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Build your own dreams, or someone else will pay you to build theirs!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Lloyd Gunther

Lee's Grandfather Lloyd Frank Gunther passed away after living an exceptional life. He was a famous paleontologist with several fossils named after him . He outlived 3 wives and was an extraordinary example of hard work, financial security, and devotion to the Lord. I hope that his countenance will be felt in our home and our children will inherit his qualities. 

BRIGHAM CITY – Lloyd Frank Gunther passed away March 24, 2013 at his home in Brigham City, Utah. Lloyd was born May 23, 1917 in Lehi, Utah to Richard Carl Gunther and Marie Rutishauser Gunther. He was the youngest of seven children. Lloyd grew up loving the outdoors and nature. 

He attended Utah State Agricultural College in Logan, Utah and graduated with a BS degree in Wildlife Management. Lloyd was recently honored as the oldest graduate alumni of that college. He served an LDS mission to Germany which was interrupted by WWII. He finished in the Southern States Mission. Lloyd married his lifelong sweetheart, Metta Christensen on September 8, 1941. They were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple.
He took a job with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Lloyd was drafted in the army and served two years in the South Pacific. Following his discharge, he returned to work with the Fish and Wildlife Service which included work in Utah, Missouri, Wisconsin, New Mexico and Washington DC.

They raised six children and along the way developed a family hobby of rock collecting. In 1965 the family returned to Utah and settled in Brigham City where Lloyd became manager of the Bear River Bird Refuge. He expanded his interest in rock hunting and amassed a huge collection of fossils and minerals. He shared information with many college professors and donated many valuable specimens. He published articles and even authored books.

His collection drew attention worldwide and he was honored as the first recipient of the Strimple Award by the Paleontological Society of America, which honors extraordinary contributions to science from a non-academic. The majority of his collection has been donated to many museums and universities around the world. In return, about twenty new species of fossils have been named in his family's honor.

Lloyd was an active member of the LDS Church, serving in many callings, including Bishop of the Brigham City Third Ward. Metta passed away 29 years ago. He was then married to Frieda Taylor for 13 years. Following her death he married DeEsta Young. They were also married for 13 years until her death. He considered it an accomplishment to have survived three wives and counts all children from the three marriages: 18 children, 98 grandchildren, and 218 great grandchildren.

Lloyd is survived by one sister, Marcille, 98, Santa Barbara, CA and six children: Larry (Marie) Gunther, Orem, UT; Metta Marie Fife (Dennis)Brigham City, UT; David (Margo)Gunther, Boston MA; Val (Jo Ellen) Gunther, Brigham City, UT; Jared (Donna) Gunther, Brigham City, UT; Jay (Vickie) Gunther, Redlands, CA. He was preceded in death by his parents, five siblings, and all three wives.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Wedding Bells

 My baby sister, my only sister, got married in the second week of March 2013.
She is now a Jarvis and not a Peterson.
Her husband is a great fit for our Family. 
I approve.

She looked gorgeous on her wedding day.

The bridesmaids helping her tighten her dress, over her tiny baby bump. 

My little man looked as handsome as ever getting ready to carry the rings.

The girls in Black. 
My two cousins, Cassidy and Charee, and Cher's bestie Chelsey. 

The Wedding Party.
 left to right, Chelsey, Courtney, Cassidy, Charee, me- the bride and groom, friend, friend,
 Grooms brother, grooms brother in law. 

My cute little family after the wedding. 
Baby Brooklyn just turned 3 months in this picture. 
Jackson age 4. 

Having a DJ at a wedding is the way to go. it was awesome having live music to dance to.
 This cabin is where Lee and I got married on May 14th 2005.
 It felt magical to be back at the place where we said "I do." 
It made me want to rewind time and do it all over again. 

Night highlight number 1: 

Dancing with my Dad.

Dad and Daughter Dance. 

Watching my Dad dance with my Gram, his Mom, was one of the sweetest things I have been able to see.
 I will treasure that memory all of my life. 
Weddings have a way of bringing people together. 
In all of the best sorts of ways. 
View from the upstairs rooms. The best thing about this cabin, is that the entire wedding party stayed their and played all weekend. 


Happy Wedding Day Cherlyn and Janzten! 

Monday, March 4, 2013

3 months young...

I know. 
They are so cute.
I. Could. Eat. Them. Up.
Biased. A. Little
In. Love. A. Lot 

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Brooklyn Ellen Gunther's Blessing Day March 3rd 2013

Dear Brooklyn
On March 3rd 2013 you were given a name and a blessing by your father Lee Hartman Gunther, to be known on the records of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. 
Mom is so grateful to a friend of mine and also your aunt Cherlyn for writing down your special blessing.

Brooklyn Ellen Gunther

Brooklyn, your Daddy blessed you to want to seek out those who have preceded you in life 
and learn from their example
To be able to have a family of your own
He blessed you to have strength, and courage. 
He blessed that you would make good decisions through out your life, to
seek out prophets and to read and learn from the scriptures to
desire to gain education. 
You were blessed to someday learn in the temple and have desire to be sealed in the temple to your future family. 
Daddy prayed that you would use those gifts that Heavenly Father will bless you with in your life
that you will bless members of your family and be inspired by them
He told you how much your family loved you, how grateful we were to have you in our lives. 
How special you were. 

Your family loves you. We know that you will do great things in your life. Remember who you are, your great worth.
Remember that you come from a strong family. Look to those who have came before you, your parents, your grandparents, aunt and uncles, and your great grandparents, they love you and want to help you learn.

You are named after your Great Grandma Ellen Peterson. Study her life. Learn from the way she conducted herself. I gave you that name in hopes you would one day emulate her strength. 
You are such a blessing to our family. Your sincere joy and love for life shines through in your smile. I pray that you will always keep that positive energy and love for life, that you will take all of your strengths and talents and build upon them, to bless your life and others around you. I love you. I am so grateful you are here, I know you were sent to teach me, and I know now how much I needed a daughter. 
-With love
Your Mom.

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