Heaven became a whole lot brighter with the passing of Justin Thomas Fowler, son, brother, uncle and friend on Monday evening, January 23, 2017.
Justin was the fourth of seven children and the only boy to six sisters. Born to Thomas Fowler and Jill Keyser Fowler. He preceded in death by his older sister Erin René Fowler Ewing. He is survived by his parents, sisters: Jenna (James) Fowler Milligen, Daniele Fowler, Cassandra Fowler, Julia (Nathan) Fowler Fox, Alexis (Tyler) Fowler Reid, 6 nieces, 7 nephews and many friends.
Justin served 2 years in the New York, Utica Mission for the LDS Church from July 1997 to July 1999. Justin loved good music, the outdoors, snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking with his nephews and Star Wars. He was a gentle spirit with a kind heart who would help anyone in need. He was a beautiful soul and his early departure will surely leave an impact on this world.
In lieu of flowers, we encourage you all to dig up some of your old punk rock, snowboarding and band stickers to put on his casket.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 11 a.m. in the American Fork 4th Ward, 455 East 300 North. A viewing will be held Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at Anderson & Sons Mortuary, 49 East 100 North, American Fork and Thursday at the church from 9:45-10:45 a.m. Burial will be at American Fork Cemetery. Please share a memory below.
Arthur LaVaughn Stephens, 80, passed away January 26, 2017 in Provo, Utah. Born August 3, 1936 in Missoula, Montana to Warren Jay Stephens and Edna Smith Stephens. He married Nancy Kay Bullock March 10, 1960 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.
Arthur was the owner of Triple A Specialties. He was an active member of the LDS Church serving two missions one in Brazil and the other with his wife in Houston, Texas. He was a loving and caring father.
He is survived by his children: John (Saralee) Stephens, Christine S (Kevin) Manning, Michael (Tiffany) Stephens, Joseph (Melissa) Stephens, 13 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild and a brother Jerry Stephens. Preceded in death by wife Nancy, daughter Denise Stephens, his parents, siblings: Mardene Wallace, LaMar Stephens, Max Stephens, and Robert Stephens.
Funeral services will be held Monday, January 30, 2017 at 10 a.m. in the American Fork East Stake Center, 851 East 500 North. A viewing will be held Sunday from 6-8 p.m. at the Anderson & Sons Mortuary , 49 East 100 North American Fork and Monday from 9:00-9:45 a.m. prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in American Fork Cemetery. Please share a memory below.
Leola Bateman Durrant, 92, passed away January 26, 2017. She was born November 24, 1924 in West Jordan, Utah to Earl Preston Bateman and Myrtle Hogan. She married Wayne L (Huck) Durrant on October 29, 1947 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.
She worked as a secretary for Wootton & Wootton Attorney’s. She was active in the LDS Church and enjoyed serving in many callings, as well as serving a mission. She also did volunteer work for the community. She served as a Pink Lady, served on the Recreation Committee, Lions Club, Senior Citizens Center and on the Miss American Fork Pageant Committee.
She is survived by her daughter Shauna (Neil) Thomas, Son Barry (Shauna) Pedersen, daughter-in-law Darlene Gurney Durrant, 9 grandchildren 17 great-grandchildren, brother Wayne Charles Bateman. Preceded in death by her husband Wayne L (Huck) Durrant, Son Bryan Ray Durrant, grandson Austin Thomas, her parents, brother Earl Ray Bateman and sister Joyce Bateman Harding.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 11 a.m. in the American Fork 18th Ward Chapel, 381 South 300 East. A viewing will be held Monday from 6-8 p.m. at Anderson & Sons Mortuary, 49 East 100 North, American Fork and Tuesday at the church from 9:45-10:45 a.m. prior to the services. Burial will be in American Fork Cemetery. Please share a memory below.
Douglas Sherman Nell, 88, passed away on January 24, 2017 in American Fork, Utah. Born January 5, 1929 in Murray, Utah to Sherman Rasmus and Eleanor Callaway Martell Nell. He married Joann Lamb September 25, 1954 in Elko, Nevada. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple.
He was a member of the LDS church and a Veteran of the Korean War. Douglas was very proud of being a long time resident of American Fork.
He is loved by his wife, 1 daughter and 6 sons: Laura Ann (Lawrence) Maxwell, Steven (Elveyn) Baugh, Richard Douglas (Christine) Nell, Jack Bryan (Gayle) Nell, James Russell (Sandra) Nell, Adam Phillip Nell, Mark Callaway Nell and 17 Grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren, two brothers Blaine M. Nell and Robert M. Nell. Preceded in death by his son Mark and his sister Janice.
Funeral services will be held Monday January 30, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the American Fork 29th Ward, 735 East 300 North. A viewing will be Sunday from 6-8 p.m. at Anderson & Sons Mortuary, 49 East 100 North, American Fork and at the church Monday from 9:45-10:45 a.m. Burial in American Fork Cemetery with VFW Military rites. Please share a memory below.
Grant Lyman Reeve
Grant Lyman Reeve passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 22, in Cedar Hills, from complications of a broken femur and from living nearly 95 years to the fullest. He was born in Hinckley, Utah, on April 7, 1922, to John and Mary Lyman Reeve. He spent his youth in Hinckley and graduated from Hinckley High School in 1940 in a class of 35, where he was the valedictorian, but was unable to give his speech because he got the measles.
His challenges included measles, mumps, diphtheria, whooping cough, appendicitis and small pox. He also lost his father when Grant was 12, and with 12 brothers and sisters there were difficult and meager times as a family.
He was married in the Salt Lake Temple to his third-grade sweetheart, Lola Dawn Wright, on January 4, 1945. She passed away in 1984. Then he married Ann Lyman McQueen in 1985. She passed away in 2008.
Grant served in the navy as a flight instructor from 1942 to 1945. He graduated from the University of Utah in political science and worked toward a master’s degree in educational psychology. His career included starting businesses, mailman, and air traffic controller. He also enjoyed following the stock market daily even until his last weeks of life.
Grant raised his family in the Avenues of Salt Lake City and Fremont, California. He has pockets of friends in all the places he has lived, including West Jordan where he and Ann lived for two decades.
Grant was an active and happy member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, holding callings including bishop, high counselor, stake clerk, ward choir director, teacher, nursery leader and temple ordinance worker.
He is known as “Grant-pa” by many of his posterity. He loved music and sang hymns every morning. He served a mission with his wife Ann in the Family History Center and also appeared in an LDS commercial.
He is survived by his five children: Francis Maynard Reeve (Janell); David Albert Reeve (Jeannie); Carol Reeve Waite (Randy); Rosanne Reeve Keeler (Lynn); Mary June Gagnon (John). He is preceded in death by his wives Lola Dawn Reeve and Ann Lyman McQueen Reeve and a granddaughter, Shawna Cherene Gagnon. He has 29 grandchildren and 50 great-grandchildren.
There will be a viewing Thursday night, January 26, 2017, at the Anderson & Sons Mortuary in Highland, from 6-8 pm. 6141 W 11000 N, Highland. The funeral will be Friday morning, January 27, 2017, at 11:00 am at the Chesterfield Chapel, 9737 Chesterfield Dr, Cedar Hills, UT, with a viewing from 9:45-10:45 am prior to the funeral. Burial in the Provo City Cemetery.
Kelly Charles Gaisford, 35, of Lehi passed away January 15, 2017. Born October 28, 1981 in American Fork, the son of Charles J and Becky Leavitt Gaisford. He married Camille Cunningham they were blessed with four children and later divorced.
Kelly was a press operator for Utah Refractories for 11 years. He Loved spending time outdoors especially with his children on the ATV. He loved fishing and camping. He was very curious and loved taking things apart to find out how they worked. He had a great heart and loved to help anyone he could.
He is survived by his children: Rykker Gaisford, Jadyn Gaisford, Kole Gaisford, and Aaliyah Gaisford; his parents Charles and Becky Gaisford; siblings, Karla Gaisford Nelson; Kirt Gaisford; Kalynn (Ignacio)Palacios; Kristopher (Heidi) Gaisford; Kent Gaisford; his grandmother Betty Gaisford, his aunt Connie and uncle Bob McEwan and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his sister Kim Kristina Peterson.
Funeral services will be held Saturday January 21, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the Anderson & Sons Mortuary Chapel, 49 East 100 North Am. Fork a viewing will be held from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. prior to the services. Burial in the Lehi Cemetery.
Serhii Yurievich Piatykh, 43, passed away from a heart attack on January 9, 2017 at home in Spanish Fork, Utah. Born on March 10, 1973 to Yuri Kirillovich and Tatiana Efimovna Piatykh. He married Ana Esther Nerio on September 8, 2016 in American Fork, Utah.
He will always be remembered for his big heart and willingness to serve others, and his strong work ethic. He served in the Soviet Army until, when the Soviet Union dissolved, he awoke one morning and was a member of the Ukrainian Army instead. He spoke Russian and Ukrainian yet was sent to the Provo MTC to learn English before he served an honorable LDS mission to Yekaterinburg, Russia. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Construction Management.
Serhii is survived by his wife, Ana; two step-children, Esther and Armando; his mother, Tatiana; brothers, Andrey and Victor Piatykh; foster parents, Kirk and Shannon Magleby; foster siblings: Rock, Richard, Karin, and Ellen; and foster grandmothers, LaRae Savage and Colleen Magleby.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the Anderson & Sons Mortuary at 49 East 100 North, American Fork. A viewing will be held at the mortuary from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 19 and from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. on Friday prior to the services. Burial will be in the veterans section of the Provo City Cemetery.
After a life of miracles, Shirley Barton Gibson had one more amazing miracle in her life on Monday, the 9th of January 2017, when she overcame cancer to return home and return ultimately to the Eternal Glory of our Heavenly Father's Kingdom. Her life was a living miracle, from the early days as one of ten children born to Joseph and Lola Barton on the 29th of July 1948; to her marriage in the Manti Utah Temple to her sweetheart and Eternal love, Larry Miner Gibson, for over 48 years.
The miracles continued as she had six children, who became 12 through temple marriages (Tony & Amy, Brandt & Shirley, Tiffany & Jason Nelson, Colby & Alicia, Devon & Roseann, Lance & Kimberlee). Her legacy continued to grow with an amazing 40 grandchildren and even greater possibilities with one great granddaughter, so far. She worked miracles through her support and love for her husband allowing him to succeed professionally and serve faithfully in various church responsibilities, including traveling to the corners of the Earth. Throughout her life, including in these travels, she blessed and touched lives all over the world.
Everyone she met felt her love and her powerful testimony of Jesus Christ. The Light of Christ in her eyes, her radiant smile, her soft touch, her warm embrace and her loving words, even through her pain, were a blessing for all those she interacted with, no matter how briefly. These moments will continue to bless countless lives long after the day she left mortality.
Although she will be deeply missed in our family and here on Earth, Heaven is abundantly blessed with another queen, our Queen. We love you Sweetheart, Sister, Mom, Aunt and Grandma. We will join you when our time too shall come. May God bless you and keep you until that special day.
We give special thanks to Dr Greg Bean, Dr Wallace Akerley, Terry Van Duren, and the teams at Huntsman Cancer Institute for their state-of-the-art skills, there amazing clinical experience and the unique specialty care provided in helping Shirley through this difficult journey. We shall forever be grateful.
Her viewing will be held on Sunday, 15 January 2017 from 6:00-8:00pm and again on Monday, 16 January 2017 from 9:30-10:30am, followed by the funeral starting at 11:00am. All held at the LDS church located at 9626 North 6800 West, Highland, UT 84003. Please share a memory below.
DL Wright Weaver, a long-time resident of Idaho Falls, died in his sleep early Monday morning, Jan 9, 2017. He was 88.
DL was born in Smithfield, Utah, Feb. 26, 1928, to Wright and Eileen Thornley Weaver. He had a beloved younger sister Barbara (Richard M. Young).
The family moved to Idaho Falls in 1935. DL grew up there, participating in church, school, and sports. He was especially known for his outstanding musical contributions.
DL married his high school sweetheart, LaRue Hemsley, also of Idaho Falls. They have four children: Alan, Laura (Hinsdale), Lenore (Davis) and Glen. He graduated from BYU. He taught school in Burley and later in Pocatello. He worked at the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) Site where he assisted the developers of the first nuclear powered aircraft carrier and submarine. He participated in various agricultural ventures with his father in Monteview, including raising turkey and designing and building a feed mill for Weaver Beaver.
DL and family moved to the Seattle area in 1969 where he taught school. He and LaRue returned to IF in 1990 to care for their aging mothers. They maintained the Weaver home on Holmes Ave. They also had a home in Las Vegas for fifteen years. His last 2 ½ years were spent at Jamestown Assisted Living in Provo, Utah.
DL spent his life in quiet, continuous service to his family, neighbors, friends and church. He lived the gospel, and drew others to it with his love and laughter. He was a great teacher, and served in many and varied church callings. He even made attending choir practice fun.
DL is survived by his 4 children, 22 grandchildren, and 18 great grandchildren. He is remembered and fondly missed for his kind and affectionate nature, talented writing, mischievous sense of humor, keen wit, and for his beautiful singing and speaking voice. We promise to follow his example in being strictly truthful in storytelling, not exaggerating, and absolutely never teasing others.
Funeral Services will be Saturday, Jan. 14. Viewing is at 1:00, services at 2:00 at Anderson and Sons Mortuary, 6141 West 11000 North, Highland Utah.
A viewing will be also be held in Idaho Falls on Sunday, Jan. 15 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at Wood Funeral Home, 273 N. Ridge Ave.
He will be buried in Idaho Falls at Fielding Cemetery next to LaRue. Please share a memory below.
Charles Gene Bryan
24 September 1927 – 8 January 2017
Charles Gene Bryan passed peacefully on Sunday January 8, 2017 at the home of his daughter and son-in-law Rebecca and Tony Hemming in Humble, TX.
Gene was born September 24, 1927 to Hazeldean McDowall and Charlie Bryan in Garland, Box Elder County, Utah. He was the sixth of eight children. Shortly after his birth the family moved to Michaud, Idaho, near Pocatello. Gene grew up knowing how to work hard and his early years were spent farming. Two of his older sisters died early in their married lives and this had quite an impact on Gene and the entire family. This created a desire to love and nurture all of his family throughout his life.
Gene was a freshman in High School when Pearl Harbor was bombed. Patriotism was very high at the time and everyone wanted to do their part. Gene was not able to serve in the military because of his poor eyesight, but he supported the cause as he drove deliveries to the Civil Air Patrol Base in Pocatello. He graduated from High School in May 1945 with 38 students in his class. He continued his education and played football at Idaho’s Southern College of Education in Albion.
He met JoAn Eleda Spencer on Feb. 28, 1947. He described that summer as the greatest in all his life. They were married on Nov. 26, 1947, the day before Thanksgiving in Idaho Falls. They were blessed with three children, Charles Douglas, was born on 1 Jan, 1949. Rebecca Eleda was born on 12 Jan. 1954, and Bruce Spencer was born on Gene’s birthday 24 Sept. 1956.
Gene worked in various fields including the Department of Agriculture – where he was selected to serve on the Western Defense Board - and the Internal Revenue Service. He always made family his first and highest priority.
Gene was very involved in Boy Scouting and through this involvement met many members of the LDS Church. He joined the church in 1959 and retained a firm testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ from that time forward. He has served in many callings, including that of Bishop and has always done more than what was asked of him. He was always jovial and was a friend to all that knew him. He loved life and enjoyed people. Even first time visitors to their home felt important and loved.
Gene and JoAn were blessed following retirement to faithfully serve several missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They served in the Family History Mission as well as on Welfare Square and the Church Office Building. They traveled and did auditing for the church.
Gene was preceded in death by his eternal sweetheart JoAn Eleda Spencer, his parents Hazeldean McDowall and Charlie Buchanan Bryan. Also his siblings Henrietta Bryan, Delila Mae Bryan, Harlan Douglas Bryan, Lola Lafern Bryan, Gladys Muriel Bryan and Barbara Joy Bryan. He is survived by his sister Billie Barnard of Rockland, three children, Charles Douglas (Sue) Bryan of Blackfoot, Rebecca Eleda (Tony) Hemming of Humble TX, and Bruce Spencer (Sharon) Bryan of Cheyenne, WY. He is blessed with 16 Grandchildren and 45 Great-Grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be Saturday, January 14th at noon at Anderson and Sons Mortuary, 49 East 100 North in American Fork, UT. A Viewing will be held prior to the service at 11:00.
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