The following are obituaries and death notices that appeared in the December 5, 2012 edition of the Star Valley Independent.
Alvin Ralon ”Doc” Holley, age 88, passed away Dec. 1, 2012, at the Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George. Alvin was born Aug. 29, 1924 in Rexburg, Idaho. He was the fourth child to William Ingram Holley and Lottie Verna Nichols. Alvin attended Madison High School in Rexburg. He received his Bachelors of Science degree in Bio-chemistry from Brigham Young Academy in 1949. Alvin served in the 82nd Airborne During World War II, until he was injured and released. After graduating from dental school at the University of Missouri, Kansas City in 1955, Alvin practiced dentistry in Idaho for 10 years then moved to Stockton, Calif., where he enjoyed a successful orthodontic practice for 30 years. Alvin and his wife Dee retired to Star Valley Ranch in 1992. Alvin loved missionary work and shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ in three LDS mission presidencies in Fresno, California. He was a favorite speaker on many subjects including the life of the Savior Jesus Christ. His favorite subjects were Eternal Progression and Love and authored the book titled, “The Infinite and Eternal Destiny of Man.” Alvin was an avid fisherman, golfer and white water rafter. Alvin is survived by his wife Dolores Dee Topham and four children: Christine (Mark) Perkins of Turlock, Calif., John W. Holley of Charlotte, NC, Valerie (Stacey) Son of Dallas and Allison Hun of St. George as well as siblings, Melvin Holley and Katherine Bowen. Alvin was preceded in death by parents, and siblings: Bill, Dora, Roy, Ira and Jim. Alvin and Dee have 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Alvin and Dee were married for 60 years. Alvin died of complications related to congestive heart failure. Funeral Services will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel, located at 4461 South Country Club Drive, St. George, Utah at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the LDS Missionary Fund.
Our dear father, Farn Franklin Perkins, 91, passed away Nov. 23, 2012, in Logan, Utah, of age-related health conditions. He was born to Thomas Nathanial and Mary Elizabeth Hinck Perkins on Oct. 8, 1921. He was the third child of 11 children. He graduated from Star Valley High School after having taken time off from school to help his dad build the family home. He served his country in World War II as a military policeman in Northern Africa and Italy. He married Mary Bateman on Sept. 22, 1944, in the Logan LDS Temple. Farn and Mary lived in Thayne for a number of years, where they were blessed with six children – five girls and one boy. He ran a ranch in Thayne where they harvested the hay the old-fashioned way with buck rakes and derricks. Dad had a love for animals and had many different kinds on his ranch. He particularly loved his pinto horse. The family moved to Lewiston, Utah, in 1959 where they lived on a small farm. Here, they found farming a little different than in Star Valley, but they progressed and their family grew. They also had several trials, for they lost a daughter in an automobile accident and a grandson in a motorcycle accident. While in Lewiston, dad served his community as a member of the American Legion and also as a member of the Lewiston Lions Club. He also served in his church in several different callings. He and mom also served on a mission to the Washington Seattle Mission. Dad and Mother lived in Lewiston up until their health declined and then they went and lived with their children for two years. After which they moved into Beehive Assisted Living, where mom passed away. Dad lived there for a while and then moved to Terrace Grove and Sunshine Terrace, where he passed away. He is survived by his brother Andrew (Diane) Perkins; and four sisters, Clara (Dominic) Cannariato, Alice (Dean) Weeks, Leola West and Edith (Miles) Hall. He is also survived by five children, Janet (Ned) Morrison, Marie (Bruce) McOmber, Diane (Charles) Spackman, Larry (Mary Lou) Perkins and Judy (Roger) Carter; 29 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Bateman Perkins; daughter Darlene Perkins; grandson Nathan Perkins; three brother’s Floyd, Eldon and Dean; two sisters, Neoma Mills and Eva Dabel; and parents Thomas N. and Mary Elizabeth H. Perkins. He was a devoted husband and father and his family will miss him. Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 1. Interment followed in the Lewiston City Cemetery with military honors.
JoAnn Lauritzen Robinson, 79, of Soda Springs passed away on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 at her home. Services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the Soda Springs Hooper LDS Building. The family will visit with friends on Friday evening from 7-8 p.m. at the Sims Funeral Home and on Saturday morning from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Church prior to services. The burial will be in the Freedom Wyoming Cemetery at 2 p.m.
Funeral services for William Dale Cazier will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 at 11 a.m. in the Salt River LDS Church, located at 104 Johnny Miller Drive in Afton. Viewings will take place Friday, Dec. 7 from 6-8 p.m. in the Schwab Funeral Home and Saturday, Dec. 8 from 8:45-10:45 a.m. prior to services at the church.