Class of 1942 H.S.

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Alphabetical Alumni
Knell, James J.

Knell, James J.
Los Altos, California US

Jack and Ginny Knell

Class of 1942. James J. "Jack" Knell. ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS OBITUARY: 1924-2019. On May 10, 2019, our loving father, James J. “Jack” Knell quietly passed away at the age of 94. Jack was born in Provo, Utah on September 30, 1924. He graduated from Brigham Young High School in the Class of 1942. He graduated from Brigham Young University, with a brief intermission to enlist in World War II. While in pilot training he was nicknamed “Skeeter” and served as Lead Bombardier on a B-24. He flew 50 combat missions, narrowly surviving many. He was a recipient of the rare Distinguished Flying Cross. He remembered these years, and those he served with, fondly, often recounting his stories throughout his life. Jack grew up fly fishing and remained a pilot and avid golfer when he moved California where he spent seven decades. It was there he met and married his wife Ginny, raised his son and daughter, and built his business literally by his own hands. Having attended a screen printing equipment convention, he returned home and declared “I can build mine better” and he did; machining and welding the screen printing equipment in his garage. He supplied printed apparel to many companies including Pebble Beach, Apple Computers, First Interstate Bank, among others. Up until the age of 93 Jack remained very active, working on his house, cars, computers and helping others whenever they would ask. He loved God, his family, his church and his country, and was loved back by people of all generations. He was called “Uncle Jack” by his nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews. He laughed and smiled until the day he passed. He is survived by his sister, Claudia Knell Young, and her husband Joseph Young, his son Jim Knell, his daughter Janet Knell Kendrick, and her husband, Lee Kendrick; and their two sons Devin Kendrick and Dylan Kendrick. His brother, Lee Knell [BYH Class of 1944], a Provo architect, passed in 2006. He is now reunited with beloved wife Ginny who passed in 2016. His funeral will be held Saturday, May 25, 2019 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel at 114 S. 400 West at 10 AM in Orem, Utah. Interment, May 28, 2019, at the Heber City Cemetery alongside his wife, his parents. and his eldest daughter Cynthia Knell, who died at two days of age. You will always be fondly remembered, we love you “Uncle Jack!” [Provo Daily Herald, May 25, 2019]

Marking, Kasper
23011 Hilltop Peaks
Elmendorf, TX 78112-6157 US

Kasper Marking
  • Home: (210) 621-209

Class of 1942. Kasper Marking. Boys' Organization. Kasper came to BYH from Edgemont H.S. His parents are William Marking and Theresa Martina (Carroll) Marking, and siblings include Charles, Marie, William, Gerald, and Lorene, plus sisters Vernice Marking Dahm, Joyce Marking Buzzard, and Theresa Lucille Marking Spurgin. @2011

Mecham, Gerald

Gerald Mecham

Class of 1942. Gerald Mecham. Football. Track. Boys' Organization.

Mower, June

Mower, June
American Fork, Utah US

June & Ray / Ross Chipman / Bell

Class of 1942. June Mower. Fauvines, President. Notre Maison. Spanish Club. Contest Play. Opera. ~ ~ ~ ~ HER OBITUARY: June Mower Chipman Bell. Funeral services were held for June, 78 years of age, Saturday August 10, 2002 in Sandy, Utah. Beloved, wife, mother, grandmother and sister died Tuesday, August 6, 2002. June was born June 11, 1924 in Provo, Utah to Edgar J. and Luella Oldroyd Mower. She married D. Ray Chipman the 24th of March 1951 in the Salt Lake City Temple. Together they raised three children to adulthood and suffered the loss of two young sons. After Ray's passing, June married her young adult sweetheart, Ross K. Bell, June 26, 1992 in the Provo Temple. June was educated in Provo, attended B.Y. High and graduated in the Class of 1942, then attended Brigham Young University. She was a news broadcaster for the radio station KOVO and cultivated her voice through her daily Women's Page program and Homemaker Harmonies in the 1940's. With marriage she moved to American Fork and raised her family. June's avid love for the arts led to many opportunities to serve in the community. She was a Board Member of the Utah Pageant of the Arts Guild, as well as the Utah Regional Ballet Guild, and Chairman of the Opera Section of the Women's Council in Provo. She was a stimulating writer and wrote poetry "to feed our souls". She penned the script for the original ballet "The Legend of Timpanogas", for the Utah Regional Ballet Company. She was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. June served in many capacities including, counselor in the Stake Primary, Relief Society President and Church Office Building Hostess. June is preceded in death by her two sons Craig Delbert and Robert Ray Chipman, and her husband D. Ray Chipman. Survivors include: beloved husband Ross K. Bell, Sandy; Son Kerry K. Chipman, (Tamara), Orem; Daughter Cindy June Sumsion, (Mike), California; Son Todd J. Chipman, (Lani) St. George. Also survived by one brother and sister, Robert J. Mower (Orlinda) Sandy and Joyce Mower Kelly (Samuel) Colorado and 11 grandchildren. Candace, Zachary, and Cole Chipman. Sean, Scott, Miccolene, Sabrina and Morgan Sumsion. Travis, Christina and Christopher Chipman. Interment, American Fork Cemetery. [Deseret News, Thursday, August 8, 2002.]

Nusink, Raymond

Nusink, Raymond
Boise, Idaho US

Raymond Nusink

Class of 1942. Raymond Nusink. Baseball. Football. Boys' Organization, Secretary and Treasurer. French Club, President. Thespians, Vice President. School Play. Wildcat Yearbook Staff. His sister, Margaret Nusink, graduated in the BYH Class of 1943. Other siblings: Marna Nuskink Buffo, Provo; Jim Nusink, Orem; David Nusink, Springville; JoAnn Nusink Peay, West Mountain; Richard Nusink, Okinawa, Japan; and Robert John Nusink. Their parents: Johannus Jacobus Nusink and Daisy Irvine [BYH Class of 1906] Nusink; and stepmother, Clara "Pansy" Nusink. ~ ~ ~ ~ Raymond Nusink died on April 7, 2002, in Boise, Idaho. [Source: The Idaho Statesman, April 9, 2002.]

Phillips, Marie

Phillips, Marie
Provo, Utah US

Marie and Willie Blocker

Class of 1942. Marie Phillips. Notre Maison. School Play. Marie came to BYH from Twin Falls H.S. ~ ~ ~ ~ HER OBITUARY: Marie Phillips died December 11, 2007, at Provo, Utah. Marie was born April 17, 1925 in Twin Falls, Idaho to John Phillips and Lorinda Swenson. She graduated from Brigham Young University High School in 1942. On June 6, 1945 Marie solemnized her love to Willie Ray Blocker in the Salt Lake Temple. She lived for 30 years in Southern California where they raised their family of 10 children. In 1968 Marie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University and fulfilled a life-long dream to be an elementary teacher. She is an accomplished artist with a flare for pencil portraits and oil landscapes. She loved the word of God and rarely missed an opportunity to teach her children valuable precepts. She was always willing to open her home to extended family and strangers. Marie is survived by her husband of 62 years, her sons Terry R. Blocker of Upland, California, Kelly J. Blocker of Lake Arrowhead, California, Willie D. Blocker of Salt Lake City, Utah, Larry M. Blocker of Chino Hills, California, Michael P. Blocker of Orem, Utah, Nathan A. Blocker of Rancho Cucamonga, California, three daughters: Lorinda Blocker of San Antonio, Texas, Loretta Demke of Provo, Utah and Loralee Patten of Crystal Lake, Illinois, 53 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her two sisters, her eldest son Dathaniel R. Blocker, and grandson David Blocker. Funeral services were held Saturday, December 15, 2007, at the Heatheridge Stake Center, 450 East 2000 North in Orem. Interment, Orem City Cemetery. [Provo Daily Herald, December 13, 2007.]

Phillips, Ruby (1942)
719 East 440th North
Orem, Utah 84097-6015 US

Ruby [and Brigham] Nicol
  • Home: 801-225-2181

Class of 1942. Ruby Phillips. Notre Maison. Opera. School Play. Ruby came to BYH from Twin Falls H.S. She married Brigham Rue Nicol. ~ ~ ~ ~ Ruby Phillips Nicol: Her son-in-law, Iowa Des Moines Mission President, Robert Louis Rowley; his wife was Kathryne Nicol, daughter of Brigham Rue Nicol and Ruby Phillips Nicol. Mission served: 1998 - 2001. Comments: Robert Louis Rowley, Canyon View 2nd Ward, Orem Utah Canyon View Stake; bishop; former counselor in bishopric, elders quorum president and counselor, Young Men president, and missionary in the Canada Winnipeg Mission; owner and president of Intermountain Water Inc.; born in Provo, Utah, to Billie Lou Ericksen and Albert Marvin Rowley Jr. He married Kathryne Nicol, six children. She is a Young Women adviser; former counselor in Young Women presidency, choir and Relief Society organist, Sunday School and Primary teacher; attended BYU; born in Provo, Utah, to Brigham Rue Nicol and Ruby Phillips Nicol. ~ ~ ~ ~ Ruby Phillips Nicol is the daughter of John Albert Phillips and Lorinda Christina Swenson Phillips. ~ ~ ~ ~ Brigham Rue Nicol was born on June 27, 1919 in Duchesne, Utah. His parents were Hyrum Chase Nicol and Isabella Crawford Murdoch Nicol. He died on November 19, 1963 in Provo, Utah. His interment, Provo, Utah.

Porter, Fontella

Fontella Nuttal

Class of 1942. Married _____ Nuttal. --@2001

Poulsen, Robert

Robert Poulsen

Class of 1943. @2001

Poulson, Bill

Bill Poulson

Class of 1942. Bill Poulson. (William or Wilford?) Football. Basketball. Boys' Organization. Contest Play. Bill came to BYH from North Sevier H.S.

Rawson, Dorothy

Rawson, Dorothy
Orem, Utah US

Dorothy & Wally Davis

Class of 1942. Dorothy Rawson. Student Body Vice President, 1941-1942. Junior Class Vice President, 1940-1941. Fauvines, Secretary and Treasurer. French Club, Secretary and Treasurer. ~ ~ ~ ~ Her parents are Daniel James and Almeda Greenwell Rawson. Her brother, Daniel Heber Rawson, is a BYH graduate in the Class of 1943. She married Wally Davis. ~ ~ ~ ~ HER OBITUARY: Dorothy Rawson Davis - 1923 ~ 2011. Our Dear Mother, Grandma "D", Dorothy Rawson Davis, Orem, passed away to the next life on October 31, 2011. Dorothy was born August 13, 1923 in Ogden to Daniel and Almeda Rawson. They moved shortly after to Price, and eventually settled in Provo where she graduated from BY High School in the Class of 1942. Dorothy went on to BYU and then got a job at JC Penny's department store. While working at Penny's, one of Dorothy's assignments was to write letters to any servicemen who had previously worked for their store. One of her fellow employees had a son in the military and she convinced Dorothy that she should also write to her son. So it was then that Dorothy and Wally Davis began corresponding and were eventually married in Santa Monica, California. Dorothy's two children are: Jim (Bev) Davis, Pleasant Grove, Utah, and Gaylene (Dean) Mitchell, Saratoga Springs, Utah. Dorothy was a very family-oriented person. She loved going all out for the holidays, she especially loved it when she was surrounded by all of her loved ones. She took great pride in her home and yard; they were always "kept to the nines." On February 17, 1990, a little over a year after Wally passed on, Dorothy was sealed to him for time and all eternity, in the Provo Utah Temple. Dorothy owned and managed Lindon Storage Units up to the age of 85. Dorothy served diligently in many callings, Cub Scout leader, visiting teacher, and as a welcome greeter. Dorothy was survived by her two children; 7 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild. She was greeted with open arms at the veil by the love of her life, Wally, daughter-in-law, Mary, grandson, Jeffrey, grandson-in- law, Kerry, parents, brother Danny, sisters, Nancy and Mary Ellen. We wish to thank the Charleston staff and nurses for all the love and attention shown to Mom, along with the hospice nurses for all of the love compassion during the final stages of her life. She served a steadfast life and will truly be missed. A celebration in honor of her life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 5, 2011 at the Berg Mortuary of Provo, 185 East Center Street. Interment, East Lawn Memorial Hills, Provo. Condolences may be sent to [Provo Daily Herald, Friday, November 4, 2011]

Sowards, Jewell

Sowards, Jewell
Salt Lake City, Utah US

Jewell Bybee

Class of 1942. Jewell Sowards. Fauvines. Notre Maison. ~ ~ ~ ~ Her parents: Wilbur Sowards and Bertha Holtsclaw Sowards. Their children include: Beatrice Sowards [BYH Class of 1926] Skinner; Wilbur Anthony (Tony) Sowards; Josephine Sowards Strong, Sacramento; Calif.; Myrtle Sowards [BYH Class of 1930] DeHart, Logan, Utah; Beulah Sowards [BYH Class of 1933] Bucher, Salt Lake City; Ethelyn Mabel Sowards [BYH Class of 1937] (Vance Lynn) Young; Jewell Sowards [BYH Class of 1942] Bybee, Salt Lake City, Utah; Clifford Sowards, Salt Lake City. ~ ~ ~ ~ HER OBITUARY: Jewell Sowards Bybee passed away peacefully with her daughter, Lori, at her bedside on August 25, 2014 at the age of 91. Jewell was born to Wilbur and Mary Lou Bertha Sowards on April 1, 1923, the youngest of eight children. She attended Brigham Young High School as well as Brigham Young University. She married Raymond Noall Bybee in the Salt Lake Temple; later divorced. She moved with her children to Sacramento, California where she held a position in the Admissions Department of Sacramento City College until her retirement. The love of family and faith ran deep in Jewell. She was a generous and caring daughter, mother, sister, aunt and grandmother as well as a loyal friend to her extended family. To Lori her daughter, she was a best friend and life-long companion. Jewell was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and worked in the Salt Lake Temple until just prior to her passing. She is survived by daughter Lori Bybee, Salt Lake City; son Roger Bybee [BYH Class of 1965] (Gail), two grandsons, Christopher and Alexander Bybee, New York City. She also is survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her son Jeffrey Bybee and daughter Kristen Sue Bybee [BYH Class of 1966~H]; her parents and her seven siblings. The family is grateful to the staff and doctors at Millcreek Home Health and Hospice for their kind and loving care of Jewell in her final days. Graveside services were held on Friday, August 29, 2014 at East Lawn Memorial Hills, 4800 North 650 East, Provo, Utah. [Berg Mortuary]

Swenson, Claire [Swensen,]

Swenson, Claire [Swensen,]
Bountiful, Utah US

Bobbie and Reginald Johnson

Class of 1942. Claire Swenson. Fauvines. Notre Maison. Thespians. School Play. Contest Play. Opera. ~ ~ ~ ~ Claire Swenson was born on July 23, 1924 in Provo, Utah. Her parents were Carl Davis Swenson (1901 - 1979) and Lura Tanner Swenson (1898 - 1981). Her parents had three children: Claire Swenson Johnson (1924 - 2013); John Carl Swenson (1928 - 1998); and Robert T. Swenson (1929 - 1990). Claire, also known as "Bobbi", graduated from Brigham Young High School in the Class of 1942. Claire married twice, first to Myron Lavell Knight (1923 - 1987) and second to Reginald Theron Johnson (1925 - 1988). She had one son: Carl James Knight (1958 - 2013). Claire Johnson died on June 14, 2013 in Bountiful, Utah. Her interment: Provo City Cemetery. Source & Photo.

Tanner, Bruce M.

Tanner, Bruce M.
13620 Ferncrest Court
Saratoga, California 95070-5224 US

Bruce and Carolyn Tanner

Class of 1942 ~ Honorary. Bruce M. Tanner. ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS OBITUARY: Bruce M. Tanner, resident of Saratoga, California, died peacefully in his sleep at the Saratoga home he shared with his wife, Carolyn, on Friday morning, July 6, 2012; he was surrounded by his wife and three children when he went to sleep for the last time. He was 88, and had been suffering from pneumonia and congestive heart failure. Bruce was born in 1924 in Idaho Falls, the third of three sons, to Orea Bean Tanner and Bertrand Myron Tanner. Bruce's father died when he was six months old, and his mother raised him with his two older brothers until the U.S. entered World War II. They had moved from Idaho to Provo, Utah (his parents' birthplace) when Bruce was six years old; there they moved five times in four years, finally settling in the house his mother built with the life insurance proceeds from his father's untimely death. He attended Brigham Young Elementary School and Brigham Young High School, later transferring to Provo Central High, where he served as Senior Class President. He remained close to and regularly communicated with several of his childhood friends over the years, at least one of whom he had known since they were six years old. His marriage in 1981 to Carolyn Bridgers lasted 31 years, and gave him great happiness -- something he mentioned to his children often. He attended the University of Washington before transferring to, and receiving his bachelor's degree from, Brigham Young University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He held a Master's degree in Public Administration from San Jose State University. Bruce was still in his last year of high school when the U.S. entered World War II in December 1941, and after attending an aircraft instrument school in Logan, Utah, he enlisted in the Army Air Force ("AAF"), which immediately sent him to Meteorology school at Pomona College in California. He deployed to the Middle East, and later Masirah Island in the Indian Ocean, as an AAF meteorologist. Although he was in New York City on VJ-Day, he had just arrived at the nearest Army base from overseas, and could not get a pass signed as no one was available to sign it: he was forced to listen to the renowned Times Square celebrations on the radio although they were occurring just a few miles from where he was. After discharging from the AAF as a corporal in February 1946, he attended UW and BYU, and eventually found employment with the U. S. Bureau of Reclamation, working on large public works, before getting a position with Stanlin Oil and Gas, where he worked primarily in Oklahoma. In 1957, as he had taken a new position as an Urban Planner for the County of Santa Clara (a position he would hold until his retirement in 1984), he left for California and made it his home for the rest of his life. After taking an early retirement at age 60, he and his wife Carolyn launched an ambitious plan to travel. Throughout his life he was an avid reader, and an even more avid purchaser of books, always assuming that he could get to the books he purchased today "sometime in the future." It was, then, doubly tragic when he began to go blind from macular degeneration in his late seventies, just before effective treatments for the disease began to appear. By the time clinical treatments were available, he was for most practical purposes, blind. The majority of the books he had procured to enjoy in his retirement would remain inaccessible to him, and when he died, he left extensive and full bookshelves, in addition to boxes upon boxes of books, many unread. But he focused on those things that he could continue to enjoy, including radio and television news, audio books, music, conversation and food, each of which assumed outsized positions of importance in his life to replace the activities in which he could no longer engage, and he woke every day with a near-unimpeachable joie de vivre that astonished those around him. Although he had a reputation of self-imposed frugality with respect to his own expenses, he was uncommonly generous to individuals and charitable organizations alike (local church and secular aid organizations, American Indian charities, etc.), in addition to those organizations he felt were engaged in the broader public good (Zero Population Growth, public television and radio, etc.), to the point that loved ones counseled that he curtail his donations at least somewhat to ensure his retirement accounts lasted through retirement (advice which he acknowledged with genuine gratitude, then summarily ignored). By general consensus, his most unusual traits were honesty and loyalty, examples of which are legion. And while his honesty could sometimes be painful, the surprising salve of his loyalty often softened its sting. He spared few opportunities to express and demonstrate his love to his wife and children, and they loved him well in return. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Bridgers Tanner; children John Tanner, Amy Fall and Margaret Angelopoulos; children-in-law Jane Tanner, Jerry Fall and Spiros Angelopoulos, grandchildren David Tanner, Bruce Tanner, Alexandra Fall, Christine Fall, Gabrielle Fall and Nicolas Angelopoulos, and many nephews, nieces, their children, and their children's children. Bruce was predeceased first by his brother Robert Leigh Tanner, who died from injuries received in a sailplane accident, then by his brother Champ Bean Tanner, who died of pancreatic cancer, both in 1990. A memorial service will be held at a banquet facility located at the base of Coyote Peak, which Bruce hiked so many times with his children when they were young; the facility is part of the Santa Teresa Golf Club located at 260 Bernal Road, San Jose [phone: (408) 225-2650], on Saturday, July 21 at 3:00 pm. As he requested, Bruce's ashes shall be spread upon the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Asilomar Beach, the site of his honeymoon with Carolyn Bridgers, at a time to be determined. You may call John Tanner at (858) 344-8087 for more information. [San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times, July 12, 2012] Source

Vance, Marian T. [not Marion] [Thompson]
710 East Ridge Village Dr
Cutler Bay, Florida 33157-9116 US

Marian [and Owen] Bigler

Class of 1942. Marian Vance [female] [sometimes incorrectly listed as Marion]. Fauvines. Notre Maison, Vice President. Junior Class Secretary & Treasurer, 1940-1941. Banter Student Newspaper Staff. Opera. ~ ~ ~ ~ Marian Vance first married _____ Thompson. She second married Owen Bigler. Marian Vance Bigler is living in Florida. She has three children (2 girls and 1 boy), and two grandchildren. "Just now learning about the reunion on September 3, 2010 and wishing I had known sooner. I would like to be contacted with some pictures of classmates from 1942 class is possible." @Aug2010 ~ ~ ~ ~ Marian Vance Thompson married Owen Gwilliam Bigler on August 13, 1972 in Salt Lake City, Utah. ~ ~ ~ ~ HER HUSBAND'S OBITUARY: Owen Gwilliam Bigler was born on December 20, 1928, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Ownen died on June 6, 1989 in Salt Lake City. Owen Gwilliam Bigler, died at his home on June 6, 1989 in Salt Lake City, Utah of hypertension. Owen was born December 20, 1928 in Salt Lake City to Douglas Arnold and Frances Gwilliam Bigler. Owen married Marion Vance Thompson on August 13, 1972. Owen loved fishing, hunting, golf and playing chess with his younger brother. He loved his wife, children, grandchildren and his three dogs. He will be dearly missed by all who loved him. Owen is survived by his wife Marion; children, Mrs. Frances (John) Duclos and Dean Bigler, both of Anchorage, Alaska; Mrs. Cindy (Danny) Gallegos, Taylorsville, Utah; step-children Kathy Bond, Midvale, Utah, John Grant, and Mike Grant, both of Salt Lake City, Utah; Mrs Teri Crowder, Miami, Florida; Randy Thompson, Sacramento, California; Ms. Jeanine Thompson, Gambier, Ohio; 18 grandchildren; brothers and sisters, David Bigler, Las Vegas, Nevada; Keith Bigler, Midvale, Utah; Boyd Bigler, Murray, Utah; Carole Holt, Murray, Utah; and Mrs. Carma Ragan, Richland, Washington. Funeral services were held Saturday, June 10, 1989 at Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary Chapel, 10600 South 1700 East, Salt Lake City, Utah. Interment, Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery. [Salt Lake Tribune, June 8, 1989]

Wardle, Mell

Mell Wardle

Class of 1942. Mell Wardle [female]. Fauvines. Notre Maison, President.

Woodbury, Romaine

Romaine Woodbury

Class of 1942. Romaine Woodbury [female]. Romaine came to BYH from Inglewood H.S.

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