Neil Hunter Barrus

Neil Hunter Barrus, 88, passed away on August 17, 2015, following a long struggle with Parkinson’s. Neil was born July 13, 1927, in Groveland, Idaho to Ruel Melvin Barrus and Zina Emeline Hale. He served a year in the US Navy at the end of WWII, then completed a 2 1/2 year mission to Samoa for the LDS Church. Following his mission Neil married Betty May Denney in the Idaho Falls LDS temple. Neil and Betty were well known for their phone calls serenading family and friends with “happy birthday” accompanied by Neil on his ukulele. Neil also played the saxophone and sang in the ward choir for many years. After his mission Neil graduated with his degree in Civil Engineering and began a 32-year career with the Idaho Department of Transportation. In 1962 the family moved to Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho where they enjoyed all the outdoor pursuits of Northern Idaho including water skiing, hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, firewood cutting, and huckleberry gathering. He smoked “blue back” (kokanee) salmon caught from Coeur d’ Alene lake and made his famous sour-dough huckleberry pancakes. Neil was active in the LDS church throughout his life, serving in the Stake Presidency, and twice as Bishop. After he retired from the State of Idaho in 1986 he and Betty served a mission to Samoa where they became each other’s “soa” (companion). They also served in the genealogy library in SLC, Utah. They served a second mission to Denver, CO. before moving to Nampa, Idaho where Neil pursued his love of woodworking, crafting numerous furnishings for their home. Neil and Betty served a third mission to Nauvoo, IL. and were temple workers for many years. They loved traveling and shared many memorable adventures together. They have spent the last 3 years living with their daughter Brenda Petersen in Grantsville. Neil was the youngest of nine children. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Betty (Denney) Barrus, a brother, Ruel Barrus, daughters; Pam (Rolf) Bitsch, Brenda (David) Petersen, and Shauna (Mark) Comstock, and sons; Ron (Tanis) Barrus and Denney (Allison) Barrus, 19 grandchildren and 49 great-grandchildren. Dad entertained many with his songs, games, puzzles, rope tricks and “hooey sticks”. His great love, kindness, wisdom, wit, and humor touched many lives. Funeral services will be held Friday, August 21, at 11:00 at the Grantsville 9th Ward Chapel, 415 W. Apple St, with a viewing an hour and a half prior. Interment at the Grantsville cemetery. Services by Didericksen Memorial (435) 277-0500.
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Carol Weyland

Carol Janice Weyland, 78, of Erda, passed away on Aug. 13, 2015, due to complications of pneumonia. She was surrounded by loved ones when she passed who will miss her personality and talents. "Christmas Carol" was born on Dec. 9, 1936, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Arlington and Ruth Johnson. She married Dellis A. Weyland on Dec. 2, 1961, and started her new life in Erda. She was the first of three children in her family. She had many interests in life including the love of photography, travel and music. She learned the talent of music at a young age and played both piano and marimba for the enjoyment of others.  She is survived by three children, Michelle Louise Rowe (Jack). Jeannette Renee Knudsen (Wayne) and Renaud Albert Weyland and two grandchilden. She was preceded in death by Dellis and son, Cary Dellis Weyland. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Aug. 21, 2015 at Tooele City Cemetery.
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Grant Ask Gundersen

Grant Ask Gundersen, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather, returned home on August 12, 2015. Often his posterity heard him sing; “Have faith, hope, and charity. That’s the way to live successfully.” His 96 years of life certainly reflected those words. Grant was born April 4, 1919 to Orson Wilford Gundersen and Ingeborg Johansen Terjesen in Idaho Falls, ID. He was proud of his Norweigan heritage. Grant grew up in the hard years of the depression. He had five brothers and three sisters and remembered lean years of a lot of hard work and not much money. From these experiences, he was especially aware of the “least of these.” He was generous with his time and his resources, often giving money to those who he felt were struggling. He and his brothers worked hard plastering but they also knew how to have fun. Four of the boys organized a quartet (Grant sang baritone) and they traveled around singing for various events. Grant loved to sing throughout his life. Grant and his brothers loved acrobatics and athletics. The Gundersen brothers’ basketball team won the stake church tournament most years.  He married his sweetheart, Marjorie Mae Calvert, on June 18, 1941 in the Salt Lake Temple. The first years of their marriage were spent moving from place to place as Grant enlisted in the Air Corps while World War II was raging. He served his country for four years. In his later years, he enjoyed studying the constitution and liked to talk about American ideals and government.  For 15 years, Grant worked as a building contractor with his brother in Holladay, Utah. He built the houses where he and Marjie raised their three sons and five daughters, of whom he was very proud.  Grant strived to follow the admonition of Jesus Christ to love the Lord with all your heart, might, mind, and strength and to love his neighbor. He was devoted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, loved to study the gospel, and served in the bishopric twice, stake high council, and as a temple worker in the Jordan River Temple for eighteen years.  Grant loved his family. He taught his children how to work hard and the importance of getting along with each other. He loved to hear his daughters sing and would often join in. His family will remember his strong will, honesty, and his love of fun activities and contests. He and Marjie were great supporters of athletic events of their children and grandchildren. Grandchildren will fondly remember “Grandpa Day” activities. As age made it harder for his athletic body to do what he loved, we will remember his devotion to Marjie, his patience, and his positive attitude through health trials. He never complained.  His proudest accomplishments were his eight children: Sherry (Earl) Larson, Vicky (Ernie) Matthews, Sandy (Steve) Allred, Kristy (Craig) Bleazard, Jerry (Audrey) Gundersen, Cindy (Edward) Cole, Kim (Tammy) Gundersen, and Tarvy (Priscilla) Gundersen. He has 47 grandchildren, 135 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. We are very proud to be counted among his surviving posterity and will miss him dearly. He is also survived by his brothers David and John. Grant was preceded in death by his beloved wife Marjie, daughter Sherry, his parents: Orson and Ingeborg, brothers: Orson, Thomas, and Joseph, and sisters: Edith, Dorothy, and Mary.  Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 15, 2015 at the Grantsville Stake Center, 550 E Durfee St. Friends and family may call from 6-8 p.m., Friday, August 14 at the Grantsville Stake Center. The family will also greet friends 10:30-11:30 a.m. prior to the Saturday service at 12:00 p.m. Interment will be in the Grantsville City Cemetery.
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Rick Byrne

Our loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away peacefully on Monday August 11, 2015. He was born in Butte, Montana March 21,1950 to James Byrne and Margaret Allen. He married the love of his life Karen Marie Holten in August of 1969. Together they had three children, Tracy, Michelle and Ricky. Rick worked as a mechanic and his passion was his family, working on race cars, and being as mischievous as possible. He loved riding motorcycles, hanging with his buddies (Ed Berger Sr. and Bill Gelling Sr.) and in general enjoying life to the fullest. Rick is survived by his children Tracy Aragon, Michelle Green (Jeno Bins), and Ricky Byrne; sister Joan Lewis; and grandchildren Steven, Alexa, Dominique, Jeno, MaShalyla and Alyssa; 5 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by the love of his life, Karen Marie, parents' James Francis Byrne and Margaret Leona Allen Byrne, Secret Byrne; and son-in law Frankie Aragon. Huge thanks to Midtown Manor for their loving all these years. Rick is going to be missed by many and loved by all. A viewing will be held at St. Marguerite Catholic Church in Tooele, Utah (15 South 7th street) on Friday, August 14th at 10:00 a.m. a Mass will follow at 11:00 am, followed by intermittent services at the Tooele City cemetery. A luncheon will follow at St. Marguerite Catholic Church. Services entrusted with Didericksen Memorial, 435-277-0050.
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Douglas Rowland Kerr

Beloved father, grandfather, sibling, and friend passed away peacefully early Thursday morning on the 6th of August in Tooele, UT. He is survived by his son, seven grandchildren, and his brother and sister. Douglas will be missed. He is loved. He was generous, kind, thoughtful,  and always willing to listen to those who needed a listening ear. Born in Calgary Canada in 1930, he was raised in Cardston, Alberta Canada. As a young man he served an LDS mission to New Zealand. He briefly attended BYU,  and later attended The Royal Academy of Arts in London England where he made several life-long friends that he held very dear. Doug was an aspiring artist, playwright, and actor.  He loved Philosophy, Art, books, and debating the authorship of Shakespeare. He dedicated much of his life to learning about these things and spent many enjoyable hours doing so. He will be missed greatly by his family and those who were fortunate enough to know and love him. Dad, we love you. Sero Sed Serio. A graveside service will be held at the Tooele City Cemetery at 11 AM on Tuesday the 11th of August. Services entrusted with Didericksen Memorial, 435-277-0050.Services entrusted with Didericksen Memorial, 435-277-0050.
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Ethel West Bourget

On August 4, 2015, Ethel West Bourget passed away at home. She went to heaven to be with God surrounded by family who loved her. Born on March 5, 1942 in Cohoes, New York, Ethel graduated high school with honors. She met Norman Francis Bourget; they married and had a happy, loving life together raising their family until his death in 1984. Ethel was twice blessed to find love again with Nabor Medina, with whom she shared her life and love for 28 years. Ethel lived many places as she followed Norman in his navy career. He retired after 20 years and they settled in Tooele where they spent the remainder of their lives together. Ethel was a woman with endless love in her heart. She brought happiness to the lives she touched. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She raised her children with love. Ethel and Nabor loved traveling and saw many wonderful places together through the years. She loved doing genealogy and was an avid reader; everywhere she went, she had a book in her hand. She enjoyed playing cards with her friends and going to Wendover. Ethel was preceded in death by her husband Norman of 18 years, her beloved mother and father-in-law Aldora and Albert Bourget, her parents Thomas Sr. and Corinne West. She is survived by her beloved husband, Nabor Medina; her daughter Renee Anne Hauser (Christopher); son Norman P. Bourget (Ella) and grandchildren Adam and Ryan Hauser, Alicia and Krystal Bourget. Her sisters Patricia Galbraith (Frank), Mary Bellnier (Charles); one brother Thomas West Jr. and her brother-in-law Paul Bourget. Her family became larger when she fell in love with Nabor and she is also survived by step children Velma (Woody) Gober, James Medina (Carolyn), Anne Medina, and many more beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren as her family continued to grow. She has many good friends who will miss her greatly, including Carol and John Jeffers, Stacey McCracken and too many more to name. The family would like to thank the nurses at Canyonview Hospice, and Father Sam for the support and comfort they provided. A funeral mass will be held August 10, 2015 12:00 p.m. with with a visitation beginning at 11:00 a.m. at St. Marguerite's Church (15 S 7th St, Tooele, UT). Interment will follow at Tooele City Cemetery. Services entrusted with Didericksen Memorial, 435-277-0050.
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Angela Lynn Matkin

Angela Lynn Matkin, was born on July 31, 1979 and passed away peacefully on August 1, 2015 in Tooele, Utah. As a graduate of Tooele High class of 97 she continued her education at Utah State University earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture. Always a friend of mother earth, her green thumb came through by the path of flowers she left behind. And now, Heavenly Father has called his master gardener home. She shared her love with everyone she touched, and greeted them with a big hug and a smile. Always open, honest and living life to the fullest. Nothing was more important to Angie than being a loving mother and caring Aunt. She loved being outdoors, and playing with her kids. She loved Red Butte Garden, hiking Southern Utah and Arizona. She would end every day watching the sunset on the mountains. As her life now fades from us, her warmth will always be felt. Angela will always be remembered through her husband, Augusto Cotte, and children, Benicio, Olivia, and Marcelo Cotte. By parents Gary and Gloria Matkin. By brothers Gary (Barbara), Bob (Souad), Jeremy (Suzette), and John (Kathryn) as well as many nieces and nephews that she loved and adored deeply. Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. Thursday, August 6, 2015 at the LDS chapel located at 1030 South 900 West, Tooele. There will be a viewing held Wednesday, August 5th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Didericksen Memorial, 87 W Main, Grantsville, as well as one hour prior to services on Thursday at the church.  Services entrusted with Didericksen Memorial, 435-277-0050.
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