Class of 1956 H.S.

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Stone, John Royal

Stone, John Royal
4741 South 2555 East
Salt Lake City, Utah 84117 US

John and Judy Stone
  • Home: (801) 272-3825

Class of 1956. John R. Stone. Pep Committee. ~ ~ ~ ~ Enrolled at BY High in September of 1955 and, following graduation, enrolled at BYU for the fall quarter of 1956. Served an LDS Southern States mission from 1960 – 1962. Graduated from BYU in 1963 with a BS degree in Public Administration (major) and Psychology (minor). Paid my way through college working construction. Filled military requirements in a Coast Guard Reserve unit located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Worked one year for the U.S. Department of Health Education and Welfare in the Watts area of Los Angeles, California. Returned to BYU to work in a Masters Program and met my future wife, Judy MacDonald, on the fifth floor of the library. We were married in the Oakland Temple on August 26, 1967 and have five beautiful and talented daughters. Four daughters have completed foreign language missions and four have master’s degrees with the fifth daughter working on one. We have thirteen grandchildren with four more on the way. After graduating from BYH in 1956, I began working for various construction companies part time during the school year, and full time during the summers. Eventually, I qualified for a General Contractor's license, and did commercial and residential work until I ended my construction career in 2001. In 2002, I began working as a Special Education Teacher in the Granite School District. I enjoy the work and hope to keep working for many more years. @2006 ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS OBITUARY: John Royal Stone was a strong, gentle man who used his unique gifts to make people feel important. He was born August 29, 1938 to Royal and Clara Stone. He was a witness to impressionable events in a quickly changing world. As a boy he remembered the excitement over VE and VJ days that brought World War II to an end. As a young man, he saw adventure firsthand and helped rescue people through his military service with the Coast Guard. Although he earned his living as a general contractor, John will be remembered most for his tireless work with young people. His ability to engage, listen to, and challenge young people were the hallmark of his life and the reason why he was beloved by so many. The son of a professional scouter, he was a long-serving scoutmaster himself and took on the most rowdy and rambunctious boys with delight. He had a gift for organizing tough and meaningful events that helped shape boys into trustworthy, hard-working men. Hiking in the mountains was one of his great pleasures, and he would frequently trial his hikes with his girls so that a complaining scout could later be shamed for not being up to a hike that his little daughters had managed. He was a champion of the underprivileged and spent his last years as a teacher at Hartvigsen School for the disabled. His reputation there was one of a loving, patient steward who cared for children living with less than perfect bodies and minds. As a father and husband, he was the lone man in a house full of six girls, and he was our hero. He was thoughtful in all his actions toward us - from putting on our socks with seams straight, cutting fresh carrots in the morning for lunchboxes, tying sashes behind dresses oh so tight, to selling his tools to provide for our unforeseen expenses - we always knew we were his first love. He was tender and concerned and insisted on treating us like we were his equals and we all grew up wanting to marry someone just like him. We will miss his wise counsel and his fascinating stories. He leaves behind his wife of 44 years, Judy MacDonald Stone, who was his bright light and love, and his five daughters Sherianne Stone Schow (Adam), Loralee Stone Ahmu (Mark), Aimee Stone McConkie (Bryant), Susan Stone Astle (Travis), and Cynthia Stone Stringham (Thom) as well as 21 grandchildren. His sisters, Jayne Stone Thurman, Dorothy Stone Keil, and Cynthia Stone Turner, also survive him. Funeral services remembering John Stone's rich life will be held Friday, February 3, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Milo Way Chapel (2625 E. Milo Way, 4910 S.). A viewing will be held one hour before funeral services at the Milo Way Chapel at 10 a.m. There will also be a viewing on Thursday, February 2, 2012 at the Milo Way Chapel from 6pm to 8pm. Interment, Holladay Cemetery (4900 S. Memory Lane). Funeral Directors Holladay-Cottonwood Memorial Mortuary. Online condolences can be submitted to [Salt Lake Tribune & Deseret News, January 30, 2012]

Stone, Leonora Margarita
473 W. Welling Way
[Temporarily in Spain--see profile]
Farmington, Utah 84025-3921 US

Leonora Smith
  • Work: (801) 451-0081

Class of 1956. Leonora M. Stone. Spanish Club, Chorus, UEA State Chorus, Library Staff, Senior Hop Committee. Married R. Gary Smith. Leonora handled registrations for the BYH Class of 1956 50th Year Reunion, Saturday, June 3, 2006. ~ ~ ~ ~ Leonora Stone Smith came from Argentina with her family for her junior year at BY High School. After graduation she attended BYU, and in 1957 married R. Gary Smith. They are the parents of three sons, and have fifteen grandchildren. They lived in several states with Gary’s work as an aerospace engineer, before settling in the Los Angeles area. During that time Leonora attended Allan Hancock College and UCLA, majoring in choral conducting and classical vocal performance. Throughout her life Leonora has been associated with church, community, and professional choirs, and done extensive solo performances. While a member of the Southern California Mormon Choir she traveled to Israel, Egypt, and Spain, and had the opportunity of being a soloist for performances of the Messiah in other churches. An especially interesting opportunity to mingle with different cultures came with Gary’s two-year work assignment to the Outback (heart) of Australia, in Alice Springs, where Leonora served as Relief Society president, and taught music at the community college. Divorced and a single parent after twenty-five years, Leonora moved to Farmington, Utah. She was a member of the Utah Opera Chorus for ten years, Salt Lake Oratorio Society, American West Symphony and Chorus, Jay Welch Chorale, Legacy Chorale, and Utah Choral Artists, performing on Temple Square, University of Utah, and many other venues. She was employed by the Temple Department of the LDS Church, and has served there for twenty-three years. Her assignment is to locate, process, and train senior missionaries for temples around the world. Her ability to speak Spanish, and some French and Italian, has come in handy in her employment. Retirement is in the not-too-far future, but it is difficult to give up a great job! Her greatest hobby has been for extensive low-budget travel, with a companion, to most countries of Europe and South America; Russia, Scandinavia, Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand. Many more trips are planned for the future. @2006 From: Leonora Smith: I want to report that I am one year into my mission at the Madrid Spain Temple and will be returning to Farmington Utah in August 2011. As a single sister, I only have three others here serving, but one is from France, and two are from Spain. There are 6 American couples, and 5 Spanish couples serving along with us. We have an MTC in our building, a stake center on the temple grounds, an hostal for guests, and family history and distribution centers. It is a lovely place to be. We have visitors from all over, and FIVE languages going at the temple. I love Spain and the service that I am able to give. I am also singing with choirs and solos, something, that at our age, I thought I would not do, but they are eager for programs that will allow the missionaries to bring contacts. Leonora Stone Smith @Nov2010

Swensen, Marilyn

Swensen, Marilyn
Nampa, Idaho US

Marilyn and Ted Hess

Class of 1956. Marilyn Swensen. Student Body Secretary. Debate Region, Debate State, Childrens Theater, Pep Club, Notre Maison, Thespians, Chorus, Girls State, I Speak for Democracy, Model U.N., Regional Student Council Secretary, Junior Prom Committee. [In the 1956 Wildcat yearbook, her name is spelled both Swenson and Swensen -- Swensen is correct.] Married Edward Hess. ~ ~ ~ ~ Her parents: Albert Donald Swensen [BYH Class of 1933] and Jennie Romney, married June 15, 1937. They have six children: Marilyn Swensen [BYH Class of 1956] (Ted) Hess, of Nampa, Idaho; A. John Swensen [BYH Class of 1957 -- twin], of Lehi, Utah; Donald G. (Louise) Swensen [BYH Class of 1957 -- twin], of Sandy; Philip R. (Dana) Swensen [BYH Class of 1962], of Hyde Park, Utah; Margaret "Margie" Swensen [BYH Class of 1965] (Dennis) Lifferth of Centerville, Utah; and Kathryn Swensen [BYH Class of 1969] (Paul) Graf of Santa Clara, Utah. ~ ~ ~ ~ I remember my high school days with fondness ... the friends, activities, teachers, etc. Who could forget Julia Caine's history class, Fred Webb's choruses, Mr. Allman's science classes, and on and on. Dean Madsen and I debated together and took fourth place in the State Debate Tournament one year! After graduation, I went on to BYU where I majored in Social Work. After I married and raised five children, I used this training to work for the Nampa School District in the "Teen Parenting" program. Then in 1978, I married Edward "Ted" Hess. We 'blended' our nine children and moved to Nampa, Idaho. There was "never a dull moment" during this period of our lives. We had five children who married in one year! As we became "empty nesters," we decided that it was time to fulfill one of our lifelong goals ... to fill a mission. We were called to the Samoa-Apia Mission. Doug Sampson's father was president of this mission many years ago. We loved the people and our time spent there. I served as the Mission Secretary and Ted served as President Pe'a's assistant. We are now both currently involved in Family History. Ted is serving as the Area Director and I serve one afternoon a week at the Family History Center, along with serving as the First Counselor in the Stake Relief Society Presidency. We have thirty-one wonderful grandchildren ... and find that life is great and fulfilling. @2006 ~ ~ ~ ~ HER OBITUARY: Marilyn Swensen Hess, 1938–2017. Marilyn Swensen Hess passed away surrounded by her loving children on May 21, 2017. She courageously endured a lingering and degenerative physical condition that left her unable to do most of the things she loved during the last few years of her life and yet she was never heard to complain. Marilyn was the oldest of six children and was born on June 1, 1938 to Albert D. Swensen and Jennie Romney Swensen in Provo, Utah. She lived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Washington, DC as a young child. Then when she was nine years old the family moved back home and settled in Provo, where she attended junior high and high school. During those years, she was very involved in student government, debate, theater, and various other clubs and committees. Marilyn graduated from Brigham Young High School in the Class of 1956. In 1958 Marilyn married G. David McKell, Jr. with whom she had five children: Mark, Scott, Anne, John, and Kristen. They were later divorced. On April 20, 1978 Marilyn married Edward M. Hess with whom she created and shared a very happy life for more than 35 years until his passing in July of 2013. From 1978 until 2014 Marilyn lived in Nampa, Idaho where she was deeply involved in raising her children and supporting them in their various church, school, and extracurricular activities. She served faithfully and diligently in many different leadership positions at church. Marilyn was a wonderful art teacher and she also used her degree in social work to assist young unwed mothers during the early and challenging stages of motherhood. Her greatest joy and passion, by far, was her family. She did all she could to provide a home that was warm and welcoming and to make the lives of her husband and children comfortable and happy. She also loved to travel and took many trips to Europe with Ted where they developed and shared a love for the beauties of that continent. Her life was spent in the service of others. After retirement, Marilyn served a full-time mission with her husband to the island nation of Samoa for 18 months, and there cultivated a great love for the people and their culture. She was preceded in death by her husband, her father and mother, and two of her younger siblings. She is survived by her five children and their spouses (Mark & Lisa, Scott & Tonya, Anne & Todd Bailey, John & Wendy, Kristen & John Strong), four step-children (Mike & Teresa Hess, Greg & Lorena Hess, Johnna & Lars Nelson, Garrison & Christina Hess), 33 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, all of whom love her and will miss her immensely. A viewing/celebration of her life will be held on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 from 6-8 pm at the Walker Sanderson Funeral Home, 646 E. 800 N. in Orem. She will be laid to rest at the Kohlerlawn Cemetery in Nampa, Idaho. Condolences may be sent to [Provo Daily Herald, May 23, 2017]

Tanner, Larry Kent
171 Springhill Drive
North Salt Lake, Utah 84054-1718 US

Larry Tanner
  • Home: 801-936-7332

Class of 1956. Larry Tanner. Spanish Club, Quill & Scroll, Chess Club, Thespians, Yld Cat Newspaper Sports Editor, Model U.N., Junior Prom Committee, Senior Hop Committee. ~ ~ ~ ~ After graduating from BY High, Larry attended BYU for two years and then joined the United States Air Force, which sent him to Yale University where he graduated with a BS in English. He was then assigned to and worked for the National Security Agency (NSA) for the remainder of his military commitment. Larry then went to work for United States Steel where he remained until retiring after seventeen years. He has been employed with Arnold Machinery as the Warranty Administrator for the past fifteen years. In 1986, Larry was responsible for establishing a Utah chapter of the “City of Hope” foundation which is involved in the research of treatments and cures for many diseases including HIV/AID’s and Diabetes. His ongoing affiliation with this charity primarily involves fundraising. Although most of his free time is spent with “City of Hope” activities, he continues to occasionally enjoy outside activities such as golf and fishing. @2010

Tanner, Lynn [W. Lynn]
407 33rd Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2S 0S8 CA

Lynn and Margaret Tanner
  • Work: (403) 287-2163

Class of 1956. W. Lynn Tanner. His parents are Dr. Wilmer W. Tanner and Helen Brown Tanner. His siblings are Mary Ann Tanner Barnett, of Alpine, Utah; and David W. Tanner, of Salt Lake City, Utah. Lynn’s family includes his wife Margaret Graw; their daughter, Dr. Whitney Tanner, and her husband, Paul Horvath, live in Laguna Niguel, California; their daughter Jill and husband Dave Marko live in Los Angeles, California with careers in Hollywood – two children Violet and Vivian; and their son, Ladd W. Tanner and wife Lara, have two children, Marcus and Tess, and live in Salt Lake City, Utah. As an entrepreneur, Dr. W. Lynn Tanner negotiated the license for T.E.C. (The Executive Committee) Ltd. Bringing to Canada the pre-eminent organization dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and enhancing the lives of CEOs. Establishing the first TEC group in Calgary, Alberta in 1985, he has since built an organization that has groups spanning from Victoria to Halifax (13 cities). As one of fourteen international partners, he is also a member of the International Partners’ Executive Council. Today TEC has over 12,000 members in fourteen countries. At the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, Lynn was a NDEA (National Defense Education Act) scholar. This three-year fellowship started his teaching career where he completed his PhD in organization change strategies. At Florida International University, he was a member of the original faculty writing graduate and undergraduate programs, and hiring faculty. During his five years there the school grew to 30,000 students. He was then recruited to the University of Calgary and resigned in 1982 to pursue consulting and other business opportunities. As well, has owned restaurants and developed a tree farm on his 900 acre ranch along the Bow River, a significant catch-and-release fly-fishing river. Prior to teaching, he was with Pan American World Airways, holding positions of Senior Financial Analyst to the Senior Vice President of Finance, Manager of Customer and Cargo Services for East Africa, living in Nairobi, Kenya. His consulting has focused on mergers/acquisitions and reorganizations. Some clients have included CP Hotels, Knight Ridder newspapers, the U.S. State Department, the White House, General Electric, Canterra, Esso, Province of Alberta, Premier, Cabinet, and Caucus. Continues to hunt and fish each year and travels with his wife extensively around the world. In the last five years, has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and has visited Europe, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Malaysia, China, and Japan. Has enjoyed his fishing boat and home on the northwest corner of Vancouver Island and his home in Los Angeles, California. My wife Margaret and our five grandchildren allow for many great times. @2006

Taylor, Hyde LeRoy

Taylor, Hyde LeRoy
2677 North 930 East
Provo, Utah 84604-4154 US

Hyde and Gwen Taylor
  • Work: (801) 375-4468

Class of 1956. Hyde L. Taylor. Football, Basketball, Track, Baseball, Lettermen Vice President, Spanish Club, Junior Prom Committee, Senior Hop Committee. BYU Open Major 1981. Married Gwen Moon, BYH Class of 1956. She was a Varsity Cheerleader, and in the Pep Club, Chorus, Library Staff, Junior Prom Committee, and Senior Hop Committee. ~ ~ ~ ~ Hyde and I were married in August of 1957. Hyde had to be in Cedar City to play football by the end of August, so we married before school started. Hyde played one year at Cedar City and then transferred to Provo. He took classes at BYU and UVSC. Hyde worked for a construction company and went to school. He was in the Army Reserve and really liked it, so we decided to give the Army a try and like they say, the rest is history. By the time we joined the Army, we had two girls. We stayed in the Army for twenty-plus years and traveled all over the country. Hyde ran the Airborne School at Ft. Benning, Georgia, for several years in between trips to Okinawa and Viet Nam. He had two trips to Viet Nam, and we had post-war babies, two boys. We were assigned to BYU ROTC department and we retired from BYU in 1980. Hyde has been in apartment management for about fifteen years, and the hardwood floor business until this last year. He installed and finished hardwood floors until he had to replace a knee, then he retired to take care of two of our grandchildren. This is the situation as it stands for now. I have worked in many jobs as we traveled around the country. I worked for Kent Collins at J.C. Penneys in Provo in the shoe department. That was probably the most fun of any of my jobs, as Kent was fun to work for, and I got to see everyone as they came in the back door from the parking lot. I have worked at a milk bar, a hardware store, a drug store, a drive-in, a foreman on a strawberry crew, and then after Hyde retired, I got my Real Estate License. That was in 1980, and I have been doing Real Estate since. I have had a few side jobs such as helping Hyde with the Senior Citizens during the summer at Branbury Park, when he managed it, and making tarts for weddings. Now I just do Real Estate and Hyde tends the grandkids. We both have enjoyed a great experience traveling around the country. We learned to camp and cook in dutch ovens and love the outdoor world. We have met some wonderful friends and have kept in touch with them. We have held many jobs in the Church and learned that no matter where you go you always have a family waiting for you. We saw much of the U.S. and Hyde got to see much of the world. We did enjoy our adventure in the military and would do it all over again. It is always fun to get sentimental and remember our days at good old BY High. My kids' favorite thing to do was to go through our yearbooks. They would laugh and have the best time with our styles and hair-do’s. We were so lucky to have gone there and have the happy memories of being with such good people. We will always treasure knowing all of our classmates and teachers. Kids now will never know how much fun it was to dance in 250-A, or have the fun assemblies, or the fun ball games, or the fun Chorus trips. We could go on for hours talking about the mischief Dean Maiben was always in. Those were the good old days. @2006 ~ ~ ~ ~ Email sent to bounced back. @2010

Taylor, Joan
225 Lonely Oaks Lane
Killeen, Texas 76542-9727 US

Joan and Darryl Stevens
  • Work: (254) 526-4053

Class of 1956. Joan Taylor. Although Joan's name, photo do not appear with senior class in 1956 Wildcat yearbook, she was a member of the BYH 1956 graduating class. ~ ~ ~ ~ Joan married Darryl Stevens, of Wyoming, in 1955 and they have four children, thirteen grandchildren and, currently, one great grandchild. Darryl retired from the United States Army after twenty-six years of service, which provided them the opportunity to live in many different locales including two years in Germany and three years in Turkey as well as stateside in Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah. When their youngest child was in high school, Joan went to work for Zales Jewelry and then on to a position as Transportation Scheduler for the School District where she remained until retirement after nineteen years. Joan has been an avid golfer and misses her time on the links which she has been forced to relinquish due to shoulder problems and a stroke in November of 2005. She has resumed her favored activities of swimming, sewing, and quilting. They are currently looking forward to some RV travel across and around the country. @2006

Tyrrel, Samuel P.

Tyrrel, Samuel P.
Los Angeles, California US

Sam Tyrrel

Class of 1956. Sam Tyrrel. Oratory State, Childrens Theater, Exchange Assembly, Graduation Committee. ~ ~ ~ ~ Samuel P. Tyrrel was born August 14, 1938 in Tucson, Arizona, and died January 24, 1960 in Los Angeles, California. His parents are Claude Alonzo Tyrrel and Jetta Pomeroy Tyrrel.

Wade, Carole Linda

Wade, Carole Linda
Dayton, Nevada US

Carole and Sherman Kay

Class of 1956. Carole L. Wade. French Club, Mardi Gras Queen, Pep Club President, Chorus. BYU BA 1960. Married Sherman Ross Kay, BYH Class of 1955~H. ~ ~ ~ ~ We lived in Sunnyvale, California for twenty years. I was employed as a senior buyer at a major electronics company for fifteen years. It was very fast paced and stressful, so we moved to Nevada in the early nineties. I worked as an expert shipping manager at an industrial hose reel company in Dayton, Nevada for five years. After that my husband, Sherman, fell ill with strokes, fibromyglacia, and a number of other ailments. I cared for him until he died. Activities include church and baby-sitting my three grandchildren; three-year-old twins, plus their four-and-one-half year old brother. @2006 ~ ~ ~ ~ HER OBITUARY: Carole Linda Wade Kay, 74, died May 15, 2013 in Reno, Nevada due to a brain aneurysm. Carole was born April 13, 1939 in Inglewood, California to Edward Boone and Dorothy Mae Lee Wade. She married Sherman Ross Kay April 23, 1960 in Provo, Utah. Sherm died December 9, 2005 in Dayton, Nevada and is interred at the Veterans National Cemetery Fernley, Nevada. Carole graduated from Brigham Young High School with the Class of 1956 where she made many dear and life long friends. Her years at BYH were very special to her. Carole was predeceased by her parents and husband. She is survived by sons Bart of San Jose, California and Brent (Amanda) of Dayton, Nevada; three grandchildren, Liam St. John Kay, Meredith Leigh Kay, Noah Ronan Kay; and sister, Bonnie Lee Wade Lillywhite, of St. George , Utah. Services are pending and will be posted when available. [May 17, 2013] ~ ~ ~ ~ HER HUSBAND'S OBITUARY: Sherman Ross Kay of Provo, Utah died December 9, 2005, in Dayton, Nevada where he was living with his wife, Carole Linda Wade Kay. Death resulted from head injuries. The accidental fall occurred at home after returning from his doctors’ appointment. Sherman is survived by his wife, and sons Bart Kay and Brent Kay. Bart Kay lives in Sunnyvale, California. Brent Kay lives in Dayton, Nevada with his wife, Amanda, their three children Liam, Noah and Meredith Kay. Sherman is the son of Levi Ross Kay and Grace Bills Kay of Provo, Utah. Also surviving is Sherman's brother, Chuck Kay, living in Provo, Utah. Sherm especially loved his Aunt Rita Stewart and Rita’s daughter, Patricia Dixon. A memorial service was held on Friday, December 16, 2005 at Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Fernley, Nevada. An Air Force Honor Guard provided military honors. [Provo Daily Herald - December 16, 2005].

Webb, C. Wildon [Cecil Wildon]

Webb, C. Wildon [Cecil Wildon]
Sunnyvale, California US

Wildon and Shirley Webb

Class of 1956. Cecil Wildon Webb. Thespians President, Legislative Forum Region, Interpretive Speech, Childrens Theater, French Club Vice President, BAnd, Chorus, Model U.N., Junior Prom Committee. ~ ~ ~ ~ He married Shirley. Cecil W. Webb, M.D., General and Family Practice, Sunnyvale, California. Cecil Wildon Webb was born April 30, 1938 in Lehi, Utah and died June 21, 2002 in Sunnyvale, California. His parents are Cecil Eleazer Webb and Cleo Royle Webb. Wildon passed away as a result of a sudden and fatal heart attack. He and Shirley were walking and talking in June of 2002, when he collapsed and was gone. @2006

Weight, Mary Lou

Weight, Mary Lou
Hunter, Utah US

Mary Lou and Leland Roundy

Class of 1956. Mary Lou Weight. Spanish Club, Chorus, Type Team. Married Leland Roundy. Mary Lou is deceased, June 1978. [Information provided by Shauna Swensen-Weight, BYH Class of 1957, who is a sister-in-law of Mary Lou Weight.] ~ ~ ~ ~ Mary Lou Weight – Roundy was born April 25, 1938 at Provo, Utah, and died June 14, 1978 at Hunter, Utah. Her parents are Gordon Mendenhall Weight and Lucille Collins Weight. Her siblings are David Weight [BYH Class or 1955], Karl Weight, John Weight, and Carolyn Weight who only lived for six days. Mary Lou married Leland C. Roundy in May of 1962 at the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Mary Lou and Leland are the proud parents of three sons and one daughter; Kyle Roundy, Andrew Roundy, Kim Roundy, and Kathleen Roundy. Mary Lou's shortened mortality left unfinished the business of raising her children, who were aged seven through thirteen at the time of her passing. Mary Lou spent the first twenty-two years of life in the same Provo home, and attended school at Maeser Elementary, Farrer Junior High School, Brigham Young High School, and Brigham Young University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in 1960. She taught school in Hermosa Beach, California for one year, followed by a return to Utah where she taught for two more years in the Jordan School District. Her ultimate goal of following in her Mother’s footsteps and becoming a cherished wife, excellent mother, and good homemaker, was achieved. She was dedicated to her family, her church, her friends, and many others who were in need of compassion and assistance. @2006

Whatcott, Weston Elroy

Whatcott, Weston Elroy
Payson, Utah US

Wes and Sandra Whatcott

Class of 1956. Weston E. Whatcott. Debate-Region, Childrens Theater, French Club. BYU BA Sociology 1962. University of Missouri - Columbia MSW Social Work 1965. Washington University - St. Louis, Missouri PhD Social Work 1972. Dr. Weston E. Whatcott. Married Sandra. Whatcott is retired, and he and his wife run West Sands Adoptions while raising a second family of six adopted children. Dr. Weston is also raising money for an orphanage in Haiti. ~ ~ ~ ~ When I think over what has happened since entering BY High, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, I can not help but think, “What if I had not gone to so and so’s home, and had not at that time met my future wife?” “If I had been given the position I really wanted instead of having to settle for ‘second best,’ I would never have met so and so. So would such and such ever have happened?” How precarious life events seem, except, except, there is an overall guiding plan, a plan for various events which to me at least was anything but apparent at the time. Though on occasion it may have seemed I had lost, as I look back over things, I can easily say I am very pleased with how things have worked out. Yes, I did graduate from BYU. I did go on to get a Master’s and PhD degree. My career took me to various places. I’ve held and continue to hold various positions in the Church. But to me the most valuable things that have happened were the marriage to my high school sweetheart, Sandra Swapp (oh dear, she was from Provo High), the birth of our five biological children (family number one), the entrance into our family of 12 (to date, many more to come) grandchildren, and eight years ago the start of family number two (five beautiful children from Africa, one from India). A legacy of sorts might also be the starting and completion of an orphanage in Haiti. The orphanage was not part of any employment, nothing I did for any financial motivation. I did it simply because God told me to. And now I’m engaged in starting up another orphanage in Africa from which we hope to have a cazillion kids adopted. It is so nice to be retired and no longer be encumbered by having to work for a living. I plan to continue building orphanages as long as God allows or “calls” me to. Want to join in with me? Thus is the life of yours truly, Wes Whatcott. @2006 ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS OBITUARY: Weston Elroy Whatcott, 79, of Payson, passed away July 19, 2018, after a brief but intense battle with cancer. He was born October 29, 1938, to H. D. Whatcott and Valera Snow Whatcott. On August 25, 1961, he married Sandra Swapp, who preceded him in death. Together they were the parents of 11 children: Daniel Whatcott, married to Lisa (Hurst) Whatcott, of Burley Idaho; Brett Whatcott, married to Stephanie (Fish) Whatcott, of Fort Smith, Arkansas; Jodi Whatcott, who preceded him in death; Sharee Whatcott Langenstein, married to Michael Langenstein, of Murphysboro, Illinois; Scott Whatcott, married to Ramona (Fricosu) Whatcott, of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Briana Whatcott, of Payson Utah; Abel Whatcott, of Payson Utah, Rachelle Whatcott Halterman, married to David Halterman, of Salt Lake City, Utah; Liya Whatcott, of Chicago, Illinois; Raman Whatcott, of Fort Smith, Arkansas; and Tarikua Whatcott Christiansen, married to Karl Christiansen, of Sandy, Utah. On September 20, 2014, Weston married Kathy Whatcott, who survives him. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren and six great grandchildren, as well as his brother, Keith Whatcott, of Provo, Utah, and his sister Carol Whatcott Rampton, of St. George, Utah. His brother Calvin Whatcott preceded him in death. Weston graduated from Brigham Young High School in the Class of 1956 and served an LDS mission in Nuremberg Germany. He received a bachelors degree in social work from Brigham Young University, a masters degree in social work from the University of Missouri, and a PhD in social work from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He spent his career helping those in need. He counseled people through their grief and helped them work through difficulties in their lives. He founded and supported battered women’s shelters in multiple cities. He worked at the Utah State Hospital in Provo, and later became director of inmate counseling at the Utah State Prison in Draper. One of Weston’s passions in life was bringing families together through adoption. He was an adoptive father and grandfather, and over the course of his career he helped to facilitate over 1,000 adoptions, including airlifts of children orphaned in the Vietnam War. He orchestrated the construction of an orphanage in Haiti, which has provided food, shelter, and adoption services to hundreds of children in need. He was also the founder of West Sands Adoptions, now based in St. George, Utah. Adoption agencies nationwide have consulted him because of his expertise in the field. Even after his retirement, Weston continued to complete home studies for adoptive families across the Wasatch Front. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at the Maple Dell Ward, 274 South Main Street, Payson. Viewings will be held on Tuesday, July 24, between 6 and 8 p.m. at Walker Funeral Home, 587 South 100 West, Payson. A visitation will also be held on Wednesday before his funeral, beginning at 9:45 a.m. Weston’s family will remember him for his smile, his jokes, his crazy dance, and of course, his yellow socks. We ask all those who would like to honor his memory to please consider making a donation in his name to The Center for Women and Children in Crisis, in Orem, Utah, or to an international child welfare agency of your choice. Source: Walker Funeral Home

Wiscombe, Michael Reed

Wiscombe, Michael Reed
St. George, Utah US

Mike Wiscombe

Class of 1956. Michael Reed "Mike" Wiscombe. Senior Class President. Football, Basketball All Region, Tennis, Baseball, Lettermen, Spanish Club, Ski Club, Band, Senior Hop Committee. Lived with son, Jeff, St. George, Utah @2005 [Do not confuse with Michael J. Wiscombe of St. George, Utah, his son, who is not an alumnus of BYH.] ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS OBITUARY: Michael Reed Wiscombe – 1937-2014. St. George, Utah - Michael Reed Wiscombe, age 76, passed away January 29, 2014 in St. George, Utah. He was born on October 30, 1937, in Roosevelt, Utah, to James Reed Wiscombe and Lula Mae Eldridge Wiscombe. He married Susan Thomas on March 12, 1958, in St. George, Utah, they later divorced. He married Janey Chambers on September 3, 1976 in Enterprise, Utah, they later divorced. Mike was raised in Provo, Utah, where he graduated from Brigham Young High School in 1956. He attended Dixie College where he played basketball. Mike was a painting contractor and was a perfectionist in his work. He loved all athletics, hunting and fishing. He is survived by his six children, Michael Scott Wiscombe of Las Vegas, Nevada; Jeffry Wayne (Jill) Wiscombe, of St. George, Utah; Leslie (Brent) Clark of Cedar City, Utah; Shawn Douglas Wiscombe of Parowan, Utah; Randi Goins of Las Vegas, Nevada; and Jared Reed Wiscombe of Minot, North Dakota; 18 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and a brother John (Ginger) Wiscombe of Price, Utah. He was preceded in death by his parents. A celebration of life will be held Friday, February 14, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Serenity Funeral Home. Arrangements are under the direction of Serenity Funeral Home, 986-2085. Friends and family are invited to share condolences online at [The Spectrum & Daily News, February 13, 2014]

Wiser, Irwin Don

Wiser, Irwin Don
Hurricane, Utah US

Irwin Wiser

Class of 1956. Irwin D. Wiser [Irwin Don Wiser]. Student Body Social Chair. Football, Basketball, Lettermen, Ski Club, Spanish Club, Exchange Assembly. ~ ~ ~ ~ Born at Salt Lake City in February 1938 to William Don and Gretta Rawlings Wiser. Eldest of four with one sister, Marcia Wiser Boyack (Brent), and two brothers, William Lee “Bill” Wiser (JoAnn) and Van Rawlings Wiser – deceased (Sharon). Married first, Carol Lynne Haight, 1962, of Burley, Idaho and second, Rosie Perez, 1967, of The Republic of Panama. Currently unattached. Vocational training includes Basic Electronics/ Radar Maintenance 1957 – Keesler AFB, Mississippi. Microwave Operation/ Maintenance 1959 – Collins Radio Company, Dallas, Texas. Employment includes Utah Air National Guard, Salt Lake City, Utah 1957 – 1966; Alaskan Air Command, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska 1966 – 1976; Atlantic Richfield Company, Prudhoe Bay and Anchorage, Alaska 1976 – 1993. Retired in 1993 and moved from Anchorage, Alaska to Hurricane, Utah. Activities have included Basketball – player, coach, Anchorage Recreation League President 1972 – 1975; Fishing – lots of salmon; Golfing – just a duffer; Genealogy compilation – recent years. @2006 Editor's note: Special thanks to Irwin for providing so much help to the BYA/BYH website! ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS OBITUARY: Irwin Don Wiser. February 15, 1938 - May 2, 2016. Hurricane, Utah – Irwin Don Wiser, 78, passed away May 2, 2016. He was born February 15, 1938 in Salt Lake City, Utah to William Don Wiser and Gretta Rawlings Wiser. He married Carol Lynne Haight on August 31, 1962 in Burley, Idaho and was later divorced. He married Rosario “Rosie” Perez on October 6, 1967 in Anchorage, Alaska and was later divorced. Irwin graduated from Brigham Young High School with the Class of 1956. In September 1957, following enlistment in the Utah Air National Guard and active-duty training at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, he became a full-time employee of the Utah Air National Guard as a Radar Maintenance Technician working alternately at Salt Lake International Airport Air Guard Facility and the Francis Peak Radar Site. In August 1966 Irwin went to Anchorage, Alaska, accepting a position as an Electronic Technical Representative with the Alaskan Air Command Ground Radar Maintenance Group headquarters at the Elmendorf Air Base, Alaska. Irwin became an employee of the Atlantic Richfield Company in May 1976, working fourteen of his sixteen-year ARCO employment at Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Following retirement in 1993, he relocated from Anchorage to Hurricane, Utah. Irwin was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Van Rawlings Wiser. He is survived by his sister, Marcia Wiser (Brent E.) Boyack; brother, William Lee “Bill” (JoAnn Soria) Wiser; and sister-in-law, Sharon Jean Pugmire Wiser. Graveside services will be held Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 1 p.m. at the Fairview Cemetery, Franklin County, Idaho. [Metcalf Mortuary, May 3, 2016]

Wright, Warren S.
2990 East Riverside Dr. %2391
St. George, Utah 84790 US

Warren and Shweta Wright
  • Work: (435) 673-8759

Class of 1956. Warren S. Wright. Baseball, Debate Region, Childrens Theater, Thespians, I Speak for Democracy, Soph Ball Committee. BYU BS Public Policy 1964. BYU MPA Institute of Public Management 1965. ~ ~ ~ ~ It seems like several life times ago when we were all in high school together. One thing is for sure, and that is the years go by more quickly the older we get. I look back with a lot of nostalgia for BY High, Provo and the 1950's in general. I am sure that feeling is shared by a lot of us. I enjoy visiting the old campus area and BYU whenever I can. The summer after graduating from BY High, I went on active duty with the Army for six months and then continued in the Reserves. Like a lot of us, I went to BYU for a year or so, and then on a mission for the LDS Church. I went to New Zealand for two-and-one-half years, after which seven of us took a four-month trip around the world on the way home. In 1961 and 1962, I was a full-time student at BYU. In the spring of 1963 I went through the Peace Corps training program, but then decided to leave, get married, and return to school. In 1965 my wife (Diane) and I graduated from BYU, myself with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and she with a Teaching Certificate in Physical Education. In August of 1965 we moved to Muskegon Heights, Michigan, where I was employed with the City’s Urban Renewal Department, and Diane taught at a junior high school. In September of 1966, our son Denny was born. In the spring of 1967, we moved to Ypsilanti, Michigan, where I worked as Assistant to the City Manager. In January of 1970, I obtained a job as City Administrator of Mason, Michigan. Diane and I were divorced in October of 1970 and she and Denny moved back to Utah. In July of 1971 I moved to Salt Lake City and began work with the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City and also enlisted with the Utah Air National Guard. For most of the next twenty-five years, I lived on my little acre of ground on a dead-end street with my dog and horse in a semi-state of a recluse and hermitage. In the fall of 1998, I retired from employment with the City and moved to St. George, Utah, where I live in a small retirement community. Over the years I have traveled a good deal around the world and been involved in a number of community activities, such as Scoutmaster, Toastmasters Club, Foster Parent and Big Brother Program, Prison and Youth Detention Volunteer, and tutoring reading in elementary school and work with the elderly (which I guess I now am). In 2003, I did the unthinkable and remarried again, a woman I had met in India whose name is Shweta. She is a very special lady, and probably the only woman in the world that could survive living with me. In conclusion, I again mention my son Denny. He is now working for Disney World in Florida as a costume designer. He is very talented in those areas. He and his wife Kimberly have four children, two boys and two girls. My personal focus is to now take it one year at a time and to do the little I can to promote sanity and social justice wherever I can in this crazy world we live in. May we have another decade of peace and reasonably good health is my wish to all! @2006

Young, Carol Gay
55-705 Wahinepee St.
Laie, Hawaii 96762-1259 US

Carol and Dale Hammond
  • Work: (808) 293-5028

Class of 1956. Carol Gay Young. Oratory Region, Interpretive Speech Region, Childrens Theater, Quill & Scroll, Pep Club, Thespians, Yld Cat Newspaper Feature Editor, Chorus, Junior Prom Committee. Married Dale A. Hammond. ~ ~ ~ ~ Try to imagine living across from one of the best beaches in the world, among the palm trees where the temperature hovers in the 80's most of the year, plus being close to a beautiful temple. This best describes where Dale and I live ... beautiful Hawaii. We moved to Hawaii in August 1959 just two months after our marriage and, except for three years between 1981 and 1984 when we had a great experience living in Las Vegas, Nevada, we are still enjoying this island paradise. I married Dale A. Hammond and we have six girls (five living) and two boys. I’ve been pretty busy being a mother and grandmother. I have taken quite a few interesting classes at BYU – Hawaii where my husband was a professor of Chemistry until retirement in 2003. It is too bad I didn't have him around when I was taking chemistry in high school! Subsequently, I took enough classes to graduate in Family Science from BYU in 1990, when my husband went back to Provo for a six-week professional development leave. I have been involved in a variety of things such as drama, music, painting, writing, fitness, dancing, children's activities, etc., anything but a dull life! I still feel "as crazy as ever", but who cares, I have fun. I taught early morning seminary. (In fact, I remember it was in Seminary Old Testament Class that I received the nickname, "Gummy", after certain classmates stuck gum in my skirt zipper for a joke), taught piano lessons for twenty years, belong to the Laie Choral Union, tend grandchildren, and served as the elementary school PTA President, and BYU-Hawaii Women’s Organization president. We have been able to travel to a number of different countries on school and other assignments, and around the USA to see our family. There have been the usual ward and stake church positions, the latest as co-director of the Laie Hawaii Family History Center, where my husband and I have also served part-time as missionaries. We were released as missionaries, but still are directors. All in all, I am not super-woman, but have lead a pretty crazy and interesting life since leaving good old BY High. @2006

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