Claude Henning Parkinson

Claude Henning Parkinson, “Squawk”, cherished husband, father, grandfather and brother passed away peacefully at home, April 21, 2016 after a short battle with cancer.  

Claude was born May 7, 1929 to George S. and Anna Johnson Parkinson in the family home in Grantsville.  Hegraduated from Grantsville High School in 1948.  While at GHS he enjoyed participating in the traveling roadshow, playing center on the football team and making lifelong friendships.

Claude served in the Army from 1950-52 during the Korean War.  When he returned from Korea he continued working for Morton Salt Company for 43 years until his retirement in 1991.  In addition to his full-time employment, Claude painted and wallpapered homes around Tooele County to help provide for his family.

Claude married Maralee Skogerboe on September 11, 1954.  Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple.  

Squawk loved Grantsville.  He served on the zoning and planning commission and also as a city councilman.  After retirement, he volunteered many years as the curator of the Donner Reed Museum where he enjoyed meeting people from around the world.  Claude also served in various capacities for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  Claude was known for his happy nature, quick smile, coin tricks and story-telling.  

Claude is survived by his wife of 61 years, Maralee; his three daughters, Doelene Pitt (Craig), Patricia Parkinson, and Krista Sparks (Bryan) and daughter-in-law Jody Parkinson Yager (Tom) all of Grantsville.  He is also survived by 16 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 2 great, great grandchildren.  Claude is also survived by his sister Lois Lawrence (Bert), and sister-in-law Wanda Parkinson.  He was preceded in death by his son George S. Parkinson, parents and six siblings.  

A viewing will be held at the Grantsville Stake Center, located at 550 East Durfee on Wednesday, April 27th from 6-8PM.  Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 28th at the Grantsville Stake Center at 12:00PM with a viewing from 10-11:30AM.  Interment will be at the Grantsville City Cemetery following the services.  

A special thank you to Didericksen Memorial for directing the services and to Rocky Mountain Hospice for their excellent care.  


Jeanine Jefferies Johnson

Jeanine Jefferies Johnson, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend passed away peacefully on April 20, 2016 surrounded by family. She was born September 16, 1928 in Grantsville, Utah to Richard Calbert and Chleo Fidler Jefferies. Jeanine graduated from Grantsville High School where ‘Shop’ was one of her favorite classes. She married the love of her life, Don Henning Johnson on February 26, 1947. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. Jeanine worked for many years at the Jr. Mart. She served faithfully in many callings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, crocheting, traveling, painting pictures and sharing a Pepsi with family and friends. She always looked forward to the next family party. She sang in a quartet with her mothers and sisters and sang at numerous church and community functions. Jeanine is survived by her three children, Connie (Larry) Palmer of Saratoga Springs, Karen (Tim) Parks of Stansbury Park and Eric (Annette) Johnson of Grantsville; 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her sister Bobbie Hutchins. She was preceded in death by her husband, son, Larry Don; Parents, sister; Elaine Beacham and brother Clyde Jefferies. Special thanks to Michelle Bolinder and the staff, volunteers, and owners of Diamond Jane’s Assisted Living Center and Barb and Sharon of Canyon Home Care and Hospice. Viewing will be held at the Grantsville West Stake Center, located at 115 E. Cherry St. on Friday, April 22nd, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 23rd, at the Grantsville West Stake Center at 11:00 am with a viewing at 10:00 am.

Merna Joan (Garrard) Walbeck

Merna Joan (Garrard) Walbeck passed away Tuesday April 12th at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City. Merna was born June 19th 1939 to Mervyn Leslie Garrard & Joan Sarah (Bates) Garrard. Merna was the oldest of three siblings and enjoyed her role as big sister. Merna grew up in Lake Point, Utah and graduated from Tooele High School in 1957. After high school Merna moved to Salt Lake and worked at the church office building. She lived with roommates in Salt Lake. One of those roommates was Carol (Walbeck) Thomas. Carol introduced Merna to her brother Dale and they started dating. Dale and Merna were married on December 28th 1964 in Granger, Utah. They made their home for many years in Rose Park. On September 21st 1969 they were blessed with their first son David Leslie Walbeck. On August 14th 1972 they were blessed with their second son Brian Dale Walbeck. They raised their family in Rose Park. She served in many callings in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Her favorite calling was being a primary worker. She was very involved in her son’s lives. She always volunteered at school and even served as the P.T.A. President at Backman Elementary School for a time. She would have done anything for her kids. After her parents passed away, Dale and Merna moved back to Lake Point. She was so happy to be back in Tooele County. She was thrilled when both David and Brian moved to Tooele County to be closer to her and Dale. Merna is survived by her husband of 51 years Howard Dale Walbeck, Sons David Leslie Walbeck (Rebecca) of Lake Point, Brian Dale Walbeck (Becky) of Tooele. Grandchildren Teisha and Emmersen, Brothers Leonard (Colleen) Garrard of Lake Point & Doyle (Diana) Garrard of Lake Point. Also survived by many brothers and sisters in law and many special nieces and nephews. Merna was proceeded in death by her parents Mervyn and Joan Garrard. A viewing and family visitation will be held on Saturday April 16th at 12 noon at the Lake Point LDS Chapel at 1366 Canyon Road in Lake Point, Utah. A memorial service will follow at 1:00 pm. Interment will take place Monday April 18th in the Mt. View Cemetery in Beaver, Utah at noon. Services entrusted with Didericksen Memorial, 435-277-0050.

Tammy Banford

Tammy, 48, passed away peacefully in her home, surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, April 10th 2016, after a courageous battle with Huntington’s disease. She was born November 1967 in Salt Lake City, UT to Carroll Dean and Veola Hansen and was the fourth daughter of six children. As a young woman, inspired by her choir teacher who told her she had perfect pitch, Tammy taught herself to play the guitar and sang with her beautiful soprano voice, blessing all who heard her sing. In 1986 she graduated from Granite High School. She served in the Copenhagen, Denmark Mission from October 1988 – April 1990. When she returned home she met and married her sweetheart, Gary Lynn Banford Sr. in the Manti Temple on November 2, 1990. They have 5 children, Jessica Marie, Gary Banford Jr. (Chelsie), Brandon James, Tyler Christian, and Jake Garrison. They lived in Cottonwood Heights when first married, then moved to Grantsville where they have lived for the past 17 years. Tammy was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings. She has traveled many places including Europe, Central America, Bahamas, Mexico and Hawaii. She loved her family and would spend many hours cooking and caring for her children’s and husband’s needs. She loved to laugh. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. She is preceded in death by her father, Carroll Dean Hansen, her younger brother Russell Hansen, and her sister Linda Whitaker. She is survived by her mother Veola Hansen, sisters Diana Hsu, Teena (Randy) Searle, and brother Ray Hansen. Her funeral services will be on Saturday, April 16th 2016 viewing 10am, services 11am. Grantsville 10th Ward @ 81 Church St. Grantsville, Utah 84029. Services entrusted with Didericksen Memorial, 435-277-0050.