Obituary: Barbara Gustaveson

Dedicated Latter-day Saint, teacher, artist

Barbara Gustaveson died October 4 due to complications from sepsis. She was 61.

She was born in Pomona on September 27, 1959 to Robert Carl Gustaveson and Julia Anne Neville Gustaveson.

Barbara grew up in Pomona and Claremont, graduating from Claremont High School in 1977. She served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the Arkansas Little Rock Mission from 1981 to 1982. Upon her return, she earned her bachelor’s degree in art education at Brigham Young University.

After graduating she began her career teaching art at Farmington Junior High School, where she continued to teach until her passing.

While teaching, she pursued further education and professional development, earning a master’s degree in education from the University of Utah.

She also created art, exhibiting and selling her paintings at the Lamplight Art Gallery in Bountiful, Utah.

“Barbara had a strong testimony of her savior’s love and was a dedicated member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in the church in various capacities throughout her life,” her family shared. “She enjoyed researching family history, collecting stories, and collecting pictures, which she shared with many.

“Barbara loved her friends, students, and family with her whole heart. She is known for finding sunshine, even in the darkest of times. Her genuine caring for her students, colleagues, and school community won many hearts.”

She is survived by her father, Robert Gustaveson; sisters Jan (Don) Harris, Christy (Mark) Taylor, Susan, and Carl (Valerie) Gustaveson; 19 nieces and nephews; and numerous grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Due to the current pandemic, private services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 17 in Hyrum, Utah. The service will be livestreamed on Facebook through the Russon Brothers Mortuary Facebook page.

An online guestbook and a link to the livestream is at


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