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Our kind, loving, hardworking and very handsome Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather and Great Great Grandfather, Mark Bybee, 82, passed peacefully away in his sleep in the early morning hours of May 3, 2017.


Mark along with his twin sister Mary (deceased) was born July 6, 1934 in Tropic, Utah to Levi Marion and Ella Riding Bybee. Mark is the 12th child of 14 children which included two sets of twins. Mark married his eternal companion Chloeen Callister November 7, 1957 in the Manti LDS Temple.


Mark was born and raised in Tropic, Utah where he was taught the value of hard work in the family orchard and gardens. Later in his life when he lived in Monroe, Utah, he and Chloeen had a large orchard and gardens that they shared with family and friends. He graduated from Tropic High School in 1952 and worked in the saw mill, then worked at Bryce Canyon Lodge as a bell hop and in the cafeteria. Mark later served an LDS mission in the Great Lakes Mission. After returning from his mission he served in the Army at Fort Mammoth, New Jersey for two years as a crypto security instructor from 1958-1960. He graduated BS from Utah State University, MS from University of Utah and MBA from BYU. Mark retired from the State of Utah as manager of Panquitch Office of Work Force Services.


Mark enjoyed fishing, camping, hunting, coaching football and basketball, reading, dutch oven cooking, and growing the best apples in Monroe. He served in the Branch Presidency in Eatontown, New Jersey and enjoyed serving in scouting and young men’s. While living in Monroe he served as President of the Monroe Lions Club.


Mark is survived by his loving wife Chloeen of Enoch, Utah. His children Stan (Kim) of Anchorage, AK, Shiree (Steve) Johnson of Elsinore, UT, and Zane (LuKae) Bybee of Enoch, UT. His siblings, Giovanna (Lyndon) Sudweeks of Panquitch and Sandra (Terry) Ward of Magna. Along with 19 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.


He is preceded in death by his sons Eric Shane and Ashley Clair Bybee. His parents, Levi and Ella Bybee, and his siblings; June Bybee, Walden (Laura) Bybee, Jean (Carl) Syrett, Clive (Thelma) Bybee, Cyrel Bybee, Levi (Edith) Bybee, Ella Gast, Clyde (Della) Bybee, Erma (Michael) Clarke, Enra (William) Casebolt and Mary (Daryl) Shumway.


Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 11:00 am at the Tropic LDS Ward in Tropic, UT. A viewing will be held prior to the services on Saturday at the Church from 9:30-10:30 am. Interment will be in the Tropic City Cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be sent to www.sumortuary.com.


Special thanks for the loving service from The Meadows Assisted Living, Brookdale Assisted Living, BeeHive Homes, Zion’s Way Hospice and Dr. Brett Robbins.


Due to allergies, please do not send flowers.

“An Evening in Paradise” was the theme for the Miss Hinckley Royalty tryouts held on Saturday in the cultural hall of the Delta West Stake building.

The program started off with introductions of each contestant and an opening dance number. Master of Ceremony Casey Olcott announced the winners after being scored for talent, evening gown and answering questions. The 2017 Miss Hinckley Royalty is Lexi Riding, daughter of Randy and Lesa Riding; first attendant is Maggie Despain, daughter of Deric and Cheryl Despain and second attendant is Julie Brinkerhoff, daughter of Jim and Karen Brinkerhoff. Riding and Despain each danced for their individual talent. Brinkerhoff sang a solo, accompanied by her mother. While the contestants were changing into their gowns, Olcott introduced Holly Joseph, Hinckley town councilmember. Joseph is over the Miss Hinckley Royalty pageant. Also recognized were judges Carol Brinkman, Taylor Peterson and Lorie Bunker. The contestants were judged for evening gown and answer- Miss Hinckley Pioneer Days Royalty chosen Shellie Dutson Publisher ing questions posed to them by Olcott. Riding was asked ‘what is more important, beauty or intelligence?’ She said intelligence was more important because “beauty is a momentary thing while intelligence can last a lifetime.” Despain was asked ‘what qualities did she think a young woman should possess to make a good Miss Hinckley.’ “I think they should have integrity and be honest,” Despain said, “because they are not only representing themselves, they are also representing the town of Hinckley.” Brinkerhoff answered her question, ‘If you could change places with a television character who would it be and why?’ “It would have to be Eponine, from Les Miserables,” said Brinkerhoff, because she is very passionate about what she believes in, and is willing to die for whoever and what she loves.” While the judges were adding up scores, former Miss Hinckley Queens were introduced. They talked about their experiences as royalty for Hinckley and how it had impacted their lives. The 2016 Miss Hinckley, Hannah Clark, told spectators

Maryetta Gardner Forman

Sept. 3, 1947 ~ Apr. 24, 2017

Maryetta Gardner Forman, age 90, Salt Lake City, UT, passed away April 24, 2017, due to complications from a fall and broken hip.


Understanding the needs of Millard County and the importance of the coal industry highlighted an annual fact-finding tour of southwest Utah with Utah lawmakers last weekend.


Janet passed peacefully in her home in Washington, UT April 22 after battling brain cancer for over three years.


Fillmore – Helen Caroline Verhaaren Tomkinson age 83, died April 24, 2017, at Pheasant View Assisted Living Center of natural causes.


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A geology trips is being offered by the Great Basin College during the Spring Semester.  These are introductory classes with no prerequisites.

Topaz Mountain and the West Desert, Utah (Geol 299) on May 5-7 will examine geologic features ofthe West Desert and Ancient Lake Bonneville.  Discussions will focus on the geology of Topaz and other mineral deposits, trilobites volcanoes and ancient Lake Bonneville.  Stops include Crystal Ball Cave, Tule Spring, Sinbad, Topaz Mountain, and the trilobite digs at Antelope Spring.  Classroom meeting is Friday at the Ely Great Basin College Campus, Room 116 from 6-9 pm.  Travel on Saturday and Sunday in Tule Valley, Marjum Canyon, and Topaz Mountain.

 Participants must be registered and complete required Team Travel and Class Waiver forms one week prior to class.  Each field trip is one credit and costs $117.  Travel is at student’s expense.  All maps, charts, and discussions will be provided.  Attendees must provide their own reliable transportation-preferably with four wheel drive.  Camera, binoculars, hand lens and other outdoor gear are recommended.

For more information or field trip details call Veronica Nelson, Ely Center Director at 775 289-3589 or course instructor John Breitrick at 775 238-0508.

Great Basin College is a member of the Nevada System of Higher Education and governed by the Board of Regents. The college is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. 

West Millard recreation hosted a program called Pitch, Hit and Run Saturday morning. Major League Baseball organizes the PHR events which are a free, one-day event for boys and girls ages seven to 14. Participant is able to win their way up to a national level, receiving trophies and prizes.

“It is fun,” said baseball enthusiast, 8-year-old Carver.

Delta held its annual Easter egg hunt in the city park on Saturday. Kids aged 12 and younger raced across the park to find thousands of eggs and treats hidden in the grass. The hunt was over quickly as eggs were scooped up into Easter baskets.

“I came here to get candy. I like candy,” said 5-year-old Angelina.

“I got a lot of candy,” said 5-year-old Jenny.

“Tomorrow is actually Easter, we just came to find candy.” said 7-year-old Brayden.

RMX, Rocky Mountain Motocross held a racing event at Bunker Hill in Delta over the weekend. Katie Lyonsmith, event organizer, said over 1,500 people from all over the west attended the races. About 500 of those were competitors.

“It’s very family friendly, and the whole family can participate in this sport. There is a lot of camaraderie. If one of the other competitors has a problem with their bike, all the parents will jump in to help out,” said Lyonsmith.

Friday evening, after a day of practice, RMX held an Easter egg hunt for all their young racers. An RMX race was held on Saturday, and Sunday, Bunker Hill hosted a regional qualifying race, put on by MX Sports, where 12 people were qualified from each class. The national motocross competition will be held at Loretta Lynn’s ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, and July 31 - August 5.