SALT LAKE CITY – Lurean Stevens Harding, age 86, passed away Dec. 19, 2001 in Salt Lake City.
Born June 10, 1915 in Ferron to John Eleazer Stevens and Annie Caroline Swenson. Married Edward Bailey Harding June 6, 1940 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. He passed away June 2, 1979.
She was a graduate of Carbon County High School. Lurean was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in various callings, Young Women’s president, Primary president, counselor and president of Relief Society, Primary teacher (a calling she especially loved), spiritual living teacher and Relief Society visiting teacher.
Lurean and Ed lived in Craig, Colo., from 1942-1988. They spent 14 winters in Mesa, Ariz. Lurean moved to Salt Lake in 1988 to the Cottonwood Condominiums in Holladay.
She was a great homemaker, always baking and sewing for her family. She loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Her family and friends will miss her.
She is survived by her children, John Edward Harding (Frances), Richard George Harding (Barbara), Jean Harding Cook (Stott), Marianne Harding Burgoyne (Dr. Robert H. Burgoyne); nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband; parents, Neata Christensen, Arvel Stevens, Clay Stevens, Nona Smith, Floyd Stevens and Annie Wilde.
Funeral services were Saturday Dec. 22, at the Salt Lake Big Cottonwood LDS Stake Center, 1750 East Spring Lane. Interment was in the Provo City Cemetery under the direction of Wasatch Lawn Mortuary.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Primary Child-ren’s Medical Center.
BOUNTIFUL – Thomas J. Hilton, 70, loving husband, dad, grandpa and friend, passed away Dec. 20, 2001 after a short yet valiant battle with leukemia.
Tom was born March 22, 1931 in Castle Gate to Tommy and May Hardee Hilton. He was raised and educated in Carbon County, graduating from Carbon High in 1949 and Carbon College in 1951. Tom was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving during the Korean Conflict.
Tom married Marilyn Ann Allred March 24, 1957 in Sunnyside, Utah. They were later sealed in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Tom and Marilyn have five children and 13 grandchildren. Tom valued his family and found joy in providing for them and teaching them the finer things of life including how to first work hard, and then have fun.
Tom was an accomplished musician and played saxophone with the Jimmy Dart Orchestra and during summers at Bryce Canyon National Park. He continued his education at the University of Utah and graduated in 1960 with a degree in electrical engineering.
Tom remained an avid Ute fan and held season football tickets for many years. He valued education and encouraged his children and grandchildren to seek for lifelong learning.
Tom worked for General Dynamics in Salona Beach, Calif., before returning to Utah where he worked for the Sperry Corporation and then for the Edo Corporation until 1977.
He then co-founded and became the president of Colmek Systems Engineering, a specialized company which contributed to the discovery of the Titanic in September 1985 as well as the Bismark and other deep sea adventures.
Tom valued the friendships of his colleagues and co-workers throughout the years.
Tom was a good boss and friend to many. He was an outdoorsman who valued time spent hunting, fishing and summers at the “cabin” with his family. Tom was a high priest in the LDS Church and served in many capacities throughout his life ,including elder quorum and Sunday School presidencies, Young Men, athletic director, and was an example of selflessness to those around him.
Tom is survived by his wife, Marilyn of Bountiful; children Tom, Farmington; Stephen (Jill), Kaysville; Stacey (Gregory George), North Carolina; Cory (Diann), Las Vegas, Nev.; and Charisse, Woods Cross. Grandpa “TJ” will be dearly missed by Cassidy, Kami, Benjamin, Megan, Jesika, Hailey, Shelby, Maggie, Taylor, Rachel, Tara, McKayla and TyrerBrynne.
Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 22, at the Canyon Park LDS Ward in Bountiful. Interment at Lakeview Memorial Estates, Bountiful.
The family wishes to thank the staff of the CCU and PCU units at St. Marks Hospital for their care and loving kindness during Tom’s illness. Online guest book at www.russonmortuary.com.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Teaching and serving were central to the life and career of John Winn Tucker, who died Dec. 18, 2001.
Born on Jan. 10, 1926 in Salt Lake City to Wilhelm Paul and Doris Winn Tucker, he was the first in his family to go to college. He went on to navigate the difficult waters of college administration on the campuses of the 1960s and ’70s and was devoted to the idea that learning should be a joyous experience and, that given time, “anyone can learn anything if you want to bad enough.”
His long career in education took him to positions in St. George; Idaho Falls, Idaho; Provo; Price; Salt Lake City; and Westville, Ind. His positions included classroom instructor, school superintendent, dean of students, president of the College of Eastern Utah, vice president at the University of Utah and chancellor at Purdue University North Central.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and returned to Utah to attend Brigham Young University and complete his bachelor’s degree. He received his master’s degree from Arizona State University and was awarded an Ed.D. from Harvard University. He also did post-doctorate studies at Oxford.
He was a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served a two-year mission in Sweden and served during his life as high priest, high counselor and branch president in addition to many and varied church positions. Since retirement, he commuted to the LDS temple in Chicago, Ill., over a period of seven years to do volunteer work there. At the time of his death, he was completing a full-time 18-month mission at that temple with his wife of 48 years, LaVora.
His civic activities included membership in Kiwanis and Rotary Club, where he served a term as president. He was a member of the board of the Barker Foundation in Michigan City, Ind., and was appointed by the governor of Indiana to the New Harmony Historic Commission. He was also named by Dan Valentine in the Salt Lake Tribune as “best-dressed educator in Utah.”
Family members include wife, LaVora Mae (Murray); five daughters, Kerstin Severin, Shawna Monson, Travis Gunnell, Stacy Andre, and Mylese Reyes; 13 grandchildren; two brothers, Clyde Tucker and Wilhelm “Billy”Tucker; and sister, Veloy Bollinger.
Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 22, at the Valparaiso Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Valparaiso, Ind., under the direction of McGann Funeral Homes.
Memorial donations can be made to the Community College of Salt Lake City Darrell K. Murray Scholarship Fund, 4600 S. Redwood Road, Salt Lake City, UT 84130 or the College of Eastern Utah John Cronk Scholarship Fund, Price, UT 84501.