The Denham Family

Ross B. Denham, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, 86, passed away peacefully on December 21, 2004.

He was born on September 18, 2004, in Iola, Kansas, to Edith Kathryn Lundberg and Charles Otto Crumley. He was the youngest of five children. Because of his mother's poor health, the family moved to Holbrook, Arizona. Following the untimely death of his mother, Ross was adopted by Willard P. Denham and Lovina Brinkerhoff and was raised and educated in Snowflake, Arizona.

Ross has been a life-long member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a young man, he served as a missionary in the North Central States Mission. He also served as a member of the branch presidency in the Verde Valley Branch of the California Mission and the Roswell, New Mexico Branch. He later served in numerous leadership positions in Provo, Utah, including Bishop of University Ward, Utah Stake, bishop's counselor, high councilman, counselor to the stake president, stake president of the Utah Stake and regional representative in the Springville and Heber City areas. Ross also served as a sealer in the Provo, New Zealand, and Mt. Timpanogos temples.

Ross married Clara Lock Parker on June 6, 1944, and they were happily married for more than 60 years. They made their home in Provo, Utah, for many years where they were active in both church and civic activities. Ross was a charter member of the Utah Lake Lions, a member of Phi Delta Kappa, member of Timpanogos Kiwanis Club, numerous community boards and committees. He was a life-long supporter of young people, serving as vice-chairman of the Provo Region Boy Scouts. He was later awarded the Boy Scouts' Silver Beaver Award for his scouting service. He also received numerous awards for his service to the community, including the Distinguished Service Award presented by the Utah County Council of Governments and the Distinguished Alumni Award presented by Brigham Young University. Ross was elected a member of the Utah State Board of Education in 1978 and served for four years.

Ross served in the military in World War II as part of the 274th Infantry Division of the 7th Army and saw combat action in France and Germany. Ross participated in the GI Bill and graduated with a BA degree from Brigham Young University.

Following a Master's degree from BYU, he was employed by the Provo City School District for over 30 years. As both a teacher and administrator, Ross always had a profound dedication to the educational opportunities and welfare of the students. Ross was the principal of Provost and Wasatch Elementary Schools, assistant principal at Provo High School and Assistant Superintendent. He retired from the Provo City School District in 1979.

Ross is survived by his beloved wife, Clara Lock Parker. He is also survived by three sons: Paul L. Denham [BYH Class of 1963](Marcia), of Littleton, Colorado; Larry Ross Denham [BYH Class of 1966] (Sue), of Farmington, Utah; Reid L. Denham (Gail), of South Pasadena, California; 14 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, December 28, 2004, ain Bountiful, Utah. Interment, Provo City Cemetery.

[Published in the Provo Daily Herald from 12/27/2004 - 12/28/2004.]

Clara Lock Parker Denham

Clara Lock Parker Denham, beloved wife, daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend peacefully passed away on April 2, 2005 amongst those she loved.

Clara was born July 8, 1916 in Ogden, Utah, the daughter of Thomas and Reka Parker. She was raised and educated in Ogden.

A lifelong faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Clara served a mission in the North Central States Mission where she first met her future husband and companion Ross B. Denham. Several years later they were married in the Mesa LDS Temple, in Mesa, Arizona.

Ross, who preceded her in death in December 2004, and Clara are the parents of three sons, Paul L. (Marcia) of Littleton, Colorado, Larry R. (Sue) of Farmington, Utah, and Reid (Gail) of South Pasadena, California.

Clara and Ross made their home in Provo, Utah for many years where they were active in church and community activities. Clara served as president of the stake and ward Young Women's MIA programs. She also served as president of the University Ward Relief Society and the Utah Stake Relief Society organizations.

An excellent teacher, she taught in numerous ward and stake callings. In 1977 she chaired the Utah Stake Centennial celebration. Clara also served as an ordinance worker in the Provo, Utah LDS Temple. Clara was a member of the Utah Sorosis women's organization, serving first as secretary then later as president. She authored a history of Utah Sorosis published in 1972.

Clara was a volunteer in Provo's Pioneer Museum for many years where she was able to utilize her love for Utah and its history. An avid reader, she belonged to numerous book groups and often provided thoughtful reviews.

Clara was active in community affairs and served as an election judge for many years.

In addition to being survived by her three sons and their wives, Clara is also survived by 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Also surviving her are sisters, Ruth Paskett, Afton Robinson, Lucile Butler, brother Clyde Parker, sister-in-law Virginia Frey and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were held Friday April 8, 2005 in Bountiful. Interment, Provo City Cemetery. [Deseret News, Monday, April 4, 2005.]