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Emmett L. Mays

PUPOSKY — Emmett Lyle Mays, 77, of Puposky, Minn., died Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, at his home.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Bemidji, Minn., with the Rev. Matthew Wurm and Vicar Matthew Meyer officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Funeral services will also be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30 at the Grace Lutheran Church in Moab, Utah. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at the Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Moab, Utah, under the direction of the Cease Family Funeral Home of Bemidji and the Spanish Valley Mortuary of Moab.

He was born on Nov. 10, 1934, in Grand Junction, Colo., the son of Ed and Edith (Hall) Mays. He was raised and educated in various cities on the western slope of Colorado, including Grand Junction and Denver. He married his high school sweetheart, Laura Sykes, and together they raised three wonderful children. After 26 years of marriage, Laura passed away. As a young man he began working for Continental Telephone company as a lineman, and over 36 years worked his way up in the company to the position of Utah State Manager. He lived and worked in Show Low, Ariz., Tremonton, Utah, and Moab, Utah. He married Mary (Olander) Mays on Dec. 15, 1979, in St. George, Utah, and became a “second dad” to her five children. He was a member of the Rotary Club, Toastmasters, Moab City Council and served many duties in the churches he attended. He and Mary moved to Puposky, Minn., in 2006. He enjoyed wood working, square dancing, camping, boating, fishing, mechanics and construction. He was an animal lover and loved spending time with friends and family.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Mays, of Puposky; children, Van (Chris) Mays, of Price, Utah, Valerie (Blake) Atkins, of Bastrop, Texas, Kelly (Rachaelle) Mays, of Tremonton, Utah, Wesley Nelson, of Eugene, Ore., Gregory Nelson, of Moab, Utah, Jill (Michael) Robinson, of Cypress, Texas, Toni Mays, of Puposky, Minn., Kelley Mays, of Puposky, Minn.; sisters, Lucy (Ken) Hutchins, of Fountain, Flo.; Lorraine (Howard) Dean, of Cedar Edge, Colo.; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife; sons, Jeffery Nelson, Joseph Nelson; brother, Harry Mays; sisters, Mary Robinson and Letha Darrow.

In lieu of flowers or food, memorials can be given to Trinity Lutheran Church to help with the family’s travel to Utah.