On May 28, 2015, our beautiful wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and aunt, Sharon Taylor Stroud, returned home to her Father in Heaven.
Sharon was born March 19, 1940, to Glade and Edna Taylor in Salt Lake City. Later moved to American Fork and then Loa. She loved growing up in Wayne County with her brother, LaVaa and sisters, Trudy, Clara, and Jeanine.
Sharon married Keith W. Stroud on August 25, 1961, in the Salt Lake City Temple. They have been best friends and sweethearts for 54 years. They were blessed with seven children: Sherri Lee Dove (Daniel), Susan Belnap (Val), Gary Keith Stroud (Tammy), Sandra K. Shannon (Roland), Greg Taylor Stroud (RaQuett), Stacy Barnes (Timothy), Stephanie Pace (Eric). She loved each of us, profoundly.
Sharon was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She served, ever faithful, in many church callings. She especially loved serving in the Relief Society. Many were blessed by her countless acts of service, good meals, encouraging words and through her prayers. Her thoughts were never far from her Heavenly Father, His Son, Jesus Christ and His Gospel. Her faith in eternal families gives us all hope that we can be together forever.
Her parents, Glade and Edna Taylor and her brother, LaVaa Taylor, precede Sharon in death.
She is survived by her children, (listed above), twenty-eight grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.
She leaves a legacy of love, service, hope, and faith.
MOM, we love you and will miss you everyday, until we meet again.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 2, 2015 11:00 a.m. at Hillcrest 1st Ward, 949 North 540 West, American Fork, UT. A viewing will be held Monday 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the church and Tuesday 9:45-10:45 prior to services. Interment will be in the American Fork Cemetery under the direction of Anderson & Sons Mortuary, American Fork. Please share a memory at andersonmortuary.com.
Dr. William "Bill" Lloyd Sorensen, 83, of Afton, Wyoming died May 21, 2015 in Highland, Utah surrounded by his family. Bill, a life-long Wyoming resident, was born on Sept. 28, 1931 in Alta, Wyoming, to Marvin Leland and Ida Helen Floyd Sorensen. He is the fifth of eight children, and was raised working hard beside his beloved brothers, sassy sisters and parents on a beautiful farm just southwest of the Teton Mountain Range. Bill graduated from Teton High School in Driggs, Idaho, and afterward, served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the Great Lakes Mission. Bill also served in the armed services as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, 3rd infantry, during the Korean War, training in Fort Benning, Georgia. After returning, he married Loa Deane Timothy, a Ricks college homecoming queen attendant, in the Idaho Falls Temple. Bill attended Ricks College, Utah State and Brigham Young University, and received his Doctor’s of Dental Surgery from the University of Washington in 1963. He opened his dental practice in Afton in September 1963, and enjoyed serving and socializing the community as a dentist for more than 40 years, until he retired in summer 2000. Bill spent many years participating in the community, including serving in the Lion’s Club, on the Star Valley Hospital Board, and in various callings and capacities as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Robert Leland and Philip Floyd Sorensen, and his eldest grandson, Justin Peter Braun. He is survived by his wife Loa Deane and their six children: Brenda Braun (Barry); Lisa Miller (Dave); Debra Kenney (Chris): Jana Lee Hatch (Dennis): James William Sorensen (Valynn Randall); and Audra Sorensen. He is also survived by 25 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Dr. Sorensen’s greatest hobbies were dedicating himself to work, church and his family. He enjoyed the outdoors, loved music, cowboy poetry, watching the cutter races, and had a subtle and dry wit. He was generous with his time and kindnesses. He liked to swear a little, and often threatened to “bet on the ponies” – just to make his wife mad.
He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. A viewing will be held on Friday, May 29, 2015 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Schwab Mortuary. Services will be held on Sat May 30, at 11 a.m. at the Afton 4th Ward Chapel.
Stewart “Stew” Hutchinson Adamson, 92, passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2015 in American Fork, Utah. He was born November 15, 1922 in American Fork, Utah to Walter Thomas and Isabell (Hutchinson) Adamson. He resided in American Fork throughout his life. After graduation form American Fork High School, Stew entered the U.S Army and served in the military police.
After serving in the Army, He met and married Elsa Maxine Nelson on December 12, 1947 in Pleasant Grove, Utah. The marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple on February 24, 1960, along with being sealed to his children. He taught his children to be hard-workers and responsible.
Stew worked for Western General Dairy and the L.D.S. Church in supervisory capacities. He also worked for the Alpine School District as a bus driver for seventeen years, which he said was the best job he ever had. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served in various church positions. He loved being with his family and family activities. Dad enjoyed the outdoors and the fishing trips he went on with friends. He and mom looked forward to watching ballgames together.
Stewart is survived by his wife Maxine, four children, Stewart Lynn Adamson, Shayne (Reed) Buckner, Scott “N” Adamson and Shelley Jensen. He has seven grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers; LaDell & James, sisters; Ora Boren & Elayne Ohran.
The family would like to thank the staff at Utah Valley Regional Hospital, Bel Aire Senior Living and Brighton Hospice.
Funeral will be held on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the American Fork 8th Ward Chapel, 320 North 100 East, American Fork, Utah. A viewing will be held Tuesday evening, May 26th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Anderson & Sons Mortuary, 49 East 100 North, American Fork, Utah and prior to services Wednesday from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in the American Fork Cemetery. Please share a memory at andersonmortuary.com.
Jeffrey Ball, born October 31, 1959 quietly passed on May 11, 2015. He was 56 at the time of his passing. Jeff was surrounded by and immersed in the profound love of his friends, caregivers and family as he peacefully passed away.
From the time Jeff was a very young boy he lived at the Utah State Developmental Center. On November 4, 1987 Jeff became a member of Danville Services’ forever family. He was a very sweet, kind, loving, and strong willed man, but most of all he was a friend to all. He filled our hearts and lives with joy every day for many years. We were fortunate to have him with us. Each day with Jeff was an unforgettable gift to all that knew him, cared for him, and loved him. Jeff has left everlasting memories with everyone who had the pleasure and privilege of knowing this kind, gentle, loving soul. One of Jeff’s greatest accomplishments was leaving us all with a greater understanding and appreciation of one can still communicate “love” without the use of words; what a powerful gift he has left us.
Jeff was survived by his family and friends at Danville Services, mother Karen Ball Bogestad, brothers Steve Ball, David Ball and sister Tina Ball. He was preceded in death by his father LaVerl Ball.
Special thanks to June Pack and her Family for their unconditional love that they gave to Jeff and for making his holidays memorable.
Memorial services will be held at 12:00 noon, Thursday, May 28, 2015. Friends and family are invited to attend a brief viewing that same day from 10:30-11:45 a.m.. The viewing and memorial service will be held at Anderson and Sons Mortuary, 49 East 100 North, American Fork, Utah. Interment will follow at the Holladay Memorial Park Cemetery, 4900 South Memory Lane, Holladay, UT. Please share a memory at andersonmortuary.com.
Patricia “Pat” Ann Mann Alto, 69, “graduated to paradise” on May 14, 2015 at the Utah Valley Medical Center in Provo, Utah surrounded by family and friends.
Pat was born on July 29, 1945 in Glendale, California to Calvin and Sara (Bjarnason) Mann. At the time of her birth, her proud father was a U.S. Marine participating in the Pacific Theater of World War II. After her parents’ divorce, her mother eventually moved to Fillmore, California where she married Louis R. Gabrielsen in 1958. Pat attended the rest of grammar school and Junior High there and proudly graduated from Fillmore High School.
Pat cherished her family and abundant friends. She often spoke how her five children were her greatest accomplishment in this life. She taught them all how to be hard-working, independent, and caring individuals. One of Pat’s lifelong companions and friends was her sister, Teresa “Terri” Schaeffer. She loved being a sister, sister-in-law and “Aunt Pat” to Terri’s family.
Pat was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), often reminiscing about her Mormon-pioneer grandmother who would take her to church when she young. It was there that she learned many of the truths that became the foundations of her life. She served in several capacities in the church, including Gospel Doctrine Teacher, Young Woman’s leader, and Stake Relief Society President.
Beyond her family and faith, Pat believed in education, both for herself and others. She attended Brigham Young University, where she graduated in 1967 with a degree in Communications. Throughout her life, she continued to educate herself through books and other activities. In 1985, she won a prestigious Rotary International Fellowship to obtain her Master’s Degree in Victorian Studies from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. She was awarded several National Endowment for Arts fellowships, where she studied subjects ranging from Middle English, Religion in America, the History of New York City, and even traveled to Japan one summer to study the education system there.
Later in life, she combined her love of family and history to become an avid genealogist and would happily share colorful exploits of her ancestors with family and friends.
Once she obtained knowledge, she had a talent and passion for sharing it with others. Before having a family, she taught at Roy High School in Ogden, Utah. After her children reached school age, she returned to teaching at Ukiah High School in California and had the enjoyable experience of having her own children and their friends in her classes.
She took immeasurable pleasure in sharing the World’s great literature with her students and watching the lasting effects it had on their lives. She began and coached the high school’s award-winning Mock Trial team. Even after retirement, she maintained contact with many of her pupils, who she counted as friends.
Pat retired from teaching due to severe health problems and in 2006 underwent a lung transplant at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, California. In spite of the challenging operation and its aftermath, she continued to selflessly give love and service to her family. After her mother’s death in 2008, Pat returned to Fillmore-- from her home in Ukiah, California—to care for her beloved step-father until his death four years later. To be near to her newly born granddaughter, Pat moved to American Fork, Utah in 2012.
Patricia Alto was one of the noblest of women, regularly seeking for ways to bring joy to someone or comfort those who needed comforting. Her true legacy will be in the thousands of lives she touched either through her teaching or through her own unselfish service to humanity, inside her church and in the greater community.
Pat is survived by her children, Hayward Alto of Kabul, Afghanistan, Garrett Alto of Ukiah, California. Kristian Alto of Ukiah, California and Annmarie Clark of American Fork, Utah; her son-in-law, Kevin Clark, her two grandchildren Atlee and Cashton; her sister and brother-in-law Terri and Doug Schaeffer of Cincinnati, Ohio and their children; and other countless friends and loved ones. Despite our grief, we are happy knowing that Mom now is reunited with her previously-deceased daughter Sarah Ann Marie, her parents, and her beloved pet, Pekoe.
Her funeral will be on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the American Fork 38th Ward LDS Chapel at 2433 West 450 South in Pleasant Grove, Utah. Before the funeral, there will be a brief viewing from 10:15 – 10:45 at the church. Burial in American Fork Cemetery under the direction of Anderson & Sons Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Because of her strong connection to Ukiah, California, where she lived for almost 35 years of her life, a memorial service is planned for her on a date-to-be determined.
J Clark Maughan Brenchley, beloved father and grandfather, left his earthly home on Thursday, May 14, 2015 to join his loved ones in heaven. Clark was born October 26, 1937, third child to Louis and Alta Brenchley in Wellsville Utah, Cache County. He was active in Boy Scouts, earning the rank of Eagle, Civic and church activities, completing his Duty to God, as a youth, as well as working alongside his family in their dairy on a daily basis.
Clark entered the Army after high school for a short time before completing an LDS mission in London England. On completion of his mission he returned to the states where he met VerLee Huntsman (Deceased) of Enterprise Utah. Clark and VerLee were married for time and all eternity on December 16, 1961 in the St. George LDS Temple. The couple made their home in Provo Utah while completing their education. Clark graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelors in Education in 1967. Quite a challenge with four children at home.
Clark Brenchley taught school in Salt Lake County School district, as well as at the Utah Developmental Center in American Fork. He also worked with the Utah State Division of Family Services before retiring in 1997. Throughout this time Clark was a constant member of the LDS church working within the Sunday school and Priesthood organizations. He was a great example and inspiration to his family. At the time of his death he was a High Priest in the LDS Church.
After the death of his wife in 1996, Clark met and married Euniece O’Neal in June 1997 within the Timpanogos Temple in American Fork Utah. The couple made their home for many years in Salem Utah where Clark enjoyed gardening, woodcraft, and volunteered constantly at the LDS Bishops storehouse and packing plant.
Clark Brenchley is survived by his second wife; Euniece 0’Neal, and 8 children: Robyn Robinson (Joseph) Lehi, Utah; Wendy Lee Harper (Jay) Honolulu, Hawaii; L Scott Brenchley (Molly) Spanish Fork, Utah; Tamara Brenchley (Sean Taylor) Salt Lake City, Utah; Debra Lynn Mander (Denton), Saratoga Springs, Utah; April Dawn McKenna (Jason), Roosevelt, Utah; Heidi Brenchley, Saratoga Springs, Utah; Gregory Clark Brenchley (Natasha) Taylorsville, Utah. He is also survived by 5 siblings, 4 stepchildren, 31 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife; VerLee Huntsman Brenchley, his parents; Louis and Alta Brenchley, in-laws; Leland and Wanda Huntsman, son; Wayne Clark Brenchley, son-in-law; Denton Mander; 2 brother-in-laws and a sister-in-law.
Memorial services will be held at 11:00 am, at the Lehi Utah, Jordan River Stake Center, 1174 So 1700 W. Lehi, Utah, Monday, May 18, 2015. Viewing will be held Sunday Evening, May 17, 6:00-7:30 pm at Anderson and Sons Mortuary in American Fork, Utah and prior to services 9:30 am- 10:45 am on Monday, May 18. Burial will be in American Fork Cemetery. Please share a memory with us.
Mary JoAnne Bair, 80, a native of Washington, UT and a resident of Raceland, LA, passed away on Thursday, May 7, 2015.
She is survived by her sons, Donald Churchill, Ricky Churchill, Tony Robbins and daughter, Vickie Oppelt; brothers, Douglas Bair and Richard Bair; 8 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Allen Robbins, son Wayne Churchill ; parents Clarence Elvin Bair and Mary LaPriel Bair; sister, Marilyn Bair and 1 grandchild.
Graveside Services will be held Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 2 p.m. in the Alpine City Cemetery, 300 East 445 North. A Viewing will be held from 12:45-1:45 at Anderson & Sons Lone Peak Chapel, 6141 West 11000 North Highland UT
James Clifton (Clif) Snow, 81, passed away peacefully in American Fork, surrounded by the love of his family on May 7, 2015. Born May 6, 1934 in Provo, Utah, the son of Moorlan Eugene and Dora Mae Pearce Snow. He married Lillian Carol Lambertsen January 15, 1960 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. She preceded him in death May 6, 1962.
Clif served in the US Navy and then later as a Unit Administrator for many years in the Army Reserve. He loved the Scouting program where he received a Vigil honor in the Order of Arrow Program, and also served as the Lodge Advisor. He also received his Silver Beaver from the Boy Scouts of America.
Survivors include his daughter, Donna Carol (Douglas) Kunkel, two grandchildren, three great grandchildren; siblings: M. Wayne (Margene) Snow; Rulan (Mary) Snow; Shaunae (Rod) Cushing; and many others he considered to be his family.
Funeral services will be held Thursday May 14, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the American Fork 18th Ward, 381 South 300 East, Am. Fork. A viewing will be held Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Anderson & Sons Mortuary, 49 East 100 North, Am. Fork and Thursday at the church from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the services. Burial in the Provo city cemetery. Please share a memory or condolence with us.
Steven Bertroch Mayne passed away the morning of May 8th, 2015. He was born March 15th, 1960 to his loving parents Carl J. and Helen Joyce Mayne. He loved his family more than anything, and is survived by his mother Joyce, and his siblings, Marsha, Garland, George, and Joylynn, as well as his 5 children; two daughters, Crystal and Marissa, and three sons, Jessie, Joshua and Knight as well as 5 grandchildren.
Steven loved being outside, he would often pull his kids out of bed early in the morning to go and watch the sunrise up American Fork canyon. He loved God, and felt closest to him in the mountains. He also loved art, and music, writing songs and singing, painting, carving wood, silversmithing, and all manner of other artistic feats. He loved animals, fish, dogs, chinchillas, birds, snakes, and others. (All mentioned he owned at some point)
He is greatly loved and will be severely missed.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday May 12, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the American Fork 6th Ward, 300 North 100 East. A viewing will be held Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Anderson & Sons Mortuary, 49 East 100 North and Tuesday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the services at the church. Please share a memory with us.
PAUL LEROY MECHAM 1927--2015
Paul LeRoy Mecham passed away at this home in American Fork on the 8th of May, 2015. He was born August 10, 1927 at his grandfather Warnick’s farmhouse at Manila, Utah County, Utah located just North of Pleasant Grove. He is the first child of LeRoy Keetch Mecham and Ethel Myrle Warnick. Paul enjoyed working on his grandfathers’ farm every summer until he went into the service. He especially enjoyed being there with his Uncle, Steven Warnick, who is 3 years older than Paul and they grew up more like brothers than Uncle and nephew.
At the time of his birth, Paul’s father was working for the interurban train line that went from Payson to Salt Lake City. His work moved them to Springville and then to American Fork. After losing his job due to the depression, his father found work in Hiawatha, a coal-mining town in Carbon County, Utah, where the family lived for 11 years. Paul went through ninth grade in the Hiawatha school and tenth grade through his junior year at Carbon High School in Price, which required a daily 36-mile bus trip. Paul and his family moved back to American Fork in 1944
After serving in the Navy, Paul met and married his beloved wife, Norma Marine Larson in the Salt Lake Temple on August 11, 1947, with President Joseph Fielding Smith officiating. They were married 65 years, terminating upon Norma’s death in 2012. Norma was “The wind beneath his wings” and on her passing he said “a great light had gone out of the world and out of my life”.
Paul was always active in the L.D.S. church serving in numerous leadership positions, including in a bishopric and 12 years on the High Council in the American Fork stake. One of his favorite activities was working in the American Fork Family History Center and working on his own family’s history. He also spent many years in scouting getting his Eagle Scout award and the Silver Beaver award. Paul worked at Geneva Steel for 40 years and then worked for North American Refractories for 11 years.
Paul and Norma were blessed with three boys, Robert Paul (Karen), Michael Steven (Caroline), and Craig Lee (Dinah). He has ten grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren. He is also survived by one brother, Richard (Linda), and one sister, Jeanette Johnson (Blaine). His parents and his wife Norma preceded him in death. Family and friends may call Tuesday evening, May 12th, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Anderson & Sons Mortuary, 49 East 100 North, American Fork, Utah. Graveside services will take place Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 11 a.m. in the American Fork Cemetery. There will be no funeral service as per Paul’s wishes.
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