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Howard Deloy Lance

Born: 12/6/1935, Moab, Utah
Death: 3/13/2014, Moab, Utah
Viewing: 03/18/2014, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, , Spanish Valley Mortuary
Service: 03/19/2014, 11:00 am, Moab LDS 400 North Chapel
Interment: 03/19/2014, 12:30 pm, , Grand Valley Cemetery

Howard Deloy Lance passed away peacefully at his home after undergoing surgery.

He was born December 6, 1935, in Moab, Utah, where he spent all the years of his younger life. After graduating from high school, he went to Dixie College where he received an Associates Degree in Agriculture. From there, he served an LDS mission to Uruguay where he became and remained fluent in speaking Spanish.

After returning home from his mission, he married his sweetheart, Shirley Sume, whom he dated throughout his college years. Shortly after, he started working at the Deseret News Printing Company. He was trained to run the then new web press, printing the Ensign and many other LDS Church publications. Within the next few years, his three sons and two daughters were born. They were his pride and joy. He spent the next ten years in Midway, Utah, driving back and forth to Salt Lake to work, and then returning home to his family farm there. He loved to farm, and he loved his animals, especially his many dogs.

Deloy was dealt some health issues, and the family decided to move back to Moab where he worked for Atlas Minerals and later, TexasGulf until his retirement.

Deloy was always active in the LDS Church, serving in several positions, attending and working in the Monticello, Utah, temple.

He was proceeded in death by his mother and father, Howard and Ireta Lance; two sisters, Shirley Biance’ and Janice Rowley (Roger); a brother-in-law, Raymond; and two great-grandsons, Hope and Promise. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; his son, Dana (Sally); daughter Sherl Muir (Robert); son, David (Dina); son, Harold (Diana); and daughter, Darla Tucker (John). Also, four sisters who include: Merlyn Hawks (Raymond), Marjean Moses (Wilford), Helen Christensen (John Sorensen), and Rita Gaye Trimble (Ron). He also has a brother-in-law, Roger Rowley. Along with these individuals, Deloy leaves behind sixteen grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and many loved nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at the Latter-Day-Saint Church on 475 West 400 North in Moab, Utah. A viewing was held Tuesday evening at Spanish Valley Mortuary. Interment will be (was held) at the Grand Valley Cemetery immediately following the services.


3/21/2014 - To the family of Deloy's: So saddened to read of Deloy's passing. Deloy was always pleasant and kind to this classmate through the years. I appreciated his thoughtfulness, his smile, his cheerful attitude. I know your heartache with the loss of our loved ones but so thankful for the warm comfort from the Holy Ghost as we adjust to our loss and so thankful that we know we will meet again. Mary (Stocks) Martin/Gailey - Mary Stocks Gailey

3/20/2014 - Dear Shirley and Family: I want you to know my heart goes out to you at the loss of Deloy. I have enjoyed the few visits you were able to make to Utah when you would stop at Midway and see us. Deloy was a special person - and he DOES look like President Monson! Wow! You had a good life together. It seems he was always smiling whenever I would see him. May you blessed with good friends and family during this period. Love, RosaLee - RosaLee Hertell Ivers

3/19/2014 - I have always thought Deloy looked like President Monson. And he had the saintly look too! I forgot to bring a card to the services today; sorry we didn't get to speak to Roger. He is a great friend. And Helen, we remember going to the drive in theater soon after we moved here, and your beautiful sweet person greeted us with a smile and cheery greeting. The Lances have always been an important part of our lives, for sure! - Richard and Mary Jane Cozzens

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