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Robert William Owens

FERRON - Robert William Owens, 96, passed on Sept. 2, 2007. "Bob" was born Oct. 20, 1910 in Search Light Nev. to Charlie W. Owens and Bessie A. (Wees) Owens.

He married Esther B. Bradley Sept. 1, 1933 in St. George, Utah. After Esther's passing in 1986, he married his childhood friend Hazel P. Canova Staley on Oct. 20, 1990 in Ferron, Utah.

Bob Owens "Granddad" - his compassionate loving personality touched the lives of untold numbers of people across his nearly 97 years. From taking a wayward soul home from work at the Sheriff's Office, to time spent mentoring children (whether his or not), life long friends were made and lives were changed by this man.

Among his many hobbies and interests, music was ever-present. He started in the Fifth Street Grammar School band, and continued into the Las Vegas High School, Hellderado and Las Vegas Police Bands. He was a wonderful "Cowboy Crooner," making at least one record and spent untold hours singing to friends, children, and grandchildren.

His employment over the years included working in a Las Vegas dairy to help support his family, Las Vegas Police Department and Clark County Sheriff's Office. At his retirement in 1963, he had been the Clark County Under-Sheriff for 15 years, and had spent 26 years in law enforcement.

He had an abundant love for animals through his entire life, always ready to bring home a stray and nurse it back to health. He was always willing to take his self-taught veterinarian skills to a neighbor's house to help at any time of the night. Wherever he was, he always kept beehives (at one point they numbered more than 150 hives).

He spent many years working with cattle and horses in Southern Utah and the Arizona strip. During the World War II era, the War Department requested that he continue to raise honey, hogs, cattle, and horses rather than enlist.

During the late 50's he owned and operated a 1,500 head hog farm and in 1963 bought a ranch in Pahrump, Nev., where he could better manage up to 500 head of cattle and horses on more than 395,000 acres in the Wheeler Peak area.

Children and grandchildren were raised in the saddle on these ranches including Kaye and Racayle, who Granddad would actually strap into the saddle for safekeeping.

In 1969, he bought a ranch in Ferron, Utah where he spent the rest of his life. A visit to the Owens farm over the years was always an adventure that might include peacocks, eagles, gila monsters, tortoises, coyotes, and all numbers of exotic animals.

Granddad was a survivor of many injuries, years of hard work and even fallout from the Mercury Test Site that was 60 miles from his mountain ranch. But early Sunday morning he let all of us go, and went on to be with Grammy.

He is survived by his wife; Hazel P. Owens; sister; Betty Teets of Sonora, Calif.. children; James R. (Shirley) Owens of Cedar City, Utah, and David F. (Sharon) Owens of Ferron, Utah, stepchildren; David A. Staley of Spokane, Wash. , and Geraldine H. Hannah of Cedar City, Utah; 20 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren; 16 great-great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his first wife, Esther B. Owens; brothers, Willard F. Owens and Charlie A. Owens; sisters, Jospehine Owens and Charlotte Owens; daughter, Atha M. Reed and granddaughter, Racayle L. Dickenson.

Funeral services were Thurs. Sept. 6, 2007 at the Ferron Blue Hills Wardhouse, 35 West 200 North at 11 a.m. Viewings were held Sept. 5, from 6-8 p.m. at Fausett Mortuary, 710 North Center Street, Castle Dale, Utah, and from 9:30-10:30 a.m. immediately preceding the services. Interment will be in the Ferron City Cemetery, under the direction of Fausett Mortuary.

Lydia Palacios

SUNNYSIDE- Our loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, Lydia Escandon Palacios, age 74, passed away peacefully Sept. 11, 2007 in Salt Lake City.

She was born April 19, 1933 in Columbia to John and Carmen Fernandez Escandon.

Married Manuel Palacios Dec. 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. The family would like to thank the staff at the Neuro Critical Care Unit at the University of Utah, and Father Mike Sciumbato.

Survived by her loving husband, Manuel Palacios, Sunnyside; children, Carmen (Frank) Guzman, West Valley; Elizabeth (Van) Constan, Denver; 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; 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, Tues., Sept. 18, 2007, 11 a.m. Good Shepherd Catholic Church. Vigil service, Monday evening 7 p.m. at the church in East Carbon. Family was at the church Monday and Tuesday one hour prior to service. Interment, Cliffview Cemetery, Price.

In lieu of flowers the family suggest donations to the Good Shepherd parish in East Carbon.

Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home.

Brandon J. Phillips "Philly"

ORANGEVILLE-Brandon Phillips age 24, was born June 6, 1983, in Payson, Utah, the first of three children born to Jamie and Sheila Phillips. When Brandon was 3 years old, they moved to Orangeville, where he grew up and attended Cottonwood Elementary, San Rafael Junior High, and Emery High School.

Brandon loved the outdoors especially fishing with his son at Pete's Hole and Joe's Valley. In fact, if you asked him, he was the "Professional Fisherman".

He also enjoyed snowboarding up Huntington Canyon as well as 4-wheeling and mud-bogging. Brandon loved his dad's cooking, and the "The Simpson's" was his favorite television show. He will always be remembered as a real "Simpson's" fanatic. He was a great dad to his son and loved being with him.

He was preceded in death by his great-grandfather, J.C. Evans; great-grandparents, Perry and Pauline Snow and Leola and Ray Conover; and an uncle, Ray Snow.

He is survived by his parents, Jamie and Sheila Phillips, of Orangeville; two sisters: Camille and Casandra Phillips, of Orangeville; one son: Gage Phillips, age 5, also of Orangeville; paternal grandmother: Deann Neugebauer, of Tucson, Ariz.; great-grandmother: Lucille Evans, of Salem, Utah; step-grandfather: Harlen Neugebauer, of Yuma, Ariz.; grandfather; Richard Phillips, of Provo; grandparents; Paul and Emilee Snow, of Ferron; uncle; Shane Neugebauer of Provo; aunt Michelle Marononi, of Tucson, Ariz.; uncle Greg Snow, of Ferron; and numerous cousins and friends.

Brandon will be remembered as a man who lived life to the fullest and loved his family.

A memorial service was held on Sat., Sept. 15, 2007 at 10 a.m. at the Orangeville, LDS Church - 45 West 100 South, under the direction of Fausett Mortuary, Castle Dale, Utah.

John Prazen

PRICE- Our loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend, John Prazen, age 93, passed away unexpectedly Sept. 12, 2007 in Orem.

He was born April 14, 1914 in Scofield, Utah to Frank and Anna Volle Prazen. Married Mary Pauline Sunter, March 3, 1935 in Green River; she passed away Nov. 18, 1995.

John had a hard early childhood and the coal camps forged his strength and character. He learned to blacksmith by standing on a box and swinging a hammer at 4 years old.

John entered the coal mines at 13, working in three foot coal seams. Through need and ability he developed into one hell of a welder and a self made mechanical engineer. All you had to do was explain the problem, and John would build the answer. Some of his inventions are still used in the industry today, like the belt winder he created out of a used car engine and other items of scrap, or the tandem axle he developed with his brother Frank.

John solved problems, worked hard and provided for his family. They knew he loved them and "daddy was there". His motto was summed up as, "Always give the boss your best for your pay, learn something every day, never leave things less than you found them, and dance a polka every chance you get". John is back with his wife of 60 years now. He is doing what he loves, flipping his welder hood down to build something out of iron, and listening for an accordion so he can dance a polka. He will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved him.

Survived by his daughters, Kathy (Boyd) Evans, Salt Lake City, JoAnne (John) Sharpe, Provo; sister, Carolyn Dugdale, Salt Lake City; brother, Mark Hovat, California; 10 granchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his wife; daughter, Mary Anne Noorda; grandsons, Mark Winn and Rich Colombo Jr.; three brothers and one sister.

Funeral service, Mon, Sept. 17, 2007, 2 p.m. Mitchell Funeral Home. Family was at Mitchell's Monday one hour prior to service. Interment, Mt. View Cemetery, Helper.

Peter R. Gonzales

FERRON-Peter R. Gonzales passed away Sept. 15, 2007, in Ferron, Utah, after 86 years of vigorous living. He was born on Aug. 12, 1921, to Pedro Moreno Gonzales and Ana Reyes. He married Mary Ellen Beveridge on April 10, 1948, in Reno, Nev. Their marriage was solemnized in the Logan LDS Temple on June 1, 1956.

Peter was born on Telegraph Hill in San Francisco, Calif., and raised 38 miles to the south in Mountain View. He was proud of his California heritage and was the first in his family born an American citizen. He told many stories of his family's history and hard times living in Spain that brought them to immigrate to Hawaii and then to the United States.

Peter was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1955 in Napa, Calif. He loved his church and God, and he served in many positions.

He loved his family, both his own and the large extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews that he grew up with.

Peter was a devoted sports fan. He played basketball and baseball in high school. After high school, he had tryouts in San Jose set up with the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team, but due to WWII, he enlisted, along with his cousin, in the US Navy where he served on the U.S.S. David W. Taylor as machinist's mate First Class on a destroyer.

After discharge from the Navy, Peter played minor league baseball with the San Francisco Seals for several years. He worked for the Air Force as a civil servant for 27 years, working at many bases in California and Hill Air Force Base in Clearfield, Utah.

He started playing golf when he worked at Hill Field, and he played in many tournaments in Utah and Nevada. He loved the San Francisco 49ers and the St. Louis Cardinals.

He is survived by his daughter, Connie (Russell) Nelson of Ferron; three grandchildren: Valynn Nelson and Jess (Da Shai) Nelson of Ferron; Brenda (Todd) Winder of Malad, Idaho; seven great-grandchildren: Alexis (Brad) Kelley of Idaho Falls, Idaho; Brianna (Matt) Thomas of Logan, Utah; Shayla and Quintan Winder of Malad; Wylie, Wyatt, and Zachary Nelson of Ferron; and one great-great-grandson, Tucker Kelley of Idaho Falls.

He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; two brothers, Ambrose and Manuel; one sister, Josephine; and by four sisters and three brothers who died in infancy.

The family wishes to thank the staff at the Emery County Care and Rehabilitation Center for their care of our dad, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather.

Funeral services will be held at Ferron Millsite Ward Chapel, 35 West 200 North, on Thurs, Sept, 20, 2007, at 1 p.m. There will be a viewing prior to the services from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the church. Interment will be at the Ferron City Cemetary under the direction of Fausett Mortuary.

Vida Lurena Timothy Wall

CLEVELAND-Vida Lurena Timothy Wall, passed away peacefully Sept. 15, 2007 in Price, Utah. She was born March 30, 1916 in Cleveland, Utah to David Timothy and Alice Lurena Johnson Timothy. Vida attended schools in Elmo, Cleveland, and Huntington. She married Clarence Overland Wall on Dec. 21, 1935. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Manti Temple on Feb. 19, 1966.

Vida was raised in Cleveland, Utah of Emery County and lived there until 1960 when the family moved to Hiawatha, in Carbon County. She and Clarence became involved with a square dancing group, which brought them much joy and allowed her to travel to many places around the world. Vida was a great sports fan. Her favorite teams were BYU football and the Utah Jazz. She hunted deer and rode a horse most of her life.

She was dearly loved by all her grandchildren who looked forward to celebrating Christmas at her home. She was known for her delicious homemade bread and chocolate chip cookies, her hospitality, and her Sunday dinners. She was a fabulous cook and could easily feed a crowd with little notice.

Vida is survived by her children: Lois (Keven) Jensen of Cleveland, Utah; James (Joan) Wall of Mapleton, Utah; Lynn (Carol) Wall of Bountiful, Utah; David (Arbra) Wall of Mountain Green, Utah; and Wilma (Andy) Barnett of Price, Utah. She often remarked that she couldn't have chosen better spouses for her children, if she'd hand-picked them herself. Vida is the proud matriarch of 27 grandchildren, 89 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by both of her parents and all her brothers and sisters and her husband, Clarence who she loved dearly.

The family would like to thank the medical staff at Castleview Hospital and the Park Dale Care Center.

Funeral services will be held Thurs., Sept. 20, 2007 at 11 a.m. at the Cleveland LDS Chapel, with a viewing one hour prior to the service. Bishop Shawn Sitterud officiating. Visitation will be Wed., Sept. 19, 2007 from 6-8 p.m. at Fausett Mortuary, 680 East 100 South, Price, Utah. Interment will be in the Cleveland City Cemetery, under the direction of Fausett Mortuary.

Glendon Lynn Johansen

CLEVELAND-Glendon Lynn Johansen, age 77, passed away Sept. 15, 2007 surrounded by his wife of 54 years and his loving family after a nine year battle with cancer. He was born in Cleveland, Utah to Charles A. and Sophia Timothy Johansen, the youngest of nine children. He married Bonnie Lorraine Bishop on Nov. 28, 1953 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Glendon graduated from South Emery High School and later attended Carbon College where he graduated in welding. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He retired from Utah Power and Light Company in 1987. After retiring he worked for the Huntington Cattleman's association, he was a true cowboy. Glendon spent the remainder of his life living his passion, his farm, and his livestock.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie; children, Laura (Garlon) Majors, Denise (Dennis) Richardson, Nancy (Louis) Shelley, Beth (Max) Lopan, and Mike (Kate) Johansen; 28 grandchildren; 54 great-grandchildren; sister, Leah Neilan; and brothers, Roy Johansen, and Lloyd (Leora) Johansen.

He is preceded in death by his mother and father; brothers, Ruel, Tom, Merwin, and Max; sister, Eunice; son-in-law, Jim LeRoy; and one great-grandchild, Jacie Graham.

The family would like to extend a very special thank you to Sherry King, Dr. Bott and all of the nurses at the Oncology Department and the Central Utah Clinic.

Funeral Services will be held Wed., Sept. 19, 2007 at 11 a.m. at the Cleveland LDS Chapel - 355 West 100 North. A viewing will be Tues., Sept. 18, 2007 from 6-8 p.m. at the Fausett Mortuary in Castle Dale and from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the Cleveland City Cemetery, under the direction of Fausett Mortuary.

Jon Paul Crawford 1929 ~ 2007

Devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather Paul Crawford passed away suddenly on Sept. 15, 2007. He was born March 30, 1929 in Rochester, Utah to Carlyle and Zenna O. Crawford. Married JoeAnn Wall in Castle Dale, Utah, Nov. 27, 1948.

Paul was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Paul was a successful business man and farmer/rancher. He operated a dairy, commercial cattle herd, and raised many prize Hereford Bulls that have been sold into great purebred herds in the Western United States.

As a young man in 1950, he received the highest honor given to Future Farmers of America as National Star Farmer in the western region. He has served on the advisory board of the Helper State Bank, served as chairman on the Castle Valley Special Service District.

He was President of the San Rafael Soil Conservation District for 12 years and served as a board member for 18 years. He received many personal awards from this organization.

Paul was elected onto Emery Telcom's Board of Directors on Nov. 10, 1971, and served as chairman for 36 years. From 1971 he quickly emerged himself into the telecommunications industry and has long since been recognized as an industry leader both within and outside the state of Utah. Under Paul's tenure, Emery Telcom has more than tripled in size and has exceeded the industry "norm". Paul has also served on several regional and national telecommunications boards.

Paul was a great sports fan and great supporter of the local high school football and basketball programs.

Survived by his wife JoeAnn, children, Jon P. (Barbara) Crawford, Colleen (Garth) Larsen; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister, Evanel C. Rexroad, and brother, Donald Crawford; Preceded in death by sister Faye C. Curtis

Funeral services will be held on Sat., Sept. 22, 2007, at the Ferron Dutch Flat LDS Chapel, 555 South 400 West, Ferron, Utah. There will be a viewing prior to the service from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. at the church. Friends and family are invited to attend the viewing Fri., Sept. 21, 2007, from 6-8 p.m. at Fausett Mortuary at 720 North Center in Castle Dale, Utah. Interment: Ferron, Utah.

Irma Storrs Judd

Irma Ruth Storrs Judd passed away at the age of 91, surrounded by her family, on Thurs., Sept. 13, 2007 in Visalia, Calif. She was born Sept. 11, 1916 in Provo, spent her childhood years in Price, Utah, and graduated from Carbon High School. She was the second of seven children born to Fred O. and Lottie (Gibson) Storrs.

She married the love of her life, David Max Judd, on July 3, 1935. They celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary prior to his death in 1991. Max and Irma moved to California where Irma obtained a degree in cosmetology and a master's degree in vocational education from UCLA. She was the director of cosmetology at Riverside City College for many years. She worked with Gov. Edmund Brown in pioneering the vocational-education program in California. Their family was sealed in the Mesa, Arizona Temple on Nov. 10, 1950. She and Max returned to Salt Lake City in the mid-1960s and operated their family auto repair business and Irma's beauty school. They served a mission for the LDS Church in the Carolinas. The Gospel of Jesus Christ and her family were the focal points of Irma's life.

Irma is survived by her three sons and their families, Jim (Durinda) Judd of Visalia, Calif.; David (Linda) Judd of Hesperia, Calif.; and Robert (Lori) Judd of Henderson, Nev. She had eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Her great-grandchildren lovingly called her "Grandma Honey." She is also survived by her sisters, Edna Storrs Thompson, Helen Storrs Cluff and Nan Storrs Baker.

Preceded in death by brother Art Storrs and sisters Donna Storrs Curtis and Gene Storrs Pappas. Her family will greatly miss her, as will all of her extended family and friends.

Services were held Mon., Sept. 17, 2007 in Visalia, Calif. A funeral service will be held at Mitchell Funeral Home in Price, Utah on Fri., Sept. 21, 2007 at Noon with burial to follow at the Price City Cemetery. A memorial luncheon will follow at the home of her niece, Joane Pappas White.

Eleanor P. Blackham 1919 ~ 2007

Devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Eleanor Bertha Potter Blackham, passed away incident to age on Sept. 11, 2007. She was born Aug. 24, 1919 in Linwood, Utah to Timothy and Bertha Nelson Potter. Married Charles Ray Blackham in Rock Springs, Wyo.; 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; and sisters, Fon, Reva and Rena.

Funeral services were held on Mon., Sept. 17, 2007 at 12 noon at the LDS Stake Center, 33 East Main Street, Castle Dale, Utah, where friends and family were invited to attend the viewing from 10-11:45 a.m. prior to the service. Interment: Orangeville, Utah.

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