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Logan Cemetery
1000 North 1200 East
Logan, UT 84321
(435) 750-9895
Fax: (435) 716-9254

Office Hours:
  Monday through Friday
  8:00 am to 5:00 pm


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Logan Cemetery

Memorial Day Pine Trees Logan Cemetery

The Cemetery Division is responsible for serving citizens and other patrons concerning their interment needs for loved ones.


The Cemetery Division is also responsible for the perpetual maintenance of the City Cemetery grounds which include irrigation, mowing, edging, tree care, turf care, maintenance of service roads, and general upkeep of the grounds.


In addition to these duties, the Cemetery Division also maintains burial records and is charged with the duties relevant to the sale of burial spaces to the general public.


Cemetery Division personnel are known for their extreme care and sensitivity to patrons and visitors alike.

Logan City Cemetery was established in 1865. The cemetery has 53 acres of land. About 45 acres are occupied with a little more than 8 acres remaining. In 2013, there were 222 burials and 113 grave spaces sold. Approximately 8,729 burial spaces are available for purchase.



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Fees

Full Plot Purchase $505
Half Plot Purchase $252
Weekday Grave Opening/Closing $417
Weekend Grave Opening/Closing $842
Cremation Grave Opening/Closing $185
Weekend Cremation Opening/Closing $285
Overtime Charge After 4:00 pm $200
Deed Transfer $50
   

There are no longer resident and non-resident fees.

Cemetery Historical Tour Map

A. Unlike the other stones in the cemetery, which face eastward, this stone faces northeast, toward Mecca. Jamshid Maghami (7/7/49-5/17/74), originally from Iran, was buried on his side facing Mecca, as the Muslim faith decrees.
East Facing
B. The Weeping Lady on the Cronquist family plot is best known by young adults who visit during the full moon, in an effort to hear her cry in mourning over her dead children.   Weeping Lady
C. Russell Larsen’s (12/16/21-1/26/83) stone provides a colorful and humorous verse instead of the traditional somber prose. This poem is a familiar one to cowboy poets.   Saddle
D. The Pioneer Plot holds the remains of early graves from the first Logan Cemetery. The cemetery was moved from 700 East 500 North in order to accommodate the expanding city. The monument was erected by the DUP to honor the 42 unknown pioneers buried there. The waffle board affect of the ground indicated burials in wooden caskets and the absence of the modern cement vaults. Pioneer Plot
E. This unique child’s grave marker for Carly Michelle Taylor (1/1/77-11/22/79) demonstrates how sandblasting techniques allow for great individuality and detail in contemporary stones. Unique Child
F. The Charles W. Nibley plot provides a look into a polygamous family. Notice that the wives’ stones are identical. Polygamy
G. The Thatcher plot extends throughout this corner. The collection of various stones provides many aspects of historic and contemporary methods of marking graves and celebrating the family. The Recording Angel monument was carved by Botts Co. in Brigham City. They also carved the Old Ephraim marker up Logan Canyon. Thatcher Plot
H. The Astle marker was erected before the death of Dr. Theris P. Astle. This practice is more common than expected, and the cemetery holds many examples of stones awaiting their owners. Astle Marker
I. The Wiebe stone gives an example of how natural forms from the surrounding environment can be blended with traditional carving techniques. Wiebe Stone
J. Ezra Taft Benson (2/22/1811-9/3/1869) was one of Cache Valley's founding fathers and grandfather to Ezra Taft Benson, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Note the photographs imbedded in the stone. Benson
K. Peter Maughan (5/7/1811-4/24/1871) was an early pioneer leader. His leadership continued through the settlement of the valley and included offices of probate judge and vice-president of the first Logan Co-op (now ZCMI). K
L. William L. King (1/15/1855-2/27/1880) and Nephi Osterholdt (7/18/1855-2/22/1880) were killed in a snow slide "in service of the temple." The twin markers tell of the event, reminding readers of regional environmental hazards.
Blizzard   blizzard  
M. This wooden marker for William Hardy (7/30/1809-1/19/1894) was erected as a temporary marker to be eventually replaced by a stone monument. It is the only wooden marker left in the cemetery and marks an earlier period in our local history. Wooden
N. This family monument was carved by fourth generation stone-carver Thaddous H. Brown. His family owns and operates Brown Monument and Vault Co., serving Cache Valley and Southern Idaho. Family Monument
O. The Palmer Baby Bed has become a popular grave marker to visit. The sculpted infant and toys remind viewers of a childhood cut short. This stone emulates Victorian gravestones that also depict sleeping children. Baby Bed
P. May Swenson (5/28/13-12/4/89) was a local poet of national acclaim. A bench etched with stanzas from her poems marks this grave. Swenson
Q. Babyland (40-43A) is a special area set aside for infant burial. Here half-size plots are individually sold. Babyland
Grounds Maintenance:
  1. Pre-emergent herbicides are applied during spring months to combat undesirable weeds and grasses such as crabgrass.
  2. Broadleaf weeds are sprayed each spring to prevent further multiplication and speading.
  3. Irrigation systems are winterized each fall with compressed air to prevent damage from freezing temperatures during winter months.
  4. Trees are trimmed; dead and diseased limbs are removed to prevent possible injury to cemetery users.
  5. Signs, decks, and boardwalks are treated with oil-based stains annually to preserve the integrity of the wood.
  6. Hand tools are checked often for needed repairs.

Vehicle and Equipment Maintenance:
  1. Preventive maintenance is performed on all vehicles and equipment according to manufacturer's specification and as outlinded in the CAPRA Standard 7.7 Fleet Management.
  2. Daily inspections are required prior to the use of any vehicle or equipment and include the following:
    • Check engine oil
    • Check hydraulic oil level if applicable
    • Check tire inflation
    • Check coolant levels
    • Visual inspection
    • Grease as specified by manufacturer
  3. Lawn mower blades are sharpened every other week.

Walkways:
  1. Walkways are checked weekly by maintenance crews throughout the summer season for potential hazards and problems.
  2. Uneven joints in concrete walks are ground to eliminate tripping hazards.
  3. Severely cracked and broken concrete is replaced as needed.
  4. Snow is removed from all hard surface trails and walkways within 24 hours of a snow storm. Ice melt is applied as needed.
  5. Gravel surface trails are not maintained in the winter months.
  6. Hard surface trails are cleaned as needed with high powered blowers.

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Public Park Rules

The Logan City Cemetery is considered a public park. All rules, laws, and regulations in ordinance form that apply to public parks also apply to the Cemetery.

  • It is unlawful for any person to take any animal into the City Cemetery or permit any animal owned or in the custody of such person to enter the City Cemetery. (Municipal Code 12.32.120 - C)
  • It is unlawful for any person to enter or be upon or to drive any vehicle upon or to be within any vehicle upon any City park between sunset and sunrise of any day, except when participating in or attending an activity sponsored by the City or allowed under a permit issued by the City, and except for pedestrians crossing a park on a regularly established walkway. It is unlawful for any person to enter or be upon or to drive a vehicle upon or be within a vehicle upon the City Cemetery between sunset and sunrise of any day, except on the day before Memorial Day and Memorial Day when the hours when no person shall enter or be upon the City Cemetery shall be between ten o'clock (10:00) P.M. and four o'clock (4:00) A.M. (Municipal Code 12.24.010)

Burials

All lots in the cemetery are laid out as a square rod (16.5 square feet) numbered 1 thru 8. There is a corresponding lot card for each individual lot naming the individual spaces as to ownership and as to who is buried on that property. Each individual lot is on a corresponding map of the cemetery and designated by numbers so you can look up any lot in the cemetery by ownership or by lot number. Those who are buried are buried in specific spaces and they can be identified by the name of the individual buried or also by the number of the lot and the space number of the lot. (Lot card - Card that identifies an individual and location)

Before digging begins for a burial, the lot card is used to identify the location of the burial site on the map.

In most cases the mortuary instigates the burial. The mortuary contacts the cemetery to inform them when the burial is scheduled and the name of the individual to be buried. If it is necessary for the customer to purchase property and pay cemetery fees the mortuary directs the family to come to the cemetery to conduct that business. Because many of the morticians are not local, coordination is done via telephone. In most cases burial fees are paid by the mortuary and in specific cases the mortuary may have the family contact the cemetery for payment. Coordination generally takes place 3 to 4 days prior to burial.

Vault Requirements
  • A pre-approved vault must be used for all burials with the exception of cremation burials. Approved vaults include concrete, metal, fiberglass, and plastic containers.
  • Cemetery personnel are trained to assist the vault company in placing the vault and to assist in the grave set-up.

Vault Requirements
  • No grave marked can be placed without the approval of the Sexton.
  • A single grave marker cannot exceed forty-eight inches in width. A double grave marked cannot exceed ninety-six inches in width. A triple grave marker cannot exceed one hundred and forty-four inches in width. No grave marker can be larger than the size of the property owned by those placing the marker.
  • The grave marked is to be placed on the west side head of the grave. No marked is to be placed at the east side or foot of the grave. When a marked is being placed in the center of the grave space it must be flush with the ground.
  • A six-inch concrete mowing strip is to be placed and attached to all grave markers. The concrete mowing strip is to be placed flush with the ground. If holes for flower planting are placed within the mowing strip, holes may be placed on the north and/or south sides of the marker. No holes are to be placed on the east or west side of the mowing strips on the grave marker.
  • The owners of lots or relatives of deceased persons buried in such ground are required to erect and maintain in repair, tombstones or other suitable monuments at the head of graves with the names of the deceased plainly inscribed thereon.
  • See Municipal Code 12.32.090

Graveside Services

Cemetery employees will assist the family and morticians in any way possible during a graveside service. Use an running of mowers and other equipment will be discontinued if operations distract from the graveside service. Cemetery employees will not approach the graveside area until the family has left the area. If, in some cases, the family requests that cemetery personnel be present, the request will be granted.

Protocol training is to be provided by the Cemetery Sexton.

Flowers on Graves

The following procedures are followed for maintaining and disposing of flowers on graves:

Fresh Flower Placement and Removal
  • Fresh cut flowers will remain on graves until they appear to be out of condition as determined by Cemetery personnel. Once the flowers are no longer attractive, City Personnel will dispose of the flowers and the container provided for them.

Funeral Flowers Placed on Graves
  • Containers of flowers will remain on the grave for a period of at least one week following the graveside service. If flowers still look nice, they may remain longer. If family members request flowers to be disposed of at any time, Cemetery personnel will accommodate.

Plastic Flowers
  • Plastic flowers are allowed to be placed in the Cemetery, provided they are placed on the grave markers so as to allow maintenance of cemetery grounds. Plastic flowers may be removed at any time if they are determined to be unsightly or require grounds maintenance problems.

Planting Annual Flowers and Certain Approved Perennial Flowers
  • Annual flowers and certain perennial flowers authorized by the Sexton may be planted in holes on the north and south side of the mowing strip attached to the grave markers. No planting of any plant is allowed in the grass surrounding a grave marker or on a grave.


See Municipal Code 12.32.110

Cemetery Monthly Report of Deaths

A Utah Department of Health Cemetery Monthly Report of Deaths is to be filled out by the Cemetery Sexton and two (2) copies are to be mailed by the 10th day of the month to:

   Health Director
   655 East 1300 North
   Logan, Utah 84341

A copy of this form is to be filed in the Cemetery office.

Additional forms can be acquired from the Health Director.

Opening and Closing of a Grave

Digging of the grave begins once the location of the grave has been established. A typical grave is 40 inches wide and 8 feet long. A template is used that measures the size of the grave. The template is cut around and the grass is lifted by using hand spades. The grass is preserved and set off to the side to be replaced after the grave is completed. There is no specific depth that the grave has to be dug. Graves should be deep enough to ensure that there is sufficient room for the soil and grass to be placed over the vault after it has been placed in the grave to maintain protection of the vault and allow the grass to grow properly.

Metal covers are placed on the lawn to hold the dirt from the grave. Approximately half of the dirt that is dug from the grave is placed on the metal and the remaining dirt is hauled away. All full sized graves are dug with the use of a backhoe. The dirt goes to the side of the grave that is most convenient and most appropriate so that the surrounding area of the grave will be as attractive as possible for the burial service.

After the vault lid is in place the soil is shoveled in with the use of hand shovels making sure that the soil around the sides of the vault are tromped to prevent the ground from sinking. A compactor is used to compact the soil. Once the grass has been placed on the grave the grass and soil are compacted to level the burial spot. The grave is then complete.

It is the duty of every person, whether undertaker, relative, or friend of the deceased to pay for such work. Every person making or placing an order for such work shall be responsible for the payment of the same to the City in Cash at the time of the order. (Municipal Code 12.32.040)

Purchase of Lots

The cemetery has on record spaces that are available for sale. Individuals comes to the cemetery and choose the spaces that are available. Partial payments are not accepted. Full purchase price is required at the time of the sale. The property is cross referenced and can be identified by either the owner's name or by the specific property purchased. There is a record kept at the cemetery in a fireproof vault. There is an additional record kept in the vault room at City Hall under the direction of the City Recorder.

The money received is receipted at the cemetery. Fees are collected at the cemetery. Fees are then turned in to the Parks and Recreation Department Administrative Secretary. The sale is then entered into Sportsman and money is palced in the cash register at the Recreation Center. The Death and Burial record along with the receipt is sent to the City Recorder. The City Recorder then creates the Deed and Perpetual Care Certificate which is signed by the Mayor and the City Treasurer. A copy is then sent out from the Recorder's office to the individual who purchased the lot. (Municipal Code 12.32.020)

Mowing and Trimming

The cemetery has three 50-inch gasoline powered riding mowers. They are used to mow most of the cemetery grass. Excess grass around the grave markers is trimmed or mowed by hand held string trimmers. Generally the cemetery is mowed weekly and trimming is done approximately every two weeks or as needed. Cemetery employees are trained by viewing the manufacturer's instructional video as well as by experienced employees who are well trained in mower operation. Only those employees who have been trained on the proper care and operation of the riding mowers can operate the mowers. An employee operating a riding mower is to use the proper safety equipment: steel-toe shoes, safety glasses, and refrain from wearing loose clothing. The riding mower operators are not to operate the mower within 50' of another individual. Mowers are not to be operated near individuals who are visiting graves.

Edging of Grass around Cemetery Grave Markers
  • Edging of grass is defined by equipment used to do the edging or mowing or grass around grave markers
  • Edging is done by either string trimmers or small push mowers. It takes approximately 100 man-hours to edge the grave markers in the Cemetery.
  • Edging is done on a continuous basis. The markes in the Cemetery are edged approximately 10 times per year.
  • Only employees trained on the proper care and operation of edgers and string trimmers are allowed to operate them. Edging is not to be done in areas where it is intrusive to visitors.
  • Proper clothing and safety equipment are required to operate edging equipment.

The mowing and trimming equipment is maintained by cemetery staff per manufacturer's recommendations. If major mechanical problems exist the City Shops and their mechanics assist in servicing the equipment. The City Shop will invoice the cemetery for any required parts. All general servicing of the equipment is done by the cemetery staff.

Irrigation

All watering is done on a manual system. When moving sprinklers from one area to another, care should be taken to avoid being intrusive in an area that water is being moved to. Care should be taken to keep water off sidewalks and roadways.

The cemetery is irrigated by canal water from the Logan-Hyde Park Canal. There is a head-gate located on the west bank of the canal just north of the Logan Golf and Country Club pump house and head-gate. The head-gate can be opened by turning the wheel valve which raises and lowers the gate. There is a 12-inch cement waterline from the canal head gate which free falls to the east side of the cemetery on 12 th East. The water is then pumped by the irrigation system throughout the cemetery. There are instructions posted in the pump house as to how to start the cemetery pump and get the water flowing into the cemetery. Once the pump is functioning, approximately 50 quick-coupler sprinkling valves are set at individual moves within the cemetery. There are approximately 20 moves that involve these 50 sprinklers. They are moved manually about every 2 and-a-half hours. Other spot sprinkling is done within the cemetery on a needs basis. Generally the sprinkler system is running from 8:00 am until 6:00 pm. At that time the pump is turned off for the day. Watering takes place 5 days a week, usually Monday through Friday. Night watering is not done because of the difficulty and accident potential from moving the individual sprinklers after dark.

Draining Waterline Valves
  • There are 85 drain valves located within the Cemetery. Valves are marked on the large map in the Cemetery Shop. Valves are also marked on the map located in the Cemetery Office. THis map can be carried with you as you moved within the Cemetery to turn the valves.
  • The key to turn the valve is located on the west wall of the Cemetery shop.
  • Drains are closed by turning the key clockwise on approximately April 15.
  • Drains are opened by turning the key counter-clockwise on approximately November 1.

Fertilizing and weed abatement

Fertilization and weet abatement is done commercially on a bid basis through the City Purchasing Department. Commercial companies bid on applying the fertilizer and weed abatement. Broadleaf weed spraying is done once a year throughout the entire cemetery by a commercial firm. Occasional spot spraying is done by cemetery staff.

Certifications are not required for the non-restricted chemicals used at the Cemetery.

Snow Removal

All snow removal within the cemetery is the responsibility of cemetery personnel. Snow should be removed in a timely manner to ensure public safety. When moving snow from a gravesite area, care should be taken to ensure that there is enough snow removed to accommodate those who may be attending a service.

Tree Care

Most tree care is performed by cemetery staff. If there are pruning problems or disease problems that require spraying, it is done commercially. There is no ongoing commercial pruning program nor is there an ongoing commercial spraying program for the trees in the cemetery. When it is done commercially it is done because of an existing problem. Diseased and old trees are removed by cemetery staff and when possible under the direction and help of the City Forester. The cemetery staff plants all new trees.

There are currently approximately 844 trees growing within the Cemetery grounds. Trees are not to be planted or removed by the public. Trees are to be planted or removed by authorization of the Cemetery Sexton. Trees are to be planted in designated areas only. If a tree is removed because of damage, disease, or old age, effort is made to plant a similar tree to take the place of the removed tree.

Individuals may donate trees to be placed within the Cemetery grounds. Donated trees can only be planted in designated areas approved by the Cemetery Sexton. Pruning of trees is to be done under the direction of Cemetery personnel. Requests for tree removal when the tree is intrusive to a grave or a grave marker will be honored; however, every attempt is made to save the tree if possible.

See City Ordinance 12.32.110

Road Maintenance

Cemetery personnel maintain the service roads within the cemetery. If new roads are necessary or if problems exist that cemetery personnel cannot repair the City Street Department will be asked to assist. If new roads are paved or if general paving is done it is done through the City Street Department or bid out commericially. All snow removal is done by cemetery personnel.

Equipment Maintenance

Light equipment maintenance is performed by cemetery personnel following manufacturer's recommendations. If major maintenance is required it is done through the City Shops. Services by the City Shop are acquired by appointment. Records are kept and maintained for any maintenance or repairs done by staff.

Heavy Equipment Inventory:
  • Back-hoe 580 Case 1994 Back-hoe
  • Ford GF-550 Truck with snowplow attachments
  • 3 Gasoline Powered Riding Mowers - 2006 50-inch Grasshopper Riding Mowers
  • Ford Ranger Pick-up
  • 1997 GMC Jimmy SUV

Cemetery Complex

The cemetery building includes an Office/Workshop/Garage Complex. This building houses all equipment, office supplies, tools, and cemetery supplies. General building maintenance is performed by cemetery staff. Other City or commercial entities provide assistance for those situations that require attention beyond the cemetery staff's ability to address.

The MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) is located on the south wall in the cemetery shop. The ESOP (Emergency Safety Operation Plan) is located in the cemetery sexton's office.

Memorial Day Traffic Signs

There are three types of signs stored in the Cemetery Shop that are used for traffic flow on Memorial Day weekend. These signs are:
  • One Way Left
  • One Way Right
  • No Parking This Side

On the map in the Cemetery Shop are instructions showing how streets should be signed for traffic flow. Signs may be placed on trees and corner posts to facilitate smooth traffic flow.

Staff Training

Cemetery personnel take advantage of all general training that is provided by the City. Specialized staff training is done by the cemetery sexton or an individual appointed by the sexton. Training elements include safety procedures, customer relations, cemetery etiquette, etc. A cemetery staff member is appointed to sit on the Parks and Recreation Department Safety Committee.

Cemetery Staff Call-Down List

Mark Johnson (Cemetery Sexton)
   Office: (435) 750-9895

Nick Purintun (Equipment Operator)
   Office: (435) 750-9895

B.J. Buttars (Grounds Maintenance Worker)
   Office: (435) 750-9895

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Cemetery Staff



BJ Buttars

BJ Buttars

Grounds Maintenance Worker
(435) 750-9895
Employed Since 2006

Job Responsibilities:

Beautify the cemetery grounds by mowing, raking, and edging. Digging graves, backhoe work, and assisting patrons.

Certifications/Degrees:

Training in Defensive Driving, No Tolerance for Workplace Violence/Sexual Harassment, Emergency Evacuation, Office Safety, Blood Born Pathogens, Hazard Communications, Accident Liability, Drugs and Alcohol Policy and Lock-out/Tag-out Training. Adult/Child/Infant CPR Certified.




Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson, CPRP

Cemetery Sexton
(435) 750-9895
Employed Since 1986

Job Responsibilities:

Responsible for the overall operation of the Cemetery which includes hiring and training personnel. Assisting in sale of property and scheduling of burials. Responsible for collecting fees and budgeting. Working with administration to promote a positive, wholesome image for the Cemetery.

Certifications/Degrees:

Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP). Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO). Member of Golf Course Superintendents of America (GCSAA). Training in Shelter Operations, Shelter simulations, and NIMS. First Aid, Adult/Child/Infant CPR Certified. Member of Intermountain Golf Course Superintendent Association (IGCSA). Member of NRPA and URPA.




Nick Purintun

Nick Purintun

Equipment Operator
(435) 750-9895
Employed Since 2001

Job Responsibilities:

Maintenance of grounds, running of equipment, burials, and irrigation.

Certifications/Degrees:

BS Degree in Landscape Construction and Maintenance. Licensed pesticide applicator.