Mar 08, 1947 - Nov 23, 2023
Eileen Louise Stafford
Jun 18, 1962 - Feb 19, 2024
Eileen Louise Stafford, age 61, passed away at home in Bountiful, Utah on February 19, 2024. She was born June 18, 1962, in Albuquerque, NM to parents Hugh Ira Hamlett and Mary Margaret Hamlett. She resided there until her marriage to Richard Stafford in 1979. Eileen felt the world would be a better place if everyone loved as unconditionally as our animals. She was passionate about fostering cats and dogs and loved spending time outdoors, but she experienced her greatest joy when she was surrounded by her family. Her love and unwavering support for her children knew no bounds. She is survived by her husband Richard Stafford, six wonderful children, Zachary Stafford (Nick Murdock), Patrick Stafford, Kenan Stafford, Haley Stafford, Janay Stafford, Amber Stafford, and her siblings Cathy Goode (John Pijawka), Anne Hamlett, Mary Quinn, Carolyn Hamlett, James Hamlett, and ten beautiful grandchildren. A Memorial Celebration of her life will take place on Sunday, February 25, 2024, at 12:30 pm at the Chateau at Le Jardin, 1910 East Dimple Dell Road, Sandy Utah. Friends and family may gather beginning at 12:00 pm and remain until 2:00 pm.
James Reed Maughan
Aug 10, 2023 - Feb 15, 2024
James Reed Maughan passed away to be with his loving Heavenly Father on February 15, 2024, due to an unexpected cardiac event. James was born healthy and happy on August 10, 2023. His family instantly fell in love with his big eyes and huge smile, and he brought them so much joy and love. He was a sweet happy little boy and he filled his home with a special spirit. His mommy and daddy called him “budgkins” and “little budge”. James loved listening to music. He would stare into his mommy’s eyes as she sang him Primary songs, and if he ever was fussy, sitting at the piano with his daddy to play music and sing would instantly make him happy. James was an observer who loved to sit on the couch with his mommy and his grandma and turn his head back and forth as he watched his big sister and his dog run and play. He thought his big sister was the coolest thing ever, and happily sat through many “checkups” while she played doctor. He loved being his sister’s car buddy and would never cry or fall asleep during family car rides. James was born with a cleft lip, and due to that, he had the widest and goofiest smile that made everyone around him happy. James went through a lot in his short life, including nasal-alveolar molding to prepare for cleft surgery, lip and nose surgery in December of 2023, and a hospital stay when he contracted RSV in January of 2024. James never stopped being a happy baby through these hard times. He was smiling and laughing the day after both of his hospital stays. James is the son of Cody and Emily Maughan, and the little brother of Annie Maughan. His maternal grandparents are Reed and Susan Chandler. His living paternal grandparents are Chris and Bridget Strama, and Alan and Kim Maughan. He is now with his late grandmother Jane Maughan, his loving Heavenly Father, and his Savior Jesus Christ. James leaves behind a legacy of faith, and his parents look forward to the day when they can be reunited with him as an eternal family. Funeral services will be held at the Val Verda 3rd ward (2651 South 500 West, Bountiful, UT) on February 22, 2024. There will be a viewing at 10:00 a.m. followed by services at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be at Memorial Lakeview Mortuary and Cemetery (1640 Lakeview Dr, Bountiful, UT).
Jan 01, 1934 - Feb 10, 2024
Bountiful UT – Valerie Smith passed away peacefully surrounded by family & friends. Val was born in Albany, California, to Glen Phillips Umberger & Patricia Walsh. At 9 years of age they moved to Salt Lake City, Capital Hill area. She attended West High School, then the University of Utah, where she met her eternal companion, Ariel E Smith. They were sealed for time and all eternity September 23, 1954, in the Salt Lake Temple. Moved to Pennsylvania where Ariel was working, and they started their family. In 1961 they moved to Bountiful, Utah, in the Val Verda area. Their family continued to grow. Mother was always busy with family & church callings. She lovingly cared for her invalid mother for 10 years. Valerie was a voracious reader & learner. Her love of the scriptures & her testimony blossomed over the years, especially during the many missions she & Ariel served. She easily made lifelong friends that she loved dearly. Her passions were chocolate, Family Search, painting, teaching, family & friends. Above all, her life was filled with service due to her strong testimony in our LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ. Valerie is survived by her sweetheart, Ariel, and children: Duane (Cindie) Smith, Melody (Dirk) Bodily, Greg (Ann) Smith, Patricia (Barry) Hatch, Lloyd (Estie) Smith, Sherri (Steve) Harris; and her brother Forrest (Jan) Umberger. 28 grandchildren, 56 great-grandchildren. Valerie is preceded in death by her parents, a granddaughter, & a great-grandson. The service to honor Valerie will be held Saturday, February 17, 2024, at their stake center located at 3599 S Orchard Dr, Bountiful, UT. Family & friends may visit at a viewing from 9:30-10:30am. The funeral will follow at 11:00am. Interment will be at Bountiful Cemetery, 200 W 2224 S, Bountiful, UT. For those unable to attend, please click the "Watch Services" button above to watch the services live or recording.
Michael Joseph Lemieux
Feb 05, 1937 - Jan 31, 2024
Michael Joseph Lemieux died on January 31, 2024, at the age of 86 at Lakeview Hospital in Bountiful, Utah. Michael was born in Deer Lodge, Montana, and was raised in Missoula, Montana, the only son of Margaret and Wilfred Lemieux. He graduated from Gonzaga Preparatory School in 1955. Transferring to Seattle University, where he graduated with a degree in Insurance. He married his college sweetheart, Shirley Anderson Lemieux in July of 1959 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Anaconda, Montana. He moved to Utah in 1961 and spent his entire career in the state residing in Bountiful. Michael was a wonderful husband and father to his family. He was a good friend. He will be missed by all. He was an active member of St. Olaf’s Catholic Church until his passing. He was a dedicated supporter of the church his entire life. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 5502 in Bountiful, holding all offices in the Council as well as being District Deputy of Utah. He was named Knight of the Year for the state council in 1973-1974 year. He is survived by his sons Paul (C. Kim), John (Leslie), and daughters Michele and Deborah. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Peter (Gaia), Matthew (Jessica), Stephen (Destiny) Monique (Josh) and Mackenzie. As well as great-grandchildren: Kimberly Rose and Henry. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, February 12th at 10:00 AM at St. Olaf’s Catholic Church, 276 East 1700 South, Bountiful. Michael will be cremated and interred at Mt. Cavalry Catholic Cemetery in Salt Lake City next to his wife Shirley.
Byrdie Josephine Esplin
Jan 20, 1935 - Jan 21, 2024
Byrdie Josephine Esplin, age 89, of Bountiful, Utah passed away on Sunday, January 21, 2024. Byrdie Josephine Roundy Esplin left her earthly home on January 21, 2024, in Bountiful, Utah at the age of 89. Byrdie Jo was born January 20, 1935, in Alton, Utah to Karl and Berniece Roundy. Byrdie was a beautiful and gracious woman. She married Derrell T. Esplin on September 5, 1954. She and Derrell were sealed for time and eternity. She was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Together they raised a family of 4 children, Mark, Gary, Terezza (Kelly), and Chad (Nicole). Byrdie loved to learn and was a voracious reader. She appreciated beauty and loved nature. She was also a talented artist and enjoyed painting. You were fortunate if you owned one of her oil landscapes. Byrdie is survived by her sons Mark and Chad, her daughter Terezza with 8 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Derrell, and son Gary. Although we will miss her, we are comforted to know she is now reunited with her sweetheart Derrell and their son Gary. A viewing will be held February 3 ,2024 at 10:00 am with services to follow at 11:00 am at Valley View Memorial Park, 4335 West 4100 South, West Valley City, Utah. Interment will be on February 5 at 11:00 am in the Utah Veterans Memorial Park, 17111 South Camp Williams Road, Bluffdale, Utah.
Jan 27, 1927 - Jan 24, 2024
Helene Kramer, 96, of Bountiful, UT, passed away on January 24, 2024 of natural causes. Helene was born on January 27th, 1927 to Hermann and Helene Daleske in Germany. Her mom, dad and Helene joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints while in Germany and when she met her husband Karl he decided to also join the church. Karl and Helene were married in July, 1949. They all immigrated to Toronto, Canada in 1952 and then moved to Salt Lake City in 1959. Shortly thereafter they adopted their son Michael in January of 1961; upon her passing Helene had 6 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Helene has dedicated her life to working within the church volunteering to sell eggs for the welfare program and later worked in the Salt Lake and Bountiful Temples for over 30 years. When she could no longer attend the temple she worked in the genealogy area extracting names written in Old German. Her and Karl served a mission in the Frankfurt Germany Temple mission where Karl passed away while working in the temple. She served a second mission going back to the Frankfurt Germany Temple making lasting friendships including Silvana who is from Brazil. Helene sponsored Silvana to move here, put her through school to get certified as a nurse, and Silvana ended up living with Helene for more than 20 years. Helene was a missionary from the day she heard the Gospel message sharing her beliefs to everyone and anyone who would listen. Her testimony of us all being God's children resonated in her interactions with everyone she came in contact with including her renters. She was always known as the "cheap" landlord and was more interested in the well-being of those living in her properties then in how much rent she could charge. Her love for animals was legendary...from taking care of 10+ cats or feeding the birds and deer, to having 4 hummingbird feeders on her porch...I'm sure she was warmly greeted by them when she entered Heaven. She was a wonderful grandma who loved and supported her grandchildren until she passed. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Helene was predeceased by her sister Marta, her parents and her husband. She is survived by Mike and his wife Shaz as well as all of their children and grandchildren. She has always loved Shaz as a daughter…she never felt that she lost a son but gained a precious daughter. The family requests that all flowers and notes are sent to Memorial Mortuaries and Cemeteries on Redwood Road. There will be a funeral service on Monday January 29th at 2PM and interment at 4PM at Memorial Mortuaries and Cemeteries, 6500 South Redwood Road, West Jordan, UT. There will also be a gathering at Helen’s house from 6-8 PM.
Jun 15, 1942 - Jan 22, 2024
Our loving mother officially got her wings in the early evening of Monday January 22, 2024. She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah to Leo and Effie Glover on June 15, 1942 LuDeen met LaMont and fell in love immediately. They married in Carson City, Nevada on May 10, 1957. They shared 65 wonderful years together and enjoyed every second of it. She absolutely enjoyed camping, fishing, shooting target practice and rock hunting with children, but most of all with the love of her life, her husband. She had many hobbies including crocheting, embroidery, quilting, plastic canvas, cross stitching, and many other crafts. Her yard was her sanctuary. Constant blooming flowers year round. She spent her relaxing time on the patio watching the hummingbirds surrounding her feeders. Her heart shined bright upon everyone she knew and loved back by everyone in return. She will be dearly missed. Mom loved her family with all her heart. She was an excellent cook and made wonderful desserts, always making sure everyone’s bellies were full and satisfied. LuDeen is survived by her children; Doyle (Brenda) Beckstead, Darwin Beckstead, Chris (Mary Huffman) Beckstead, and Debbie (Rick) Draper, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, brother Lyle Glover and sisters, Cleo Chenoweth and Linda Johnson. She was preceded in death by her eternal soulmate her husband, LaMont Beckstead, parents, brothers; Charles and Jay Glover, sisters; Lois Mabey and Arlene Knight. The family would like to thank Heritage Park Nursing Home and Lindquist’s Mortuaries and Cemeteries. Graveside services will be held Tuesday January 30, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. at Lindquist’s Memorial Park at Layton, 1867 No. Fairfield Rd., Layton, Utah.
Ruben Chittock Jr.
Sep 21, 1927 - Dec 21, 2023
Ruben Chittock Jr. was born on September 21 of 1927 and passed December 21, 2023.Dad was a hard worker. He worked at cattle feed mills all across California, New Mexico and Texas. He loved his family.He survived by Kristy Murray, Thornton, Colorado, Kathy Chittock, Phoenix, Arizona, and Lori Reynolds of South Jordan, Utah. Preceding him in death was Lorraine Chitttock and Mark, James Chittock. A funeral mass will be held in South Jordan, Utah, and Clovis New Mexico dates to be determined he will be entered with his wife, Lorraine and his son, Mark.
Pepe Taualai Gautavai
Jun 28, 1936 - Jan 17, 2024
A deep love for God and family became the central source of his joy and how he would faithfully live his life. Where peace and plenty here abide, putting faith in Jesus Christ, trusting in Him is how dad was driven to provide for our family first spiritually, and then temporally. Pepe Taualai Gautavai, 87 of Bountiful, Utah entered eternity peacefully at home on January 17th, 2024, surrounded by the companionship of the Holy spirit, warmth, and love of his family. He was born June 28, 1936, in the village of Mata’uta, on the Island of Upolu, Samoa to Taualai Taamu Gautavai and Taaga James Roberts. He would learn early on from his mother the importance of family, as she would serve as caretaker for her family – lessons of taking care of each other, doing good works, and working hard. She would teach him how to care for and live off the land, farm, and fish. The harvest and bounty of these things would lead to more life learning in preparing meals and ensuring there was always enough to share with others. Virtuous building blocks that would support his personal ministry to family and friends throughout his life. He enjoyed growing up on the Islands. His days of youth were filled with learning the things of God and eternal in nature; combining the requisite work ethic to reach his aspirations, life goals and hope. He formed many childhood friends, many who would remain connected through time and distance. Family was important, he treasured his close relationship with his Mulitalo aiga. Manu Mulitalo Sr., he considered a lifelong brother-though they were first cousins-as they shared early years together under his mother’s care and tutelage in the home. Education was also important to him as he proved to be an excellent student in the Marist Brothers primary and secondary parochial school an all-boys Catholic school. He met the love of his life, Faitasia Fua Puefua, Sia at a church activity. He summoned the courage to ask her out, on a day that she was tending children with one child holding her hand and another child nestled against her hip. They would wed February 11, 1956, in the village of Mesepa, on the Island of Tutuila, American Samoa. He was a faithful and loving eternal companion to Sia for 68 years going on at the time of his passing. Two of their children, Taaga and Sia were born in Samoa before they emigrated to the United States in 1958. Settling in Laie, Hawaii, they would add Matsonia, a son; Alice, a daughter; Carson another son; and Faaagi the baby of the family. They were sealed as a family for time and all eternity in the Laie Hawaii Temple in July 1963. He worked long days in construction jobs while in Hawaii to ensure his young family would have sufficient for their needs and make ends meet. From Laie, Dad would move his young family to San Francisco, California in 1968 for better work opportunities and life. In the bay area he would renew relationships with family and friends. He would also forge new friendships that would prove to be providential. Spiritual roots would deepen as he continued to trust God and exercise faith in Jesus Christ. With young eyes watching he would work multiple jobs throughout the city to ensure the family would be okay and propel them for the next progression. Not long in the Bay Area, he would move his family again, this time to Utah where his eldest daughter attended BYU and his mother lived in the Salt Lake valley. The way of life in Utah was appealing to him in raising and supporting a family. In February 1974 dad packed the family station wagon with U-haul trailer in tow traversing the Sierra Nevada Mountain range and Great Salt Lake plains. Next month February 2024 marks 50 years in Utah. The time in Utah would see him work multiple jobs in security, supply chain, and manufacturing fields. His focus continued to be on his faith and now maturing family spanning primary to secondary to college education. He cared for his aging mother through the end of her life. He and Sia became first-time homeowners in Salt Lake City. Dad was able to support his children in completing college educations and serving fulltime missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints throughout the world. Dad was blessed to go to work for the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) as a bus operator. If you’ve ridden UTA in the Salt Lake valley and Wasatch Front from 1978 to 2020, a good chance you may have ridden on his bus. He considered it a secure, honest job where he was able to provide a good living for himself and family. In 42 years, he was able to reach the top spot in seniority, he was a dependable and safe operator. He was awarded “3-million miles driven accident free” in the time before retirement. He viewed his employment as a blessing and a means of helping to reach personal and family goals. A bus route through a northeast Bountiful neighborhood had open land where once an apricot orchard grew, now displaying “for sale” signage on lots that drew his attention. He would purchase the land where he and mom would build their dream home in the land of Bountiful. In August 1988 he moved to Bountiful into their newly constructed home. A place where all were welcome, but especially a place of refuge for his and Sia’s posterity. Here he would build lasting friendships and relationships. The family was surrounded and influenced for good by countless friends, neighbors, and people of faith. In Bountiful the family would grow with marriages, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and opportunities to serve. He believed his hopes and aspirations for himself, mom and his family were now even 88 years later being realized through the providence of God. His journey is a testimony of perseverance, hard work and ultimately trust in God. Dad was a lifelong follower of Jesus Christ and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, having a great and abiding faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and testimony in the restoration of the fullness of the Gospel and plan of redemption. He faithfully served in many callings in the Church. His greatest calling was as disciple, husband, and father. He took great pleasure and care with family watching children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, grow and mature. At a moment’s notice he would drop all, anything to attend to children, grandchildren, and friends in need. His grandchildren love grandpa! Dad is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Sia; daughters Taaga, Sia and Alice. His parents, siblings, Amelia Iosua, Simi Gautavai, Ane Paialii, Loiti Gautavai. He is survived by sons, Matsonia Bountiful; Carson (Rochelle) Bountiful; daughter, Faaagi, Bountiful; grandchildren, Erika (Kelcy) Hawaii; Lina (Tetsuya) Japan; Keri (Shou) Japan; Emilee (Harumi) Japan; Camree (Kacie) Herriman; Rylee (Mele Lupe) Herriman; Mekelee, Orem; Richard, Saratoga Springs. Great-grandchildren Ekolu, Eliana, Ewalani, Hawaii; Savannah, Jackson, Herriman; Taualai, Emil, Makamae, Herriman; Luka, Japan. And many nephews and nieces. Dad’s mortal presence and example will be missed by his family and friends. A family service and viewing will begin at 9am, with the funeral service beginning at 11:30am on January 26th, 2024 at the Bountiful Heights Ward, 33 South Moss Hill Drive, Bountiful, Utah. Interment will follow at Redwood Memorial Cemetery in Taylorsville, Utah. For those unable to attend the service in person, the family invites you to join via Zoom, at
Shawn David Blake
Apr 08, 1971 - Jan 18, 2024
Shawn David BlakeShawn was born April 8, 1971 in Bountiful, Utah to Larry and Linda Blake. He passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in Bountiful, Utah, January 18, 2024 after a short illness. He is survived by his parents, sisters, Tracie Lynn Blake and Jessica Christensen (Joe); brother Robert (Alisha) Blake; sons Nathan Shawn Blake (Michelle) and Samuel David Blake; 2 nieces, Hannah (Austin) Ackerman and Lauren Christensen; 4 nephews, Tyson and Jack Christensen and Gage and Xander Blake; many aunts, uncles, cousins.Preceded in death by his grandparents Laurence and Genevieve Blake and Virgil and Merilyn Redmond; aunt Marsha Blake Leatherwood and Cousin Jo Ann Krebs.When his father graduated from the University of Utah, the young family moved to New Jersey so his father could work in New York City. A sister, Tracie, joined them while they lived there. A few more moves until they built a home in Bennion, Utah. There another sister, Jessica and brother, Robert completed the family.Shawn went to Plymouth Elementary, Eisenhower Jr., Taylorsville High, and Granite High Schools. He also graduated from American Technical Center and Utah College of Applied Technology. He worked most of his adult life as an auto mechanic. He was currently working for Pittsburgh Paint and Glass.Growing up he loved to play outside, shooting hoops, putting on the putting green, climbing in the tree house, riding his bike and swimming. He was baptized in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was active in the Young Mens program. He loved scouts and camping with his scout master, dad. He earned his Eagle Scout Badge. This is when he began his life long love of fishing (with Strawberry becoming his favorite fishing hole.) As a teenager he loved snow skiing, Stars Wars, break dancing, loud music and fast cars. He pushed the limits for his parents, sisters, and little brother. He had his own style in everything he did.Shawn worked for a short time as a dance DJ and met Camie George. They were married in August of 1991. After 8 years he became a dad to Nate and 2 years later, to Sam. His boys were his whole world. He taught them everything he could.He loved coaching their baseball teams; love taking them on trips to Disneyland, the Ocean, St. George, Denver, Idaho and Yellowstone. His favorite place to take them, from the time they were born, was the property at Twisted Pines. He loved big campfires, the shooting range, Dutch oven dinners and ATV rides. He was divorced in 2015, but continued to raise his boys through their graduations from High School and Nate's marriage. Sam still lived with his Dad.He loved doing everything with the family. He loved being "Uncle Shawn". He was a great 'blanket monster'. It was his idea to make a family cookbook. It was his idea to plan a big family trip to Disneyland. He carved the grandkids trail at Twisted Pines and chopped down trees to make the way. He was a great photographer and captured many treasured moments. He was very patriotic and loved the flag. He loved cutting a real Christmas tree with Grandpa Redmond and always wanted a real Christmas in his own house. He was always very close to Grandma Redmond and was usually the first one to her rescue so many times after Grandpa died.When he needed something very important he would ask "Mom can you do that thing you do-pray for me"? He was a free spirit child that became a very good man. He helped and served others and was fiercely protective of his boys.Our faith unites us with him and our family forever.A viewing will be held, Friday, January 26, 6-8:00 p.m. at McDougal Funeral Home, 4330 South Redwood Road.Cremation to follow.