CASTLE DALE - Oral Eugene Johansen, 83, passed away at his home on April 29, 2002 of natural causes.
He was born Sept. 24, 1918 in Castle Dale to Peter Eugene and Oral Koffod Johansen. His mother having died in childbirth, he was reared by Myrle Beckstrum Johansen. He married May 11, 1940 to Grace Lee Nixon in the Manti LDS Temple.
His 37 years as a teacher of history, political science and forensics at Emery High School set him apart as an individual who knew full well the value of education and its immutable and cardinal place in our world education has.
Throughout his life, he served his fellow citizens with great compassion and uncommon wisdom.
And moreover, he served on many and varied fronts. He served as chairman of the Emery Water Conservancy District since its inception in 1962. He was president of the Cottonwood Creek Consolidated Irrigation Company for 50 years.
While choosing to teach those who would control the future, he also served on countless civic councils and boards and, additionally, chose to serve with distinction as the mayor of Castle Dale.
He accepted and excelled at service and responsibilities with singular dedication. His tireless work on the state water resources board is yet another testament to his vision and to his commitment to the people and to the future.
Throughout his life, he diligently worked to give back that which he received.
Eugene is survived by his wife of 62 years, Grace Johansen, of Castle Dale; his sons and daughters, Craig (Jonnie) Johansen of Castle Dale; Margaret (Dave) Oveson of Tetonia, Idaho; Brent (Debbie) Williams of Ogden; Scott (Laurel) Johansen of Castle Dale; Brice (Christine) Williams of Orem; Natalie (Gary) Wood-roffe of Vancouver, Wash.; Nathan (Debbie) Johansen of Castle Dale; 32 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Kent Johansen. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Susan.
Funeral services will conducted be Saturday, May 4, at 11 a.m. at the Castle Dale LDS Stake Center. Friends may call Friday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at Fausett Mortuary in Castle Dale and one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in the Castle Dale Cemetery.
HELPER - Sandra Kaye Dvorak, age 49, passed away suddenly April 29, 2002.
She was born March 23, 1953 to Grady and Louise Brown O'Hearon in Price.
She attended school in Price and worked as a waitress until she became disabled to work.
She enjoyed taking walks, cleaning, writing, reading the scriptures and especially spending time with her family.
She was engaged to Robert Bejare.
Sandra is survived by her fiance, Robert; two daughters, Miranda O'Hearon of Midvale; Melissa Dvorak of Montana; sisters, Tanya Skinner of Helper; three brothers, Grady O'Hearon of Price; Rick (Jody) O'Hearon of Carbonville; Ted (Jana) O'Hearon of Price; several nieces and nephews. Also her mother, Louise O'Hearon of Kansas. She was preceded in death by father; sister, Esther Warshaw; one brother, Mayo O'Hearon; and daughter, Tricia Gomez, who died at birth.
Graveside services will be Friday, May 3, 11 a.m., in the Carbon County Cemetery in Carbonville. The family will be available from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Fausett Mortuary.
HELPER - Bill Lamar Kirk-wood, age 72, passed away April 29, 2002 at his home.
He was born Aug. 17, 1929 in Thistle to Dean and Catherine Lombardi Kirkwood. Married Merlene Montoya July 16, 1960 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Helper.
Member of the Catholic Church. Graduate Carbon High School Class of 1947 and Carbon College in 1949.
Bill served in the U.S. Army as a corporal while stationed in Germany.
In 1956, he graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelors' in mining engineering. He was employed by U.S. Steel with various jobs and retired as superintendent of the Wellington coal cleaning plant in 1986.
Bill was active in (AMC) American Mining Congress and the American Institute of Mining Engineers. Member of the Helper Lions Club and honorary member of the Elks Lodge 1807 of Hotchkiss, Colo.
Bill was active in many civic duties. He served as zoning administrator for Helper city and Carbon County Planning and Zoning.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and spending time with his grandchildren.
Bill is survived by his wife, Merlene Kirkwood, Helper; daughter, Linda (Michael) Bal-lard, Price; son, Billy (Nicki) Kirkwood, Helper; grandchildren, Mikelle Ballard, Price; Jessica and Jake Kirkwood, Helper; brothers, Lanny Kirkwood, Logan; Fred (Pamela) Kirkwood, Helper; many nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law; sister-in-law, and a community of friends. Preceded in death by parents; brother, Wallace; and infant sister, Catherine.
The family would like to thank the University of Utah Medical Center, the Huntsman Center and Dr. John Ward, Dr. Gordon Watson and their staffs for all their care.
Funeral Mass Friday, May 3, 10 a.m., St. Anthony Catholic Church in Helper. Vigil service Thursday evening, 7 p.m., Mitchell Funeral Home in Price. Friends are welcome at Mitchell's daily. Committal service, Mountain View Cemetery, Helper.
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