Linford M. Bracken
Linford M. Bracken, 87, passed away May 3, 2014 in St. George, Utah. He was born August 4, 1926 in St. George, Utah to Marcellus and Ellen Matilda "Nellie" Bowler Bracken. He married Estella Leavitt December 26, 1943 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dad was raised in Gunlock and on the Bigelow Ranch and never wanted to be further away than it took to get back in time for supper. He was a life-long farmer and rancher. Horses were his second love, Mom being his first. He bred and raised TB and Quarter Horses, some for racing and some for performance. He always raised a large garden and gave most of it away. Dad loved to hunt and spend time with his family. He will be dearly missed.
He attended school in Gunlock, he was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many positions. He ran heavy equipment for years. His work ranged from catch ponds on the Arizona Strip to road construction in Las Vegas.
Dad is survived by his four children: Michael Lynn (Rolayne) Bracken, of Gunlock, Ricky Allen (Debra) Bracken of Bigelow Ranch, Nadine (Jim) Heaton of Gunlock, Kirk M. (Tammy) Bracken, of Enterprise; brother, Lavar (Leah) Bracken of Santa Clara; sister, Marva Ray of St. George; sister-in-law Elsie Bracken, Gabbs, Nevada; twenty grandchildren; forty-nine great grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Estella; brothers and sisters: Reva, Hilda, Johnny, Ruth and Rulon; granddaughter, Brandie Kae Bracken; and great-grandson, Gunner.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 9, 2014 at 11:30 a.m., with a viewing at 9:00 a.m., at the Gunlock LDS Ward Chapel, 733 North Main Street, Gunlock, Utah. Interment will be in the Gunlock City Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, 435-673-4221. For condolences, full obituary, and funeral listings please visit our website www.metcalfmortuary.com