Francis Alonza Byrge passed away July 24, 1998 after a valiant battle with cancer.
He was born November 28, 1935 in Devonia, Tennessee, to William Riley and Florida May McCloud Byrge. Francis was a jack of all trades; he enjoyed fishing, camping and being with his family. As a young man he worked in the logging camps with his family. He joined the US Army and served his country with pride and honor. He worked in many jobs and trades. Owned and operated his own roofing and fencing companies. Also worked in the coal mines and later became an instructor at The College of Eastern Utah, teaching mining, first aid, EMT and even child birth classes. Member of the Civil Air Patrol, Red Cross, and was an EMT.What made him great was not these achievements, but his gift of love for others. Frank set up an organization called Helping Hands in memory of his late wife, Betty Hopheins Byrge and his two daughters, Stacy Lee Byrge and Frankie May Byrge, to help those in need with everything he possibly could. Francis touched the lives of everyone he came into contact with and was truly one of God's greatest servants. He will be dearly missed by all.
Survived by his wife, Lynette Jewkes Byrge, Helper; his children, Joy Lynn and Monty McKendrick, Della Michelle Byrge, all of Wellington; DeeAnn Lynn and Sam Diamond, Janett Lynn and Seann Saindon, Buddy Edward and Star Ann Byrge, Travis H. and Lesa Ann Byrge, all of Price; Tracy Eugene and Dawn Marie Byrge, Huntington; Jerimiah Allan Johnson and Trevor Kale Byrge, both of Helper; sister, Leola (Americo) Callor, Price; brothers, Chuck (Collen) Byrge, Carbonville; Elvin and Beverly Byrge, Spring Glen; also survived by 16 grandchildren, one great-grandson, and a community of family and friends.
Preceded in death by his parents; wife, Betty Hofheins Byrge; daughters, Madilene Marcella Byrge, Stacy Lee Byrge and Frankie May Byrge; brother, John Burlington; and sisters, Edith Rivera.
Funeral service Tuesday, July 28, 1998 at 11 a.m., Helper LDS Stake Center. Family will be at the church Tuesday one hour prior to services. Friends are welcome at Mitchell Funeral Home in Price daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Interment, Mt. View Cemetery, Helper.
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