Newton W. Andrus &
Kristine Knudsen Andrus

Newton W. Andrus '60

Kristin Knudsen Andrus '62

Brigham Young High School
Classes of 1960 and 1962

In Memoriam ~ Kris

Kris was born in Provo, Utah, January 16, 1944, to Wesley Floyd Knudsen and Fae Burch Knudsen. She was born into a large and supportive family where she learned the traits of kindness and compassion, especially from her mother and grandmother. She was blessed with a naturally cheerful disposition and was always quick to forgive.

Kris attended Wasatch Elementary. She graduated from Brigham Young High School in the Class of 1962, where she was a cheerleader and Homecoming Queen, and was on the yearbook staff and ski team. Following high school, Kris studied psychology and family sciences at Brigham Young University.

In 1964 Kris married her eternal companion, Newton Warnick Andrus, in the Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Kris and Newt had met in high school and, after marrying, lived in North Carolina, Hawaii, and Pennsylvania while Newt completed his schooling. Their first child, Samuel, was born in 1968. They then moved to Oregon where they had three more children: Scott “Andy,” Amy, and Jonathan. In 1978 they returned to Utah and eventually settled in Orem.

Kris served in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints throughout her life. Her callings included stake and ward Young Women’s president, stake Relief Society president at BYU, and other callings in Primary, Scouting, and Relief Society. Kris served as a secretary in the Provo Temple for 5 years and as an ordinance worker in the Provo and Mount Timpanogos Temples for 20 years. In 2003 Newt and Kris served a mission together in Washington, D.C., where they were employment resource specialists. They loved serving and helping the people in the Washington area improve their lives. Kris and Newt also recently served a mission as addiction recovery specialists at BYU.

Kris enjoyed volunteering in her community. She served in the PTA while her children were young. She also served at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival for 20 years.

Her favorite things to do were traveling all over the world, gardening, quilting, and walking with her friends. She also loved her grandchildren. She enjoyed attending all of their events and sharing in their accomplishments. Before her death, she expressed disappointment at not being able to be a part of their lives as they grew. She was an excellent hostess and loved family dinners and reunions. She especially enjoyed recent family trips to the Oregon Coast and to Church history sites.

Kristine Knudsen Andrus passed away Sunday, November 11, 2018, surrounded by her family. She died following a battle with cancer.

Kris is preceded in death by her parents, Wesley Floyd Knudsen and Fae Burch Knudsen, her brother Kent Knudsen and her brother-in-law Tom Womble.

She is survived by her husband, Newton Andrus; her children Samuel (Amy) Andrus, Scott “Andy” (Chris) Andrus, Amy (Brooks) Snow, and Jonathan Andrus; and her grandchildren Olivia, Isabel, Caleb, Benjamin, Henry, William, Dylan, Seth, and Phineas Andrus, and Kolby, Bryson, and Claire Snow; her siblings Karen (Gary) Henderson, Karla Womble, Kurt (Rebecca) Knudsen, Knute Knudsen, sister-in-law Charlotte Knudsen, and brother-in-law Joseph (Holly) Andrus; and many nieces and nephews.

Kris had a strong testimony of her Savior and the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. She is greatly loved and will be missed by her friends, neighbors, and family.

[Provo Daily Herald, November 16, 2018]

In Memoriam ~ Newt

Newt was born July 3, 1942, in Provo, Utah, to Albert LaMar and Erma Warnick Andrus. At the time of his birth, his father was serving in the Army in World War II.

Newt grew up in Provo and attended Brigham Young Training School, Maeser and Joaquin Elementary Schools, and Farrer Junior High. He was active in the Boy Scouts, earning his Eagle Scout and Silver Explorer awards.

Newt attended Provo High School and graduated from Brigham Young High School in the Class of 1960. He played clarinet in the band, played baseball and football, was a student body officer, and attended Boys State. Following graduation from high school in 1960, Newt enrolled at Brigham Young University.

Newt served in the Hawaii Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1961 to 1963. His mission instigated in him a lifelong love of the Hawaiian islands and Polynesian culture.

He married Kristine Knudsen, his high-school sweetheart, on June 17, 1964, in the Salt Lake Temple. She graduated from BY High School in the Class of 1962.

Newt graduated from BYU in 1967 with a bachelor’s degree in geography. Newt and Kris then moved to North Carolina, where Newt graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Master’s of Regional Planning. During this time, their first child, Samuel, was born. From 1969 to 1978, the family lived in Oregon, where Newt worked as a city and urban planner for the Port of Portland.

During their time in Oregon, Newt also served as a bishop, and the rest of their children were born: Scott “Andy,” Amy, and Jonathan. In 1978, the family returned to Provo, where Newt worked with his father-in-law, Wes Knudsen, managing video arcade games, vending machines, and kiddie rides.

In 1989, Newt began working at WordPerfect as the purchasing manager and retired in 2003 as Novell’s Vice President of Real Estate and Facilities.

Newt served faithfully as a bishop of a family ward and two young single adult wards, a temple worker, a high council member, and a Young Men’s leader. Together Newt and Kris served as employment specialist missionaries in Washington D.C., and as facilitators in the Addiction Recovery Program at BYU. Newt also served a family history service mission and loved doing genealogy.

Newt and Kris loved to travel. They took trips all over the world together and enjoyed organizing family trips to Disneyland, Hawaii, the Oregon Coast, Jackson Hole, and Church history sites.

Newt loved his family and often expressed his desire that they remain close. He supported them in all their endeavors, taught them correct principles and service through his example, and helped them explore the world. He had a strong and enduring testimony of his Savior, Jesus Christ. He is loved and will be missed.

Newton Warnick Andrus passed away April 22, 2020, at the age of 77 due to congestive heart failure. Newt was a man who loved to see and understand the world, loved his family, and lived the gospel of Jesus Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert LaMar Andrus and Erma Warnick Andrus, and by his wife, Kristine Knudsen Andrus. He is survived by his brother Joseph (Holly) Andrus; his children Samuel (Amy) Andrus, Scott “Andy” (Christian) Andrus, Amy (Brooks) Snow, and Jonathan; and by his grandchildren Olivia, Isabel, Caleb, Benjamin, Henry, William, Dylan, Phineas, and Seth Andrus, and Kolby, Bryson, and Claire Snow.

Due to the current circumstances, there will be a graveside service for immediate family in the Provo City Cemetery on Monday, April 27, 2020, at 11 a.m. A live broadcast of the service may be viewed online at (click the Live Stream link on the homepage). After the service is over, a recording of the service will be available on Newt’s obituary page at the same website. You may also share condolences and memories with the family there. In lieu of flowers, please add stories and photos to Newt’s FamilySearch webpage.

[Provo Daily Herald, April 25, 2020]

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