SALT LAKE-Lawrence was born in Los Angeles, California on December 11, 1922 to Lawrence Booth Smith and Tressie La Dean Hartzog. Surrounded by his family he returned to his Heavenly Father and to the waiting arms of his loving wife, Edna on September 7, 2007.
He was a strong and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and the patriarch of our family. Proud of his family and to be the great-great-grandson of Samuel Harrison Bailey Smith and the great-great-nephew of the Prophet Joseph Smith. A kind and loving man and always a gentleman. He taught everyone to love and live by the motto "keep your hearts free from hate, your minds free from worry, live simple, give much, fill your life with love, scatter sunshine, forget self and think of others". He was a good man with a good heart and a hero to all of his family.
He joined the Air Force to fight in WWII where he earned his pilot license. He went AWOL to marry the love of his life Edna Clayton and returned days later to be thrown in the brig to await transfer to Germany. Leaving his new bride, he flew to Germany where he was transferred to the Army Infantry and became a machine gunner. The pride of his life was fighting for his country and the people he loved.
God saw you were getting tired; and you had fought a courageous fight. So he put his arms around you and he whispered "come to me, tonight". A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands are at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us "God only takes the Best."
He leaves behind daughters, Lawral (Dick) Bunker, Lynda (Richard) Logan; Jeannie (Cregg) Ringwood, Birdie (Todd) Davis, Tressie Jones; sons, Lawrence Smith and Samuel Smith; sisters, Maxine Barton, Rae Lucille Nordell and Emma La Dean Hale; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; brother-in-law, Burr (Diane) Clayton; and sister-in-law, Audrey (Elmo) Maness.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Edna; daughter, Kathy; brother, Fletcher Joseph Jenkins, Jr. "Sonny"; sister, Flora Mae Jenkins. He was so proud to say that his posterity was 85 strong.
Funeral Services were held Sept. 11 at Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary Chapel, 1950 E. 10600 So., Sandy. Interment in Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery.
SUNNYSIDE- Our loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, Lydia Escandon Palacios, age 74, passed away peacefully September 11, 2007 in Salt Lake City.
She was born April 19, 1933 in Columbia to John and Carmen Fernandez Escandon. Married Manuel Palacios December 13, 1952 in Price.
Lydia was a selfless and dedicated mother and wife. She was dearly loved by her husband Manuel. Lydia was the first queen of the Mexican Lodge. She was an active member of the Good Shepherd Catholic Church where she was a member of the women's society and named woman of the year in 1994. She enjoyed bowling and Saturday night bingo. Her passion was crocheting for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She loved playing the organ and working in her flower garden. She will be dearly missed by her family and a community of friends.
Survived by her loving husband, Manuel Palacios, Sunnyside; children, Carmen (Frank) Guzman, West Valley; Elizabeth (Van) Constan, Denver, Colo; ReNae (Joe) Christman, Price; Juanita (Jim) Daviner, Dublin, Calif; Andrea (Gary) Hall, Price; Gilbert Palacios, and son Manuel D. Palacios, East Carbon; Toni (Jim) Porter, Kendrick, Idaho; Robyn (Ernie) Valdez, Kearns; siblings, Ricardo Escandon, Bonita, Calif; Bertha Garcia, Salt Lake City; John Escandon, Chula Vista, Calif.; Lena Martinez, West Jordan; Beatrice Martinez, National City, Calif; Lavina Santillan, San Diego, Calif.; Louise Escandon, Price; Carlos Escandon, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Andrew Konakis, Price; 15 grandchildren, Randy, Lydia, Steve, William, Frank Jr., Michelle, Jessica, Kristine, Lawrence, Jr., Anthony, Cassie-Jo, Manuel D., Joey, Dustin, Sal; eight great-grandchildren, James, November, Harley, Ellie, Ethan G., Ethan T., Manuel G., Dalton; numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, and aunts.
Preceded in death by her son, Thomas; parents, John and Carmen Escandon; two sisters, Marine Konakis and Eva Gonzales.
Funeral Mass, Tuesday, September 18, 11 a.m. Good Shepherd Catholic Church. Vigil service, Monday evening 7 p.m., at the church in East Carbon. Family will be at the church Monday and Tuesday one hour prior to service. Interment, Cliffview Cemetery, Price.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Neuro Critical Care Unit at the University of Utah, and Father Mike Sciumbato.
In lieu of flowers the family suggest donations to the Good Shepherd parish in East Carbon.
HELPER-Our beloved mother, grandmother and friend Margaret Maxine Huff, returned home to our Heavenly Father, September 5, 2007.
Born April 7, 1926 to Clarence Leland Davis and Fern Comfort Jones. She married Earl Leon Huff, June 12, 1943. Later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple, June 18, 1965.
Survived by three sons, Earl Leon Huff, Jr., David Huff and Larry Huff; three daughters, Sharon Booher, Lawanna Condie and Gloria Marshall; three daughter-in-laws; three son-in-laws; 32 grandchildren; and 52 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by eternal companion, her parents; two brothers, two sisters, and one grandchild, Chad T. Condie.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, September 13, at the Bountiful 34th LDS Ward Chapel, 540 North 1200 East. Friends and family may call Thursday morning one hour prior to services. Interment in the Helper City Cemetery. Graveside services at 3 p.m. Thursday, September 13.
Online guest book at www.russonmortuary.com.
CASTLE DALE-Devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Eleanor Bertha Potter Blackham, passed away incident to age on September 11, 2007.
She was born August 24, 1919 in Linwood to Timothy and Bertha Nelson Potter. Married Charles Ray Blackham in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He passed away July 17, 2005.
Eleanor was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where she served in various callings. She served a mission with her husband in the Manti Temple. She also volunteered for the Senior Citizens' Organization in Emery County. She was an award-winning cook, receiving many ribbons for her cooking and baking.
Survived by her children, Charles Kell (Roma) Blackham, Timothy Ray (Alice) Blackham, and Lloyd Dale (Suzanne) Blackham; six grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brothers, Burl, Dee, Skip, Dave and Louis; sisters, Fon, Reva and Rena.
Funeral services Monday, September 17 at noon at the LDS Stake Center, #33 East Main Street, Castle Dale where friends and family are invited to attend the viewing from 10:00-11:45 a.m. prior to the service. Interment: Orangeville.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.jenkins-soffe.com