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Patricia Aldrich Thomas, loving wife of Ronald H. Thomas and long time resident of Delta, passed away peacefully in her home on Sunday, December 10, 2017 after a long fought battle with cancer.


Pat and Ron were married September 30, 1978 and later sealed together in the Manti Temple on April 26, 2014.


Pat was born in Midvale Utah to Theodore Wilson Aldrich and Barbara Thornton Aldrich on November 13, 1948.  In a graduating class of over 1200 from James Monroe High School in Sepulveda, CA, Pat was voted class Artist and attended Cal State Northridge majoring in Art.  One of her more memorable projects was painting a 35-foot Cheshire cat for the LA County Fair.


Pat and Ron were owner operators of RPT Quarter Horses and enjoyed breeding, training, and showing horses.  In various categories and age groups her horses won numerous awards.  She studied blood lines and confirmation to build beautiful foals. Pat was a Level 2 Parelli Natural horseman and her favorite quote to family and friends was, “Prior preparation prevents poor performance.”  Pat readily shared her knowledge and love of horses with all.  She was also a certified Neurolinguistic, NLP, practitioner helping those in need learn how to better their life.  In her spare time, she enjoyed volunteering with 4-H, the Jeep Posse, Millard County Western Heritage Days, and many more.


Pat was an avid reader, a beautiful artist, and loved animals.  She was an amazing woman, loved and admired by many and will be missed by all who knew her.  She is survived by her husband Ron, daughter Shannon Allard of Layton, UT, son Ronnie Thomas of LaPine, OR, and step children, Scott Thomas, Lynn Thomas, and Laurie Jackson of Delta,13 grandchildren,10 great grandchildren, brother Bob Aldrich of Seattle WA, sister Kathleen Martin of Hutto, TX, sister Christine Plesha of Helena, MT, and brother Richard Aldrich of Palmdale, CA.


A celebration of life will be held on December 16, 2017 at the Delta Stake Center.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to bestfriends.org, a Utah No-Kill Shelter for pets.

April 14, 1962 ~ December 5, 2017


Robert Shane Clark, 55, passed away Tuesday, December 5, 2017 in Delta, Utah.


Nov. 22, 1971 ~ Dec. 6, 2017

Our beloved William B Mace was born November 22, 1971 in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Jan. 18, 1944 ~ Dec. 4, 2017 

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Dwight Craig Alldredge, age 73, passed away on December 4, 2017 in the Bennion Veterans Home in Payson, Utah, where he was surrounded by many that loved and served him.



March 9, 2002 ~ December 1, 2017


Noelia Orona Peña, age 15, passed away Friday, December 1, 2017 after a tragic car accident in Hinckley, Utah. She was born March 9, 2002 in Phoenix, Arizona to Noe Orona Bojorquez and Susana Rebeca Peña Enriquez Orona. She grew up as the youngest with her four brothers. She kept up with them with a similar adventurous spirit, and enjoyed participating in their activities. She like being outdoors, enjoying long walks, playing soccer, and riding her longboard to skate around town. She even recently wanted to start boxing. She was quiet and shy, but always happy with a fun spirit and a smile on her face. She loved music of all kinds. She had lots of friends and enjoyed spending time with them. She has long looked forward to her Quinceañera, which was a wonderful celebration that she was able to experience last May. She loved life and was excited about everything she had the opportunity to do.


She is survived by her parents: Noe and Susana Orona; brothers: Jose, Arturo, Horacio, and Santiago; nieces: Giselle, Mitzy, Ashima; nephew: Mason. She was preceded in death by her grandparents: Jose and Lidia Peña; Guadalupe and Carmen Orona.


Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, December 6, at 11:00 AM, at the Nickle Mortuary Chapel, 190 South Center St, Delta, Utah. A Viewing will be held Wednesday, 9:30-10:40 AM, prior to the service. Condolences may be left at www.nicklemortuary.com

March 25, 1935 ~ December 4, 2017


Carma Ashby Swensen, age 82, passed away on Monday, December 4, 2017 at her home in Hinckley, Utah. She was born in Murray, Utah on March 25, 1935 to Charles Prosser and Elenor Lucile Jensen Ashby. She grew up in Sandy. Later moved to Delta, Utah and graduated from Delta High School, then attended BYU. She married the love of her life, Neal Swensen on May 6, 1955 in the Manti LDS Temple. They first made their home in Hinckley, Utah, then moved to Cresent in the early 1960's. Together they worked side by side on many projects. After Neal retired in the early 1990's, they returned to Hinckley.


Never having any girls, her husband and her 7 boys were the light of her life. She was their biggest cheerleader on the sidelines, never missing a game. Carma was very talented, making homemade quilts that were presented to every grandchild at birth. From pillowcases handed down three generations, she made pillow case dresses. She won blue ribbons at the local fair for her handmade quilts. She loved to camp, ride ATV’s, campfires, gardening, journaling, card embroidery and dancing.


In Cresent and Delta areas, she organized classes for the Special Olympics through the church’s Mutual program. She worked as the Secretary at Cresent Elementary, and for the Jordan District, and she also worked as a real estate agent.


She served three times as Relief Society President, Young Women’s President, Primary, and worked at the South Jordan LDS Temple. Served a mission with Neal at Cove Fort, and also worked in LDS Custodial program to support their sons on missions. Neal and Carma also worked as Sextons at the Deseret and Hinckley Cemeteries.


Carma is survived by her husband: Neal; sons: Larry, Delbert (Karen), Douglas (Tracy), Tony (Sondra), Kyle (Jesica), and Kevin; 19 grandchildren & 27 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by son: Scott; brother: Roy; and granddaughter: Amber.


Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 7, 2017, at 11 am, at the Hinckley LDS Chapel, 188 North Main St. Viewings will be held Wednesday, 6:00-8:00 pm, at the Nickle Mortuary, 190 S Center St, Delta; and Thursday, 9:30-10:40 am, prior to the service. Burial in the Hinckley Cemetery. Condolences may be left at www.nicklemortuary.com

November 13, 1945 ~ December 4, 2017


Deseret, Utah - Norman Rulon Henke, age 72, passed away Monday, December 4, 2017 at his home in Deseret after a valiant fight against pancreatic cancer.  He was born November 13, 1945 in Murray, Utah to Cecil and Florence (Cook) Henke. He married Susan Alice Madsen in the Salt Lake City Temple on June 6, 1973.


He was raised in the foothills of Draper, UT, which he loved. As a teenager, he loved to ride his horse up those canyons (or ride his bike on adventures to Utah County with his brothers and friends, or water ski on Utah Lake until snow fell.  He learned to work hard on a family owned poultry farm, and gained many skills in fixing and repairing which served him all his life. Basketball, hunting and boating were a big part of his life. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints in the Northwestern States Mission and gained a lifelong friend in one of his companions that he has shared many adventures with throughout his life. Knowing he was going to be drafted, he chose to enlist in the army and became a helicopter repairman while serving in the Vietnam War. He then attended BYU for two years before finally meeting the right girl on a blind date, and spent the next 44 years building a great family and legacy together. He tried lumberjacking, dairy milking, and pig farming, but found his niche as a general contractor in 1980. He has left his mark all over his community as well as in many other states, with homes, garages, business buildings, apartments and many other structures. He willingly and generously shared his time and construction talents with all of his children (and so many others!) in their homes and on countless projects. Norm also left his mark on all who knew him with his strong hugs and loving teasing. He was well known for his humorous “Normisms.”


He was very active in the LDS church, and spent many years as scoutmaster.  He served in a ward bishopric, as a high priest group leader and twice as a stake high counselor. One of his favorite memories was being responsible for the stake sports program. For the last 5 years of his life, he was committed to the restoration project for the Deseret Heritage Association. He felt this was the mission he and his wife were meant to serve, rather than a formal proselyting mission.


He honored his parents and served and cared for his aged mother so tenderly. He loved his wife tremendously. One of the last things he wanted his children to know was of his love and adoration for her. He was dedicated to and adored his children and grandchildren as well. He worked hard to provide for them, and enjoyed the family trips to Lake Powell, camping, or hunting. He was water-skiing up to the last year of his life. He was amazed to be called as a high councilor with his failing health, but it came as an answer to his prayer to have the opportunity to bear witness of the love and power of His Savior, Jesus Christ.


He is survived by his wife, Susan Henke of Deseret; children, Rachel (David) Lisonbee of Hurricane, UT; Lynae (Bryce) Thompson of South Jordan, UT; Lisa (Blair) Keck of Deseret, UT; Sarah (Kyle) Brown of West Jordan, UT; Diane (Mike) Downward of Kanab, UT; Mary (Terral) Fox of Enoch, UT; Matthew (Karalee) Henke of Kanab, UT; 26 grandchildren and 2 on the way; step-mother-in-law, Sharon Kimber of Bountiful, UT; siblings, Marvin (Jan) Henke of Abraham, UT; Lynn (Edna) Henke of Ivins, UT; Paul (Jane) Henke of Heber City, UT; (Kathleen) Henke of Farmington, NM; Claudia (Wesley) Witt of Sandy, UT; Cheryl (Keith) of Heber City, UT; Owen (Jennifer) of Deseret, UT; Kevin (MaryAnna) Henke of Hinckley, UT; Lorna (Troy) Henry of Yakima, WA.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and younger brother, Douglas (Kathleen) Henke.


Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 9, 2017, 11:00 a.m., at the Deseret/Oasis Ward House, 3422 W. 4500 S. Deseret, UT. Viewing will be held prior to services from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in the Deseret cemetery under the care of Olpin Stevens Funeral Home. Online condolences can be expressed at .


Norm liked nature, but in lieu of flowers, he would appreciate any donations to be sent to the Deseret Heritage Association, 3830 W. 4500 S. Deseret, UT 84624.


Jun. 13, 1929 ~ Nov. 26, 2017

Robert "Bob" C Jones, age 88, returned to the arms of His Heavenly Father, his loving wife, and parents on Sunday, November 26, 2017 in Delta, Utah.


Jun. 19, 1929 ~ Nov. 23, 2017 

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Rayola Taylor Smith, age 88 left this earth to rejoin with her deeply missed husband Raymond L. Smith on Thursday November 23, 2017 “Thanksgiving night” in Santaquin, Utah.