The Most Important Parts Of Life Rarely Make The Obituary


On the front page of this newspaper is a story about a woman whose life was important. Marguerite Noble's life will be remembered. It will be remembered in part, because she took the time to remember the lives of others. She was, first and foremost, a historian.


Roy Creach

In the past year, as they have passed away, we told several stories of those whose hands shaped this area.

There was Roy Creach who died at 85. While he spent 19 years in law enforcement, he was remembered in Payson as the owner of a gas station at the corner of Main Street and the Beeline Highway. He was a fixture in this town.

And there was Raymond Cline who passed away in September. He was known to many as a Star Valley rancher, but a deeper look into his life revealed that he was responsible for laying the foundation of Payson's water system. Much of the pipe he laid is still in use today.


Raymond Cline

And then there was Don Manthe, who lost his battle with cancer in early February.

He built the first drugstore, Payson Drug on Main Street.

Before the clinic was built and the first doctor came to town in 1957, Manthe was the next best thing to a doctor.

His obituary went on to list his accomplishments, which included serving as the president of the chamber, helping to found the Payson Rotary Club, serving as president of the school board and bringing Boy Scout Troop 354 to Payson.


Don Manthe

That same month, Don Holcombe, a well-known host of KMOG's Rim Country Forum, a singer, artist and community leader, died of complications from diabetes.

These people made their lives matter. They are the kind of people we all should strive to be.

But for every front page profile we run of a person who made a difference, there are countless whose stories are told in two or three paragraphs with a thumbnail size picture on 11A -- our Obituary page.


Don Holcombe

The disparity of ink used to tell those stories doesn't mean their lives were any less important.

There are so many who live quiet lives and who have an impact on others in small ways that will never make the paper.

Buried between the lines of every obituary is an untold story of a good father or mother, a loving friend.

We rarely sing the front page praises of the grocery store clerk who smiled at every customer and made the town a better place to live in because of it.

The small differences people make in each other's lives are more difficult to document.

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