Heber Joseph Geurts, 87, who instituted and directed the Church family home evening program at the Utah State Prison and influenced the lives of numerous inmates as a volunteer social worker, died Sunday, July 2, 1995, in Salt Lake City.
He served in many Church callings, including bishop of the 15th Ward in Salt Lake City. His work at the prison grew out of his counseling of members of his ward who were incarcerated there.In 1967, at the prison, he instituted the family home evening program, in which volunteer families meet weekly with inmates. He befriended and counseled many inmates, including some on death row. He was recognized locally, nationally and internationally for his work at the prison.