May 17, 2001
Alonzo Russell “Lonnie” Meek of Vernal, Utah, died May 5, 2001, at his home. He was 97.
On Sept. 25, 1903, in Oklahoma City, Okla., he was born the son of David Elonzo and Mary Elizabeth Meek. On April 2, 1926, in Laredo, Texas, he married Minnie Doreen Camp. He was a charter member of the Vernal Christian Church and served as a Deacon for many years. He had a great love for fishing, hunting, the great outdoors and spending time with this family. They moved to Vernal from Craig after he retired rom the maintenance division of the Moffat County Highway Department in 1978.
He is survived by his children, Mary (Ken) Smith of Vernal; Russell (Jan) Meek of Grants Pass, Ore.; Bill (Sally) of Yampa; Lonnie (Barbara) Meek of Vernal; Lewis Meek of McAllen, Texas; brother, Ilo Meek; 17 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son-in-law, Aubrey Baker; two sisters, Margaret and Mary; brothers, Virgil, Everett and Geneand two great-grandchildren.
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Services were held at 11 a.m. May 10, 2001, at the Vernal Christian Church. Burial was at the Vernal Memorial Park.
James David Pierson
1945 – 2001
James David Pierson of Dixon, Wyo., died May 8, 2001, in Dixon. He was 56.
On Jan. 22, 1945, in Rawlings, Wyo., he was born the son of Andrew Pierson and Carrie F. Sheehan. He spent his childhood in the Little Snake River Valley. He worked with cement, casing and oil patch. He lived in Grants, N.M., before moving back to the Snake River Valley about five years ago.
He belonged to the Grants Elks Club and volunteered his services to the Dixon Senior Center, delivered meals and running errands. He was always available to assist. He enjoyed four-wheeling and snowmobiling.
He is survived by his mother, Fay Pierson of Dixon; brother, Jerry Pierson and loving companion, Ann Hutton, of Dixon.
He was preceded in death by his father.
At Pierson’s request, no services were held.
Roger M. Saunders
1918 – 2001
Col. Roger M. Saunders, U.S. Army, died May 2, 2001, at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Saunders was born Jan. 6, 1918, the son of Roger and Jessie Saunders in Craig. He attended school in Colorado graduating from Craig High School in 1936 and the University of Colorado with an LLB Degree in 1942. He served with the United States Army for 24 years, four years as a Sergeant with the Army Air Corps in World War II and as an officer from 1950-1970. Among Col. Saunders’ decorations was the Bronze Star with cluster. He retired in 1970 as a Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve and was employed by the Army and Air Force Civil Legal Services, mainly in the far east, until his full retirement in 1992. He has been a resident of San Antonio since his retirement
Saunders is survived by sisters, Gretchyn Watson of Steamboat Springs and Geraldine Maltby of Kemmerer, Wyo.; numerous nieces and nephews including Saundra Steele of Steamboat and Kent Watson of Challis, Id.
He was preceded in death by brother, Harry Saunders; sisters, Cora Monroe and Jessie Mae Hicks.
Saunders was buried with full military honors at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.