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Della Bowman

HUNTINGTON - Della Bowman, 94 of Huntington, passed away May 12, 2004 in Scotts-dale, Ariz.

She was born April 12, 1910 to Josephita and Jose Martinez. She grew up in Colorado with five brothers and two sisters.

She was dearly loved and adored by each and every member of her family and she will be missed by all.

Survivors include two daughters, Jennie (John) Sandoval of Cottonwood, Ariz.; Shirley (Lloyd) Mogensen of Scottsdale, Ariz.; son, Julian, and daughter-in-law, Karolyle, of Huntington. Also survived by two sisters, Gertrude Moya of El Monte, Calif.; Isabel Velasquez of Denver, Colo.; two brothers, Albert (Val) Martinez of Denver, Colo.; and Joe T. Martinez of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husband, Andrew; son, Andrew Jr.; and three brothers, Erminio, Fred and Phil Martinez.

Graveside services were Monday, May 17, in the Price City Cemetery under the direction of Fausett Mortuary.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Rocky Mountain Hospice in Price.

Shirlene Thomas

CLEVELAND - Shirlene Thomas, 75, formerly of Cleveland, passed away May 12, 2004 in Farmington, N.M.

She was born Sept. 2, 1928 to Thomas and Anne Ward Bawden. Married Elwood Thomas April 12, 1948 in Kansas City, Mo. They lived in Page, Ariz., for the last 10 years.

Shirlene enjoyed crocheting, fishing and Barbie collecting.

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

Survived by husband, Elwood Thomas; children, Jan (Jay H.) Parduhn, Page, Ariz.; Herb E. (Jean) Thomas, Ferron; three grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Also survived by brother, Leon Bawden, Mesa, Ariz.; and sister, Claudia Aubert, Grand Junction, Colo. Preceded in death by parents; grandson, Zachary Thomas; sister, Nellie Edwards; and brother, Herbert Bawden.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 18, 11 a.m., at the Cleveland LDS Chapel. A viewing will be one hour prior to service at the church. Burial, Cleveland Cemetery under the direction of Fausett Mortuary.

Samuel Fratto

EAST CARBON/PRICE - Samuel "Sunny" Fratto, age 94, died peacefully on May 14, 2004 in Salt Lake City.

He was born May 8, 1910 in Sunnyside to Joseph and Rosa Spatafore Fratto. Married Ida Compagni June 25, 1931. She died on July 31, 1993.

He was a lifelong resident of Carbon County, having lived in Columbia until three years ago when he moved to Price to be near his daughter.

Daddy went to work in the coal mines when he was 16 and worked in various coal mines throughout Carbon County, retiring after more than 50 years. He was a member of the Local Union 8003 and 9958.

He was also an active member of the Knights of Columbus Council 5663, a former East Carbon City councilman and member of the Carbon County Sheriff's Review Board.

In his younger day, Sunny was an extraordinary baseball player. He is still renowned for his prowess as a pitcher. If the opportunity had been available in his prime, he could have been a major league star. His sons followed in his footsteps and all played baseball. Daddy was a diehard Yankee fan and his greatest thrill was to see the Yankees play at Yankee Stadium.

Both dad and mom enjoyed playing Casina with their many friends and relatives over the years.

Daddy enjoyed challenging the younger family members in playing horseshoes and Bocce at the family reunions. More often than not, they learned a valuable lesson in having their egos bruised.

Sunny is survived by daughter, Delores "Dee" (Ernie) Etzel of Price; sons, Joel "Toots" (Marilyn), Gary (Denise), and Robert (Marie), all of West Valley City; daughter-in-law, Dolores Stellefson of Newburgh, New York; sister, Rose Maio; 14 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by wife, Ida; son, Sunny Jr.; parents; three sisters; four brothers; and a great-granddaughter.

Our family wishes to thank Serf and Delma Nick and the Nick family for their beloved friendship that daddy cherished over the many years.

Vigil service Tuesday, May 18, 7 p.m., at Mitchell Funeral Home in Price. Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 19, at Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church in Price at 210 North Carbon Ave. Family will be at Mitchell's Tuesday and Wednesday one hour prior to services. Committal service, Price City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Notre Dame Catholic Church, 160 N. Carbon Avenue, Price, UT 84501; or Good Shepherd Catholic Church, East Carbon City, UT 84520.

LeGrande Prichard

PRICE/GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - LeGrande Prichard passed away May 5, 2004 in Grand Junction, Colo.

He was born Jan. 1, 1916 in Vernal. He married Wilma Behiling on April 2, 1939. They were blessed with four children, Linda, Louise, Bruce and Lizbeth. They were sealed as eternal family on Sept. 19, 1959 in the Manti LDS Temple.

He grew up in Price, spending summers in Vernal helping extended family members. By the time he graduated from high school, he was well on his way to learning the trucking business from his father.

LeGrande loved to drive trucks. He drove the first diesel truck in Moab Valley. LeGrande, his two brothers and father had their own trucking company, Prichard Transfer. They would haul most any heavy load that needed to be moved. They were especially active in the oil business moving the rigs and other equipment. LeGrande ran the office in the Moab area; one of the specialty items LeGrande hauled was sulfuric acid for the uranium mills at Mexican Hat and Moab. In 1972 LeGrande and his brothers sold Prichard Transfer.

He will be missed by family and friends.

He is survived by wife, Wilma; daughters, Linda, Louise and Lizbeth; son, Bruce; sister, Irene Lemon of Moab; brother, Bert Prichard of Price; 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one grandson; sisters, Fern, Mildred Larcher, Georgia Anderson; and brothers, Lorraine and Leon Prichard.

Services were May 10. Interment, Grand Valley Cemetery, Moab.

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