Royce Deray Hermansen, 77, died December 9, 1990 at Mountain View Hospital of heart failure following surgery.

He was born November 5, 1913 at Preston, Nevada, a son of Christian and Nettie Philena Warnock Hermansen, Jr. He married Grace Mardene Hendricks, July 20, 1936 at Missoula, Montana. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Logan LDS Temple. He was raised in Preston, Nevada and received his early schooling in Lund, Nevada. He later graduated from Utah State University with a B.S. degree in range management in the School of Forestry. He worked 18 years for the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service as a range and district conservationist for Eastern Nevada. He moved to Payson in June, 1953 and owned and operated Royce's Service and Motel until his retirement in 1986.He enjoyed photography, hunting, BYU sports and Scouting. He served in the Scouting program in Nevada & Utah as a Scoutmaster, District Commissioner and District Chairman for 25 years. He was an Eagle Scout and awarded the "Service Beyond Boyhood" and "Second Miler"awards for his longtime service. He was also awarded the Silver Beaver. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving as a High Priest and an Ordinance Worker in the Provo Temple. He had served as Bishop of the Payson First Ward and served in various other church organizations including: Sunday School, Young Men and Priesthood Quorums. He has served in bishoprics in Elko and Payson and had been a member of the Nebo Stake High Council.

He is survived by is wife of Payson; three sons and three daughters, R. Larry Hermansen, American Fork; Mrs. Douglas C. (Mardene) Nelson, Goshen; Robert H. Hermansen, West Valley City; LynNell Hermansen, Indio, California; Mrs. Kent (Sharyl) Obron, Diamond Bar, California and Deray L. Hermansen of Taylorsville; 29 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren; a brother and three sisters, Uvada Sand, Mad River, California; Mrs. Scott (Christie) Haynes, Las Vegas, Nevada; Burl Hermansen, American Fork and Mrs. Joseph Betty Hanson of Orem; a sister, Ione Gubler, and a granddaughter preceded him in death.

Services will be Wednesday, 1 p.m. in the Payson 1st LDS Ward Chapel, 225 South 400 East. Friends may call at the Walker Mortuary, 587 South 100 West, Payson, Tuesday 7-9 p.m. or at the church Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. The casket will be closed 1/2 hour prior to the beginning of the service. Burial will be in the Payson City Cemetery.

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