Eloise Watts Griffiths

Eloise Watts Griffiths, beloved mother, sister, wife, grandmother, and friend, peacefully returned to her Heavenly home on Tuesday, May 3 rd , 2016. Eloise was born March 26th, 1944, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to LeMoyne and Emeline Watts. She was their fourth child and first daughter. In 1949, the family moved to the Island area in Logan, Utah, where she spent the rest of her childhood and college years. As the oldest daughter in a family of nine kids, she was teased by her brothers and was a second mother to her younger siblings. She loved Logan and often spoke of her dream of moving “home” after leaving Cache Valley. 

Eloise attended college at Utah State University, receiving her bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education with a minor in Music. She later returned to school to add Elementary Education and a master’s degree in Education to her repertoire. She taught at North Summit High, Western Hills Elementary, and Dugway Elementary, teaching all grades but kindergarten. Mrs. Watts was admired and revered by her students, as she was a charismatic teacher who engaged her class. Many times, she was given “troubled” students, who often turned into some of her best after experiencing her genuine kindness and interest.

In 1968, Mrs. Watts became “Mrs. Griffiths” after marrying her long-time friend and neighbor, Thomas Griffiths, in the Logan, UT temple. “Tommy” grew up right next door to Eloise in Logan, and the two were perfectly suited for one another. Shy Tom and outgoing Eloise would rarely be separated for more than a few days over the next almost 50 years. Starting their marriage in Dugway, Utah, where Tom worked for Dugway Proving Grounds, they bought a house and moved to Grantsville in 1976, three years after their first child, John Alan, was born. At that point, Eloise became a full-time homemaker and was entirely devoted to her husband and children. Tom and Eloise loved working together on the house and in the garden. Keeping their home and yard beautiful was a top priority in the Griffiths’ household. They loved growing their own vegetables, and won the Grantsville “Beautification Award” on different occasions.

In 1977, a daughter, Greta Marie, was added to the family. And the family welcomed a son, Nathan Thomas, in 1985, when Eloise was almost 42 years old. When people asked if Nathan was her grandson, she would just smile and laugh. Eloise was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and a true and faithful mother in Zion. She taught her children the gospel, and served diligently in many callings in the church, including Visiting Teacher, Primary Teacher, Primary Chorister, Family History Specialist, Relief Society Chorister, Relief Society 2nd Counselor, Relief Society President, Organist, and others. She was very talented musically and dramatically, and was a highly sought after voice and organ soloist. She also directed many musical programs and several stake “roadshows”.

Eloise suffered with health problems almost all her life, but maintained a cheerful attitude regardless, and accomplished many wonderful things. She was a shining example to all around her and will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas Alan Griffiths of Grantsville, UT; son, John Alan (Alexia) Griffiths of Mesa, AZ; daughter, Greta Griffiths Ward (David) of Logan, UT; son, Nathan Thomas Griffiths (Nicki) of Mesa, AZ; her grandchildren, and her eight siblings. The family would like to thank the Grantsville 14th ward for all their unending love and support. Also, a special thanks to her wonderful, hardworking Hospice nurses that were so very helpful and supportive.

 Funeral services will be held at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 at the Grantsville Stake Center (550 E Durfee St). A “meet and greet” will be held prior to the service at 11:00 a.m. Services entrusted with Didericksen Memorial, 435-277-0050.


Steven "Scot" Fischer

1968 - 2016
Our beloved father, brother, husband, and friend, Steven "Scot" Fischer passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 30, 2016, at the age of 47. Scot was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on September 10, 1968, to Helmut and Shirley Fischer. Scot attended Hillcrest High School and Salt Lake Community College and later served an LDS mission to St. Louis, Missouri. Missouri always held a special place in his heart and he loved to tell stories about his time there. Scot worked in the copier industry for 20+ years, and most recently with Automated Business Products. He made many lasting friendships at work. Scot married the love of his life Shaunell "Shawnee" New on January 18, 1996, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple for time and all eternity. Together they have three amazing kids whom he dearly loved. He was an active member of the LDS Church and served in many different callings. He loved to serve the people of his ward, especially when he got to work with the youth. He looked forward to spending every Wednesday night with 'his boys,' watching them develop into fine young men. Scot loved to be in the outdoors, especially fishing with his family. His family was his life. He would spend every waking minute with them. Scot always had the biggest smile on his face, and that is what we will miss the most. Survived by his wife, Shawnee, and his three children, Shaylei (19), Jayden (17) and Kaylei (12); mother, Shirley; siblings, Ryan (Drew), Bonnie Bennett (Allan), Robert (Diana); in-laws, Bob and LuGene New, Darren New, Kori Wakamatsu (Josh); and many nieces and nephews. Scot was preceded in death by his father, Helmut, and nephew, Caydin. A viewing will be held Thursday, May 5, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. at the Grantsville 6th Ward Chapel located at 81 Church Street in Grantsville. Funeral services will be Friday, May 6, 2016, at 11 a.m. at the Grantsville 6th Ward Chapel, with a viewing beginning at 10 a.m. Interment at Grantsville City Cemetery, 350 W. Main Street, Grantsville, Utah. In lieu of flowers, donations are accepted at any Cyprus Credit Union under the name of Steven Scot Fischer. The family would like to express appreciation for the great outpouring of love and generosity.

Claude "Squawk" Parkinson

Claude Henning Parkinson, “Squawk”, cherished husband, father, grandfather and brother passed away peacefully at home, April 21, 2016 after a short battle with cancer. Claude was born May 7, 1929 to George S. and Anna Johnson Parkinson in the family home in Grantsville. Hegraduated from Grantsville High School in 1948. While at GHS he enjoyed participating in the traveling roadshow, playing center on the football team and making lifelong friendships. Claude served in the Army from 1950-52 during the Korean War. When he returned from Korea he continued working for Morton Salt Company for 43 years until his retirement in 1991. In addition to his full-time employment, Claude painted and wallpapered homes around Tooele County to help provide for his family. Claude married Maralee Skogerboe on September 11, 1954. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. Squawk loved Grantsville. He served on the zoning and planning commission and also as a city councilman. After retirement, he volunteered many years as the curator of the Donner Reed Museum where he enjoyed meeting people from around the world. Claude also served in various capacities for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Claude was known for his happy nature, quick smile, coin tricks and story-telling. Claude is survived by his wife of 61 years, Maralee; his three daughters, Doelene Pitt (Craig), Patricia Parkinson, and Krista Sparks (Bryan) and daughter-in-law Jody Parkinson Yager (Tom) all of Grantsville. He is also survived by 16 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 2 great, great grandchildren. Claude is also survived by his sister Lois Lawrence (Bert), and sister-in-law Wanda Parkinson. He was preceded in death by his son George S. Parkinson, parents and six siblings. A viewing will be held at the Grantsville Stake Center, located at 550 East Durfee on Wednesday, April 27th from 6-8PM. Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 28th at the Grantsville Stake Center at 12:00PM with a viewing from 10-11:30AM. Interment will be at the Grantsville City Cemetery following the services. A special thank you to Didericksen Memorial for directing the services and to Rocky Mountain Hospice for their excellent care.

Jeanine Jefferies Johnson

Jeanine Jefferies Johnson, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend passed away peacefully on April 20, 2016 surrounded by family. She was born September 16, 1928 in Grantsville, Utah to Richard Calbert and Chleo Fidler Jefferies. Jeanine graduated from Grantsville High School where ‘Shop’ was one of her favorite classes. She married the love of her life, Don Henning Johnson on February 26, 1947. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. Jeanine worked for many years at the Jr. Mart. She served faithfully in many callings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, crocheting, traveling, painting pictures and sharing a Pepsi with family and friends. She always looked forward to the next family party. She sang in a quartet with her mothers and sisters and sang at numerous church and community functions. Jeanine is survived by her three children, Connie (Larry) Palmer of Saratoga Springs, Karen (Tim) Parks of Stansbury Park and Eric (Annette) Johnson of Grantsville; 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her sister Bobbie Hutchins. She was preceded in death by her husband, son, Larry Don; Parents, sister; Elaine Beacham and brother Clyde Jefferies. Special thanks to Michelle Bolinder and the staff, volunteers, and owners of Diamond Jane’s Assisted Living Center and Barb and Sharon of Canyon Home Care and Hospice. Viewing will be held at the Grantsville West Stake Center, located at 115 E. Cherry St. on Friday, April 22nd, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 23rd, at the Grantsville West Stake Center at 11:00 am with a viewing at 10:00 am.