Northern Utah experienced some noteworthy and tragic losses of influential people in 2017. Among them were: 

Jan. 16: Richard Favero, 68

Favero was a member of the Weber School District Board of Education, the West Weber Cemetery Board and the Hooper Irrigation District board. According to his obituary, Favero served The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a bishop, stake president and as mission president of the Rome, Italy, mission for three years. He worked at Moyes Glass and as an independent insurance broker.

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Jan. 22: Tyson Mason, 29

Tyson, a Plain City resident, was involved in a head-on crash with a large truck. His passenger, a fellow nurse who was critically injured in the crash, told emergency workers at the scene that Mason had swerved to take the brunt of the crash, according to his father-in-law, Sean Harwood of Clinton.

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Jan. 27: Andre Malan, 54

Malan, a Mountain Green resident, a well-known local dentist at Malan Heights Dental, died from injuries sustained in a Jan. 20 skiing accident at Snowbasin Resort. A former student-body president at Weber High School, Malan was known for his famous "Andre smiles and hugs," according to his obituary. 

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Feb. 18:  Clay Christensen40

Christensen, a beloved 12-year Ogden High School teacher, died just seven months after being diagnosed with colon cancer. The health sciences teacher taught a variety of classes including anatomy, medical terminology, biology and chemistry. He was honored with an Ogden High fundraiser for a memorial scholarship.

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Feb. 20: Mike Wiggill, 57

Wiggill, a Pleasant View resident, died of brain cancer. He served as Santa’s helper in Ogden’s Christmas Village and elsewhere. He was honored posthumously as Santa in Ogden’s Holiday Electric Light Parade.

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Feb. 24: Ron Halverson, 80

Halverson is remembered as a stalwart supporter of many causes. A former state legislator and general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Halverson also was a co-owner of a third-generation plumbing, heating, and mechanical contracting business. He was president of the Utah Mechanical Contractors Association.

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March 22: Kurt Cochran, 54

Cochran, a West Bountiful resident, died and his wife was injured in a London terror attack. The couple was celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary with a European trip. Cochran and his wife, Melissa, operated Onion Street Studios out of their home and were active in the Northern Utah music scene, said those who orchestrated a musical in his honor.

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March 23: Ray Miller, 68

Miller was a noted ski racer on the United States Ski Team in 1964. He later served as general manager of Nordic Valley Ski Resort and coached the Snowbasin Ski Team and Ogden Valley Winter Sports Foundation. He was a 2002 Olympic torch bearer.

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April 18:  Neville Peterman, 73

Peterman was known for 31 years as a coach and special education teacher at Bonneville High School and later at Roy High School. He is credited with three track-and-field and cross country state titles won by the two schools in the 1970s and 1990s. Many of his athletes and teams still have times listed on the Utah State High School Activities Association all-time bests, said his obituary.

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May 23: Ben Fowler, 96

Fowler was the original “Big Ben.” He was the founder of the Roy Burger Bar. Family members were remembering him for a rich and productive life following his passing at home a few days after falling and breaking his arm.

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June 14: Meg Bostwick, 27

Bostwick, an Ogden resident, a former nurse at McKay-Dee Hospital, died from a brain tumor just hours after giving birth to her second child. Family members said Bostwick received her doctorate in nursing from the University of Utah and maintained a 3.95 GPA.

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June 17: Mamiyo Iseki, 92

“She and her husband, Leo Iseki, owned and operated Utah Noodle and was very prominent in the Japanese community,” said Ogden Attorney Kelly Miles. “She also spent time in the Utah Japanese internment during WWII.” According to her obituary, Isiki and her husband became owners of Utah Noodle Parlor on Jan. 1, 1953, and used their success to support others. 

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June 19: Cheryl Baker, 56

Baker, a retired Ogden teacher, was one of three women found shot to death on a farmhouse property in Canyon County near Caldwell, Idaho. Baker had recently retired from teaching art at GreenWood Charter School in Harrisville.

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July 4: Brent Richardson, 68

Richardson, a 19-year Weber School District board member and nine-year board president, left $100,000 to the district for a scholarship endowment fund upon his death. His biography included serving as a former 2nd lieutenant Green Beret. He was a local entrepreneur who owned the Hi-Fi Shop and created Connecting Point and a home automation business.

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July 26: Perry and Sarah Huffaker, 45 and 42, and Layne and Diana Clarke, 48 and 45

The Huffakers, West Haven residents, and the Clarkes, Taylor residents, died in a small-airplane crash on Interstate 15 shortly after taking off from Ogden-Hinckley Airport on their way to a vacation in Island Park, Idaho. Perry Huffaker had been working as Ogden City’s parks director. Both couples were described by those who knew them as outstanding people.

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July 30: Margaret Wingate, 96

Wingate, a West Haven resident, was the founder of EnableUtah, a non-profit that employs adults with disabilities. She said she was motivated by the way society looked down upon people with disabilities in the 1940s and ‘50s.

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Aug. 12: Brady Mark, 46

According to police reports, Mark, a West Weber resident, was severely injured Aug. 5 while riding his motorcycle when he struck a car making a U-turn in front of him. He was remembered for 15 years working for the UTA with a positive attitude. 

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Sept. 13: Tanya McKinnon Bartlett, 42

Bartlett, a Mountain Green resident, a former Miss Rodeo America and local large-animal veterinarian who specialized in horse chiropractics, died after her battle with cancer and a condition that caused her heart to frequently stop beating. Before she retired, Bartlett’s veterinary practice was trusted by some of the most talented athletes in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, according to those close to her.

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Sept. 13: Alvin Cobabe, 99

Cobabe was the founder of the Powder Mountain Ski Resort in Eden. A synopsis accompanying Cobabe’s 2012 Emeriti Lifetime Achievement Award from Weber State University described him as a “true renaissance man.”

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Sept. 14: Greg Haws, 65

Haws, a Hooper resident, died following emergency surgery for a stomach ulcer. A former Weber County clerk/auditor, he was recalled as a man behind many positive changes in Weber County government and in Utah.

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Oct. 1: Elder Robert D. Hales, 85

Hales, a 23-year member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, died shortly after a Sunday morning session of the church’s General Conference. A former pilot in the U.S. Air Force, Hales worked in top executive positions in four major corporations before his calling as an LDS general authority. They included: Gillette Co., Papermate, Max Factor and the Hughes Television Network, according to his biography. 

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Oct. 29: Lowell Peterson, 91

Peterson, an Eden resident and formerly of Roy, a former state senator, state representative and Weber County commissioner, died shortly after a cancer diagnosis. Peterson was a businessman, rancher and developer. He served as a bishop in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Oct. 30: DeWayne Ashmead, 73

Ashmead, a Fruit Heights resident, with his father created Albion Laboratories. He served as a board member for several academic, community, and health organizations, according to his obituary. He was known as a sports car collector and restorer.

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Nov. 3: Terry Pacheco, 51

A former cross country, track and wrestling coach and special education teacher, Pacheco died after a long battle with kidney failure, diabetes and transplant organ rejection, said his family. “Live life with no regrets,” he was quoted as saying by a former athlete he coached.

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Dec. 14: Frank Tremea, 80

A teacher and vice-principal for more than 30 years at Roy Junior High School and Roy recreation director for 40 years, former students acknowledged his vast influence. “He was honored to have Roy Park and Roy Junior High's gymnasium bear his name,” said his obituary. He was vice president and president of the Utah Jaycees and chaplain of the national Jaycees.

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Dec. 15: Chiyoko Copeland, 75

Police said Copeland was struck and killed by a vehicle while walking in Layton. She was known for her punctuality and walking everywhere she went, according to a story in the Salt Lake Tribune. “We stopped several times to give her a ride, and she always turned us down, said Colleen Mewing, of Syracuse, to the Standard-Examiner. “I aspire to be half the woman this lady was. We could all learn from her.”

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Dec. 24:  Robb Hall, 51

Hall died after a battle with stage 4 melanoma. Hall was founder and director of Youth Impact, a non-profit that for 25 years served inner-city youth with after-school and summer programs. He was remembered for changing thousands of lives.

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