Af­ter wait­ing more than 100 years, Maple­ton gets its own ceme­tery

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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.

Chris Hash

A me­mo­rial to vet­er­ans is part of the new Maple­ton Ceme­tery lo­cated at ap­prox­i­mately 600 W. Maple.

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