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Obituaries 3-27-2013

Dr. Reese B. Mason


Dr. Reese B. Mason, 94 years old, former Tremonton Mayor and a long-time Box Elder County resident passed away on 24 March 2013 in Gilbert, Arizona.   He was born in Howell, Utah on Aug 20, 1918 to Mirl and Veda Mason, the first of four children.

He was a typical farm boy growing up.  He helped his parents with the farm work, attended school in a small one room school house in Howell, and, once in a while, he would cut school to swim in the canal.  He attended Bear River High School but the drive from the farm to school was too much; so he lived with relatives in Willard during his senior year and graduated from Box Elder High School.   He began his pre-med education at Utah State University before transferring to Idaho State University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in pharmacology in 1943.  He completed his dental degree at University of Missouri at Kansas City in 1946 where he was a member of Phi Sigma fraternity.

While attending University of Missouri at Kansas City Dental School, Reese met Martha Christine Blossom of Shawnee, Oklahoma. They were married in Kansas City on 21 November 1945 and were later sealed for time and all eternity in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on 19 July 1946.  They are the parents of four sons and two daughters. Christine preceded him in death on 25 September 2010.

His service in the LDS Church spans over 80 years.  Dr. Mason was 1 of 4 missionaries called from Howell in 1937–their fathers were all in the same bishopric at the time of their calling.  He served in the Japanese Mission in Hawaii.  He was serving his mission in Kauai when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941. He was delayed from returning home for two months after his 3 year mission. He served in the presidency of the 153rd Quorum of the Seventies before being called as the Bishop in the Tremonton 2nd Ward in July 1950.  He served in the Bear River South Stake Presidency from 1955 – 1973.  Dr. Mason and his wife Christine served two missions for The LDS Church in the Peoria Illinois Mission and the Nauvoo Illinois Mission where Elder Mason was the Director of the Visitor Center and Sister Mason was the secretary to the Mission President.

On 3 September 1943, Dr. Mason entered the U.S. Navy and was recommended for officer trainings school.  He was assigned to the Olathe Naval Training Station in Olathe, Kansas as a Naval Officer in the Dental Corp with permission to attend UMKC’s dental program.  It was during this time that he met and married his sweetheart of 63 years.  He was recalled to active duty in July 1953 serving in the US Army during the Korean War.

He opened his dental practice in 1947 on the top floor of the old Bone building on the corner of Main Street and First East. He and Dr. E.D. Mohr were the only dentists in the valley for nearly twenty years. He had a prominent dental practice in Tremonton from until 1978 when a critical motorcycle accident caused Dr. Mason to retire early. He was elected as the President of the Utah Dental Association from 1966-1967. He was a founding member of the Beehive Academy.

From 1973 – 1977 he served on the Tremonton City Council. In 1977 he was elected the Mayor of Tremonton.   During his administration, a new sewer plan was constructed, and La-Z-Boy Chair Company and Nucor Steel joined the Tremonton community.  He received the Andy Rytting Community Service Award in 1982.  He served as president of the Howell Gun Club from 1964 – 1966.

He and his wife split their time between their home in Tremonton and a winter get-away in Phoenix where they are near some of the grandchildren.  He has been an avid genealogist and has published four books about his Mason, Cordon, Wood and Bradbury ancestors.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Christine; his parents; a sister, the late Glade M. Nielsen; and one great granddaughter, Taylor Nicole Mason.  He is survived by his four sons and two daughters: Richard R. Mason of Centennial, Colorado; Joseph W. (Cherie) Mason of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Douglas M. Mason of Tempe, Arizona; Curtis B. (Paula) Mason of Smithfield, Utah; Alice E. (Jeff) Gifford of Page, Arizona, and Melanie M. Smith of Mesa, Arizona.  He is also survived by two sisters, Naone (Ken) Godfrey of Brigham City, Utah and Marlene (Sharon) Archibald of Tremonton. He and his wife have 19 grandchildren and 38 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 11:00 am at the Tremonton Stake Center located at 660 North 300 East, Tremonton, Utah. A viewing will be held at Rogers aand Taylor Funeral Home (111 N 100 E Tremonton) Wednesday April 3, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. and Thursday, April 4, 2013 from 9:30 to 10:30 am prior to the funeral services at the Church. Please send condolences to www.ruddfuneralhome.com


Celia Zundel Bennett

Celia Zundel Bennett passed away Monday, March 25, 2013. She was born July 9, 1931. Viewing will be held Friday, March 29 with the funeral on March 30. Times and locations to be announced.

Funeral arrangements are pending with Rudd Funeral Homes in Garland, Utah. Please refer to www.ruddfuneralhome.com for place and times. A full obituary will run in next week’s Leader.


Guy Clancey Rinderknecht


Guy Clancey Rinderknecht, age 20, of Rigby, Idaho and Howell, Utah, died Sunday March 17, 2013 from injuries he received in an automobile accident.

He was born February 8, 1993 at Rexburg, Idaho a son of Guy Odell and Jennifer Bennett Rinderknecht.  He was raised in Payson, Utah attending kindergarten and grade school in Howell, Utah and Ririe.  He graduated from Ririe High School.  While attending Ririe High School he qualified for the State Rodeo in Saddle Bronc, participated in team roping, took 3rd place at State as a Senior Wrestler and won Mr. R.H.S. in Ririe.

He worked as head wrangler at the T Cross Ranch in Wyoming, as a CNA at the Bear River Valley Care Center in Tremonton where he loved caring for the people there.  He was a member of the LDS Church.

He loved hunting, fishing, performing his Bull Whip routine especially with his siblings, was a great artist and enjoyed teasing his mother.

He is survived by his parents Guy and Jennifer Rinderknecht of  Rigby, two sisters; Kyresa Karren Rinderknecht and Billie Ann Rinderknecht of Rigby two brothers; Odell Joe Rinderknecht of Logan, Utah and Rustin Bennett Rinderknecht of Rigby, grandparents: Celia Bennett of Logan, Utah, Karren Rinderknecht of Howell, Utah and Odell and Janice Rinderknecht of Howell, Utah.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Roberts S. Bennett two uncles Rusty Rinderknecht and John Bennett and a cousin Travis Larsen.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in the Ririe Stake Center 14061 North 130 East Ririe.  The Family will visit with friends at the Ririe Stake Center on Monday evening from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. and on Tuesday from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.  Burial will be in the Ririe-Shelton Cemetery under the direction of Eckersell Memorial Chapel in Rigby.

Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.eckersellfuneralhome.com


Donna Baadsgaard



Donna Jex Baadsgaard, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother passed away peacefully at her home in Layton, UT, on Friday, March 22, 2013. Donna was born on July 26, 1927 to George Walter Jex and Della Irene DeGraw in Spanish Fork, UT.

She married Leo Ned Baadsgaard in the Salt Lake Temple on April 14, 1948.  They lived in Bear River City and Tremonton, UT, where their son Marinus, and daughter Debbie were born. They moved to their long time home in Garland, UT, in 1955, where they lived until November, 2008, when they moved to Layton, UT, to be closer to family.

Donna was preceded in death by her husband, Ned, her parents, two step mothers Allie Fay Rasmussen and Cora Simmons McKell, three brothers Ron, Bill, and George D., one sister Erma and one step sister, Ann Frisby and one grandson, Dan Michael Anderson.

She is survived by their two children, Marinus Baadsgaard (Vicki) of Henderson,  NV,  Debbie Anderson (Roger) of Layton, UT, 8 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and three brothers, Melvin (Payson, UT), Ed (San Francisco, CA) and Sterling (Seattle, WA), one half brother Walter Jex (Springville) and one step sister Joy Nelson (Spanish Fork).

Services will be held on Wednesday, March 27, at 10:00 AM at the Layton, UT, Creekside Stake Center, 900 South Flint Street, Layton, UT.  Burial will be at the Spanish Fork Cemetery at 2:00 PM.  Viewing will be at the Russon Brothers Mortuary, 1941 N. Main St. (across from Cherry Hill), from 6 PM to 8 PM on Tuesday, March 26, and at 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM at the church before the Funeral Service.

Online guest book at www.russonmortuary.com


Mary Capener Blackham Sorensen


Mary Capener Blackham Sorensen, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend passed away March 15, 2013 at 7:46 a.m. in Holladay, Utah.  She was an angel on Earth and now she is an angel in Heaven.  Mary was born May 15, 1932 at her parent’s home in Garland, Utah.  She was the 4th child and 2nd daughter of Arthur Dean and Dorothy Norman Capener.  Mary attended Garland School, Bear River High School, and LDS Business College.  She married Daryl Kent Blackham on August 6, 1952.  They were later sealed in the Oakland LDS Temple in 1979.  They had 3 children, the first was stillborn and then a son, Richard and a daughter, Holly.  Mom had an adventurous life as an Army wife.  Among the places she lived: Texas; Louisiana; Maryland; Turkey; Kansas; West Point, New York; Utah; Germany; and California.  Retiring in the beautiful San Francisco Bay area, Mary and Daryl lived there for 19 years.  She moved to Utah to be close to her daughter and grandchildren.  She married Larry Sorensen later in life.  She loved traveling with friends and family and saw much of the world.  She served in her church presidencies and as a teacher in the church and a temple worker in the Oakland Temple.  She was known for her unconditional loving and generous nature and her sense of humor.  Mary enjoyed spending time with her family, sewing, traveling, movies, needlework, ceramics, scrap-booking, reading, plays, the symphony and Broadway shows.  Mary is survived by her son Richard, daughter Holly (Duane) Gustafson; grandchildren Andy, Chelsey (Yosleyder) Cala, Matt and Sierra; sisters Pam Morrell and Carol Lynn Hunsaker; and her husband, Larry Sorensen.  She is preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, one sister, her husband, and her first baby.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 11:00am at Holladay 10th Ward, 4601 South 2565 East, Holladay, Utah.  A viewing will be held at the church at 9:30am.  Interment will be in the Deweyville Cemetery.



Quincy Jo Jones

OGDEN-Quincy Jo Jones was born on Saturday, March 16, 2013 to Joshua and Kendra Jones.  She peacefully passed away Sunday, March 17, 2013 in the arms of her parents.

She is survived by her parents and brother, Joshua.  She is also survived by her grandparents, Monty and LaNette Jones (Fielding), Roxanne Froerer (Preston, Id), Lynn Froerer (Ogden), her great-grandmother, LaNae Summers (Bothwell), and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

The thirty-six hours her family had her with her will be remembered and treasured by them always.  Her parents would like to profoundly thank the doctors and nurses of McKay-Dee Hospital’s NICU for their dedicated and loving care of Quincy Jo.  They would also like to thank Rudd Funeral Home for their selfless and caring services.

We await the day when we can hold you again in our arms.  Until then, we entrust you to our Father’s care.  We love you.

Condolences may be made at www.ruddfuneralhome.com


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