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Obituaries

Karl Hale Jeffery passed away on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 in Delta, Utah surrounded by his loving wife and children. He was born in Delta, Utah on April 10, 1934, the fifth of eight children to Edgar Wallace Jeffery and Nancy Ethel Hale Jeffery. In 1946 when he was 12 years old, his parents were in a car accident and his father was killed. His mother died from her injuries 2 two years later. He grew up in Delta and graduated from Delta High School in 1952. He was sealed to his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Joan Poulsen, in the Manti Temple on July 27, 1953. Together they had 5 children: Debra Louise, Richard Archie, Russell Karl, Robert LaVoy and Rodger David. After 48 years of marriage, on November 30, 2001, Dorothy passed away.

Dad served in the United States Army as a medic from 1954 to 1956, living in Fort Ord, California, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and Fort Lewis, Washington. They returned to Delta for a short time before moving to Provo, Utah where Dad worked for Pacific Fruit and Produce Company. As Dad moved up in the company, he was transferred to Nephi for a year, and then to Salt Lake for a short time. In 1963 went to work for Quality Market and moved back to Delta, where he would live for the rest of his life. In 1968-69 Dad went back to school to learn accounting and in 1969 he went to work for the newly built Brush Beryllium Plant, where he worked until he retired. Dad worked a side job as the Newspaper Distributor for the Delta area for 30 years, becoming friends with MANY of the young newspaper carriers that worked for him. He loved them and always called them “his kids”.

Dad played church basketball and softball on city league teams. In his later years he also played on the Brush Wellman golf and bowling teams. He also liked to watch almost all sports, and was one of Delta High School’s biggest fans.

Dad was in the Kiwanis Club, the JCs, and in the Rotary Club. He became a member of the Millard County Sheriff Posse, where he served for 20+ years as secretary and treasurer, and 5 years as a captain. He was also a member of the American Legion for over 30 years.

Dad was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in the Sunday School, as a ward clerk, home teacher, at the bishop’s storehouse, and in the scouting program.

After Mom died, Dad met another wonderful lady, who we would all grow to love and accept as our second Mom. On January 27, 2007, Ina Rae Roper became Ina Rae Jeffery and we again had a wonderful mother to guide, love and counsel us.

More than anything else, Dad taught us the importance of family. For over 40 years he and his siblings and their families held a reunion that was enjoyed by all who attended. He never missed any of his children’s or grandchildren’s performances in whatever activities they were involved in. He was a super fan of anything that brought his family together. His favorite thing in the world was to have all of his family together, and he was able to visit with all of his children and grandchildren prior to his death.

Dad is survived by his loving wife Ina, his children Deb (Tim) Haveron, Rob (Lynn) Jeffery, and Rodger Jeffery, all of Delta, his grandchildren, and his siblings Rose, Rachel, Albert and Alfred. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Dorothy, his sons Richard and Russell, and siblings Hale, Clara, and Ross.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at 11:00 am at the 3rd Ward Church, 197 South 300 West, Delta, Utah. Viewings will be held on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at 6:00 pm at the Nickle Mortuary, 190 South Center, Delta, Utah, and at 9:30 am just prior to the funeral at the church. Internment will be in the Delta Cemetery.

Dawn Stephenson of Holden, Utah passed away on November 20, 2017 in the Millard Care Center in Delta, Utah where she received excellent and loving care.

Dawn was born on April 29, 1944 in Fillmore, Utah to James William and Stella Hunter Stephenson. She graduated from Millard High School and four years of LDS Seminary. Dawn attended BYU, Ricks College and Snow College.

Dawn was very talented with cross-stitch embroidery and other crafts. Her favorite activity was reading and she read history, geography and fiction and was so grateful for the Millard County Bookmobile.  She read the scriptures many times, the Ensign, Church News and many other books about the gospel. She could recall and share her stories from her reading. Dawn spent many happy hours reading to children in the family and other children she tended.

She loved nature and loved to walk. She had a large collection of rocks, including arrowheads and was always looking for that perfect rock. Dawn also loved horses, they had a special place in her life.

Dawn is survived by sisters Merene (Lyle) Owen, North Salt Lake; Susan S. Duncan, Holden; and brother Mark (LaRee) Stephenson, Holden; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Friday, November 24 at 11 a.m. in the Holden LDS Chapel. Interment in the Holden Town Cemetery.

Online condolence rasmussenmortuary.com

Richard Orran Ashby MD

July 24, 1936 ~ November 19, 2017

Richard Orran Ashby was born in Salt Lake City, UT in 1936. The oldest of four children born to Orran and Stella Gardner Ashby, was raised in Delta, UT and Phoenix, AZ. He is survived by his brother Larry and his sister Margaret (Worth), and preceded in death by his brother Kenneth.

At 19, Richard served a 30-month mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the France/Switzerland Mission. The experience began a lifetime of Christian discipleship, sparked a zest for world travel, and imbued him with a love of his fellowman. Richard was a true renaissance man, with a keen mind, an unquenchable curiosity, and an insatiable thirst for learning, exceeding his mother’s advice to “know something about everything and everything about something.” Richard attended CalTech then earned a BA from UCLA (1961) and a Doctor of Medicine from USC (1965).

In 1960, he married Lillian Toft, a charismatic immigrant from Denmark. Together they settled on thirteen acres in Ojai, California, on what affectionately became known to the family as “Hilltop.” After his residency in Ventura, CA, he established a private practice (1968). Richard and Lilli raised five children, Lisa Olander, Michelle (Christopher) Yost, Erik (Fawn) Ashby, Kirsten (Carl)Shafer, and Heather “Mia” (Mark)Johnston, and fostered three Native American children (Marilyn, Rosemary, and Monica).

In 1976, after what appeared to be a remission of breast cancer, Richard and Lilli took their five young children, ages 5 to 13, on Richard’s second mission for the LDS Church, this time as a medical doctor in the town of Apia, Western Samoa. While there, Lilli did not survive her final battle against cancer and was buried in Apia.

When Richard returned to Ventura, he sought to find a way forward. The way forward came in the form of a miracle, Pam Wheeler Stepheson (who had lost her husband to leukemia) and her son, Jeff (Emily) Stepheson. Together Richard and Pam added three more children, Nathan (Susanne) Ashby, Trevor (Kiwi) Ashby, and Elizabeth (Brian) Starr. With his beloved Pam, they made this family of his, hers, and theirs, “ours.”

During his time in Ventura County, Richard served as an LDS Bishop, Director of the Ambulatory Care Department, Physician Coordinator, Director of Physician Services, and Medical Director at the Ventura County Medical Center. For 40 years, Pam and Richard raised nine wonderful children, all of whom were married in an LDS Temple and sealed to him and each other for time and all eternity. Richard instilled in his children a love of Christ, learning, and adventure. He entertained them with magic (“How does he do it? Very well, thank you.”) and jokes (“Hey doc, it hurts when I do this. . . . Then don’t do that.”), riddles (“… I can’t operate on this boy, he is my son. How is that possible?”) and poetry (The Cremation of Sam Magee and The Chambered Nautilus, to name a few), chess and music of all kinds.

In 2003, Richard once again returned to the mission field. He and Pam served for 23 months as the Area Medical Advisor to the LDS Church in Ukraine and Russia. Following their mission, Richard served a new community, Sacramento, CA, as a general physician with The Permanente Medical Group (Kaiser). In April of 2017, ‘Doc’ Ashby retired after almost 50 years of dedicated medical practice.

He has left us suddenly; much too soon. While there is no sorry for those who, like Richard, die in the Lord, he is sorely missed by his wife, family, friends, and those who knew and loved him; that number includes anyone who ever met this remarkable man of faith and science. Richard is survived by Pam, nine children, 28 grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. He will be missed.

Friends are welcome for visitation Friday December 1, 2017, from 4-8PM at PRICE FUNERAL CHAPEL (6335 Sunrise Blvd., Citrus Heights, CA, 916-725-2109) and are invited to attend a celebration of his life Saturday, December 2, 2017, 10 a.m. at THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS, Van Maren Ward Chapel (7009 Van Maren Lane, Citrus Heights, CA) In lieu of flowers, we are requesting donations go to the UC Davis Medical Center (916) 734-9400 who gave Richard his life back for 4 more years..

November 30, 1941 - November 21, 2017

Our loving husband, father, brother, uncle, grandpa, friend and neighbor; Clark Wendall Brunson, age 75, passed away from complications of multiple myeloma in Gunnison Valley Hospital on November 21, 2017. He was born November 30, 1941 in Fillmore, Utah to George Leo and Nina May Jacobson Brunson. He married Connie Jean Henrie on April 4, 1975 in the Manti Temple.

He graduated from Millard High School in 1961. Served an LDS mission in Northwestern States mission. Attended college at College of Southern Utah (now SUU). Graduated from cash register school in California. Instructor at Sevier Valley Tech in Richfield Utah. Owned and operated Clark’s Business Machine and Archery Supply in Aurora Utah. Worked in Sevier County Assessor’s Office for a short time.

He was active in the LDS Church, serving as the Executive Secretary, ward clerk, finance clerk, Sunday school president and second counselor in the Bishopric, and served several years as manager of the Bishop’s Storehouse.

He was an avid hunter and angler. He was skilled in making his own bows, arrows, and obsidian arrowheads. Clark tied his own flies for fishing also. He raised a large garden that attracted people from surrounding towns. He grafted and budded his own fruit trees and grapes from vintage varieties.

Clark is survived by his wife Connie, of Aurora; children: Clint (Jodie) Brunson of Ogden; Monica (Neal) Stevens of North Logan; grandchildren: Averi, Tate, and Cannon Brunson; Sisters: Gloria MacGregor of Auburn WA; Ina Averson of West Valley City, UT; sister-in-law: Kaye Brunson of Richfield, Utah; and brother-in-law: Rudy Aspiazu of Winnemucca NV. Preceded in death by parents George Leo and Nina May Brunson; his brother Leo Brunson and his sister Nona Aspiazu.

The family of Clark would like to acknowledge and thank all those who have shared love and compassion for Clark during this last year. Our family, neighbors, friends, home teachers, visiting teachers, scouts, and leaders who provided transportation, helping hands, food, yard care, visits, faith and prayers, cards, letters, and pictures. Also for the professional help from Gunnison Valley Hospital and Gunnison Home Health Care and doctors, nurses, therapists, and caregivers. They have gone the extra mile to make him comfortable.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 12:00 Noon in the Aurora 1st LDS Ward Chapel, 85 North Main Street in Aurora, where friends may call for viewing Saturday morning from 10:00 to 11:30 prior to the services.

Burial will be in the Aurora City Cemetery under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah.

Online guest book at: www.springerturner.com

December 19, 1933 ~ November 20, 2017

Muriel May Gardner Hayes, 83, of Draper, Utah, died peacefully in her home Monday, November 20, 2017, surrounded by her family.

On December 19, 1933, in Delta, Utah, Muriel was born to Edward Eugene and Gene Lovell Gardner. She was adored as one of two girls in a family of eight children. After graduating from Delta High School, she attended Brigham Young University, after which she married the love of her life, Kenneth Alma Hayes in the Salt Lake City LDS temple on May 23, 1957. The two of them raised four beautiful children, as well as helping numerous foster children. Her loving influence continued as she taught countless students as a piano teacher. She served in several positions in the Suzuki Association of Utah, for which she traveled to many parts of the world. She had numerous musical callings within the LDS church, and shared her talents as an organist and pianist to the delight of anyone who was blessed to hear her play. However, one of her most important titles was Grandma -- she loved her grandchildren with all of her heart.

Muriel is survived by her husband Kenneth Hayes; children: Kim (Nancy) Hayes, Kevin Hayes, Melanie (Shad) Eckman, Magen (Nathan) Emberton; grandchildren: Geoffrey, Ashley, Andrea, and Caitlin Nicole; and siblings: William (Enid) Gardner, Larry (Barbara) Gardner, and sister-in-law Lueen Gardner. She is preceded in death by her parents; siblings: Edward, John, Artemisia, David, and Ron; and grandchildren: Joshua and Kaitlyn.

Funeral services will take place at the Butler West Stake Center at 1845 East 7200 South, on Monday, November 27, 2017, at 12:00 p.m., with a viewing for the family held one hour prior to the funeral. A public viewing will be held at the McDougal Funeral Home at 4330 South Redwood Road on Sunday, November 26, 2017, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Interment at the Utah Veteran's Memorial Park following the funeral service.

The family would like to express a heartfelt, "Thank you," to OneCare Hospice, with special appreciation for her nurse, Angie.

Muriel was a magnificent woman who will be sorely missed. She will forever remain in our hearts. We love you Mom.

Feb. 20, 1986 ~ Nov. 17, 2017

Tygh John Backer, age 31, passed away Friday, November 17, 2017 in Delta, Utah in a tragic hunting accident.

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Melba Ivie Memmott, 88, passed away peacefully November 17, 2017 in West Jordan.

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Aug. 23, 1947 ~ Nov. 11, 2017

Frank Pikavit, 70, passed away Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the Fillmore Hospital in Fillmore, Utah.

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Richard Jed Warner, 86, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 3, 2017 in Provo, Utah after a long  battle with Alzheimer’s, a progressive and devastating degenerative brain disease. While he lived life to its fullest, his death was a gentle and prayed-for event.

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February 9, 1941 ~ November 1, 2017

 Bud Robert Best, age 76, passed away on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 in the Delta Community Hospital surrounded by his wife of 49 years and their three children.

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