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Obituary for Calvin (Cal) Goff

Calvin (Cal) Goff

June 5, 1933 – September 5, 2020

On Saturday, September 5, 2020, Calvin (Cal) Goff, loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather passed away at the age of 87.

Cal was born on June 5, 1933 in Park City, Utah to Cereal and Jessie (Halverson) Goff. On November 5, 1955 he married Catherine Polychronis. They raised a daughter, Debbie and two sons, Greg and Brad. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and a had a successful 35 year career with General Electric in Salt Lake City.

Cal was a kind, humble and gracious friend to everyone. His wit and charm were infectious and he easily and immediately befriended everyone. His sense of humor was memorable and almost everyone remembers one of his stories. When someone retells you one of his stories, it brings a smile to your face, a warmth to your heart and you knew they had connected with this great man. His passion to help people brought him tremendous happiness and he particularly enjoyed tinkering and building things.

Cal was preceded in death by his father, Cereal; his mother, Jessie and brother, Wayne and sister, Jacqueline. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Catherine; his three children Greg (Sylvia), Debbie and Brad (Lynn) and sisters, Beverly (Gene) and Noreen (Kurt). Cal has seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at noon on Friday, September 11 at Heber Valley Funeral Home on 288 North Main Street in Heber City, Utah followed by a graveside service at the Park City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org.

Obituary for Alan Lewis Powell

Alan Lewis

Powell

May 27, 1975 – August 31, 2020

Park City and Summit County lost the community’s big-hearted firefighter, transportation guru and friendly mountain man on Aug. 31.

Alan Lewis Powell passed away at the University of Utah hospital while recovering from injuries he sustained in an accidental fall on Aug. 19 when the crane bucket he was working on fell. He was 45.

He is survived by his wife Lisa Anne Hardman Powell, sisters Mary Newell (and the late John Polk), Heather (Dennis) Lambeck, and Alice Powell; parents Nancy Louise Nicholson and Lewis Newell Powell, and step-mother, Pam Wylie Powell; his Hardman in-law parents Ken Hardman and Joan Hardman; his in-law siblings Jana (Brent Greenhalgh), Bonnie (David Corral), Susan (Michael Axler), Bethany (James Gardner), Michael (Rebecca), Melanie, Emma (Jaxon King) and 14 nieces and nephews, including Ben, with whom he was particularly close.

Alan’s adventure started on May 27, 1975, in Forest City, Oregon, where he was born to the late Nancy Louise Nicholson and Lewis Newell Powell. He lived his life to the fullest. Alan’s childhood included moves to Florida, Georgia, Oregon, and Pennsylvania. In Hughesville, Pennsylvania, Alan worked at Crystal Lake Camps for years and that camp became his home and family in many ways. Working at the camp trained Alan to become the ultimate handy Mountain Man his friends and family loved.

As Alan sought new opportunities in life, he headed west and pulled into Park City a few months before the 2002 Olympic Games.

His arrival to “Winter’s Favorite Town” was one of Alan’s favorite stories to tell. And the tale always included him saying to himself “I think I’m going to stay here,” as he saw Park City suddenly when he drove around the bend just west of Wanship on I-80.

With next to nothing to his name, Alan turned off the freeway and visited Deer Valley Resort, a place he had heard about. After learning the resort wasn’t hiring at the time, Alan drove on and luckily spotted the Utah Olympic Park. There, he saw a winched Snowcat grooming one of the ski jumps, and thought that was the coolest thing he had ever seen. After watching the Snowcat work on the jump for a while, Alan met the driver, who hired him immediately. Alan worked as a snowmaker at the Utah Olympic Park throughout the Olympic games, and made friends with many local athletes, who became his Olympic family. After the games wrapped and the Olympic torch was extinguished, he decided to head east and spent the summer hiking from Georgia to Maine on the Appalachian Trail. Alan’s A.T. trail name was “Snowmaker.”

Upon returning to Park City, Alan resumed his work at Utah Olympic Park, and also started taxi driving in the evening. In 2007, he became CEO of Peak Transportation, where he took pride in his dedicated drivers, employees and clients. Many of those colleagues and clients became Alan’s good friends throughout the years.

Peak Transportation also led Alan to his bride and soulmate Lisa Hardman, and their courtship is truly a Park City love story. The two met in 2009 at the old Washington School Inn in Old Town Park City. Lisa was an innkeeper, and Peak often provided transportation for her guests.

Alan and Lisa were married on June 24, 2013, in the backyard of their cabin home in Tollgate Canyon.

Although the couple longed for a family, a child wasn’t in their future, due to a series of early- pregnancy miscarriages. So, throughout the years, the couple focused their love on each other and their two cats — Boots and Mert — and two dogs — Sadie and Kenai.

Alan was a loving uncle to his nieces and nephews and a great, accessible role model to his friends’ and neighbors’ children. He dressed up several Halloweens as a Firefighter for the Tollgate Children’s Hayride, and even attended a little neighbors’ firefighter-themed birthday party as the guest of honor.

Alan was driven to help people, and that’s why he became a volunteer firefighter. He was a Certified Firefighter including Ice-water Rescue, Hazmat, Wildland, and Structure Fire. He lead volunteers to help build Tollgate’s current firehouse and was working hard with the county and community to get a permanent, professional firehouse built in Tollgate Canyon.

When the local firefighters and emergency-responders heard about Alan’s passing, they made the decision to fly their flags half mast. Alan wasn’t injured while on duty but his firefighter family wanted to honor Alan because of the level of commitment he gave to the fire department. Alan’s influence as a firefighter in Tollgate was strong, and he would teach fire education in the community and he would always raise awareness of extreme-fire conditions. He was trained by the State Fire Warden to conduct lot assessments for fire safety, and would volunteer his time to help neighbors assess their property’s wildfire safety. He also helped Tollgate’s HOA by overseeing the approval of new fire pit’s throughout the community.

Alan’s neighbors were able to pay him back with a beautiful present while he was in the hospital. They showed up at his and Lisa’s home on August 22nd and 23rd with several log splitters and chainsaws and and many helping hands. They spent two days splitting and stacking all the large logs Alan had gathered for the coming winter. Now that its all split and stacked it will be enough firewood for Lisa for several winters. One of the attendees of the “Firewood Party” was an individual whom Alan had helped rescue in the backcountry the previous winter, others were long time close friends, and a few were new neighbors that hadn’t met Alan yet.

Alan loved his Tollgate Community and met many people through serving for seven years as a volunteer on the HOA board. He also was part of Leadership Park City, Class 13, from 2006 to 2007.

While he was dedicated to his local community, Alan loved to travel. The only state he hadn’t visited was Alaska. Lisa, when she is ready, plans to take him there.

Alan’s family and friends are currently working on funeral and open house plans that will adhere to safe social distancing guidelines set by Summit County Health Department and the CDC. The funeral service, which will be by invitation only, will be held on Sept. 19, and will be available virtually. The day will begin at 11 a.m. with a firetruck memorial procession up Tollgate

Canyon. The funeral will be held at the Pine and Forest Meadows firehouse, which Alan helped build.

Set-up apart to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines, a public open house will follow from 1-4 p.m., and will feature memorial displays, that will represent Alan’s childhood, family, his years at Crystal Lake Camps, the Appalachian Trail, his travels, Utah Olympic Park, his love of trains, firefighting, the Tollgate neighborhood, and his marriage and life with Lisa.

Friends, family and members of the community will be able to attend the open house on a staggered schedule, and those who live in other parts of the country who can’t make the trip, will be able to see these tables virtually and share their memories of these aspects of Alan’s life in the comments and can watch the recorded service. To learn more about the funeral and watch for updates visit www.facebook.com/groups/alanpowell/

Alan’s last public words were posted on Facebook on Aug. 29, a day after Lisa showed him a GoFundMe crowdsourcing account his cousin had created to raise money for his hospital bills. She had read him the names and messages of the people from his past who donated and he was very moved. Lisa was also able to show Alan pictures and videos of the Tollgate community log splitting service and Alan’s heartfelt gratitude rings through the words of the post:

“Good morning world. First thing I have to say is, Wow just wow. I am amazed and humbled by the response from you all. I have always felt loved by my family, friends and community but never imagined what it would feel like to experience it directly and so deeply. I’m so blessed to have Lisa in my life. She has been a rockstar and to feel her love and to feel our love continue to grow and deepen is priceless. (…) Thanks again from the bottom of my heart and the depth of my soul. Love To You All.”

Obituary for Dick Lueck

Dick Lueck

April 18, 1928 – August 15, 2020

After retiring from AT&T in 1981, Dick and his wife Gene moved to Park City and Dick began a second career in real estate. He reveled in showing clients the adopted hometown he loved so much. He threw himself into Park City life and participated on the Board of Realtors, Rotary Club, Egyptian Theater, and served as a host for the Utah Symphony at Deer Valley through last summer. Those who knew him well will remember his great zeal for life as he played tennis to the age of 90 and sought any opportunity to bring friends together. He shared 63 years of adventure with Gene, during which they worked hard, raised two children, traveled to numerous countries making countless friends, and never took one moment for granted. He is survived by his wife, their two children, Dean (Kathy) and Janis (Charlie), and four grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that those who wish may donate in his name to Free Wheelchair Missions at Give.

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Obituary for

In Memoriam

Iris Loiselle

August 29, 1933 – June 26, 2020

In loving memory of our dear friend, Iris Loiselle, a long-time resident of Park City,

Utah. She passed away before her 90th birthday and she was laid to rest in the State of Washington beside her parents.

Iris accomplished many things in her life. She was a hard worker and always busy.She was an employee of Deer Valley Ski Resort for several years. She opened her home to seasonal workers giving them a nice place to stay and also a chance to enjoy her fantastic cooking.

She loved to travel and went to many parts of the world with Hyde’s Tours. Iris was employed as a home care provider. In her later years she found enjoyment with her many friends both in Salt Lake City, and at the Park City Senior Center.

Iris was so proud of her children and grandchildren.

Her friends, co-workers, and family loved her. and she will be missed by many.

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Obituary for Rona Reidenberg Greenwald

Rona

Reidenberg Greenwald

May 29, 1958 – August 28, 2020

Rona passed away peacefully at her home on August 28, after a five-year battle with ovarian cancer. In 2012, Rona and her husband, Bruce, moved to Park City where they live in Promontory and are members of Temple Har Shalom. Bruce is a Managing Director at Park City Family Office. Rona was passionate about Pancreatic Cancer research, warm weather, and being a loving wife, Mom, Safta, and friend. Bruce, and Rona’s sons, Eric and Jeff, will remember her every day. Donations to the Rona Greenwald Memorial Fund can be made to the University of Utah Medical Center, Health Sciences Advancement Office, P.O. Box 410481, Salt Lake City, UT 84141-0481. Donations will be allocated to fund ovarian cancer clinical research, cancer patient care and education, and mental health clinical research.

Obituary for Brent Jay Sanford

Brent Jay

Sanford

July 12, 1940 – July 27, 2020

Brent Jay Sanford of Park City passed away at his home after a long struggle with lung disease on the morning of Monday, July 27th, 2020, just 2 weeks after his 80th birthday. He was born July 12th, 1940 in Brigham City, Utah to Allen *Jay* and Vaudis Korth Sanford. Brent grew up hunting and fishing with his dad and younger brother, Robert. Having a carpenter for a father, Brent was always very handy and became a skilled carpenter himself. A graduate of Box Elder High School, he was a star basketball and football player.

After High School he attended Utah State University in Logan where he played football and was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. After a couple of years, he took a break to serve the LDS Church in the French East Mission in Switzerland where he gained a love for and mastery of the French language. Upon returning from his mission, he again enrolled at Utah State where he met and married his wife of nearly 54 years, Barbara Hughes Sanford, and then transferred to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City where he earned dual degrees in Business Administration and French language studies. After college, he earned a Master of Foreign Trade degree from Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management in Glendale, Arizona. Over the next 20 years he worked as a steel executive in both Brussels, Belgium and Mexico City, Mexico and literally travelled the world for business.

After his international business career Brent and Barb returned to their home and their aging parents in Utah where Brent got back to his roots as a carpenter and began a second career as a custom home builder in Park City, Utah. Once he retired as a builder he volunteered his time on the architectural committee of the Sun Peak neighborhood until his passing and was a major player in shaping that neighborhood into what it is today.

Brent enjoyed travelling and spent 2 weeks every spring at their timeshare condo on the beach in Puerto Vallarta where he could brush up on his Spanish and indulge in his love of Mexican food and culture. Brent and Barb also owned a vacation home in St. George, Utah where they spent several weeks each year and he enjoyed golf and touring Utah’s many National Parks. In his later years, he could be found tinkering with projects around the house, herding their cats and spoiling their 3 grandchildren.

Brent will be remembered as a model of wisdom, warmth, patience, compassion, generosity and strength. He was also a very funny man, with a dry sense of humor and an endless supply of witticisms and thoughtful and amusing observations on people and life. He gave his time freely, volunteering for and donating to charitable organizations inside and outside of the Park City Community.

He was a devoted husband, chivalrous and dedicated to his life partner, Barbara. As a father he was stern, yet fair and loving. As a grandfather he was a total pushover for his sweet grandkids. The hole in our hearts is a giant one, yet we are finding peace in the knowledge that he is no longer suffering.

Brent is survived by his wife: Barbara, sons: Jason (Darcy) and Jared, grandchildren: Chloe, Brennon and Vivienne, brother Robert (Janet), favorite Aunt Lena, dozens of cousins, nieces and nephews and his devoted cats: Lulu, Trent, Riley and Nacho. A celebration of his life will be announced once the world returns to some sense of normalcy and it is safe to gather in numbers and remember this one-of-a-kind soul and gentle giant of a man. He set the bar impossibly high and will be missed every single day by those he leaves behind. We love you Brent, Dad, Spank, Papoo!

Obituary for Sarah Evelyn Paul

Sarah Evelyn Paul

March 18, 1935 – August 15, 2020

Sarah Paul passed away peacefully after complications from a stroke she suffered from in May 2015. She was born in Burbank, CA and grew up in Southern California. She enjoyed swimming competitively and won several medals as a child. She also played the drums in her high school band. She went on to marry Benjamin Wolfe and had three children, Kim, Benny and Karen. Benjamin was in the Air Force and they lived in several different countries. After her first divorce, she married her second husband, Francis James Paul (Jim) and had two more children, Jimmy and Helen. James went on to adopt Sarah’s three previous children. They lived in Lodi, CA where she received her Nursing Degree. Sarah had a deep passion for the outdoors which included skiing all winter and volunteering for The National Ski Patrol at Bear Valley for over 20 years. During the summer, she enjoyed camping, hiking, boating on the Delta, and being at the ocean. She later went on to be an abalone diver. After her divorce, Sarah became a traveling nurse in many states and finally settled in Oakley, Utah. In Utah, she gained new passions for fishing, hunting, horseback riding, snowmobiling, and ATV riding. After she retired from nursing she started her own successful business, Summit Drug Screening. Sarah loved to share her adventures with her family and friends. Sarah lived a wild, crazy and adventurous life! Sarah is proceeded in death by her parents Otis and Ella Crittendon, her brother Billy Crittendon, daughter Kim Matwijiw and son James Paul. She is survived by her son Ben Paul, daughter Karen Paul (grandson Lance DuPriest, granddaughter Lindsey and Garrett Colli, great grandson Grant). Her daughter Helen Iturraran (grandsons Thomas and Kyle, granddaughter Sydney). Helen’s fiancé Greg Duncan and his children Delaney and Caleb. Granddaughter Emily from James Paul and daughter in law Casey (James’ wife) and too many friends who are considered extended family to mention them all. You know who you are and know that Sarah loved you. Because of her passion for her animals and her horses, in lieu of flowers, you can donate to The Wildlife Society of Utah (https://wildlife.com/donate/). A Celebration of Life will be planned for a later date. You can send condolences to P.O. Box 872, Park City, Utah 84060.

Obituary for Sarah Colby-Dobell

Sarah Colby-Dobell

September 16, 1996 – August 3, 2020

The world lost a lot of light, laughter, and sparkle when Sarah Cynthia Colby-Dobell, a 2015 graduate of Park City High School, passed away on August 3.

It is difficult to capture the vibrant and loving person that Sarah was in writing. She was hilarious and could find the humor in any situation. She was a loving friend, the kind who would get out of bed at any hour to drive to help someone in need. Sarah had a feisty personality and was quick to defend the weak and challenge those in power. In middle school, she came home with a note from a bullying victim on her school bus thanking Sarah for standing up to the bullies. Everyone who met Sarah marveled at her natural beauty. She adored animals and was a devoted mother to her cat, Muffin.

Sarah was a biology student at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

A lover of plants and nature, she worked in an aquaponics lab and was a board member of Queen’s conservation club. She helped students in crisis as a volunteer for a community crisis line. Sarah was a talented seamstress and designer who worked for Queen’s charity fashion show to raise money for victims of sexual violence. In her free time, she made clothes for herself and her friends.

She loved cooking elaborate meals from scratch, exploring new countries with friends, dancing at parties without a care for what others thought, hiking with her aunties, texting goofy selfies to her mom, spending time on the water, and being the nudge toward any exciting and impulsive adventure.

Sarah is survived by her mother, Julie Dobell, her twin, Erin Colby-Dobell, her brothers, Nick and Joe Colby, aunts and uncles, dozens of cousins, and many dear friends including Sara Tabin, Molly Leavens, Katie Kelly, Keaton Quinn, and Connor Smith.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Summit Land Conservancy in Sarah’s honor.

Obituary for Sandra Elaine Walsby Kesselman

Sandra Elaine

Walsby Kesselman

November 29, 1936 – July 18, 2020

Sandy was born on November 29, 1936 in Newark, New Jersey. She resided there with her parents Lou and Sally, her younger brother Alan, and her Aunt Clarise until the family moved to Los Angeles, California.

Sandy attended North Hollywood High School and later went on to attend UC Berkeley. She became a beloved and respected teacher with a long and successful career. She worked in a variety of schools in the inner city of Los Angeles, Jewish day schools, and finally at the distinguished Buckley School before her retirement. She was a mother who encouraged the creativity and achievements of her own children. Sandy was ahead of her time, campaigning for the right to equal opportunity and justice for all ethnicities, races, and religions. Sandy learned to speak fluent Spanish as an adult simply to become a better teacher. She was a political activist who worked with the Los Angeles Teachers Union as well as various Temples throughout the city.

Sandy was a free spirit; never afraid to express her opinions and beliefs no matter where she was. She was an avid reader and a published poet. She loved to dance — especially Improvisational dance in Venice, CA — despite the vigorous objections of her children. In her later years, she bravely traveled alone through Ireland and parts of Europe purely for adventure.

She is survived by her dedicated husband, Jerry Pawl, 89 years young. Sandy is also survived by her four children through her former husband, Jack Kesselman (deceased). She was proud of her three sons and one daughter. Beth Elliott, (married to John), is a classical musician and violist. David Kesselman, (married to Angela) is a commercial airline pilot. Josh Kesselman (married to Hallie) is a Hollywood producer and manager. Jonathan Kesselman, (married to Suzanne) is a screenwriter, film director, and college professor.

Sandy is also survived by her grandchildren Cole, Jorge, and Michael.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the non-profit Kadima Conservatory of Music for “The Sandy Kesselman Award”, (SKA) which will be providing music scholarships for low income families in Los Angeles. The SKA is given in the spirit of providing equal access to opportunity for all.

Sandy passed away peacefully on July 18, 2020 at home surrounded by her family in Salt Lake City.

Obituary for Jose Antonio (Tony) Aguilar

Jose Antonio (

Tony) Aguilar

December 17, 1926 – July 19, 2020

Jose Antonio (Tony) Aguilar passed away on Sunday, July 19th from a heart attack.

Tony was born in Brilliant, New Mexico on December 17, 1926 to Maria Concepcion Miranda and Florencio Aguilar. Tony was four years old when his father, who was a miner, died from “black lung.” His mother raised her children Joe, Esther, Tony and Johnny by opening her own Mexican restaurant in Raton, New Mexico. Tony went to LSU, spent a year in the Air Force, and supported himself through Colorado State University Medical School by boxing professionally. He attended McGill University Neurological Institute in Montreal, where he passed the boards in Neurosurgery. That ended his career in professional boxing.

Tony had a distinguished medical career in neurosurgery for many decades. He taught brain surgery at Stanford University Hospital for several years and spent many years at the Alexian Brothers Hospital in San Jose.

He has two children, Martha O’Neill and Carlos Aguilar. He has seven grandchildren – Morgan and Mary Jane O’Neill; Peter, Matthew and Emily Aguilar; and Andrew and Madeline Knauer.

Tony was not only extremely intelligent, but he was also an athlete. He skied, ran, bicycled and played his favorite sport tennis into his 90s. He boxed every day on his speed bag. He was also a dancer. He and his beloved wife Gerd Holmsen were regulars at the Park City HS Sweetheart gala where they danced the night away.

Life with Tony was never boring and he will be forever missed.