Howard Deloy Lance passed away peacefully at his home after undergoing surgery.
He was born Dec. 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 10 years in Midway, Utah, driving back and forth to Salt Lake City 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). He is also survived by four sisters: 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 16 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and many loved nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 475 West 400 North, in Moab. A viewing was held Tuesday evening at Spanish Valley Mortuary. Interment was at the Grand Valley Cemetery immediately following the services.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.SpanishValleyMortuary.com.