The following are obituaries that appeared in the August 20, 2014 edition of the Star Valley Independent.
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True Renaissance man and resident of Star Valley Ranch, Captain Jerry Brian Singleton, USN (Ret), passed away Wednesday, Aug. 13 at the age of 67, from sudden cardiac arrest. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Capt. Jerry “Hook” Singleton was a Naval Aviator who courageously served his country for 30 years, seeing combat operations in Vietnam, Grenada and Lebanon. Jerry was the Commanding Officer of VFA-131, an F/A-18 strike fighter squadron, when it was awarded the Estocin Award for the greatest professional reputation, aggressiveness, and performance of any strike fighter squadron in the US Navy. He was the 137th Naval Aviator in American history to achieve over 1,000 carrier-arrested landings. Captain Singleton’s awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (3), the Meritorious Service Medal (4), the Air Medal with combat ”V” (6), the Strike Flight Award (7), the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with combat ”V” (3), and various other individual, unit, and campaign awards. During his military career, he earned a Master of Science in Business Management from Salve Regina University of Rhode Island, as well as a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College, from which he graduated with Distinction.
Following his distinguished naval service, Jerry began a second career in academia at the University of San Diego, where he developed, launched, and served as Founding Director of the Master of Science in Global Leadership program as well as the Director of Graduate Operations of the School of Business and Special Assistant to the Dean. Jerry’s profuse and diverse talents even included the arts. He attended the prestigious Eastman School of Music as an oboist, where his intention was to pursue a career in music. He did so later in his life, both as a performer and a composer. He most recently played the oboe and English horn in the Jackson Hole Community Band, and Baritone, Tenor and Alto saxophone in the Jazz Foundation of Jackson Hole Band. His recent time in Star Valley Ranch was the culmination of a life of professional excellence and inspirational leadership, and he filled his time here with love for his family, the joy of adventure, and his creative passions, which included woodcarving, fly fishing, skiing, wildlife photography, and composing his first symphony. He also enjoyed emailing his children bizarre news articles. He is survived by Susan Singleton, his wife of 45 years; his brother, Terry Singleton; his three children, Kelly Dalton, Katie Ciccarelli and Brian Singleton; his grandsons, William Brian Dalton and John Charles Dalton; and his mother-in-law, Mary Grimm. The burial at Arlington National Cemetery is pending. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in Jerry’s honor to a charity of your choice.
Kay Gaddie Wooden, wife of former Star Valley resident, Ronald L Wooden, passed from this life after a valiant battle on Aug. 7, 2014. She was born on April 13, 1938 to Malcom and Venna Gaddie in Garland, Utah. Kay lived most of her childhood in Logan, Utah. She graduated from Utah State University with a major in English and French. It was there that she met Ronald Wooden. They married on Sept. 30, 1960, in Logan, Utah. Kay began her teaching career in 1962. She spent the majority of her teaching years at Ben Lomond High School teaching French and English. Kay retired from the Ogden School District in 1987 after 27 years of service. She resumed teaching the same year part-time at St. Joseph High School from 1987 to 2002. She was loved dearly by her students. Stories and memories of her teaching years are often shared by former students. Kay loved to travel. She led several tours with students to France, her favorite country. Kay was an avid Francophile and had mastered the French language. She also accompanied her husband Ron on several music tours throughout Europe. She was admired for her elegance, poise, beauty, and spirit. She is survived by her husband Ron, her two sons Michael (Theresa) and Brad, her two sisters Mary (Quentin) and Dorothy (Craig), her brother Malcolm (Tina), and her six grandchildren.
Memorial services were held Friday, Aug. 15 in Ogden.
Lorrie Bagley Hodgdon was born May 21, 1960 in Afton to Sidney Clyde and Genell Luthi Bagley. She was raised in Auburn on the ranch. Lorrie was a happy child, but always wanted to do things herself. She loved to roam the hills, gathering wildflowers and Indian artifacts. She also enjoyed floating Salt River on tubes. Lorrie also liked to go to her Grandmother Bagley’s, where she learned to knit, crochet, make bread dough flowers, and macrame articles. She liked to help her mother make cookies and other food. Ruth Hyde started teaching Lorrie swimming lessons when Lorrie was four. Lorrie worked hard learning all of the different strokes and became certified in life saving. Many times in her teenage years, Ruth would call her to be the victim when boys were passing of the life saving merit badge for Eagle Scout awards. Lorrie attended schools in Star Valley. After graduating from Star Valley High School, she worked at B&H Chevrolet’s Parts Department and at Wyoming Kid Clothing Store for Vic and Shirley Mignano. She also took care of Vic and Shirley’s home when they needed to travel out of the valley.
Lorrie attended Dixie College for one year, where she learned pattern making. She was called on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in Tulsa, Okla., for three months and then transferring to the Rapid City South Mission for 13 months. After her mission, Lorrie went back to work at Wyoming Kid Place. She was supposed to register for college, but there was a new, young pharmacist, named Bruce Hodgdon at Star Valley Drug she had her eye on. She made excuses to go to the drug store often. They dated and were married in the Logan LDS Temple on Jan. 18, 1984.
They lived in Afton, where Bruce worked at the drug store and Lorrie sewed, making wedding and bridesmaid dresses, altering clothes, hemming and sewing in zippers. She sewed scripture bags for Angela Hastings. One year the order for boys Physical Education clothes did not arrive in time so she made PE shorts for all the freshman boys at Star Valley High School.
Brian was born in January 1986 in Afton. The family moved to Green River in 1990. Bruce worked at a drug store in Rock Springs. Brenda was born in May 1992 in Rock Springs. The family then moved to Utah for Bruce’s new job. They had a new home built in Riverton, Utah. She returned home peacefully on Aug. 4, 2014 with family surrounding her, and greeted by her two sisters, dad and many other family members. She loved to serve others and has probably already started serving on the other side of the veil. Lorrie was always busy sewing and crocheting. One of her many specialties was making blessing dresses for the baby girls and vests and cummerbunds for the baby boys in her neighborhood. She was the neighborhood mom, who drove the kids to school, work or wherever they needed to go. She was always active in church, attending her meetings, teaching primary, taking care of the library, or whatever calling she received. Her great love was her last calling, serving an 18-month family history center mission on Temple Square. Lorrie passed away Aug. 4, 2014 at the age of 54. those who have passed before her are her grandparents, Sidney and Carrie Bagley and Charles and Carol Luthi; her father, Sydney Clyde Bagley; her sisters, Teresa B. Laker and Sabrina Bagley; and many aunts and uncles. She is survived by her husband, Bruce; son, Brian; daughter, Brenda (Chase) Mueller; mother, Genell Bagley; brothers, Jody (Sue Ellen); Don and Charlie.
Marjorie Marie Taylor Roberts, 90, of Idaho Falls, passed away on July 29, 2014, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. She was born April 23, 1924, in Harrisville, Utah to Wilford Joseph Taylor and Hazel Luetta Randall Taylor. She attended schools in the Rigby area and graduated from Midway High School. On April 6, 1946, she married Franklin VanNoy Roberts in Lewisville, Idaho. Their marriage was solemnized on Nov. 23, 1949, in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. She was a homemaker and a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She also worked as a custodian in Thayne. Marjorie was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings including Relief Society President, Stake Primary President, Cub Scout Leader, and Primary Teacher. She enjoyed gardening, quilting, crafts, floral work, temple work, family history, giving service to others, and doing work. Survivors are: Daughter: LaRee Hunt (Devere) Rock, N. Ogden, Utah; Son: Rodney Franklin (Cynthia) Roberts, Aurora, Colo.; Daughter: Cheryl Roberts (David) Neitzel, Idaho Falls; Son: Neal Taylor (Kathy) Roberts, Draper, Utah; Daughter: Penny Roberts (Melvin) Siler, Roberts, Idaho; Sister: Virginia Taylor Poulsen, Lewisville, Idaho; 26 grandchildren and 48 great grandchildren She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her brothers, and a daughter. Funeral services were held on Saturday, Aug. 2, in Idaho Falls. Burial was in the Thayne Cemetery.
Mitchell Brent True passed away on Aug. 12, 2014 after a 16-month battle with cancer. He passed away peacefully at his home in Chickasha, Okla., with his loving wife, Vicki, and wonderful friend, Tina Williams, at his side. Mitch grew up in Lamont, Calif., and attended elementary schools there before attending Arvin High School, where he excelled in football. He attended college at the University of Pacific in Stockton, Calif. Mitch was inducted into the Hall of Fame at both Arvin High School and UOP. He then went on to play for the Dallas Cowboys, Edmonton Eskimos and ended his football career with the San Diego Chargers. He loved to run and never gave up on anything. That characteristic even flowed over into his valiant fight with cancer. His football success brought him many opportunities in life. He was in a movie, met many wonderful people, got to visit so many places and tried anything he wanted to do, such as bull riding (where he actually won a belt buckle). He was not afraid of anything. He loved operating heavy equipment and retired from the JR Simplot Company in 2012 — due to his first battle with cancer. He always felt so honored to be a part of the Simplot family. His first love was riding motorcycles and he did so until the family actually had to hide the keys for his safety. He also loved hunting and fishing. Mitch is preceded in death by his parents, John and Jean True; and a son, Gunnar True. He is survived by his loving wife, Vicky; his daughters, Nikol White, of California; and Jordi True, of Wyoming; a son, Stocker True, of Wyoming; six grandchildren and one great grandchild; three brothers, Monte, of Idaho; Larry, of California; and Rick, of New Mexico; and a sister, Candace, of California; loving nephews and nieces; cousins and many friends and neighbors who loved him dearly. A private memorial service will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the Sevier Funeral home in Chickasha, Okla.
Memorial services in Star Valley will be announced at a later date. Send condolences to his children at P.O. Box 1671 in Afton or 87978 U.S. Highway 89 N. Afton,
Darnell C Jackson, age 61, of Provo, Utah, passed away Aug. 15, 2014. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 at 11 a.m. in the Locust Lane LDS Chapel, 965 North Locust Lane, Provo, Utah.
Friends may call on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. at the Berg Mortuary, 185 East Center Street, Provo and at the church on Saturday morning from 9:30-10:45 a.m. Interment will take place in the Provo City Cemetery.