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February 17, 2021


Jilene White
1966 ~ 2021

Jillene White passed away Sunday, February 7, 2021 at her home in West Valley City. She was born December 13, 1966 to Samuel James and Margie Foote White in Nephi, Utah. She is survived by her father Jim, her other mom Donna, her sisters Jan Johansen, Julie Paxton, Sandi Jorgensen, Carla Sperry and her brothers-in-law, along with loving aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her dear mother, Margie, and her grandparents. Jill’s every need during her younger years was met by her devoted mother and father.

She attended Juab schools into her teen years. During her adult life, a staff of loving caretakers devoted so much to her needs. They are greatly appreciated. Jill gained many life experiences and skills at the work activity center. During her years there she acquired many special friends including Lanny Sorenson and her roommates. Jill enjoyed going fishing with her family and deer hunting with her dad. She will be greatly missed. Jill is now able to run and not be weary and be free of physical limitations.

A family funeral service was held Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 2:00 pm at Anderson Funeral Home (94 West 300 North, Nephi, Utah). Interment will be at Vine Bluff Cemetery.

Lionel Luciano Suazo
1937 ~ 2021

Lionel Luciano Suazo, aged 84, died on February 7, 2021. He passed peacefully in the comfort of his own home, despite the countless near-death escapes through the years: setting the back yard on fire, running numerous stop signs, jumping off roofs, falling off buildings and many more that cannot be counted herein.

Lionel was survived by his adoring and patient spouse, Linda Suazo, and an overabundance of offspring, including twelve children, thirty-three grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren, two cats, and one dog. (If I have miscalculated the number please do excuse as they are multiplying almost daily). All adored him beyond measure.

Lionel was known as “Lou,” or “Suaz,” and other epithets affectionately bestowed upon him. He was adored and appreciated by all those who knew him. To say he was funny hardly does him credit, as most people who pass are lovingly described as having a “good sense of humor”. But I have found that more often than naught, that mostly means they were merely pleasant and sociable. However, this is not the case with Lionel. His wit was truly unique and legendary. It will no doubt outlive most of us.

During his life, he was an iron worker and labored hard to support his family. He was also an enthusiast of classical music, documentaries, and the general pursuit of knowledge. He was the only man in the neighborhood who blared Mozart in the yard while trimming the lilacs.

He was a proud member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Dday Saints and faithful until the end. Given his wild and unruly past, that is no small feat. He was lovingly reformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ and the tender hand of his gentle wife. His name signified Lion of Light, and he was the embodiment of his name. It is so rare to find a man that is all things good encompassed; he was spiritual, charming, intelligent, and above all, loving.He will be greatly missed.

“Well, as they say in Spain, I’m going down”

He was born January 3, 1937 to Rebecca and Daniel Suazo in Alamosa, Colorado. He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Victor, Patricio, David; sisters Elizabeth Lucero and Elevina Suazo.

He leaves behind his wife Linda and children, Steven Robert Jacques, Tony Fillman (Laurie), Kitty Widener (Lester), Brett Ellis (Kory), David (Cathy) Sarah Rice (Nik), Jacob (Julie), Rachel Suazo, Rebecca King (Sean), Kate Kennedy (Doug), Natalie Cragun (Steve), Christopher (Megan) and brothers John, Sam and sister Alice.

Services will be held at Levan Cemetery, Levan, Utah February 20, 2021.

“Good-bye for now,” he said