Linda Phyllis Behrman Finch | News, Sports, Jobs


1941 – 2022

Linda Phyllis Behrman Finch, 80, died Sunday, March 13, 2022 at her daughter’s home in Eagle Mountain, Utah, as her husband, 55, held her hand, surrounded by several of his children and grandchildren.

Linda was born in Leadville, Colorado to Lynn and Mildred Behrman on September 14, 1941. From birth, Linda was the light of her parents’ lives. She was the only daughter, followed by three younger brothers, Don, Ben and Ray, whom she adored.

She and her parents moved to Utah and soon became a crucial part in training members of the Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. They traveled the country in worship and helped others find their faith.

Linda graduated from Orem High School, winning awards in English, typing and secretarial, glee club, volleyball, tennis. She has always had a love for learning.

She married David Lallas and had two children, Michael and Gay Lallas. They then divorced.

She met the love of her life following an incident involving an injured horse and barbed wire. Her brother Don introduced her to Doug Finch who knew all things equestrian to groom the horse. What they didn’t foresee when they met was that they were going to have the ride of their lives for the next 55 years.

Doug and Linda had 5 more children – Brock (Joanna) Finch, Brandon Finch, Stephanie Puffer, Nicole Finch and Heather (Brian) Marshall.

Linda worked as an executive secretary for Geneva Steel, an American steel company, with her incredible typing skills at 117 words per minute. She transcribed in shorthand and was able to respond to all requests made to her.

Shortly after retiring in her 40s from Geneva Steel, Linda accepted a position at Sportsman’s Warehouse in Provo, where she spent her earnings on anything that could be used to instill a love of the outdoors. When her eldest son, Mike decided to serve an LDS mission, Linda asked him to baptize her as a member of the LDS Church. Linda was able to travel to Hong Kong and China to collect him from this mission.

Linda was blessed with a large family and she served them at all levels.

She loved being a Girl Scout Leader, getting the girls to sell more cookies than anyone else in the state! Three of his daughters were able to go on extravagant trips thanks to these cookie sales. She served as a stake young women’s camp director for 5 years and found great happiness in the mountains. She never missed a football, baseball, track, or wrestling event, and her boys always looked for her in the stands. Linda pestered Doug for years asking him to have a cabin as “Finch’s base camp”. They bought a cabin in Manila, Utah, and hosted countless family get-togethers, weekend getaways, week-long adventures, all for the sole purpose of providing their growing family with the opportunity to create memories. River rafting, picnics at Sandy Beach, storytelling around the campfire, horseshoe, tomahawk and Atlatl throwing contests, and more.

Linda’s laughter could be heard for miles and she loved having her friends and family around her. Her sisters-in-law were her best friends and everyone she met knew they had just made a friend for life.

She loved birthdays the most and she never failed to leave the best “Happy Birthday” voice messages to everyone she knew. She loved to crochet and made each of her children, grandchildren and friends a crocheted blanket to wrap themselves in.

Linda was welcoming to everyone she met and had an excellent listening ear. She loved watching Gunsmoke and QVC and eating ice cream.

Linda was most proud of her husband and his family. Because of the hardships in life, it was important to her to encourage forgiveness, grace, reach out in service to others, and take pictures, hundreds of pictures at every opportunity. Linda’s exuberant laughter and sarcasm will be sorely missed. Linda is predeceased by her parents, Lynn and Millie Behrman, and her brother Don.

Linda is survived by her devoted husband Doug Finch, her seven children; (Mike, Gay, Brock, Brandon, Stephanie, Nicole & Heather), twenty-seven grandchildren; (Aubrey, Adam, Amanda, Alex, Candace, Ashley, TJ, Carson, Jessica, Nathalia, Kwin, Madison, Alexis, Cassidy, Kaitlyn, Braquel, Easton, Addie, Jackson, Jasper, Erika, Colton, Alex, Bailey, Ashton , Blaize, Kazh, Cruze) and sixteen great-grandchildren – Lily, Gabe, Eva, Grayson, Haley, Claire, Jude, Dominic, Ja on, Rohan, Indie, Calvin, Cayson, Ivie, Haven, Avery, Hagen, Ryker, Liberty and Russell. Siblings, in-laws AND outlaws will never forget how she made them feel.

A special thank you to the team at Suncrest Hospice, especially Charlene, Andrea, Teresa, Cheyenne, Deanne and Dave who gave new meaning to the role of carer. She brought as much light into their lives as they into hers.

Linda’s legacy will be honored by Walker Sanderson Funeral Home, 646 E. 800 N. Orem, for visitation Sunday, March 20 from 6-8 p.m. and Monday, March 21 from 9:30-10 a.m.: 30 p.m., followed by the funeral at 11 a.m. A live stream of the services can be viewed beginning at 11:00 a.m. on


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