ST. GEORGE - Emma Colleen Munson Tucker, St. George, passed away Saturday, Sept. 18, 2005 at the age of 79.
Colleen was born Oct. 29, 1925 in Tropic to LeVar and Thora Spencer Munson. She married Floyd J. Tucker on Dec. 23, 1944 for time and eternity in the St. George LDS Temple.
Colleen was raised in Escalante and Boulder, she continued her education in Cedar City, where she met her husband. She also attended BYU.
Colleen's greatest love was her husband and family and they knew it. Colleen enjoyed sewing for her children and grandchildren, always seeing that they were dressed neatly and appropriately. She was a great cook and could make fresh fruit and vegetables look like a feast.
She was a ward, stake and region dance director for over 20 years. Colleen played in the band, orchestra and dance band and enjoyed singing. She loved serving a mission in Nauvoo with her husband. She also served cheerfully in the young women presidency, as Relief Society president, as Cub Scout den leader and many other callings.
Square dancing was a wonderful part of Colleen and Floyd's life for over 40 years. The also enjoyed camping, hiking and traveling together.
Colleen was active in civic organizations, including Lady Lions, Jaycee-etts and PTA.
She loved scrapbooking and made scrapbooks for her husband and each of her children. She loved shopping and playing games with family and friends.
Colleen is survived by husband, Floyd J. Tucker; children, Max (husband of Phyllis), Stewart, Tropic; Susan (Floyd) Jennings, Cedar City; Richard (Dana) Tucker, Elko, Nev.; Jeri (Chris) Gordon, Elko, Nev.; Nancy (LeRon) Ware, Monroe; two foster children, Vernida Etsitty, N.M.; Olcione Fernandas, Brazil; 25 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren; brothers, Floyd (Marian, deceased) Munson, Upland, Calif.; Thomas Hubert (Cheryl) Munson, St. George; Austin Lewis (Gailya) Munson, serving a mission in Russia; and Bob (Mavis) Munson, Escalante. Colleen is preceded in death by parents; daughter, Phyllis; mother and father-in-law, Guy C. and Florence Jensen Tucker and Ellen Larson Tucker.
Funeral services will be in Colleen's honor on Thursday, Sept. 22, 11 a.m., at the Morningside 7th LDS Ward Chapel, 881 South River Road, St. George. Visitation will be will be Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Heideman Mortuary, 170 South Mall Drive, St. George, and again on Thursday one hour prior to to the service. Interment, St. George City Cemetery.
PRICE - Howard Thomas Pitts, 86, passed away peacefully at his home in Price on Sunday morning, Sept. 18, 2005.
He was born in Myton, on Sept. 27, 1918 to Thomas Vivian and Ruth Edwards Pitts. Graduated from Carbon High School. He then moved to San Francisco, Calif., where he worked as an apprentice in the plumbing business. He returned to Price where he began his own trucking business. Married Elaine Smith Dec. 3, 1939. They had one daughter, Myrna. Elaine died Nov. 24, 1940. Served in the Pacific Islands as a SeaBee in the Navy during World War II. He married Edna Pilling on March 4, 1946; she died March 14, 1997 after 50 years of marriage.
Later, his brother Kenneth joined him in forming a construction business. During this time, along with Lieb Miller, they built the two large water tanks still in use in Price. They built bridges in Utah and Idaho and completed many other contruction projects. He also hauled coal for many businesses in the county.
In 1953, he and Kenneth also began another business, Pitts Brother's Wrecking and Auto. He operated this business, even after his brother's death, until he was 75 and then retired.
He was an avid fisherman, enjoyed hunting, photography and gardening. He won the monthly best-kept yard in Price award two times, once in 2004 and just this past month, 2005.
He was a hard worker, successful businessman, loving husband, father, grandfather and a well-loved neighbor and friend. He will be missed by his family and his many friends.
Survived by four daughters, Myrna (Leonard) Trauntvein, Nephi; Charlotte (Wallace) Kilfoyle, Boise, Idaho; Laurel (Thomas) Marinos, Cydney (Michael) Anderson, both of Price; two brothers and one sister, Morgan (June) Pitts, Travor City, Wis.; Robert (Maxine) Pitts, Price; and Patricia Lubbe, Las Vegas, Nev.; 14 grandchildren, Shawn (Kimberly) Trauntvein, Layton; Melanie (Howard) Bolton, Milford, Mass.; Todd (Amy) Trauntvein, Johnstown, Ohio; Eric (Amy) Trauntvein Payson; AnnMarie (Brandon) Howard, Provo; Julie (James) Jones, Nephi; Kirsten (Jared) Waite, Colorado Springs, Colo.; David (Arbree) Trauntvein, St. George; Brenda (Nathaniel) Golden, Boise, Idaho; Bridget Campbell, Boise, Idaho; Ursula (Cris) Pereira, West Jordan; Gust T. Marinos, Price; David M. Anderson, Las Vegas, Nev.; Terri Pierce, Price; 29 loving great-grandchildren and numerous loving nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents; one brother, Kenneth Pitts; two sisters, Vera Pearl Pitts and Bernice Narrisso.
Funeral service Thursday, Sept. 22, 11 a.m., Mitchell Funeral Home, 233 East Main St., Price. Family will be at Mitchell's Wednesday evening from 7 to 8 p.m. and Thursday one hour prior to service. Interment, Price City Cemetery.
PRICE - Jack Dennis Pressett, 82, passed away Sept. 17, 2005 in Price. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Born Jan. 23, 1923 in Sunnyside to Humbert and Zina Pressett, he spent much of his childhood riding horses in Nine Mile Canyon. He married Lucile Richards on June 10, 1947, and they were later sealed in the Manti LDS Temple.
Served in the U.S. Marine Corp in the South Pacific from 1943-46. Graduated from Brigham Young University in 1951 with a bachelors of secondary education. Taught High School in Orem from 1951-56. He spent the remainder of his career as manager of personnel for U.S. Steel's western district coal mines. Retired in 1986.
Active in public service including: president of Carbon County school board for eight years, director of College of Eastern Utah board of directors, president of the Carbon Credit Union Board, Rotary president, and organized the Orem boxing club which produced many national boxing champions and two world boxing champions. Received outstanding service award from CEU, special award of merit for communit development from USU, service recognition from the Boy Scout and Explorer Scout programs, and outstanding citizen award by Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He loved spending time with his family at their ranch in Joe's Valley. He also enjoyed raising quarter horses and cattle.
He is survived by loving wife, Lucile; children, Terry (Janean) Del'Andrae, Sandra (Wally) Sowell, Bert (Shirley) Pressett, Denise (Richard) Hume, Jon (Gayla) Pressett; son-in-law, Terry Meador and daughter-in-law, Gloria; 24 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; sister, Edna Lindsey; and brother, Leon Pressett. Preceded in death by daughter, Jackie Meador; son, Ted; and grandson, Derrick.
Services Wednesday, Sept. 21, 11 a.m., at Fausett Mortuary, 680 E. 100 South, Price. Viewing will be Tuesday, 7 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to services.
PRICE - Jerome "Jerry" Walter Smith, age 66, passed away Sept. 15, 2005 at Castleview Hospital in Price.
Born Nov. 9, 1938 in Rockford, Ill., to Walter John and Margaret Epperhart Smith. Married M. Kathleen Smith and later divorced.
Jerry loved to watch football and golf on television. He loved to spend time with his friends at the Arrow Club. He loved and missed California.
Jerry had a great loved for his family and friends and he will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Survived by mother, Margaret Smith, Rockford, Ill.,; spouse, M. Kathleen Smith, Price; sister, Margaret M. Sadler, Rockford, Ill.; and brother, David Smith, Barstow, Calif. Preceded in death by father, Walter John Smith.
Memorial service, Saturday, Sept. 24, noon, at the Arrow Club, located at 80 South Carbon Ave., Price.