Gaila Jean Dennis
Gaila Jean Dennis returned peacefully to her Heavenly Father on April 28, 2015. She was born May 16, 1963 in American Fork, Utah to parents Almira and Jim Bird. Her father passed away and she was raised by mother and step-father Jody Spencer. She was known throughout her adolescent years as Gaila Spencer. She married Carl Lowery in 1982. They had four children: Nicholas, Nathaniel, Bret and Billy. Later they divorced. In 1992 Gaila married Steven Dennis and together they had three sons: Skylar, Chase and Tadd. Steven passed away in 2007. At the time of her death she lived in Provo with fiancé and partner Scott Cain.
Gaila’s life has been hard but she has always struggled and fought to survive and to find happiness. She never gave up even when things were at their worst. She continually strived to improve herself and make good choices. Her health has been bad the last few years and she fought very hard to stay with those she loved. But now her struggle is over and we know she has found peace in the arms of those who welcomed her home.
Gaila was blessed to be the mother of seven sons. She had four beautiful grandchildren. She loved her sons more than anything in this life. She was so proud of them and their accomplishments. Gaila will always be watching over her family. She was a great sister and friend and showed love to everyone. Her heart was SO big. We will all miss her very much.
Gaila is survived by her sons, Nicholas (Ashley), Provo; Nathaniel (Callie), Hurricane; Bret (Paula), West Jordan; Billy (Jenny), Provo; Skylar, Chase and Tadd, Salem. Grandchildren: Logan, Alex and McKayla Lowery, Hurricane; and Sutton Lowery, Provo. Step-father, Jody Lee Spencer, Arizona. Siblings: Tricia (Ira) Wright, West Jordan; Craig (Teri) Bird, Riverton; Danny Spencer, Cindy Wolfchief and Christina Spencer, Arizona; Tina Givens, Washington. Fiancé: Scott Cain, Provo.
Gaila is preceded in death by: husband Steven Dennis; father, James Dewey Bird; mother Almira Chesnut Bird Spencer.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 4, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Anderson & Sons Mortuary, 49 East 100 North, American Fork, Utah. A viewing will be on Sunday from 6 - 8 p.m. and again Monday from 9:45-10:45 a.m., both at the mortuary. Interment will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery where she will be laid to rest next to her mother. Please share a memory on andersonmortuary.com.
Sam DeMonja, age 85, passed away on April 20, 2015. Born November 27, 1929 to Marko and Draginja DeMonja in Newstead, New York. He married Brigitte Maria Celler on December 16, 1950 and they were later sealed in the Los Angeles LDS Temple.
Whenever you asked Sam how he was, his answer was, “Terrific!” He had a powerful positive nature. Nothing was impossible to him until it was proven to be impossible. Sam’s dreams were so big the world could hardly contain them. This same power connected with his ability to forgive. He forgave all who offended him and moved on scarcely looking back and wondering about what could have been. His solution to every problem was to apply his nose harder to the grindstone to grind the trouble into oblivion. Sam’s life was founded on the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He learned to love and help and sacrifice and forgive and encourage and counsel and reprimand as the Lord would. The world is definitely a better place because of his contribution. The same will be said of heaven now that he and his sweet wife are back to working together.
He is survived by his children: Marko (Chris) DeMonja, Robin (Dana) O’Crowley, Kelly D (Kelly R) Reimschiissel, Tracy Stubbs, Milan (Kimberly) DeMonja, niece, Valery (Reed) Elder, 20 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, his parents, 2 grandchildren and 10 brothers and sisters.
Funeral services will be held at on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 11 a.m. in the Highland Canterbury Building 10417 N 6750 W, Highland UT. Viewings will be held at the same location on Friday from 6-8 pm and Saturday 9:45 - 10:45 am prior to services. Burial in Highland Cemetery. Please view the full obituary and share a memory at andersonmortuary.com
. Jerry Raty Martin
January 23, 1933 – April 18, 2015
. Devoted son, brother, friend, husband, father and physician
Jerry was born the second of Robert William Martin and Mary Muriel Raty (Pedretti) Martin. He joined a family of one brother (Robert Charles) and two sisters (Mary Elizabeth & Carol Janet Martin Schley).
Logan, Utah was the “stomping ground” where Jerry developed a love and respect for family, friends, teachers, classmates, colleagues and co-workers. He also embraced a passionate relationship with nature and sports.
Leadership responsibilities followed, including serving as Student Body President (Logan Jr. High), Senior Class President (Logan High) and Jr. Class President at the University of Utah College of Medicine.
Jerry’s love, respect, and leadership led him to be called on a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Hawaii). He considered himself honored to interact with the people of “Aloha Land”. Elder Martin cherished his call. He served as District President on the island of Molokai and felt blessed by special friendships with those in the leper settlement (Kalaupapa).
Upon returning to the mainland he met his “forever sweetheart”, Beverly Jeffs, while students at Utah State University. They were sealed in the Logan Temple January 4th, 1957.
Jerry pursued his love of learning, graduating from USU & the University of Utah College of Medicine. Soon after, he served as a physician in the U.S. Army; assigned to Tripler General Hospital (Hawaii), Fort Hood (Texas) and Fort Polk (Louisiana).
Jerry and Beverly were blessed with three children- Tamera Anne, Paige Marie & James Robert.
Following military service, the Martins settled in American Fork, UT. As always, Dr. Martin went right to work. He co-founded the original A.F. Clinic and served as President of the American Fork Hospital Medical Staff. True to his creative genius, Dr. Martin assisted in establishing the first full-time A.F. Hospital Emergency Department. This vital infrastructure supported the opportunity for growth in A.F. and the surrounding community. Further support for the community was given as he helped establish North Utah County E.M.T. Service and served as a member of the State E.M.T. Advisory Committee. Dr. Martin was one of the first to become Board Certified in both Family Practice and Emergency Medicine.
Ever faithful, Jerry served loyally in numerous LDS Church callings. One highlight was serving the Young Single Adults with Beverly. He loved the youth. They felt it. Coach Martin furthered his relationship with youth coaching Bantam basketball. In addition, for many seasons Doc Martin would be found on the sidelines of American Fork High School athletic events; volunteering as team physician.
Dear son, brother, friend, husband, father and physician… Through your constant selfless service, your inborn optimism & sense of humor, you have lifted all of us. Thank you for leaving a legacy of love, service and happiness. Jerry’s legacy is survived by his wife, sister (Carol), brother-in-law (Roger Jeffs), three children, 13 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren (and one of the way!).
Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the Mt. Mahogany Stake Center, 1548 North 900 West, Pleasant Grove, UT. Viewings will be Friday from 6-8 p.m. at the Anderson & Sons Mortuary, 49 East 100 North, American Fork (due to construction, please use 150 North) and Saturday from 9:30-10:45 a.m. at the stake center prior to services. Internment at the American Fork Cemetery. Please share a memory at andersonmortuary.com.
In lieu of flowers Doc Martin requested donations be made to Meals on Wheels (Mountainland Senior Care- 586 East 800 North, Orem, Utah 84097) or the LDS Humanitarian Fund.
Bazil Odair Majors, 85, passed away on Monday, April 20, 2015 at his home in Lehi, Utah surrounded by loved ones.
Bazil was born on April 27, 1929 to Virgil Oscar Majors and Pearl Hannah (Lott) Majors in Huntington, Utah. In his youth Bazil was a renowned athlete, lettering in both track and basketball, and also graduating as the president of his high school class. After high school, Bazil learned the true value of labor by working full-time in the coal mines in Price, Utah.
In 1951, at the commencement of the war in Korea, Bazil enlisted in the United States military and served in Korea for 18 months among the 633rd US Army engineers light equipment company attached to the 3rd infantry division. Bazil returned home from the war after receiving three bronze stars and achieving the rank of a senior non-commissioned officer as Sergeant First Class (E7), and was honorably discharged thereafter.
After separation from the military, Bazil pursued an education and soon graduated from Utah State University and became a certified public accountant.
In 1952 Bazil married his first wife, Edith Escandon, with whom he fathered five healthy and beautiful daughters. Later, in 1982, Bazil married his eternal companion Sherry Lynn (Shaw) Majors with whom he had another daughter and a son.
Throughout his whole life, Bazil enjoyed and mastered numerous hobbies including equestrianism, alpine and water skiing, hunting, fishing, shooting, and reloading, all of which he was inclined to share with the people closest to him, mainly his children and grandchildren.
Bazil was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and held many positions including Finance Clerk, Sunday School President and High Priest Instructor.
Of all the accomplishments and notable events that highlighted the timeline of Bazil’s life, the singular feat in which he found most of his triumph was in his daughters and son. Bazil saw it necessary to not only teach his children and grandchildren the joys and pleasures that accompanied an honorable life, but also the courage and resilience to confront the challenges and heartbreak that they would surely encounter in this world. Bazil taught his children the poetry and philosophies that strengthened him in his life and found an insurmountable amount of pride in seeing his children succeed on their own.
Bazil is survived by his wife of 33 years, Sherry Lynn Majors; his daughters Marcie (Robert) Hank, Camille (Gary) Stewart, Michelle (Gerald) Dikes, Debbie (Craig) Jorgensen, Mequette (Russell) Sorensen, and Mika (Kenton) McDaniel; his son Mitchell (Alicia) Majors; 15 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and countless close friends.
He was a father, husband, leader, and friend, and he will be sorely missed.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 24, 2015 at Anderson & Sons Mortuary Lone Peak Chapel, 6141 West 11000 North, Highland. Viewings will be on Thursday 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the same location and Friday 9:45-10:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment will be in the Alpine City Cemetery. Please share a memory at andersonmortuary.com
Kathleen Buckwalter Van Wagoner, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 18, 2015 in American Fork, Utah. Kathy was born on August 17, 1934 in American Fork as the second of four children to Edwin Ross and Detta McBride Buckwalter. She graduated from American Fork High School, attended one year at the University of Utah, and completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Music at Brigham Young University. While at BYU she was awarded “Belle of the Y” and participated in numerous service & social groups.
She married her sweetheart, John Chipman Van Wagoner, on March 8, 1957 in the Laie Hawaii LDS Temple. She had a lifelong love of music and enjoyed playing the piano, organ, violin, and ukulele. She shared her talents by accompanying a women’s singing trio, teaching piano and violin, and playing in church and in the temple. She had a passion for activities with her family including water skiing, snow skiing, boating, camping, and other outdoor recreation. In her spare time she enjoyed reading, knitting, crocheting, sewing and other handiwork. In later years she became involved with The Launfal Foundation, a humanitarian aid group, for which she knitted over 2,500 preemie caps. She worked for Devey’s Men’s Store, Chadwick Trucking and spent 17 years at LDS Philanthropies. She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in numerous Church callings and had a positive influence in the lives of many. Over the last few years she experienced health challenges that curtailed her ability to participate in activities she previously enjoyed, but her strong will and positive attitude helped her endure these challenges with grace and patience, always focusing on others.
She is survived by her husband, John C. Van Wagoner, her children, John E. (Lisa) Van Wagoner, Highland, UT, Scott (Deanna) Van Wagoner, Alpine, UT, Mark (Jeanne) Van Wagoner, Highland, UT, Shauna (Greg) Searle, American Fork, UT, Laurette (Blair) Vance, Lapoint, UT, 17 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Jolayne Walker and a brother Ross M. Buckwalter. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Lori Van Wagoner-Shute, her sister Barbara Buckwalter and her parents.
We welcome family and friends to join us in a celebration of her life on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 11 a.m. in the American Fork 23rd Ward Chapel, 680 North 350 West. 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 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to the services. Interment will be in American Fork Cemetery. Please share a memory at andersonmortuary.com.
Danny Keith Watts, age 66, entered Heaven’s gates on April 15, 2015 after a long courageous battle with cancer. He was the beloved husband of Tina Rae Wickham Watts. He was born May 14, 1948 in American Fork, Utah to the late Chancy LaMar Watts and Mary Ila Jones Watts.
Dan received his Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Utah and was licensed in both Utah and Idaho to practice. Dan was employed by the State of Idaho for 38 years and thoroughly enjoyed his work with Juvenile Corrections and the Adult Mental Health Center.
He is survived by his brother, Gary (Lawana) Watts, his aunt Donna Watts Robinson, daughters: Kathrine Fon ( Brandon) Stankewsky, Lindsay Marie Johnson (Louis) Macias, and Danyell Watts, grandchildren: Sophia Bella Stankewsky, Analucia Emelia Stankewsky and Zion Bravo Stankewsky, nephew, Terry Watts, and nieces Wendy (Cody) Steggell and Julie Watts.
Dan enjoyed riding his motorcycle, farming and traveling. Upon retiring in 2006, Dan and Tina rented a place in Mazatlan, Mexico where they volunteered with the Vineyard Church in helping to sponsor children so that they could attend school. To this day, Dan and Tina sponsor four children in Mazatlan.
Dan was always thought of as a kind and giving person and would do whatever he could to help someone else. He believed and practices what Jesus tells us in regards to caring our brother’s burdens. He will be greatly missed by anyone that crossed his path. Rest in Peace my Beloved; you are no longer in pain. A celebration of Dan’s life will be held at the Adventure Church in American Fork, UT on Thursday April 23, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Darrell Wilford Lewis, 83, passed away on April 12th, 2015 at home with his loving wife by his side.
Darrell was born on Jun 4, 1931 in Menan, Idaho to Wilford & Myrtle Lewis. He was the youngest of 6 children. Siblings who preceded him in death: Fern Scott (Lyle), LaVae Jackson (Keith), Ray (Betty Walker), MaeJean Hoopes (Gerald). He is survived by his sister Gwen Hendricks (Dayley).
Darrell grew up in Idaho and after marrying his sweetheart Geraldine Dalley in the Idaho Falls Temple, he was called and faithfully served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the Central States Mission for two years.
For the last 64 years since his mission, whether in Idaho, Arizona or Utah, he has "Done whatever it takes" to serve Heavenly Father in many leadership capacities in his church, community and family.
He is survived by his wife and 14 children, Jerri Lyn Gibson (Mike), Shellie Baddley (Rick), Darrell Wilford Jr (Jodi Stevens), Ruth Ann Brooks (David), Patricia Wageman (Howard), Edward (JaNae Beck), Pamela Wright (Ron), Amy Louise McKay (Lee), Jolene Ivie (Darrin), Michael (Lisa Rawlings), Laura Marie Calder (Quinn), James Mathew, Kristeen Riding (Mike), Jonathon Mark (Haley Romberger). He is preceded in death by three grandsons and is survived by 75 grandchildren and 69 great-grandchildren.
There will be a viewing Friday April 17th from 6-8 at Anderson Mortuary, 49 E. 100 N., American Fork, UT (due to construction, please use 150 North). On Saturday April 18th will be a viewing from 9:45-10:45 a.m. followed by the funeral at 11:00 a.m. at the American Fork 25th Ward Chapel, 300 N. 455 E. American Fork, UT. Please share a memory at andersonmortuary.com.
Dorothy May Wright Gray
Our loving Mother, grandmother and great grandmother and friend Dorothy May Wright Gray, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on April 4, 2015 in American Fork, Utah. She was born on October 13, 1921 to Benjamin Harper and Eliza Irene Varley Wright in Twin Falls, Idaho. She married Junius Clarence Gray on March 12, 1941 in American Fork. Their marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple on March 12, 1951.
At 93 years old, she was still an energetic, on the go, feisty and out spoken woman with an ever present sense of humor. She worked by her husband’s side on the family farm throughout her working days. She was happy to work outside and it let her be with her husband, all at the same time. She too, operated all the farm equipment including a combine with a 14 foot header.
Dorothy worked as hard at church as she did on the farm. She was an active member of the LDS church and served faithfully in numerous callings throughout her life. Among them; teacher and counselor in the Primary, camp director, activity counselor, teacher and president in the Young Women’s and was a counselor and teacher of mother education in the Relief Society. She and her husband also served together to teach dance to the youth.
Dorothy and her husband loved to go out dancing with friends and family and would often be found “cutting a rug” at the community dances. She was an avid BYU basketball and football fan. She and her husband were members of the Cougar Club and held season tickets for over 55 years. Being indoors, was only out of necessity. It was the outdoors that she truly loved. Walking, camping, fishing and Moab jeeping with family and friends were most sought after and enjoyed.
Dorothy’s most cherished treasure was her family. She was loved by all and will be greatly missed. Dorothy is survived by her son, David J. (Leona), seven grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Junius, April 5, 2000. Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 17, 2015 at 12:00 noon in the American Fork 5th ward church, 381 South 300 East, A viewing will be held that same day from 10:00–11:45 am at the church prior to the service. Internment in the American Fork cemetary. andersonmortuary.com
Louise “Wez” Sarah Christensen Chanak, age 89, passed away April 12, 2015 in American Fork, Utah. Born May 30, 1925 in American Fork, Utah to Marion Hans and Rintha Florence Greene Christensen. She married Ray Dean Christensen in 1943 and later married Peter Chanak.
“Wez” worked for Geneva Steel for 40 years, and was a member of the Junior Arlitra. She enjoyed golfing, skiing, bowling, and playing bridge. She was a member of the LDS church.
She is survived by her daughter Joan (Gary) Baugh; grandchildren: Gavin (Melody) Baugh, Maren Baugh, Jennifer Baugh, Lindsay (Brandt) Adams, G. Adam (Kim) Baugh, Courtney (Jonathan) Kistemann, 18 great grandchildren: Sydney, Chandler, Kyra, Hannah, Jayden, Kylie, Lauren, Hailey, Brianna, Brandon, Samantha, Kali, Emma, Cloe, Wrigley, Sawyer, Sarah and Evan, sister-in-law, Marilyn Christensen and her loving nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Sherman H. Christensen.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Anderson & Sons Mortuary Chapel, 49 East 100 North, American Fork. Please share a memory at andersonmortuary.com.
She is loved by her family and will be greatly missed.
Momma & Daddy are dancing together again - Phyllis Marshall Roberts, 91, passed away surrounded by her family April 12, 2015 at her daughter’s home. Born July 21, 1923 in Ashton, Idaho the daughter of James Eugene and Delphia Karren Marshall. She married Jay L Roberts, January 9, 1941 in the Salt Lake Temple.
Phyllis was an active member of the LDS church serving in many callings. She served two missions the first with her husband in Detroit, and later in Salt Lake City at the family history center. She worked for Dr. L Stanley Sell for 26 years, and then INEL to retirement.
Mom loved the outdoors, fishing, camping, berry picking for jam. Mom was an accomplished horsewoman, seamstress/needlework and cook. She was a loving and devoted mother who loved her children
Survivors include her daughters: Patricia (Roy) Harris; Christine (Paul) Redd; Michelle (Ricardo Frakes) Eames; Rebecca (Kelly) Koplin; 11 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and three great great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, granddaughter, and her three siblings.
Funeral services will be held Saturday April 18, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. in the Rigby Idaho, LDS Ward, , a viewing will be held at the church prior to the services that morning from 11:00 to 12:45 a.m. Burial in the Salem Moody Cemetery. Please share a memory or condolence at andersonmortuary.com
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American Fork, UT 84003
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