Scott Robert Vernon, 56, passed away peacefully at home in Highland, Utah, on Sunday, December 25, 2016, from complications due to multiple sclerosis. He bravely endured a 26-year battle with this physically debilitating condition. We will greatly miss his kind soul but sincerely rejoice in the freedom he now enjoys on the other side of the veil.
Scott was born on October 29, 1960, in Provo, Utah, to Robert Dean Vernon and Gwendolyn Eloise Thompson. He grew up in West Valley City, Utah, graduating from Cyprus High School in 1979 where he ran track and played basketball. He served an honorable LDS mission in Melbourne, Australia from 1980-1982. He was sealed to his wife, Sandra Waldheim, on May 4, 1984, in the Salt Lake Temple.
Scott worked for a time in the computer software industry in the Provo/Orem area after graduating from Brigham Young University in 1987. As a student there, he was part of the ballroom dance team. He remained a BYU fan and enjoyed watching basketball and football games. Scott served faithfully as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He provided a home of safety and love for his family.
Scott is survived by his wife, Sandra; children, Andrew (Kami) Vernon, Amy (Travis) Thompson, Peter (Courtney) Vernon, and Joseph Vernon; four grandchildren; parents, Robert and Gwen Vernon; mother-in-law, Johanna Waldheim; siblings, Bruce Vernon, Annette (Kyle) Triggs, and Laura Vernon; and sister-in-law, Diana Waldheim. He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, George Waldheim.
The family wishes to thank all the home health and hospice aides and nurses, as well as their ward family, who cared for Scott for so many years. Their sacrifices, talents, and support blessed and sustained him as he valiantly and courageously pressed forward under difficult circumstances.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 29 at 11 a.m. at the Highland 6th Ward, 6050 West Chapel Drive, Highland. A viewing will be held Wednesday, December 28 from 6-8 p.m. at the Anderson & Sons Mortuary Lone Peak Chapel, 6141 West 11000 North, Highland, and again Thursday at the ward from 9:45-10:45 a.m. prior to services. Burial in Highland Cemetery. Please share a memory below.
Neal Monte Bennett (Hemi)
Neal Monte Bennett, 58, of Alpine, Utah passed away December 7, 2016. Neal was born March 14, 1958 in American Fork to Monte Robert Bennett and Ethel Cardwell Bennett. Neal grew up in Alpine and graduated from American Fork High School. Neal married Carolyn Anderson on March 12, 1983.
Neal was a very hard worker. He worked for SDX Excavation and Carlton Excavation. Neal enjoyed helping others.
Neal is survived by his wife of 33 years Carolyn Bennett, Children: Tara, Tiffany, Shaun; siblings: ConnyLynn, Lynn, J.R., Becky, Aaron, Barry, 4 grandchildren 8 nieces, 6 nephews, 3 brothers-in-law, 1 sister-in-law and mother-in-law Lois Anderson. Preceded in death by his parents Monte and Ethel and his father-in-law Ralph Anderson.
A Memorial service will be held Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 11 a.m. in the Mountainville Chapel, 165 North 100 East, Alpine. A visitation will be held from 9:45-10:45 a.m. at the church prior to the services. Please share a memory at andersonmortuary.com.
Aubrey Dean Pehrson died suddenly at home on the morning of Dec 9, 2016.
Born July, 20, 1975, in Salt Lake City, UT, Aubrey was a homemaker, beloved wife and mother, gifted designer and decorator, dedicated member of the LDS church, cosmetologist, and a fun and loyal friend to all. Aubrey was a spectacular, creative soul who loved to serve others with her gifts. She added life, love and glitter to everyone she touched. She forgave readily and shared her life without reserve. She will be sorely missed.
Aubrey is survived by her beloved husband Trent, and their eight children, Clayton, Chandler, Cole, Sabrina, Savannah, Preston, Tristan and Gabriel. Also by her parents and step parents, Eric and Mary Alice Dean, Connie and Craig Boucher, and beloved siblings: Brandi Winegar and husband Seth, Ashlee Dean, Travis Dean, Preston Dean and wife Rhianne, grandparents Alden and Inga Shurtz, and many family and friends who loved her.
A viewing will be held Wednesday, December 14, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. at Anderson & Sons Mortuary, 49 East 100 North, American Fork. A memorial services will be held Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the Hillcrest Chapel, 1120 North 150 West, American Fork UT. A visitation will be held at the church from 9:45-10:45 a.m. prior to the services. Please share a memory at andersonmortuary.com.
Our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend, Dorothy Draper Blomquist, passed away Saturday, December 10, 2016 in American Fork, Utah. She was a great example of dedication to family, commitment to faith, and determination in the face of difficult challenges. She will be deeply missed by all whose lives she touched.
The youngest of nine children, Dorothy was born on June 16, 1930 in Spokane, Washington to Asa J and Mamie Wilhelmina Anderson Draper. She was raised in Salt Lake City, graduated from South High School, and attended LDS Business College. The secretarial skills that she learned during and after high school, served her well in her community and church service throughout her life. She married her eternal companion, William Harold Blomquist, June 16, 1949 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.
Dorothy had a life-long passion for music, particularly vocal music, which she loved sharing with others as she sang in and/or directed ensembles and choirs. She loved to write, took writing classes from BYU, and left her family a legacy in poetry and prose. She loved the beauties of nature, especially her large iris garden and her “favorite spot” in American Fork Canyon. Her enthusiasm for music, writing, and nature were contagious, and many of her children share the same passions.
Her service in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints brought her great joy, whether preparing a ward newsletter, serving in leadership or teaching in Relief Society, serving as a temple worker at Mount Timpanogos Temple or as a missionary at the Missionary Training Center. She had a passion for helping others. She and her husband tutored children at a local elementary school; she also tutored adults in an adult reading program in Alpine School District.
Dorothy’s family meant everything to her. She and her husband, “Bill,” shared 43 years in mortality and she was Bill’s dedicated caregiver for the 8 years prior to his passing. Dorothy was also a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and enjoyed hearing about the activities and accomplishments of her posterity. She put together great family parties and reunions, and wrote a family newsletter called, “Mamie’s Minions,” that kept family ties strong. Dorothy’s example of unconditional love, compassion, and service is a gift to all who knew her.
She is survived by her children: Karen (Rod) Smith, Harold (Kathy) Blomquist, Bryan (Shellie) Blomquist, Roger (Debbie) Blomquist, Katie Blomquist, and daughter-in-law Mariah Blomquist, as well as 24 grandchildren, 45 great grandchildren, 2 half-sisters and 1 half-brother. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sweetheart Bill (William), a son Charles, 2 grandchildren, 5 brothers and 3 sisters.
The family would like to thank the staff at Home Care Assistance, the staff of Stonehenge of American Fork, and especially Rosa Castro, for the compassionate and loving care they provided for Dorothy.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 11 a.m. in the Highland 38th Ward, 5335 West 11200 North, Highland, Utah. A viewing will be held Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. at Anderson & Sons Lone Peak Chapel, 6141 West 11000 North, Highland and Wednesday at the church from 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will be in American Fork Cemetery. Please share a memory below.
David Riley Jacob passed peacefully from this life on December 4, 2016 of natural causes in Grand Junction Colorado. He was born October 29, 1952 to Sherman Ellsworth and Ethel Mae Taft Jacob in Provo, Utah. Rose Park became his childhood home. He attended public schools nearby including West High School; after High School he joined the Air Force.
Dave was a free spirit who periodically found it necessary to do a “walkabout” to find a new home. He found homes in Salt Lake, Moab and Nephi, Utah, as well as Reno, Nevada and finally, Grand Junction, Colorado.
Dave was a musician and artist. He loved to share these talents and was proud of his copyrights. A treasured possession was a pair of gloves given to him by Bonnie Raitt while he was doing work as a “roadie” at one of her concerts.
Mostly, Dave will be remembered as a loyal, thoughtful, and beloved brother, uncle, son and friend. He made efforts to create family memories by staying in touch and giving the best gifts to family members. His favorite Holidays were Christmas and Memorial Day. He would often say, “The most important thing is family, everything else is just stuff.”
Dave will be missed and remembered by his brother, Bill (JaNeane) Jacob; his nieces Lori (Eric) Briggs, Leisa (Richard) Hatch and Georgette Lundquist; his great nieces Sara, Janelle, Megan, Ashlyn, Dana, Kyra and Lindsey; and his longtime friends Rick and John.
He looks forward to reuniting with his parents, a brother Larry Jacob and a great nephew Kurt Briggs.
Poem by Dave
Ride past the lake, the ancient lake…
West to the sea for Summer to find,
To reach for Spring’s new hope,
To be full and new in the Summer.
The Summer of all seasons.
A gathering to remember and celebrate Dave’s life will be held on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at the Anderson & Sons Mortuary, 49 East 100 North, American Fork, Utah.
Colleen Runolfson Caldwell, 73, passed away December 6, 2016 in Payson, Utah. Born November 5, 1943 in Payson, Utah to Loyal Boas Runolfson and Fern Hunter Runolfson. She went to Forbes Elementary School. She later attended American Fork Junior High and graduated from American Fork High School. She went straight way after that to Dugway and worked as a secretary. Then she worked at Fort Douglas and later worked at the Orem post office and retired in 1986.
She married Joe Ludlow Ek. They later divorced. Colleen married Lawrence Dee Caldwell on November 16, 1976 in American Fork, UT. Their marriage was solemnized November 18, 1986 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.
She liked to go shopping with her daughter. She loved to play the guitar, bowling, flowers and gardening. She also loved to paint and draw. She had a beautiful voice. She had an infectious laugh and could light up a room. She had a funny personality and a unique sense of humor. She loved all kinds of dancing.
She is survived by her daughter Shar (Kelly) Morrison, her siblings: Vala Jeanne’ Runolfson, Vell (Claudia) Runolfson, Kent (Janeen) Runolfson, Arlen (Judy) Runolfson, Muriel (Tom) Cook and Debra (Michael) Aston, sister-in-law Luella Little, Aunt Darline (Bill) Ivie and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, Larry Caldwell, and her parents Loyal and Fern Runolfson, and her parents-in-law Cecil and Jennie Caldwell.
Funeral services will be held Monday, December 12, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at American Fork 3rd Ward, 165 North 350 West, American Fork. A viewing will be held 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 will be in American Fork Cemetery. Please share a memory below.
David Wilding Wall passed away on December 1, 2016 in American Fork, Utah. He was born May 20, 1960 to David and Dixie Wall, in Provo, Utah. He was a special boy who was dearly loved by his family. He had significant physical and mental disabilities but that never stopped him from allowing his loving personality to shine through.
He spent the last 50 years of his life living at the Utah State Developmental Center in American Fork, Utah. He was truly loved by all who knew him there. He loved to garden and was no respecter of weeds or plants, he’d pull them all! His greatest joy was to ride horses. Just like both of his grandfathers he was a true cowboy. Davy literally never sat still except when he was on a horse. He was riveted and was truly a sight to see!
Davy is survived by his father, David Francis Wall, and his eight siblings: Elizabeth Barton, Aaron Wall, Dallas Wall, Jason Wall, Emily Wall, Eric Wall, Marie Brown, and Carl Wall.
In his last hours, he was visited by many of his caregivers from the Developmental Center. They truly loved him and were a part of his family. We will forever be indebted to them for the loving care they gave him over the decades.
Davy passed away surrounded by his father and siblings. He went from our loving hands to the arms of his dear mother Dixie on the other side. He was preceded in death by his mother Dixie, his other mother Rosanne, and all of his grandparents. No doubt the reunion there was a joyful one! He will be truly missed here, but we know we will see him again and be taught by his example of fierce determination and perseverance to keep going.
Funeral services will be held Friday, December 9, 2016 at 11:00 am at the Developmental Center Ward Chapel, 835 N 900 E, American Fork, Utah. Friends may call at the church Friday, from 9:45-10:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment will be at the Orem City Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed at www.andersonmortuary.com.
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