What a wonderful Christmas morning it was in the Little household, as family members gathered to celebrate the holiday. Sadly, however, the matriarch of our family quietly and unexpectedly passed away later that day.
James Wilson Francis (Jim) quietly left this earthly life on Thursday, Dec. 27 surrounded by his loving family. As one poet said, “As when a lordly cedar, green with bough, goes down with a great shout upon the hill, and leaves a lonesome place against the sky.” So it will be with Jim. We will all sorely miss him. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was born in Ogden, Utah on Christmas day, Dec. 25, 1949, to Homer Wilson Francis and Marie Rich Francis. He was raised and educated in Morgan and graduated from Morgan High School where he was involved in the sports programs, especially football.
John Carr Lofgreen, age 76, loving, generous, and accommodating husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, returned to his Heavenly Father December 25, 2012, at his home in Morgan, Utah from complications of Multiple Sclerosis.
David LeRoy Baugh Jr. “Roy” passed away November 29, 2012, after an 8 year battle with liver disease. Roy was born April 18, 1938, to David LeRoy and Edith Mary Amidan Baugh in Slaterville, Utah. After living in Ogden until he was 6 years old, they moved to North Ogden where his father built an auto mechanic garage adjacent to their home which was a huge part of their lives. Roy’s father taught him how to work on cars and farm machinery and most of all taught and passed on the ‘Baugh Tidy Gene.’
Mary Jane Wright Straight’s life was celebration of family, art, education, and conversation. On November 20, 2012 she passed away surrounded by her children and their spouses. Mary was born to Clark and Elizabeth Wright in Price, Utah, on December 22, 1930. The third of four children, Mary grew up in Morgan, Utah, and graduated from Morgan High. After a time working for the California Dairy Council and Port of San Diego, she returned and completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Utah.
On Oct. 13, 2012, Marilyn Liddle Gillmore passed away peacefully at age 79, in Morgan, Utah, from age-related complications. Marilyn was born Nov. 25, 1932, to Wallace and Alfarette Sorensen Liddle in McCloud, California.
Early Tuesday morning, October 9, 2012, Travis Larson Crane, son of Mark and Candace, was called home to live with his Father in Heaven due to an auto accident. Travis was born May 2, 1985 in Burley, Idaho.
Lorin Jay Ezell passed away suddenly Oct. 2, 2012, in his home. Lorin was born on Feb. 17, 1967, to Jack Ezell and Lola Jane Bennett Grower. Lorin was raised in Porterville, Utah. He loved going up in the mountains and building huts.
Our dear mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, Grace Hall Bennett, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Sept. 24, 2012, at the age of 93. She was born May 6, 1919, in Salt Lake City, Utah to James William Hall and Eleda Martina Nordquist. She married her sweetheart, John Everett Bennett, Sept. 1, 1940 at Manilla, Utah. They were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on April 10, 1941.
Our wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, educator, coach, and friend Gloria Schwab Richardson, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Sept. 21, 2012 after a valiant battle with breast cancer. Gloria was born Feb. 9, 1962 in Provo, Utah, to Marvin and Jeanne Schwab of Afton, Wyoming.
Our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend passed away Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, surrounded by her family. She was born July 27, 1923 in Henefer, Utah to Osmyn (Os) Merritt Wright and Zelda Lucy Richins. She married Clarence George Francis on January 24, 1946, in the Salt Lake Temple for time and all eternity.
Lana Florence Chadburn, born October 13, 1950, to Leonard and Emiline Florence in Ogden, UT passed away peacefully at home September 4, 2012, with her family by her side after an extended struggle with cancer. She grew up in the high mountain valley of Porterville, UT, was schooled in Morgan, UT and graduated from Clearfield High School.
Our beloved husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend left this life unexpectedly on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012. Charles Scott “Chuck” Carpenter was born in Salt Lake City, UT, on Sept. 27, 1963 to Douglas Howard and Mary Anna Woodland Carpenter, the third of seven children.
William Dee Brown, 53, died July 28, 2012 at McKay Dee Hospital of complications of cancer. Bill was born July 11, 1959, in Logan, Utah, the son of Maurell Dee and Betty Jean Marz Brown. He was raised in Morgan, Utah. He graduated from Morgan High School and attended Snow College and Weber State University. Bill married Gerri Lynne Giles on June 26, 1981 in the Logan Temple.
Joyce Flower Hugg died at her home Monday July 23, 2012, from pneumonia. She was born in Ogden Utah July 18, 1949, the daughter of Emory J. and Elaine (Steele) Herndon. She married John P. Hugg on Aug. 8, 1998, in Morgan, Utah.
Drew Eli Whittier honorably finished his struggle with cancer on Saturday, July 14, 2012. He packed a huge amount of love, achievement, fun, learning, service, and faith into only 25 years. He was born March 16, 1987 to William Dee and Mary Lou Mielke Whittier.
Barbara Joy Whitear Palmer, 81, returned to the arms of her loving Heavenly Father on July 5, 2012. Barbara was born in Peterson, Utah, on March 9, 1931, to Albert and Clara Whitear. She married Quenton James Palmer on April 16, 1948. Together, they had three children, Cheryle (Randall) Manning, Wendy (Larry) Farr, and Gary (Kathi) Palmer; 15 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
MORGAN – John Conrad Irwin, Jr., 96, died July 9, 2012 at his home in Morgan, Utah. He was born Nov. 2, 1915 in Salt Lake City, Utah to John Conrad, Sr., and Eleanor Elizabeth Collett Irwin.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, July 14, 2012 at 11 am at the Rock Chapel, 10 W. Young Street, Morgan. Friends and family may attend a viewing Friday from 6 to 8 at Walker Mortuary in Morgan and Saturday from 9:45 to 10:45 am at the church.
Our sweet, loving wife and mother Fern Porter Carter, 91, passed away Saturday, June 30, 2012 at Family Tree Assisted Living Center in Morgan, Utah. She was born in Porterville, Utah on April 6, 1921 to Franklin Sylvanus Porter and Emma Mae Durrant. She attended school in Porterville and Morgan.
Claren James “Sonny” Brandt, 73, died June 25, 2012, at his home in Ogden surrounded by his family. He was born Nov. 15, 1938, in Tridell, Utah, to James C. Brandt and Dorothy Melinda Anderson. He was raised in Croydon by Alva and Zelpha Rust. He graduated from Uintah High School in 1958.
Our husband, father, grandfather, great- grandfather and friend, Gordon Barnes Bond passed from this mortal existence on June 14m 2012, to celebrate his 87th birthday in his eternal home with his family and friends.
Clarence Dawson Nelson, 79, passed away on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at Lakeview Hospital. He was born on June 30, 1932 to Clarence Sherman and Florence Dawson Nelson in Ogden, Utah. Clarence graduated from Ogden High School. He moved to Morgan where he resided for 16 years before returning to Ogden where he has lived since.
(Ret.) Major William Carl “Bill” Johns reported for “Heavenly Duty” at 0245 hours, on Monday, 19 March 2012. Bill was born on 29 April 1935 in Carey, Idaho to Carl Emeris Johns and Louise Wilde Johns, and is the oldest of five children. Bill was a beloved elder brother to his siblings. From an early age he set an example with his strong work ethic, enthusiasm, and devotion to his Heavenly Father.
Gertrude Evelyn Koemel McEwen, age 86, passed away March 12, 2012 at the home of her daughter in Syracuse, surrounded by all her children. She was born January 18, 1926 in Robstown, Texas to Walter Adolph Koemel and Clara Wilhelmina Magdalena Steger Koemel. She married Earl James McEwen, December 2, 1944. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. She and Earl moved with their growing family from Texas to several places in Utah and Idaho settling in Ogden, Utah until moving to Mt. Green, Utah for retirement.
After a courageous battle with cancer, Sherie Porter Wright, 57, passed away peacefully in the loving arms of her sweetheart and surrounded by her loved ones on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at her home in Peterson, Utah.
Bertie Ricks Smith, 83, passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home of 46 years on March 4, 2012. Bertie was born on November 6, 1928 to Arthur Warren Ricks and Gladys Jenette Huskinson of Sugar City, Idaho. She married William Lloyd Smith in the Idaho Falls Temple on June 23, 1950.
Richard Allen Sloan, 79, loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, Brother and friend passed away February 19, 2012 after struggling with Alzheimer and Parkinson disease for the last eight years.
Shirley was raised in Farmington and Kaysville by her parents, Albert and Virginia Udy Epperson. She attended Davis High School until her family moved to Morgan, where they owned and operated the Morgan County News and the Summit County Bee. After graduating from Morgan High School, Shirley attended the University of Utah where she majored in journalism and lived in the Alpha Phi Sorority House. Shirley had beautiful red hair and a personality to match. In 1954, she was crowned as Salt Lake City’s Miss Flame, a beauty pageant held exclusively for redheads.
Bonnie June Davis Malan passed away quietly at her home on Febrary 7, 2012, after a valiant fight with liver cancer. She was born to Rulon R. and Polly Viola Rhoghaar Davis on June 3, 1931, in Ogden, UT. Polly passed away three years later, and Bonnie was raised by an aunt and uncle, Gladys and Reed Wight, in Ogden.
Dale H. Thurston, beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather, Brother and everybody’s friend, passed away suddenly of a heart attack while doing what he liked best, herding cattle on his ATV and working on his ranch, Monday January 16, 2012.