Dan Russell Dan Charles Russell passed away Dec. 26, 2017, surrounded by his children. He was born in Mesa, Arizona, in January of 1930 to Ethel and Ernest Russell, the fourth of five sons. Dan attended Mesa High School where he excelled at athletics, particularly football, and set records as the quarterback. Football became Dan’s ticket to college, earning him scholarships to first University of Arizona, then Utah State University. Aside from starting quarterback for the Aggies, Dan participated in ROTC and was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. It was at a fraternity dance that Dan met the love of his life, Manon Caine. Their love story would have to wait, however; after graduation Dan left to fulfill his commitment to the Army and Manon went to California to attend graduate school. In the Army, Dan served in anti-aircraft artillery, became a pilot, went to Korea as an Army aviator, then finished his service as a flight instructor. Dan flew in the reserves for 2 years and served for 12 years as a flight instructor for the National Guard. Dan returned from the war, Manon returned from graduate school and in 1956 they were married. The next two years they lived in New York City, where Dan earned an MBA from New York University. The young couple enjoyed the culture of the city including the music, opera, museums and theater available there. After New York, they returned to Utah, living in Brigham City where Dan was employed by Thiokol Corporation. The next years were devoted to raising their three children. In Brigham City, Dan and Manon enjoyed a great circle of friends, many of whom they would keep their entire lives. Dan learned to ski and loved it, taking his kids to Beaver Mountain Sundays in the winter. He also deeply loved Hebgen Lake, Montana, where the family spent their summers. Dan would fly or drive up from Brigham City to be with his wife and kids on the weekends. In 1979, Dan retired from Thiokol. This gave him more time to travel—the couple liked Italy in particular, returning many times through the years—and more time to live in their favorite places: Hebgen in the summer, where Dan loved to fish and paint, and Palm Desert, California, where he loved to golf. Both were gathering places for friends and family. In 1998, Dan and Manon moved to Logan, coming full circle, back to where they met. Philanthropy became the focus during these years, supporting the arts in Northern Utah, and the arts at Utah State University where they had both gone to school. Dan’s business/organizational skills and generous friendly manner were a key asset to this phase of their lives. Relationships with Logan friends, including professors, administrators and students from USU became a great joy to Dan and Manon. Dan loved Manon, his children, his friends, his family, a good joke, a moving performance, food and drink, natural and artistic beauty, and music of all kinds. He knew intimately how to throw a football, pilot a plane and more importantly how to be a supportive husband, father and friend. He leaves his three children, their spouses and his grandchildren: his daughter, Marie Shaw, her husband, Michael, and their daughter, Ella, of Whitefish, Montana; son, Daniel Russell, his wife, Sally, and their children, Ian and Addison, of Logan, Utah; and son, David Russell, his wife, Barbi, and their children, Luna and Duncan, of Seattle, Washington. His parents; brothers: Stewart, David, Ralph and Ray; and his wife, Manon, passed before him. Private interment at the Logan Cemetery as soon as the family can gather. In lieu of flowers or donations please have a good meal, a nice visit with friends and family, or enjoy your favorite thing to do. Condolences may be made online at www.allenmortuaries.net.
Ronald Merritt Kirkbride Ronald Merritt Kirkbride, 85, passed away Jan. 12, 2018, at home. He was born Dec. 27,1932, in Dayton, Idaho, the last child of 11 born to Charles Franklin and Martha Vinnie Merritt Kirkbride. He lived most of his life in Idaho and Utah, attended schools in California and Idaho, and graduated with his class from Preston High School in 1952. He married Eleanor Jepsen on Dec. 27, 1951, in the Logan Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Ron was an active member of the LDS Church. He served in many positions on both ward and stake levels, including as stake mission president, ward clerk, executive secretary, and High Priest Quorum instructor. He served three stake missions and a full-time mission with his wife in the Washington Seattle Mission. He worked 35 years for Utah Power & Light Company in many different positions and locations throughout Utah and Idaho, retiring in 1987. He has degrees in business management and electrical engineering. After retirement, he developed a passion for family history research and writing life sketches of his ancestors. He was instrumental in furthering a family association to continue genealogical interests and preservation of family ties. He traveled to England in 2006 to do additional research and find locations where his ancestors lived, married and died. He was preceded in death by his parents, nine siblings, and one son, Ronald Jeffrey Kirkbride. He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years; daughter, Kimberly (Mark) Hadley; also five grandchildren: Melissa, Ranae, Randon, Elizabeth and Sara; nine great-grandchildren: Matthew, Sophia, Hailee, Madison, Chace, Morgan, Dillon, Jacob and Ivy; and sister, Ardella Bosworth. The family expresses their love and thanks to Dr. Kathleen DeRemer, Summit Hospice: Jenny, Janis, Betty Jane, Holly, Ashley and Shontel, for their care and support. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations be made to your favorite charity. A viewing will be held Friday, Jan. 19, at Myers Mortuary, 845 Washington Blvd., Ogden, from 6 to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 20, at 11 a.m. at the mortuary. Interment in the Ben Lomond Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.myers-mortuary.com.
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