Albert Levi Pierce, 75, of Vernal, Utah, formerly of Boneta, Utah, died March 19, 2005, in a Salt Lake City Hospital, of heart failure.He was born Nov. 23, 1929, in Kenilworth, Utah, to Albert Boyd and Mary Jane (Branch) Pierce.He married Merlene Stark on June 20, 1950; their marriage was later solemnized in the Latter-day Saints’ Salt Lake Temple. She died Dec. 29, 1982. He married Thelma Beynon Smuin on Aug. 2, 1984.Albert worked as a coal miner, school bus driver, retailer, barber, insurance salesman, roofer and sheep and cattle rancher. He retired from the Uintah Basin Telephone Co. Al grew up in Carbon County and West Jordan, Utah. He lived many years in Glenwood Springs and moved to the Uintah Basin in 1968, living in Boneta 16 years and in Vernal the last 20 years.He was an active member of the Latter-day Saints church. He served with Thelma in the Vernal LDS Temple since it opened in 1997 until just two days before he died. He was a past member of the Glenwood Springs Jaycees, and was a member of the Duchesne County Cattleman’s Association. Albert loved the high mountains of Colorado, the people and countryside of the Uintah Basin, a good fast horse and a good dog. He was a breeder and owner of many outstanding race horses. He loved the life of a rancher, serving in the Temple and most of all, his family. He lived well and will be greatly missed.He is survived by his wife, Thelma, of Vernal; two daughters, Dixie (Melvin) Swasey, of Boneta, and Paula (Gary) Jenkins, of Bluebell; stepchildren Leon (Nelda) Smuin, Lynn (Pauline) Smuin, Joan (Floyd) Collett, Chick (Jean) Beynon and Steven Smuin, all of Vernal; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, 36 step-grandchildren, 72 step-great-grandchildren and two step-great-great-grandchildren.He is also survived by three sisters, Stella Steed, of Murray, Utah; Loretta (Wayne) Jones, of St. George, Utah; and Connie (Larry) North, of South Ogden, Utah.He was preceded in death by a stepdaughter, Charlotte Ann Smuin, and a brother-in-law, Bob Steed.Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 25, at the Vernal LDS First Ward Chapel, 250 North 200 West.Friends and family may call from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Hullinger Mortuary in Roosevelt, Utah, and from 10-10:45 a.m. Friday at the church in Vernal.Burial will be 1:30 p.m. March 25 in the Boneta-Mountain Home Cemetery.
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