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Obituary: Thomas Flinders & Linda J. Flinders

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Thomas Engh Flinders, 55, and his wife Linda Ann Johnson Flinders, 55, died March 18, 2003, of injuries sustained in an auto accident.

Tom was born June 18, 1947, in Salt Lake City, Utah, the son of George Trueman and Elizabeth Louise Engh Flinders.

Linda was born December 17, 1947, in San Luis Obispo, California, the daughter of Elbert C. Jordan and Hazel Smothers. They were married on November 25, 1972, in Elko, NV. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.

As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Tom served in the Northern States Mission, as a High Councilman and other church callings. Linda had served in ward and stake Relief Societies, Young Women's and Primary callings. Together they served a stake mission.

When Tom and Linda took on the partnership of marriage, it was forever. They could always be seen together in the office, on the range, in corrals, or in the kitchen. They were truly a team. Tom's gentle teasing was noticed by nearly all who knew him. Linda's greatest talents lay in being a good mother, grandmother and honest friend. She liked family gatherings where she could be with her children and grandchildren and serving her family and her husband or anyone else that she felt had the slightest need. Her artistic abilities were evidenced in her home and how she attired herself.

Tom was one of the brighter stars in the galaxy of humanity. He majored in Business at the University of Utah and had a tremendous zest for life. He could always hold an audiences interest when he recited "The Cremation of Sam McGee" and performing his John Wayne impersonations. He was an excellent auctioneer and loved to auction off Linda and anyone else nearby. Tom was the peacemaker in the family. He could always relieve tension with this sense of humor. He served two terms as a Summit County Commissioner, was a member of the Idaho Cattleman's Association and past president of the Northern Nevada Farm Bureau.

Linda had a love of the ocean. She loved seashells, the sound of the waves and would take walks to collect shells. She loved flowers (especially gardenias), her chickens, her dogs, working in her garden, and moving cows with her family.

She attended college at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA.

Together they owned and operated Flinders Realty and Exchange and the "Buckhorn Ranch" located in Samaria and Snowville. They both had a great love for fine cattle, horses, and range lands.

They are survived by their children, Sophia Tomina (Brandon) Buttars of Garland, UT; Natalie A. (Joshua) Paskett of Samaria, ID; John Thomas Flinders of Samaria, ID; grandchildren, Taber Ann Flinders Paskett, Oakley Blue Paskett, Mesa Dawn Paskett, Britteny Ann Buttars, Tyree Callan Buttars, Daxon James Buttars, Texie Rowell Buttars.

He is survived by his brothers, Leland E. , G. Melvin (Sandra) and Jerran T. (Marilyn)Flinders, a sister, Elizabeth (Ronald) Hannay. He was preceded in death by his parents.

She is survived by her mother, Hazel Smothers of LaJolla, CA; her grandmother, Hilda Edward of Malad; a brother John Johnson, Wickenburg, AZ; and a sister,Gerry Jordan of Atascadero, CA. Her father preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 22, 2003, 11:00 a.m. at the Malad 2nd Ward Chapel, 20 South 100 West, with Bishop Richard Cornia conducting. Family and friends may call Friday, March 21st from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Rogers and Taylor Funeral Home, 111 North 100 East, Tremonton and Saturday, March 22nd from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the church. Condolences may be extended to: