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Sharon M Hunter

February 15, 1951 ~ August 22, 2023 (age 72) 72 Years Old


Sharon Marie Bastian Hunter, born on February 15, 1951, in Price, Utah, passed away on August 21, 2023, in her residence at Harrisville, Utah. Sharon was the beloved daughter of Newell and Vonda Larsen Bastian, the second of five children. Her childhood was beautifully unique, living in a log cabin on the Henry Mountains at Trackyte Ranch, before living her young life in Moab Utah.  It was a life that embraced simplicity, family and the great outdoors. Profoundly impacted by the beauty of her childhood home- Sharon saw art in all natural scenery.  She could spot a shape or animal in any piece of red rock she laid eyes on. She was forever curious.  As Fernando Botero once said  "I love art so much because of the curiosity.  At the start of a painting, I know 10 percent of what the painting will be, and then I have to improvise the whole thing."   This sense of curiosity was formed in Sharon's early years and remained a steady theme throughout her life.

After moving to Moab as a young child, Sharon later graduated from Grand County High School in 1969. Her life took her north to Ogden, Utah, where Sharon and Larry became the proud parents of Brittany and Christopher Sower. It was in Northern Utah that Sharon met the love of her life, Dennis Hunter. They married on March 12, 1987, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and spent most of their lives in Utah, creating a beautiful home in North Harrisville, a place that was truly their dream.

Sharon retired from her role as a Coordinator for the American Cancer Society in 2002, but her dedication to creating, curiosity and sharing never ceased. She spent countless hours knitting and painting, creating pieces of art that she loved to gift to others. She made countless Dale of Norway Sweaters for her children, as like the song, in those pieces she knitted pieces of her heart--  her very own coat of many colors for her children, sisters and grandchildren. Her talents earned her ribbons at the Utah State Fair, including a first-place award for a painting titled "Old Truck Out to Pasture." As Vincent Van Gogh once said, "I dream my painting, and then I paint my dream," and Sharon Hunter did just that. Her love for her craft was only surpassed by the love she had for her family and her pets.

Sharon's legacy is a testament to her love and dedication to her family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis Hunter, parents Newell A. and Vonda (Larsen) Bastian, older sister Daphen, brother-in-law Clifford Ranch, younger brother Michael A. Bastian, nephew Michael Cipriani, and infant niece Jeanna Leann Bastian. She is survived by her daughter, Brittany Sower (Brad), son Christopher Sower (Michelle), grandsons Joshua, and Tyler (Tyrissa), and great-grandchildren Diego, Karysn, and Zayd, and her two sisters, Sandy and Terry (Mark) of Rocky River, Ohio.

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