Dennis Taylor Durfey, 76, of Highland, Utah passed away May 29, 2017 at home surrounded by his family. Born May 27, 1941 in Salt Lake City, Utah the son of Franklin Haws and Letha Taylor Durfey. Dennis married his High School sweetheart HelenAnn Fulkerson July 29, 1960 in American Fork and their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple, August 16, 1961. They were married 46 years.
Dennis loved athletics, he holds the record in the 100 meter dash in high school and he loved both coaching and playing sports throughout life. He especially loved bowling in his later years bowling on the Gutter Busters team. He was active in the LDS Church and served as a Bishop in the American Fork 7th Ward. Dennis loved the temple and served as an ordinance worker at the Mount Timpanogos LDS Temple for 14 years. He held many callings in the LDS church, but his heart was always with the youth. He owned and operated Durfey Extra Care Dry Cleaners in Provo and Pleasant Grove.
Survivors include his children: Carl (Melisa) Durfey; Craig (Carmen) Durfey; Steven (Rebecca) Durfey; Sandra (Mario) Ozuna; Ricky (Bekki) Durfey; Ron (Kristi) Durfey; Lori Ann (Dario) Michalek; Leslie (Jamal) Willis; 35 grandchildren 20 great grandchildren; his siblings: Evan Durfey; Jennie Lou Green; Kathleen Hutchings; and David Durfey. He is preceded in death by his wife HelenAnn, his parents, and his sister Louise Day.
Funeral services will be held Saturday June 3, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the Highland 2nd Ward, 10494 North 4720 West. A viewing will be held Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Anderson & Sons Mortuary, 49 East 100 North, Am. Fork and Saturday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. at the church prior to the services. Burial in the American Fork Cemetery. Please share a memory at andersonmortuary.com.
Mark L. Petersen, 58, passed through the veil peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family, on May 29, 2017 following a courageous battle with cancer that, as with all things, he left in God’s hands. Mark was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, teacher, mentor, and friend.
Mark was born on January 3, 1959 to goodly parents Ronald L. and Charlene Petersen in Layton, Utah. He was the 4th of 7 children, including a close twin brother. He and his siblings enjoyed strong relationships and relied on one another often. A peacemaker in his home, Mark was able to feel empathy for others at a young age, and he listened and forgave with a tender heart. He attended Layton High School, where he developed a far-reaching love for the arts.
Mark served a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Tempe Arizona. In this rich setting he discovered his love for teaching and his talent as a powerful communicator.
Mark married his sweetheart, Becky Stott, for time and all eternity in the Ogden LDS temple on March 12, 1981. He cherished and served her all his days. They are the parents of six children, to whom Mark was a steady and faithful influence. With remarkable leadership, he taught his children to love the Lord, to value hard work and to nurture their own faith in Jesus Christ.
Mark graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Communications and Theatre Arts from Weber State College in 1984, working his way through as he directed and managed marketing efforts there.
He then worked as Director of Public Relations and Marketing at Dixie State University in St. George, Utah for more than 20 years. He served on and chaired various committees, councils, and boards, and in 2002 was elected President of the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations. He received many awards through the years for his publications and radio ads. Mark finished his career at Dixie as the Executive Director of the then-newly built Eccles Fine Arts Center.
During his career Mark never lost his love for performing. He played leading roles in Oklahoma, Mattie and many other community plays. He and his wife, Becky, sang in a number of prominent choirs that performed in venues all across the world. They also used their talents to shape the lives of hundreds of youth as they directed musical reader’s theaters.
Mark’s crowning professional service was his role as CEO for Mentors International—a micro-finance organization with operations in Africa, the Philippines, and South America—a position he held for more than ten years. Mark lifted the entire organization. He was dedicated to its mission of helping the impoverished become self-reliant, ultimately feeding, clothing, and educating hundreds of thousands.
Mark served the Lord faithfully his entire life and in every calling he was asked to fulfill, including that of bishop twice. Recently, he served as the Gospel Doctrine instructor in his ward where he masterfully taught the principles and doctrines he had learned to love decades ago as a full-time missionary. Mark was always a committed home teacher and priesthood holder.
Mark enjoyed working in his yard, which was always immaculate. One of his favorite pastimes was singing around the piano with his family. He had a genuine love for and interest in the people around him, and he made many friends throughout his life.
Mark’s greatest achievement and commitment was to his family. He spent countless hours in cherished conversations with his children, leading them with wise counsel and a listening ear. He inspired them towards obedience and a passion for doing good. Mark and his wife Becky faithfully led their family with love and devotion to one another. This was especially evident after the near-drowning accident of their son, Nathan. Mark’s diligence at home was matched only by his testimony of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Mark is survived by his wife, Becky; his children, Melissa (Nolan); Julie (Jon); Derek (Katie); Adam (McKenzie); Kalynn, and Nathan; and 12 grandchildren, with two on the way. He is also survived by his siblings: David (Raylene); DeAnn (David); Scott (Marilyn); Renee (Steve); Rusty, and sister-in-law Brenda.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Ronald and Charlene Petersen, and his brother, Doug.
Mark’s family is grateful to all who enriched his life and helped make it full and beautiful.
A viewing will be held Friday June 2, from 5 until 8 p.m. at Anderson & Sons Mortuary at 6141 West 11000 North, Highland, Utah. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 3 at 2:00 p.m. at the LDS chapel at 1320 West 3540 North, Pleasant Grove, Utah prior to which family and friends may call from 12:45 until 1:45. Graveside service and dedicatory prayer will be held afterwards at Highland Cemetery in Highland, Utah.
In leiu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions be made to Mentors International at https://mentorsinternational.org/mark/
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Mary Day, 90, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 26, 2017, at her home in American Fork, Utah.
She was born to Elbert Ray and Zerelda Mae Brown in Pocatello, Idaho on February 25, 1927. She was the fifth of six children raised by loving parents on a small family farm in Tyhee, Idaho. She loved and honored her parents who taught her the value of hard work, the importance of self-reliance, and the eternal nature of the family.
She grew up during the Great Depression when food and money were often scarce, but they always seemed to have a hot meal and enough to share with those down on their luck. Her parents were hard workers and she was too. They taught her to value the important things in life, so she did. They were examples of obedience, and so was she. Mary had a great sense of humor that stayed with her to her dying days. She was quick with an adage, learned from her mother, such as: what doesn’t fatten helps to fill; lazy people work the hardest; and children and fools shouldn’t see something until it’s finished.
At the end of World War II, Mary met Franklin David Day, a strapping young marine stationed at the Naval Ordnance Plant near Pocatello, Idaho. They fell in love and married on November 19, 1947, in the Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They enjoyed 65 wonderful years together.
Mary was a faithful and devoted wife, loving mother, and expert home manager. She was a gifted artist, a skilled seamstress, and an expert quilter. Her great love was to research ancestors, document their lives, and take their names to the temple to help them receive saving ordinances. She spent countless hours extracting names from old records to help others piece together their own family histories. Even up to the month prior to her death, she indexed around 3,000 names per month.
She traveled the world with Dad as part of his assignments with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to further religious education. She loved Dad and considered it an honor to support him, travel with him, and testify with him of the truths of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. They were equally yoked and are now together again.
Mom and Dad are the parents of five children: Diana (deceased), Janaye, Kent (Danette), Julene, and David (JoLyn); the grandparents of 11; and the great-grandparents of 21. She has one living sister, Beverly. She is loved and admired by all for her conviction to her principles, for her humor, and for how she endured to the end.
Her husband, daughter, parents, four siblings, and a great-grandson preceded her in death.
Funeral services will be held Friday, June 2, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the LDS Church at 949 N. 540 W., American Fork. The family will receive friends Thursday June 1st from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Anderson & Sons Mortuary, 49 E. 100 N., American Fork, Utah, and at the church Friday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Burial in the American Fork cemetery.
Noraleen Ada Johnson Day, 65, passed away May 17, 2017 in American Fork, Utah after a 9 year battle with cancer. Born April 30, 1952 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Morris D and Rhea Hansen Johnson. She married Maurice A Day, Jr. on July 30, 1984 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.
She is preceded in death by her parents, and her brothers Rick and Dean.
Noraleen exemplified family first. She spent many hours collecting extensive family history. She was compassionate, understanding and service driven. She is loved and missed by her family.
She is survived by her husband, Maurice, her children Paul (Crystal), Nathan, Kevin, Aleen (Ben), and Rachel (Nick), her grandchildren Lindsay, David, Thomas, Courtney, 6 siblings, and many nieces and nephews who love her.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 25, 2017 in the American Fork Central Stake, 300 North 100 East. A viewing will be held at the church from 12:45-1:45 p.m. prior to the services. Please share a memory below.
Franchesca Farr Baker Loveless, 37, passed away May 16, 2017 at home surrounded by those who loved her after a valiant battle with cancer. Born July 2, 1979 in Provo, Utah the daughter of Frank Farr and Nibia Renee Balsamo Baker. She married Jamin Loveless December 21, 1999 in Provo, Utah. On August 15 2004 they had a son, Corbin Benjamin Loveless. They later divorced.
Franchesca loved the outdoors. She would spend hours hiking or just meditating in nature. This is where she was truly in her element. It recharged her soul and gave her peace. Having an artistic soul, Franchesca loved decorating cakes, making jewelry, and writing poetry. She always did things her way which was usually completely different than the rest of the world. She loved to be unique. Franchesca always saw the best in the world and the best in everyone. She is the most forgiving person we have ever known. She was a loving mother, daughter, sister and aunt. She was also an amazing friend to all.
Franchesca was strong willed, even as a child. She did not hesitate to challenge the very notion something was impossible for her. Even the diagnosis of breast cancer could not derail her. She was determined from the very beginning that cancer was NOT in charge. She never relented; looking for any treatments, options or possibilities that she could overcome this disease. Even when the odds started to stack against her, she never lost faith.She believed that life was magical. Nothing reinforced this more than when her son, Corbin was born. He is living proof that love has no bounds, limits, or conditions. Franchesca persevered through her obstacles in life, endured them well, and has found her way home.
Her loving family members are her son Corbin Loveless; her parents Frank and Renee Baker; siblings: Raquel (David) Skelton; Lanet Crismon; Michelle (Shane) Lawrence; Frank Jr.(Erin) Baker; Skylar (Amy) Baker; her significant other Matthew Gillin and many nieces and nephews who loved her dearly. Funeral services will be held Monday May 22, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the Lindon 13th Ward, 325 Canal Drive (600 east), Lindon, UT. A viewing will be held at the church Monday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the services. Interment will be at the Lindon city cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: https://www.gofundme.com/franchescas-memorial-fund or you may walk into any Security Service Federal Credit union and make a donation to the Franchesca Loveless Memorial Fund. Please share a memory below.
Judy Dawson, 70, passed away May 13, 2017 in Orem, Utah. Born March 2, 1946 in Ogden, Utah to Garnett Andrew and Edna Florence Dawson.
Judy loved being outside, her soda pop, and interacting with people. She taught everyone that knew her patience, compassion, and unconditional love.
She is survived by her sisters Diane and Florence “Flossy” Dawson, many friends, and caregivers. She is preceded in death by her sister Sandra.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 18, 2017 in the Anderson & Sons Mortuary Chapel, 49 East 100 North, American Fork, Utah. A viewing will be held from 9:45-10:45 a.m. Burial will be in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Please share a memory below.
Hazel Draper, 63, of Genola, passed away May 13, 2017 in American Fork, Utah after a valiant battle with cancer. Born August 12, 1953 in Payson, Utah the daughter of Grandon LuRay and Lorna Blanchard Draper.
Hazel was an active member of the LDS Church and served a mission in the Washington Spokane LDS mission. She loved to play the piano and reading. She was a very social person who loved her friends and family dearly. She is survived by her brothers: Lloyd (Judy) Draper; Wade (Allyn) Draper; Roger (Lynette) Draper; Clair (Holly) Draper; and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents and a brother Richard.
Funeral services will be held Thursday May 18, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the Genola Ward, corner of Main and Center Streets, Genola, UT. A viewing will be held Wednesday at the church from 6 to 8 p.m. and Thursday from 9:45 to 10:45 am prior to the services. Interment in the Santaquin cemetery. Please share a memory at andersonmortuary.com
Hazel’s family wishes to thank the staff at Bel Aire and Enivision Hospice.
Theresa Hazel Whatley Archuleta, 80, passed away May 8, 2017 in South Jordan, Utah. Born April 26, 1937 in La Junta, Colorado to Pete and Rosie Rodriguez Whatley. She married Richard Archuleta on December 31, 1978 in Colorado.
Theresa enjoyed being with her family, quilting, and reading books. Every family member has received a special quilt from her. We love you Mom you will always be in our hearts.
She is survived by her children: Larry Vasquez, David Vasquez, Pamela Martinez, Janet Aragon, Barbara (Larry) Marx, and Michele Troiano and 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren three sisters Inez Medina, Anabelle Ramirez, Helen Meastas and a brother Pete Whatley Jr. She is preceded in death by her husband Richard, parents, a daughter Beverly, and a grandson.
Funeral services will be Tuesday May 16, 2017 at 1:00 pm at Anderson & Sons Mortuary Lone Peak, 6141 West 11000 North, Highland. A viewing will be right before from 11:45 to 12:45 pm. Burial will be held at Highland City Cemetery. Please share a memory below.
Elva Koreen Hambleton Brown peacefully passed away, surrounded by loving family, on Monday, May 8. She was the fourth of six children born to Nephi and Mary Adeline Scott Hambleton, September 25, 1914, in Perkins, Oklahoma.
She married Lee Brown, December 23, 1931. They had three children; Elvin, Ruby, and Dean; 20 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren, and many, many, many great-great grandchildren.
Lee and Elva were adventurous spirits; moving to Provo in 1942, Richland, Washington in 1944, back to Provo in 1945, Oklahoma in 1946, back to Provo in 1947, Ogden in 1952, then north to Alaska in 1953, Spanish Fork in 1960, Springville 1967, and finally American Fork in 1986; where they built their home. Lee passed away in 1987.
Elva was active in the LDS Church in the Thirteenth Ward for 30 years and processed many names in the Temple. She was best known for her beautiful yard and flowers, mowing her own lawn throughout her nineties. She climbed to Mt. Timpanogos Cave to celebrate her 90th and her 91st birthdays. Ruby had to tell the grandkids they couldn’t challenge her anymore. She picked and canned thousands of peaches from the trees in her yard until her health failed in her late nineties. She drove until she was 99. At 100 she moved to Salt Lake City to be closer to family, but continued to live on her own.
She was a great example. She loved her family especially the little ones, and we loved her. She was preceded in death by her husband, both sons and their wives, and son-in-law.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday May 13, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Anderson and Sons Mortuary, 49 East 100 North, American Fork with a viewing from 9:45-10:45 a.m. prior to the services; internment at Murray Cemetery. Please share a memory at andersonmortuary.com.
Helen Kae Hoopes was born April 16, 1945, the second child of Henry Warner Hoopes and Elizabeth Simmons Hoopes in New York City, NY. She lived in Salt Lake City, UT, Pittsburgh, PA, Cincinnati, OH, Boise, Idaho Falls and Blackfoot, ID where she graduated from high School in 1963. She played the piano and French horn. She attended Ricks College, graduating in 1965 and BYU graduating in 1967.
She served in the New England States mission. Boyd K. Packer was her mission president. After her mission she taught high school English in Snow Flake, AZ. She later returned to BYU where she received her Master’s Degree in Library Science. Upon completion of her degree, she worked as head of the Learning Resource Center in the David O. McKay building. Later she worked as a reference librarian at the Harold B. Lee Library, where she loved to serve many individuals. She bought her home in American Fork, UT in 1976.
She enjoyed singing in the Ward choir, doing genealogy, missionary work, and she served as a Relief Society President. She loved reading from her vast library and knitting for family. Shortly after she was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia, it became necessary for her to leave her home. She had lived in the Abbington Manor in Lehi, UT for the past 2 years.
She passed away peacefully on May 3, 2017. She will be missed, but we take comfort knowing she is with Mom and Dad and free to serve the Lord again. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother-in-law, Darwin Thompson. She is survived by her sisters: Sharon (Richard) Williams of Pingree, ID and Barbara (Mike) Bailey of Lehi, UT, Judy (Bert) Winegar of Centerville, UT, and numerous nieces and nephews and their families.
Funeral services will be Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the 4th Ward Chapel, 455 East 300 North, American Fork, UT. A viewing will be held Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Anderson & Sons Mortuary, 49 East 100 North, American Fork and Saturday at the church from 9:45-10:45 a.m. Please share a memory at below.
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American Fork, UT 84003
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