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Alonzo Raymond "Lunk" Jarvie


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Alonzo Raymond "Lunk" Jarvie

Alonzo Raymond "Lunk" Jarvie, 85, of McKinnon, passed away Jan. 22, 2017, at the Ashley Regional Medical Center in Vernal.

A longtime resident of McKinnon and former resident of Washam, Alonzo died following a sudden illness. 

He was born on July 14, 1931, in Rock Springs, the son of Thomas B. and Alice Finch Jarvie. He was the youngest of six siblings and the only one born in a hospital. He attended schools in Washam, and Manila, Utah. He graduated from a class of two from the Manila High School in1949.

Jarvie once said he thought that the school drew straws, and that's why he was valedictorian and Allen Pallesen was salutatorian.

He married the former Betty Lorraine Olsen in Green River Nov. 5, 1950, and she preceded him in death May 12, 1998. 

Alonzo was a United States Army veteran having served from Oct. 28, 1952, until Oct. 2, 1954, when he received his honorable discharge.

He worked on the construction of the Flaming Gorge Dam and also worked for Williams Company until his retirement. 

He owned a ranch in McKinnon and was part owner of the Jarvie Ranch in Washam. 

Survivors include one daughter, Carol Lynn Gardiner of McKinnon; one brother, Douglas Jarvie of Green River; four grandchildren, Raymond Terry and wife Mindy, Lorra Duevel and husband Bryan, Christy Gardiner, and Cara McKeachnie and husband Cody; 11 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Betty Lorraine Jarvie; one son, Raymond Craig Jarvie; one brother, Archie Jarvie; three sisters, Ruth Jarvie, Pamela Jarvie and Nellie Nelson and her husband Harold. 

A memorial gathering at his home took place Jan. 29.

Funeral services were conducted Monday.

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