Susan Harbertson Obituary (1959 – 2022) – South Jordan, UT

Susan Rae Turner Harbertson passed away peacefully on March 7, 2022, after a valiant and courageous battle with a glioblastoma brain tumor.

Susan was born in Logan, Utah on March 24, 1959, to Marden A. Turner and Verna Olsen Turner. She was the youngest of 6 children. Susan grew up and was educated in Cache Valley, Utah. She lived in Young Ward with her family until she earned her first bachelor’s degree at Utah State University.

She served a mission in the Michigan Dearborn Mission in 1982-83. Back home, Susan earned another bachelor’s degree at USU in Secondary Education with a social studies composite. She moved to Salt Lake City during this time to teach her student at Olympus High School.

His first job in his educational career was teaching history, psychology, and sociology at Mountain View High School in Orem, Utah. While she taught high school for 3 years, Susan worked on a master’s degree in educational-counselling psychology at the University of Utah. She also sang the 1st alto of the Symphony and the Mormon Youth Choir.

While singing in the Mormon Youth Symphony and Chorus, she met a handsome man with a beautiful baritone voice, and they fell in love while singing beautiful music in the choir. Mark Harbertson proposed marriage the following year. Mark is the love of her life and they were married on July 18, 1987 at Temple Logan. They lived 34 happy years together.

Upon completing her master’s degree, Susan became a school counselor in the Granite School District. She spent 22 years at Olympus Junior High, 3 years at West Lake Junior High, 1 year at Jefferson Junior High and retired from Bennion Junior High after 5 years. Susan was named Utah College Counselor of the Year in 1998 and loved working with students. She influenced thousands of lives at this important age. She was constantly meeting current and former students in the valley. Even traveling from Italy to Hawaii and everywhere in between, Susan would be recognized by the students she influenced.

Susan’s health has been a big challenge throughout her adult life, resulting in 2 car accidents in the first 2 years of her marriage. She relied on her faith and the acquisition of new skills to help her persevere and reach her retirement after 34 years of study.

She served faithfully in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, teaching in Primary, Relief Society, Young Women, and Sunday School. Susan and Mark had the opportunity to serve a senior mission in the New Jersey Morristown Mission in 2019-2020. They were assigned to the Morristown neighborhood and the Spanish branch of Morristown, taught English classes to immigrants, served on Ellis Island helping people with family backgrounds, and worked in the mission office. They enjoyed serving and helping young missionaries.

Susan loved music and artistic pursuits, such as home decorating and scrapbooking. She loved to decorate her home for each new season and holiday. Susan loved giving weddings and baby showers to her nieces and nephews, hosting many of them over the years. She also sent hundreds of greeting cards each year to her family and friends, always remembering their birthdays, anniversaries and holidays. She just finished sending her last cards in December 2021, as she battled her illness.

Susan is survived by her husband, Mark; siblings David (Marilyn) Turner, Allen (Billie) Turner, Marianne (Brent) Fredrickson, Jeffrey Turner, Dixon (Donna) Sandoval and Deborah Turner; and many nieces and nephews. She was pursued in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 12 at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 10206 South 3200 West in South Jordan, Utah. A vernissage will take place at the same address on Friday March 11 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and before the service from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Interment will be in Bountiful City Cemetery.

Thank you to all of his care providers at Huntsman Cancer Institute, Carrington Court Assisted Living, Quality Home Care and Hospice, and to you who fasted and prayed with us. We are very grateful for your support. Special thanks to Vanetta from Release Works who has provided pain reduction and relief to Susan over the past few years which has allowed her to continue working and functioning.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Humanitarian Fund in Susan’s name at or call 1 (800) 525-8074.

Funeral services will be streamed for those unable to attend or wish to attend virtually. A streaming link can be found at where you can also leave condolences and memories for the family. –

Published by The Salt Lake Tribune from March 9 to March 10, 2022.

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