PRICE - Ron Parkin, age 61, passed away Dec. 5, 2004 in Price. Ron was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
He was born June 24, 1943 in Salt Lake City to Lawrence and Klela Parkin. He married Marlene Pappas March 1, 1969 in Las Vegas, Nev.
Ron was an active Clamper that enjoyed contributing to others that were in need and he will continue to be a member even though his physical presence is not there, everyone will think of him. He loved everyone that was affiliated with the Clamper Hall located in Helper. It is a great thing to have the power to help others in need and he will never be forgotten He also loved riding horses, hunting, fishing at Moon Lake, and the outdoors in general. Ron made a life long career in safety and mining. There was never a day that he was not at work; in 20 years Ron never used a sick day or put time aside for holidays. He loved all the miners in Utah and every miner in general. The definition of a coal miner to him was "a dedicated individual that put his or her life and the lives of others in one anothers hands to provide for their families". A miner is a very special individual that does not shy away from hard labor in fact there is not a more physically demanding job than a miner's occupation. These men and women gut it out to make a better life for themselves and their families.
There are special bonds between miners and their families that are strengthened and develop into internal families and they share the same love and companionship as the people they love the most. Working underground in a mine or on the surface of a mine requires special skills that are developed and passed on from generation to generation and he understood that. That is why he accepted phone calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, holidays, funerals, blessings, or family activities to try and help his extended families; "The Miners of the United States of America".
He had an enormous responsibility, his duties required several different areas of expertise, training and advanced degrees. Ron was the last state mine inspector. His responsibilities included coal mining, gold mining, cement and crusher plants, load outs, hoisting engineers, environmental disasters, representative for the Utah Labor Commission and Testing and Certification Official for the State of Utah. He was an electrician, husband, father, grandfather and friend. He lived to see the mining industry prosper and if there ever was a man or woman that lost their jobs, friends or enemies, he grieved with them and that is what a family does and was what he lived for.
Ron is survived by wife, Marlene; children, Shane, Robert, David, Diane; grandson, Carson; and brother, Kent. (Mom) "You are up with the angels now; it has been a long journey that we have shared together through thick and thin. You gave me four wonderful children whom we are very proud of. You are pain free now, and you will be with us always. You were known by millions, whom you loved and they loved you". The entire family wanted to thank everyone; family, friends, co-workers, mining associates, Clampers, all the special doctors, nurses, hospital staff at Castleview Hospital, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and Mitchell Funeral Home. Ron's wishes were not to have a funeral, he wanted everyone to remember him before he became ill and we will respect his wishes however, arrangements or contacts can be made at (435)472-3896 or by this address located in Spring Glen, 2094 W. 4630 North, Helper, UT 84626.
PRICE - Viola Larsen Palmer, age 83, returned to her father in Heaven Jan. 5, 2005 in Price.
Viola was born in Castle Dale to Madge Larsen and raised by her grandparents, Erastus S. and Emma Elizabeth Petersen Larsen. Viola graduated from Central High in Castle Dale where she was on the drill team and basketball team.
She met and married Paul E. Palmer in Huntington June 1, 1940, later solemnized in the Manti LDS Temple in 1957.
They lived in Hiawatha and then moved (house and all) to Huntington where they raised their family. She loved working with her hands, sewing and gardening, keeping her husband and children in line and spending time with her family at home or in the mountains. She had a special love of doing family history. As an active member of the LDS Church she served in numerous callings.
Viola is survived by five children and their spouses, Karren and Orsen Justice of Huntington; Phillip and Suzanne Palmer of Price; Tamara and Molie Tupai of West Jordan; Larry and Joy Lynn Palmer of Henderson, Nev.; David and Shella Palmer of Huntington; 25 grandchildren, 69 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild in the oven. Also survived by one brother, Vaughn Larsen and two sisters, Lois Madsen and Stella Reed and one special half brother, George Rodenheizer. Preceded in death by husband; son, Bobbie Edwin; two brothers and three sisters.
Funeral services will be Saturday, Jan. 8, at 11 a.m., in the Huntington LDS Stake Center. Friends may call Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fausett Mortuary in Castle Dale and one hour prior to services at the church. Burial, Huntington City Cemetery.
Thank you for being such a wonderful mom and grandma. You will forever be in our hearts and minds.
PRICE Our beloved mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, Mary Pretiger Weaver, age 92, passed away Jan. 3, 2005 Jan. 3, 2005 in Price.
Her spirit is now free to soar into the heavens. God has called her home and it is a time to rejoice and celebrate her life.
She was born Feb. 27, 1912 in Montrose, Colo., to Adam and Catherine Lechman Applehanz. Married John Pretiger Jan. 14, 1930 in Montrose, Colo. He passed away Jan. 30, 1968.
Mom faced life's challenges with courage, strength and determination. She was our guardian angel, the wind beneath our wings, the sunshine in the sky, but most importantly she was our Mom. We were blessed beyond measure.
When mom married Charles Weaver on July 5, 1975, her life began anew. Together mom and Charlie loved, laughed, danced and traveled the country. They enjoyed crafting together and especially playing cards and games with their family. Charlie passed away Sept. 12, 1999.
Survived by seven children, Lou (Lutz) Winkler, San Diego, Calif.; Evelyn Pretiger, Clara (Sherry) Rutherford, Margie Allred, Shirley (Franklin) Zupon, John (Tamara) Pretiger, Helen (Dave) Guymon, all of Price; five stepchildren, Roy (Pat) Weaver, Arizona; Jack (Sue) Weaver, Peggy Myrick, Mike (Claudia) Weaver, all of Salt Lake; Don Weaver; sisters, Christine Schlauger, Grand Junction, Colo.; Katie Starkey, Montrose, Colo.; brother, Jake (Lillie) Applehanz, Denver, Colo.; and many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren; and other loving relatives and friends who blessed her life. Preceded in death by parents; two infant daughters; two sisters; two brothers; great-grandson, Michael Johnson; and son-in-law, Jerry Allred.
A special thank you to Dr. Daniel Monahan who lovingly cared for mom. We also extend our appreciation to Parkdale Care Center who cared for mom and supported her and her family throughout her final years. Mom taught her family about love, hard work and perseverance. Sweet dreams, mama. We love you and will miss you so much. One day we will meet again.
Funeral Mass, Friday, Jan. 7, 11 a.m., Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church, 210 North Carbon Ave. Vigil service, Thursday evening, 7 p.m., Mitchell Funeral Home, 233 E. 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, donations can be made in her name to Notre Dame Catholic Church.