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Logan Woman Lost Mom, Grandpa To COVID-19, Begs Community To Heed Public Health Guidelines

Thanksgiving at her family home in Moroni, Utah, used to be a cheerful affair, the air ringing with her mom’s infectious laughter and everyone excited about her grandfather’s famous homemade stuffing.This year, the small family is still mourning the life-changing losses of Tracy Larsen, 56, on Oct. 29, and her father, Bert Porter, 80, on Oct. 11, both to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s just not the same,” said Lindsay Wootten, of Logan. “Our family just isn’t whole.”

Like the traditional stuffing Wootten and her sister, Candice, tried to recreate, the holiday gathering lacked the flavor of years past. But the family is sharing their story in the hope it can save others from the same experience. Read the rest of the story on

This story is made possible thanks to a community reporting partnership between The Herald Journal and Utah Public Radio.