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Max Bentley SkousenWill be missed 10/28/21 ~ 11/16/02 Max Bentley Skousen, age 81, passed away November 16, 2002 in Strawberry Pinnacles at the Edge, near Fruitland, Duchesne County, Utah. He was born October 28, 1921 in Raymond, Alberta, Canada to Royal Pratt Skousen and Margarita Bentley. He was raised and educated in Southern California where he attended San Bernardino Junior College and the University of Southern California. He married Dorothy Rose Mecham on January 6, 1944 at the LDS St. George Temple. Max served in the Eastern States Mission from 1942-43. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corp in China and India during World War II as a cryptographer. In his early career he was a management training specialist at Lockheed. In 1949 he founded Skousen Tax Service, which became the second largest tax preparation service in the United States by the time he retired as president of the company in 1970. The last 30 years he has pursued interests in spiritual growth, and assisting others in self-understanding and personal well-being. He had endless energy, a positive zest for life, and an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and understanding. Max is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy; daughters, Claudia Lipp and Sheri Talakai; sons, Clifford and Melvin; brothers, Cleon, Ervin and Keith; 15 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, Royal and Rita Skousen; brothers, Ezra, LeRoy and Kenneth; sisters, Rita Miller and Mildred Jones; son, Douglas and granddaughter, Cari. Funeral Services will be held Thursday, Nov. 21, 2002 at 12 noon at Valley View Funeral Home Chapel, 4335 W. 4100 S. The family will receive friends at a viewing Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at Valley View Funeral Home, prior to the service. Interment: Valley View Memorial Park.

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Published in The Salt Lake Tribune on Nov. 19, 2002.
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August 7, 2014
Max was the most influential person I have ever met in my life. His books broke through a huge barrier to understanding the purpose of everything. No one else in this church ever spent the hours he spent freely with me trying to help me understand.

His books are some of my greatest treasures.
con lo
April 4, 2014
Blessings hitherto unknown
Max, working with you in "Introspect" and printing your books was a great honor for me. As a mentor daily your words ring through me with the greatest truths ever told
"There is no substitute for making up the mind"
Today I shared your messages with a new friend who is living in "Pleasantville" discovering that under the black and white their lies the most beautiful of discoveries, when we come to know "the Christ" is us!
Dean Carlson
October 8, 2009
Because of You....and the Greatness of Love which you have shared with us...

We've a story to tell to the nations,
that shall turn their hearts to the right,
a story of truth and mercy,
a story of peace and light,
a story of peace and light.
For the darkness shall turn to dawning,
and the dawning to noonday bright;
and Christ's great kingdom shall come on earth,
the kingdom of love and light.

This is an old hymn penned in 1862.. the fullness of it's meaning now brought to the world by you my Friend..As we look back...there are many such epitaphs to the fullness of the gospel by enlightened ones who knew in their hearts that there was more..than the preparatory Gospel..AHmen...
We Miss you till we meet again..... and yet your spirit is daily with us as we attempt this walk....Rod....
February 21, 2005
Thanks Max for being so honest and bringing such happiness and light into my life. You have given me hope and inspiration to seek Jesus in all things. God bless your family and readers. LUV you.
Dan Holladay
November 24, 2002
Thank you for teaching us about ourselves and healing us of our "emotional baggage" we have carried with us all of our lives. You were and are still a very special child of God. We also appreciated your love and sacrifice that weekend. We know you'll continue this mission in the after life. Thank you again.
Brian &Victoria D.
Brian and Victoria Dzuban
November 24, 2002
Dear Max,
You have been a beacon of light to me for the past two years. After meeting you in person for the first time I had an even deeper appreciation of you, your wisdom and your love. I'm thankful to God that I had that blessing of hangin out with you a week before your passing. Thanx for sticking around for that.
Brian Dzuban
Brian Dzuban
November 23, 2002
I was pleased with the insight Max had into the Gospel as well as the lives of those he taught. I was fortunate to attend a class he taught in Las Vegas. He helped me greatly. My wife and I will never forget him. Susie and Sandy Cocks
Stuart Cocks
November 22, 2002
We loved his enthusiasm! He will be missed.
John & Lora Norman
November 22, 2002
To the family and friends of Max,

I extend to you my sincere sympathies, and I pray for God's comfort, peace, and strength during this difficult transition in your lives. I always appreciated Max's smile, kindness, and great attitude toward life; and I will miss him too.
Kyle Chapman
November 21, 2002
I'm so grateful that I had the opportunity to learn from such a great man. The happiness in my life today is largely a result of the lessons I began to learn with Max. Thank you so much!
Robyn Rachac
November 21, 2002
Your smile and positive attitude will be greatly missed. I am sure you are very busy where you are now and continuing to touch the lives of many.
Kris Page
November 21, 2002
Max made such an impact on my life.
I loved his enthusiasm for life and for that life to which he has passed. I know all is well with him. Thanks to his family for sharing such a wonderful man with so many of us.
Laura Rachac
November 20, 2002
Hello Max,
It was my loss that I never met you personally, but I talked to you on the phone several times.
After reading your first two books A Blessing Hitherto Unknown,I thought I would never have to read another church book. I felt it had all the answers I had been searching for. But after awhile I realized your wisdom and insight had taken me to another level of understanding. Thank You for preparing me for greater things to come.
You have earned what most of us desire. I hope I will have the opportunity to meet you in the future.
My prayers and love are with your family and posterity at this time.
Always, Myrna.
Myrna Jensen
November 20, 2002
Dear Max, beloved family and friends,

I never have met you but was touched by the wonderful life you lived and the example you portrayed. Thank you and your family, where ever you may be, for the love and most precious moments you've shared with us here on this earth. God Bless you and your family at this time.

With Respect and Sympathy
(friend of Tom Shaw)
Dean Wilkinson
November 20, 2002
Though you never knew it, I called you Miracle Max. You gave me gifts no other did, and I leatned things from you no others taught me. Thanks for your energy and spirit.
Jill Oyler
Jill Oyler
November 20, 2002
Wishing to express my love to you and your family. Max was a great blessing to the children of God in helping them to heal from their past. I was one of them and I will be eternally greatful to Max for his help. Blessings to you all.
Martha Hancock
November 20, 2002
Max, I spoke to you on the phone a few times, and have thoroughly Loved your writings. You struck a lot of chords with my heart.
Thanks for all you contributed
Guy Zitting
November 20, 2002
Thank you Max for the guidence and fellowship you have given me over the years. I have enjoyed our friendship and your wisdom. I will miss speaking to you on the phone, but know that you can be found in the secret chamber of our hearts.
May you enter into the greater manifestation of your being with joy and a clear and lucid conciousness, as you go forth in your never ending becomings.
Howard Sandy
November 20, 2002
Max was a joy. My parents used to go listen to him speak in Escondido when I was a little girl. I was honored to know him myself over the last 12 years. His books profoundly touched my life and I will always be grateful for his generous spirit. The last book he sent me, he only charged shipping. Not because I asked for a favor, but because he just loved being kind. Thanks Max for everything! We all look forward to a grand reunion.
Susan Carter
November 20, 2002
Dear Max & Family
Though I only met you a few times I was able to see the profound effect of your writings on hundreds of people. For the past six years we have carried your books here at M.A.P. Publishing and they have been an inspiration to all. I have found nothing in print that takes a person from the confines of structure and the law and sets them truly on the path of Love and Light as your works do. Thank you for your writings and your insights of Godliness. We shall miss you only for the moment and look forward to new reunions.
Mike Rigby
November 19, 2002

November 19, 2002
Although I never met Max personally, I have enjoyed speaking with him on the phone and appreciated his positvely optimistic approach to life. My heart goes out to his family. Sincerely, Adrienne Shaw
adrienne shaw
November 19, 2002
We love you Max and will miss your endless love and enthusiasm for life. We will meet again frequently. Love Neil and Pam
Neil and Pam Fisher
November 19, 2002
Max came to our home to provide information and insight one Sunday evening in 1965. I have had modest contact with him over the years since, and unlike many whose lives touch mine and I no longer remember, I have always remembered Max - not so much because of what he said but because the way he made me feel.

We love you, Max and will miss you. Fortunately for us, you are not really gone except to our common destiny. We shall meet again in the Hall of Honor, the initial post mortem destination of us all. It is there that we will remember who we are and who you really are. The recognition will be instant and the rememberance that we are family will be thrilling. Up to now, we know/remember only your earthly manifestation; and, that has certainly been a great blessing for all who had that experience. But, it is nothing compared to knowing who you really are. And to that end we look with great anticipation.

Lynn B. Call
Lynn B. Call
November 19, 2002
To the Family and Friends,
May God be with you during this difficult time and may He give you strength in these moments.
Estelle Patenaude
November 19, 2002
It was last summer when Max visited us in our home in Malibu. We are very fortunate to meet him even though it was only for one night (thanks to Glenn Ambort). It felt like I knew him for a long time and he also felt like home. We really enjoyed his company. He even helped Ani (my wife) and I to deal with some childhood situations that we didn’t even know they were affecting our daily lives. I know it was a short time but I am thankful to God that we had the honor to get to know such a great spirit.

May God bless you Max, you will be missed and thank you for all that you did for us.

Love always,

Raffi & Ani
Raffi Dermenjian
November 19, 2002
Dear Max,

Thank you for the profound contribution you have made in my life in helping me to know who I am. You gave of your self to my family and me… and to so many others. Your earthly mission is now complete. You have graduated from school house earth. One can only guess at the legions that will be at the Bar of Christ to bare witness of your goodness to them. I will be seeking to be first in line. I feel so blessed that you were a part of my life. Your example of what it is to be non-judgmental and loving with pure intent has helped me greatly. May God bless your sweet wife, Dorthy and your family at this time. I’ll miss you, yet I will continue to enjoy the living legacy you have left behind to me and countless others that will only know your writings. I look forward to our reunion.
With respect and love,
Richard McEwan
November 19, 2002
Although, I never met Max in person, I didn't need to. His reflection resides in all those he had an impact on. I see the joy that has come into their lives and know the man I was looking forward to meeting. The impact he had on my life, words can not express. Thank you Max for all you were and God speed.
Michael Wagstaff
November 19, 2002
He will be missed....but we'll speak to him in our dreams.
Jack & Mary Stockwell
November 19, 2002

November 19, 2002
To my beloved Max,

Max, for almost 20 years you have been my mentor, my friend, and my confidant. We have shared both good times and bad and I have grown beyond belief from both in the process. You passing leaves a void in my life and I am comforted only by the knowledge that you have, indeed, gone to be with the Lord. God's speed, my friend, and may the White Light never flicker. May God provide strength to your family in this hour.
Tom Shaw
November 19, 2002
Max was in the center of the room in Las Vegas at the initial IC member meeting. You knew by his questions that he was insightful and thoughtful. You also knew that he had wisdom; the application of knowledge. Although we only exchanged a few words, he was definitely someone that I wanted to know better. On the one hand, it saddens me that he left this earth before the payout, if any, but on the other hand, I know he is in a better place.

A few days ago I was off loading hundreds of old Stealthpost messages and the exchanges between Glenn and Max were very interesting. Max, many of your prognostications were right on the mark!!

God Bless you Max.

Norm Redhead
Norm Redhead
November 19, 2002
The Larson Caldwell Sen. family send out our prayers, to you and yours.
Larson Caldwell Jr.
November 19, 2002
Dear Max,
While we only met once at your home in Sacremento, you had a profound and memorable impact on my life. You helped me uncover things about my life than gave me great insight. I pray for you, your wife, Dorthy, and the rest of your family while I celebrate your life.
Bob Stannard
November 19, 2002
We will certainly miss you Max
Gary Carnahan
November 19, 2002
Oh, Max, how we will all miss your sweet smile, your lively personality and your unfailing kindness and understanding toward all who came into your presence!

I know you are united with the Lord whom you so diligently sought throughout your long and fruitful life, as well as with all your loved ones who have gone before you. Watch over us all, Max, as you always did when you walked amongst us. I can think of no more fitting words to say about you, Max, than those uttered by Albert Einstein of Mahandas K. Gandhi, "Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth."

Good-bye, mortal Max; stay with us always, Immortal Max!

Luv, always and forever,

Glenn Ambort
one of your many, many grateful students
Glenn Ambort
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