Martha Kaye (Mickelsen) Despain

September 27, 1938 ~ June 14, 2021 (age 82)


Kaye Despain
Axtell, Utah

Martha Kaye Mickelsen Despain was born September 27, 1938 in Salina Utah. She passed away on June 14, 2021 in Gunnison Utah. Her parents were Earl Andrew and Martha Myrl Curtis Mickelsen.  Kaye was the caboose of six children.  Her older brother passed away as an infant. Her four sisters were quite a bit older than her so her nieces and nephews were like her siblings.  She grew up in Salina spending her summers on the ranch in Gooseberry, riding her horse, playing in the creek, loving every minute of it.  

Kaye married Marius Deon Despain June 1, 1956 in the Manti Temple. They made their home in Axtell and were blessed with seven children. He preceded her in death on March 7, 2010.  
She loved her pioneer heritage and entertained many by sharing pioneer stories.  She was a member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers.  She was honored to serve a mission at Historic Cove Fort.  

You were always welcome to visit especially if you would leave kids for her to tend.. She LOVED the youth.  She served in many Church callings loving her service in the youth organizations the most.   

Kaye enjoyed her time working at Rassumssen’s Ace Hardware and later working for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints cleaning the buildings and quilting at the senior citizen center. The relationships she made at those jobs were priceless to her.  She was also a capable hand on the farm.    

Kaye carried on the love of flowers from her father and passed it on to her children.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and her infant son.  

She is survived by her six children: Lorie and David Beck, Centerfield;  Kerry and Nannette Despain, Axtell;  Greg and Nanette Despain, Smithfield;  Kevin “Mick” and Monique Despain, Axtell;  Julie and Loni Hammond, Dover and Marcie and Doug Aitken, Middleton, ID.  Kaye treasured her 26 grandchildren; and her 47 great-grandchildren, with one on the way, was what she lived for. They were her sunshine.   

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 12:00 Noon in the Axtell Ward Chapel, where friends may call from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Salina Eastside Cemetery.  Live streaming of the services and online guestbook can be found at under Kaye’s obituary. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. 

In lieu of flowers follow Kaye’s example and do an act of kindness for your family. 

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Recording of Service


June 17, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Axtell Ward Chapel
75 West Center
Axtell, Utah 84621

Funeral Service
June 17, 2021

12:00 PM
Axtell Ward Chapel
75 West Center
Axtell, Utah 84621

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