Class of 1955 H.S.



Class of 1955 H.S.'s Website

Alphabetical Alumni

Allen, Dean
2414 Sunshine Way
Gambrills, Maryland 21054-1536 US

Dean Allen
  • Work: (410) 695-1234

Class of 1955. Dean Allen. Track, Chorus, Boys State. Retired, involved with genealogy and temple work. Several research trips to France. Live near Washington D.C. @2005 [Note: email sent to allendn@compuserve.com is not being delivered.] @2006

Allred, Osral B.
40 E 300 S
PO Box 152
Spring City, Utah 84662 US

Ozzie and Linda Allred
  • Work: (435) 462-2137

Class of 1955. Osral B. Allred [Ozzie]. Football, Baseball, Lettermen. Snow College AA 1957. BYU 1974. Famous watercolor artist. Born in Spring City, Utah, in 1936. After high school, he attended Snow College, BYU, and graduated from Utah State University in 1963 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. USU MFA 1968. Married Linda Aiken in 1962. They have six children. Retired as Professor of Art from Snow College in 2000. He taught drawing, design, art history, pottery and jewelry classes. He has a private art studio and art gallery in Spring City, visitors welcome. Along with many one-man shows, Osral has exhibited several times in the National Academy of Design in New York; Watercolor USA in Springfield, Missouri; The National Watercolor Society in California; San Diego International Exhibition; and most colleges and universities throughout Utah and the western states. He has also exhibited in Missouri, Texas, California, New York, Sweden, France and Taiwan. His works were included in the National Watercolor Society's traveling exhibit and Watercolor USA's traveling exhibit to Taipei, Taiwan and Chartres, France. Many of his paintings are represented in public and private collections in the western U.S. and Sweden. They include: Springfield Art Museum in Springfield, Missouri; Springville Art Museum in Springville, Utah; and university galleries at Snow College, Utah State University, Dixie College, BYU and BYU-Idaho. He is often called on to be a guest lecturer. @2005

Anderson, Gary Lee
218 East 1910 South
Orem, Utah 84058-8161 US

Gary and Lynn Anderson
  • Cell: 801-361-6465
  • Home: 801-226-8009

Class of 1955. Gary Lee Anderson. Boys State, Quill & Scroll, Thespians, Spanish Club, Childrens Theater, Yld Cat Newspaper, Seminary Representative, KOVO Reporter. Served mission to Norway from 1957-1959. BYU BS Elementary Education 1963. Taught at Wasatch Elementary School for 27 years. In 1980 married Lynn Tingey in the Provo Temple, adopted her four children - Brett, Lisa, Brandon and Michael. Their first child together, Nicolas, was born in October 1981. Retired from teaching in 1994. Investing in real estate. @2010

Anderson, Helen
240 E. Main Street %2389
Mt. Pleasant, Utah 84647-1433 US

Helen and James Thornton
  • Work: 435-462-2046

Class of 1955. Helen Anderson. Girls State, Chorus, Readings. Married James C. Thornton, and they have four children: James L. Thornton, Kristine Thornton, Douglas C. Thornton, and Kathryn Thornton.

Atkinson, John Horace, Sr.

Atkinson, John Horace, Sr.
Mapleton, Utah US

John and Joanna Atkinson

Class of 1955. John H. Atkinson. ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS OBITUARY: John Horace Atkinson, 72, passed away on Feb. 17, 2007, at the University Hospital in Salt Lake City, after battling the effects of melanoma. He passed peacefully, surrounded by his family. On Sept. 12, 1934, John was born as the eighth of 12 children to Charles Clyde Atkinson, and Vera Crosby Melvin, in Doodle Hill, Bladen County, North Carolina. He proudly served his country as a United States Marine during the Korean War, attaining the rank of Buck Sergeant. He married Dorothea Joanna Jenson on Aug. 10, 1961, in the Los Angeles LDS Temple. He graduated from Brigham Young High School, and earned a Bachelors degree in Marketing from Brigham Young University. One of his proudest achievements was that he, Joanna and all four children graduated from BYU. John and Joanna lived in Glendora, California, before settling in Provo, Utah, where they raised their children. John was a very devoted father and grandfather of seven grandchildren, and lived to take his family on vacations. He was happiest when playing with his grandchildren, and watching BYU sports, often times mixing the two. As a successful entrepreneur and inventor, he was proud of the fact that he set up a business that the entire family worked for at one time or another. John was a faithful member of the LDS Church, and served diligently in many callings. John was humbled to serve a three-year mission as a host on Temple Square, and will always be remembered for his devotion to family history and home teaching. John is survived by Joanna, his “Babe” and wife of 45 years; his four children, John Horace, Jr. (Ana Maria), Kimberli Joanna Taylor (Alan), William Charles, Robert Alford (Melissa); his seven grandchildren, Jessica, Sandra, Kassi, Mallorie, Alex, Jake and Court; in addition to four siblings, June (Arthur) Watkins, Lee Lorenz, Bess Wiseman, Sallie (Dick) Eddy, Lane (Ethel) Atkinson. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Charles, Randy, Duncan, Claude, and sisters Korein and Ethel. There was a memorial service held in his honor on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007, at the Mapleton North Stake Center LDS church at 475 N. 1600 W. (Highway 89), in Mapleton, at 11 a.m. A viewing will be held at the Berg Mortuary, at 185 E. Center St., in Provo, on Wednesday night the 21st, from 6-8 p.m., as well as just before the memorial service, at 9:30 a.m., at the Stake Center. Condolences may be sent to info@bergmortuary.com. The family would to thank the staff of the Huntsman Cancer Hospital, and the ICU unit at University Hospital, in Salt Lake City for their loving kindness. Donations may be made in John’s name at the Huntsman Cancer Hospital. [Blanden Journal, Blanden County, North Carolina, Feb. 23, 2007.] ~ ~ ~ ~ Served from 1951 to 1954 in the United State Marine Corps. During his enlistment, his tour of duty took him to Hawaii and 15 months in Korea during the Korean War. After being discharged, he returned to Utah and entered BYU High School as a junior, graduating with the Class of 1955. Children's Theatre (General Wee in Wonderful Tang.) After graduating from BYH he began working at Columbia Geneva Steel. In the winter of 1956 he hurt his back and was operated on for the first of five spinal fusions in January 1957. While recuperating, he entered BYU in March 1957. He continued his education and worked at Geneva Steel until graduation - BYU BS Marketing 1962, minor in Accounting & Economics. Married Joanna in 1961 in the Los Angeles Temple. Moved back and forth from Glendora, California to Orem. In Spring of 1963 obtained real estate license, also dabbled in buying and selling gas and oil leases in western U.S. In December 1987 he founded his company, "InstaChain, Inc.", after obtaining U.S. and Asian rights to an automatic tire chain used for traction on ice and snow. The company manufactures and markets automatic tire chairs for vehicles throughout North America and other parts of the world. Served in many positions in California, including bishop. In 1975 they returned to Provo where he served as Branch President of the Provo Canyon School. Currently live in Mapleton, Utah. Four children, church service, coaching. All three boys are Eagle Scouts and have served LDS missions. Enjoys traveling, golf and BYU football and basketball. [His name, photo did not appear with the senior class in the 1955 Wildcat yearbook.] ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS OBITUARY: John Horace Atkinson, Sr., 72, passed away on February 17, 2007, at the University Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, after battling the effects of melanoma. He passed peacefully, surrounded by his family. On September 12, 1934, John was born as the 8th of 12 children to Charles Clyde Atkinson, and Vera Crosby Melvin, in Doodle Hill, Bladen County, North Carolina. He proudly served his country as a United States Marine during the Korean War, attaining the rank of Buck Sergeant. He married Dorothea Joanna Jenson on August 10, 1961, in the Los Angeles LDS Temple. He graduated from Brigham Young High School, and earned a Bachelors degree in Marketing from Brigham Young University. One of his proudest achievements was that he, Joanna and all four children graduated from BYU. John and Joanna lived in Glendora, California, before settling in Provo, Utah, where they raised their children. John was a very devoted father and grandfather of seven grandchildren, and lived to take his family on vacations. He was happiest when playing with his grandchildren, and watching BYU sports, often times mixing the two. As a successful entrepreneur and inventor, he was proud of the fact that he set up a business that the entire family worked for at one time or another. John was a faithful member of the LDS Church, and served diligently in many callings. John was humbled to serve a three-year mission as a host on Temple Square, and will always be remembered for his devotion to family history and home teaching. John is survived by Joanna, his "Babe" and wife of 45 years; his four children, John Horace, Jr. (Ana Maria), Kimberli Joanna Taylor (Alan), William Charles, Robert Alford (Melissa); his seven grandchildren, Jessica, Sandra, Kassi, Mallorie, Alex, Jake and Court; in addition to four siblings, June (Arthur) Watkins, Lee Lorenz, Bess Wiseman, Sallie (Dick) Eddy, Lane (Ethel) Atkinson. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Charles, Randy, Duncan, Claude, and sisters Korein and Ethel. A memorial service was held in his honor on Thursday February 22, 2007, at the Mapleton North Stake Center LDS chapel. The family suggested that donations may be made in John's name at the Huntsman Cancer Hospital. [Provo Daily Herald, February 20, 2007.]

Bailey, Joyce
3133 Foothill Drive
Provo, Utah 84604-4882 US

Joyce and William Oldroyd
  • Work: (801) 373-9766, (801) 607-3687

Class of 1955. Joyce Bailey. Pep Club, Notre Maison. BYU BS Business Education & Administrative Management & Teaching Certificate 1961. First married ____ Adams. Second married William Oldroyd. Previous address: 1942 South Miller Way, Lakewood, Colorado 80226 - 303-989-2931 @2005

Beck, Brent R.
4052 North450 West
Provo, Utah 84604-4961 US

Brent and Fae Beck
  • Work: (801) 225-6492

Class of 1955. Brent Beck. Football, Baseball, Athletic Manager, Band, Chorus, Ski Club, Bookkeeping Team, Soph Ball Committee. His parents: D. Elden Beck and Florence Robinson Beck, married May 31, 1933 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Their children: Janet Beck (Jon) Clark; Brent Beck [BYH Class of 1955](Fae); Linda Beck (Brent) Bullough; and Larry Beck; all of Provo. ~ ~ ~ ~ BYU 1959. Two years in the U.S. Army in Germany, 1956-58. Managed Hoover's clothing store in Provo 1960-62. Manager and Partner in Clark's expanded department store in Provo 1962-1970. Married Fae Clarkson of Provo in 1962. VP and General Manager of Sundance Resort 1970-1987. Founding partner in Sundance Catalog Company 1987-2000. Four children. Appointed by three consecutive Governors to the Utah Tram Board, overseeing safety matters for trams and chair-lifts in Utah. Served 12 years, including last four as Chair. Named on of top ten buyers/merchants in mail order industry by Catalog Age Magazine in 1995. Retired in 2000. Hobbies: travling with wife, skiing, fly-fishing, hunting pheasants, and working in yard. @2005.

Beck, Jacqueline

Beck, Jacqueline
4929 East Prickly Pear Lane
Paradise Valley, Arizona 85253-3372 US

Jackie and Eddie Foutz
  • Work: (602) 952-2515

Class of 1955. Jacqueline Beck. Varsity Cheerleader, Chorus, Pep Club, Notre Maison, Shorthand Club, Soph Cheerleader, Soph Ball Committee, Senior Hop Committee. ~ ~ ~ ~ Her parents: Jay Vern Beck and Fay Ellison Beck. The children of Jay and Fay Beck include: Dorthene Beck Richardson of Orem, Utah; Lynn Beck McEwan of Cedar Hills, Utah; Jacqueline Beck [BYH Class of 1955] (Edwin) Foutz of Paradise Valley, Arizona; David E. Beck [BYH Class of 1963] (Necka Jean Pinotti), of Wilmington, Delaware; Bonnie Beck [BYH Class of 1966~H) Studdert of Alpine, Utah; and John Beck of Phoenix, Arizona. ~ ~ ~ ~ BYU Archives: ———. Sophomore at B. Y. High, 1952-1953. 2 folders. Call Number: UA 795 Abstract: Unpublished class yearbook compiled by students in Brigham Young High School's English B, Section Two, class. The book includes information on campus layout, location, buildings, and history; names of school officers; traditions; athletics; and clubs. Also includes a transcript of the U.S. Constitution, drawings, newspaper and magazine clippings, and autographs of class members. Bonnie Kae Andrus and Jackie Beck were editors of the volume. ~ ~ ~ ~ BYU BS Elementary Education 1960. Jackie married Edwin L. (Eddie) Foutz, BYH Class of 1955. They have four children: Rebecca Lyn Foutz Smith, Jay Edwin Foutz, Kimberly Foutz Gleb, and Elissa Foutz. Eddie and Jackie live in two places: Scottsdale, Arizona and Valliceto, Colorado. They have retired from the store in Shiprock, Arizona, which is being managed by other members of their family. Church and family dominate their time. @2005

Bentley, Anthony
2966 Brookburn Road
Salt Lake City, Utah 84109 US

Toney and Wendy Bentley
  • Work: 801-274-0928

Class of 1955. Anthony Bentley. Senior Class Vice President. Boys State County Assessor, Football, Baseball, Track, Wrestling, Lettermen, Chorus, Debate, Legislative Forum State Champs, Radio Readings, Childrens Theater, Honor Roll. His parents: Anthony Ivins (Toney) Bentley and Ella Farnsworth Bentley, married in Mesa, Arizona in 1931. They had seven children: Marilyn Bentley Nielsen (Ernest), Colonia Juarez, Mexico; Toney Bentley [BYH Class of 1955] (Wendy), MTC president, Mexico City; Ken Bentley [BYH Class of 1957] (Sharlene), N. Salt Lake; Eleanor Bentley Foulger (Jim), Potomac, Maryland; Margie Bentley Horne (Doug), Provo; Judy Bentley Youngquist (Ken), Salt Lake City; and Ron Bentley (Beverly), Naperville, Illinois [@2003]. Toney and his wife, Wendy, have lived in the East Millcreek area of Salt Lake County for more than 30 years. They have eight children, all married in the temple. All five sons and one daughter have served full-time missions. Toney graduated from BYU with a BA and MS in Sociology before earning a law degreen from the University of Utah. Shortly after beginning law practice he had the unique opportunity of going to Montevideo, Uruguay for three years as LDS Church Legal Counsel for South America at a high growth time. Since his return he has practed international law in Salt Lake City with the law firm of Kirton & McConkie, except for two periods when he and his wife were serving on missions. Between 1992 and 1995 he served as President of the Argentina Buenos Aires North Mission and from 2003 to 2005 he was President of the Missionary Training Center in Mexico City, Mexico. Currently practicing law in Salt Lake City. Also assists the Church with its Hispanic Initiative program, designed to reach out to LDS and non-LDS Hispanics along the Wasatch Front and other areas with large LDS populations by making legal information and other professional assistance available to them. Hobbies: BYU football, basketball, etc., gardening, hiking, studying Church doctrine, writing, attending theatrical and other cultural productions. @2005

Bentley, Robert F.

Bentley, Robert F.
Mesa, Arizona US

Bob and Becky Bentley

Class of 1955. Robert F. Bentley. Senior Class President. Football, Basketball, Baseball, Track, Lettermen, Student Council, Band Vice President, Chorus, Spanish Club, Short Plays, Childrens Theater, Honor Roll. ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS OBITUARY: Robert Frederic Bentley died Thursday, December 30, 2004. Born August 17, 1937 in El Paso, Texas. He is survived by his wife, Rebecca and eight amazing children, Elizabeth (Robert) Gunnell, Andrea (Darren) Rollins, Robert T. (Angela) Bentley, Joanna (Scott) Lee, J. Richard (Chanda) Bentley, Brian L. (Janna) Bentley, Mark F. (Lori) Bentley, C. Blake Bentley and 23 grandchildren. In addition, Bob has five surviving brothers and sisters, and a loving mother and father-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Benner A. Hall. Bob served as Senior Class President at Brigham Young High School in 1955. Bob and Becky were married February 2, 1962 in the Mesa Arizona Temple and have had great adventures together for almost 43 years. Bob served a mission in Argentina for the LDS Church. He was a funny, tender, and kind friend, husband, father and grandfather. He loved music of almost any kind. A fine choral conductor, he played the piano, trumpet, pipe, (in bottle bands), and had a lovely tenor voice. He was an attorney, graduating from NYU Law School in 1965. Services were held in Mesa, Arizona on Saturday, January 8, 2005. [Deseret News, Wednesday, January 5, 2005]

Boyden, Connie

Boyden, Connie
271 East 4620 North
Provo, Utah 84604-5488 US

Connie [and Reed] Boshard
  • Work: (801) 225-2614

Class of 1955. Connie Boyden. Pep Club, Notre Maison, Junior Prom Committee, Chorus. Her parents: Doren Daniel Boyden and LaRella Provost Boyden. Married Reed Boshard in 1954. Church service, including a mission to the West Indies. Work in Provo Temple. Sports family. Reed played golf for BYU and continues to play golf. Softball. Four sons, who played football, basebal and golf. They also enjoy music. After sons were married, Connie got a job at BYU and loved it. They love to travel and hold family parties. Reed has had an operation on both knees. Connie's twin sister, Carol, is an honorary member of the BYH Class of 1955. @2005 ~ ~ ~ ~ REED'S OBITUARY: Our beloved Reed R. Boshard, 1933-2010, dedicated husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, passed away peacefully September 28, 2010, surrounded by his family at his home in Provo, Utah. Born August 3, 1933 to Reed R. and Zelma Boshard, Reed attended schools in the Provo School District where he excelled in sports at Provo High and worked in student government. He later attended Brigham Young University on an athletic scholarship where he lettered on the BYU golf team. Reed was part of the Utah All-State 4 man junior golf team of 1950 and represented Utah in the National Junior Amateur Championship. He was also a part of many state championship fast-pitch softball teams throughout his life. On May 28, 1954, he married the love of his life, Connie Boyden in the Salt Lake Temple. Together, they had four sons. In 1962, Reed accepted a job at BYU where he worked for 34 years and retired as a mechanical/electrical construction coordinator. He was active in the LDS Church and served in many capacities including elders quorum president, financial clerk, bishop, high council, MTC branch president and temple ordinance worker. In 1996, Reed and Connie accepted a call to serve as missionaries in the West Indies, Trinidad Mission where Reed served as a counselor in the mission presidency. Reed was known for his incredible honesty, integrity, hard work, organization, and most of all, genuine love for his fellow man. He is survived by his wife Connie, sons, Rand Boshard (Dana); Rusty Boshard (Becky); Rob Boshard (Roxanne); Ron Boshard (Jennifer); 22 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. A special thanks to Carol, Kristi, Kraig and Nancy and to Sunbrook Hospice's Rebecca and Suzanne. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, October 4, 2001 at the Edgemont 9th Ward Chapel, 4300 N. Canyon Road, Provo. Friends may call at the Berg Mortuary of Provo, 185 E. Center Street, Sunday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. and at the church Monday from9:30-10:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment, Provo City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.bergmortuary.com [Provo Daily Herald, Saturday, October 2, 2010]

Bradshaw, AnaRa

Bradshaw, AnaRa
Salt Lake City, Utah US

AnaRa and Glen McClain

Class of 1955. AnaRa Bradshaw. Chorus, Pep Club, Notre Maison President, Ski Club, Junior Prom Committee, Shorthand Club. Attended BYH 1953 to 1955. ~ ~ ~ ~ HER OBITUARY: Our loving angel wife, mom, grandma, and friend passed away July 3, 2004 at her home surrounded by her family. AnaRa is the daughter of Joram and Mary Elenor Bradshaw and Verle Bradshaw Gilligan, born Oct. 12, 1937 in Provo, Utah. She married Glen W. McClain Aug. 12, 1954 and they were looking forward to celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. AnaRa's greatest joy was her family. She loved spending time watching them and listening to their laughter. AnaRa battled cancer the same way she lived her life, with a positive attitude, courage, and faith in God. AnaRa served in many church callings and as PTA president at East Millcreek Elementary and Wasatch Jr. High. She was a longtime employee at Fred Meyer and had many friendships there. AnaRa always looked out for everyone. Many felt that they were "one of her kids." AnaRa is survived by her husband, Glen; their children, Judy (Brent) Jackson, Tom McClain , Michelle (Clyde) Rhodes, Richard McClain , Connie (Jeff) England, Mary Jo (Sherman) Curtis, Carla (David) Hansen, Bonnie Jean (Joe) Witherspoon; 29 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren, with one grandchild and three great-grandchildren on their way; mother, Verle Gilligan; sisters, Gay Wallock, Karen Dahl, RaNae Welsch; brother, Dennis Gilligan. She was preceded in death by parents, Joram and Elenor Bradshaw ; granddaughter, Jennifer Lee Rhodes; and brother, Timothy Gilligan. Funeral services were held Wednesday July 7, 2004, in Salt Lake City. Interment, Larkin Sunset Gardens. [Deseret News, Monday, July 5, 2004.]

Brimhall, Janelle
4003 Quail Ridge Drive
Provo, Utah 84604-5270 US

Janelle and Peter Lysenko
  • Work: (801) 224-2323

Class of 1955. Janelle Brimhall. Girls State Mayor, Girls Nation, Debate, Debate State Champs, Band Drum Majorette, Pep Club, Thespians, Spanish Club President, Readings, Childrens Theater, Wildcat Yearbook Index Editor, Seminary President, I Speak for Democracy, U.N. Essay Contest, Honor Roll, Senior Hop Committee, Graduation Committee. BYU BS Child Development & Family Relations 1959. Columbia University - NY MA Elementary Education 1974. Married Peter Lysenko, and they have five children. Brigham Young Academy Foundation Member. Her parents: Wells Smoot (Smoot) Brimhall [BYH Class of 1932] and Viva Maurine (Maurine) Jones Brimhall [BYA Foundation member], married in Salt Lake City in 1935. Their children: Janelle Brimhall [BYH Class of 1955] (Peter) Lysenko, Provo, Utah; Stephen (Mary Jo) Brimhall [BYH Class of 1958 ~ Honorary], Menlo Park, California; George (Brenda) Brimhall, Paradise Valley, Arizona; Bonnie Brimhall (Dick) Kofford, Orem, Utah; Wells L. (Susan) Brimhall [BYH Class of 1970] (deceased), Phoenix, Arizona. ~~~ "My most significant contribution during the past ten years has been serving as the Treasurer of the Brigham Young Academy Foundation, the organization that supervised the restoration of our high school campus. We raised $5.5 million of private money, helped pass a Bond Election that provided another $18 million, then supervised the creation of our new Provo City Library at Academy Square. It has truly been a privilege to work on this project. Suzy Liechty of the BY High Class of 1957 was also a member of our foundation. Currently I teach a Parenting Skills class for Turning Point at UVSC." @2005

Britsch, Todd A.
695 East 3230 North
Provo, Utah 84604-4728 US

Todd and Dorothy Britsch
  • Work: (801) 374-5261

Class of 1955. Todd A. Britsch. Y'ld Cat Newspaper Editor, Debate, Debate State Champ, Student Council, Chorus, Quill & Scroll, Thespians, Childrens Theater, Honor Roll, Graduation Committee. Six months active duty in Army Reserves. Mission to Switzerland and Austria. Played cello in the orchestra at BYU, and was on the College Bowl team on television. BYU BA Political Science 1962. Studied one year at the University of Hamburg, Germany, as a Fulbright Scholar. Married Dorothy Irene Crofts in Swiss Temple. Florida State University MA Comparative Literature 1965, FSU PhD Humanities 1966. Joined BYU Faculty, Professor of Humanities for 36 years, retired in 2002. Teacher and administrator. Church service including bishop, high counselor, MTC branch president, etc. Two adopted children. Walking, reaching, concerts, sports and travel. ~~ Anyone driving down University Avenue in Provo cannot help but be impressed with the Academy Building that almost literally rises from the ashes. But for those of us whose lives were shaped and directed there, the restored Academy Building evokes rich and plentiful memories of a time long past. Although it is now hard to separate the imagined from the real, to us this was a place of dreams, where our aspirations became fixed and where learning almost always seemed natural and inviting. The old buildings there gave us a link both to founding experiences of the past and to the emerging greatness of the university. This link was so strong, in fact, that some of us never could leave the school we learned to love there (thus three of the past four BYU academic vice presidents were B.Y. High graduates). A good number of my classmates at B.Y. High went from kindergarten through their bachelor degrees in schools that were part of BYU. I was a relative latecomer, entering the Training School in the fourth grade... [See also: http://www.magazine.byu.edu/article.tpl?num=33-Sum01 ] [See also: http://www.byu.edu/fc/pages/citizpages/britsch.html ] --- Todd A. Britsch, the son of a BYU professor, enrolled with his brother, Lanny, at at the BYU elementary school in 1946. Both were hired to teach at BYU in 1966, fresh from their PhD programs. Both retired from BYU in June 2002. And no, they're not twins. ---- HIS WIFE'S OBITUARY: Dorothy Irene Crofts Britsch, 63, died at home on Wednesday, April 30, 2003, of cancer. Dorothy was born June 7, 1939, in Seattle, Washington, to Hyrum and Alicia Dansie Crofts. After spending parts of her childhood in Portland, Oregon; Henderson, Nevada; and San Francisco, California, she moved with her family to Menlo Park, California, and graduated later from Menlo- Atherton High School. Dorothy spent her freshman year of college at San Jose State University and then transferred to Brigham Young University. At BYU she was very active in student affairs, serving in various government positions and in the Homecoming royalty. She graduated with a B.S. degree in business in May, 1961. She returned to BYU the next fall to take classes in the arts and humanities–subjects that would occupy much of her interest for the remainder of her life. During that year she became engaged to Todd A. Britsch. Dorothy and Todd were married in the Bern, Switzerland, L.D.S. Temple on March 12, 1963. After graduate school in Florida, they moved to Provo in 1966, when Todd joined the BYU faculty. They are the parents of two children, Julie and Daniel. Dorothy also had the joy of providing devoted care for her three grandchildren for several years. She served in a variety of church positions, including Primary president. She also served twice on the BYU campus – as YWMIA president in the BYU Fourth Stake and as Relief Society president in the BYU Eleventh Stake. Dorothy is survived by her husband, Todd, and her daughter, Julie (Jason) Hartup, and Julie's children Chase, Jennifer, and Paige, all of Provo; she is also survived by three sisters: Beverly (David) Fuhriman of Moraga, California; Shirley (James) Monroe of Martinez, California; and Marcia (Jerry) McClain of Salt Lake City. In addition, she is survived by her mother-in-law, Florence Britsch, of Provo, Todd's brothers and sisters and their spouses, and by many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her son Dan. Interment, East Lawn Memorial Hills Cemetery in Provo. [Deseret News, Sunday, May 4, 2003.] Email: tab4@email.byu.edu Alt email: todd_britsch@byu.edu @2005 ~ ~ ~ ~ The BYH Class of 1955 will celebrate its 55th-Year Reunion in 2010! The reunion will be held on Friday evening, July 2, 2010 at the Courtyard Marriott in Provo. Time and other details will be forthcoming. For details, contact Todd Britsch at toddbritsch@gmail.com @2010

Brockbank, Allen Brent

Brockbank, Allen Brent
517 South 10 West
Farmington, Utah 84025 US

Brent and Anne Brockbank
  • Work: 801-451-0780

Class of 1955. A. Brent Brockbank. Senior Class Social Chair. Football, Basketball, Track, Lettermen, Band, Chorus, French Club, Thespians President, Bookkeeping Team, Readings, Short Plays, Children's Theater, Honor Roll. ~ ~ ~ ~ Brent first married Kathryn Dee Taylor, lived in Holister, California. They had eight children. School, mission, Church work, family, raising rabbits, cliumbing mountains. His parents: Dr. Allen Grant Brockbank, DDS, married Zina Elizabeth Clayson [BYH Class of 1923] in 1928 in Salt Lake City. Dr. & Mrs. Brockbank had the following children: Dr. Grant Clayson (Joan) Brockbank [BYH Class of 1949] of Salt Lake City; Dr. A. Brent (the late Kathryn Taylor) Brockbank [BYH Class of 1955] of Hollister, California. Kathryn Taylor Brockbank, born 11 September 1941, Provo, Utah, died in a tragic accident on February 5, 1985, in Hollister, California. Her interment, Provo City Cemetery. Her parents: Lynn Dixon Taylor & Celestia Johnson Taylor [BYH Class of 1921 & BYH Faculty member]. ~~ After 18 years as single dad, Brent second married Anne Romney, BYH Class of 1955. He retired from Dentistry in 1999. Between them they have Brent's 8 children and Anne's 7 children. @2005

Brown, Richard A. [Jennings-Brown]

Brown, Richard A. [Jennings-Brown]
Salt Lake City, Utah US

Dick Brown

Class of 1955. Richard (Dick) "A." Brown. [Jennings-Brown] Tennis, Thespians, Oratory, Childrens Theater. He was born 20 July 1937 in Salt Lake City. He married ______. He died 24 December 1981 in Salt Lake City, buried Memorial Gardens, Sandy, Utah. Note: Carol Ann Jenkins McCormick [BYH Class of 1955] worked with Dick for a year at the Utah State Employment Agency (Job Service). His parents: Francis Dallas Brown, Jr. and Melba Louise Bailey Brown. His step-father: Pender LeRoy Jennings, Jr., age 91, passed away January 19, 2004, at the Veterans Hospital in Salt Lake. He was born November 7, 1912 in Saltillo, Texas to Pender LeRoy Jennings, Sr. and Maggie King. He married Melba Louise Bailey Brown in 1945. Pender entered the Navy as a Seaman Apprentice, and retired as a Commander. He was present at the signing of the treaty which ended World War II. He was a member of Retriever Club in the Great Salt Lake area and in the Northern Utah area. After his retirement, he sold real estate in Provo, and raised Field Trial Retrievers. Pender is survived by his daughter, Dallyne Brown [BYH Class of 1952] (David) Crowton of Torrey, Utah; eight grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren; six great- great- grandchildren; and one sister, Elba Wilder of Mt. Vernon, Texas. He was preceded in death by his wife Melba; and a step-son, Richard A. Jennings-Brown [BYH Class of 1955]; two brothers and one sister. Funeral services were held Sat., January 24, 2004, at the Springville Evergreen Cemetery, Springville, Utah. [Deseret News, Thursday, January 22, 2004.]

Bryson, Robert Condon

Bryson, Robert Condon
Provo, Utah US

Robert and Bonnie Bryson

Class of 1955. Robert Bryson. Football, Basketball, Track, Lettermen, Radio Physics Club. BYU 1959. Married Bonnie Hoover -- in 2005 they have been married for 47 years. Two sons: Brent and Barry. Attended Trade Tech and became a draftsman. Also trained as a fireman. Worked for the Church for several years -- helped draw up plans for the Oakland Temple. Next employed by Provo City Fire Department for almost 25 years. Also taught fire science at Trade Tech. Adjunct for the National Fire Academy in Provo area as a representative of FEMA. Served as a local architect, designing over 400 jobs -- mostly home designs. Retired in 1989 as Battalion Chief. In 2004, kidneys failed, spend three days a week on a dialysis machine. With heart problems and a stroke, lost over 100 pounds. Best high school memories: The Bebop Choir that I participated in, directed by Brother Fred Webb. I was not a member of the Church when I started attending BY High, but your influence and the teaching shared with us in the religion classes brought about a major change in my life. Because of Brother Richard L. Gunn's special influence in my life, he baptised me and I'm so grateful. @2005 ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS DEATH NOTICE: Robert Condon Bryson, Battalion Chief, Provo City Fire Department, Retired, died on January 3, 2011. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in the Pleasant View 4th Ward Chapel, 2900 North 650 East, Provo. Friends may call on the family at the church on Saturday morning from 9:30 until 10:45. Interment will follow in the Provo City Cemetery. Berg Mortuary, 185 East Center Street, Provo. 1-(801)373-1841 [Provo Daily Herald, Thursday, January 6, 2011] ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS OBITUARY: Robert Condon Bryson (Bob)- Resident of Provo, Utah - Born January 9, 1937, died January 3, 2011. Cause of Death: "Faulty manufacturing." Bob had a lifetime of health challenges. Bob was born on January 9, 1937 in Salt Lake City to Robert Leonard Bryson and Bernice Elizabeth Condon Bryson. Bob was an only child raised by a most remarkable single mother. He attended military school in Colorado until he was in 10th grade when he returned to Provo and graduated from Brigham Young University High School in 1955. On April 4, 1958 Bob married the love of his life, for the last 52 years, Bonnie Hoover. He would laugh and tell the story that he "only married Bonnie because he thought that her family owned the Timpanogos Golf Course." Bonnie's father Wendell (Tuck) Hoover was the Course Superintendent. At that time, the Hoover family lived on the golf course. (The course superintendent's home really was on the course!!) Bob worked as a draftsman for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints working on many projects including several chapels and the Oakland Temple. Bob continued to draw homes as an independent draftsman for several decades, drawing the plans for dozens of homes in Utah Valley. His drafting business was his second occupation. In October of 1964, he became a Provo City Firefighter and for the next 25 years he served the citizens of Provo. Bob drove the ambulance, was a paramedic, the Provo Fire Marshall, and ended his career as a Battalion Chief. After Bob retired he enjoyed/hated golf, fished with Tuck, and continued to draw homes. Recently, he liked to listen to the comings and goings of his children and grandchildren. Life was never easy for Bob. He faced down many challenges, leaving his friends and family with lessons and memories that will last a lifetime. Bob is survived by his wife, Bonnie, his two sons and their families: Brent and Virginia Bryson (son), Elizabeth (granddaughter), Blake and Kalani Bryson (grandson), Rebeccca (granddaughter), and Barry and Julie Bryson (son), Devyn (granddaughter), Grey (grandson), Devon (granddaughter). Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Bernice Bryson, a grandson Skyler Bryson, and his father and mother in-law, Wendell (Tuck) and Brenita (Nita) Turner Hoover. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 8, 2011 at the Pleasant View 4th Ward Chapel, 2900 North 650 East, Provo, Utah. Friends may call at the church from 9:30-10:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment, Provo City Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed online at www.bergmortuary.com. The family would like to thank the Provo Fire Department and all those that work in public safety for standing guard over the residents of Provo and in advance for honoring Bob with a Firefighters Funeral. Pretty sure that Bob finally got rid of that nasty reverse-pivot that he had all the years he played golf. We love you and will miss you. [Provo Daily Herald, Thursday, January 6, 2011]

Clark, Betty
152 North 1350 East
Springville, Utah 84663-1747 US

Betty and Sam Francis
  • Work: (801) 489-5225

Class of 1955. Betty Clark. Chorus Accompanist, Pep Club, Notre Maison Vice President, Thespians, Debate, Short Plays, Childrens Theater, Senior Hop Committee, Sweetheart Queen, Honor Roll. BYU BS Elementary Instruction 1959. Married Sam Francis. They have two sons: Michael and Gary. Betty has had some health problems, related to diabetes. They own Classroom Classics business, producing with their sons, a new patriotic program each year that is used by schools throughout the U.S. They have also produced music for the Boy Scouts of America and have a Church CD entitled "Called to Serve." Each year, 5,000 school children sing their songs at the Marriott Center at the Hope of America Student Showcase. For their efforts to promote patriotism, Sam and Gary received the Champion of Liberty Award from the Freedom Festival. They have written songs for the Freedom Festival Patriotic Program and for the Stadium of Fire program. Sam and Gary wrote the new State song, "Utah . . . This is the Place" and it was sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. This song was the theme of the Statehood Centennial program which they produced in 1996 for the children of Utah. Their songs have been performed for the two Bush presidents, the National PTA Convention, for TV after-school specials, and for the United Nations Youth Ecology Convention. Son Mike works for Altiris. See website for Betty's article, "Sentimental Journey" about BYH.

Clark, Karen Jean
Provo, Utah US

Karen Clark

Class of 1955. Karen Jean Clark. Attended BYH in 1954-1955. [Photo does not appear in 1955 Wildcat yearbook.] [TM]

Collins, Sue
139 South 400 East
Lindon, Utah 84042-2120 US

Sue and Grant Speed
  • Work: (801) 785-4641

Class of 1955. Sue Collins. 1955 Student Body President. 1954 Student Body Secretary. Chorus, Pep Club, Notre Maison, Representative Girl, Senior Hop Committee, Soph Week, Honor Roll. BYU 1959. Married Grant Speed, a school teacher and sculptor, and they had three children. Sue Collins was the first and only female ever to be elected Student Body President of BY High. @2005

Corbett, Diana [Dianna] Katherine

Corbett, Diana [Dianna] Katherine
Twin Falls, Idaho US

Diana and Robert Newman

Class of 1955. Diana Corbett. Pep Club, Thespians, Childrens Theater. Married Robert Newman, two children: Micheal McCall Newman and Michell Kimball Newman. @2001 ~ ~ ~ ~ HER OBITUARY: Dianna Katherine Newman, 65 of Twin Falls, Idaho, passed away June 27, 2002 at the Magic Valley Regional Center in Twin Falls. She was born on October 16, 1936 in Provo, Utah, the daughter of Alvin Corbett and Mary Scott Corbett. She was the previous owner and operator of Freddie's Bar in Twin Falls, Idaho. Diana enjoyed playing darts, pool and pinochle. She never knew a stranger and was always willing to help any one in need. She was married to Robert McCall, they later divorced. Later in life, she married Robert Newman. Surviving are her two children: Michelle (Jim) Kimball of Jerome and Michael McCall of Boise, along with three grandchildren - Jason, Joshua and Jarren, and a very special friend Amy Dunlap of Magic Reservoir. Dianna was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Robert and one brother and one sister. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. Memorial Services were held on Tuesday, July 2, 2002, at 7 p.m. at Parke's Magic Valley Funeral Home in Twin Falls. The family would like to offer a heartfelt thank you to all her loving friends for all the special care and support given to her while she was home. [Times News, Twin Falls, Idaho, June 30, 2002.]

Crowther, Joyce

Crowther, Joyce
1416 W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE
Bellevue, Washington 98008 US

Joyce and Gary Johnson
  • Work: (425) 746-1098
  • Cell: 206-746-1098

Class of 1955. Joyce Crowther. Banner Carrier, Chorus, Pep Club, Notre Maison, Thespians, Debate, Extemporaneous Speaking, Readings, Short Plays, Childrens Theater, Junior Prom Committee, Senior Hop Committee. Mary Joyce Crowther, born January 31, 1937 in Provo, Utah, married Gary Kent Johnson [BYH Class of 1954] on August 26, 1955, in Salt Lake City, Utah. They have one daughter and three sons: Mary Ann Johnson Harvey, Gary Kent Johnson, Brent James Johnson, and Jeremy Clyde Johnson. Joyce's parents: Ray Eldon Crowther and Sarah Nelda Beck Crowther. Joyce and Gary have been retired for about 10 years. They enjoy fishing, crabbing, gardening, entertaining family and friends, church callings, and various building projects. They love to travel in their antique and classic cars, including a 1941 Cadillac. @2005

Davis, Richard J.
2451 Hardrock Circle
Taylorsville, Utah 84119-4929 US

Richard Davis
  • Work: 801-966-7006

Class of 1955. Richard J. "Moose" Davis. Football, Basketball, Track, Lettermen, All State Honorable Mention, Athletic Manager, Chorus. BYU 1959. Married _____ and divorced. Two children, a boy and a girl. After high school, richard worked for a number of financial companies. He also attended school at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, and the University of California in Pomona. He worked for the Lockhart Financial Company, which was eventually bought out by Zions Bank. Worked for Zions Financial in their savings and loan department, then for State Savings and Loan as Senior Vice President for 17 years. In 1986 Richard started working for First Security Bank and continued for 19 years. It was bought by Wells Fargo Bank, and Richard now works for Wells Fargo. Good health, and loves to fish. @2005.

DeFriez, Clyde
1533 South 50 East
Orem, Utah 84058-7644 US

Clyde and Carolyn DeFriez
  • Work: (801) 224-5131

Class of 1955. Spanish Club. Clyde DeFriez. [Name is spelled DeFriez not DeFrieze] After graduation in 1955, Clyde worked for Western Union in Provo. When their office was moved to SLC, he worked for Geneva Steel for six months. Clyde worked at Utah Valley Hospital for a total of 42 years before retiring in 2002. Clyde met his wife, Carolyn, on a blind date. After two years of courtship, they were married. After ten years of marriage they were divorced, Carolyn married another individual, but divorced him after five months and then remarried Clyde in April 1965. They have now been married 40 years. They enjoyed traveling, and have lived in their present home in Orem since 1967. Clyde's health is good, except for a knee operation. @2005.

Despain, K. Dale
1185 East 2080 North
Provo, Utah 84604-2147 US

Dale and Sonja Despain
  • Work: 801-374-0902

Class of 1955. K. Dale Despain. Football, Baseball, Lettermen, Photography Club, Oratory, Childrens Theater, Y'ld Cat Newspaper, I Speak for Democracy, American Legion Oratory Contest, Sons of American Revolution Good Citizenship Medal. ~ ~ ~ ~ His parents were Irvin Dale Despain and Margaret Domgaard Despain. I. Dale and Margaret had five children, K. Dale Despain [BYH Class of 1955] (Sonja) Provo; Rodney H. Despain [BYH Class of 1956] (Dolores) Orem; Kathryn Despain Bush (Robert) Ogden; D. Kim Despain (Michelle) Provo; and Diane Despain Worthington, Cedar Hills. ~ ~ ~ ~ Served a mission to Denmark from 1956 to 1958. Married Sonja, daughter of Christian Faarborg of Denmark. They have five children: Christian, Tamara, Eric, Vibeke and Rachel. Dale graduated from BYU in 1960. Sonja teaches Danish at the MTC and Scandanavian Literature at BYU. After college, Dale worked in Southern California as a city planner, and later returned to Provo where he became Utah County Planner. After 10 years in city planning, Dale went into private business as the owner of Intermountain Sand and Burrell Concrete, and some apartments. They have moved into semi-retirement with the sale of their companies and most of their apartments. They now have a herd of more than 400 head of cows and a ranch along Utah Lake, north of the Provo Boat Harbor. Dale now works full-time on the ranch. Dale and Sonja have served as Guest Service missionaries on Temple Square for the last five years, including the 2002 Olympics and the opening of the LDS Conference Center. Dale recently took a son, grandson and sons-in-law to hunt Cape Buffalo in Africa. @2005

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