Class of 1949~Honorary

Alphabetical Alumni

Arbon, Norman
16543 High Desert Way
Parker, Colorado 80134 US

Norman and Betty Arbon
  • Cell: 303-482-7740
  • Home: 303-771-8114

Class of 1949 ~ Honorary. Norman Arbon. ~ ~ ~ ~ Four years USAF after HS. Married Betty Doty of East Carbon City, Utah in 1956. Graduated from University of Utah, BSME in 1960, 35 years in aerospace industry, Denver, Colorado. Four children, three boys, one daughter, three grand children, all boys, 21, 6 and 5. Two youngest live two miles from us so we see them almost daily. Attend Newland Meadows LDS Ward in Parker.

Beck, Donald

Beck, Donald
Gunnison, Utah US

Donald Beck

Class of 1949 ~ Honorary. Donald A. Beck. Donald Arlin Beck, born 5 May 1930, Centerfield, Sanpete County, Utah, died 9 November 1987, Gunnison, Sanpete County, Utah. Burial, Centerfield Cemetery. Parents: Rosenvall, Mary Melva (Mother), Beck, Daniel D (Father). Married Leavitt, Beverly Jane. [Donald is deceased. Submitted by Kent S. Broadhead.]

Bement, James Charles

Bement, James Charles
Orem, Utah US

J. C. & Colleen Bement

Class of 1949 ~ Honorary. James C. Bement (J.C.). Sophomore Basketball, Opera. ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS OBITUARY: James Charles Bement (J.C.), 79, of Orem passed away suddenly on March 4, 2010, due to acute leukemia. J.C. was born January 11, 1931 in Price, Utah, to Herman Charles Bement and Bertha Bement. Early in his childhood, JC moved to Utah Valley where he attended Brigham Young High School and BYU. He served his country proudly as a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, during which J.C. also served as a Drill Instructor for the Army's Combat Leadership School. After his honorable discharge from the Army, he met and married his sweetheart and soulmate, Colleen Mitchell. They were married in Provo on November 26, 1954, and their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake City Temple. J.C. was devoted to Colleen and their family. J.C. was employed by Geneva Steel for over 30 years. Following his retirement from Geneva, he managed the Tiffin Dining Room at ZCMI for 11 years, where J.C. befriended many people through his love of food and joy for life. He had a great fondness for the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening. He especially loved taking long car rides with his wife in the mountains. J.C. was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many teaching and leadership positions. He loved working with the youth of the church, where his time as a Scout Leader was especially important to him. J.C. was preceded in death by his parents along with his brother, Russell, and his sister, Elaine; his daughter-in-law, Teresa; as well as his grandson, Joseph. J.C. is survived by his loving wife, Colleen; his son, Michael Bement, and grandchildren Emily (and her husband, Brenden), Amanda, and James; his daughter, Julie Garcia, and grandchildren Brittany, Alonso, Parker, and Marissa; eight great-grandchildren; his brother, Harlan, sister, Carol, and sister-in-law, Delta; numerous nieces and nephews; and his wonderful dog and companion, Riley. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. at the Berg Drawing Room Chapel of Provo, 185 East Center Street. Friends may call at the Berg Mortuary of Provo on Monday evening 6-8 p.m. or on Tuesday from 1-2:15 p.m. Interment East Lawn Memorial Hills Cemetery, Provo. Condolences may be sent to In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in J.C.'s name to LDS Humanitarian Services. [Provo Daily Herald, March 7, 2010.]

Brown, LuDean
1320 MacKay Street
Taylorsville, Utah 84123 US

LuDean (and Richard) Christensen
  • Home: 801-266-2279

Class of 1949~H. LuDean Brown. Her parents: Rufus Levelle Brown, and Lula Sariah Durfey Brown. She attended B.Y. Jr. High School with the Class of 1949 but graduated from Provo High School. LuDean married Richard Kent Christensen. ~ ~ ~ ~ HER HUSBAND'S OBITUARY: Richard Kent Christensen, age 70, returned home to his Heavenly Father after a courageous battle with cancer on February 12, 1999 in St. George. Born August 30, 1928 in Elsinore, a son of Grant Christensen, and Erma Jensen Christensen. Married LuDean Brown on March 15, 1951 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Richard retired from Hercules after 18 years service. He enjoyed the outdoors, visiting his cabin, and participating in activities there. He dearly loved his children and grandchildren, and enjoyed living in St. George during the winter. Survived by his wife, LuDean Brown Christensen; sons: Greg L. (Sue) Christensen, West Jordan; Kim B. (Marita) Christensen, Salt Lake City; eight grandchildren: Jessica, Jeremy, T.J., Tyler, Amanda, Rials, Davis, Christopher; brothers and sister: Scott (Judy) Christensen, Sandy; Roger (Sherri) Christensen, Spanish Fork; Margene (Larry) Johnson, Sandy. Preceded in death by son, Kary Kent Christensen, and brother, Boyd Christensen. Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 16, 1999, at McDougal Funeral Home, 4330 South Redwood Road. Interment: Murray City Cemetery. [Deseret News, Sunday, February 14, 1999.]

Cox, Charles McArthur

Cox, Charles McArthur
Provo, Utah US

Chuck and Eleanor Cox

BYH Class of 1949 ~ Honorary. Charles "Chuck" Cox. ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS OBITUARY: Charles "Chuck" McArthur Cox, the patriarch of our family, joined his beloved wife, Eleanor Anne Cox in the early morning hours on September 8, 2014 in Provo, Utah at age of 83. He served others selflessly, loved others deeply, and will be missed dearly by his family and friends. Chuck was born in Provo, Utah on May 8, 1931, the son of Charles Holman Cox and Helen McArthur. His father was involved in the steel industry and Chuck worked side-by-side with his dad from the time he was a young boy. The Cox family briefly lived in Fontana, California, before moving back to Provo. Chuck placed great value on higher education. He attended both Brigham Young University grade school and BYU High School, and graduated from Provo High. He graduated from Brigham Young University earning a bachelor of science in Mechanical Engineering. He went on to earn an MBA from Harvard (1961) and a PhD from The University of Washington (1978). Chuck played football for BYU for one year before his mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Toronto, Canada. He returned to BYU to finish his degree before he enlisted in the Navy and Officer Candidate School at Port Hueneme in Ventura, California, after which he served in the Judge Advocate Corp. Chuck married his college sweetheart, Eleanor Anne Boucher, on November 25, 1959 in the Salt Lake Temple, and were married for more than 50 years before she passed in 2011. Together they raised four children, Chip, Rick, Janet, and Craig. The family lived in San Jose and Sacramento, California where Chuck he worked for the defense industry. They returned to Provo in the mid-1960s when Chuck briefly helped his father run a foundry, and stayed to teach finance at BYU. When Chuck accepted a full-time position with Business School faculty at BYU, he returned to school at the University of Washington in Seattle for his PhD. The 'Seattle years' were a wonderful time for Chuck and his family, which was a good thing because after returning to BYU, the U of W scheduled him to teach each spring for a number of years, which Chuck really enjoyed. When BYU MBA students were asked in a survey five years after graduating which professor had most influenced them to be successful at work, Chuck was named as often as any other professor. His caring, sincere, deliberate way of thinking and relating conveyed the difficulties of working hard to address issues that have no ready solutions. It's what made him a wonderful, loved father as well. After he retired from full-time teaching at BYU Chuck continued teaching in the continuing education department of BYU through 2012. Chuck was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in various Priesthood callings in that Wards and Stakes in which he lived. Chuck and Anne served a teaching mission in Beijing China in 1998-1999 where they both taught at the Foreign Affairs College, China's diplomacy school. After his mission, he continued to travel with Anne, family, and friends as often as possible. In his later years, Chuck loved genealogy research. He was passionate about this work and tracking down lost family members through historical and DNA connections. His work was the conversation piece over many meals and phone conversations. Friends and family were paramount to Chuck. He loved being of service, helping others with computers, genealogy questions, or whatever was troubling them. Chuck welcomed calls at any time of the day. Chuck's sincerity, abilities, generosity, and willingness to help and love will guide his children and grandchildren whom he loved very much for the rest of our lives. Chuck is survived by his four children Charles B. (Chip) Cox (Shauna), San Ramon, California, Richard H. Cox, (Yvette), West Jordan, Utah, Janet Elle Cox, Coronado, California, and Craig R. Cox (Joni), Chicago, Illinois, eight grandchildren - Matt, Justin, Rachel, Ali, Austin, McKenna, Walker and Blake one great grandchild Macie. He is also survived by his beloved Wilson and McArthur nephews, nieces and cousins. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, September 12, 2014 at the Edgemont North Stake Center, 4560 Canyon Road, Provo, Utah. Family and friends may call at the Berg Mortuary in Provo, 185 East Center Street, on Thursday, September 11, from 5:30 until 8:00 p.m., and at the church on Friday prior to services from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Happy stories may be sent to the family through [Provo Daily Herald, September 10, 2014]

Dyches, Ronald Edwin

Dyches, Ronald Edwin
Happy Valley, Oregon US

Ronald and Martha Dyches

Class of 1949 ~ Honorary. Ronald E. Dyches. ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS OBITUARY: Ronald Edwin Dyches, passed away peacefully in his home on January 20, 2010. He was born May 12, 1931, in Provo, Utah, to Ronald John Dyches and Eloise Bringleson Dyches. He lived in Provo, Ogden, Castledale, and Price, Utah during his childhood. He attended high school at The American High School in Mexico City, in Ogden, Utah, at BY High in Provo, Utah and in Bremerhaven, Germany. He loved sports and lettered in football, basketball, baseball, and track and field. His American High School football team won the regional championship. In Bremerhaven, he won the European shot put championship for all American high schools in Europe. He spent his freshman year in college at BYU where he played football. He also attended Mexico City College on a football scholarship. He graduated from the University of Utah with a BS in Political Science. He enlisted in the Army in 1951 and served in the Korean War in the Infantry. He was honorably discharged in 1955. He attended basic training at Fort Ord and attended Officers Candidate School at Fort Sill. He was a deeply patriotic man who was proud of his service and loved his country. In Mexico City he met Martha Lou Gilmore. They were married on July 25, 1954, in Coshocton, Ohio, and had five children together. They were married for 19 years before Martha tragically died in a bicycle accident. In 1956 he had started working for Richards Orthopedic Manufacturing where he enjoyed a successful career and was their top distributor for 18 of his 25 years with Richards. In 1970, he and his wife Martha co-founded Orthomed, an orthopedic brace and surgical instrument company. He was an accomplished salesman and businessman. After he retired, he continued to attend several medical conventions, helping his son manage the company booth. He moved his family to Portland, Oregon, in 1960 where he lived most of his adult life. He loved Portland. Ron was a generous, loving and protective father and grandfather. His family was always his first priority. He is survived by five children: Susan Elizabeth Trone, (Oregon), Linda Louise Dyches, (Utah), Ronald Scott Dyches (Suzi) (Oregon), Cheryl Ann Nord (Kevin) (California), and Steven Todd Dyches (Kelly) (Utah). He is also survived by 15 grandchildren, one great grandchild, and his sister, Roberta Christine Dyches. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Kathryn Anna Dyches, whom he had with his former wife, Sharon Pirie. He was a proud board member of the Portland Crime Stoppers Bureau for many years. He was a longtime member of the Multnomah Athletic Club and loved to exercise. Ron also loved animals, especially dogs. For many years, Ron could be seen jogging and walking throughout Happy Valley with many neighborhood dogs who loved to accompany him on his walks and runs. Ron also devoted much of his time to helping others. He established a food pick-up and delivery system for the local Senior Citizens Center and the Bishop's Storehouse. He loved to travel, especially with his family, and went on many trips around the world. He attended the Olympic Games eight times and loved traveling in Europe, Asia, and in the Mediterranean region. Ron had deep faith in God and was a member of the Happy Valley Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Funeral services were held Friday, January 29, 2010, at the Happy Valley LDS Chapel. Interment, Willamette National Cemetery with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans ( Remembrances for the family may be sent to [Deseret News, January 31, 2010]

Finster, Mary
8105 South 1475 East
Sandy, Utah 84093 US

Mary Finster
  • Work: 801-561-4033

Class of 1949 ~ Honorary. Mary Finster. Mary's photo does not appear in 1949 Wildcat yearbook, nor on the graduation program.

Kimball, Horton

Horton Kimball

Class of 1949 ~ Honorary. Horton Kimball. Lettermen.

Mayberry, Myrna

Myrna Mayberry

Class of 1949 ~ Honorary. Myrna Mayberry.

McPhie, Elaine

Elaine McPhie

Class of 1949 ~ Honorary. Elaine McPhie attended BYJrHS for several years, then transferred to Provo High School. She has been added as an honorary member by her BYH friends.

Steadman, Margaret
31 South 100 East %233
Kaysville, Utah 84037 US

Margaret Riley

Class of 1949 ~ Honorary. Margaret Steadman. [Name and photo do not appear in 1949 Wildcat yearbook.] She married _____ Riley.

Taylor, Janice (1949~H)
204 Solana Vista Drive
Solana Beach, California 92075-1127 US

Janice and Monte DeGraw
  • Work: 858-755-2433

Class of 1949 ~ Honorary. Janice Taylor. For eleven years I attended BY Training School and BY Junior High, and BY High, but then went to Provo High School as a senior. Janice is a 1st cousin to Henry "Hank" Taylor [BYH Class of 1949, President] and a sister of John Taylor [BYH Class of 1947]. Her parents were part of the Taylor family that had an interest in the Dixon-Taylor-Russell department store (DTR) on Provo's Center Street. (See Janice and Monte's photo on Class of 1949 reunion page for 2003.) [Note: email sent to is not being delivered.] @2006

Zufelt, Arvin Lloyd

Zufelt, Arvin Lloyd
Oceanside, California US

Arvin Zufelt

Class of 1949 ~ Honorary. Arven Lloyd Zufelt. Arven was born on March 8, 1930, in Bridgeland [Duchesne], Utah. His parents were Lloyd Ray Zufelt and Uinta Serale Zufelt Arven died on October 16, 1976, in Oceanside, California. Interment, Provo City Cemetery.