After waiting more than 100 years, Mapleton gets its own cemetery
Mapleton, founded in 1902, is the only Utah city of its age without its own cemetery - that is, until now. The beautiful new Mapleton Cemetery is now a reality and an official part of the community following its dedication and ribbon-cutting on Friday, July 24.
“This is a special day for our community,” said Mapleton resident Collin Allan. “We met in committees and talked about having a cemetery here in Mapleton for 30 years. But it took a couple of entrepreneurs to actually bring it about.”
The entrepreneurs are Ben Peay and Dallas Hakes. “When I bought the property, I originally envisioned putting in a subdivision,” said Ben. “But the idea kept coming to me, ‘Mapleton needs a cemetery.’ So I approached Mapleton City about the idea.”
“We talked about developing a cemetery together,” says Mayor Brian Wall. “But there were a few hiccups, and it turned out that a private venture was the better way to make it happen. Even so, Ben and Dallas have worked with us every step of the way, and we are very pleased with how the Mapleton Cemetery has turned out.”
Indeed, the Mapleton Cemetery, located at approximately 600 W. Maple, is state of the art with some very unique features.
One of them is an interactive kiosk where cemetery visitors can see memorial photos and videos, obituaries and life stories of the deceased. Visitors can also use the kiosk to locate specific burial spots, searching by name. The cemetery also features a veterans memorial with memorial markers for each branch of the military. The names of those who have served will
be engraved on these markers. Another distinctive feature is two large sculptures created by local artist Gary Lee Price.
“For many years, we’ve shared the Evergreen Cemetery with Springville City,” said Collin Allan. “We have generations of pioneers there and veterans from many wars. But now, we have a place for those of us who have loved living in Mapleton and want to stay here. We no longer have to leave town when we die.”
“On behalf of the city of Mapleton, we’d like to express our gratitude for this cemetery,” said Mayor Wall in his closing remarks. “This is top-notch. Thank you for bringing it here. Our community will enjoy it for many, many years.”
Following Mayor Wall’s remarks, President David Jones of the LDS Mapleton North Stake offered the dedicatory prayer for the cemetery, blessing it as a place of connection, peace and comfort for generations to come.
A memorial to veterans is part of the new Mapleton Cemetery located at approximately 600 W. Maple.