Scott W. Loveless

Scott Loveless1948 ~ 2012
Devoted family man and avid fly fisher, Scott Warner Loveless died at 63 on March 20, 2012 of colon cancer.
Born in Salt Lake City on December 6, 1948, he received a B.A. from the University of Utah in 1972. Scott graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. with a J.D. in 1976 and an LL.M. in taxation in 1978. While at Georgetown, Scott was editor of the International Law Journal. Admitted to the bar in Virginia, Colorado and Utah, he began his career in Washington, D.C. as a legislative aide for Utah Senator Wallace Bennett and later worked as legislative counsel to Congressman J. Kenneth Robinson of Virginia on the Appropriations Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives.
From 1978 to 1979, he worked at Holme, Roberts & Owen in Denver and was later Vice President and General Manager of Mountain States Management Company. He began working with his current law firm, now known as Parr Brown Gee & Loveless, in 1979 where he was an expert in mergers and acquisitions.
Scott was a guest lecturer at The Cambridge Institute, the President's Forum of the Entrepreneur Institute, and the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute. Scott frequently testified as an expert witness throughout his legal career and he represented clients in hundreds of transactions and two more well known transactions were the sale of the Salt Lake Stingers (now known as the Salt Lake Bees) to Larry H. Miller, and the SkyWest Airlines purchase of Atlantic Southeast Airlines from Delta Airlines.
Scott taught mergers and acquisitions for seven years as an adjunct professor at the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. He was one of the founding board members of an international association of law firms now known as Meritas.
From 2004-2006, he was President of The Days of '47, Inc., following 15 years of service as its legal counsel, a member of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee. He also served on the Board of Directors for Pioneer Theatre Company, the Salt Lake Council of the Boy Scouts of America Executive Board of Trustees, and the Capitol Hill Kiwanis.
Scott served from 2002 to 2010 in the Salt Lake Stake Presidency, following more than seven years on the High Council. He also served in two bishoprics, the Ensign Peak Ward Elders Quorum Presidency, the Young Men's Presidency and as Stake Mission President. He was a Gospel Doctrine teacher and, in his own words, a "lousy" home teacher.
He married his kindergarten sweetheart, Kathy Wood Loveless, an international professional speaker and former Miss Utah for Miss America. They have two daughters Lindsey (Chris) Eaton of Woods Cross, Utah, and Amanda (John Braun) of Champaign, Illinois. They also have three grandchildren, Madison, Cameron, and Bradley. His mother, Evelyn, and siblings Richard (Sharon), Patty Lindquist, Kathy (Russell) Cryder, and many nieces and nephews survive him. Scott's father, Ray Loveless, predeceased him.
He will be remembered best for his prodigious intelligence, generosity, ever-present sense of humor, and his great love for people.
In lieu of flowers, tax-deductible donations may be made to the Scott W. Loveless Scholarship Fund with checks made payable to "The Days of '47, Inc. in memory of Scott W. Loveless" and mailed to Parr Brown Gee & Loveless, 185 South State Street, Suite 800, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111.
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Service: Tuesday, March 27, 2012, noon, Salt Lake Stake Center, 142 W. 200 N., Salt Lake City, Utah.
Viewing: Monday, March 26, 6-8 pm, Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. South Temple, SLC; Tuesday, March 27, 10:30-11:30 am, Salt Lake Stake Center
Interment: Salt Lake City Cemetery.

Published in Deseret News from March 24 to March 25, 2012



Colin Thomas - High SchoolColin Thomas - Recent Colin R. Thomas 1948 ~ 2010 "Play Ball" Colin Ralphs Thomas, 61, died Saturday, July 17, 2010 - and today the world is much less fun than it used to be. Colin was born November 19, 1948 at Holy Cross Hospital to A. Allan "Big Al" and Eleanor Ralphs Thomas. He graduated from East High School and attended Utah State University and the University of Utah. He was an avid golfer and his sports trivia knowledge was unparalleled. He was noted for his quick wit and the ability to make people laugh - hard - on a daily basis. He married Susan Dallimore in 1969 and they had two daughters. They later divorced and he married Teri Murdock in 1994. Over the years, Colin used his considerable creative talents in the advertising and promotions industry, working for: Finlayson, Hoffhine and Hall; the Humane Society of Utah; the University of Utah Athletic Department; Alan Frank & Associates and KISN Radio. After leaving the radio business, he formed his own company, Yankee Clipper Advertising. Colin was a staunch supporter of the Democratic Party, the Humane Society, but is mainly remembered for his life-long, unflagging and exuberant (sometimes to the point of being obnoxious) love of the New York Yankees. He was preceded in death by his parents. Colin is survived by Teri, his wife of 16 years, and his step-daughter Alexis Murdock; his daughters Emily Lazaroti (Santino) and Erin Farquhar; his brother Patrick Thomas, sister-in-law Nancy Thomas and niece Brynn Thomas. He leaves behind five grandchildren - Jordan, Taylor, Alex, Max and Ellie - and an almost unbelievable country-wide amount of friends, including Kyle Taylor and Dave Floor. Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. Friday, July 23, at Larkin Sunset Lawn, 2350 East 1300 South. Friends are welcome to visit with the family beginning one hour prior to the services. He will be interred next to his parents at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park. A celebration of his life will be held later that day. Online condolences may be shared at The family wishes to thank the Salt Lake City Paramedics and Fire Fighters and the University of Utah Medical Center Emergency Room staff who fought valiantly to save Colin's life. Please send donations in Colin's name to the Humane Society of Utah. His love of animals was almost as strong as his Yankee passion.

Danny D. Black

Danny BlackDanny D. Black 60, surrounded by his family, passed away Wednesday, October 7, 2009. He was a grandpa to six grandchildren and a daddy to two daughters, Nikki Perry (Chris), Jenny Davis (Joe). He and his soul mate, Katrina (Northam), were married for 37 years. Dan was the youngest of four sons, Vern, Mike and Steve. He will always be the baby to his parents, Vern (deceased) and Mary, of Salt Lake City. Everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him can honestly say just how wonderful he was. Dan will be sorely missed by so many. A small memorial will be held in his honor this Sunday, Oct. 11, at the Girl Scout Camp Dellwood at 3pm. Camp Dellwood is located just North of 21st Street on Girls School Rd. on the West Side of Indianapolis. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in the name of Dan Black to either the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana or Riley's Children's Hospital. Arrangements: A.R.N. Cremation Services.

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on October 10, 2009


Colleen Lorraine Anderson Tavakoli Lorraine Anderson Tavakoli Beautiful & Compassionate Colleen Lorraine Anderson Tavakoli passed away December 14, 2008 from complications due to cancer. She was born August 25, 1949 to George and Viola Hurler Anderson in Salt Lake City , Utah . Colleen was, is, and continues to be a very loving, compassionate and generous mother, grandmother and friend. Her passion for the Lord Jesus Christ shaped her life. She volunteered with the handicapped, shared her wisdom with all and was willing to listen to one in need. She cared deeply for her family and friends, always looking forward to spending time with them. Her overwhelming and unconditional love flowed consistently around her, touching many lives daily. Colleen spent her free time supporting the local arts and cultural festivities in the area, but her true love was in the kitchen; constantly cooking gourmet dishes and desserts for all occasions. Colleen was courageous and genuine up until the very end. "She earned her stars and stripes!" She now has complete healing. She is survived by her loving children, Randy, Nikki (Jeremy) Barker, Sean and Derrick; sisters, Ilene (Dale) Stokes and Loralee (Wayne) McBride; brother, Ralph Anderson; grandchildren, Alex Carlson, Bryce, Nick and Brooke Taylor, Caden Carlson and many loving friends. Preceded in death by siblings, Daryl, Diane and son-in-law, Scott Taylor. Funeral services will be Monday, December 22, 2008 at 2 p.m. at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 S. State Street, where friends and family may pay their respects from 12:30-1:45 p.m. prior to services. Interment: Murray City Cemetery , 5490 So. Vine St. (750 E.) Online condolences may be shared with the family at



Mary Jo "Joey" Preston


Mary Jo Christensen Mary Jo "Joey" Preston 1949 ~ 2008 Our angel wife and mother peacefully ended her long battle with cancer on October 27, 2008, in her home in North Salt Lake, Utah.Joey was born on September 15, 1949 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Robert and Lucile Christensen and grew up in the Avenues. She married Craig Preston on April 14, 1972, in the Salt Lake Temple. A graduate of Brigham Young University, Joey spent her adult life teaching- her children at home and children in Utah, California and Texas schools. She provided her family with a home full of music, joy, games, books, learning, and laughter. While living in different places, Craig and Joey made many wonderful life-long friends who gave significant support to them, especially during the last years of her life. Throughout her life, Joey gave countless hours of service. She filled a church service mission as a hostess at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. Her devotion to the gospel of Jesus Christ and her concern and compassion for others could not be dimmed, even as the pain and suffering of this world overtook her physical body. She was a loving and devoted wife, a kind and understanding mother, a thoughtful and considerate sister, and a willing and compassionate friend. Her example of living with grace and courage, even through suffering, will always be remembered. Joey loved and was devoted to her husband, Craig; her children: Christopher (Stefanne), Camie Sharp (Nate), Mindy, and Katie Ferrell (Justin); and her six grandchildren. We look forward to seeing her whole again someday. We sincerely appreciate the generosity of family and friends who gave their time, care, and love to help Joey during her hardest days. Funeral services will be Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008 at 11 a.m. at the Eagle Ridge Chapel at 200 South Eagle Ridge Drive, North Salt Lake. A viewing will be held Thurs. from 6-8 p.m. at Russon Brothers Mortuary, 295 North Main Street, Bountiful, Utah and Sat. from 9:30-10:30 before the funeral. Interment at Mountain View Memorial Estates. Online guestbook at One of Joey's passions was teaching children to read. As a tribute to her, please take a few minutes this week to read to a child.



Melvin Hess Pedersen


Mel Pedersen

Melvin Hess Pedersen 1948 ~ 2007 Loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, son and friend passed away peacefully, after a valiant fight with cancer, Sept. 24, 2007. Born Sept. 17, 1948 to Villiam Pedersen and Thora Hess Peterson. Married his sweetheart Glenda E. Welch in the LDS Salt Lake Temple, for time and eternity, April 9, 1971. Graduated East High School in 1967, attended BYU and U of U. Faithful member of the LDS church. Served a mission in Ireland. Bishop of Liberty 2nd Ward. High Councilman, Scout Leader, Stake Mission President, and finished his journey as a missionary at the Salt Lake Family History Library. Worked 41 years of his life doing what he loved, as a pattern-maker and inventor. Received several patents including: The Cone Maker, Stinger Spike Systems, and just received his last patent for a multi-stage turbo system. Survived by his eternal companion, mother, three brothers, one sister, children: Spencer Hess Pedersen (Laura), Mandy Lynn Pedersen, KayLynn Oldenburg (Ben), Tobi Lynn Fullmer (Mason), Holli Belt (Spencer), Michael Hess Pedersen (Tiffany), grandchildren: Steven, Stephanie, Brandon, Trevor, Dilan, Bryson. Preceded in death by his father. A viewing will be held in his honor Wednesday, September 26, 2007 6-8 p.m. at Larkin Mortuary. Funeral will be Thursday, September 27, 2007 12 noon in the Orchard 3rd Ward building with viewing one hour prior to service, located at 261 East Center Street, North Salt Lake, Interment will be held at memorial estates on Bountiful Blvd after services.

Published in the Salt Lake Tribune from 9/25/2007 - 9/26/2007.