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Obituaries

Roger Clayson Adams

June 4, 1935 ~ September 25, 2016 

Roger Clayson Adams of Fillmore, Ut was born on June 4, 1935 to Neldon and Anne Adams. He passed away peacefully in his sleep September 25, 2016.

Roger is survived by his wife, Suzie, his children, Chris (Theresa), Andrew (Denise), Sarah, Scott (Angie) and Kelli. He is also survived by his sisters, Marlene Whicker and Deaun Bean and his Brother, Paul Adams and his 9 grandkids with one great grandchild on the way.

Roger moved to Fillmore from Springville in 1945. When he entered high school, he started to play the game he loved: Football. He was a key member of the championship teams Millard High School fielded in the 1950’s. He achieved all state status his junior and senior year, and was an All-American tailback his senior year.

Roger married Suzie April 9, 1965 and made Las Vegas their home. They raised 4 kids there and moved back to Fillmore in 1981 where Kelli joined the herd. He spent the rest of his life in Fillmore. Roger enjoyed the outdoors, spending a lot of time in the field hunting and fishing with his sons. He was the best Father and Grandpa any child could ask for. He loved his family dearly and was so proud of his kids and grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Nan Adams Smith.

A viewing will be held at the Fillmore 1st Ward Building from 6-8 Tuesday evening Sept 27. Another viewing will be held from 9:30 to 10:30am on Wednesday Sept 28 and the funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m. Online condolence rasmussenmortuary.com

Hunter Scott Cassity

October 19, 1998 ~ September 20, 2016

Hunter Scott Cassity passed away Tuesday, Sept. 20 2016 in Mesquite, Nevada. Hunter was born October 19 1998 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is the son of Scott Mumford Cassity and Heather Parris. He attended Dessert Oasis and Virgin Valley High Schools where he participated in football and wrestling. Hunter enjoyed hiking, working out, boating and many thrilling adventures.

Hunter lived every day to the fullest like the SAVAGE BEAST that he was. He loved spending time with family and friends especially his brother Wyatt. Hunter had the heart of a lion, anyone who knew him knew he was the ultimate caregiver. Hunter is truly a sweet spirit, with the strength and courage that men could only wish for.

Preceded in death by Marla Jean Cassity. Surviving: Father Scott Cassity (Krishelle Cassity), Mother Heather Parris, Sisters Jessica and Tinielle, Brothers Thomas and Wyatt.

Funeral services will be held October 1st at 11 a.m. in the Scipio LDS Chapel. A viewing will be held for friends and family on September 30th from 6-8 p.m. and October 1st from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the LDS chapel in Scipio, Utah. Interment will be in the Scipio Cemetery. Online condolence rasmussenmortuary. com

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May 5, 1922 ~ September 19, 2016

Fern Nelson Baker Leavitt, age 94, lovingly called "Gammy" by her grandchildren, passed away September 19, 2016 from natural causes in Yuma, Arizona where she was being cared for at her daughter, Connie’s assisted living home, Bee Hive Homes.

She was born May 5, 1922 in the city of Cardston, Alberta, Canada to Cyril and Zelma Nelson. When she was 8 years old she moved with her family to Montana for a brief five years. At the age of 13, her family moved to Hinckley, Utah where she lived until her marriage. She met Richard Sanders Baker in Delta at Billy Van’s Dance Hall. They married on September 12, 1942 and raised a family together while owning and operating the farm they bought just south of Delta, Utah. After Richard Sanders Baker passed away in 1986, Fern continued to live where they had raised their family until she met and married Arnold "Lug" Leavitt in September of 1996.After they married, she moved from the farm house to town where she resided until Lug passed on in 2012.

Fern was known for her amazing ability to cook a home cooked meal from memory, play a mean game of rummy with the grandkids, and bowl with the best of them. Her cooking often brought her entire family to Delta for holidays together. She always had a great desire to socialize with friends and family and know what was happening. She loved time with her local friends, getting updates on her grandkids and seeing them play and participate in their extra-curricular activities from sports to dancing to racing various motorized vehicles.

She is survived by her three children: Connie Baker (Gary, deceased) Morris; Ronald (Margaret, deceased) Baker; Jean "Jeanne" Kendall Baker (Steven) Habel; 11 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren; sister: Phyllis (Boyd) Mink. She was preceded in death by husbands: Richard Sanders Baker and Arnold Leavitt; granddaughter: Andrea Habel Greenberg; grandsons: Alec Habel, Garrick Habel, and Elliot Gillen.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2016, at 11:30 a.m., at the Delta LDS Stake Center, 125 White Sage Ave. Viewing will be held Saturday, 10:00-11:10 a.m., prior to the service. Burial will be in the Delta City Cemetery. Condolences may be left at www.nicklemortuary.com

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Lewis Knox Huntsman

Aug. 13, 1935 ~ Sept. 12, 2016

 After a long, hard fought battle with colon and lung cancer our hero Lewis Knox Huntsman passed away on September 12, 2016 at home with his loving family at his bedside. Knox was the youngest of four sons born to George R. and Chlora “Toots” Lewis Huntsman on August 13, 1935 in Fillmore, Utah.

His father, George was the first commanding officer of the 222nd Field artillery company in Fillmore which was federalized to active duty service prior to WWII. Knox turned into an army brat at the age of six. The family spent time in several areas of California and Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. Chlora and the boys moved back to Salt Lake City while George served on Kodiak, Alaska and in Occupied Japan. Knox graduated from Granite High School in 1953. He had joined the Utah National Guard at 17 and as soon as he graduated high school he went into the U.S. Army. He served 2 years with the 82nd Airborne Division in the 504 Airborne Infantry Regiment. He entered the University of Utah in 1955.

He married the love of his life, Josephine “Judy” Sylvia Fellows on May 30, 1956. Together they had three wonderful children, Sylvia Lynn, Cynthia Lee, and Kendell Timothy. He graduated from the U in 1959 with a BSME. He earned his Professional Engineering licence in several states and also his P.E. license in Nuclear Engineering. He also attended Officers Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia in the summer of 1956 and Officers Basic Engineering Course at Fort Belvoir Virginia in the summer of 1957. While continuing his service with the Utah National Guard he volunteered and was the first jump qualified soldier in the 19th Special Forces Airborne in March 1959 when Major General Maxwell E. Rich brought the 19th to Utah.

His work career consisted of working with Hercules Powder as a test conductor responsible for firing several 3rd Stage Minuteman Missiles; Instrument Engineer on Project Pluto (1,000 Megawatt nuclear ramjet engine) with Lawrence Radiation Laboratory at the Nevada Test Site; Participated in the testing of atomic weapons with L.RL at the N.T.S. instrument Eng. With Aerojet General and Westinghouse Electric at the N.T.S. testing the NERVA 1,100 M.W. nuclear engine powered by liquied hydrogen for interplanetary space travel. Holmes and Narver project engineer installing special instrumentation in support of the firing of a one megaton nuclear weapon on Amchitka, Alaska. After the great experience of working with the state-of-the-art research and development, Knox turned his interests to commercial power reactions. These nuclear projects took him and his family all around the U.S., South Korea, Japan, and Mexico.

After retiring, Knox, Judy and son Tim moved back to Knox’s home town of Fillmore, having left one daughter in Virginia and the other daughter in Idaho. Knox & Judy became active in many community affairs; especially Post 61 of the American Legion. Knox was very patriotic and felt honored to have served “God & Country.” Knox was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Puson, Korea; 32° A & A Scottish Rite; Heroes of ’76; National Sojourners, Inc, chapter 114; Special Forces Asso. Chapter 70. He was an avid golfer and played every chance he got. The amputation of his left leg at mid-thigh didn’t stop him one bit. Even though he had many trials in his life, he never lost his sense of humor. He loved his family with all his heart and was so very proud of them.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers: Ross, Dwight & Byron; and his daughter Cynthia. Survived by his loving wife Judy; daughter Sylvia Tucker; son & daughter-in-law Tim & Jenni Huntsman; grandchildren: Dr. Virginia Tucker Ph. D, Valorie Tucker, Cody, Aiden & Elsa Huntsman; great-grandsons Ethan & Noah Steffen. We want to thank our family and friends for their prayers and loving support. Thank you to Dr. Weis and all the nurses at the V.A.; Dr. Lloyd & Sonya at the Huntsman Radiology Clinic, the staff at Hanger Prosthetics and a special thank you to Dr. Brown and Hospice Nurses Debra, Judy, & Alexis.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 1:00 PM at Olpin Stevens Funeral Home, Fillmore, UT. There will be a visitation from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday, September 16, 2016 at prior to the funeral from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM both at the Olpin Stevens Funeral Home.

Interment will be in the Fillmore City Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by The American Legion Post 61 & Utah National Guard Honor Guard. Online condolences can be offered at www.olpinstevensfuneralhome.com.

Sydney (Howard) Rowley Leany

Apr. 8, 1952 ~ Sept. 10, 2016

Sydney (Howard) Rowley Leany, 64, of Salem, Utah, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sydney was born April 8, 1952, in Provo, Utah, to Oris Elmo and Wanda Farr Howard. She grew up in Mesa, Arizona, and Lompoc, California. She graduated from Provo High School and attended Snow College, where she was crowned homecoming queen. She was married to Scott C. Rowley of Oasis, Utah, and had six children. She later married Francis Leany and had two more children. She attended UVSC (now UVU), where she studied psychology, and was trained and worked as a dental assistant and oral surgery nurse.

She loved dancing and participated on many levels, ultimately running a clogging school in Delta with Jill Carroll. She also enjoyed being involved in the community drama department and playing parts in plays such as "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers." Sydney loved crafts and creating. Her beautiful handmade cards are treasured by her family members. She took up crocheting to keep busy while she was ill and made many beautiful things, including an altar cloth that is being used in the Payson LDS Temple.

She always put others’ needs above her own. She always had a smile even when she didn’t feel like smiling. Above all, she loved her family and cherished those relationships and spending time with them.

She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all her life and she received her final temple recommend in the hospital before her passing. She loved the gospel and had a strong testimony that she never wavered from. She had a strong sense of right and wrong and lived her beliefs. She read everything she could get her hands on to learn more about the gospel.

Sydney is survived by her husband, Francis Leany; children, Scott (Laurel) Rowley, Springville; Shawn (Mia) Rowley, Delta; Shannan (Matt) Hall, Hillsboro, Ore.; Stanton (Misty) Rowley, Delta; Sonja (Lucas) Zinai, Riverton; Selena (Lance) Thayne, Delta; Jordan Leany, Salem; and Jessica Leany, Salem. She also leaves behind one brother and four sisters. She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmo and Wanda Howard.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, at 11 a.m. at the Salem Stake Center Chapel, 470 Salem Canal Road, Salem, Utah. Family and friends may visit on Wednesdayevening, Sept. 14, from 6-8 p.m. at Walker Funeral Home, 187 S. Main Street, Spanish Fork, Utah, and on Thursday morning at the church from 9:45-10:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment will be in the Salem City Cemetery.

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Stewart Allen Shields, know and loved by all as, “STU”. He passed away peacefully in home, located in Fillmore, UT on Thursday, September 8, 2016, at the age of 63.

 

STU was born May 21, 1953 in Delta, UT where he grew up and graduated from Delta High School.

He was known for his value of great work ethics and worked hard since he was just a young boy. As a young man he worked in carpentry which eventually took him to Lake Havasu, AZ, where he met and married the love of his life, KATIE MARIE MCKINNEY.

After moving to Fillmore, Utah, STU worked at Pictsweet Mushroom Farm, now known as Mountain View Mushrooms, where he was the Maintenance Supervisor. During his off hours, he worked side-by-side with his good friend Steve during the fundamental years of R.C.F. Inc. He also kept busy during his retirement and enjoyed working part-time for Holt Waste.

 

STU loved fishing, hunting, and going on rides up the canyon and into the mountains; leaving both family and friends with countless memories of “Good-Times” spent together!

He was known by his “BIG RED” ‘76 lifted FORD truck! Recognized by his sock-hat (beanie), pipe, coveralls, his infamous bread and of course in most recent years the “moon boots” which he always left one pant leg untucked! Loved for his dry humor and uncanny wit! Remembered as the “ARIZONA REDNECK”!

 

STU was, what some most would claim, a self-made Chef! He and Katie spent endless hours experimenting and improving ANY dish with their own “personal touch”! Infact! The extensive time he spent in the HOT sun over his smoker/BBQ proved him a Master of this trade!

 

He loved his family! Adored his grandkids! Cherished his friends! STU was available “ON THE SPOT” to those most important in his life.

He leaves behind his beloved wife of nearly 43 years, Katie Shields of Fillmore, UT; his 2 devoted sons, David Shields (Debbie) of Washington, UT and Justin Shields (Billye) of Fillmore, UT; his only daughter, Trista Shields-Roberts (Jeremy) of Centerfield, UT; his 3 sisters, Suzanne Shields of Lake Havasu, AZ, Sherrie (John) Ashman of Fillmore, UT and Lydia Foster also from Lake Havasu, AZ.

 

He will be deeply missed by his seven grandkids, Justina, Ashley, Tallia, Jasmine, Trinity, Patience and Madisyn; as well as, 8 great-grandchildren.

STU will also be fondly remembered by many other loving family members and beloved friends.

STU is preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Patricia Shields; his brother, Wallace “Wally” Shields; his brother-in-law, Loren Foster; and his nephew Shawn Robison.

In lieu of flowers, donations cans be made in STU’S name to: American Diabetes Association. Having a granddaughter diagnosed with diabetes he was studious on all issues relating to the disease.

 

The online “Memorial Donation Form” can be found at: donations.diabetes.org. Or call directly to: 1 (800) 342-2383.

 

To all who assisted and helped, in any way, during this time of great loss... STU’s family would like to express their gratitude and extend a very deep heart-felt “Thank You”!

Family Services will be private.

 

Arrangements were handled by Olpin Stevens Funeral Home of Fillmore, UT. Online condolences & Tributes can be offered at: www.olpinstevensfuneralhome.com.

 

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Carl Alton Winfield, age 80, passed away peacefully Sunday Morning September 4th 2016 at Bear River Care Center in Tremonton Utah. He was born 7/15/1936, the first child of three children of Franklin Edward Winfield and Mattie Ruth Gage in Dickens, Texas. 

Carl shined in school and sports as a youth. He received Honors for grades and Lettered in Basketball, Baseball and Track receiving awards for his excellence. He graduated from Delta High School in 1954. 

Carl attended College of Southern Utah; Graduated from the Utah Police Academy and served as a Police Officer for Delta City. He went on to work as a Journeyman Industrial Mechanic consulting for Magna Copper to Westinghouse Electric in San Manuel Arizona and later went on to be involved with Research & Development as a Vibration Analysis & Dynamic Balancing in his favorite and most proud achievement of working at Rockwell International in California, balancing the three main engines of NANA’s Space Shuttles. Carl received many suggestion awards from Rockwell International for his insight and ideas to further the program. He loved computers, machines and was fascinated with technology. 

Carl was diagnosed with MS at the early age of 39 and had many trials the last several years of his life including the loss of his legs; however you would never know it talking to him. He has always stayed happy no matter his circumstance and was nice to all he came in contact with. Everyone knew him loved his sense of humor, kind smile and his great southern Texas accent. 

Carl was preceded in death by his Parents Frank and Ruth Winfield and his Wife Christina Owen Winfield. He was survived by his two sisters: Dana Sharon (Jack) Kessler and Jean Lajuan (Lynn) Gordon and by his Children: Lisa (Robert) Richardson, Carl Scott (Suzanne) Thomas, Kathy Joan Call aka Bunny, Debra Kay (Derek) Morgan, Bryce Brunner, Terry Fridrizie, Crystal (Larry) Talbot, Debbie (John) Hennessey, Teresa L. Jordan, Carl A Winfield Jr. and Ruth L. (Roger) Jeffery, along with many Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren, Friends and Caregivers who will miss him deeply. 

Services will be held on September 17th at 11:00 am at the Delta 1st Ward 200 N. 200 W. Delta Utah.

 
October 14, 1956 ~ September 5, 2016

David Lee Jorgenson, age 59, passed away Monday, September 5, 2016 in Delta, Utah. He was born on October 14, 1956 in Lehi, Utah, the forth of six children of Eric Verlin and Delma Jean Austin Jorgenson. He grew up in Lehi and became interested in participating in Rodeos. During his time at Lehi High School, he participated in rodeo bareback riding, and in wresting. Lee married Jolene C Sheldon on October 12, 1979 in Deseret, Utah. They moved to Hinckley, Utah where Lee worked as a ranch hand. He loved working with animals, especially the challenge of breaking horses. He and Jolene raise three children: Chris, Brandon, and Casey. He was an amazing Dad. He always supported and cheered on his kids in whatever activities they participated in.

He is survived by his wife: Jolene; sons: Chris (Kodi) Jorgenson; Brandon Jorgenson; daughter: Casey (Marty) Murry; mother: Delma Jorgenson. He was preceded in death by his father: Eric Jorgenson.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, September 10, at 11:00 a.m., at the Ibapah Cemetery, Old Lincoln Hwy, Ibapah, Utah. Viewings will be held on Friday evening, 7:00-8:00 p.m., at the Nickle Mortuary, 190 S. Center; and Saturday, at the Ibapah LDS Church, 9:30-10:40 a.m., before traveling to the cemetery. Online condolences may be left at www.nicklemortuary.com

 
April 15, 1935 ~ September 4, 2016

Joe Ben Trujillo, age 81, passed away Sunday, September 4, 2016 in Delta, Utah. He was born on April 15, 1935 in Taos, New Mexico, the first born child of Abnecio and Cora Olonia Trujillo. He grew up in Taos with his 5 brothers: Gilbert, Manuel, Lee, Samuel and Frank; and sister: Corrine. At 16, Joe’s family moved to Los Angeles, CA, where he graduated from Lincoln High School. Joe went to work in the "Lucky" grocery store. In 1958, he was drafted into the US Army. He served in Germany. He fondly recalled that Elvis Presley was serving there at the same time. He returned home from his honorable service in 1960, at when back to work at the "Lucky" as the Deli manager.

Joe married Esperanza Gonzalez Linares on October 30, 1969, in Los Angeles, California. They made their home in Los Angeles until he retired from Lucky grocery store in 1979. Joe moved to Delta in 1979 to assist his family in their catering truck business, during the construction of I.P.P.

Joe was a dedicated member of the Catholic Church, and served many years in the St. John Bosco Church congregation in Delta. Joe loved fishing, hunting, farming, and riding horses. He helped with organizing the rodeos in Hinckley, Nephi, and Delta; and volunteered many hours assisting during the Millard County Fair. He had a very friendly attitude and was always their to help anyone.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years: Esperanza; 5 siblings; niece: Ruth Trujillo; nephews: Christopher Trujillo and Steven Cook; sister-in-law: Teresa Trujillo. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother: Samuel Trujillo.

Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, September 8, at 11:30 a.m., at the St. John Bosco Catholic Church, 96 S. Center St, Delta. A viewing will be held Thursday at the Nickle Mortuary, 190 S. Center, 10:00-11:10 a.m., before traveling to the church. Burial will be held on Saturday, September 10, in the Las Cruses Cemetery, Taos, New Mexico. Online condolences may be left at www.nicklemortuary.com.

Gordon Lynn Beckstrand

November 21, 1928 ~ August 29, 2016 

Our gentle, kind, faith-filled father, grandfather, and friend Gordon Lynn Beckstrand passed away peacefully at his home on August 29, 2016. Gordon was born on November 21, 1928 to Eva Lovell and John Milton Beckstrand in Meadow, Utah, where he spent the first eighteen years of his life. Gordon graduated from Millard High School in 1946, where he played football for the mighty Eagles. He ran track at Branch Agricultural College (now SUU), placing 4th in the 400-meter Junior College National Championships.

Gordon married the love of his life, Norma Spencer, on June 16, 1948 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They were always on the move, going wherever the educational opportunities or jobs took them, touching countless lives wherever they lived, including: Meadow, UT; Castle Dale, UT; Ithaca, NY; Madison, WI; Logan, UT; Richfield, UT; East Lansing, MI; Fort Collins, CO; Washington DC; Mogadishu, Somalia; Cairo, Egypt; Leeds, UT; Alpine, UT; and Lehi, UT.

Gordon received his Bachelor of Science degree from Utah State Agricultural College in 1950 then worked in extension services in Weber, Emery, and Cache counties. He went on to earn his Master’s from Cornell University and PhD from the University of Wisconsin in 1959. After graduation, his career included responsibility for 4H Extension programs in Utah, Michigan, and Colorado. Later in his career, he worked in Washington D.C. for the Federal Extension Service. Gordon completed two overseas assignments in the Federal Extension Service in Mogadishu, Somalia and Cairo, Egypt.

Gordon spent his life serving others. He served as bishop of the Lansing 2nd Ward in East Lansing, Michigan and faithfully held many other callings in the LDS Church. He was an exceptional and faithful home teacher and had a significant influence on all those he visited. Gordon and Norma served four LDS missions together: Co-Directors, St. George Member Locator Center; Guides, St. George Historical Sites; Coordinators, St. George Temple Baptistry; Missionaries, St. George Temple Visitors’ Center.

Gordon was a talented musician, paying for much of his education by singing professionally, and accordingly, the Beckstrand home was filled with music. Gordon and Norma frequently sang and performed together with their sons. Each of their sons grew up with a deep love of music.

Gordon had the special ability to show charity from a pure heart. He truly was without guile, and everyone who knew him loved him dearly. His greatest legacy is his devotion to his beloved wife, Norma, and his posterity. Family meant everything to Gordon, and he showed it by the way he lived and loved all of us. He taught and exemplified kindness, charity, and meekness. Gordon’s most precious possession was his testimony of the restored gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. He shared it unapologetically and often.

Gordon is survived by his three brothers: Harold (Nadine), Mervin (Carolyn), and Linford (Mary Louise); his three sons, David (Joy) of Lehi, Utah, Scott (Carrie) of Overton, Nevada, and Gary (Jennifer) of Centerville, Utah. He has 23grandchildren and 37great-grandchildren with 2 on the way. He was preceded in death by his wife Norma Spencer Beckstrand, his brother Joseph Beckstrand, and his granddaughters Laura Beckstrand and Mikheala Beckstrand.

The family would like to thank those who cared for Gordon, particularly David and Joy Beckstrand, who sacrificed countless hours for his comfort, and Mary Smith, his hospice nurse and friend.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 10:00 am at the Pheasant Point 7th LDS Ward Chapel, 3065 North 1300 West, Lehi, Utah. Family and friends may call on Friday, September 9, 2016 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at the Warenski Funeral Home, 1776 North 900 East, American Fork, Utah and again on Saturday morning from 8:30 to 9:30 am at the church prior to services. A graveside service will also be held on Saturday, September 10 at 4:00 p.m. at the cemetery in Meadow, Utah. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.warenski.com