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Orvan Dean Hinton of St. George, Utah passed away on December 17, 2011 at the age of 82. He was born February 19, 1929, to James Maurice and Cleesa Cox Hinton in Hurricane, Utah. Orvan was married to Marlene Mickelsen on July 10, 1951, in the St. George Temple. He was subsequently widowed and remarried to Sally Almquist on October 23, 2001.
Orvan was raised in Hurricane and graduated from Hurricane High School class of 1947. He served in the Central States Mission from 1949 to 1951. Upon his honorable release and return from his mission he married Marlene Mickelsen in the St. George LDS Temple. Orvan enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he served for 25 years and had overseas assignments in Saudi Arabia and Vietnam and stateside assignments in Alabama, Arizona, Kansas, Utah and California.
Orvan received his Associate Degree from Dixie State College. He loved to garden and to share the fruits of his labors with friends and neighbors. He enjoyed taking long walks for exercise.
Orvan remained faithful to the faith of his father’s throughout his life and served in many church callings. He was very well read and loved to teach the gospel to all age groups. Orvan even spoke often of teaching primary after his retirement saying “it was the best calling in the church.” He served in many High Priest Group leaderships and loved to visit the members in their homes. Orvan and Marlene served a mission together at the Los Angles Visitor Center in 1983-84. Orvan served as a Temple worker in the St. George Temple for several years. After his release, he was a faithful Temple patron performing hundreds of ordinances each year in behalf of those who had passed on.
He is survived by his wife of the past ten years, Sally Almquist Hinton; daughter, Rhonda Hinton (Robert) Brunner of Salina, KS; grandchildren, Phame Brunner (Doug) Jensen of Gardner, KS, Rebekah Brunner (Robert) Thomas of Elmo, KS, Daniel Brunner of Dallas, TX, John Brunner of Salt Lake City, UT, Charles Brunner of Manhattan, KS and James Brunner of St. George, UT; eight great-grandchildren, Amber, Christian, Jay, Ellie, Anne, Joseph, Tony and Jacob; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 22, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. at the St. George 2nd Ward Chapel, 166 S. Main, St. George. Friends may call Thursday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to services at the Chapel. Interment will take place in the Parowan Cemetery, Parowan, UT, following the service.