Mitchell V Myers passed away peacefully in his home in Delta, Utah on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at the age of 77. Mitch was born in Cedar City, Utah on December 5, 1942 to Vendon Myers and Florence LoRayne Puffer Myers. Mitch is the oldest of five children. His siblings include: Joyce Wiseman, Ralph Myers, JoAnn Myers (who passed away at the age of 12 and whom Mitch dearly loved and missed all of his life), and Michelle Berezay. Mitch attended elementary school in Minersville, Utah and graduated from Beaver High School. He played football, basketball, baseball, and track. Mitch was starting quarterback all four years of high school, and he was high scorer in basketball in the state four years in a row.
As a youngster, Mitch was an excellent trumpet player. While he was practicing one day, his Mom accidentally hit him as she was sweeping, resulting in two chipped front teeth. He was never able to play the trumpet properly again.
Through the course of his life Mitch became well respected in his community and throughout the state where he held many positions as a teacher, coach, principle, farmer and real estate agent. But, before Mitch became any of those things, he became husband to his high school sweetheart, Lucy Joan Eyre. They were married on December 14, 1961 in Minersville, Utah. Their marriage was later solemnized on December 14, 1962 in the St. George LDS Temple.
The young couple moved around the state as Mitch pursued several degrees. He attended the College of Southern Utah where he received his associate's degree. They then moved to Logan where he obtained a bachelor's degree in coaching and English. Some years later, he earned a certificate of completion from the Institute of Reality Therapy created by Willliam Glasser MD and a Master's degree from BYU in leadership and administration.
Mitch was given his first coaching job at Milford High School. Two years later, he accepted the head basketball coaching position at Delta High School where he also taught English. His basketball team played for the state championship three years in a row, winning the state title in 1971. Mitch was then presented a job offer to coach the Utah Stars, which is now the Utah Jazz but he turned down the opportunity because he wanted to raise his children in the atmosphere of a small town.
In addition to his numerous jobs in the community, Myers served in the Utah State House of Representatives where he was asked by leadership to preside as Majority Whip. He served on the taxation committee and the wildlife committee, and he was delegated by the governor to interview and appoint judges in Southern Utah.
Some of Mitch's most outstanding acknowledgments include the following: Coach of the Year 1971-1972; Delta Area Giant; Keynote Speaker for the Utah Champions Awards banquet held to honor Championship Coaches and Circle of Fame inductees (twice); Grand Marshall over the 4th of July celebration at the age of 17 in Minersville, and again at 73 for the Days of the Old West celebration in Delta.
Mitch has served as Elder's Quorum President, missionary in the 70's Quorum, High Councilman, Bishop, Stake President, Area 70, and his favorite, primary teacher.
From his first horse, which his uncle gave him, to his children's and grandchildren's high school rodeo days; Mitch has always loved horses and the cowboy way of life. Mitch has had five High School National Rodeo Qualifiers in his posterity. He always promoted and supported the sport of rodeo and believes that it can provide a unique link to our past and also our future.
Mitch and Joan have lived in Delta for over 40 years and have raised six children. They have 21 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren, all of whom he adored. Family, above all, meant everything to Mitch.
Mitch was born a natural leader and teacher. He could always be found either teaching the gospel or using its teachings to touch the lives of others. He used the gospel, not as a way to look down on others, to judge others, or to make people feel bad about the way they were living but as a means to help all those he knew and met, get-to-where-they-are-going. He loved everyone especially those in need and had an intense undeniable desire to lead them to the savior. Mitch was unassuming and generous, and he was always on the lookout for what he called “a teachable moment.” He will be deeply missed.
Mitch is survived by his wife: Lucy Joan Eyre Myers; children: Kirtt (Lisa) Myers; Mont (Jenny) Myers; Kami (Gino) Schena; Joe (Laurel) Myers; Jill (Scott) Henrie; Danny (Michelle) Myers. He was preceded in death by his parents: Vendon and LoRayne Myers; sister: JoAnn Myers; father and mother-in-law: James and Renee Eyre.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 1, at 11:00 am, at the Delta LDS Stake Center Chapel, 125 White Sage Ave. Viewings will be held Wednesday, 6:00-8:00 pm, at the Nickle Mortuary, 190 S Center St; and Thursday, 9:30-10:40 am, prior to the service. Masks and social distancing are encouraged. Burial will be in the Delta City Cemetery. The recorded video of the Funeral can be seen at: https://youtu.be/pt-mA3oI8Hg