Class of 1949 H.S.



Class of 1949 H.S.'s Website

Alphabetical Alumni

Allred, Joye
1080 E. Elm Avenue
Provo, Utah 84604-2842 US

Joye and Rulon Cluff

Class of 1949. Joye Allred. Notre Maison, Opera, Sweetheart Queen, Thespian. She graduated from BYH on May 26, 1949. Source: 1949 BYH Graduation Exercises Program. ~ ~ ~ ~ She married Rulon Cluff. Brother & Sisters: Forrest Rich Allred [BYH Class of 1948], Joye Allred [BYH Class of 1949] , and Carol Allred [BYH Class of 1954].

Anderson, Janice Val

Anderson, Janice Val
Salt Lake City, Utah US

Janice and Kent Broadhead

Class of 1949. Janice Val Anderson. She graduated from BYH on May 26, 1949. Source: 1949 BYH Graduation Exercises Program. ~ ~ ~ ~ She married Kent S. Broadhead, BYH Class of 1949. Notre Maison, Fauvines, Newspaper, Red Cross Chairman, Chorus, Band. Parents: Hyrum S. Anderson and Valentine Larsen Anderson. Janice was born 30 January 1931, Fairview, Utah. Died 29 August 1963, Salt Lake City, Utah. Burial: September 3, 1963, Provo City Cemetery.

Avery, Ara Jean
2830 Westfield Road
Mount Airy, North Carolina 27030-9552 US

Ara Jean and Wilbur Hiatt
  • Work: 919-789-2578

Class of 1949. Ara Jean Avery. Secretary of the Senior Class. Notre Maison, Fauvines, Newspaper Staff, Chorus. She graduated from BYH on May 26, 1949. Source: 1949 BYH Graduation Exercises Program. ~ ~ ~ ~ Married Wilbur D. Hiatt. (See Ara Jean and Wilbur's photo on Class of 1949 reunion page for 2003.) ~ ~ ~ ~ Ara Jean's brother is John LeGrande Avery, BYH Class of 1960. @2010

Avery, Cordon
10256 S. 2950 W.
South Jordan, Utah 84095-8982 US

Cordon and Wilma Avery
  • Home: (801) 254-4338

Class of 1949. Cordon Avery. Chorus, Football, Track, Thespians. He graduated from BYH on May 26, 1949. Source: 1949 BYH Graduation Exercises Program. ~ ~ ~ ~ Cordon married Wilma. @2009

Ballif, Jae R.
1790 North 1500 East
Provo, Utah 84604-5751 US

Jae and Carma Ballif
  • Home: 801-377-7940

Class of 1949. Jae R. Ballif. 1949 BYU Student Body President. Member of the 1949 basketball team. Football, Track, Thespians, Lettermen, Band, Chorus, Opera. He graduated from BYH on May 26, 1949. Source: 1949 BYH Graduation Exercises Program. ~ ~ ~ ~ Jae R. Ballif served as Academic Vice President of BYU. His parents: Artemesia Romney and Ariel Smith Ballif, Sr. Jae R. Ballif, BYU Professor of Physics, 1962-95. In nominating Jae R. Ballif to receive a 1999 BYU Alumni Distinguished Service Award, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, LDS apostle and former BYU president, wrote only one sentence: He has done everything! Doing everything means Ballif has been Student Body President and university Provost, star fullback and popular physics professor. His connection with BYU extends through much of his life--his father was a popular BYU professor, and Ballif attended Brigham Young High School, where he was Student Body President and played football, basketball, baseball, and track. He came to BYU on a basketball scholarship in 1949, but he chose to play football instead and he became co-captain of the team and was an all-conference and honorable mention All-American fullback. He was also the cadet commander of the 1,700 students in the BYU ROTC program. He and his mother finished their undergraduate degrees together in 1953. After military service took him to Japan and graduate study took him to Los Angeles, Ballif returned to Provo as a professor of physics. During his 33 years at BYU, he was the founding dean of the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Administrative Vice President, and Provost and Academic Vice President. But to those in his classes, he was a beloved teacher. He has a great personal warmth and magnetism, says physics professor Grant W. Mason. When you go to talk to him, you feel like you are his best friend and always have been. Mason says such an attribute served Ballif well in the classroom and in his leadership positions. He was loved by people and was therefore able to motivate them. The Ballif teaching style facilitated student involvement. In the large physics classes he taught (Physics 100 and Physical Science 100), he employed innovative methods and interesting demonstrations. Long before it became popular in the education community, he was instituting self-pacing programs for slower students. His method for teaching basic physics emphasized concepts when a mathematical approach was the norm. This conceptual philosophy was later integrated into the textbook, which he co-authored, and course structure for Physical Science 100. He received the Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Teaching Award in 1972 and a Karl G. Maeser Professorship in General Education in 1994. Website 1: http://www.physics.byu.edu/directory.aspx?personID=4 Website 2: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jae_R._Ballif @2010

Benson, Joe Dell [Jo Dell]

Benson, Joe Dell [Jo Dell]
Orem, Utah US

Joe & Aldine Benson

Class of 1949. Joe Dell Benson [Jo Dell]. Football, Lettermen, Thespians, Chorus, Opera. He graduated from BYH on May 26, 1949. Source: 1949 BYH Graduation Exercises Program. ~ ~ ~ ~ Joe married Aldine Case, daughter of Joseph Case and Mary Melba Paul Case. Joe's parents: Joseph Dunkley Benson and Iva Laura Jones Benson of Provo, Utah -- their children included: Colleen Benson [BYH Class of 1947] (R. Dee) Law; Joe Dell Benson [BYH Class of 1949] (Aldine); and David Keith (Madelin) Benson, of St. George. ~ ~ ~ ~ Joe Dell Benson was born on January 18, 1931 in Provo, Utah. He died on September 13, 1978 in Orem, Utah. His interment, Orem City Cemetery, Utah.

Black, Donna Jean

Donna Black

Class of 1949. Donna Jean Black. Senior Class Social Chair. Notre Maison, Fauvines, Newspaper. She graduated from BYH on May 26, 1949. Source: 1949 BYH Graduation Exercises Program.

Blake, Mary Esther

Mary Blake

Class of 1949. Mary Esther Blake. Home Economics Club, Chorus. She graduated from BYH on May 26, 1949. Source: 1949 BYH Graduation Exercises Program.

Bonnett, Charles LaMar

Bonnett, Charles LaMar
Orem & Springville, Utah US

Charles & Renee Bonnett

Class of 1949. Charles Bonnett. He graduated from BYH on May 26, 1949. Source: 1949 BYH Graduation Exercises Program. ~ ~ ~ ~ He married Renee. ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS OBITUARY: Charles LaMar Bonnett, age 80, of Springville (formerly of Orem) joined his sweetheart on November 30, 2010 surrounded by his family. He was born August 6, 1930 in Provo, Utah to Stanley Fitzgerald and Myrta Eleanor Wootton Bonnett. After graduating from Brigham Young High he was drafted into the military where he served during the Korean War. Not long after his return he met and married his eternal companion and the love of his life Renee Lerwill Bonnett on November 12, 1953 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. He worked for his father at the Bonnett Coal Company and was later hired at United States Steel (Geneva) where he worked for 34 years. He retired at the age of 55 and was able to spend time with his wife and family enjoying golf, fishing and spending time at their cabin in Midway. He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Charles is survived by his 4 children: Mike (Joyce) Bonnett of Pleasant Grove, Vicky Bonnett of Springville, Leslie (Sam) Giles of Springville, Laura (Bob) Willis of Lindon; 11 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; brother, John S. (Wanda) Bonnett of Provo; and several nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly. He was preceded in death by his wife, mother, father and brother, Lowell Bonnett. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, December 6, 2010 at the Hobble Creek 7th Ward Chapel, 1965 E. Canyon Road, Springville, Utah. Friends may call at the Berg Mortuary of Provo, 185 East Center Street, Sunday evening from 6-8, and at the church Monday morning from 10-10:45 prior to services. Interment will be in the Provo Cemetery. ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS WIFE'S OBITUARY: Renee Lerwill Bonnett, age 75, of Springville (formerly of Orem) passed away peacefully at her home Tuesday, June 15, 2010 surrounded by her family. She put up a good battle for many years enduring to the very end. She was born August 25, 1934 in Provo, Utah, to Lee Marcus and Merlene Stevenson Lerwill. She married her sweetheart, Charles LaMar Bonnett [BYH Class of 1949], November 12, 1953 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Sorry mom but we had to tell the truth). Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. After graduating from Provo High School in 1952, she worked for Mountain Bell Phone Company as an Operator. Renee had the privilege of staying home and raising her four children. Once they were all in school she went to work as a lunch lady at Cherry Hill Elementary School where her children attended school. In 1982 she retired to tend her grandchildren. To her, there was no better place to be than with her grandkids. She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she held various callings mostly with the Young Women. Renee adored her family. She was the happiest when she had her family with her at their cabin in Midway or just hanging out on her bed talking about everything or nothing. Renee is survived by her husband, and children Michael (Joyce) Bonnett, Pleasant Grove; Vicky Bonnett, Springville; Leslie (Sam) Giles, Springville; Laura (Bob) Willis, Lindon; 11 grandchildren, 8 1/2 great-grandchildren; sister Annette (Gerald) Larsen, Orem; Linda (Robert) Johnson, Salt Lake City; several nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly. She was preceded in death by her mother and father; and her sisters, JoAnn Wengreen and Pauline Johnson. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 24, 2010 at the Hobble Creek 7th Ward Chapel, 1965 E Canyon Rd., Springville. A viewing will be held on Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the Berg Mortuary of Provo, 185 E. Center Street, and at the church Thursday morning from 10:00 - 10:45 prior to the funeral service. Interment, Provo City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family from www.bergmortuary.com [Provo Daily Herald, Sunday, June 20, 2010]

Bradshaw, Sylvia Jean

Bradshaw, Sylvia Jean

Sylvia and Hyrum A. Christensen

Class of 1949. Sylvia Jean Bradshaw. She graduated from BYH on May 26, 1949. Source: 1949 BYH Graduation Exercises Program. ~ ~ ~ ~ Sylvia was born on April 30, 1931 in Lehi, Utah. Her parents were John Franklin Bradshaw and Sylvia Bushman Bradshaw. ~ ~ ~ ~ She married Hyrum Abel Christensen on Monday, December 13, 1950 in the Salt Lake Temple. [See Deseret News on the same date, with her photo on the left side of the article.] They were married by Elder Matthew Cowley of the LDS Council of the Twelve. At the time of their marriage, they were both students at BYU. Her guardians: Mr. & Mrs. Fred J. Bradshaw of Salt Lake City, Utah. ~ ~ ~ ~ She died on September 13, 1993 [in Colorado?] with interment in the Tooele City Cemetery, Utah, on September 17, 2009, as "Silvia Christensen". [Some records, less accurate, say she died on December 13, 1993.] ~ ~ ~ ~ Hyrum A. Christensen, 1260 South Highway 191 Trlr 3, Moab, Utah 84532 - 435-259-8034. He received BYU BS Mathematics 1953. @2009

Broadhead, Kent S.

Broadhead, Kent S.
3658 West 5180 South
Salt Lake City, Utah 84118-3584 US

Kent and Betty Broadhead
  • Home: 801-955-2866

Class of 1949. Kent S. Broadhead. Guard on the 1949 basketball team that won the State Class B championship. Nickname: Kent "No Shoot" Broadhead, because he would pass off brilliantly rather than take a shot. He was considered the sparkplug of the team. Also Football, Band, Chorus, Opera. He graduated from BYH on May 26, 1949. Source: 1949 BYH Graduation Exercises Program. ~ ~ ~ ~ University of Utah BS Civil Engineering 1957. Photo does not appear in 1949 Wildcat yearbook -- he says he might have "sluffed" the day photos were taken. ~ ~ First marriage: Janice Val Anderson, also BYH Class of 1949. Janice's parents: Hyrum S. Anderson and Valentine Larsen Anderson. Janice was born on January 30, 1931, in Fairview, Utah. She died on August 29, 1963, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her interment: Provo City Cemetery. ~ ~ Second marriage: Betty Daniels Burnside (see below). ~ ~ ~ ~ Editor's note: Kent deserves immense credit for pioneering, enhancing and supporting this Brigham Young Academy / Brigham Young University High School website, and for acting as a guardian angel for the BYH alumni of his generation. ~ ~ ~ ~ (See photo of Kent and Betty on the Class of 1949 reunions page.) ~ ~ ~ ~ BETTY'S OBITUARY: Betty Jean Daniels Burnside Broadhead died peacefully Tuesday, May 11, 2010, surrounded by her family. She had fought a courageous battle against emphysema for five years. Betty was born April 3, 1929 in Mt. Pleasant, Utah, daughter of Charles H. and Alice H. Andersen Daniels. She attended school in Eureka, Utah and North Sanpete High School, Mt. Pleasant, Utah, graduating in 1947. She first married Bernard Burnside in 1953; he died in 1960. She married Kent S. Broadhead on October 1, 1966 in Ely, Nevada; married for time and eternity in the Jordan River Temple September 10, 1997. Betty worked in earlier years for Mountain Bell Telephone Company in Salt Lake City. After marriage she "retired" to spend her remaining years as a mother, wife and grandmother. In the 1960's she was deeply involved in the Scouting program. In 1999-2000 Betty and Kent served as LDS missionaries in East and West Malaysia, part of the Singapore Mission. Betty states this was the happiest time in her life. She was a faithful visiting teacher and edited the monthly ward Relief Society newsletter for several years. She was an ultimate organizer and a "Momma Bear" for her extended family. She was a Red Hatter, member of the DUP and an avid family historian. Her survivors include children: Raymond Shepherd, Phoenix, Arizona; Ralynn (Robert) Buttars, Kearns, Utah; Craig (Janet) Broadhead, St. George, Utah; Charles (Sandy) Burnside, Taylorsville, Utah; Bret Burnside, Taylorsville, Utah; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren. The family requests no flowers. If you choose, make a donation to the Perpetual Education Fund or a charity of your choice. Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 17, 2010, 11 a.m. at the Jordan Stake House, 3700 West 4700 South, Taylorsville, Utah. Friends and family may attend a viewing Sunday, 6-8 p.m. at McDougal Funeral Home, 4330 South Redwood Road, Taylorsville, Utah and Monday at the church, 10-10:45 a.m. Interment, Provo City Cemetery. [Salt Lake Tribune, May 15 to May 16, 2010.] ~ ~ ~ ~ Veteran's Project.

Brockbank, Grant Clayson
2062 Emerson Avenue
Salt Lake City, Utah 84108-2616 US

Grant [& Joan] Brockbank
  • Work: 801-364-4151
  • Home: 801-581-0419

Class of 1949. Grant C. Brockbank. Basketball, Football, Letterman, Opera, Chorus. He graduated from BYH on May 26, 1949. Source: 1949 BYH Graduation Exercises Program. ~ ~ ~ ~ Grant married Joan. His parents: Dr. Allen Grant Brockbank, DDS, married Zina Elizabeth Clayson [BYH Class of 1923] in 1928 in Salt Lake City. Two sons: 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. Alternate email: gjbrock@sisna.com (See Grant and Joan's photo on Class of 1949 reunion page for 2003.) @2010 ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS WIFE'S OBITUARY: Joan Webster Dixon Brockbank, age 82, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on August 15, 2015. Joan was born November 25, 1932 to Douglass and Gwen Webster Dixon. She was raised in Payson, Utah. When Joan was at the tender age of 13, her mother passed away. She was blessed to have a wonderful second mother when her father married Beth Call. Working in her Daddy’s grocery store, she learned the value of hard work, service to others, and thriftiness. She was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Home Economics Education. While at BYU she met her sweetheart, Grant Clayson Brockbank. They courted while attending BYU, and working summers at Zion National Park. They were married June 7, 1955 in the Salt Lake Temple and recently celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary. Joan taught Home Economics in Portland, Oregon while Grant attended the University of Oregon Dental School. They resided in Fairbanks, Alaska while Grant served as a dentist in the U.S. Air Force before establishing their home in Salt Lake City, Utah. Joan’s life was filled with service in ward and stake auxiliaries in the LDS Church, as an officer in the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, and the PTA. Grant and Joan served LDS missions together at the Winter Quarters Visitors Center in Omaha, Nebraska and 7 1/2 years at the LDS Employment Center at Welfare Square. Joan is survived by her husband Grant; their 4 children, Harold (Lori), Brenda (James Walton), Elizabeth (Curtis Hoffman), Roger (Kristina); 21 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; brothers, James Dixon (Aloha), Sterling Dixon (Jan); and sisters, Shirley (Wendell West), Elizabeth (Gary Schroeder), and Leslie (Lamont Crabtree). She was preceded in death by one great-grandson. Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Salt Lake Foothill 7th Ward (2215 E. Roosevelt Ave.) A viewing will be held Friday, August 21 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the same location, and Saturday 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. before the funeral. Interment at Provo City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the LDS Humanitarian Fund or the LDS Church General Missionary Fund. Funeral Directors Russon Brothers Mortuary. Online guestbook available at www.russonmortuary.com Source.

Brough, DeVere [R. DeVere]
4173 Monroe Blvd
Ogden, Utah 84403 US

DeVere and LaRee Brough
  • Work: 801-393-9103

Class of 1949. R. DeVere Brough [or DeVere R. Brough]. Football, Lettermen, Thespians, Opera, Chorus. He graduated from BYH on May 26, 1949. Source: 1949 BYH Graduation Exercises Program. ~ ~ ~ ~ (See photo of DeVere and LaRee on Class of 1949 reunions page.)

Brown, Nila Jean
1289 North 320 West
American Fork, Utah 84003 US

Nila Jean and Ted Miller

Class of 1949. Nila Jean Brown. Newspaper Editor, Notre Maison, Fauvines, Quill & Scroll. She graduated from BYH on May 26, 1949. Source: 1949 BYH Graduation Exercises Program. ~ ~ ~ ~ Married Ted Miller. (See her photo on Class of 1949 reunion page for 2003.) [Note: email being sent to tednila@burgoyne.com is being returned; invalid recipient. @April 2008]

Butler, M. Duane

Butler, M. Duane
Murray, Utah US

Duane & Helen/Diane Butler

Class of 1949. M. Duane Butler [Milton Duane] He graduated from BYH on May 26, 1949. Source: 1949 BYH Graduation Exercises Program. ~ ~ ~ ~ Duane Butler married Helen. (See their photo in the reunion page of the Class of 1949.) Duane is a member of the Canadian contingent that came to BYHS. He second married Diane in 2010. ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS OBITUARY: M. Duane Butler, 1930 ~ 2011. Duane, his wife Diane and two of Diane's grandchildren were on their way to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to a family reunion when three of their lives were lost in an automobile accident on August 10, 2011. Duane was born on September 5, 1930, in Cardston, Alberta, Canada to George Butler and Ula Butler. He was one of seven children. Duane came to BYU High School to finish his last year with the BYH Class of 1949, and then went to the University of Utah, where he met the love of his life, Helen Scott, at a church social. They were sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple on August 4, 1951. Duane and Helen started their own business called W. B. Enterprises -- Get Mugged. This adventure brought them great joy and happiness as they worked together with their family. Duane also had a dairy farm called Butler Meadows that he worked and enjoyed throughout his life. Duane met his second wife, Diane, after both of their spouses had passed away, quickly becoming great friends. They set a great example to their children and grandchildren when they married for time in the Salt Lake Temple on June 5, 2010. Duane and Diane were called on a mission and served in a Burmese branch at the time of their deaths. Duane is survived by two sons and one daughter: Dennis Butler, David (Ann) Butler, Delee Butler (Kelly) Skeen; ten grandchildren: Cody Butler, Catherine, Scott (MacKenzie), Nathan (Ayelen), Brenan, Emily and Matthew Butler, Tahnee (Lorrin Hamilton), Travis and Tiana Skeen; and four great-grandchildren, Kyler, Porter, Odin and Taden. Duane is preceded in death by his first wife, Helen Butler; and a granddaughter, Becky Butler. Friends may call on Monday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 South State Street, SLC. Funeral services for both Duane and Diane will be held on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at the Winder Stake Center, 4366 South 1500 East, SLC, with a viewing at 10:00 a.m. and services beginning at 11:00 a.m. Interment: Murray City Cemetery, 5600 South Vine Street. Online condolences can be shared at www.jenkins-soffe.com [Deseret News, Sunday, August 14, 2011] ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS FIRST WIFE'S OBITUARY: Helen Leone Scott Butler fought a courageous battle with breast cancer, but an even more difficult struggle was leaving the side of her beloved husband on January 30, 2009. Helen was born June 9, 1932 and raised in Salt Lake City by her loving parents, Wallace Mar Scott and Ada Hinckley Scott. She met the love of her life, M. Duane Butler, at a church social, and they were married on August 4, 1951. They were later sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple on September 19, 1952. Helen and Duane started their own business and in the later years Helen became President of W. B. Enterprises - Get Mugged. She advertised live on K-Talk Radio and became affectionately known as "The Mug Lady", which brought her much happiness, as well as working with her family decorating plates and mugs with business logos. Helen attended the University of Utah and studied speech and arts. She became a very successful watercolorist and received many awards for her paintings. She served in many positions in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and her last calling was a coordinator / greeter for the Highland Cove 15th Branch. Her favorite callings were serving the youth along side her husband. She loved to play bridge every month with her close friends and she cherished the vacations with family and friends on their houseboat at Lake Powell. Helen is survived by her loving husband, Duane; two sons and one daughter: Dennis Butler, David (Ann) Butler, Delee (Kelly) Skeen; ten grandchildren: Cody, Catherine, Scott (MacKenzie), Nathan, Brenon, Emily, Matthew, Tahnee (Lorrin), Travis and Tiana. Three great grandchildren: Kyler, Porter, and Odin. Helen is preceded in death by her granddaughter Becky Butler. Our family would like to thank Dr. Gregory Litton and his staff at Utah Cancer Specialists and Community Nursing Services for the loving care shown to our mother in her time of need. Funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon on Tuesday February 3, 2009 at the temporary building for the Winder 10th Ward at 3487 South 1300 East. Friends may call 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the church prior to services. Interment, Murray City Cemetery, 5600 South Vine Street. Please share condolences with the family at www.serenicare.com [Deseret News, February 1, 2009.]

Christensen, Harold P.

Christensen, Harold P.
Salt Lake City, Utah US

Harold & Joanne Christensen

Class of 1949. Harold "Chris" Christensen. Student Body Vice President. Member of the 1948 & 1949 State Championship Basketball teams, Baseball, Football, Tennis, Track, Y Lettermen, Y'd Cat Student Newspaper, Opera, Thespian, Chorus. He graduated from BYH on May 26, 1949. Source: 1949 BYH Graduation Exercises Program. ~ ~ ~ ~ University of Utah BS Civil Engineering 1958. (See his photo on Class of 1949 reunion page for 2003.) ~ ~ ~ ~ His parents: Parley Alma Christensen [chair of the BYU English Department] and Ruth Maughan Jones Christensen, married June 2, 1915. Their children included: Horace John Christensen [BYH Class of 1934] (LaVonda Hansen) of Salt Lake City; Margaret Christensen [BYH Class of 1935] (Parry D.) Sorensen, Salt Lake City; Betty Ruth Christensen [BYH Class of 1939] Parker; and Harold Christensen [BYH Class of 1949] (Joanne), of Salt Lake City. @2010 ~ ~ ~ ~ Salt Lake Telegram, April 9, 1949. ~ ~ ~ ~ ANNOUNCEMENT: Harold P. Christensen lettered in 5 sports at BYH, was a first-team All-State Basketball Player, then a starter on the 1951 BYU NIT Championship team, honored as a member of the BYU Cougar Club Hall of Fame, died Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at the age of 80. Christensen was a star athlete at B.Y. High School in 5 sports. He was selected to play in the 1949 High School All-Star Game in Kentucky and was named a high school All-American. At BYU, Christensen helped the Cougars win the 1951 NIT, earned all-conference honors in 1952 and 1953 and played in the 1953 East-West All-Star Game in Kansas City. Christensen graduated from BYU in 1954 with a degree in mathematics and served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force until 1958. He earned a degree in civil engineering from the University of Utah in 1960 and then worked as a civil engineer in Salt Lake City. From 1981 to 1984 Christensen served as mission president of the California Fresno LDS Mission. He is survived by his wife Joanne, seven children, 28 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Three of the couple's sons -- Craig, Kurt and Todd -- also played basketball at BYU. Funeral services were held Monday, April 2, 2012, at the Foothill Stake Center, 1933 S. 2100 East, Salt Lake City, Utah. [Deseret News, March 30, 2012] ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS OBITUARY: Harold Parley Christensen ("Chris"), beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully on March 27, 2012, following a valiant fight with cancer. Born April 16, 1931 in Provo, Utah, to Parley Alma and Ruth Jones Christensen, he grew up the son of an English professor and long-time chairman of BYU's English department from whom he gained a love for books - and for sports. A graduate of BY High, Harold was a star athlete in tennis, football and basketball and was invited to play in the 1949 National East-West All-Star basketball game. He later attended BYU where he graduated with a degree in mathematics and was the starting point guard on BYU's 1951 NIT Championship team. He was drafted by the Minneapolis Lakers in the 1954 NBA draft and in 1977 he was inducted into the BYU Athletics Hall of Fame. While at BYU, he met his sweetheart of 58 years, Joanne Stringham. They were married in the Salt Lake LDS temple in 1953 and together they created a loving, safe and secure home for their seven children. After graduation he served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, which would later provide the backdrop for dramatic bed-time stories about KC-97 and B-52 refueling missions. Following his military service he returned to Utah to complete a civil engineering degree at the University of Utah and begin his career as a consulting structural engineer in Salt Lake City for more than 40 years. Over the years his lifelong interest in sports and his ability to reach young men combined in many successful little league coaching ventures that produced successful high school, college and professional athletes, none of whom left his tutelage without learning well that winning always includes good sportsmanship. A faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served in numerous callings, including as a member of the Melchizedek Priesthood General Board, a counselor in the Salt Lake Foothill Stake presidency, and a worker in the Salt Lake temple. From 1981-1984, he presided over the California Fresno Mission and is beloved to this day by the hundreds of former missionaries who served with him. His service is remembered for his conviction that God answers the earnest prayer and that every individual is a child of God deserving of love and acceptance. His unconditional loving-kindness for all was his hallmark virtue and will remain his greatest legacy. Harold is survived by his wife, Joanne, and their seven children: Lesli (Bruce) Collett, Craig (Shawna), Kim (Joel) Nance, Cindy (Steve) Harline, Kyle (Alyse), Kurt (Heather), Todd (Lyndsay), 28 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 12 noon on Monday, April 2, 2012, at the LDS Stake Center located at 2100 East 1930 South in Salt Lake City. [Salt Lake Tribune, March 30, 2012]

Christiansen, Norman Lee

Christiansen, Norman Lee
Provo, Utah US

Norman Christiansen

Class of 1949. Norman L. Christiansen. Member of the 1949 State Championship Basketball team. Also Baseball, Football, Track, Lettermen, Chorus, Band. He graduated from BYH on May 26, 1949. Source: 1949 BYH Graduation Exercises Program. ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS OBITUARY: Norman Lee Christiansen, 61, of Provo, died March 24, 1993 at the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center. He was born November 6, 1931 in Provo, Utah to Leland B. and Ruth Olpin Christiansen. He married Audrey Ann Dimick, August 12, 1957. They were later divorced. He was a member of the LDS Church living in the Provo 4th Ward. He attended schools in Provo including B.Y. High School and Brigham Young University, graduating from both. He was a businessman in the Provo area as a partner with his father in Chris Conoco and Car Wash. He was last employed at Maetex Oil Supply. He enjoyed, participated in, and excelled in all sports. He was an avid supporter of BYU sports. He was a Golden Cougar Club member. He was a lifetime member of the Elks Club and a member of the Riverside Country Club, both of which he enjoyed very much. During the Korean conflict he was a member of the special forces of the U.S. Air Force. He loved working on the construction of his cabin with his family. His friendship will be greatly missed. He was a loving, caring grandfather. He is survived by a son and two daughters, Tyler Christiansen (Lisa), South Jordan; Mrs. Wes (Page) Radford, Portland, Oregon; Kelly Olson, Port Townsend, Washington; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; his Mother of Provo; a special friend, Audrey Ann Christiansen; two sisters and a brother, Mrs. Grant (Joyce) Petersen, Boise, Idaho; Judy Frampton, Salt Lake City; William Christiansen (Ann), Tallahassee, Florida. Memorial services were held Monday, March 29, 1993 in Provo. Burial was in the Pleasant Grove City Cemetery. [Published in the Deseret News, Saturday, March 27, 1993.]

Clark, Paul R.
194 Sugar Leo Road
St. George, Utah 84790 US

Paul and Gretchen Clark
  • Work: 435-627-1414

Class of 1949. Paul R. Clark. Football, Basketball, French Club, Lettermen, Band, Opera. Paul's photo does not appear with the senior class in the 1949 Wildcat yearbook, but he did graduate with his class in 1949. He graduated from BYH on May 26, 1949. Source: 1949 BYH Graduation Exercises Program. ~ ~ ~ ~ Paul K. Clark served a Church mission in the east, then returned home where he married Gretchen, now for 51 years. @2005 (See Paul and Gretchen's photo on Class of 1949 reunion page for 2003.)

Clarke, Margaret

Clarke, Margaret
Olympia, Washington US

Margaret ( Peg) Riley

Class of 1949. Margaret (Peg) Clarke Riley. Notre Maison, Thespians. She graduated from BYH on May 26, 1949. Source: 1949 BYH Graduation Exercises Program. ~ ~ ~ ~ Daughter of BYH Principal A. John Clarke. Faculty & Staff Early 1950s. Her Parents: Alva John Clarke and Xarissa (Rissa) Merkley, married in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada in 1929. They had four daughters and one son: Margaret “Peg” Clarke Riley [BYH Class of 1949]; Sybil Clarke [BYH Class of 1952~Honorary] (Roger) Ferguson; Jill Clarke [BYH Class of 1954] (Alan) Harris; and Kathryn Clarke [BYH Class of 1961] (Paul) Williams. (See photo of Peg on the Class of 1949 reunions page.) ~ ~ ~ ~ HER OBITUARY: Margaret (Peg) Clarke Riley, 79 of Kearns, Utah, died peacefully in her home after a short illness on March 1, 2011. She was born May 17, 1931 in Magrath, Alberta, Canada to Alva John Clarke and Xarissa Merkley. She married Magellan Edward Riley on June 16th, 1956 in Reno, Nevada. Their marriage was solemnized in the Washington D.C. Temple of The Church of Latter-day Saints in May of 1982. She was proud of all of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and she and delighted in their accomplishments. Just days before she died, she was thrilled to hear that she had a new great grandchild on the way. Peg lived a very full and active life right up until the end. She was active in bowling leagues and attended many national tournaments. She golfed whenever the weather was good. She enjoyed traveling both in the U.S. and abroad. Peg was actively involved in the Red Hat Society. She expressed her wonderful creativity through her oil paintings as well as sewing, knitting, crocheting and decorating for herself and others. Peg graduated from Brigham Young High School in Provo, Utah in the Class of 1949. She attended Brigham Young University as well as the LDS Business School in Salt Lake City. Peg was preceded in death by her husband Ed and her son Peter as well as her parents. Peg is survived by her children John and his wife Lisa of West Jordan, Utah; Elizabeth Kandu (Betsy) and her wife Lee of Tlajomulco de Zuniga, Mexico; Patricia Montana and her husband David of Norcross, Georgia; and Timothy and his wife Charlotte of Lawrenceville, Georgia. She has 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Peg is also survived by her dear friend, Kent Broadhead [BYH Class of 1949]. Peg leaves behind one brother, Jack Clarke of Orem, Utah, and three sisters: Sybil Clarke Ferguson of Scottsdale, Arizona, Jill Clarke Harris of St. George, Utah, and Kathy Clarke Williams of Mesa, Arizona. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 5th, 11:00 a.m. at the LDS Jordan Stake Center, 3750 West 4700 South, West Valley City. [Deseret News, Thursday, March 3, 2011]

Collard, Kenneth Will
5112 NW 140th Street
Vancouver, Washington 98685 US

Ken & Trilby Collard
  • Work: 360-574-3264

Class of 1949. Kenneth W. Collard. Athletic Manager, Lettermen, Newspaper, Thespians, Chorus, Band. He graduated from BYH on May 26, 1949. Source: 1949 BYH Graduation Exercises Program. ~ ~ ~ ~ Married Trilby. (See photo of Ken and Trilby on the Class of 1949 reunions page.) ~ ~ ~ ~ His parents: George Earl Collard and Annie Rozella (Rozella) Jensen Collard. They had eleven children, including: Rea Zell Collard [BYH Class of 1932 or 1933?] born 1915 in Fountain Green, Utah, died 1991 in Provo, Utah; George E. Collard, Jr. {BYH Class of 1947]; Kenneth Will Collard [BYH Class of 1949] (married Trilby); and Mary Cathryn "Cathy" Collard [BYH Class of 1952] Veltre. In addition, another daughter, Helen Collard, married James Rudolph "Dod" Boshard [BYH Class of 1938]. Helen was born in 1922 in Fountain Green, Utah, and died in 1978 in Denver, Colorado.

Curtis, Gayle [Norma Gayle]

Curtis, Gayle [Norma Gayle]
3249 Ginko Court
Thousand Oaks, California 91360-2818

Gayle [& F. Merrill] Strong
  • Work: 805-493-8839

Class of 1949. Norma Gayle Curtis "Gayle". Fauvines, Notre Maison, Chorus. She graduated from BYH on May 26, 1949. Source: 1949 BYH Graduation Exercises Program. ~ ~ ~ ~ Gayle married Merrill Strong, BYH Class of 1948. Merrill passed away in a nursing home in Thousand Oaks, California, on September 27, 2015. He was survived by his wife, Gayle.

Davidson, LeRoy
3400 South 900 East
Salt Lake City, Utah 84106 US

LeRoy Davidson
  • Work: 801-485-5257

Class of 1949. LeRoy Davidson. Track. He graduated from BYH on May 26, 1949. Source: 1949 BYH Graduation Exercises Program. ~ ~ ~ ~ His parents: Peter Edward Davidson, born October 3, 1893 in Fairview, Utah; and Agnes Graham Davidson, born December 6, 1898 in Payson, Utah. They married on December 5, 1917 in Salt Lake City, Utah. They had twelve children: 1. Edward Davidson. 2. Alfred "C" Davidson, born 1919 in Fort Bridger, Wyoming - died 1989 in Lyman, Wyoming. 3. James Amasa (Mary) Davidson, born 1920 in Fort Bridger, Wyoming - died 1996 in West Valley City, Utah. 4. Ruth Agnes Davidson, born 1923 in Fort Bridger, Wyoming - died in 1984 in Coeur D' Alene, Idaho. 5. LaMar Marion Davidson, born 1926 in Fort Bridger, Wyoming - died 1926 in Evanston, Wyoming. 6. Marlow Graham Davidson, born 1929 in Mountain View, Wyoming - died 1989 in Provo, Utah. 7. Douglas D. (Hattie) Davidson. 8. LeRoy Davidson [BYH Class of 1949]. 9. Melvin Davidson (Kaye) [BYH Class of 1951]. 10. Shirley Jean Davidson (David R. "Dick") Goodman [BYH Class of 1954?]. 11. Deon Davidson (Jack) Banner [BYH Class of 1956], born September 1, 1938 - died December 29, 2004. 12. ?

Demos, Bill Howard

Demos, Bill Howard
Provo, Utah US

Bill and Anna Demos

Class of 1949. Bill Howard Demos. Thespians. He graduated from BYH on May 26, 1949. Source: 1949 BYH Graduation Exercises Program. ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS OBITUARY: Bill Howard Demos, 69, died peacefully in his home of congestive heart failure on February 25, 2001. He was the youngest of six children, born April 23, 1931 in Provo, Utah to Mary Dunning and Thomas Demos. As a child, he had rheumatic fever resulting in heart disease that became the challenge of his life. Despite his illness, he served faithfully a mission in Hawaii and attended BYU, studying art and theatre. His love was designing sets and costumes for plays. He was called to use his talents working on the first temple film used in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He did some graduate work at the University of Minnesota, summerstock theatre and then moved to New York City doing off-broadway plays. Bill lived in Manhattan for 17 years where he met and married Anna Ernst on April 3, 1964 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Anna was in New York, a recent convert and immigrant from Munchweiler, Germany, studying fashion design and then working as a dress-maker for a designer. At age 32, he suffered a stroke leaving his left side paralyzed. With Anna by his side, he lived with his physical challenges courageously. Many friends and wonderful memories were made during those years in New York City. Their daughter Melissa was born in New York and in 1974 they moved to Provo. Bill and Anna were blessed later with their long-awaited daughter, Nicole. Bill stayed home with his daughters while Anna taught at BYU. She died May 11, 1991 of cancer. In the last ten years, he devoted his life to temple work. His example of courage and true discipleship will be remembered by so many. His grandchildren were the light of his life and they in turn loved living with and caring for Grandpa. He was survived by his daughters, Melissa Ann Kendall (Jim), Nicole Melissa Felt (Dave), his brother Paul T. Demos (Florida), grandchildren Andrew, Nicholas and Matthew Kendall, sister- in-law Maria Ernst (Orem). Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 28, 2001 in Provo. Interment, Provo City Cemetery. [Published in the Deseret News, Monday, February 26, 2001.]

Dennett, John Elwood

Dennett, John Elwood
Palm Springs, California US

Elwood and Herta Dennett

Class of 1949. John Elwood Dennett [Elwood]. Photographer, Band. He graduated from BYH on May 26, 1949. Source: 1949 BYH Graduation Exercises Program. ~ ~ ~ ~ John Elwood Dennett was born on January 25, 1931 in Springdale, Washington County, Utah. His parents: Elwood Dennett and Nettie Hardy Dennett. He married Herta Kibel. J. Elwood Dennett died on October 29, 1976 in Palm Springs, California. His interment, East Lawn Memorial Cemetery, Provo, Utah. ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS WIFE'S OBITUARY: Beloved mother, grandmother, and sister, Herta Kibel Dennett, 74, passed away peacefully February 2, 2001 surrounded by her loving family. Herta was born July 2, 1926 in St. Gallen, Austria to Alois and Katharina Hagauer Kibel. Herta married John E. Dennett in 1954 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. As a school teacher she loved her first grade students and also the many children she tutored. She received numerous teaching awards for her innovative and effective work. Herta was very spiritual and found fulfillment in nature. Herta was survived by daughter, Katherine (Leon) Sangroniz; son, Steven (Susan) Dennett; sister, Hilde Kibel, Salt Lake City; brother, Erich Kibel, Austria; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Lisbeth; and husband. The family would like to express their gratitude to the many wonderful people at Woodland Park and Heritage Hospice for their caring help at this most difficult time. Graveside services were held on Monday, February 5, 2001 at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 S. Highland, Salt Lake City. [Deseret News, Sunday, February 4, 2001.]

Fairbanks, Russel Lee

Fairbanks, Russel Lee
San Jose, California US

Russel Fairbanks

Class of 1949. Russel Fairbanks. Basketball. He graduated from BYH on May 26, 1949. Source: 1949 BYH Graduation Exercises Program. He is listed as graduating "absentee". His name is wrongly spelled "Russell" on the program. He was a member of the Canadian contingent to BYH. ~ ~ ~ ~ Russel Lee Fairbanks was born on May 22, 1929 in Barnwell, Alberta, Canada. His parents were Miles Morgan Fairbanks and Delma Peterson Fairbanks. Russel Lee Fairbanks died on November 4, 1991 in San Jose, California.

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