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Obituaries 7-24-2013

Randy Skidmore

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Stone, Idaho….In the early morning hours of July 21, 2013, Randy Skidmore passed away peacefully in his sleep from complications resulting from type I Diabetes.  Randy was born on May 27, 1969 in Malad, Idaho to Ron and Renelle Skidmore.  He was the fourth of five children.  He attended elementary school in Stone and graduated from Malad High school.  He attended Arizona Automotive Institute in Glendale, AZ and graduated with honors in both the automotive and diesel programs.

He loved sports.  Football and wrestling were his favorite sports while in high school.  His senior year, he placed 4thin the state 2A wrestling championship and he and his teammates played for the 2A state football championship. His love of football stayed strong and you could find him watching college football on Saturdays and then cheering for “his” Chicago Bears every Sunday.  ESPN was his favorite TV station.

He worked at Autoliv for about 10 years but in 2003 left to farm full-time.  He loved farming and was a perfectionist.  His dedication and work ethic were unstoppable and his farm and cows were his life.  His faithful companion, an Australian Sheppard named Spook, spent many hours riding with him on the motorcycle to go change the water, or in the front seat of the truck to check the cows, or in the tractor to bale the hay.  He couldn’t leave the house without Spook.

His friends and neighbors would describe him as the most active, hard-working person they have ever met.  His family will miss his gruff voice but very tender heart.

He is survived by his parents, Ron and Renelle Skidmore of Stone, ID; his siblings Ron Dell (Diane) of Stone, ID; Tammy (Brad) Hoskins of Tremonton, UT; Val (Janette) of Snowville, UT; and Rhonda (Tod) Daniels of Malad.  He is also survived by his nieces and nephews.

In his memory and to honor him, dedicate one day of hard work to him.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 26, 2013 at 12 noon in the Curlew LDS Ward Chapel in Snowville,Utah.  Friends may visit with the family on Thursday evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Horsley Funeral Home, 132 W. 300 N., Malad, Idaho and again on Friday morning at the church from 10:30-11:45 a.m. prior to the service. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Horsley Funeral Home.  Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.horsleyfuneralhome.com

Judy Jensen

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BRIGHAM CITY – Judy Lee Whitaker Jensen, 73 passed away on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at her home.
Judy was born July 29, 1939 in Salt Lake City, Utah a daughter of James Leland and June Hunsaker Whitaker.
She graduated from Bear River High School.
Judy married Delwyn A Jensen on June 9, 1958 in the Logan LDS Temple.
She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and served as a wonderful visiting teacher.
Judy enjoyed spending time with her family, motorcycling, camping and square dancing with her sweetheart.  She also liked to crochet and go shopping.
Surviving are her husband Delwyn, children: Calvin D Jensen, Debra Jill (Jon) Rackham, Jerry Ray (Jeannine) Jensen, eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.  Also siblings: Linda (Dennis) McBride, Larry (Nancy) Whitaker, Brent Whitaker, Casey Whitaker, and Kevin (Gina) Whitaker.
Preceded in death by her parents, two brothers: Shelby and Jerry Whitaker, aunt Ara and uncle Ralph Pierce.
Special thanks to the Integrity Hospice Group.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday July 27, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Brigham City 3rd Ward Chapel, 203 W. 200 N., Brigham City.
Friends may call on Friday, July 26, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Myers Mortuary, 205 S. 100 E., Brigham City and on Saturday from 10:00 to 10:40 a.m. at the Church.
Interment will be in the Brigham City Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.myers-mortuary.com.

Cleo Macfarlane


Cleo Moon Macfarlane, 88, died July 17, 2013. She was born January 25, 1925 to Ira R. and Merle Jones Moon in Henderson Creek, Idaho.

She married Jay U. Macfarlane, May 9, 1943 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Three months later Jay left to serve in the Army during WWII. Jay and Cleo were sealed for time and all eternity, April 22, 1946 in the Salt Lake Temple. Jay and Cleo recently celebrated their 70th Wedding Anniversary. They are wonderful examples of love and devotion.

She was raised in Henderson Creek, Idaho and attended grade school in a one room school house there and later graduated from Malad High School. While Jay was overseas she worked at the Naval Supply Depot in Ogden and Sweets Candy Co.  Upon Jays return she worked at Jay’s Grocery, the family business, and spent the rest of her life in Riverside, where she raised her family and was a loved member of the community.

Cleo was a member of the Belmont 2nd Ward. She served in many different capacities in the church including mutual, primary, Relief Society and served as the ward librarian.

She loved family gatherings and holding a family dinner every chance she could. She found love and joy with her family and will be sorely missed by them. She was a wonderful mother and an amazing grandmother and great-grandmother. She left a legacy of unconditional love.

Cleo enjoyed the bounties of nature, especially flowers. She was a lover of music and had an angelic singing voice. She sang in a trio for many years and there were many that enjoyed her special talent. One highlight of her life was singing at the Salt Lake Tabernacle with a Relief Society Choir called “The Singing Mothers”.

She was talented in quilting and crocheting and created beautiful works of art for many to enjoy. She blessed her family members and many others with these talents. She was an exemplary cook and passed this trait on to her daughter and granddaughters. Her “special touch” on her recipes will be missed.

The family would like to sincerely thank AFI Hospice, especially Gabby and Cathy. We would like to also thank the staff at Our House Assisted Living for the loving care Cleo received from every member of the staff, we are forever grateful.

She is survived by her husband, Jay and their children, Ronald (Jane) Macfarlane, Brent (MarJean) Macfarlane, Carol Stephens; Brother, Frank Moon; 12 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.

Cleo was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Gale Moon; Sister-in-law, Les Moon; infant sister, Diana Kay Moon; and infant daughter, Loralee Macfarlane.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 11:00 am with viewings held prior to the service from 9:30-10:30 am, as well as  Monday, July 22, 2013 from 6-8 pm, all services and viewings are at the Belmont 2nd Ward building (16925 N. 5200 W., Riverside, UT)

In lieu of flowers, donations could be made to the LDS Missionary Fund, The Alzheimer’s Association, or the Arthritis Foundation.

Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.rogersandtaylor.com


DeVere N. Hess


Our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, DeVere N. Hess, 81, returned to his loving Heavenly Father on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 in the Salt Lake Regional Hospital. He was born on May 1, 1932 in Plymouth, UT to Ervin and Zella Agnes (Nish) Hess. DeVere married Hazel Archibald in the Logan LDS Temple on February 28, 1951.

DeVere has lived in Arco, ID; Blackfoot, ID; and Plymouth, UT. He attended Plymouth Elementary, Garland Elementary and Bear River High School. He worked in construction and at Murdock tooling and engineering, U and I Sugar Factory and Thiokol. DeVere retired from Thiokol in Promontory in 1993. He served his country in the Army and was discharged honorably after two years.

He was a handi-man and enjoyed wood working, clock making with scroll saw and wood carvings. Some of DeVere’s greatest achievements were receiving the Thiokol Silver Snoopy Award and reconstructing the Plymouth Cemetery, where he labored along with his family and Ray Udy, to make it what it is today.  He was a member of the Belmont 1st Ward and served as a Scout Leader, Executive Secretary, Sunday School President and in the Young Men. Devere enjoyed camping, fishing, and hunting and was an avid Bear River High School sports fan. He was dubbed “Papa Bear”. DeVere enjoyed doing anything that involved his family.

DeVere and Hazel enjoyed retirement in Quartzsite, Arizona for 14 years, making many memories and wonderful friends. Each year they enjoyed going from home to home at Christmas time as Santa and Mrs. Santa, brightening each person’s day.

DeVere is survived by his wife, Hazel Archibald Hess; three sons, Richard (Kasie) Hess, Garland; Tommy (Kim) Hess, Tremonton; and Jimmy (Kristy) Hess, Bear River City; one daughter, Julie Ann (Larry) Davison; one brother, Cleon Hess, Tremonton; 20 grandchildren and 39 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ervin and Zella Agnes Hess; and siblings, Orlin, Ellis, Gerald, Claire, Verna, Lamar and Jay.

Funeral Services for DeVere will be held on Monday July 22, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in the Belmont LDS Church in Riverside, UT (16925 N 5200 W). Viewings will be held on Sunday July 21, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. at Rogers & Taylor Funeral Home (111 North 100 East) and from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. previous to the funeral at the church. Interment will be in the Plymouth Cemetery.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.ruddfuneralhome.com


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