Linda Marie (Baer) Muth, 78 of Elmo Utah passed away July 8, 2022 peacefully with loved ones by her side at Parkdale Care Center in Price Utah. Linda was born in Fruita, Colorado on March 16, 1944, to True John Baer and Laura Marie (Oliver) Baer. She was the first of four children.
From the beginning Linda was a lifelong animal lover, at the age of 10 she was actively involved in the Mesa County 4-H program. Raising and showing steers and later being a 4-H leader to the local youth in the community. Linda attended Fruita High School where she was an active student being named head girl and graduating with honors. In high school she met Evan Ray Muth they began dating. Then for a brief time Linda attended Rangely College studying as a medical assistant and Evan left for Wyoming to work on the railroad. Rejoining with Evan, they married on January 10, 1964, in Fruita Colorado. Linda and Evan had very humble beginnings working with Thompson Gleason Cattle CO, as ranch hands.
Then back to Loma, CO where they farmed and ranched until 1980. They moved their operation to Utah where they expanded their herds and ran sheep and cattle across many parts of southeastern Utah including the San Rafael Swell all the way to the beautiful mountains of Scofield Utah. Sadly, Evan passed away from brain cancer in 1999. In those 35 years they were farmers raising hay, barley, corn, tomatoes and they raised pigs, cattle, sheep and goats. They always had a good string of ranch horses, bred, born and raised by them.
Anyone who knew Linda understood she had a deep passion for animals and the outdoors. Linda would talk about how as a child she wouldn't play with dolls rather she'd play with farm animals, primarily horses. Linda had a way with taming and training colts. She raised lots of Australian Shepherd/Border Collie puppies which many turned into good cattle dogs and were valuable assets to their ranching program. She loved them all dearly and she was never without a dog by her side. Her and Evan's early hobbies included gymkhanas and elk hunting, later they enjoyed rodeos and helping out and donating the use of their sheep for the local mutton busting, she was also a fantastic seamstress and short story author.
Linda was a very hard-working woman; she was tough as nails yet was the kindest sweetest soul who'd help anyone. Linda having a huge heart and a gift with animals, could nurse or doctor about any animal back to health. She and Evan were both a part of a dying breed of the hard-working cow folk.
Later Linda became a caregiver for TKJ Corporation, Choices and Northeastern Services. She loved every person she cared for, and they loved her. She was full of compassion and showed sincere kindness to everyone who crossed her path. Linda never knew a stranger. It was not unusual to see her shed a tear for people or animals who were in pain regardless of her connection with them. She also took on the care of her father until his passing. She will be dearly missed by so many who loved and cared for her. May she have eternal joy rejoining with Evan and all their favorite horses and dogs forever enjoying their rides across the skies of heaven.
Linda is survived by her three children; son Timothy D. Muth of Elmo UT, daughter Toni (Dustin) Hamilton of Spanish Fork UT and son Dustin (Angie) Muth of Tioga North Dakota. Brothers, James (Linda) Baer and Ronald (Francis) Baer of Grand Junction CO, her two sister-n-laws Joan Muth Unkrich Bristol and Joyce Muth Aiken (Dan Hudson) also of Grand Junction Colorado. Her grandchildren Levi Anthony Sanchez, Layton Ray Sanchez, Anna Marie Muth, Aleigha Maxine McDaniel, Luke Martin McDaniel, Niki Sue Muth and Jaki Jo Muth and one great grand Daughter Delilah Willow Mounteer Sanchez and many nieces and nephews along with many friends who all loved her dearly. Linda is preceded in death by her loving husband Evan Ray Muth, her mother Laura Marie (Oliver) Baer, her father, True John Baer, her sister Peggy (Baer) Stewart, her in-laws Iona Yaeger Muth, Arley Leo Muth and brother in-laws Bill Aiken, Harvey Unkrich and Rock Bristol.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday July 16, 2022 at the Fausett Mortuary, 680 East 100 South Price UT where friends and family may come to visit at 9:00 am with the funeral following at 10:00 am. Live-streaming is available on Fausett Mortuary Facebook page. Procession will make its way to Fruita Colorado where another service will take place at the Elmwood Cemetery in Fruita Colorado at approximately 2:30 pm where Linda will then be laid to rest next to her husband Evan. The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of Parkdale Care center who so willingly and with love cared for Linda in the last two weeks of her life.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook and share memories of Linda at wwwfausettmortuary.com.