LaVern T. Brown
1924-2013. Vern Brown 88, passed away on January 30, 2013 from natural causes incident to age. Vern was born August 10, 1924 in Grantsville, Utah to Joseph Leishman and Mary Toone Brown. Vern was the sixth of nine children. He is survived by one sister, Gayle Buckwalter. Vern graduated from Grantville High in 1942. He joined the Navy in 1943 and met his wife to be, Alda Marie Phister, in Oakland California at a U.S.O. dance. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple on January 24th 1945. Vern served a mission to the New England states during the first years of their marriage. Vern and Alda were blessed with ten children: Larry (Elizabeth Low), Jeffrey (Gloria Revill), Randall (Cheryl Williams), Roger (Carol Ann Hinds), Darlene (Richard Lamplugh), Darrell (Holly Anderson), Loren (Danell Paskett), Kevin (Kim Early), April (Brett Wallace), Sheryl (Alan Walker). Alda passed away on October 17, 1987 from cancer. Just prior to her passing, Vern and Alda served a mission to Birmingham Alabama. He married LaRue Hale Soelberg on October 14th 1989. Vern loved LaRue's eight children: Jean Didericksen (Paul), Carol Jefferies (David), Scott Soelberg (Shelly), Jay Soelberg (Julee), Laurie Green (David), Kaye Stice (Jim), Lisa Droubay (Mark), Mark Soelberg (Allison). Together, they loved each other's family in amazing ways. Their combined posterity is now over 200 and growing. Vern and LaRue served missions to New York City and Sidney Australia. He worked in sales most of his life, primarily at Granite Furniture, he loved to meet and greet people. Vern was called to be bishop of the Liberty 2nd Ward in 1958 at the age of 34. Vern had a special love for missionary work as evident in the 4 missions he served during his lifetime. Vern's parting message to his family is: " I love you and I'm so proud you - you are my greatest blessing." Services will be held at the Orem Park 4th Ward located at 725 West Center Street Orem, Utah on Monday February 4th. The funeral will begin at 11:00am and there will be a viewing at 9:00am prior to the service. Interment at the Larkin Sunset Lawn at 2350 E. 1300 S. Salt Lake City, Utah. Services entrusted with Didericksen Memorial 435-277-0050.
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David Norton Lawrence Sr.
Grantsville, Utah-Dave Lawrence passed away peacefully on January 14, 2013 at the age of 83 in Grantsville, Utah following a short illness. He was born on March 21, 1929 to Elbert and Goldie Judd Lawrence in Reno, Nevada. He was three years old when the family moved back to Grantsville where he lived the rest of his life. Dave was a veteran of the Korean War who served in the United States Army as a tank mechanic. While on leave he married his sweetheart Lois Pike on June 2, 1952. They were lifelong companions for 58 years until her death on October 12, 2010. They were very proud of their three sons: Dave, Matt, and Dan. Dave owned and operated Lawrence’s Texaco his entire adult life. He also farmed and ranched with his brother Bert for close to 60 years. He was known for his ability as a stockman and was selected as the Tooele County Cattleman of the Year in 2001. He was a fixture of Grantsville and touched the lives of countless people for good. He was known for his humor and wisdom. He was a good listener and a friend to all. He quietly helped many widows and people who were down on their luck. He was often the first person people would meet when they moved to town. Dave was a member of the Grantsville Lions Club, Sons of the Utah Pioneers, the Tooele County Cattleman’s Association, served on the board of the North Willow Irrigation Company when the Grantsville reservoir was built, and served on the Ophir City Planning and Zoning board. Every summer for 30 years Dave and Lois attended the Utah Shakespearean Festival in Cedar City. They always loved to spend time with their family at their cabin in Ophir. He is survived by his three sons: Dave, Matt (Lori), and Dan (Denise), nine grandchildren and thirteen great grand children, his brother Bert and sister Betty Drake. He is preceded in death by his wife, his parents, and sister, Alice Wills. The family wishes to express their deep gratitude to the staff of Diamond Jane’s Assisted Living Center where Dave made his home for the last 18 months. Their love and concern for Dave’s every need will never be forgotten. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 19th at 81 N. Church Street chapel, Grantsville, Utah at 1:00 PM. Viewings will be held at the chapel on Friday, January 18th from 6 PM to 8 PM and Saturday, January 19th, noon to 1:00 PM prior to the service. Interment will follow the services in the Grantsville City cemetery. Services entrusted with Didericksen Memorial 435-277-0050.
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