Max D. Powell


Max D. Powell died June 10, 2006 after a long battle with heart problems.

Mr. Powell was born Feb. 2, 1929 in Delta, Colo. to Jay and Alice Huffman Powell. He was raised in Bluff, Utah.

He married Shirley Button Chase on Aug. 27, 1954 in Fredonia. He served in WWII and the Korean conflict.

Mr. Powell and his wife spent many years on the Navajo Indian Reservation. He worked in trading posts in Kayenta, Cedar Ridge, and Indian Wells. He also worked on the Glenn Canyon Dam near Page and for the Gilbert School District.

Mr. Powell was a member of the Ponderosa Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He held many callings in the church, including branch president on the reservation, home teacher, assistant to the high priest group leader, high priest group leader and Sunday school president.

Mr. Powell is survived by his wife of 53 years, Shirley; their children, Ray and Sharon Chase of Casa Grande, Nial and Darla Chase of Killeen, Texas, Coral Lee and David Prickett of Westminster, Colo., Marie and Larry Behling of Madison, Ala., adopted daughter, Toni Lua of Provo, Utah, 29 grandchildren and 73 great-grandchildren; brothers, Kenneth Powell of Provo, Utah; Bruce and Delna Powell, of Clint Wells; sisters, Phyllis Harper of Kanab, Utah, and Myrna and Earl Brown of Clint Wells, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jay and Alice Powell, Shirley's parents, Ralph and Susie Button; his brother, Gordon; and sister-in-law, Betty Powell.

A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 14, at the Messinger Payson Funeral Home, 302 W. Aero Dr.

A funeral service will be held Thursday at 10 a.m., with a viewing in the morning from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Ponderosa Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 913 S. Ponderosa St., with Bishop David Cluff conducting the services.

There will be a viewing Friday at the Fredonia Ward from 2 to 2:45 p.m. at the Fredonia Ward Chapel.

Interment will take place in the Fredonia cemetery.

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