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Jim Petro

After a hard-fought and courageous battle with an aggressive cancer, James “Jimmy” Petro passed away at the age of 58, on Jan. 29, 2021. Jimmy was born in Provo, on Feb. 17, 1962 to Ann and Louis Petro. 

He was a graduate of Springville High School. Jimmy was a craftsman, an expert brick mason, and a master with his hands. Much like he left the spaces he worked on, he left people better than he found them- usually laughing and with a big smile on their face. 

Jimmy had a way of making people feel important, never ceasing to the take the opportunity to tell you how great he thought you were. 

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His lighthearted, easygoing personality was a haven from the world and when he laughed, he laughed with his whole body. Every time he saw you, you were welcomed in a warm embrace and often with a new nickname.
Family meant everything to Jimmy, he was a devoted father and grandfather, a great brother and son, and a favorite uncle to all his nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his dad, Louis Petro and his stepdad Dennis Wilkinson. He leaves behind his mom, Ann Petro, his brothers: Michael (Monica) Petro, Martin (Brenda) Petro, Mark (Pam) Petro, David (Joni) Petro, his sister Annette (Richard) Smith, his bonus daughters Necia Anne Gallagher and Tara Lee Beckstead (Bryan), and the three lights of his life: his son Louis, daughter Cassie, and granddaughter, Ellie. This loss is great, but we find great comfort in knowing he is at peace and out of pain.

Gerald Rober Jensen

Gerald Robert Jensen, passed away on Feb. 9, 2021. He was born Aug. 13,
1927, in Goshen, to Edmund Waldemar Jensen and Wilma Tanner Jensen House.
He married Lois Joy Anderson on Dec. 21, 1951 in the Manti LDS Temple.
Gerald was raised in Payson, where he worked on his family farm until 17 when
he graduated from Payson High School.
He enlisted in the Navy and served during World War II. After his military service, he returned home, where he played football for and attended BYU.

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Gerald was employed with Sears for 10 years as a Service Manager but most of his career was spent with Provo City Power as a
stationary engineer. He retired from Provo City after 35 years. Gerald was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served as a Stake Missionary,served in the bishopric and many other ward and stake auxiliaries.
Gerald loved to golf, was a member of the Cougar Club and had a great love for the outdoors. After retirement, Gerald and Lois spent a great deal of time traveling and camping with family until Lois’s death in 1999. Gerald later married Nancy Rose Miller. Gerald is survived by his wife, Nancy. 

He is also survived by one son and three daughters. James Robert (Jannette) Jensen of St George, Ut; Katherine (Mike) Osborn of Sandy, Ut; Marilyn (Mark) Ellsworth of Springville, Ut; Dianne (Doug) Racine of Meridian, Idaho; 11 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. One sister, Sylvia Jensen Messner of St Louis.
He is proceeded in death by his parents, wife Lois Anderson Jensen, a sister Verna Jensen Rohbock, and a brother Clifton Jensen.
To send condolences, and share memories of Gerald, go to www.legacyfunerals.com

Dale Morehouse (Vest)

Dale Vest Morehouse (71), often called “Spicy” by her daughters and grand-kids, departed her loving family on Jan 26, 2021, surrounded by her family at her Springville home. She fought a valiant battle against cancer for the last 25 years.
Dale was born in Delta on Sept. 1, 1949, to Glenna and Samuel Vest. Although she hated school, she did graduate from Springville High School.

Dale was a mommy to Leonard Roy Morehouse Jr, (Deceased), Cynthia Cornaby and Delinda Gardner. She was Grandma (Granny) to her 4 beautiful Grand-kid’s: Shiri Stewart, Nicolas Gardner, Megan Marshall, Kaylee Marshall and her great nephew, Gage Whitelock.

She worked as a seamstress most of her life. She loved sewing, baking, eating a good pastry, the outdoors and her family.

Dale is proceeded in death by her parent’s, her son, Leonard Roy Morehouse Jr., her brother, Donald Vest, and her niece, Brittany Vest King. She is survived by her two daughter’s, Cindy (Brandon) Cornaby, Delinda (Kelly) Gardner, 4 Grand-kid’s, 1 sister, Cynthia Vest and 3 brother’s, Russell (Genie) Vest, Dean (Marlene) Vest and Chester (Chet) Vest.
Fly high Spicy Mom!

Brody Lawrence Brewster

Brody Lawrence Brewster was a gift from God who touched our hearts, healed our souls, made us laugh, and helped us realize what is truly important and what is not. Brody was born on June 13, 1991 to DeeAnn Hall Brewster and Thayne Jay Brewster in Provo.

Brody truly brought his family together. Throughout his life, Brody loved school and his day programs. He had great teachers, staff, and helpers that all fell in love with Brody, no matter what they had to put up with. He enjoyed attending Aspen Elementary, Orem Junior High, and Timpanogos High School, from which he graduated in 2010. He most recently attended TURN’s day program where he shared many tender and joyful experiences. For the last year, Brody had been staying at the Chrysalis group home in Springville. He formed strong bonds and friendships with his staff and roommates.
Brody had many loves: eating chicken, drawing and painting, baseball, dancing, upbeat music, headphones, watching Disney and Marvel movies, escaping, going into people’s houses to sit on their couch, watch tv, and eat their food, getting rides in firetrucks, giving the biggest bear hugs and wet kisses, dressing as a pirate, flirting with cute girls, and most especially, his mom. When he tested positive for COVID-19 and was admitted to the American Fork Hospital, he received the best care for 11 days from all the nurses and staff. We want to personally thank them for the love and care they showed Brody and our family. Brody’s mother did not leave his side except when absolutely necessary, for which he screamed the entire time until she returned. DeeAnn has cared for Brody in the same manner his whole life.
Brody had many physical challenges in his life that he will now be free from. Brody was a fighter and bore his burdens cheerfully. His father, Thayne has always been a strength and support to him, providing him with blessings, visits, hugs, and of course, headphones. He was able to give him a blessing the week before he passed. The day of his passing, Brody enjoyed watching his favorites: Mighty Joe Young and Lion King, listening to songs sung by his family, and video chatting family and friends from all over. The last nine hours of his life he rested peacefully until his family on the other side of the veil took his hand and gently walked him back to the presence of the Father and our loving Savior, Jesus Christ.
Some of these family members were his brother-in-law, Héctor Castillo who passed on just a month earlier, his grandfathers, Kim Brewster and Henry Hall, (“Papa Kim” and “Grandma Hank” as Brody liked to call them), his grandmother Ruth Hall and their angel son, “Ricky”. He leaves behind his parents, Dee Ann Hall Brewster, Thayne Jay and Karen Bogar Brewster, siblings: Beau Brewster (and Miki Brewster), Bonnie Castillo, Braxton Brewster, Jania Bogar, Michael Bogar, Kiana Alexander (and Jonathan Alexander), Melina Bogar and Brendan Bogar, as well as many aunts and uncles that he adored, especially his buddy who he’s named after, Lawrence Hall. He is a proud uncle of five nieces (Oakley, Rosalee, Juniper, Ripley, Lucille) and four nephews (Remington, Levi, Atticus, James Bridger).
Brody, you will be dearly missed. However, we are glad you have graduated to your heavenly home. We will never forget the love and example you have shown us. You truly have changed us all for the better. You’ll be with us like a handprint on our hearts, until we meet again at Jesus’ feet.

Jarom Allen Williams

On Feb. 7, 2021 the world lost a beautiful soul and a bright light. Jarom Allen Williams was born on May 6, 1977 in Logan. He was a miracle baby. Despite an emergency C-section and an umbilical cord wrapped around his neck, he took his first breath–against all odds. From the very beginning Jarom was a fighter.

Jarom has a generous heart, and a genuine love for the overlooked and marginalized in society. It’s no surprise, therefore, that later in life he found great joy and purpose in working alongside social workers providing for the homeless in Provo, Utah. He was constantly giving his time and financial resources to help others. This last Christmas he asked for no gifts–insisting the money be used to help others in need. Jarom has a divine gift that allowed him to look past the outward appearances, and to see the hearts of others. He was a warrior for unity and goodness, and the world is a less kind place without him.
Everyone’s favorite uncle is Uncle Jarom. He spent countless hours comforting, loving and playing with his many nieces and nephews. Despite the challenges of life, he managed to never lose his childlikeness; he found great joy in surprises, Christmas, gift giving, Halloween, games and the simple pleasure of play. He is survived by nieces: Shaelyn and Cassidy Gates, Zelle Williams, Teegan O’Brien and Mary-Kathryn Hervey; and nephews: Jace Gates, Luca and Jonah Hervey, Tristan O’Brien and Zeike and Zage Williams.
Jarom fought through many earthly challenges with incredible courage and perseverance. He managed to find a path that led to recovery, redemption, forgiveness and love. His life was a miracle, from the very beginning, to witness. We, who knew and loved him best, are so honored for our time together, for the lessons he taught and for the man we love.
He is survived by his mother and father, Heber and Mona Williams. Siblings: Tera Williams Gates (Gordon Gates), Trina Williams O’Brien (Tara O’Brien), Logan Williams (Samantha Williams) and Ashley Williams Hervey (Derek Hervey).
Our family is strong because we are joined by links of love. We will be forever changed by Jarom’s legacy. He gently reminded us that we can be even stronger as we open our chain of love to freely include our fellowmen. Thank you for your life, Jarom. We love you for eternity.
To send condolences and share memories of Jarom, go to www.legacyfunerals.com

Marjorie Jane Hess Jones (Burnett)

Marjorie Jane (Burnett) Hess Jones, beloved sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother faithfully concluded her mortal probation on Feb. 1, 2021, in Palmyra, surrounded by loving family members.
Born July 9, 1929, in Salt Lake City, the third of six children born to Kenneth William Burnett and Melba Beatrice Brewer. She was a life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and honorably served as an emissary of Jesus Christ in the LDS Western States Mission.

She and USAF officer Jay Criddle Hess married and while moving frequently to different states and countries, raised five children, whom she dearly loves and who deeply love and miss her. One of the hardest challenges of her life was managing her home and family by herself for the nearly 6 years her husband was a POW during the Vietnam War. Following his return home, efforts to heal both their wounds were unsuccessful and their marriage ended in divorce.
Through experiencing much adversity, she learned the importance of setting boundaries, moving towards forgiveness, striving to love unconditionally, that everyone is different, and trying to pass along to her posterity the lessons of life and wisdom she acquired. She loved and excelled at music throughout her life and was a former member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. She learned to oil paint and loved to grow and enjoy flowers, especially violets and tulips. Her favorite holiday was Valentine’s Day, which she celebrated year-round with hearts throughout her home.
After decades of living alone, she reconnected with a fellow missionary and later suitor, Rollo Sheldon Jones, who brought happiness and love back into her life, and whom she joyfully married on August 2, 2014, and to whom she was later sealed in the Payson Utah LDS temple.
She is survived by her husband Rollo, children: Cameron Marshall Hess (Kimberlie) of Riverton, UT, Heather Nibley (Stephen), of Provo, UT, Warren Jay Hess (Lori) of West Dundee, IL, Holly Dunn (Michael) of Salem, UT, Heidi Johnson (Greg) of Pleasant Grove, UT; siblings: Marie Housley, Kenneth Leon Burnett, Louise Greco; 28 grandchildren, and 55 great-grandchildren, with several en route. She is predeceased by her parents, sister LaRue Wilde, and brother Byron Burnett.
Marge’s family would like to thank Rollo’s children for their acceptance, love, and care: Michelle Hawker (Paul), Teresa Minor (Mikel), Melanie Patten (Lonnie), Christi Bufton (Shaun), Michael Jones (Marnie).
To offer condolences and share memories of Marjorie, go to www.legacyfunerals.com

Karen Kristine Petersen

Karen Kristine Petersen (1975-2021) passed away in Payson. She was born in California to Guy and Rhonda Peterson.
Karen was a medical billing specialist who always took great pride in her work.

She is survived by her mother, Rhonda, and her three brothers, Aaron (Patricia), Ben (Amber), and Jake. She also had great love for her nieces and nephews, Nickolas, Danielle, Spencer, Savannah, Tyler and Ashley, as well as her three cats, Snuggles, Willow and Lily.
She is preceded in death by her grandparents and her father, Guy.
The family would like to thank the ICU team and staff at Mountain View Hospital for the great care and compassion they provided both for Karen and her loved ones during such a difficult time.
Karen was known for her compassion, kindness, and her sense of humor. Everybody who met her liked her. She made everyone feel special through her kind words and actions. She had great compassion for all animals.
She will be dearly missed by her family and her many friends, especially Mary, who has been friends with Karen since they were five.
To leave condolences and share memories of Karen, go to www.legacyfunerals.com

Kenyon Jerry Kirk

Kenyon’s loyal and caring heart no longer beats.

Born to Debbie Ann Kaletta and Michael “Mickey” Colvin Kirk, Kenyon grew up in Santaquin. He was the youngest of four and quickly stole the show, winning baby contests and the hearts of everyone in his orbit. As a toddler, he discovered basketball and one accompanied him everywhere and surprised spectators with the swoosh into a random garbage can or imaginary hoop.

Kenyon’s father and older brothers passed on their respect for the outdoors. He longed for the moments that would bring camping, hunting, fishing, and cruising on the four-wheeler. He was a skilled trapper at a young age and often mentored older men. He learned to fly fish when the rod was still three times his size. He generously shared his love for shed horn hunting with anyone he could talk into a hike. Kenyon was truly at peace in the outdoors.
Kenyon had a special relationship with his grandparents and enjoyed fiddling in the shed with his Grandpa Bill or helping his Grandma Ruby make Norwegian pancakes in the kitchen.
Kenyon carried on the family tradition of drywall finishing and took pride in his work.
Lately, he could be counted on to show up for his daily Pepsi at the gas station, enjoy a good football game, and he still had that weird obsession with Eminem. He was delighted to teach his youngest nephew to drive a stick shift. That wicked sense of humor that accompanied him everywhere will surely be missed by everyone fortunate enough to truly know him.
Kenyon’s death was tragically way too soon. Depression and drugs stole his beautiful loving soul. He bravely fought his addiction holding on for his mom, whom he did not want to leave alone.
Kenyon was preceded in death by his grandparents, Don and LaVois Kirk and William and Ruby Kaletta, his father, Mickey Kirk, his brothers, Josey and Dylan Kirk, and his nephew, Ethen Jack. He is survived by his mother, Debbie, and sister, Shelsee Kirk, and several nephews that all adored him.
“Just promise you’ll think of me, every time you look up in the sky and see a star.” – Eminem
Condolences can be offered at legacyfunerals.com.

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