Charles Jay Smurthwaite

April 17, 2014

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Charles Jay Smurthwaite, Feb. 11, 1930 – April 11, 2014, age 84, while sleeping, due to conditions incident to old age, peacefully slipped away to the other side.   He was surrounded by loved ones at the home of his beloved daughter, Lisa Schmuhl, Riverton, Utah.  Charles Jay, known as “CJ”, was proud of his Latter-day Saint heritage, loved his father, Charles Brown Smurthwaite, and his mother, Rhea Folsom Smurthwaite.  Although born in Great Falls, Montana, CJ spent most of his early years growing up in several homes near Liberty Park in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was the second of six siblings, Dorothy Mae, Rhea Jean, Elaine, Michael Brent, and Diane Folsom. He attended Lincoln Jr, South High, and the University of Utah.

CJ liked everyone he met and was liked by everyone who knew him.  Indeed, he was never known to have an enemy. Wherever he went, in the LDS Church, in the community, or with his friends at Eckenkar, CJ was recognized as a warm friend with a smile and a handshake.

CJ was tall for his age, had a spontaneous sense of humor, enjoyed story-telling, and was always well-liked by his many friends at South High where he played the saxophone, and daily polished his Dodge convertible.  Fibbing about his age, Jay joined the Army in 1947, and served for a year as a PFC Dental Assistant at Fort Ord, California.  At the University of Utah, he developed skill as an electrician and a photographer. CJ loved the outdoors and around 1952 moved to Alaska where he would spend 15 years of his life.  He loved to hunt, mingle with the Eskimos, owned as many as 30 dogs, played basketball for the University of Alaska one season, and started his own electrical sign company claiming distinction of creating, in Anchorage, the largest electric sign in Alaska at the time. In fact, in California, Jay worked in construction and as a professional electric sign maker and installer for the rest of his career.

Jay loved pets and animals, and always kept a dog or two which he treated like friends.  He customarily carried on conversations with his dogs, his pals, and seemed to fully understand their back and forth “growl-talk”!  These CJ-dog talk conversations were a source of constant amusement to observers.

Due to the sudden death of his mother in 1955, CJ returned to Salt Lake City where he met and married JoAnn McNally who bore him two children, John Charles and Jean Ann.  The couple was divorced around 1962 and the children went with their mother to Colorado.  Son John Charles passed away in 1995, while, In 1981, Jean Ann married Dean Delaney had four children, and settled in Wellington, near Fort Collins, Colorado. In time, Jay would marry four times, and would live in Hawaii, California, Oregon, and Utah.

It’s indicative of his gentle kindness that all of the ex-wives remained friendly and cordial with C J for years after their divorces. CJ was so well-loved by the children of his third wife, Helen, that they stayed with him for years after the divorce, and always remained close.  In 1991, CJ married Pat Morse, and moved to Sandy, Utah to be near his family and friends.  Since, 2003, when Pat passed away, CJ has lived alone, first near his daughter in Auburn, California, and since August, 2013 again near his siblings in the Salt Lake Area.  He decided to move back to Salt Lake to be near his family, “some of the finest people in the world,” as he said.

He is survived by his daughters Jean Ann (Dean) Delaney, Lisa (Scott) Schmuhl and Charlene Kalk; sons Larry Kalk, Joseph Kalk, and Earl Swartz; fourteen grandchildren; his sisters, Dorothy  (Army) Matern, Rhea Jean (Donald) Foulger, Diane (Max) Wheeler; and his brother, Michael (Heather) Smurthwaite. The family wishes to express sincere appreciation for all the care and kindness shown to CJ during his recent, declining months by the staffs at his retirement home, home care and hospice services.

The memorial services for Charles Jay Smurthwaite will be held Wednesday, April 16th, at 5:00 p.m. at the Lake Hills Memorial Home at 10055 South State Street, Sandy, Utah.  A viewing will be held at 4:00 p.m. prior to the memorial service.  Rather than flowers, the family encourages well-wishers to make any donations to the LDS Church Humanitarian Services, or to their local area Animal hospital.


Donna Larson Brown

April 16, 2014

Donna Larson Brown

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1922 ~ 2014

On April 14, 2014, Donna L. Brown, age 91, passed away surrounded by her family at Life Care Center in Bountiful, Utah.  She was born June 7th, 1922 in St. John, Idaho to James Oscar and Sarah Peterson Larson and was the 2nd oldest of four children.  She attended St. John’s Elementary, Malad High School, and the 3 year nursing school at the Thomas D. Dee Memorial Hospital in Ogden, Utah.

She married Jack Reed Brown Sept. 7th 1947 (later divorced). They had one daughter, Jill.  In 1963, the Brown family moved from Ogden to Bountiful where Donna resided until her death.

She was an active member of the LDS church and served in many callings. Her favorites were the Nursery and serving as a Welfare Service Missionary in the Arizona Holbrook Mission in 1975-76. She developed a great love for the Navajo people.

Donna worked as a Registered Nurse in Ogden, Utah and at Lakeview Hospital in Bountiful, Utah for a total of 11 years.

In 1964 she organized a ladies literary club that still exists today.  She also organized an LDS scripture study group that continued for a number of years. She wrote beautiful poetry and won an award of special recognition in the LDS church poetry contest in 2005. Donna loved the out-of-doors, especially hiking and golfing; she even scored a hole-in-one at Oakridge Country Club. Her greatest loves, however, were Jill, Dave, her grandchildren, and her testimony of the gospel.

Donna is survived by her daughter Jill (Dave) Tucker, 3 grandchildren, Krista, Kevin and Kami.  Two brothers, J.O. Larson (Calif.) and John (Edith) Larson (Cedar City, Utah), and nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Ralph.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the West Jordan Care Center at 3350 W. 7800 S. West Jordan, Utah  84088 where Donna’s granddaughter resides or please donate to the LDS Humanitarian fund.

Funeral services will be held at the Oak Hills Ward, 455 S. 1200 E. Bountiful, Utah. Friday, Apr. 18th, 2014 at 11:00 am.  A visitation will be held at 9:30 am prior to the services. Interment will be held at Lakeview Memorial Cemetery, 1640 East Lakeview Dr., Bountiful, Utah. Condolences may be sent to Funeral Directors: Lakeview Mortuary

Thomas Larry O’Brien Jr.

April 10, 2014

Thomas Larry O’Brien Jr.

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Our loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend, Thomas Larry O’Brien Jr returned to his Heavenly home on April 9, 2014. He was born in Los Angeles, CA on July 22, 1936 to Mabel Kelson & Thomas Larry O’Brien Sr.

Larry married Obdulia “Lula” Flores on Feb 19, 1960 in Logan, UT. They were sealed together for eternity in the Los Angeles LDS temple in Sept 1960. He loved her with all his heart and expressed his love and gratitude to her daily. He was committed to his family and loved each of them very much. He was a very kind-hearted, gentle man whose passion was family, life, history, genealogy, and learning.  He was a great listener and always loved a good book. He was a very devoted member of the LDS Church. He served a full time mission in the Texas / New Mexico Spanish-American Mission and continued to serve in various callings throughout his life. He loved the scouting program and was always proud to be an Eagle Scout. He worked at Hill AFB as an Electronics Mechanic and Instructor for 35 years before retiring in 2000. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Lula; sons David, Thomas (Dori); daughter Elizabeth Sowell (Todd); six wonderful grandchildren; sister Colleen Sosnowy; many nieces, nephews, and their children. He was preceded in death by his parents and half-sister Darleen.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 12 at Fort Lane Stake Center, 1402 North Fort Lane, Layton, UT at 11:00 AM, with visitations from 10:00-10:40. There will be a viewing Friday evening from 6:00-8:00 pm at Deseret Funeral Home 36 E. 700 S., SLC.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made at America First Credit Union to the account of Thomas Larry O’Brien Jr., and the donations will be given to Cancer Research.

Virginia Carter Daniels

March 18, 2014

Virginia Carter Daniels

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February 3, 1922 – March 15, 2014

North Salt Lake City, UT

Virginia Carter Daniels passed away March 15, 2014. She was born February 3, 1922 to John Albert and Jane Ann Pearson Carter in Milford, Utah, the 9th of 10 children. She married Wilford G. Daniels on January 21, 1941 in Beaver, Utah and they spent 53 wonderful years together. He preceded her in death June 7, 1994. They were later sealed in the Bountiful, Utah temple.

Virginia was always a hard worker and loved to keep an immaculate yard and home, until her death. She enjoyed golf, traveling the world, and was active in the Union Pacific Old Timers club for many years where she made lasting friends.

She is survived by her 2 sons and 1 daughter, “Wolf” Wilford (Sally) Lapointe, UT; Dennis (Maureen) Woods Cross, UT; “Sam” Sandra Welsh White, Bountiful, UT. She is also survived by 9 grandchildren: Tracy, Travis, Ty, Troy, Mandy, Dennis, Raymond, Court, and “Riki” Catherine, 17 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and all of her brothers and sisters, and cherished son-in-law John “Johnny” White.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the Bountiful Val Verda 2nd ward building, 3317 South 800 West, Bountiful, Utah 84010. Viewing will be held Friday evening from 6:00-8:00pm at the church, there will also be a viewing 1 hour prior to the service at 10:00am. Interment at Lakeview Memorial Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at, Funeral Directors: Lakeview Mortuary

Marie Martin

February 22, 2014

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Marie Martin

January 12, 1936 – February 20, 2014

Marie Louise Jensen Martin, passed away peacefully in her home on February 20, 2014, after persevering through many years of medical challenges.

Marie was born January 12, 1936 to Ruby Louise Jeppesen and Nello Christian Jensen, the oldest of six children. She was born in Brigham City, Utah and spent her early years in Mantua. Later, her family moved to Brigham City where she graduated from Box Elder High School. After graduation, Marie worked for the telephone company for a year before marrying Norman John Martin on October 23, 1954. They spent their first years together in Ontario, California. They later moved to Salt Lake City, Utah and Casper, Wyoming, returning to Utah where she lived out the rest of her life in Bountiful. Together, they had four children: Christine (Vern) Kellersberger, Craig (Charlene) Martin, Cary (Kim) Martin, and Colleen (Bill) Askren.

Marie was devoted to her husband and her family; they were the joy of her life. She adored sewing, crocheting, embroidering, and crafting, creating beautiful blankets and gifts for her loved ones. She taught her many skills to her children and grandchildren, passing along her love for creating beautiful things. Marie enjoyed collecting dolls, solving puzzles, playing games, and spending time with her family. She was also an avid reader.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Carol Wells, and a brother, Charles Jensen. She is survived by her husband, children, 15 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by her sisters, Joan (Dave) Vanden Bosch, Kathy (Harry) Uyematsu, a brother, Randy (Judy) Jensen, a sister-in-law, Lennan Jensen, and many nieces and nephews.

A viewing will be held on Monday, February 24, 2014 from 10-10:45 am at the 45th Ward Chapel, 115 East Wicker Lane, Bountiful, Utah. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. following the viewing. Interment will be held at Lakeview Cemetery in Bountiful.

Ymkje (Emma) Snieder

February 3, 2014

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Ymkje (Emma) Snieder

Ymkje (Emma) Snieder age 79 Passed away from complications of a fall. She passed February 3, 2014. She was surrounded by her loved ones at the time of her passing.
Ymkje was born July 30, 1934 in Alkmaar Netherlands to Hendrik and Klazina Muurlink.
She immigrated to Salt Lake City with her Mother in 1950. She later met and married Jan Snieder on Sept 17, 1954. Together they raised four Sons.  (Jan preceded her in death February 3, 2002). She is survived by her four sons John, Henry (Terie) , David (Julie) and Mike;  two brothers Wilhemus Muurlink (Alkmaar Netherlands) Joe DeHaan (Marci) of Sandy; 10 Grandchildren and 12 Great Grandchildren, which brought her much joy.  She enjoyed Crochet, Knitting, Gardening, Fishing and going to Disneyland.
Graveside services to be held at Mountain View Memorial Estates Cemetery 3000 East Bengal Blvd. Viewing on Wednesday from 6:00PM to 8:00PM and one hour before the grave side service February 6, 2014 at 11AM.
The family would like to thank Care Source Hospice for their amazing care of “Emma”.

Eleanor Blair

January 28, 2014

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Eleanor, 92, left us on Jan. 25, 2014. She was born in Kemmer, Wyoming to Joseph and Cora Bagley on Sept. 4, 1921. She married Edward Francis Chase Hogan Blair on August 16, 1944. Together they had seven children.

Eleanor is preceded in death by her parents; siblings Joseph, Grant, Minerva, and LaVonne; sons Donald and Keith; and daughter Gloria.

Survived by brother Eugene (Bea) Bagley; children Lloyd, Cheryl (David Jepson), Fern Ju, Betty Jean (Vaughan) Kay; ten grandchildren, and many great grandchildren.

The family would like to thank Kim Ju Richins Conder; Amy Leyba and Gray Wolf Hardinger; Dante’ and Andy Leyba; the staff from Good Shepherd Hospice; Sharon Morse, Gene and Mandy Aiken; and the Jepson family. All of these people have been a great help and support to Eleanor.

Randall Ray Henderson

January 25, 2014

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Randall Ray Henderson

“Love You More”

Randy Henderson passed away peacefully on Jan. 22, 2014. He was born in Salt Lake City Utah on March 2, 1955 to Ray Henderson and Marylyn Amos Henderson.

Randy had some wonderful friends growing up in the Glendale area and they remained friends throughout his life.

They loved to get together and listen to and play music. They enjoyed watching football games and went on camping and fishing trips. Randy loved to fish and was a die-hard Oakland Raiders fan!

Randy was involved in a car accident in 1982. Doctors told him that he would never walk again. Randy proved them wrong and after his recovery he was able to walk out of the Hospital on his own. Randy amazed people throughout his life with his strength and determination in dealing with his injuries.

Randy is survived by his father Ray, children Alicia Kendall and Gentry (Samantha) Kendall and 2 granddaughters Aleilum and Kaidynce (The loves of his life). His sisters Julie (Russ) Oki, Denise (Edd) Lancaster, Wendy (Ben) Cover, Tonya (Tim) White and his Brothers Ronald and Robert Forsland.

He is preceded in death by his mother Marylyn, step father Dennis “Eric The Great”, brother Mike Henderson and sister Brenda Slot.

Randy your strength and tenacity were truly inspirational.

We will miss you so much!

Right On, Right On

Graveside Services for Randy will be held Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 11:00am at Lakeview Mortuary & Cemetery, 1640 East Lakeview Dr. Bountiful, UT. 84010. A Viewing will be held Monday evening, Jan. 27, from 6:00 to 8:00pm and one hour prior to the services on Tuesday, at the same location. Condolences may be sent to the family at Funeral Directors: Lakeview Mortuary

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Diana Lee Dodge

January 16, 2014

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Diana Lee Dodge
6/20/1990 – 1/13/2014

Murray, UT-Early in the morning of January 13th, Diana, our angel, passed away unexpectedly. Those who knew her best would describe her as sweet and kind, understood how much she loved her family, and valued her pure and loving heart. We miss Diana, and look forward to when we will be with her again. Viewings: Thursday, 6-8 pm and Friday, 9:30-10:30 am. Services: Friday, 11 am at Mountain View Memorial Cemetery, 3115 E 7800 S, Cottonwood Heights, UT.

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