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Jury still out on the effectiveness of face masks
Source:  Cache Valley Daily
Tuesday, 04 August 2020 14:52

CACHE COUNTY – Regular messaging from the medical community indicates that wearing a face covering is the most effective preventive measure we can all take to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

Unfortunately, some medical experts say that conventional wisdom may not be true at all.

Before Mayor Holly Daines’ face mask mandate took effect for Logan residents and visitors over the weekend, the members of the Cache County Council were already discussing myths and misconceptions about mask wearing.

Council member Paul Borup conducted an admittedly unscientific review of recent medical scholarship and found mixed messages about both the practical and psychological benefits of mask wearing in our current situation.

“We all know that there’s been a lot of discussion (about the pandemic),� Borup told fellow council members on July 28. “We’ve received a lot of letters, in which people go on and on about ‘science’ based on reports they’ve read in the press. But what do those reports really mean?�

As far back as 2006, Borup found, some bio-terrorism experts were dubious about the effectiveness of mask wearing.

“Studies have shown that the ordinary surgical mask does little to prevent inhalation of small droplets bearing influenza virus,� according to an article entitled “Disease Measures in the Control of Pandemic Influenza� in the Biodefense Strategy, Practice and Science journal.

That same article argued that “… disease mitigation measures, however well-intentioned, have potential social, economic and political consequences that need to be fully considered by political leaders as well as health officials … Experience has shown that communities faced with epidemics or other adverse events respond best and with the least anxiety when the normal social function of the community is least disrupted.�

Some local business owners, who are now no strangers to economic disruption, are equally doubtful about the benefits of the Logan mask mandate.

They question whether Daines’ executive order was even necessary, coming as it did when COVID-19 infection rates were already trending downward in the Bear River Health District.

Given that the local business community has been suffering from the loss of revenue from tourism since early spring, Daines’ widely-publicized mask mandate also seems guarantied to further alienate visitors while signaling that city officials are tone deaf to business owners’ concerns.

More recent medical scholarship indicates that the benefits of mask wearing in the midst of our current coronavirus pandemic might be more psychological than real. A May 21 article in the New England Journal of Medicine suggested that face masks tend to serve a symbolic role as “… talismans that may help to increase … a perceived sense of safety, well-being and trust …�

But a misguided sense of safety may be as dangerous as the disease itself, according to Dr. Antonio I. Lazzarino of the Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care at the University College London.

In an open letter dated April 20, Lazzarino argues the most practicing epidemiologists agree that there are two potential drawbacks to wearing surgical face masks in public.

The first of those, he wrote, is that “… wearing a face mask may give a false sense of security and make people adopt a reduction in compliance with other infection control measures, including social distancing and hand washing.�

The second problem is that most mask-wearers use them inappropriately, he added.

“People must not touch their masks and must change their single use masks frequently or wash them regularly,� Lazzarino emphasized. “Otherwise, their risk and those of others may increase.�

At Pennsylvania State University, sociologist Daniel DellaPosta believes that the actual pros and cons of mask wearing are seldom considered because a face covering has become just another symbol of affiliation in the ongoing culture war between American liberals and conservatives.

A posting on the website Politico seems to support DellaPosta’s observation.

“Wearing a mask is for smug liberals,� Politico noted. “Refusing to (wear masks) is for reckless Republicans. Prominent people who don’t wear them are shamed and dragged on Twitter by lefty accounts. On the right, where the mask is often seen as the symbol of purported overreaction to the coronavirus, mask promotion is a target of ridicule.�

In his summary to fellow Cache County council members, Borup mentioned that communist officials in China seem solidly in favor of mask mandates.

A recent analysis of the mask debate by Brigham Young University noted that: “The head of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that the biggest mistake that Europe and the U.S. were making in tackling COVID-19 was their failure to promote the widespread usage of face masks in public.�

“And you can take that for exactly what it’s worth,� Borup quipped.

Possible rattlesnake sighting causes the closure of Gibbons Park
Source:  Cache Valley Daily
Tuesday, 04 August 2020 14:39

LOGAN – Rattlesnakes reportedly seen by children at Hyrum Gibbon’s Park playground Friday prompted the park to be closed. The park is located at 1400 East 350 South in Logan.

Repellent being placed in Hyrum Gibbons Park Monday morning by Sargent C. Carter to rid the playground of snakes.

Children playing in the park reported they saw two snakes, a large one and a smaller one, in a crack in the play area.

The park will remain closed until Utah Division of Wild Life Resources or Logan City Police have cleared the park of the snakes.

Logan City Police Assistant Chief Jim Simmons said they were supplied a video of snakes and they look like rattlesnakes, but they haven’t confirmed it yet.

“From the video we’ve seen they sure look like rattlesnakes, but without actually seeing them in the playground area we can’t confirm they are there,” he said. “Rattlesnakes are protected so you can’t harm or molest them.â€�

Nevertheless, the department has been sprinkling snake repellent granules around all the sidewalk cracks and gaps between the sidewalks and grass to detour snake activity.

“The snake repellent granules emit a smell that snakes don’t like, and we’ve spread it around in places the snakes might be,� Simmons said.� We are hoping they will vacate the area and go somewhere else.�

Sargent C. Carter and LT Shand Nazer looks for places to apply snake repellent at
the playground area of Hyrum Gibbon’s park Monday morning.

Sergeant C. Carter, who oversees Animal Control, was at the playground spreading some snake repellent while LT Shand Nazer of the patrol division was on hand to watch the procedure.

“I will be checking the area early in the morning when snakes are out in the sun,� he said. �The park is on my way to work so I can check it in the mornings when they come out to get sun.�

Utah Division of Wildlife resources Jim Hansen was also at the park Monday morning trying to find signs of snakes. The state agency has also been taking time to look for venomous serpents.

One man at the park Monday morning said they were having a BBQ in the evening and said if they found one it might be meat worth eating. Another man said he walks his dog in the park everyday and hasn’t seen any snakes.

There are five rattlesnake species in Utah, the most common of which is the Great Basin rattlesnake. They are most active during the summer at dawn and dusk.

A rattlesnake’s camouflage helps it to blend into its surroundings, so you may pass by a rattlesnake and never know it. DWR said snakes are an important part of Utah’s ecosystem and help keep the rodent population in check.

Sargent C. Carter looks for places in the playground area to scatter snake repellent at Hyrum Gibbon’s park Monday morning.

Snake bites in Utah are quite rare, and most people who are bitten by rattlesnakes are usually harassing or trying to kill the snake. Like most animals, rattlesnakes fear humans and want to be left alone.

“However, if a snake thinks it’s threatened and there’s no way to escape,” DWR Native Species Coordinator Drew Dittmer said, “in that case, the snake will often strike to protect itself. Just don’t approach it. Give it plenty of space and leave it alone. Respect the snake, and you will be safe.”


Steven Adam Collins
Source:  Cache Valley Daily
Monday, 03 August 2020 23:53

August 6, 1987 – July 31, 2020 (age 32)

Our loving son, husband, dad, brother and friend, Steven Adam Collins, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, July 31, 2020.

Steven was born on August 6, 1987, in Mesa Arizona, to Michael Thomas and Julie Ann Chadwick Collins.

He was raised in Brigham City, Utah. Steven graduated from Box Elder High School in 2005.

Steven served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Washington, Kennewick Mission.

He was very creative and loved doing videography.

He is survived by his parents; grandma Geri Collins; 2 brothers, Andrew (Aly) and David (Karli); 2 sisters, Heidi (John) Badger and Becky Collins; wife, Lily and daughters, Maire and Kayla.

Private funeral services will be held on Friday, August 7, 2020, at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 East 200 South, Brigham City, Utah at 11:00am. Please click here for the live stream.

A public viewing will be held on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 East 200 South, Brigham City, Utah from 6:00 – 8:00pm.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at Gillies Funeral Chapel.

Daniel Myron Wheatley, Lt. Colonel, USAF (retired)
Source:  Cache Valley Daily
Monday, 03 August 2020 23:53

August 8, 1928 ~ July 28, 2020 (age 91)

Daniel Myron Wheatley, Lt. Colonel, USAF (retired), 91, passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at Legacy Village in Provo, Utah.

Dan was born August 8, 1928 in Brigham City, Utah, son of Dagmar Carolyn Jensen and George H. Wheatley.

He attended Honeyville Elementary, Box Elder Junior High School, and graduated from Box Elder High School. He studied civil engineering at Utah State Agriculture College.

Dan was a member of the track team and Air Force ROTC. It was there that he met his sweetheart LaNae (Mills) and on October 4, 1951, they were sealed in the Logan Temple.

While stationed in Louisiana, he earned a master’s degree (organizational behavior) from LA Tech University.

He honorably served his country for 28 years, including tours of duty in the Korean Conflict and Vietnam War. He retired from the United States Air Force February 28, 1980. Because of the Air Force transfers, Daniel and LaNae traveled to many parts of the world. They continued this love of travel (primarily to visit their children and grandchildren!) in retirement. Special Air Force assignments included: liaison officer with the United States 7th Air Force and the Republic of Vietnam, Base Commander at Pease AFB, NH, and Westover AFB, MA.

Other employment opportunities included, educator at South Ogden Jr. High School, Intermountain Indian School, and Job Corps. Dan was a professional rodeo bull rider, construction superintendent, real estate agent, and Texas Refinery Corp representative.

He was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in many capacities: Scoutmaster, Bishopric Counselor, Branch President (Crete, Greece), Elders Quorum President, Ogden Temple ordinance worker, Group Leader (Turkey and Vietnam), et al.

With his family, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, running, genealogy, golfing, bowling, gardening, riding horses. He traveled to all 50 states and many countries, including New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Japan, England and Denmark. Daniel enjoyed reading maps, western novels and scriptures. He also officiated softball and basketball.

He was an active member of the Sons of Utah Pioneers.

Surviving are his children: Myron (Deborah) Wheatley; Dawain (Susan) Wheatley; Maury Wheatley; Durrell (Sue) Wheatley; Micah (Dayna) Wheatley; Lucinda (Scott) Woodland; Dennis (Heidi) Wheatley; 31 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren and sister Peggy Marlene Wheatley (Rodney) Nelson.

Dan was preceded in death by his parents, wife LaNae, great-grandson Colt Woodland, two brothers and three sisters.

The family extends special thanks to the Legacy Village of Provo, Encompass Hospice and Brigham City 6th Ward.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 11:00am at Myers Mortuary Chapel, 205 South 100 East, Brigham City, Utah. Services will be private: family by invitation only. Those wishing to view the services via live stream please click here at same time as funeral service.

A public viewing will be Wednesday, August 5, 2020 from 6:00 – 8:00pm at Myers Mortuary, 205 South 100 East, Brigham City, Utah.

Interment will be in the Call’s Fort Cemetery in Honeyville, Utah with Military Honors accorded.

Due to COVID-19 the family will require masks and social distancing.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at Myers Mortuary.

Clayne Lee Pearson
Source:  Cache Valley Daily
Monday, 03 August 2020 23:50

September 12, 1930 ~ July 31, 2020 (age 89)

A great reunion in heaven happened on July 31, 2020 when our Dad, Clayne Lee Pearson, passed away peacefully with his children by his side.

He was born September 12, 1930 to Lee and Dorothy Pearson in Rexburg, Idaho. He was the big brother to 6 siblings. He loved to sing, play the violin, ride horses, play sports and always gave his parents a run for their money.

He attended college and then enlisted in the Military as a Marine where he was a radio operator for the Korean War. As part of his service to our country he trained other radio operators in Italy and then was transferred to Nevada where he was involved in the testing of the Atomic bombs. After the bombs went off his troop was sent in to assess the fall out then they were showered off and sent home. He was a survivor but lost some good friends.

He married our Mother, Nelda Kofoed, December 27, 1953 in Elko, Nevada. They were hitched the very night they met. He lost the bet that day but they were married for 46 years until Nelda passed away from cancer. They were sealed in the Mesa Temple on June 8, 1963 for eternity.

Later 6 kids were born to them and we gave them the gift of 32 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. They were fun grandparents. They enjoyed all of the family gatherings…..well….she did!

Dad drove 18 wheelers for many, many years. He was driver of the month 2 times in one year out of the truckers in Utah. He received awards for 3 million safety miles, which he would always remind us of when we told him he was too old to drive his convertible Mercedes at 88 years old. He retired from Consolidated Freightways and was well respected by his peers.

Our Dad was a character! He was a preacher, cheerleader, storyteller, avid hunter, amazing fly fisherman, handicap golfer (and by that I mean he had an 18 handicap), coach, teaser, he was generous and a good Samaritan. He took all of us on tons of fun adventures. We will never forget the fun we had with him.

He held the priesthood and loved the Lord. He held many callings in his life and influenced many.

Our dad was survived by his children; Kim (Tammy) Pearson, Taylorsville, Utah; Kristal (Steve) Call, Preston, Idaho; Shelley Thomson, Preston, Idaho; Donna (Mike) Cunningham, Preston, Idaho; Clayne Jr. (Teri) Pearson, Kearns, Utah; Pamela (David) Anderson, Preston, Idaho; Patti (Karl) Stillman, Layton, Utah and a load of grandkids. He is also survived by his sister; Sandra (Al) Chapman; and a brother, Robyn (Karen) Pearson; sisters-in-law; Brit Pearson and MaryLou Newson.

He was met in heaven by his wife Nelda Pearson, his parents Lee and Dorothy Pearson, his brothers Rodney Pearson and Craig Pearson and a sister Beverly (Don) Hon, an infant sister, Dorothy Pearson; his son-in-law; Scott Thomson and a grandchild Chelsea Pearson.

Funeral services will be held Friday, August 7, 2020 at 12:00 noon at the Preston Idaho Stake Center, 310 North State, Preston, Idaho.  Viewings will be held Thursday, from 6:00 – 8:00pm at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 South  800 East, Preston, Idaho and prior to the funeral from 10:30 – 11:30am at the Stake Center. Military Rites and Interment will be in the Weston, Idaho Cemetery.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at Webb Funeral Home.

Lois Heiner Sessions
Source:  Cache Valley Daily
Monday, 03 August 2020 23:47

March 20, 1943 – July 23, 2020 (age 77)

Lois Heiner Sessions, 77 year-old Hibbard resident died on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at the home of her son Spencer in Post Falls with her loving family by her bedside.

She was born on March 20, 1943 at the family home in Heyburn, Idaho the daughter of Calvin Glenn and Ruth Wilcox Heiner.

Lois received her elementary education at Heyburn Elementary school and graduated from Minico High School in 1960. She attended beauty college in Twin Falls, Idaho before transferring to a college in Salt Lake City so she could live with friends and relatives.

Growing up Lois loved to sing and dance as a very young girl and was active in many elementary school programs and continued to be involved through high school and participated in Pep Club, Choir, Seminary Pianist, Future Homemakers of America, and many other activities. She took piano, organ, and vocal lessons as a child and young adult. She participated in two beauty pageants and was runner-up in the Miss Minico Pageant and Miss Congeniality in the Miss Cassia Pageant.

Lois met her future husband, Jim Sessions, shortly after he moved into her ward while he was living with his grandparents who lived in the same ward. They dated and attended many activities and events prior to his being called to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the Los Angeles California Mission. On his release from his mission, Lois accompanied Jim’s parents and grandfather to Los Angeles to pick him up. They had become engaged while he was in the mission field and were married in the Idaho Falls Temple on November 29, 1962 just 34 days after he was released from his mission.

In January of 1963 they moved to Barstow, California to attend college and would spend the next 10 years of their lives in Barstow. Three of their six sons were born in Barstow while Jim first worked as a diesel mechanic apprentice for the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad prior to joining the California Highway Patrol as a State Traffic Officer. In 1973 the family moved to Rexburg after Jim was hired at Ricks College in the Security Department.

Lois was a stay at home mother but worked part-time throughout their married life as a cashier for Ricks College from 1974 until 2008. She also worked in the ticket office as a cashier for activities and events. She loved working at the college and was particularly fond of interacting with the students and employees helping them transact their financial needs.

A life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Lois was very active in her faith. She served in numerous callings including primary teacher, counselor in a stake primary presidency, seminary released-time teacher, relief society teacher, stake relief society board, Sunday School teacher, primary pianist, ward music director, and ward choir director. She served in the Idaho Falls and Rexburg Temples as an ordinance worker for over 15 years.

Reluctantly she accepted a call to serve a mission with Jim to the Durban South Africa Mission in 2009 for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 18 months. It only took a couple of weeks of working with the missionaries, youth, and children in KwaMashu, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa before she realized that the Lord had indeed called her to the place where she was desperately needed. A small branch of 90 in attendance on her first Sunday grew to 245 in attendance 18 months later. Called as a counselor in the Branch Primary Presidency she found only 10 primary children in attendance when she was called to that position. Over time she encouraged the children to bring their family and friends to take part in the primary program each Sunday.

From those 10 children the primary grew to about 60 children which included 10-15 non-members on any given Sunday. Lois provided those children with the opportunity to get to know their Savior through scriptural stories, testimony, and setting an example for them to follow. It was very common to have 15-20 children stay after the regular block meetings to learn more and so Lois prepared additional teaching materials and bought crayons and downloaded coloring pictures regarding church events for the children to color. It was a sad day for Lois and for many children and parents as she finished her mission and headed back to Hibbard and her family. When she finally entered the family home she sat down and wept after seeing how much she had compared to what the families she had served in Durban had.

Together with her companion, they were called on two service missions, both at BYU─Idaho. In 2010 they were asked to serve in the just completed BYU─Idaho Center to assist with ushering, tours, and cleaning the center. They served for two years leaving only so that other persons could have that wonderful opportunity. In 2013 they were again asked to serve on campus, this time to assist with Education Week. A gracious hostess, Lois was in her element reaching out to attendees and helping them find that which they were seeking. They served there for two years and were sad when the time came to an end.

Music had always been an important part of her life. As a child she sang in many children’s programs in school and loved to sing and dance whenever she was given the opportunity. Singing was to be an important part of her life wherever she lived as was playing the piano and the organ. In the early 1990’s she was invited to join the Cantabile Singers, later becoming the Upper Valley Women’s Choir, in Rexburg and was to be a part of that group right up until the pandemic of 2020 caused their spring concert to be cancelled. A natural soprano, Lois could always hit the high notes. In addition to music, Lois loved to draw, paint, tat, crochet, knit, quilt, sew, cook, and surround herself with her family and particularly her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Lois and Jim loved to travel and were fortunate to pick up 5 of their 6 sons as they completed their missions. Internationally, they traveled to Venezuela, England, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Honduras, Canada, France, Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia. She loved their many trips to Hawaii for Jim’s work and with mission companions and enjoyed going to Alaska and most of the 50 United States. Lois particularly loved Idaho and its varied pristine areas and was fortunate to have floated the Salmon River with her spouse and parents. Growing up and into married life Lois loved to fish and could be found with a rod and reel in her hand anytime there was a river or body of water nearby.

Survivors include her husband of 57 years Jim, their six sons, Shane E. (Rebecca) of Hyrum, Utah, S. Kevin (Traci) of Rexburg, Stanton J (Amber) of Snohomish, Washington, Spencer A. (Laurie) of Post Falls, Idaho, Shaun B (Jennifer) of Payson, Utah, Schuyler B. (Marianne) of Rexburg, Idaho, 26 grandchildren (eight who are married), and 9 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, an older brother C. Lynn Heiner of Melba, Idaho, and an older sister Karen Heiner Reilley of Taylorsville, Utah. Lois may be gone but she will not be forgotten and will be seen in the lives of her family.

At the time of her death, Lois had been under the care of North Idaho Hospice, Doctor Kelly Dustin, son and daughter-in-law Spencer and Laurie Sessions and family members.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00am Saturday, August 8, 2020 at the Sessions back yard at 867 North 12th West in Rexburg, Idaho with Bishop Dwight Wray officiating. Interment will be in the Rexburg Cemetery.

Friends may call at Flamm Funeral Home, 61 North 1st East, Rexburg, Idaho on Friday, August 7, 2020 from 5:30 – 7:30pm and at the Sessions back yard from 9:00 – 9:45am prior to the funeral.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation may be given to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints missionary fund.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at Flamm Funeral Home.

Don Chatterton Burbank
Source:  Cache Valley Daily
Monday, 03 August 2020 23:46

September 11, 1937 – July 31, 2020 (age 82)

Don Chatterton Burbank passed away peacefully on Friday, July 31, 2020 after a valiant battle with cancer.

Don was born in Mapleton, Idaho on September 11, 1937 to George G. Burbank and Violet Chatterton Burbank. He graduated from Preston High School in Preston, Idaho.

After high school he served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint in the Southwest Indian mission, serving in Arizona.

Don was drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War where he served as a medic for two years. After the war, Don married Connie Rembert and they had two sons, Mark Burbank and Wayne Burbank. They later divorced.

On June 29, 1990 Don married the love of his life Judy Wheeler Clarke in the Ogden Temple. Together they were called on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to the Navajo’s in the same area where he served as a young missionary. He served the Lord faithfully in many church callings. Don and Judy served for several years in the Ogden Temple up until the cancer made it too difficult.

Don completed his Master’s Degree from Utah State University in Educational Administration. He taught school for three years and served as principal until 1990. After leaving education he worked for the IRS as a Criminal Investigator where he retired in 2005.

After retirement he tended his garden, worked in his workshop where his grandson Trevor showed him how to turn wooden pens on his Lathe. He supported his family in their quilting habits by crafting a large cutting table with shelves and cupboards, large sewing table and numerous ladders for displaying quilts. Don also loved spending countless hours with his son, Wayne riding motorcycles to unknown destinations.

Baking bread was a great love. He was always trying to perfect his recipe. There was always warm bread and other goodies to eat. Many have benefited from this gift. Don was a master story teller. Anyone near him would be laughing and entertained for hours.

Along with his big personality, he gave the biggest hugs. He never let anyone leave without a giant hug and being reminded of how much we are loved.

We are blessed to have such a wonderful example of Christ like love. Don’s testimony was shown in how he lived his life. Wayne described his dad as being the most loving person on the on the planet.

Don is survived by his wife Judy Burbank, his children, Colleen Clarke (Teresa Perkins), Kim (Steve) Olsen, Wendy (Brian) Wallace, Mike (Michelle) Clarke, Kristy (George) Burrell, Mark (Christie) Burbank, Wayne Burbank, his daughter-in-law Nancy Clarke. His sisters, Mada Scott and Grace Castle. He also survived by 24 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, his Sister Lera Hansen, and son Tom Clarke III.

A viewing will be held on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at the LDS building at 3290 West 800 North, West Point, Utah from 9:00 – 10:00am. A graveside service will be held at West Point City Cemetery following the viewing.

*We are living during a difficult time and we would like to be respectful of social distancing guidelines. Please be mindful of masks, limit contact and feel free to bring a chair at the cemetery if desired.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at Premier Funeral Services.

Sterling Lee Purser
Source:  Cache Valley Daily
Monday, 03 August 2020 23:46

December 19, 1928 – July 30, 2020 (age 91)

Sterling Lee Purser, 91, passed away Thursday, July 30, 2020 after many years of service to family, friends, and God. He was preceded in death, but now united again with his first wife of 48 years, Donna Chapman Purser, their daughter Clara Purser, his parents, Lyman Albert and Abigail Hyde Purser, (Abbie) five brothers and five sisters.

Sterling was born at home in Hyde Park, Utah and lived in Ogden, where his father worked as a meat cutter. A trade which Sterling learned. After 7 years in Ogden, the family moved to Preston, Idaho when his father was transferred to help open a new store.

Sterling continued his education in Preston, graduating from Preston High School. After high school, he was called as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Western Canadian Mission. He has a deep love for our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, and loved the opportunity to serve the Lord as a special emissary sharing the gospel. While serving, he met and correlated missionary work with Sister Donna Chapman. Sister Chapman completed her mission before Elder Purser, but they continued writing, and as their children, we are very happy they did!

Sterling and Donna were married April 23, 1952 in the Salt Lake Temple by Elder Mathew Cowley, his mother’s cousin. Soon after, Sterling was drafted into the army. After basic training, Sterling was stationed in Salt Lake City.

Sterling and Donna had nine children. Clara Purser, S. Leon and Julia Purser, Faye and Paul Ingersoll, Albert and Christine Purser, Abbie Shryers, Jerrie and Carl Booth, Terry and LeAnne Purser, Earl and Rhonda Purser, and Vilate and Mark Stirdivant. 34 Grandchildren and 54 great-grandchildren.

Donna Passed away in January 2000 and Sterling was later introduced to Joyce Martindale. They were married August 23, 2008. Joyce is wonderful and our family increased by 6 more children, 24 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Marge and Dennis Thornton, Lynette Campbell, Howard and Diane Manning, Amy and William Crawley, and Jennifer and Robert Delaney.

Many family and friends benefited from visits and meals at their kitchen table, and enjoyed fresh baked rolls, homemade jam and garden produce. He was always sharing what he had.

Sterling is survived by his loving wife Joyce Martindale Purser, who cared for and loved him and their children without limits. We love Joyce, and we know Donna loves her also!

A viewing will be held on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 East 200 South, Brigham City, Utah from 6:00 – 8:00pm.

A private family funeral service will be held on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at Gillies Funeral Chapel at 11:00am. Friends and neighbors who wish to view please click here. Interment will be held in the Preston City Cemetery following the service. All family and friends are welcome to come to the cemetery.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at Gillies Funeral Chapel.

Lakers beat Jazz 116-108 to clinch top seed in West
Source:  Cache Valley Daily
Monday, 03 August 2020 22:33

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Anthony Davis had 42 points and 12 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers clinched the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference playoffs by beating the Utah Jazz 116-108 on Monday night.

The Lakers (51-15) own a six-game lead over the second-place Los Angeles Clippers and have five seeding games let before starting their first playoff run since 2013.

“If you’re winning enough games to secure the No. 1 seed, you’re building the right habits that are going to be necessary for you to win in the playoffs,â€� Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “Obviously we have bigger aspirations than the No. 1 seed, but we are proud of the accomplishment and we’ll enjoy it while we’re getting ready to get our group ready for the playoffs.â€�

Utah (42-25) has clinched a playoff berth and is fifth in the West, a half-game behind Houston and a half-game ahead of Oklahoma City.

Davis’ final basket resulted in a 4-point play with 42 seconds left, as he sank a 3-pointer while getting fouled by Rudy Gobert and made the ensuing free throw to give the Lakers a 114-104 lead.

Utah’s Donovan Mitchell answered with a 4-point play of his own that cut the margin to 114-106 with 36 seconds remaining, but the Jazz couldn’t get any closer. Davis made two free throws with 5.2 seconds left to wrap up the scoring.

LeBron James scored 22 points, Dwight Howard had 11 and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 10 for the Lakers.

Mitchell scored 33 and Mike Conley had 24 for Utah. Gobert added 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Jazz.

The Lakers were coming off a 107-92 loss to Toronto in which Davis shot just 2 of 7 and scored 14 points. Davis was much more active Monday right from the start, as he scored 13 points and shot 6 of 14 in the first quarter alone.

Davis had 24 points by halftime, marking the 20th time this season he’s scored at least 20 points in a half.

“Coach just told me to be more aggressive,â€� Davis said. “He felt like, and I felt like too, that I just kind of played into Toronto’s defense, accepted the double-team. I was making the right plays, but I still have to be aggressive at the same time.â€�

Utah stayed close and only trailed 58-56 at halftime because it got its own stellar start from Mitchell, who scored 21 points in the first two periods.

Mitchell then connected on a 3-pointer to cap an 8-0 run by Utah to open the second half.

But the Jazz got increasingly careless with the basketball as the third quarter progressed, enabling the Lakers to seize control of the game. The Lakers scored 14 straight points and went on a 19-2 run late in the third quarter.

“When they turn the pressure up, we’ve got to be able to execute even better,â€� Mitchell said. “We turned the ball over way too many times. They did a great job of taking us out of our actions. … We went up six, they turned it up even more and next thing you know, we’re down 12 or whatever.â€�

Even after Utah’s Emmanuel Mudiay snapped that run by hitting a 3-pointer at the buzzer, the Jazz still trailed 86-76 heading into the final period.

The Lakers stayed in front the rest of the way.


Lakers: The Lakers made 50% of their field-goal attempts Monday after shooting below 40% in each of their first two games since the restart. “Our shooters haven’t shown up yet,� Vogel said before the game. “That’s the only thing. We’re playing really good basketball. We’re playing extra-pass basketball. We just had a couple poor shooting nights.�

Jazz: Utah was swept by the Lakers in the regular season. The Jazz lost to the Lakers 95-86 at Los Angeles on Oct. 25 and 121-96 at Utah on Dec. 4. … Utah shot 12 of 43 (27.9%) from 3-point range Monday and is 28 of 108 (25.9%) from beyond the arc in three games at Disney. “We got some good looks,â€� Mitchell said. “We got what we wanted. Sometimes they don’t fall in. When that happens, what we do on the defensive end has to turn up even more.â€�


ESPN cameras showed James arrived at the arena before the game wearing a T-shirt with the message 8:46, the amount of time prosecutors initially said a Minneapolis police officer had a knee on George Floyd’s neck before Floyd’s death on May 25.

Although prosecutors later said Derek Chauvin’s knee was actually on Floyd’s neck for 7:46, the 8:46 figure has become a major symbol in the protest movement that followed Floyd’s death, with some demonstrations including periods of silence that last that length of time.

“No one deserved to lose their life when it could have been prevented, from what I’ve seen and what the world has seen,â€� James said. “That’s what the T-shirt is all about. The world is watching.â€�


Lakers: Face Oklahoma City on Wednesday.

Jazz: Face Memphis on Wednesday.

Normally, you’d say that they’re playing for home court positioning. But everyone’s playing in Orlando this year, and I have a hard time believing that the virtual fans are making the Jazz play better or worse. Sorry, virtual fans. The Jazz’s home-court advantage is usually one of the best — if not the best — in the NBA, but it simply won’t matter this year.

So given that, the only reason the Jazz are playing right now is to

A) avoid the seventh seed, which would mean playing the Clippers in the first round

B) figure things out so that they can play well in the playoffs while staying healthy

C) find the best matchup they can in the first round and throughout the playoffs

You’d have to believe that avoiding the Rockets would be priority No. 1. I think no one on the Jazz wants to face the Rockets again, and likely lose to them again. But then again, they just got blown out by OKC. We’ll see how they fare against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday, but you can argue the current No. 3 seed is their most favorable matchup. Sliding down to No. 6 also would mean the Jazz would avoid the Lakers until the Western Conference Finals.

Truthfully, it may not matter much — the Jazz might just be undermanned either way after Bogdanovic’s injury. But doesn’t that just maximize the importance of facing someone you have a fighting chance against?

The other four teams in this grouping are probably thinking the same. The Nuggets tanked last year to get a favorable playoff matchup, so you know Mike Malone would consider it this year. Mike D’Antoni rests his stars in regular season games frequently, you don’t think he would to get a quality matchup?

I guess my point is that it’s about to get a little bit loopy. Maybe not just yet, but I expect some shenanigans in the final three seeding games.

The Triple Team: Jazz do nearly everything well but the 3-point shooting in loss to Lakers
Source:  The Salt Lake Tribune
Monday, 03 August 2020 22:22

Three thoughts on the Utah Jazz’s 116-108 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers from Salt Lake Tribune Jazz beat writer Andy Larsen.

1. Offense hums — except Jazz can’t make shots

I know it was a Jazz loss tonight. But I thought we saw the best basketball from them that we’ve seen at any point in the return of the bubble, except they just missed the open 3-point shots that were generated.

Mike Conley sets up Jordan Clarkson perfectly here. LeBron James doesn’t even contest it. Shot misses.

Clarkson stays patient on his drive, finds a wide open Emmanuel Mudiay. Clang.

Even the Jazz’s final play of the game fit the pattern. Donovan Mitchell, knowing time and score, sets up Royce O’Neale, which would have brought the Jazz within three. Heck, maybe they can get a steal, maybe someone misses two free throws. The game would still be alive! The shot spun out.

Of course, the Jazz miss Bojan Bogdanovic and his shooting prowess. But they also miss Clarkson shooting 36% from three, Joe Ingles shooting 40%, Georges Niang shooting 40%, O’Neale shooting 39%, and even Emmanuel Mudiay shooting 34%. The only Jazzmen who could hit a three were Mitchell and Conley, who combined for a pedestrian 7-19. It’s three games now where the Jazz have been disappointing from beyond the arc.

I saw a couple of Jazz fans online say “Well, if the threes aren’t falling, attack the paint more!� But that misses how the Jazz got the threes: by attacking the paint, drawing the extra defender, and finding the open man. They were terrific at that tonight. But they can’t attack the paint and then take wild layups while being double-covered by Anthony Davis and a help defender. That would be bad basketball.

I think it’ll turn around, at least mostly. These guys are legitimately better shooters than this, and so I think it’s reasonable to think that this is a 3-game swoon and/or some degree of pandemic shooting rust.

2. Turnovers

Those open shots were generated by terrific passes throughout the night, which I loved to see. But on the other hand, the Jazz had 21 turnovers tonight, from which the Lakers scored 26 points. Were the turnovers part of necessary risk-taking, or were they preventable errors?

For example, this, to me, is a necessary risk. Rudy Gobert looks to have gotten beyond Javale McGee in the pick and roll, and so Ingles lobs it up to him. Gobert stops his roll short, so the pass misses. The two players weren’t on the same page. But if the play works, and it usually does, it’s two points. And the turnover here isn’t a terrible one: with the ball so deep in the Jazz’s half, they have time to get back.

On the other hand, this is a preventable error to me. O’Neale makes two bad decisions here, one to not just take the open three he has in the first place, and one to try to pass it to Conley in the direction of Anthony Davis rather than to Ingles, who is open.

Now the good news for Jazz fans is that I saw more turnovers that I considered acceptable ones. For example, I didn’t mind O’Neale’s offensive foul when James was guarding him in transition — he just didn’t get the benefit of a 50/50 call. On the other hand, when Anthony Davis steals the ball on a simple swing pass with 20 seconds on the shot clock, that’s just lack of focus.

That’s long been among Quin Snyder’s philosophies. He noticed that the high-turnover teams were actually frequently near the top of the offensive rating leaderboards, and concluded that some turnovers are okay if they come in the context of good offense. Tonight, I think we saw that — and again, the shots just didn’t fall.

3. Playing for positioning in the context of the bubble

What are the Jazz playing for here, exactly?

After tonight’s loss, they’re now in fifth, half a game below the Houston Rockets for the four seed. That means they’d play the Rockets again in the playoffs in the first round, if things started today.

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