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Lee Franklin Isbell
Original name:  Lee F. Isbell
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Birth: Aug. 19, 1873
Pleasant Grove
Utah County
Utah, USA
Death: Aug. 5, 1921
Sevier County
Utah, USA

Obituary ~ Excerpts from The Richfield Reaper, Thursday, August 11, 1921, Page 1, Col. 1

"CITY MARSHALL LEE ISBELL SUCCUMBS AFTER BRAVE FIGHT ~ Died Friday Morning - Funeral Services Held at First Ward Chapel Sunday.

... For a week or more after being shot there was every evidence that he would recover, but a week ago a very serious crisis arose, and before may hours it was realized that there was little hope of recovery.

... Lee Isbell has spent his entire life in Richfield. He was known to every man, woman and child, and was an inoffensive, industrious and valuable citizen. He was closely identified with civic work of all kinds, and had served in official capacity for many years. He was appointed marshall several years since, and the only thing that could be said against him was that he was too kind to offenders. He had boys of his own, and offending juveniles found in Lee Isbell a friend.

Funeral services were held at the First ward chapel on Sunday afternoon under the direction of Bishop Frank Ogden. Music numbers were furnished by the ward choir, the Arion Male quartet, and Mrs. J.M. Peterson and Mrs. R.G. Clark sang solos.

... G.T. Bean, city attorney, read resolutions adopted by the city council which were as follows:
Resolutions of Respect ~ Whereas, Our city marshall, Lee Isbell, has been stricken down and met an untimely death while in the discharge of his official duty, and,
Whereas, Said tragedy has cast a gloom over our otherwise happy and contented community, and which is deeply regretted and deplored by all law abiding, peace loving citizens, and,
Whereas, We recognized in him a fearless and at the same time a wise, prudent and energetic marshal and conservator of the peace, and in our opinion our city has never at any time been better controlled and had less crime and lawlessness within its borders than during the time of his incumbency in office as marshall, and
Whereas, The said deceased has left a widow and a large family of children who will especially mourn his loss, companionship and support, and
Whereas, The mayor and city council and all city officials feel that in the death of Lee Isbell they have been deprived of the valuable services of a co-worker and assistant, and which will be hard to replace.
Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the mayor and city council and all city officials hereby extend to the widow and family of deceased their heartfelt sympathies and sincerely hope they may find some solace and comfort in the fact that their beloved husband and father met his death while in the discharge of his official duty, and be it further
Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be spread upon the records of this city, and a copy be given to the widow of deceased, and that a copy thereof be published in the Richfield Reaper.
Dated this 5th day of August, 1921. ROBERT D. YOUNG, Mayor

... Lee Isbell leaves a wife and ten children. Three daughters are married. These are: Mrs. Ivan (Ernestine) Gould and Mrs. [Ireta] Foreman of Monroe, and Mrs. Floyd (Blanche) Farnsworth of Richfield. One son, Evan, is also married, leaving at home six children, Kermith, Leah, Frankie, Villa, [Tearl], and June. The surviving brothers and sisters are Wallace, Clarence and Percy Isbell of Richfield, Ryan Isbell of Idaho Falls, Mrs. M.A. Isaacs of Mt. Home, Ida., and Mrs. J.H. McCarthy of Salt Lake City.

The sympathy of the entire community goes out to Mrs. Isbell and her children."

Utah death certificate #87 
Family links: 
  Alexander Franklin Isbell (1844 - 1917)
  Theresa Lauretta Jones Isbell (1850 - 1916)
  Martha Nielson Isbell (1875 - 1934)*
  Evan Frank Isbell (1895 - 1935)*
  Lauretta Christine Isbell (1896 - 1908)*
  Charles Leland Isbell (1898 - 1903)*
  Kermith Isbell (1903 - 1974)*
  Tearl T. Isbell (1907 - 1971)*
  June Isbell (1909 - 1954)*
  Leah Isbell (1911 - 1922)*
  Zoe "Frankie" Isbell Pratt (1913 - 2001)*
  Villa Ray Isbell Kelly (1914 - 1999)*
*Calculated relationship
Richfield City Cemetery
Sevier County
Utah, USA
Plot: A.30.04.08
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Record added: Feb 02, 2000
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Lee Franklin Isbell
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 Added: Aug. 22, 2012
LEE ISBELL was my Grandpa, Mama's, Villa Ray Isbell's, father. I believe she was 6 when this tradegy happened on the 4th of July. I have always wanted to know more about him, and I am so grateful for this site and the gift of people bringing to life. End...(Read more)
- Coralie Torry Herndon Kelly
 Added: Dec. 8, 2010
I believe he was Lee Franklin "Frank" Isbell. He was born to Thersa Lauretta "Lou Jones and Alexander Franklin Isbell. He married Martha Nielsen.
- Marca Lee Jennette McInnes Murray
 Added: Jan. 16, 2001

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