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Blaine Yorgason
Teacher and Author
Brigham Young High School
Class of 1961

Blaine M. Yorgason
Blaine M. Yorgason, rare photo


Blaine Yorgason was born in Sanpete County, Utah on December 6, 1942. He served an LDS mission to Chicago and then married Kathleen Wagstaff of Orem, Utah on September 2, 1964. Blaine graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in History and an MA in History. He served as a CES Instructor from 1970-1977 and taught at BYU from 1977-1980. Since 1980, Blaine has been a full-time writer and author. He has published over 60 works and to date, two books have been made into films. Blaine has been honored with many awards including Best Screenwriting Award and Excellence In Writing Award. Blaine and his wife Kathleen have seven children and 20 grandchildren.

Blaine Yorgason
Latter-day Saint. Birth name: Blaine M. Yorgason. One of the most popular authors ever to write for the Latter-day Saint fiction market. Frequent collaborator with his brother Brent Yorgason. Co-author (with Brent) of the novel Chester, I Love You, and co-writer of the screenplay adaptation which became the TV movie "The Thanksgiving Promise" (1986). This telepic's screenplay was co-written by Glenn L. Anderson, Craig Holyoak, and Peter N. Johnson. It was directed by Beau Bridges, who also starred. Blaine Yorgason also wrote the novel and co-wrote the screenplay (with Ray Goldrup) that was the basis of the feature film "Windwalker," the most successful dramatic feature directed by Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Kieth Merrill. "Windwalker" has been cited as the first feature film made in Native American languages, and the first feature film about Native Americans set before the arrival of Europeans. Yorgason is in talks with filmmakers about adapting one of his best known novels to film: Charlie's Monument. Other books written by Yorgason include: From Orphaned Boy to Prophet of God: The Story of Joseph F. Smith; Gabriel's Well; Girl at the Crossing; Humble Servant, Spiritual Giant: The Story of Harold B. Lee; In Search of Steenie Bergman; One Tattered Angel: A Touching True Story of the Power of Love; Secrets; Seven Days for Ruby; Simeon's Touch; Spiritual Survival in the Last Days; The Shadow Taker; The Soderberg Saga; To Soar with the Eagle; Warm Spirit and the "Hearts Afire" series (At All Hazards; Fort on the Firing Line; Curly Bill's Gift).

Yorgason, Blaine Michael
11721 South 1430 West
Riverton, Utah 84065
Blaine and Kathy Yorgason


Class of 1961. Football, Dramatics. BYU MA American History 1970. Blaine M. Yorgason is the author or co-author of more than sixty books, including The Windwalker, which was made into a major motion picture, and Chester, I Love You, which was released by Disney Productions as Thanksgiving Promise. He and his wife, Kathy, live in Riverton, Utah. His parents: John Gayle Yorgason and Lucretia Maude Copley Yorgason, Fountain Green. Frequently collaborates on writing projects with his brother, Dr. Brenton G. Yorgason [BYH Class of 1963].


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