Dennis (Denny) Anderson

Our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, Dennis (Denny) Anderson passed away on December 13, 2014, surrounded by his loving family following a stroke. He was born June 26, 1949, in Tooele, to William (Lee) and Vivienne Mason Anderson. Denny was an outstanding athlete in high school, lettering in 5 sports. He played basketball at Utah State University. He received the Wolf Cup Award and was chosen the MVP in the State of Utah in 1967. One of Denny’s greatest passions in life was playing guitar and writing songs, which he is known for as being truly one of the greatest in the industry. He and the love of his life, Junie Gay Hunt Anderson, whom he married November 6, 1970, had a country music band and earned their living playing music for the first 17 years of their 44-year marriage. He shared the stage with such greats as Collin Raye, Merle Haggard, The Bellamy Brothers, Johnny Cash, and Willie Nelson. Denny was kind and gentle, and loved helping others as shown through his final gift of love as he saved four lives by his generous donation of his organs. Denny and Junie have 4 beautiful daughters, Tricia (Dar) Childs, Houston, TX; Angela (Heath) Kelley, Grantsville, UT; Lana Anderson, Gig Harbor, WA; and Andrea (Ryan) Scow, Gig Harbor, WA. He is survived by his wife and daughters, sons-in-law, and his 12 special grandchildren, Mason Anderson, Cody Sutter, Ashton and Nicole Warr, Christian, Landon, Kaden and Ava Kelley, Daylen Anderson, Elliot Scow, Josh (Camille) Childs and Alex (Chelsea) Childs and 1 great-granddaughter Emery Childs. He is also survived by his brothers, Terry (JoAnn), South Weber; Byron (Corrie) and Dave (Judy) of Grantsville, UT, his mother-in-law Laverne Hunt, and 4 brothers-in-law, Floyd (Paula) Hunt, Max (Michelle) Hunt, Don Hunt and Arnie (Kathleen) Hunt, all of Grantsville, UT. He has many special nieces and nephews that will miss him dearly. He is preceded in death by his mother and father, and his father-in-law Junior Hunt. Services will be held at the Grantsville West Stake Center, 115 E. Cherry Street, Grantsville; on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 1:00 PM. A viewing will be held on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at Didericksen Memorial, 87 W. Main Street from 6-8 with a viewing 11:30 -12:30 prior to the services at Grantsville West Stake Center.
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Verl Young

Our loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, Verl Young, passed away peacefully at home on Dec. 13, 2014. He was born on August 19, 1924,on the same property he died on, to Thomas and Madeline Young in Grantsville, Utah. In 1949 Verl married Lois Koford, and their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. He graduated from Grantsville High School in 1942. After graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served in the Pacific Ocean Theater during World War II. Most of his career was spent in the salt industry. Verl loved to golf and work in his yard and garden. He loved the time he spent with his family and many friends. He was a member of the LDS church and held many positions. He was an amazing, kind, loving, example to his family and those he met. He always cared about others. He is survived by his wife, and 5 children: Verlene (Jere), Karen (Dick), Richard (Janae), Jim (Deb), Ken (Julie); 15 grandchildren, and 22 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Arden, and sisters, Alice, Dorothy, Yvonne and Sydney. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Dec. 18th at 11 a.m. in the LDS Church at 428 So Hale, with visitation one hour prior to services. There will also be visitation at the church on Wednesday, Dec. 17th from 6-8 p.m. Services entrusted with Didericksen Memorial, 435-277-0050.
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Johnna Margaret Levin Adamson

1974-2014
It is with heavy hearts and extreme sadness that we lost our beloved Johnna to her battle with cance on tuesday, December 8th 2014. She left this world while in the loving care of her husband. Her free spirit, easy smile and willingness to help anyone in need will be greatly missed. She will always be and remain in our hearts and prayers. She is survived by her husband Clinton, daughter Morgan, son Donovan, and her mother Janet. A memorial service will be held in her honor, Saturday, December 13 at 1:30 at the LDS Chapel located at 115 E. Cherry St, Grantsville, Utah. A luncheon will be provided by the LDS church. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Colorful Stripes of Cancer (Rjgierloff81@gmail.com) and to Patty Deakin with Tooele County 411.
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Gary J Blackburn

Gary J Blackburn, born August 2, 1928, passed away December 3, 2014 at home surrounded by his loved ones. Gary was the firstborn of Alton and Nola Johansen Blackburn. He was born in a coal camp in Spring Canyon in Carbon County Utah. The camp was called Little Standard, also known as McLain. After his mothers death when he was 6 years old, and his sister Gay was 4, Gary started following his uncles, Merrial and By Johansen, and began to learn the cowboy way of life that he loved for the rest of his life. His father Alton married Avonna Grange in 1935. Three more children were born to this union, Nan, Kit and Kimball. Gary loved working with horses and began racing them at the age of 8 and started breaking horses at the age of 12. He grew up in Emery and Carbon counties. RaNae Swenson, the love of his life, became his wife September 12, 1948. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Logan Temple. He ranched, worked in the coal mines and coke ovens prior to moving to the Deseret Land and Livestock near Woodruff, Utah in 1958. Gary became cow boss within a year and ranch manager a few years later. He took pride in his work, further developed the ranch. He was respected by all who worked with him for his knowledge and expertise. He and RaNae raised their three children, Nola, Gary and Tim on the ranch, teaching them the value of hard work and love of the land. In 1976, Gary and RaNae moved to Evanston, Wyoming where Gary worked for a year at the Wyoming State Hospital in Security. He said this experience helped refine his understanding of people and his communication skills. He went to work for Skull Valley Company part time in the spring, working there during the day and his security job at night. Soon he was working full time for Skull Valley Company. He and RaNae had a home in Heiner Canyon, near Coalville and one in Skull Valley. They moved back and forth as the cattle moved from summer to winter range. Gary developed his own herd of longhorn cattle and retired from Skull Valley Company in 1993 and took care of his own herd for the next several years. Gary and RaNae purchased a home in Grantsville, Utah in 1987. Gary is known for his great sense of humor, colorful stories, Black Bart-isms and tidbits of cowboy wisdom, mentoring, painting, leather work, he sang and enjoyed music his entire life. Gary and RaNae were generous, financially, as well as opening their home to family and friends when the need was there. Gary and RaNae celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary September 12, 2014. Gary is survived by his wife RaNae Swenson Blackburn, daughter Nola Blackburn, Lusk Wyoming; son Gary (Lennie) Blackburn, Peoa, Utah; son Tim (Leslie) Blackburn, Blanco, New Mexico; sister Nan Anderson, Central Valley, Utah; 8 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Gay Bishop, brother Kit Blackburn, brother Kiimball Blackburn, and grandson Jaydee Blackburn. The family would like to express our thanks to hospice nurses at Harmony Home Health and Pine Mountain for their outstanding care and compassion to Gary and support of the family. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 9 at 11:00 at the Grantsville 9th Ward, 415 W. Apple St, Grantsville. A viewing will also be held there on Monday, December 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the funeral service. Services entrusted with Didericksen Memorial, 435-277-0050.
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