

She will be greatly missed by friends and family.

She is survived by loving daughter and spouse, Suzanne (Dana) Leuckler, Salt Lake City; and many wonderful friends.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Valerie and Dr. Newman with Rocky Mountain Hospice, the staff at Federal Heights Nursing Home, especially Barb and Marnie, and the IHC Home Care Hospice Team. We will always remember the great work you did.

Graveside service Friday, Jan. 3, 1 p.m., Price City Cemetery. Family will be at Mitchell Funeral Home one hour prior to service. Friends are welcome at Mitchell's daily.


Toni V. Martinez

PRICE - Beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend, Toni Beverly Martinez, age 69, passed away to meet our Heavenly Father Dec. 27, 2002 at Castleview Hospital Price.

Born July 2, 1933 in Lumberton, N. Mex., to Jose Simon Valdez and Mary Elvira Valdez. Married Demetrio Jose Martinez May 8, 1949 in Dragerton. He died July 14, 1979.

Toni loved crocheting, fishing, singing, Mexican music, and she loved spending time with her family.

Survived by four daughters, Ida (Richard) Westbrook, Wellington; Nancy "Molly" Childs, Bernadine (Jeff) Nieser, Letty Gutierrez, all of Price; three stepchildren, Elsie Martinez, Leroy Martinez, both of Salt Lake City; Marcella Gallegos, Nevada: loving grandchildren, Edward Cerise, Geary Hunsinger, Kylie Nieser and Dominic Gutierrez; great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Ashlyn Cerise; numerous step-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren; and special friend, Charles Falsone; five brothers, Fidel, Ike, Steve, Dale and Ben Valdez; four sisters, Mary Bertha Gordon; Mary Josie Gallegos, Ruby Yates and Evelyn Cook. Preceded in death by stepchildren, Sesario Martinez, Angie Padilla; parents; and sister, Carolyn Ortega.

Evening service Wednesday, 6 p.m., Mitchell Funeral Home. Funeral service Thursday, Jan. 2, 10 a.m., at the funeral home. Family will be at Mitchell's Wednesday and Thursday one hour prior to services. Interment, Mountain View Cemetery, Helper.


Louis (Louie) Vetere

WEST VALLEY/PRICE - Loved husband, father, grandfather and brother of 82 years, Louis (Louie) Vetere, passed away Dec. 28, 2002, while surrounded by family at St. Joseph Villa.

He was born June 19, 1920 to Italian immigrants John and Mary Sacco Vetere in Green River, where he grew up and worked hard, along with all the members of his family on the farm, raising melons. He took this opportunity to learn the value of hard work. Married Laura Bonello Dec. 6, 1941 at Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church in Price.

Member of the Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. Owned and operated Vetere Motors and Melody Motor Mobile Home in Price until 1978.

Louie retired and moved to Lake Havasu City, Ariz., in 1979, where he was an active member of St. Vincent de Paul Society as well as being active in various activities at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church.

He enjoyed bowling with his grandsons and friends, where they competed in several tournaments together. In 1998, he moved to Salt Lake City. Louie was a devoted grandfather and great-grandfather and he especially enjoyed reading books to his granddaughter, Marra.

Survived by wife, Laura; daughter, Mary Lou (Thomas) Judd; son, Michael; granddaughter, Marra; grandson, John Judd; great-grandson, Thomas B. Judd; sister, Ida Ryan, Valencia, Calif.; three brothers, Frank (Mary Ellen), John (Bonnie), and Jay (Jackie), all of Green River; many loving nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by parents; sister, Rose Politano; brother, Charlie; half sisters, and Jean Spadafora and Elena Acocks.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Father Cullerton; sisters, Thaddeus and Placidus; Dr. Norman; nurses and staff at Christus St. Joseph Villa for their loving care of Louis and his family.

Funeral Mass Friday, Jan. 3, 10 a.m., Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church. Vigil service Thursday evening, 7 p.m., Mitchell Funeral Home, 233 East Main Street. Family will be at Mitchell's Thursday and Friday one hour prior to services. Committal service, Price City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Christus St. Joseph Villa, 451 Bishop Federal Lane Salt Lake City, UT 84115 or Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church, 210 N. Carbon Avenue, Price, UT 84501.


Luke Byrge

KENILWORTH - Our loving father, grandpa, grandpa-great and husband, Luke (Luther) Byrge, passed away Dec. 13, 2002.

He was born May 25, 1938 in Huntsville, Tenn., to Mark and Dirley McCloud Byrge. Married Elnora Brown, later divorced. Married Sarah Reese Oct. 15, 1977.

Luke was a retired employee of the Utah Department of Transportation and co-founder of the local Helping Hands. Luke will be dearly missed by family and friends.

Survived by wife, Sarah Byrge, Kenilworth; children, Deborah Nichols, Colorado; Linda Cramer, Wyoming; Janet (Bill) Muncy, Orangeville; Luke (Marnie) Byrge, Colorado; Jason, Price; Jack (Amanda) Byrge, Price; grandchildren, Wayne Freeman, Kelsey, Jarred, Danielle, Nicholas, Bobbi and Mandi Muncy, Jeff, John Brooklynn, Brighton, Brandi and Jacqueline Byrge; great-grandchildren, Whitney Shoulders and Gage Phillips. Also many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by parents; brother, Donald; and sister, Clara Duncan.


Emily Archibald

PRICE/CASTLE DALE - Our special angel, Emily Victoria Archibald, entered and left this life Dec. 26, 2002 in Price to be cradled in the arms of Jesus and our loving Father in Heaven.

She leaves behind parents, Christopher L. and Shandell Jones Archibald; six brothers and sisters, Samantha Kay, Daizjionelle, Steven, Daren, Kristopher and Shantelle, all of Castle Dale; several grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, all whom will miss having her be a part of their lives.

Graveside services were conducted Dec. 30 by Pastor Andrew Lasslo, New Life Ministries, at Price City Cemetery under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home.

The family wishes to thank everyone who cared for baby Emily and helped them at this most difficult time.


Earlene Van Wagoner

PRICE - Earlene Pearl Van Wagoner, age 69, passed away Dec. 29, 2002.

She was born Oct. 4, 1933 to William Earl and Cleo Pearl Swink Gundvig. She married Alvah Ephraim Van Wagoner March 10, 1961.

Earlene loved to play cards, read, razzing and helping anyone in need.

Earlene is survived by five sons and two daughters, Tim (Samantha) Van Wagoner, Ace (Patty) Van Wagoner, Jon (Anita) Van Wagoner, Al Van Wagoner, Phyllis (Darrel) O'Hare, Hilda (Tom) Lohman, and Michael Lindroos; six grandchildren and sister, Elva Rae Larson. Preceded in death by parents; husband; sisters, Verna Vouk, Rosalie Horvath, Angelina Inez Grundvig; and uncle George Swink.

Funeral service will be Thursday, Jan. 2, 11 a.m., at Fausett Mortuary in Price with viewing one hour prior to service. Burial, Wellington City Cemetery.


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