The following are obituaries and death notices that appeared in the June 24, 2010 edition of the Star Valley Independent.
Alan Stanley Walker, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, June 13, 2010 at the age of 54. Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 19, 2010 in the Afton LDS Tabernacle. Alan was born on July 25, 1955 to Ila Hyde Kuchler and Stanley D. Walker. He was the pride and joy of both his mother and his big brother, DeLoyd Bithell. Ila later married William A. Kuchler who raised Alan and who Alan loved very much. In 1978 Alan married Robynn Villa and they had three children together, Aleesha, Todd and Chad. After Alan and Robynn divorced Alan married Teresa Call on July 31, 1992. From that union Alan was blessed to become step-father to Teresa’s three daughters, Katie, Stephanie and Kyrie whom he took in and loved as his own. Alan was a devoted family man. He spent his life taking his family on countless trips to Lake Powell, fishing, camping, hiking, and hunting. He adored his children and grandchildren who, in turn, adored him. He was a famous jokester and loved to see people laugh. As a father he was kind, patient, beautiful, caring and gentle. His children will miss him incredibly and will cherish dearly all of the wonderful memories of the times he spent with them. He is considered, by his children, to have been the greatest father who ever lived. Alan loved Star Valley and he enjoyed being retired and taking morning drives to Clark’s Barn with his beloved wife, Teresa and their dog, Bosco. He was happy to take his grandchildren out in nature and show them all of its glory and why he loved it so much. Often Alan and Teresa would just take off for the day and end up at Jackson Lake, in the mountains of Greys River, or just enjoying the various trails and canyons of the Valley he loved so much. Alan was always in service of his fellow man often plowing the driveways of his neighbors, mowing the lawns of his children, babysitting his beloved grandbabies and much more. Alan was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in many callings including as a Primary Teacher, as the Ward Librarian, in the Young Men’s Presidency, as the Elder’s Quorum President and as the Executive Secretary in the Bishopric twice. He loved the Lord and served him well. Alan’s memory will be held lovingly by those who were fortunate enough to have his beautiful spirit, his warm smile and his fun-loving personality grace their lives. Alan is survived by his wife, Teresa Call Walker; daughter Aleesha Burgess (Dusty) of Afton; step-daughter Katie Williams of Provo; son Todd Walker of St. George; step-daughter Stephanie Townsend (Andrew) of Laie, Hawaoo; son Chad Walker (Vandi) of Rexburg; daughter Kyrie Williams of Syracuse, Utah; his dear brother DeLoyd Bithell (Beryle) of St. George; five beloved and cherished grandchildren, and countless nieces and nephews who loved him dearly. He is preceded in death by his mother Ila Kuchler; father William Kuchler and nephew Kory Bithell.
Scott Toland, age 55, of Upalco, Utah, passed away June 19, 2010, due to heart complications. He was born Aug. 30, 1954, in Afton to Larry Garland Toland and Marge Balls. He married Kathryn Mitchell on May 28, 1977. They had two girls together. They were sealed on Feb. 21, 1998, in the Vernal LDS Temple. Scott worked in the oil and gas field for several years. He served as a volunteer EMT and spent much of his life serving others. He loved his wife and children, enjoyed SCUBA diving, pottery, science, and fishing. He was a lifelong teacher, sharing knowledge with others. He is survived by his wife Kathryn Mitchell Toland, Upalco; daughters, Alexaus B. (Barlow) Hardy, Wenatchee, Wash.; Haylee Centerie Toland (Lee Meeks), Altamont, Utah; mother, Marge Balls, Fairview; sister, Lori (Scott) Daku, Louisville, Idaho; brother, Kim (Terrie) Toland, Petersburg, Alaska; and half-sister, Melissa Toland Walund, Redmond, Calif. Scott was preceded in death by his father, Larry, and infant twin siblings. Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 23, 2010 in the Altamont LDS Stake Center. Burial took place in the Mountain Home-Boneta Cemetery.