Terik Michael Gagon
Our “bright star” beloved by all who knew him, has departed from us for but a moment, safe in the arms of His Savior until we can embrace him again. He has completed his mission on Earth and is now blessing the lives of those who have gone on before him. We already can feel his loving spirit watching over us.
Terik was born to Sarah Ann Thurgood and Troy Michael Gagon on 12 May 1997 in Layton, Davis, Utah. He was 17 years old at his passing on 25 February 2015 in Bluffdale, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Terik loved above all things being with his family and friends laughing with them and wanting to make them smile. He also loved playing games, watching movies (he especially loved Studio C), and being outdoors, snowboarding, rock climbing and hiking. In his quiet time he enjoyed reading (his favorite was the Harry Potter series). He was a gifted artist and an accomplished pianist who enjoyed sharing his talents to brighten the lives of those around him. He was honored by the Lone Peak Council with the Student Award of Excellence, was a member of the National Honor Society, received the Academic Exemplary Regent Scholarship for college, was the Timberline Student of the Year and was an Eagle Scout. He was preparing to serve an LDS mission and planned to attend BYU Provo. Terik was an exceptional young man of integrity, cheerfulness, faith and devotion to his family and his Church. He was filled with the spirit of Elijah and loved to do family History work. His greatest joy came from attending the temple and performing the ordinances for the family members he had found. His current church calling was Family History Consultant. He always loved going into the homes of ward members and seeing them get excited as he helped them find their first family name. Terik was always looking for ways to love and serve those around him. It was his greatest delight to brighten someone’s day.
Terik is survived by his parents, his three sisters Kylee Ann Gagon 13 years, Elizabeth “Elli” Nevaeh Gagon 8 years, Mariauna Diane Gagon 6 years and a brother Trevin Thurgood Gagon 2 ½ years, his Grandparents Michael and Diane Gagon of Auburn, California and Kent and Trudy Thurgood of Veyo, Utah. Terik was preceded in death by his infant brother Trevor Kent Gagon and his infant sister Faith
A Public Gathering will be held to honor Terik on Monday evening 2 March 2015 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Anderson & Sons Mortuary at 6141 W 11000 N, Highland, Utah 84003
Funeral Services will be held Tuesday morning 3 March 2015 at 11:00 am at Highland LDS Stake Center 5326 W 11200 N, Highland, Utah 84003.
Burial will be at the Highland City Cemetery 6100 W. 11000N, Highland, Utah 84003.
Evelyn Vilate Abraham Shields (Val) was born at home on 7/7/22 in Kanosh, UT, the middle of 7 children, to Leonard and Anna Florence Bond Abraham. She passed away peacefully at the age of 92 on 2/21/15 at the Charleston Assisted Living Center in Cedar Hills, UT.
She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served a mission in Chicago in 1943-1944. Over the years, she had many church callings, including President and Counselor in the Primary, and teacher, Compassionate Service Leader and Counselor in the Relief Society. She was also a temple worker in the Oakland California Temple.
She married Ray Searle Shields on 3/15/46 in the Manti Temple. They lived in Oakland, CA, Salt Lake City and Orem, UT, San Diego, CA, Yuma, AZ and Joplin, MO. Her beloved husband of 49 years passed away on 7/11/95 in Joplin, MO. They had 3 children: Dr. Stephen Ray Shields of Yuma, AZ, Judith Shields Tillman (Mrs. David Tillman) of American Fork, UT and Rebecca Shields Greene (Mrs. Frank Greene) of San Diego, CA. They had 15 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren.
Val taught us that Disneyland actually IS magical. She was a wonderful cook and seamstress. She shared with her family many skills, including tying quilts and making amazing chocolate turtles. These skills live on with her grandchildren and with her great grandchildren.
Val is survived by her sisters Carol Chidester of Lindon, UT and Mary Gae Walker of Seattle, WA, her brother Hal Abraham of Richland, WA and her daughters Judy Tillman of American Fork, UT & Becky Greene of San Diego, CA.
She has anxiously awaited her reunion with Ray (husband), Steve (son), Tami (granddaughter) and the rest of her beloved family. She endured to the very end, waiting patiently to “graduate”.
The funeral services will be at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 28th, at the LDS Chapel at 1136 W. 700 S. in Pleasant Grove, UT. There will be a viewing from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. prior to the funeral under the direction of Anderson & Sons Mortuary.
The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at The Charleston Assisted Living Center and Envision Hospice, particularly Shelley, for their loving care. Val will be interred in Joplin, MO next to her husband, Ray.
May Ellen Mott Jeppson, age 92, passed away on February 21, 2015 in American Fork. She was born on March 22, 1922 to Albert and Margie Mott in American Fork. She married Arnold McKinley Jeppson on July 11, 1938.
Survived by her children: Jack (Janette) Jeppson, Gail (Dean) Young, Dale Jeppson, JoAnn (Richard) Saunders. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband and son, Glade.
Graveside services will be held in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery at 11:00 a.m.. Please share a memory at andersonmortuary.com.
Douglas E. Nicholes, 85, loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, well known educator and friend to all, passed away after a long illness on February 21, 2015. He was born October 8, 1929 to Howard and Hope Nicholes. He married his high school sweetheart, Mary Lou Devey, May 2, 1952 in the Salt Lake Temple. They were blessed with two sons and two daughters: Douglas D. Nicholes, Anne [Floyd] Huxford, Richard [Danette] Nicholes, and Lisa [Blair] Waldron. They have 14 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
Douglas attended schools in American Fork graduating from American Fork High in 1947. He received his Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree from Brigham Young University.
As an outstanding educator, Douglas loved his work as principal and knew every child’s name and their brothers and sisters. One year he had to learn 800 names. He won many awards for his service in the education field. In the community he served as American Fork Library Board Chairman and City Recreation Committee Chairman. He also worked with the Boy Scouts and was a Silver Beaver. Doug was Santa to many children in the community.
He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict and served in office of the chaplain in Alaska. Douglas served an LDS mission as a young man in Hawaii, and later served as Stake Sunday School President, Stake High Councilor, Bishop, served in Provo and Mt. Timpanogos Temples and as Stake Patriarch. He and Mary Lou were Ushers on Temple Square, Hosts at Joseph Smith Memorial and Missionaries for the International Affairs Office in Washington DC.
Douglas is survived by his wife, children, sister Sydney Thomas and sister-in-law JaNae Nicholes. He is preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Tracy, Frank [Carol] and Ross.
The family offers a special debt of gratitude to Dr. Doug Mower and all the caregivers during his final months.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at American Fork LDS 23rd Ward chapel 680 North 350 West. A viewing will be held Friday, 6 to 8 p.m. at Anderson and Sons Mortuary and Saturday, 9:45 to 10:45 at the church prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Perpetual Education Fund of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Please share a memory on andersonmortuary.com.
Julia (Julie) Raylene Mills Swank (71) peacefully returned home to the Lord on Feb 19, 2015. She was born to John (Jack) and Leola Mills in Ogden Utah on March 22.1943 She is preceded in death by her parents Jack and Leola, her sister Florence, and her son Jason. She is survived by her daughters Teri Fontes and Jaime Tuck, brother Bill and wife Judy Mills, sister Lee and husband Jerry Jensen, Grandchildren Angelina, Kimberly, Amanda, Zachary, McKenzie, step-grandchildren Cory and Ryan, great grandchild Cameron, several nieces and nephews, her good friends Mike and Ernest as well as her dog Buddy and one very overweight cat.
Julie was married 3 times. Her first marriage was to Brent Devitt of American Fork . They had one daughter, Teri Lyn. Her second marriage was to Dale W Smith of Lehi. They had 2 children together, Jaime Lee (daughter) and Jason Dale (son). Her 3rd marriage was to Donald Swank. They had no biological children together.
Don, Julie and the 3 children relocated to San Diego, CA in 1972. They remained there until 1982 when they relocated to Tucson, AZ. Julie and Don divorced in 1996. She remained in Tucson with her boyfriend Mike until 2005 when she returned to American Fork in order to care for her mother whose health was failing.
Julie was a Hairdresser by trade, but had many other interests and talents. She was an expert barrel racer in her 20's. As a child she was known for "borrowing" horses at night and riding them before returning them to their home by sunrise. She could train a dog like no-one's business. She enjoyed drawing, oil painting, fishing, laughing and making fun. She coached her kid's little league teams and could sew up a prom dress from a picture her daughter had drawn. She loved the ocean, sunshine, sunsets, and football. She often looked for pretty rocks on the ground, especially if she had a child in tow. She connected with children in her own magical childlike way, giving them a small glimpse of whats God's love looked like.
Whether being described as the "really nice lady", or the "crazy lady", anyone who met Julie would be left with a lasting impression of her kindness and memorable "vibrancy".
Julie had an amazing ability to care about all living things. Whether it was a dead houseplant she plucked out of the garbage can at the grocery store, an orphaned animal of any sort, or her children's broken hearts....anything or anyone who was hurting, Julie provided genuine tender loving care that healed and gave life. We will especially remember her talking to her plants as she revived them back to life.
Julie was kind above all and did not have a pretentious bone in her body. She taught the value of precious things, the things that could not be bought. Although never financially wealthy, she taught what it means to be truly "rich". A priceless lesson not many people embrace. She never elevated herself above or put herself below others. To her, we are all the same. She never used her interactions with others to build herself up, rather, no-one ever left her presence feeling small or insignificant in any way. People never felt lonely in her presence. Her entire attitude exuded respect and a desire for the other person (family, friend or stranger) to enjoy life and feel good about themselves. No matter what your circumstance, she always made you feel nice inside.
Julie planted seeds of faith in her children that have carried them through life. She lived out the commandment to love God and love your neighbor (Matthew 22:37-39). She was an example of love as described in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 13 and 1 Corinthians 16:14. She told us of the gift of Jesus Christ (John 3:16-18) . She taught us that everything always looked better in the morning when the sun came up. We learned what that meant. When we look for the Son to rise on our day, everything really is better.
The world should have more "Julie's". It would be a better place.
A celebration of Julie's life will be held Saturday February 28, 2015 at 1:00 pm
LDS 18th ward 381 South 300 East American Fork.
In lieu of flowers, please give a stranger a smile and spend time with those you love
Grief never ends,...but it changes. Its a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith... it is the price of Love.
Ann Marie White 59, died Feb. 20, 2015 in American Fork, Utah. Born March 25, 1955 in Roosevelt, Utah to Melvin Baxendale and Lola Marie Baum White. She was a resident of Utah State Developmental Center for most of her life. She was a people person who loved everyone. She loved surprises, money and her wuzzies. She could remember everyone and loved to tease. She would pinch everyone’s cheeks. Ann Marie loved her music and wore out more headsets than we can count. Her survivors are Larry White, Thomas White, Alan (Janice) White, Gloria (Ray) Jensen, Penny (Tracy) Smith, and many nieces and nephews who loved her. Preceded in death by her parents, and 2 siblings Lynn, and Sherry. Graveside Services will be Tuesday February 24, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the Utahn Cemetery. A visitation will be held at the Anderson & Sons Mortuary 49 East 100 North American Fork Monday February 23, 2015 from 6 to 7 p.m.
Virginia Muriel Twitchell, Peacefully returned to Heavenly Father on Friday 13, 2015 at the age of 85. She was met by her eternal companion and love of her life Edward Junior Twitchell. She was born March 21, 1930 in Crawfordsville, Indiana. Married Edward Junior Twitchell November 25, 1946 in Parowan, Utah and later sealed in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple. Born on the east coast and then moving west for work with her parents and after the move she met her eternal companion. After having a ranch in Beaver, Utah with Ed they decided to move in 1955, and they moved to Roosevelt, Utah and continued ranching until 1965 when they moved to Ogden, Utah. At that time they bought and worked the Ranch Motel in Ogden, Utah. She also served in many capacities in the LDS church and was an active member since her conversion many years after she was married.
We will miss her deeply; She temporarily leaves behind her four loving children; Jerry Twitchell, Vickie Nielson, Keven Twitchell, and John Twitchell. 35 Grandchildren 12 great grandchildren. Virginia is preceded in death by her husband Edward Junior Twitchell and Daughter Jennette Witte.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday the 21 of February, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Anderson & Sons Mortuary, 49 East 100 North, American Fork. A viewing will be held Friday from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Anderson & Sons Mortuary and Saturday 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. prior to services. Burial in American Fork Cemetery. Please share a memory at andersonmortuary.com.
Dorothy June Peck Johnson (Grandma Dott)
Our loving Mother, Grandmother, Wife, Sister and Daughter Dorothy Peck Johnson peacefully returned to our Heavenly Father on February 9th 2015 at the age of 89. She was met by her eternal companion and love of her life Vernon Ray Johnson and welcomed by hosts of family who rejoiced at her arrival. Dorothy was born June 24th 1925 at home to Charles Lawrence and Anna (Nan) Green Peck, the 2nd of three daughters.
The meaning of her name is “Gift from God” and she always treasured it. She graduated high school and seminary from “Dear old AF High” in 1943 and lived most of her life in American Fork. Dott married Harry Davis (divorced) and together had 2 children Charles and Dottie. On February 12th 1953 she married Vernon Ray Johnson. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. In 1963 they were blessed to welcome Sharron, a precious baby girl. Dott was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and held many callings in the women’s auxiliaries. Always carrying a song in her heart, a day didn’t go by without music and sang in many choirs. She was a temple ordinance worker, a member of the DUP and Bell telephone operator.
We will miss her deeply; family was the meaning of life for Grandma Dott. She temporarily leaves behind her three loving children; Charles Johnson, Dottie J (Lyman) Swensen and Sharron Rae Johnson (Timothy Rodriguez), 11 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren and sister Mary P (Wendel) Strong. Dott is preceded in death by her husband Vern Johnson, Sister Evelyn P. Beck and 3 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Friday, February 13, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at American Fork 8th Ward building, 300 North 100 East, American Fork, UT. A viewing will be held Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Anderson and Sons Mortuary, 49 East 100 North, American Fork and Friday 9:45-10:45 a.m. prior to the services at the church. Burial at American Fork Cemetery. Please share a message at andersonmortuary.com.
Dana Crofts, 55, passed away February 8, 2015 in Ogden, Utah. Born March 14, 1959 in American Fork, Utah to William Duaine and Ida Mae Lindstrom Crofts.
Dana loved reading and gardening.
She is survived by her daughters, Andrea (Anibal) Curletto Witter and Krystal Witter, 3 grandchildren, Alyssa, Chloe and Brooklyn and siblings, Stanley Crofts, Diane Crofts, and Raylene Trayah. She was preceded in death by her mother, her siblings, Trisha Crofts and Cory Crofts and a grand daughter, Carmela.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 11 a.m. in Anderson & Sons Mortuary Chapel, 49 East 100 North, American Fork. A Viewing will be held from 9:46-5-10:45 a.m. Burial in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Please share a memory at andersonmortuary.com.
Paula Theressa Cook, 60-years-young, from Lewiston Utah, passed February 6, 2015 in American Fork Utah after a courageous battle with cancer.
Paula was born in Price, Utah as the the fifth of ten children. Paula graduated from Pleasant Grove High School a year early and attended Snow college in Ephraim Utah where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in business. When asked if she majored in anything else at Snow College she said, "Yes, eating".
Paula went on to work for the Bureau of Land Management in Duchesne, Utah. While working for the BLM she moved across the western United States to places like Durango Colorado, Page and Flagstaff Arizona, Weaverville California, and Los Alamos New Mexico. She had government clearance to places we all would like to see. While working for the BLM she received her engineering degree.
Paula was very independent her entire life. Although she never married she had many proposals. She felt that if she was married she would not be able to give a 100% to what she enjoyed doing most which was helping others by giving of her time and money to make life easier for others.
Paula was the sister and aunt that everyone flocked to, the one that holds the family together. There’s not a sister, brother, niece or nephew that hasn’t spent a summer with Paula wherever she lived. Paula always made time for family, friends, and even complete strangers making them feel loved and welcomed. She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Paula loved and helped raise many children throughout her life, offering unconditional love and support by her example, kindness and steadfastness. Paula was in her 50s when she adopted her daughter Dakota, whom she raised since birth.
As an example of the kind of love that Paula had for her family she quit her job and moved home to Lewiston in the early 2000’s to take care of her mother.
Paula never complained, and when asked how she was doing she always said, "great". Even in her final days she still said she was doing okay.
Paula was predeceased by her father Raymond Newman Cook, mother Alberta Perkins Cook and brother Douglas Clyde Petty. She is survived by her daughter Dakota Nicole Williams-Cook and siblings Cheryl Conder, Pam Nerdin, Karl Cook, LaRae Edwards, Kevin Cook, Vivian West, Kristina Cook, and Wade Cook.
Services will be held Thursday, February 12, 2015. The viewing will begin at 8:45am followed by service at 10:00am in American Fork Harbor 2nd Ward (600 South 100 West). Grave side dedication will follow at 2:00pm at the Altamont-Mount Emmons Cemetery.
The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to all those who helped care for Paula including the Salt Lake Ice Wolves hockey league, IHC Hospice in Provo, Harbor 2nd Ward Relief Society, as well as many family and extended-family members.
The family suggests memorial contributions be sent to the Paula T. Cook Trust at Utah Community Credit Union.
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