HELPER - Abel Martinez Jr., age 81, passed away Aug. 15, 2005 at Castleview Hospital in Price.
Born June 29, 1924 in Tioga, Colo., to Abel and Rebecca Martinez. Married Lillian Ann Kvaternick Aug. 29, 1952 in Raton, N.M.
Member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and Helper Lions Club. Served in the United States Navy during World War II in the Asiatic Pacific.
Resident of Carbon County since 1940, where he graduated from Carbon College and Utah State University in 1966.
He was a former employee of Royal Coal and later taught school at Price Elementary where he retired in 1986.
"The King" enjoyed fishing, visiting with family, watching Notre Dame football and playing cards with his family and friends.
Survived by wife, Lillian Martinez, Helper; two sons and two daughters, Michael (Anna) Martinez, Spring Glen; Rose Mary (Mark) Liddiard, Mark (Kelly) Martinez, both of Price; Annette Sadler, Helper; sisters, Jennie Olguin, Denver, Colo.; Mollie Solano, Pueblo, Colo.; brother, Joe "Moose" Martinez, Mesquite, Nev.; eight grandchildren, Eric, Lacey, Adam, Nathan, Nick, Stephen, Jennee, Katee; and great-granddaughter, Reeannen. Preceded in death by parents; infant daughter, Linda; and brothers, Lido and Benny.
Funeral Mass Thursday, Aug. 18, 10 a.m., at St., Anthony Catholic Church. Vigil service was Wednesday evening in Helper. Family will be at St. Anthony's Thursday one hour prior to services. Committal service, Mountain View Cemetery, Helper. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 5 South Main, Helper.
PRICE - Dennis Lavern Blanton Sr., age 52, passed away Aug. 17, 2005 at his home in Price.
He was born Aug. 21, 1952 in Scottsbluff, Neb., to Elmo and Beverly Loveland Blanton. Married Marie Escoubat Jan. 8, 1972 in Price.
He enjoyed spending time in the outdoors, hunting, fishing, camping and being with his family. Dennis enjoyed working and was always willing to lend a helping hand.
He worked in various coal mines in the area for 30 years and was on the mine rescue teams.
Dennis enjoyed coaching Little League for many years. He will be dearly missed by his family and a community of friends.
Survived by wife, Marie Blanton; six sons, Dennis Jr. (Melissa), Rickie (Natalie), all of Price; Timmy (Hilary), Kenilworth; Danny (Patricia), David, Bowdy, all of Price; mother, Beverly (Paul) Smith, Hanna, Wyo.; father, Elmo Blanton, Douglas, Wyo.; brother, Doug (Pam) Rawlins, Wyo.; and sister, Dema (Flip) Greenfield, Eagle, Colo. Also survived by 11 grandchildren. Preceded in death by brother, Daniel Blanton.
Funeral service Saturday, Aug. 20, 11 a.m., Mitchell Funeral Home. Family will be at Mitchell's Friday evening, 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday one hour prior to services. Interment, Cliffview Cemetery, Price.
HUNTINGTON - Eva Aleen Westover Conover, "Grandma Eva," age 96, died peacefully in Sandy, Aug. 16, 2005.
She was born in Huntington, Nov. 2, 1908 to George and Alice Westover. She married Harry Conover of Ferron, May 18, 1933 in the Manti LDS Temple.
Eva led a full life of activity and service to her family, community, county, church and state. She graduated from the University of Utah and began her teaching career in Ferron, teaching grades one through 12.
Eva loved learning and was continually studying and writing, publishing many short stories in the Salt Lake Tribune, her family's histories, and several books. She also wrote and directed many community and school plays.
She was a leader throughout her life, instrumental in developing and beautifying Ferron city parks and cemetery, in getting the telephone into Emery County, obtaining electric power for Ferron Canyon, organizing many social and service groups. She was active in the Democratic party serving as Democratic Chairwoman and serving two terms in the state legislature working hard to secure the power plants in Castle Dale and Huntington.
Eva and her husband were fortunate to travel to Egypt, representing the Farmers and World Affairs Good Will Exchange program.
She was listed in Who's Who of America, was chairman of Emery County's Cancer Society and started the Castle Valley Historical Society, serving as the charter president. Eva was active in the LDS Church, serving in many positions, including gospel doctrine instructor, Relief Society teacher for 30 years and stake gleaner leader.
She is survived by three children, Carolyn (Jack) Lewis, George (Florence) Conover, Linda (Gordon) Staker; 11 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; and sister, Roxie Nelson. She was preceded in death by parents; husband; three sisters, Zena Westover, Caroline Bott, Lina Walker; and brother, Elden Westover.
Funeral services will be Saturday, Aug. 20 at 1 p.m. in the Ferron-Millsite Ward LDS Chapel, 200 N. State Street. A viewing will be Friday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at Fausett Mortuary, 710 N. Center Street in Castle Dale, and also one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial, Ferron Cemetery.