A Place To Rest In Peace

 

Many of you have heard this story, but for those who haven’t, I’ll share it here. I was in the United States Air Force and I moved around a lot. My wife and I decided that the frequent moving and deployments would be disruptive to raising a family in the way we wanted. We decided that the time had come to return back to the civilian world. We looked all over Northern Utah for a place to buy a house, and we landed in Eagle Mountain. When we looked out here, we knew we had found home! Our desire was to put down roots and stay a while. Okay, stay forever. My wife and I intend to retire here in Eagle Mountain, because we love it that much.

I know I am not the only one who feels this way; I have met and spoken to MANY people that are just as invested in this community as I am. One such individual is Ethan Lavar Thompson, who passed away on February 18th. While I did not know Mr. Thompson personally, he lived only a few blocks from my house and his passing has had a personal effect on me due to the request his family has made of me. Mr. Thompson’s family shared with me that he desired to be buried here in Eagle Mountain. The problem, of course, is that Eagle Mountain does not have a cemetery yet. I communicated to Mr. Thompson’s family representatives that I did not know what time frame would be realistic for having a cemetery ready. Even in the best circumstances, I feared that any time-frame would be too far away for his family’s needs. I made only one promise; that we would do whatever we could to help but that we would not cut any corners in the pursuit of this goal.

A cemetery is obviously not the type of facility that should be created in a cavalier manner. This brings us to the purpose of this post. While the turn-around time on this project has been abbreviated, the due diligence has not been given any less attention. City staff has been working diligently since February 19th to make this a possibility for Mr. Thompson’s family. Because of our great cemetery board members and our city staff, we are ready to present a proposal to city council on March 4th. Our cemetery board has worked diligently to identify a location for the cemetery, gain land approvals, and design the landscaping. The funding has been in place for the cemetery for some time, and much work has gone in to establishing a proposed cemetery fee schedule, identifying and complying with state laws and regulations, and considering the logistic requirements of caring for such a facility. If you are interested in hearing more about it, we will be discussing this issue at the March 4th city council meeting. No matter the outcome of tomorrow’s discussions and fee schedule vote, we pray that Mr. Thompson’s family will find peace and comfort, and that Mr. Thompson may rest in peace

3 thoughts on “A Place To Rest In Peace

  1. Several residents have asked questions about this blog and I want to address them here. One resident asked (appropriately) if we are pursuing a cemetery for the specific benefit of only one person. This is a valid question, and I wish I had been clear to address this in my post. This cemetery is not for the benefit of one person, though the passing of Mr. Thompson is responsible in part for the recent action. We have had a cemetery board for years, and most of this planning has taken place over those years. Recently, the cemetery board had worked to resolve most all of the issues and had reached agreement on how the city should proceed. All that remained was to put those plans in to action and to deal with the mechanics of implementation. That last part is what has taken place on an expedited time frame. One other concern was that the cemetery be far off the road for fear of vandalism taking place. In the research that has taken place thus far, it has been our experience that most cemeteries are located on the road for this reason, when the cemetery remains visible as an improved part of the landscape, the greater visibility deters vandalism. I hope that is somewhat helpful to residents. Certainly if there are additional questions, I am happy to answer them as I am able. Just post as a comment and I’ll do my best to get back to you.

  2. Thank you Mayor Pengra for your thoughtful consideration of this issue. On Feb 26th I attended part of the city’s Cemetery Board Meeting, partly to show support for the Thompson family, partly out of curiosity, and partly to see if there was something I could do to help. I was very impressed with the amount of work done by city staff and the board members. There was definitely a feeling of synergy and postive movement there. I’m grateful to live in Eagle Mountain where regular citizens and city staff work hand in hand to make our community better!

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