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Senesac, Leland  
Leland Lois Senesac Cedar City, Utah Leland Lois Senesac was born on January 8, 1949 in Chicago Illinois to Arthur Paul and Joyce Mary Lee Senesac. He was the oldest of three children including Leland, Linda, and Daniel Alan. Leland loved his family and had a great respect for his parents. His family moved from Chicago to Fort Worth, Texas where Leland spent most of his childhood years. His parents enrolled him in the Nolan Catholic High School in Fort Worth. While in high school, Leland excelled in academics and especially enjoyed history and linguistics. Leland learned two languages, Latin and Spanish. Throughout the years Leland expressed appreciation to his parents for giving him the opportunity to attend the Catholic High School. After graduating from high school Leland Joined the Air Force where he earned the rank of E-4. He was given an honorable discharge from the Air Force on December 2, 1984. Leland excelled in linguistics while in the military; he was taught the Polish language and was interpreter/translator for Polish working with the intelligence division. Leland was stationed in Germany and South Korea. While stationed in South Korea, Leland was introduced to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He joined the church at that time and has been an active member of this faith through the remainder of his life. After his discharge from the military, Leland moved to Provo Utah to attend Brigham Young University. While attending college, Leland taught Polish at the Missionary Training Center. In 1992, Leland moved to southern Utah where lived in St. George, Parowan, and Cedar City. Leland spent his adult life finding ways to be of service to others. He was a wonderful man without guile. He was always friendly and helpful to those he came in contact with. Leland was very civic minded and interested in politics. He served on the campaigns of several local political candidates. Leland was a strong advocate for mental health awareness on a local, state, and national level. He also advocated to have Latin taught in public high schools. Leland was preceded in death by his father Arthur and Brother Daniel. He is survived by his mother Joyce (Illinois) and Sister Linda Rose (Texas). He will be missed by his family and many friends. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 1:30 pm at Southern Utah Mortuary, 190 North 300 West Cedar City, Utah. A visitation will be held prior to the services from 12:30-1:30 pm at the Mortuary. Interment will be in the Cedar City Cemetery. Online condolences can be sent to www.sumortuary.com . In lieu of flowers please make donations in his name to the Oasis House (South West Mental Health)
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Published in The Spectrum & Daily News on Nov. 24, 2014
Shaffer, Mary Ellen  
Mary Ellen Shaffer, 79, St. George, died 11-18-2014. Arrangements: Larkin .
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Published in The Spectrum & Daily News on Nov. 20, 2014
Stratton, Neil J.  
Neil J. Stratton Hurricane, Utah Neil Stratton, 84, passed away November 19, 2014. He was born in Hurricane, Utah on October 28, 1930 to Leona Mae Elder and Girnzy Stratton. He married Laurel Hepworth on December 22, 1953 in Henderson, Nevada. They were later sealed in the St. George LDS Temple. Neil attended school in Hurricane, Utah and later served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is survived by his loving wife, Laurel; son, Donald N. (Terri) Stratton; daughter, Joyce S. Gorman; seven grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Monday, November 24, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Hurricane LDS 10th Ward Chapel, 1178 South 700 West, Hurricane, Utah. Visitations will be held Sunday evening, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Metcalf Hurricane Valley Mortuary, 140 North Main Street and on Monday, prior to services, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Chapel. Interment will be in the Hurricane City Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Metcalf Hurricane Valley Mortuary, 435-635-9922. For condolences, full obituary, and funeral listings please visit our website www.metcalfmortuary.com .
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Published in The Spectrum & Daily News from Nov. 21 to Nov. 23, 2014
Swain, Gordon  
Gordon Stuart Swain Cedar City, Utah Gordon left us on Saturday, November 15. He was surrounded by family and close friends at his home in Cedar City. He was at peace and looked forward to going home to his Heavenly Father and being reunited with his son Gregory who had passed the month before on October 17th. Gordon was born to Alexander and Grace Swain on March 31, 1933 in Needles, California. He grew up on the Colorado River enjoying fishing, boating, water skiing, hunting and golfing. He played football in high school and loved the sport his entire life. He married his childhood sweetheart, Susan Bemish on September 5, 1949. They were blessed with two children, Gregory and Sandie. Gordon worked with his father, a contractor, who taught him the art of carpentry and he put that skill to good use during his lifetime. He was hired by the Santa Fe Railroad in Needles and worked as a conductor for forty years. Visiting Utah was the highlight of family vacations. In 1989, they built their retirement home in Duck Creek. His children and their families spent many years enjoying the mountain home. Gordon took great pleasure in teaching his granddaughters to fish, snowmobile and ski. While in Duck Creek, he was a dedicated member of the Parowan Methodist Church. In 2004, they made their home in Cedar City. He continued to be involved in church activities including the Cedar City United Methodist and the Community Presbyterian. Gordon is survived by his wife Susan, daughter Sandie (John) Loken, granddaughters Tana (Chris) Frumento, Sheena Swain, Rebecca (Josh) Livermore, Abby Loken, Stacey Swain and eight great grandchildren; Brother Bill Swain, Sister Cheryl (Bill) Dunn, sister-in-laws Sherry and Aillene Swain and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Norman and Jerry and his son Gregory Swain. The family would like to thank Kolob Care and Intermountain Hospice for their excellent care and kindness. Also the many friends that have shown their love and support. Memorial services will be held at a later date in Needles, California. Arrangements are being handled by Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be sent to www.sumortuary.com .
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Published in The Spectrum & Daily News on Nov. 22, 2014
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