Buying flowers from us ensures that your order will be fulfilled through working with a network florists that are trusted by local funeral homes and recognized partners of the funeral industry. A customized message, along with a photo of your selected arrangement will remain in perpetuity within this memorial website. This service also includes “Smart Select” whereby the store notifies you if your floral selection has already been selected by another sender. This allows you the opportunity to choose a different product to ensure the family has a beautiful and unique selection of unique floral arrangements.
The price of these selections also includes the funeral home’s care of the flowers after the funeral and the delivery to the family or facility of choice where they can be rearranged and enjoyed by others for a longer period.
The solitude and quiet peace of a flickering candle has long been a symbol of remembrance. Each candle lit will remain lit within this memorial website for the period you select. Your thoughtful gesture will be captured both in the candle as well as listed in perpetuity within the tributes section.
In today’s changing world with climate change and environment concerns, “Honoring a Life” allows for family and friends to plant a memorial tree in honor of their loved one and friend. The purchase of a tree creates a beautiful permanent record on the Honoring a Life website, www.honoringalife.org. Each tree is planted through the efforts of Forestry Services throughout North America who determine where the greatest needs for reforestation are. Once planted, the geographical location where the tree is planted will be added to the record. A beautiful card is also sent to the family signifying your thoughtful gesture.
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We are proud to provide this service allowing friends and family to donate to any registered charity throughout North America. You will receive an official tax receipt immediately via email and your thoughtful gesture will remain on this memorial website in perpetuity.
The time surrounding a death can often bring unexpected final expenses for the family far beyond the funeral itself. We are pleased to offer the ability for friends and relatives to financially support the family during their time of loss as an alternative to flowers and other sympathy gestures.
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Dr. Brent Roy Ekins, PharmD, was born May 4, 1949, to Abel John and Geraldine Taylor Ekins in Lehi, Utah. He spent his early school years in Lehi and graduated from Lehi High School in 1967. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout.
In 1968, after attending the University of Utah for a year, he was called to serve a two-year proselyting mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Brazil South Mission. He returned in 1970 and continued his education at the U. He married Dana Smith in 1972 and completed his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 1974.
He was called as an LDS bishop at age twenty-eight in 1978 while attending school full-time and working full-time at the Intermountain Regional Poison Control Center. He became a board-certified toxicologist in 1989.
Brent and his family moved to Fresno, California, in 1985 where he became director of the Fresno Regional Poison Control Center and was instrumental in developing the California Poison Control System.
In 1999, he began working for the Adventist Health System in hospitals in Selma and Hanford as a Clinical Pharmacist and mentor to pharmacy residents.
He had a passion for travel and visited 48 of the 50 United States and 60 countries. He completed his seven continent goal when he traveled to Antarctica in 2012. He loved to snow ski and was an avid cyclist.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Dana Smith Ekins, and five children: Kirsten Greenlaw (Corey); Britt Callaway (Clay); Dr. Jacob Brent Ekins (Jayne); Dr. Mark Smith Ekins (Olivia); and John Paul Ekins (Thanh).
He is also survived by four sisters and one brother: Judith Turner, Geralee Smith, Marlene Sundblom, Barbara Bliss, and Dale Ekins. He was grandfather to 18 grandchildren: nine granddaughters and eight grandsons. One grandson preceded him in death.
He passed away on July 2, 2018, from injuries incident to a cycling accident.
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