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Genevieve Blackburn Sheffield

WELLINGTON-Genevieve Blackburn Sheffield, age 91, passed away March 14, 2005 in Elmo. She was born July 14, 1913 in Clawson to Tyler and Nora Nelson Henrie. She married Alvin Blackburn Feb. 16, 1932, later solemnized in the Manti LDS Temple. After his passing she married Thomas Sheffield who also preceded her in death.

She was a skilled homemaker and loved to crochet and quilt. She spent many pleasant days camping and fishing with her family. She loved music and was a skilled accordion player.

She is survived by three sons: A. Virgil Blackburn of Clovis, Calif.; Budd and Luana Blackburn of Vernal; and Gayle and Barbara Blackburn of Price; 11 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Also survived by brother James Henrie and sisters: Mae Shorts, Leah Noyes, Fawn Wilder and Dona Lee Johnston. Preceded in death by her husbands, and sons: Gerald and Gene, two brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services were held Fri. March 18, 2005 at 11 a.m. in the Wellington Stake Center. Friends called Thursday evening at Fausett Mortuary in Price and one hour prior to services at the church. Burial in the Wellington Cemetery.

Dominick Besso

PRICE-Dominick Besso, age 89, passed away March 16, 2005, in Salt Lake City. He was born Dec. 15, 1915 in Rock Springs, Wyo. to James and Martina Ferrero Besso.

Married Marie Bultman July 5, 1941 in Deer Lodge, Mont.; she died July 23, 1966. He was a member of the Catholic Church and an honorary life member of Price Elk's Lodge #1550. Dom was a treasure to the community, giving to it his skills as a shoemaker and businessman and his knowledge as a storyteller and historian.

His father opened Besso Shoe Shop in 1924. Dom began working there at the tender age of 9 and kept right on going until he was 87. The shop was the heart and "sole" of downtown Price, where you could get your shoes fixed and a history lesson, all in one visit. He was a master craftsman, building many kinds of orthopedic supports, lifts and braces, painstakingly constructing each one layer by layer. He brought new life to thousands and thousands of pairs of mine boots and cowboy boots.

Anyone who knew Dom knew about his incredible memory of the history of Price and the surrounding area, and of the people who lived there. For years he entertained generations of Carbon and Emery county residents with stories about their families, detailing facts and events they never knew. He was a valuable historical resource, recording many hours of tapes for the Oral History Archive at the University of Utah.

Over the years, Dom's remarkable life was highlighted in three full page stories in the Sun Advocate and two in the Deseret News. He was photographed and profiled in three books, Old Ties/New Attachments, Italian American Folklife in the West, The Other Utahns, and Missing Stories/An Oral History of Ethnic and Minority Groups in Utah. Aug. 16, 1989, was proclaimed Dominick Besso Day by the City of Price in commemoration of his 60th year in business. He was chosen Grand Marshall of the 1995 Price International Days Parade, and in November 2001, he was honored by the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce at its Old Timers Luncheon for his long-standing commitment to the business community of Carbon County.

He is survived by his three daughters, Margaret of Salt Lake City; Kate and Jamie both of Burbank, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Mass, Mon., March 21, 2005, 10 a.m. Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church. Vigil service Sunday evening 7 p.m. Mitchell Funeral Home. Family will be at Mitchell's Sunday and Monday one hour prior to services. Committal service, Price City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Notre Dame Catholic Church or Ronald McDonald House, 1135 East South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84102.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Evergreen Health and Rehabilitation Center and LifePath Hospice for their loving care and support.

Don't worry Pop, we won't take any wooden nickels!

Pauline Gallegos

PRICE-Pauline Flores Gallegos, age 84, passed away March 15, 2005 in Price while surrounded by her family. Born Jan. 24, 1921 in Juanita, Colo., to Pres and Rebecca Quintana Flores. Married Cosme Gallegos in October 1941 in Del Norte, Colo.; he died April 29, 1989.

Pauline was a member of the Notre Dame Catholic Church, where she enjoyed helping the missions. She enjoyed baking, shopping, and most of all, caring for her family. She will be dearly missed by her family and a community of friends.

Survived by two sons and daughters, John (Carmel) Gallegos; Sam (Virginia) Gallegos; Yvonne (Roy) Nikas, all of Price; Marcella (George) Hillas, Woodlands, Texas; daughter-in-law, Helen Gallegos, Grand Junction, Colo.; sister, Rebecca (David) Karnes, Redondo Beach, Calif.; brother, Pres Flores, Sunnyside; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her parents; son, Charles Gallegos; and grandson, Nickolas Gallegos.

Funeral mass was held Sat. March 19, 2005 in the Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church. Vigil service was held Friday evening at Mitchell Funeral Home. Committal service, Price City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers family suggests contributions to Notre Dame Catholic Church.

C.R. Majors
Charlie R. Majors

HUNTINGTON-Our beloved dad and grandfather, C. R. (Charlie-Red) Majors, age 85 took his last ride on March 14, 2005, surrounded by his loving family. He was born Sept. 10, 1919 in Myton to O. Paul and Ester Majors, the fourth of eight children.

C.R. was an avid horseman, rancher and past president of U.M.W.A. District 22. Horse racing was his passion and he loved the desert, fishing and herding cows in our beautiful mountains.

Survived by three daughters and three sons; Karolyle (Julian) Bowman, Huntington; James E. (Donna) Majors, Huntington; Jerry (Jackie) Majors, Price; Iris (Bunny) Bean, Cleveland; Judy-Drucilla (LaMont) Palmer, Cleveland; Zen (Linda) Majors, Huntington; three sisters, Ester Justice, Huntington; Bertha Wayman, Murray; Rene (Ernest) Lopez, Huntington; 14 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and 11 1/2 great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents, brothers Bud and Bill, sister Eva and great-granddaughter Billie Jo Butler.

Graveside services were held Fri. March 18, 2005 at 11 a.m. in the Huntington City Cemetery, under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home.

A special thank you to the staff of Emery County Care and Rehab Center and all his good friends. We love our cowboy "C.R." and know he thought the following: "Won't Have a Funeral", don't expect an invitation to my funeral, there will be no funeral, there will be no ceremony, no flowers, no caterwauling of hymns, no holy Henry delivering a mealy-mouthed eulogy, all this I've settled. And I'm to be cremated.

Jim Bates

CARBONVILLE-James William Bates, age 76, returned to his Father in Heaven on Tues. March 15, 2005, at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center. Born July 24, 1928 in Heiner, Utah to William McKinley and Ida Richardson Bates. Married Ellen M. Bentley, Sept. 27, 1952 in Spring Glen; they were sealed together as a family on June 30, 1962 in the St. George Temple.

Jim served in the Korean War. He worked as a coal miner, trapper, and railroad worker. He then earned his master's degree in wildlife services at Utah State University. Jim gave 31 years of dedicated service with the Division of Wildlife Resources, where he was the regional game manager for the South Eastern Region. He received the UFNAWS Pioneer Award for bighorn sheep restoration.

Jim and Ellen served in the North Carolina, Charlotte Mission. They currently have a grandson, Jens Nielson, serving in the mission. Jim and Ellen served as stake missionaries as a temple workers in the Manti Temple. This experience was the highlight of their lives.

Survived by his sweetheart Ellen, Carbonville; six children, Patty (Steven) Peterson, Winlock, Wash.; Bill (Alisa) Bates, Wellington; Carol (David) Daniels, Brigham City; Kelley (Kerry) Jensen, Price; Leslie (Lyle) Nielson, Blanding; Steven (Ann) Bates, West Point; 34 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and five more on the way; brother, Jack (Doris) Bates, El Cajon, Calif.; sister, Alma Rae (Rudy) Procarione, Price. Preceded in death by parents, brother, Dennis; and granddaughter Emily Bates.

Funeral service was held Sat. March 19, 2005 in the Carbonville LDS Ward Chapel. The family was at the church on Friday evening and one hour prior to services on Saturday. Interment, Wellington City Cemetery, under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home.

Valera Oveson Otteson

LEHI-Valera Oveson Otteson, passed away on March 16, 2005 surrounded by family. Valera was born May 28, 1921 in Cleveland. Daughter of Clarence Donovan Oveson and Ann Johannah Johnson. Valera married Fred Z. Otteson on June 4, 1943 at Grand Junction, Colo. Later solemnized in the Ogden Temple.

She was a member of the LDS Church, she held many positions; secretary of the MIA in Emery Stake, Relief Society and MIA president in Hiawatha. She had also been a teacher in many organizations. She did extraction work for the LDS Church Genealogy Department for five years. Worked for Price Trading Company for 20 years then worked for First Interstate bank as a loan officer and retired after 20 years.

She is survived by her husband, Fred Z. Otteson of Lehi; daughters, Marilyn Bearnson of Inkom, Idaho, and Myrna Lewis (Kimball) of Pleasant Grove; sisters, Marie Oviatt (Frank) and Naomi Cox; 13 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Mon., March 21, at Noon at the Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary, 1950 East 10600 South in Sandy, where friends and family may call from 10:30 a.m. until time of the services. Interment, Larkin Sunset Gardens.

Gary H. Mathie, Jr.

HUNTINGTON-Gerald H. Mathie, Jr. (Gary), age 58, returned home on March 12, 2005, after a valiant battle with cancer.

Born Dec. 13, 1946 in Salt Lake City to Gerald H. and Henrietta (Hedy) VanCorler Mathie.

Gary served during the Vietnam War in the US Army for which he received numerous medals. He was a general contractor for most of his life, but always returned to farming and raising cattle, which he loved. "You will be greatly missed dad!"

Survived by his mother, Henrietta VanCorler Mathie; children, Natalie (Kenneth) Mathie Zaelit, Torrey (Stacy) Brandon Watts; grandchildren: Kaitlyn Zaelit, Monica Goodge, Gabriel and Alexander Mathie; brother, Michael (Jeanie) Mathie; nieces and nephews, Derrick (Mandy) Stewart, Daniel Blankenship, Sandra (Pat) Carlson; grand nieces, Cassidy and McKinley.

Preceded in death by his father, Gerald H. Mathie, and his sister Deborah Kay Mathie.

Funeral service Thurs., March 17, at 1 p.m., Huntington Third LDS Ward, 190 South Main. Family will be at Mitchell Funeral Home Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. and at the church one hour prior to service. Interment Huntington City Cemetery.

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