Yvonne Fisher Rasmussen Utzat


Yvonne Fisher Rasmussen Utzat passed away on September 17, 2021, at the home of her daughter Inge. She was born in Hesperus, CO on January 31, 1935, to Melvin D. and Edith A. Fisher, who both proceeded her in death. She was one of fifteen siblings. Her widowed father had five children before marrying her mother.  Yvonne was the oldest of their ten children born into their marriage and was raised on the family farm. She attended one year at Adams State College and while working a summer job to enable her return to her studies, she met Frank Henry Rasmussen. They were wed on October 20, 1954. She said she always wished she could have finished her college education but never once regretted raising her three children. Henry was killed on his job as a logger near South Fork, CO (August 7, 1931-November 15, 1969). Yvonne finished raising their three children near Del Norte, Colo. and then moved to Flagstaff, AZ to be closer to family. There she met and later married widower Gunther (Opa) C J Utzat on November 26, 1983 who passed away almost one year ago (August 11, 1934-October 8, 2020).

Yvonne loved jigsaw puzzles, paint by number, crossword puzzles and dark chocolate-covered cashews. In her later years she enjoyed her many little dogs and was affectionately called Oma by her many grandchildren. She was preceded in death by five brothers, four sisters, one son, two granddaughters, and one great-granddaughter.

Yvonne is survived by her children Roy H. Rasmussen of Durango, CO Suzi (Dennis) Hopper of Alamosa, CO, Sheila Rasmussen of Santa Fe, NM, Thor Utzat of Las Vegas, NV, Eric (Kim) Utzat of Reno, NV, Inge (Scott) Lawson of Yerington, NV, and Kristina (Bill) Jackson of Nashville, TN, twelve grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters Sandy Randolph of Waterflow, NM, Shirley (Don) Sanchez of Pueblo, CO and Hazel Klootwyk of Cottonwood, AZ and brothers Lawrence (Karen) Fisher of Darvills, VA and Donald (Lu) Fisher of Cottonwood, AZ, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and our dear Uncle Bryan Conner of Farmington, NM.

Cremation has been chosen and her wishes were to have her ashes spread beneath a rose bush.

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