July 27,1925 – July 30, 2013
Rose Savage Lear, 88, of Dallas, Ore., died of natural causes on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at her daughter’s home in Dallas. Rose was born July 27, 1925, in Salt Lake City, to Van Ransler Savage and Gladys Whitehead Savage. She lived in multiple states in the west, spending the majority of her life in Utah, Montana, Wyoming and Nevada. She graduated from high school in Elko, Nev.
Rose was known for her quick wit and keen sense of humor, which were helpful as she worked beside her husband and children in ranch activities for many years. In addition to the responsibilities that came with living on a ranch, Rose was the friendly face at the post office for more than 30 years in the small community of Melstone, Mont.
She shared her musical and theatrical talents at church and in the community. She was often called upon to provide decorated cakes for special occasions. She was an official scorekeeper at high school basketball games, while she supported her children who were ball players and cheerleaders.
Rose married her high school sweetheart, Darrell W. Lear Jr., on Dec. 1, 1942. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake City Temple. Darrell preceded her in death in 2007.
Rose is survived by her 10 children: Patricia (Dick) Dye, Darrell Wynn III (Nancy) Lear, Calvin (Deborah) Lear, Colleen Hatch, James (Marilyn) Lear, Denise Ecker, Gary (Beverly) Lear, Warren (Louise) Lear, Lori Ann (Chadd) VanZanten, and Adrian (Crystal) Lear. She is also survived by her brothers: Doug (Eva) Savage and Cliff Savage and her sister Mona Hunter. She has a great heritage with 50 grandchildren, 124 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She will be missed by all of those who knew and loved her.
A viewing was held in Dallas at the Dallas Mortuary and Tribute Center on Sunday, Aug 4. Funeral services were held at the LDS Chapel, Elko 4th Ward building, in Elko. Interment followed in the Elko Cemetery.