Mary Jane was born June 12, 1955 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Wallace Lynn and Mary Walker Pinegar. She graduated from Skyline High School in Holladay, Utah in 1973. She attended what is now SUU in Cedar City, majoring in music. She married Kent Taylor Bown in 1975 in the Salt Lake temple and had four children. Later, she married Samuel Whitney Halterman in the Salt Lake temple in 1991, and moved to Parowan, Utah. He brought with him two children from a previous marriage, and together they had twin sons.
Parowan was the community that allowed her to harness her talents, and she participated in many local plays, performed all over the state of Utah in her beloved singing quartet, “One Voice”, and was a dedicated member of the City Council. She was also a member of the Iron County Fair planning committee, and put on a successful county fair year after year, worked as the secretary for the LDS Seminary, and would accompany high school music classes and any other member of the community needing a pianist. Gardening was also a passion, as was evidenced by the large vegetable and flower garden behind her home. She was always out to have a great time.
A faithful follower of Christ and an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she served as Primary and Young Women’s president, visiting teacher, led the music, ward music director, and her last role was as Relief Society President, which she continued to do even after brain surgery. Her love of Christ was something she wanted all of her children to find, and would share it with them often.
She loved her 10 grandchildren (and one on the way). She is preceded in death by her son Justin Lynn Bown. She is survived by her husband Sam, children: Taylor (Shannon) Bown, Salt Lake City, UT; Jade (Colby) Adams, Washington, UT; Bryce Bown, Washington, UT; Cory (Kerin) Halterman, Holladay, UT; Lana (Justin) LeFevre, Pleasant Grove, UT; Walker Halterman; Carson Halterman, Parowan, UT; and her foreign exchange daughter Shannon Moebius (Germany). She is also survived by her parents Lynn and Mary Pinegar; siblings Jeff, John, Judd, Joe, and Jeanne, and their spouses.
The family expresses gratitude to family and friends for the support and care given to our family and our mother this last year.
Funeral services are Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 11:00 AM at the Parowan 3rd Ward chapel on Parowan Main Street. Viewing will be Friday, April 25, 2014 from 6:00-8:00 PM and from 9:00 AM-10:30 AM on Saturday at the church. Interment will be at the Parowan Cemetery following funeral services.
In lieu of flowers, a music scholarship has been set up in her name. Donations can be sent to: Parowan High School, PO Box 337, Parowan, UT 84761. Please write for “Mary Halterman Scholarship” in the Memo field.