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Obituary: Max H. Ralphs

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Max H. Ralphs 1923 ~ 2007 Max H. Ralphs, 83, passed away Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007, in Salt Lake City from heart failure. Max was born April 24, 1923 to Mirl Hunter Ralphs and Blanche Cook, at his grandmother Ralphs' pioneer home in Ferron, the third child among five sisters. He grew up on the family farm in Rochester, graduated from South Emery High School, and served in the US Marine Corps in the South Pacific in World War II. Max married Elaine Peacock of Orangeville Dec. 1, 1948 in the Manti Temple. They made their home in Ferron, where Elaine taught school and Max worked the family farm and served as Utah State meat inspector for Emery and Carbon County for 30 years. They raised five boys and Max was involved with them in scouts, 4-H and FFA projects, riding club, hunting, and sports. Max served on the city council and as Mayor, from 1958-1965, and 1980-1990. He was involved in many improvement projects for the town and county: water treatment plant, secondary water system, sewer system, park improvements, creation of the Millsite State park and golf course, and the Mayor's park. Max served in many church positions and was the first Bishop of the Ferron Second Ward. After their retirement, Max and Elaine served in the Manti Temple. Elaine loved to travel, so they took many trips, and Max continued the tradition with his extended family after she passed away. Max was the remaining Patriarch of the Ralphs family in Emery County, and left a great legacy of the Ralphs family unit. He provided the opportunities for his family and relatives to come together at trips, vacations, and traditional holidays at the family home in Ferron. Max resided with Stewart in Salt Lake for the last few years, where he has been close to his family. He is survived by his sons Michael (Diana) Paradise UT, Randal (Tauna) Draper, Philip (Mary) Las Vegas NV, Robin (Stacey) Sandy, and Stewart, Salt Lake City; 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; his sister Emily (Harold) Daetwyler, Edgewood WA; Louise (Kent) Anderson, South Jordan; and Anna Lee (Kent) Johansen, Holliday. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife Elaine, his parents Mirl and Blanche, sisters Barbara (Dee) Christensen and Kathleen (Norman) Ensign, and infant brother James. Funeral services Tuesday Feb. 6, 2007, Ferron Stake Center 11:00 a.m. Viewing Fausett Mortuary, Castle Dale Monday Feb. 5, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., and prior to the funeral from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Interment at Ferron cemetery.