Class of 1947 H.S.

Class of 1947 H.S.'s Website

Alphabetical Alumni

Park, Norma (Jan)
3139 Bluff Place
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82009 US

Jan & Don Herber
  • Work: (307) 632-6622

Class of 1947. Student Body Vice President in 1946-47. Norma "Jan" Park married Don Herber.

Paskett, Philetta 'Phyllis'

Paskett, Philetta 'Phyllis'
Monticello, Utah

Philetta and Howard Nielson

Class of 1947. Philetta Paskett, born 1930, Malta, Idaho. ~ ~ ~ ~ Philetta married Howard Buster Nielson on March 11, 1948 in Orem, Utah. Howard was born on December 11, 1922 in Bluff, Utah. Howard died on June 20, 1954 in Monticello, Utah. His interment, Monticello City Cemetery. Philetta is a sister of Frankie Paskett Roylance, BYH Class of 1949. Philetta's parents were Frank Paskett and Jessie Hadfield Paskett. Frank and Jessie Paskett had five children: Merton, Eldora, Mary, Frankie [BYH '49], Ivy and Philetta [BYH '47].

Perry, Kenneth I.
Box 11651
Montgomery, Alabama 36111 US

Ken Perry

Class of 1947. Attended Uintah High School for three years, graduated from Brigham Young High School in Provo. He attended BYU, where he was active in the Intercollegiate Knights and the Mask Club. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Perry of Provo, former Vernal residents. Called to the French Misson in 1949. Lives in Alabama @2001.

Pyne, LuJean [Laurel LuJean]

Pyne, LuJean [Laurel LuJean]
Salt Lake City, Utah US

LuJean and Donald Christensen

Class of 1947. LuJean Pyne. Her parents: Clarence Pyne & Beatrice Rachel Mason Pyne of Springville, Utah. LuJean married Donald J. Christensen. His parents: Calvin Lewis Christensen and Evelyn Robinson Christensen of Provo, Utah. LuJean P. Christensen & Donald J. Christensen have the following children: Steven Christensen, Mark Pyne Christensen, Cheri Christensen, Linda Christensen, Lori Christensen and Lisa Sue Christensen (dec.). LuJean, Age 84. @2013 ~ ~ ~ ~ HER OBITUARY: Laurel LuJean Pyne Christensen, 88, died peacefully of natural causes November 6, 2017, at her son's home in Park City, Utah. LuJean was born on August 6, 1929 in Orem, Utah, the daughter of Clarence Ernest Pyne and Beatrice Rachel Mason. LuJean graduated from Brigham Young High School in the Class of 1947. She then received her associates degree from BYU. She married the love of her life, Donald Jay Christensen, on December 28, 1948 in the Manti Utah Temple. They are the parents of six children. She retired from First Security Bank as an Operations Assistant in 1994. LuJean spent her life in service to those in need, serving her family, friends and Church. She joyed in helping others. She was a perfectionist who believed that if you were going to do something, do it right. LuJean served faithfully in many capacities, most recently, as a temple worker in the youth center for the LDS Church. She is survived by her children, Sherri (David) Jones, Linda (Doug) Halbert, Steve (Sherie) Christensen, Mark (Michele) Christensen, Lori (Gary) Sorensen; her sister Kaylene Story; 28 grandchildren and 50 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, daughter, Lisa; and her parents. Friends may call at Holbrook Mortuary, 3251 South 2300 East, Salt Lake City on Friday, November 17, from 7-8:30 p.m. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, November 18 at 10:30 a.m. at the Valley View 3rd Ward, 1925 East Gundersen Lane (4140 So.) Holladay, Utah, where there will be a viewing from 9-10 am prior to the service. Interment, Provo City Cemetery at 2:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Primary Children's Hospital, or PO Box 58249, Salt Lake City, Utah 84158. Guestbook to post messages and tributes for the family is available at: [Salt Lake Tribune, November 12 to November 16, 2017]

Rawlings, James W. (1947)

Rawlings, James W. (1947)
Southbury, Connecticut US

Jim and Joan Rawlings

Class of 1947. James Rawlings. ~ ~ ~ ~ Ambassador James W. Rawlings: appointed Ambassador to Zimbabwe, 1986 to 1989, by President Ronald Reagan. He is married to Joan Berkhimer Rawlings, Provo High Class of 1948. They have five children, and on March 28, 2005, they celebrated their 53rd Wedding Anniversary. He was a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. After four years of active duty, he returned to Brigham Young University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1955. In 1958, Ambassador Rawlings received a J.D. degree from the University of Utah College of Law. While attending law school, he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Utah Law Review and was elected to The Order of the Coif. He is a member of the Utah Bar, the New York Bar and the United States Supreme Court Bar. In 1986, he retired after a long career with Union Carbide Corporation to serve as the United States Ambassador to Zimbabwe, appointed by President Reagan, a post Jim held until 1989. From 1990-1992, Ambassador Rawlings served as the Executive Secretary of the United States/Zimbabwe Business Council. In 1960, he joined Union Carbide’s Law Department from the New York City law firm of Chadbourne & Park. From 1966-1969, he was Counsel to Union Carbide Eastern Inc., Union Carbide’s Pacific Rim affiliate. From 1970-1977, he was a Vice President of Carbide’s Mining and Metals Division. In 1977, Ambassador Rawlings became the Vice Chairman of Union Carbide Africa and Middle East, Inc. and, from 1978 until 1986, Chairman, President and CEO of Union Carbide Southern Africa, Inc. James W. Rawlings is presently writing fiction. Website: @2005. ~ ~ ~ ~ His brother, G. Barney Williams, graduated from BYH in the Class of 1939. ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS OBITUARY: James W. Rawlings, former U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe, passed away peacefully in Sonoma, California on November 1, 2013 at the age of 84. Jim was born in Provo, Utah on October 12, 1929. He graduated from Brigham Young High School in the Class of 1947. He served in the Air Force as an F-86 pilot in the 59th Fighter Interceptor Squadron stationed in Goose Bay, Labrador (1950-54). Jim graduated from Brigham Young University in 1955 and University of Utah Law School in 1958, where he was Editor in Chief of the Utah Law Review and Order of the Coif. Following graduation from law school, he was a litigation associate at the Chadbourne & Parke firm in New York City prior to joining the law department of Union Carbide Corporation where he served as general counsel for Union Carbide's interests in the far east. He was Vice President of the Mining & Metals Division and retired in 1986 as Chairman of Union Carbide Southern Africa. He was appointed by President Reagan as U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe (1986-1989). He then served as the Executive Secretary of the United States-Zimbabwe Business Council until he retired in 1992. Jim is survived by his wife of 61 years, the former Joan Berkhimer, and five children, Stephen (Deb Cibelli) of Thibodaux, Lousiana; Suzanne. (Richard Day) of Sonoma, California; Diane (Bill) Battle of Bradenton, Florida; Scott (Terri) of Brookfield, Connecticut; David of Southbury, Connecticut and seven grandchildren. A small gathering of family and friends will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, gifts in Jim's memory may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. [Provo Daily Herald, Monday, November 4, 2013]

Reynolds, Vernon

Vernon Reynolds

Class of 1947.

Rhodes, James A.
77 Kensington Road
Kensington, California 94707 US

Jim Rhodes
  • Home: 510-525-1852

Class of 1947. James A. "Jim" Rhodes. He graduated from Brigham Young High School in the Class of 1947. He studied geology at BYU and received a BA degee in Physical & Math Science in 1953. He continued at BYU and earned a Master of Arts degree in Geology in 1954. He is retired. @2014

Riddle, Bruce
899 North 910 East
Orem, Utah 84097-3446 US

Bruce Riddle
  • Work: (801) 426-5814

Class of 1947. Bruce Riddle. He graduated from BYH on May 26, 1949. Source: 1949 BYH Graduation Exercises Program.

Smith, Joel [Joe L.]

Smith, Joel [Joe L.]
Socorro, New Mexico US

Joel Smith

Class of 1947. Joel [Joe L.] Smith. Senior Class Social Chair in 1946-1947. BYU BS Art 1955. University of California, Berkeley, Master of Arts, 1957. Master of Arts, Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois in June 2003. ~ ~ ~ ~ His name in high school was Joe L. Smith, and as an artist he adopted the name "Joel Smith" by combining his name and middle initial. ~ ~ ~ ~ Joel Smith, Faculty, Joseph Smith Academy — 2001, 2002. I was born in Draper, Utah, on September 10, 1929, and lived in Provo most of my young life, with trips to Logandale, Nevada to stay some years with my grandparents. I graduated from Brigham Young High School in 1947, and then received a B.S. Degree from BYU with an Art Major. I worked at a number of jobs through the years: picking tomatoes, cantaloupes, strawberries, apples, cherries, pears and so on. Also as a janitor for a number of years at BYU, worked in a cannery, at Bryce Canyon as a dish washer, as a lumberjack in West Yellowstone, Montana, and as a window display artist in Provo and Ogden. After marriage, I worked many years as an insurance investigator in Los Angeles and in Oakland, California. I received a Masters Degree in Painting from the University of California at Berkeley and also attended the Los Angeles County Art Institute for a summer. Since my terminal degree in 1957, I have been employed as a professor in seven different universities that include Ohio State, University of Victoria and Simon Fraser University in Canada, University of Idaho, University of California-Berkeley, and University of Texas. I taught oil painting, design, drawing, figure drawing, watercolor, and general art history survey courses. I retired from Western Illinois University in 1994 and have been engaged as an artist since that time. I work in oil and watercolors and paint landscapes and some abstract art. My work is in international museums including the Museum of Modern Art, the Tate Museum in London, the contemporary Museum in Tokyo and many others. I have had an active exhibition schedule with entry into a number of national Juried Watercolor exhibits, and International invitational exhibits. I have received a number of awards and one man shows. I taught a drawing class at the BYU-Nauvoo semester in the Fall of 2001 and the Fall of 2002. ~ ~ ~ ~ UPDATE -- August 2007: Larry, My wife and I bought a home in Socorro New Mexico a year ago and she moved there a few months later. I have been camping out in my art studio for the past 8 months taking care of one-man art exhibits. I had a one-man show at a gallery in Davenport last month, a one-man show at Western Illinois University opening in a few days, and another show following in a month that will last until the first of November. Then I will hie off to New Mexico. My new email:

I have a website featuring my abstract paintings at and in the near future will have one for my realistic art. All the best. Joel @2007 ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS OBITUARY: Joseph Loraine (Joel) Smith died peacefully at his home in Socorro, New Mexico on August 17, 2017 at the age of 87. Joel was born to Jenniev Jorgensen on September 10, 1929 in Draper, Utah. Sadly, his father William Lavern Smith died before he was born. Joel grew up in Provo, Utah with his mother and siblings Vern and Jennie Lin. He had many fond memories of time spent on his grandparents family farm in Logandale, Nevada, where he visited often and spent happy days fishing, horseback riding, and eating watermelons. He graduated from BYU High School in 1947. As a young man, he enjoyed drawing, hiking, track, theater, and creating cartoons for the yearbook. He met his future wife, LuJuana Pearson, when they were attending BYU. They were married in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 26, 1950 and spent 65 years together. His jobs as a young man varied from fruit picker to BYU janitor, from insurance investigator to window display artist. Joel received his Bachelor’s from Brigham Young University in 1955, and his Master’s Degree in Painting from the University of California in 1957. With a young family to support, he decided to become an art teacher. He taught at four state universities, including California, Texas, Idaho, and Ohio. He also taught at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. One of his favorite teaching jobs was volunteering at Haney Correctional Facility in British Columbia. Joel and Lu finally settled down in Macomb, Illinois in 1971, and lived there for 35 years. In 1994, Joel retired from Western Illinois University and was happy to be able to devote all his time to painting and showing his work. Joel received a second Master of Arts degree at WIU in 2003. Joel’s favorite mediums were oils and watercolors. He was passionate about painting and was most often found in his studio. He was primarily known as an abstract artist, but he also enjoyed painting landscapes and nature. His work is exhibited in museums and collections around the world, and he has received numerous awards. In 2006, Joel and Lu made one final move to Socorro, New Mexico to be near their daughter and grandchildren. They enjoyed the sunny weather and bird watching at the nearby Bosque del Apache Refuge. Joel was a very special husband, father and grandfather who was always fun to be around. He enjoyed his pets, history, current events, reading, traveling, learning new things and visiting with friends and family. Joel was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He enjoyed being active in the church and learning about church history. He was wildly creative, very intellectual, and he had a great sense of humor. He was an active person who played golf and tennis and he was especially fond of hiking and camping in the red rock country of southern Utah. Joel was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, and his wife, LuJuana. He is survived by his son Courtney David Smith of Las Vegas, Nevada; his daughter and son-in-law Karin and Mike Fort of Socorro, New Mexico; and grandchildren Courtney Donovan Smith, and Caleb, Skye, and Max Fort, and his sister Jennie Lin (John) Strong of Provo, Utah. A viewing will be held at Nelson Family Mortuary, 4780 N. University Ave, Provo, Utah on Thursday, August 24, 2017 from 10-10:30 a.m., followed by a brief service and luncheon. Interment at the Meadow, Utah Cemetery. To express condolences visit [Provo Daily Herald, August 22, 2017]

Smith, Niles

Niles Smith

Class of 1947.

Smith, Robert (1947)
4204 Las Palmas Dr
Austin, TX 78759-5061 US

Robert Smith
  • Home: 512-345-8869

Class of 1947. Robert Smith. ~ ~ Austin, Texas address is for Robert C. Smith.

Staheli, Kent [Harvey Kent]

Staheli, Kent [Harvey Kent]
Salt Lake City, Utah

Kent and Lauralee Staheli

Class of 1947. Harvey Kent Staheli. Dr. Kent Staheli was once known as "Harvey" Staheli, but just uses Kent now. BYU BA 1951, University of Utah School of Medicine MD 1955, Harvard School of Public Health MPH 1986. @2005 ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS OBITUARY. Harvey Kent Staheli obituary, Provo, Utah, May 21, 1929 ~ January 11, 2024. Harvey Kent Staheli passed away on January 11, 2024, in his home in Provo, Utah at the age of 94 years. Kent was born on May 21, 1929 to Harvey Rulon Staheli and Letha Hegsted Taylor in Provo, Utah where he lived for the duration of his childhood. After graduating from Brigham Young High School in the Class of 1947, he attended one year at Brigham Young University. Kent then went with his family to London where he enrolled in pre-med courses at Kingston Technical College. Following his return from England to Provo, Kent continued at BYU where he played on its tennis team and went on to complete a Bachelors of Arts degree in Chemistry with the intention of going to medical school. During these years most young men were being drafted into military service due to the Korean War. Kent deferred his service in the military while he attended medical school at the University of Utah, and, though the draft had ended while he was in school, he joined the US Army after becoming a Medical Doctor. During his military service he was put in charge of the Pediatric department in Bremerhaven, West Germany. Upon an honorable discharge from the US Army, Kent joined the medical staff at the Highland Hospital in Oakland, California where he completed his general surgery residency. While in Oakland, Kent met and married Lauralee Fawson in December 30, 1958. Upon the completion of residency, Kent and his small family moved to Pocatello, Idaho (Lauralee's hometown), where he practiced as a general surgeon for over 30 years and, with Lauralee, raised three children. Kent's life was characterized by hard work, success in his chosen profession, and participation in civic and church organizations. While in Pocatello, he served as President of the Idaho Medical Association, Bishop in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and President of the Gate City Rotary Club. In his spare time, he enjoyed racquetball and tennis, outdoor recreational activities such as skiing, fishing and hunting, and world travel with his wife Lauralee and children. After concluding his medical practice in Pocatello in 1985, Kent was accepted to Harvard University's School of Public Health and completed his Master's Degree there in 1987. Kent and Lauralee moved to Salt Lake City in the late 1980s and Kent worked as a surgeon and hospital administrator at FHP until his retirement in 1994. Kent was a fierce competitor on the tennis court and loved playing card games with friends and family. In tennis, he participated in and won tournaments all over the states of Idaho and Utah, competing with his wife in mixed doubles as well as singles. Following his retirement, Kent and Lauralee lived for many years in the Olympus Cove area of Salt Lake City and in Washington, Utah. During this time, Kent served on numerous advisory boards and received the Distinguished Service Award from the Utah Medical Association for his work in the "Straight Talk" program, teaching hundreds of youth about the facts of alcohol, tobacco and drug use. In 1994, Kent and Lauralee accepted a mission call from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to serve as a medical advisor to 21 missions in five South American countries, stationed in Quito, Ecuador. Kent survived the death of his wife, Lauralee, in 2021 and lived the remainder of his days in the Courtyard at Jamestown assisted living center in Provo. Kent is survived by his three children, Suzanne (Paul White)(Los Angeles, CA), Michael (Heidi Hales)(Parker, CO), and John (Pam Domanski)(Provo, UT), as well as eleven grandchildren. The family celebrated Kent's life in a memorial service at Nelson Family Mortuary, 4780 North University Avenue, Provo, on Saturday, January 27, 2024. Internment, East Lawn Cemetery, Provo. [Deseret News, January 25, 2024.]

Stevens, David
822 21st Street
Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada TIJ 3W3 CA

Dave Stevens

Class of 1947. Alternate address: Stevens, David, Edson, Alberta, Canada T7E 1A0 CA - (780) 723-2136 - @2005

Stowell, Jean

Jean Stowell

Class of 1947. [Female]

Taylor, John Arthur (1947)
2165 North Oak Lane
Provo, Utah 84604-2136 US

John and Catherine Taylor
  • Home: 801-373-8603

Class of 1947. John A. Taylor. BYU BS Marketing 1955. Columbia University Graduate School of Business MS Advertising Management 1956. Married Catherine S. Pearson of Great Neck, New York in 1956. Three sons, six grandchildren. Employed by The Procter & Gamble Company, in the headquarters city, Cincinnati, Ohio, between June 1956 and July 1989. Retired August 1, 1989 after 33 years of continuous service. At P&G enjoyed a multitude of assignments in the media functions of the General Advertising Services Department. Among last assignments involved corporate responsibility for Procter & Gamble's use of: •Print Media (nearly 100 consumer magazines) •Cable Television •Radio •Advertising Support Targeted to Black and Latino Consumers. Served on the advertising industry’s Advertising Research Foundation (ARF) Radio Steering Committee, and was a founding member of the U.S. Spanish Radio Advisory Council (SRAC). Member of the BYU School of Management’s National Advisory Council (NAC)from 1976 to the present time. Special Instructor, Marketing, Marriott School of Management, 1989-1992. BYU Alumni Board of Directors, 1983-1986, and in 1991-1995 served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. American Red Cross Board, Central Utah Chapter, 1992, and Board Chairman September 1994 to June, 1995. Member of BYU Honor Code Advisory Council, 1992 to 1996. BYU Department of Communications Advisory Board (NAB), 1994 to the present time, and currently member of the Executive Committee of the Board. BYU Lee Library Development Board, 2004 to the present time. Secretary & Treasurer, Brickerhaven Corporation, 1997 to 2001. Counselor, Cincinnati Ohio Stake Presidency, 1958-1966. Stake President, Cincinnati Ohio Stake, 1966-1975. Cincinnati Ohio Stake High Councilor, 1978-1989. Cincinnati Ohio Region Public Communications Director, 1979-1989. Second Counselor, Presidency of the Provo Missionary Training Center, 1992-1994. Second Counselor, Presidency of the Salt Lake City Temple Square Mission, 1997. Utah Provo Oak Hills Stake High Council, 1998 to the present time. Director, Oak Hills Stake Public Affairs Council, 1999-2001. Provo Temple Ordinance Worker, beginning in 1999. @2010

Thompson, Carolyn

Thompson, Carolyn
Provo, Utah US

Carolyn and Thomas Lee

Class of 1947. Carolyn Thompson. ~ ~ ~ ~ HER OBITUARY: Carolyn Thompson Lee passed away Saturday, March 5, 2011. She was born June 28, 1929 in Malta, Idaho into the musically talented home of J. Henry Thompson and Lora Harmon Thompson. Carolyn's musical gifts blossomed at an early age. She graduated from BY High and BYU, receiving top honors in vocal performance. Carolyn had a scholarship to Julliard, but chose to marry and pass on her legacy of music through her children and music students. Carolyn married Thomas W. Lee on September 21, 1951 in the LDS Salt Lake Temple. Together they raised a family of musicians. Her greatest role was that of wife and mother. Carolyn served as president in all of the church auxiliaries. She loved nurturing the musical talents of youth. Her mother and brothers sang in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Carolyn was a member of the Choir singing as a high first soprano. Her daughters Betsy and Bonnie carry on the tradition as current members of the Choir. Tom and Carolyn moved around the country often. They treated each move as a mini-mission, lending priesthood and musical leadership wherever they went. In 1980 they returned to Provo where Tom teaches astronomy at Utah Valley University and Carolyn taught piano and vocal lessons. Among her many talents, Carolyn was also an excellent cook and seamstress. She truly never met a stranger. Everyone she met became her friend. She was a loving and caring mother and a devoted grandmother. We have all been blessed by her wonderful life. Sweet dreams, Mom. Children: Bob (Penny), Becky (deceased), Betsy (Ellis) Bailey, Ben (Becky), Barbara (David) Acheson, Bill, and Bonnie. She has 22 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. Siblings: Janie Thompson, Dorothy and Don Collier (both deceased), John (deceased) and Etta, Joe (deceased) and JoAn, Bob and Beth (deceased), and Sam and Ann. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 12, 2011 at the Provo Peak 2nd Ward Chapel, 965 North Locust Lane, Provo. Friends may call at the Berg Mortuary of Provo, 185 East Center, Friday evening from 6 until 8 and Saturday at the church from 9:30-10:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment will be in the Provo City Cemetery. Condolences to the family may be emailed to [Provo Daily Herald, Thursday, March 10, 2011]

Tibbs, Donald E.

Tibbs, Donald E.
Killed in Action, Korea

Don Tibbs

Class of 1947. Don E. Tibbs. Birth: 7 August 1929, Indianola, Utah, to Robert D. and Elizabeth A. Tibbs. Death: 24 September 1951. One August day in 1929 there was a great deal of excitement in the Indianola, Utah, home of Robert and Elizabeth Tibbs. Their four-year-old son, also named Robert, still remembers finding a strange bundle laying near the coal stove. Upon further investigation Robert discovered that the bundle was the source of all the fuss, it was his new baby brother, Don. The two boys had a good relationship growing up, they rode bicycles together, played football, and when they were older they also enjoyed skiing together. Don grew into a tall young man with blond hair, and enjoyed playing football at Brigham Young High School. He later went on to attend Brigham Young University in 1948. Don also became a mechanic in Utah National Guard 145th Field Artillery, and attended basic training at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. Robert joined the Air Force, and served his country in World War II. When the Korean War broke out Robert was again deployed. Shortly before Robert was to return home from Korea, Don a few other mechanics from his unit were to be sent to Korea. The two brothers were able to spend one night together in Ogden as Robert came home and Don left for Korea. When Don arrived in Korea men were badly needed on the front lines. Instead of reporting to his original duty station as a mechanic, Don was sent to the 23rd Infantry Regiment, then fighting at what would become known as Heartbreak Ridge. The first letter the Tibbs family received from Don told them that his new unit had been trying to take a hill for the past three days without much success. The family later learned that this first letter was also the last letter they would receive. On September 24, 1951, after less than a week on the front lines, a loving Heavenly Father called Don home to rest. Written By: Cadet Charity O. Coe --------------------------------------- KOREA Dec. 1951-July 1952 Message: 15047 - KENT S. Broadhead wrote on 2001-02-17 13:34:58,Unit: Hq. Battery, 145th F.A. Bn. Comments: I was in the Survey section. We arrived with the original 145th in Pusan, Korea, December 3rd, 1951. I was discharged July 4th, 1952. Once our firing units had been "surveyed in", Sgts. Whatcott and Broadhead were on Heartbreak Ridge in our bunker acting as forward observers (FO's) We were up 4 days, back with the battery headquarters actings as Fire Direction personnel for 8 days, etc. Our Survey Officer, Lt. Bob Ostergaard, would pull the identical shift with us. Captain Dean Tuttle was our battery commander. Colonel Galsworthy was our battalion commander. To my knowledge the only member of the 145th F. A. Btn. from the original Guard unit that came from Utah that was killed during the Korean conflict was Don Tibbs, a Brigham Young High School graduate and tractor mechanic from Indianola, Fairview, Utah. He was called by his MOS but when he got to Korea the U.N. forces were in retreat and he was given an M-1 rifle and put in an infantry unit. He sent Vern Whatcott a letter and said they had been at the base of this hill for 3 days and never moved an inch. He was killed shortly after sending the letter, still at the base of Heartbreak Ridge. We used to look at that battle-scarred hill and wonder just where Don was at its base when he wrote the letter. While I was there they took a couple of the long-toms from Baker battery and made them self-propelled 155's. They were placed near the 1st (?) Marine Division as support artillery. A Wyoming 105mm battalion was in front of us and we used to see them taking incoming fire as we would be playing volleyball after evening mess. Then in would come the helicopters to take out the wounded. It was nearly a takeoff on "MASH". It is amazing that to this date there has never been a 145th F.A. Bn. reunion to the best of my knowledge.

Tolboe, Vernon Eugene

Tolboe, Vernon Eugene "Gene"
Holladay, Utah US

Gene and Lois Ann Tolboe

Class of 1947. V. Eugene "Gene" Tolboe. Student Body President in 1946-1947. Married Lois Ann Nelson. ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS WIFE'S OBITUARY: Lois Ann Nelson Tolboe, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away Wednesday, January 1, 1997, after a year long battle with cancer. She was born March 9, 1928, in Spanish Fork, Utah, to Rulon H. and Ann S. Nelson. She married V. Eugene Tolboe on June 28, 1951 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. She earned a Bachelors of Science degree from Brigham Young University where she was involved in numerous service and social organizations. She was honored as the outstanding senior in Home Economics in 1950. Lois Ann was a respected educator and taught for 24 years in Granite, Salt Lake, and Provo school districts. She retired from Wasatch Junior High School in 1995. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma International and past president of the Alpha Gamma chapter. She was a certified volunteer of the Literacy in Action Program and a member of both the NEA and UEA. A member of the LDS Church she devoted her entire life to serving others. Her callings included Young Women's president on three occasions, Relief Society president, and stake Primary president. She is survived by her husband Gene; a son and two daughters, Bradley E. Tolboe (Lynn), Anne Marie Lowe (Howard), and Patricia Clark (Francis); nine grandchildren; three brothers and one sister, J. Rulon Nelson, A. Reed Nelson, and James H. Nelson, all of Salt Lake, and Gloria Neeley of Ogden. Funeral services were held held Monday, January 6, 1997 in Salt Lake City. Interment, Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park. [Deseret News, Friday, January 3, 1997.] ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS OBITUARY: Vernon Eugene Tolboe, our gentle father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend passed away on Thursday, November 10, 2011 due to complications from a hip fracture and diabetes. Gene was born in Provo, Utah on September 6, 1929 to Vernon Christian Tolboe and Ophelia Jennings Tolboe. He was their oldest child and big brother to Carole (Maxfield) who was born four years later. He had a wonderful childhood in Provo, where he made many friends with whom he was closely associated until his death. He loved his school days, especially his time at B.Y. High School where he played both football & basketball and was Student Body President. When Gene was 16 years old he lost both his parents in a tragic auto accident, an event that would significantly impact his sensitive and artistic nature. He married Lois Ann Nelson on June 28, 1951 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple and they had three children together. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1954 and a Bachelor of Architecture the following year from the University of Utah. He studied Art and Design at The New School for Social Research in New York City. Gene worked in architectural firms in Provo, New York City and Salt Lake City. He also worked as a Project Engineer for Tolboe Construction. He spent the greatest part of his career at Panushka & Associates and completed his professional life as the Chief Architect for the Salt Lake City Airport Authority. Our Dad was an artist in every way. He was intrigued by the beauty of design; whether it was in buildings, furniture, paintings, sculpture or jewelry. He loved the theater and music, especially jazz. He also loved sports and was a true Utah Ute fan. He had a passion for skiing and tennis. He enjoyed coaching his son's softball teams, and served as Scoutmaster to the same group of young men he coached on the field. More than anything, he adored his grandchildren and was proud of their accomplishments. He is survived by a son and two daughters, Bradley Eugene Tolboe, Anne Marie Lowe (Howard) and Patricia Clark; ten grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Lois Ann, his parents and sister. Special thanks to his long time nurse and friend Tammy Loock Strahl whose generous care gave us an extra four years with our Dad. Funeral services will be held Friday, November 18, 2011 at 11 am at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary (3401 South Highland Drive). Friends and family may call from 9:45 until 10:45 am on Friday morning or from 6 to 8 pm Thursday evening at the same location. Interment, Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park. [Deseret News November 13, 2011]

Tuttle, Joan

Tuttle, Joan
Provo, Utah US

Joan and Rex Lewis

Class of 1947. Joan Tuttle. Married Rex Lewis. She was a daughter of BYH faculty member, L. Elliott Tuttle, and sister of Gene Tuttle [BYH Class of 1949]. @2010 ~ ~ ~ ~ HER HUSBAND'S OBITUARY: Sterling Rex Lewis, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, passed away peacefully September 7, 2010, at the age of 87. He was born November 3, 1922, to Sterling and Fern Michie Lewis. He and his loving wife Joan celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary together last spring. Rex's educational credentials are amazing for a boy from the small city of Toppenish, Washington, that even today still bills itself as the city "Where the West Still Lives!" Rex attended the University of California at Los Angeles, went on to the Harvard School of Business and Brigham Young University (B.S., 1944). Rex was commissioned as a Navy Officer and served on the USS Osmond Ingram in World War II. He served as a supply officer in the Mediterranean and participated in the invasion of Southern France. He then was sent to the South Pacific to participate in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre and Philippine Liberation. He and his shipmates spent two years in the sights of the Kamikaze fighters. After his service in the Navy, he attended Stanford University where he received his J.D. in 1949. Rex was Phi Delta Phi. He then returned to the mountains and his family and friends. Rex married the love of his life, Joan Tuttle, on June 29, 1950. Soon thereafter he partnered with Jackson Howard to form the law firm of Howard & Lewis, where they were later joined by Don Petersen. They were partners for over 50 years and never had a sharp word. They built a prominent, well-respected firm. Rex was respected not only as a superb advocate, but a man of the utmost integrity with a great sense of fairness. Over the course of his career, Rex served as Assistant District Attorney, Fourth Judicial District, Utah, 1949-1951 and Special Assistant Attorney General for Condemnation, 1966-1970. From 1967 to 1969, Rex went to Washington, D.C., to serve as General Counsel for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., after which in private practice he established Dixie State Bank in St. George, Utah, and Wasatch Bank, in Utah County. Rex was very involved in civic and Bar activities. He was a member of the Utah County, Federal and American Bar Associations; Utah State Bar, The State Bar of California; The Association of Trial Lawyers of America; Utah Trial Lawyers Association; American Board of Trial Advocates (President of the Utah Chapter, 1982, National Secretary, 1985-89); Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Appellate Procedure, 1987-1991. He was admitted to the Utah and California Bars in 1949 and to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1968. Rex was a charter member of Riverside Country Club. He was dedicated to Rotary and was the major donor of the Utah Valley Rotary Club's Legacy Bridge Project in Provo Canyon. He started the Utah Valley Chapter of the United Way. He was involved with JCC, Red Cross and VFW, to name a few. He dearly loved his family and friends. We will miss his cynical, dry sense of humor and his subtleness. He was sarcastic, quick witted and a very good listener. "Hmmmhh". A true friend and gentleman, Rex was the guy you could always count on. He took a sincere interest in people. He was a lover of animals, dogs, horses and anything wild. An avid sportsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, golf, boating, tennis, and skiing. He was a true outdoorsman. Rex shot his last buck with a bow-and-arrow at the age of 84. He loved the mountains and he loved the beach. He was as comfortable in the courtroom as he was piloting his boat or scouting for antelope in the west desert. He and his wife covered almost every mile of every off-the-beaten-track dirty, bumpy road in Utah. Survived by his wife, Joan, of 60 years; three children, Sterling (Nikki); Alison (Craig) Krumwiede; and Liz (Gifford) Hickey. He had 10 grandchildren. Also survived by siblings Kay Lewis and Nina Kimball. Preceded in death by his parents, siblings Maxine Murdock and David Lewis. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 11, 2010, at the Berg Mortuary of Provo, 185 East Center Street. Friends may call at the mortuary one hour prior to services. Interment will be in East Lawn Memorial Hills, Provo, Utah. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the charity of your choice. Thank you. Condolences may be sent to the family at [Salt Lake Tribune, September 9, 2010] ~ ~ ~ ~ HER OBITUARY: Joan Tuttle Lewis, 1929 - 2016. Our beautiful mother and grandmother "stepped into her new life" on July 19, 2016. Her grace, elegance, intelligence and absolute delight in anyone who was lucky enough to know her, will be sorely missed. Joan was born October 20, 1929, to Elliott and Eleanor Mitchell Tuttle, in Richfield, Utah. She attended BYU from kindergarten through college. Joan played a mean game of bridge with her grade school friends well into her eighties. She graduated from Brigham Young High School in the Class of 1947. After college, she was swept off her feet by a handsome Naval officer, S. Rex Lewis, whom she married in 1950. The two of them were married over 60 years. Rex was the love of her life and vice versa. Joan started her married life as a third grade teacher. The school was overcrowded and her first classroom as a teacher was held in a hallway. Always the optimist, she looked at it as a great adventure. A lover of all things beautiful, Joan had an amazing sense of style. She worked in the design business as she raised her three young children. Her homes were always elegant and welcoming. An avid reader, Joan always had her nose in a book. She spent many hours with her children at the Provo City Library. During her entire life, books gave her great joy. She read many of her favorites over and over, considering them old friends. While she spent most of her life in the Provo area, she loved to travel. She and Rex traveled to countries in all parts of the globe. Every culture, its people, architecture, art, customs, food and countryside were fascinating to her. Art was a big part of Joan's life. She was an avid collector and loved nothing more than walking through galleries, studying paintings, meeting artists, reading art books and trying her hand at painting. The outdoors always called to Joan. The mountains, the beach, the desert - she loved them all. The family spent many fun times hiking, camping, skiing, boating and fishing. She taught us all to always appreciate a beautiful sunset, the light in the fall, the first crocus of spring peeking out of the melting snow. When the kids were grown, she and Rex spent many a weekend "roughing it" in the camper, hiking the countryside scouting for Rex's next hunting trip. Joan was always beautifully dressed and had the uncanny ability to look like a million dollars in a sweat suit. The sparking jewelry and movie star glasses might have helped. She was such an elegant woman, in her stylish clothes, the lovely way she carried herself, and her general demeanor. Tremendously coordinated, Joan was a great athlete. She loved being a ski instructor at Sundance. She was a good golfer and enjoyed lots of fun times with the ladies at the Riverside golf course. She also redecorated the ladies' locker room as long as she was at it. She won golf tournaments not only locally, but as far away as Hilton Head and Mauna Kea, Hawaii. She was also a fantastic bowler and had several near-300 point games, both with the ladies league and the couples league as well. Perhaps her best attribute was the ability to make anyone she was speaking to feel absolutely special. She was truly interested in that person and wanted to learn all about them. She really cared; anyone who has known her will understand that to be true. Nothing made her beautiful brown eyes sparkle more than her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved spending time with them and hearing about everything they were doing or even thinking about doing. Her counsel was always well taken. She is survived by three children: Sterling (Nikki); Alison (Craig) Krumwiede; and Liz (Gifford) Hickey. She had nine grandchildren and eight darling great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Will, and her dear husband, Rex. A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, July 31, 2016, at 4:00 p.m. at the Riverside Country Club, 2701 North University Avenue, Provo, Utah. Condolences may be expressed at As a tribute to Joan's life, the family requests you read a good book, find delight in a beautiful painting or sip a nice glass of wine with friends. We will miss her dearly. [Salt Lake Tribune, Sunday, July 24, 2016]

Twitchell, Catherine
86 E. 1800 S.
Bountiful, Utah 84010-5259

Catherine and E. L. Holman
  • Work: (801) 295-8228

Class of 1947. Married E. L. Holman. [Not Tolman]

Whatcott, Vernon C.

Whatcott, Vernon C.
Las Vegas, Nevada US

Vern & Mary Ann Whatcott

Class of 1947. Vern Whatcott. Senior Class President 1946-1947. ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS OBITUARY: Vernon C. Whatcott, resident of Kanosh, Millard County, Utah. Vernon C. Whatcott, of Las Vegas, Nevada, died Sunday, January 11, 2004, after complications from surgery. He was born on June 13, 1929, in Kanosh, Utah, to Clarence Whatcott and Thressa Whitaker Whatcott. When Vern was at the age for the 9th grade, the family moved to Provo, Utah, where Vern graduated from Brigham Young High School in the Class of 1947. Vern later graduated from Brigham Young University. Vern proved to be an excellent all-around athlete, and captained his high school basketball and football teams. He also served as his high school senor class president, and attended college on a basketball scholarship. He married Mary Ann Wilson, of Provo, on September 17, 1951. His college education was interrupted when his National Guard unit was mobilized during the Korean conflict. After active duty in Korea in 1950 and 1951, he returned to complete his college studies and was a member of the first graduating engineering class from BYU. After graduation, Vern and his family moved to Southern California, where he worked in the aerospace industry until his retirement in 1985. He moved to Las Vegas in 1988 and lived there until his death. Vern was survived by his wife, Mary Ann; sister, Hope Pritchett; daughters: Jacque Towner, of Virginia; Wendy Ohlsen, of California; and Holly Flowers, of Virginia; grandson and granddaughter, Tyler and Samantha Flowers; and numerous nieces and nephews. Graveside services were held in the Kanosh Cemetery in January 2004. [Provo Daily Herald, Sunday, January 18, 2004] ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS WIFE'S OBITUARY: Mary Ann Wilson Whatcott, 87, died on May 27, 2017, in Crossville, Tennessee. Mary Ann Wilson was born December 2, 1929, in Twin Falls, Idaho to Ford and Clara Wilson. Her father was a Pharmacist, and her mother was a Teacher. When Mary Ann was a child her family moved to Provo, Utah, where she attended Brigham Young High School and graduated in the Class of 1948 [not Provo High School]. Then she attended attended Brigham Young University. She married her high school sweetheart, Vernon Whatcott [BYH Class of 1947], prior to his deployment to Korea as a member of the Utah National Guard. After Vern’s return from Korea and graduation from BYU, the young family moved to Southern California, where Mary Ann raised her three daughters. In addition to being a homemaker, Mary Ann owned a fabric store for a time in partnership with her sister, and also worked in real estate. She loved to garden and paint, was a voracious reader, and had a lifelong interest in the study of religion and spirituality. After her daughters were grown, she returned to her family home in Provo, Utah, and later moved to Virginia to be close to her daughter Jacque. Her final home was in Crossville, Tennessee near her daughter Holly. She marveled at the fact that in her later years she had moved from her original childhood home in Utah to the Blue Ridge of Virginia and then on to Tennessee, where earlier generations of her family had originated. She is survived by her daughter Jacque Towner of Virginia, daughter Holly Flowers and son-in-law Tom Flowers of Tennessee, and by grandson Tyler Flowers and granddaughter Samantha Flowers. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vern Whatcott, her daughter Wendy Ohlsen and sisters Patricia Peterson, Nancy Moulton, Mignon Wilson and brother Hal Wilson. A graveside service was held on Tuesday June 13, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Payson City Cemetery, 805 East 400 North, in Payson, Utah. Source.

Wheelwright, Joan
PO Box 796
Laverkin, Utah 84745

Joan Rasmussen

Class of 1947. Married ______ Rasmussen. --@2001

Wilson, Beverly
9 Canyon Court
Petaluma, California 94952

Beverly Wheeler

Class of 1947. Married _____ Wheeler. --@2001

Witbeck, Alan R.

Witbeck, Alan R.
Provo, Utah US

Pete and Kathy Witbeck

BYH Class of 1947. Pete Witbeck - Alan R. "Pete" Witbeck. Canadian Student. BYU BS Physical Education 1952. BYU MS Physical Education 1954. Married Lorna Pickering "Kathy" Witbeck.~ ~ ~ ~ Alan R. "Pete" Witbeck came to Brigham Young High School as a student from Canada to complete entrance requirements to BYU. He graduated from BYH in 1947. Pete Witbeck played in the LDS All-Church Basketball Tournament with a Provo ward when he was a freshman at BYU in 1948. "It was a big deal," said Witbeck. "The media covered it heavily. It was really something just to get into it, and you got to meet people from everywhere." The All-Church tournament, sometimes called "the brawl that begins with a prayer" was discontinued in 1971 when it became logistically impossible to organize. Pete Witbeck earned a BS degree in Physical Education from BYU in 1952. He went on to complete an MS Degree in Physical Education in 1954, also at BYU. Pete Witbeck married Lorna Pickering "Kathy" Witbeck. Witbeck joined the BYU physical education faculty in 1954. Three years later, he became the university's first freshmen basketball coach, and over his next six-year tenure his teams went 62-9. He worked during the administrations of five university presidents, beginning with Ernest L. Wilkinson. "I give all the credit to Stan Watts, who had the faith and trust in me, a young guy out of Canada, to start off my career," said Witbeck, a native of Raymond, Alberta, who has been inducted into that city's Hall of Fame. "The greatest moment of my career was being part of that national championship team that won the NIT," Witbeck said. "We were seeded number one, and we swept through the tournament. Back then winning in Madison Square Garden really meant something." In 1962, BYU basketball head coach Stan Watts elevated Witbeck to assistant head coach and gave him responsibility for game planning and coordinating the offense, in addition to his continued role in charge of recruiting. In 1964, Witbeck won the Dale Rex Memorial trophy, awarded to the person who has contributed the most to amateur sports in Utah. In addition to his role as coach, recruiter and NCAA compliance officer at BYU, Witbeck participated in scheduling for football and men's basketball, helping to bring such high profile programs as Miami, Penn State and Notre Dame to Provo. Witbeck also served as the game manager for football and men's basketball, a crucial behind-the-scenes function that required arranging logistics for visiting teams and officials and handling whatever minor problems arose during contests. As game manager, he attended every BYU home football and men's basketball game since 1972. In 1972, when Stan Watts became BYU athletic director, he asked his assistant coach to join him in the administration. The amazing growth that followed is another of Witbeck's greatest satisfactions. "At that time our basketball program was on the national level and we decided we needed to get football on the national scene, too," he said. "Those are the two visible revenue sports and you need them to be successful to have other great sports, which we do now. "When you start winning as we did, that precipitates growth," said Witbeck, who served at BYU long enough to remember the George Albert Smith Fieldhouse before the Marriott Center and the hillside Cougar Stadium, replaced by Lavell Edwards Stadium. "Pete's seen it all when it comes to BYU athletics," said Val Hale, men's athletic director in 2001. "He was there for the NIT championship, on the sidelines for the Miracle Bowl, Danny Ainge's dash against Notre Dame, the football national championship and more. When he departs, we'll lose nearly 50 years of experience and a great lifetime Cougar." Witbeck was inducted into BYU's Hall of Fame for his contributions as assistant coach to Stan Watts on the BYU basketball team that won the 1966 NIT tournament, which was then recognized as college basketball's national championship. The BYU Varsity Club named Pete Witbeck as its 2003 recipient of the Foundation of Excellence Award. During his 47 years at BYU, Pete served as senior associate athletic director and Cougar basketball assistant coach. At the time of his retirement effective September 1, 2001, Witbeck was serving as the university NCAA compliance officer, working to ensure that the BYU athletic program observed the numerous rules legislated by collegiate athletic's governing body and serving as the university's point man with the association. Thanks to his vigilance and efforts to educate coaches and student athletes, BYU is one of the nation's few universities that never committed a major NCAA violation. Fred Skousen, vice-president for Advancement at Brigham Young University said, "Pete has been a right-hand man for five athletic directors over nearly a half century. He's made countless admirable contributions to the progress of the BYU athletic program from a little-known Rocky Mountain school to a national power that won conference titles in 16 of 19 Mountain West sports in which BYU competed." An avid jogger for 40 years, Witbeck also won 12 consecutive BYU intramural racquetball titles and co-authored a racquetball textbook which went through many editions. In retirement he continued his award-winning gardening and spent more time with his many grandchildren and his wife Kathy, who retired after a 40-year career in education. He also attended games in the stadiums his early efforts helped build, although sitting in the stands, he admitted, was a strange feeling. "I've never had that luxury of being just a fan," said Witbeck, who has always had game responsibilities at every BYU contest he's attended. "I don't know if I'll be able to stand it when people start criticizing the coach. But I know one thing, my blood will always run blue." ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS OBITUARY: Alan R. “Pete” Witbeck, beloved husband and father passed away Wednesday, May 5, 2010 in Provo, Utah. Pete was born February 26, 1929 in Raymond, Alberta, Canada, a son of Hampton Witback and Angelina (Dot) O'Brien Witbeck. Pete married Kathleen Pickering on September 3, 1966. At 18, Pete journeyed to BYU on a track scholarship as a long distance runner. Pete earned his bachelor and master's degrees before joining BYU's staff. He became the freshman basketball coach in 1957 and came away with a 62-9 record in six seasons and went undefeated in the 1963-64 season. BYU Head Basketball Coach Stan Watts made Pete his head assistant in 1962. Four years later, the Cougars won the NIT National Basketball Championship. Pete and Stan moved to athletic administration together in 1972. His athleticism also garnered 12 consecutive BYU intramural racquetball titles as well as co-authoring a national racquetball textbook. Pete was known as one of the NCAA's best compliance officers in college sports to get answers and interpretations to NCAA guidelines. Pete was the Senior Associate Athletic Director when he retired from BYU in 2001. He has been the right hand man for five athletic directors. He retired with 48 years of service to Brigham Young University. Pete had many interests including jogging, gardening, and spending time with his family. Pete continued his love of running throughout his life, averaging six miles most days. Pete was a wonderful husband, father, and a truly loyal friend. He was a master storyteller, reciting many entertaining stories of his experiences and travels. He had a delightful sense of humor and loved to hear and tell a joke. Pete was known for his integrity, honesty, exactness and loyalty. He was a wonderful example to his family and grandchildren. You could always count on Pete! Pete is survived by his wife, Kathy, of Provo; son, Von (Kerrie) Witbeck; daughter, Anne (Brandon) Jackson, both of Las Vegas, Nevada; and daughter, Jill Young of Herriman, Utah; daughter, Tori Mobley, of Houston, TX. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and a brother, Tom Witbeck, of Raymond, Alberta, Canada. Pete was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Nadine Price. He is loved and will be missed greatly. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 14, 2010 at the Edgemont 7th Ward Chapel, 555 East 3230 North, Provo. Friends may call at the Berg Mortuary of Provo, 185 East Center Street, Thursday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. and Friday at the church from 9:30-10:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment, Eastlawn Memorial Hills, Provo. Condolences may be emailed to [Deseret News, Saturday, May 8, 2010.] ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS WIFE'S OBITUARY: Kathy Pickering Witbeck, beloved wife and mother, passed away Thursday, February 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Kathy was born April 25, 1937 in La Canada, California, the daughter of Patricia Horn Pickering and Loren Clifford Pickering. Kathy married Alan R. Pete Witbeck on September 3, 1966. Kathy graduated from Brigham Young University in 1959, with a composite major in child development-family relations and elementary education. In 1980, she obtained her masters degree from BYU in Elementary Education Curriculum. She began her career in Los Angeles, California, teaching kindergarten and first grade students. After moving to Utah and marrying Pete, Kathy continued her teaching career and was nominated by the Alpine School District as Teacher of the Year in 1980. She was recognized by the Orem City Chamber of Commerce for her teaching ability while serving as a first grade teacher at Northridge Elementary. She served as principal of Sharon Elementary and Highland Elementary schools in the Alpine School District. She was an innovative educator touching the lives of thousands of children. Her overall teaching career spanned nearly 40 years. Kathy also touched the lives of many people over the years with her kind, loving personality, and her giving nature. She always had a positive outlook on life. Kathy had many interests including spending quality time with her children and grandchildren, doing some interior design work, traveling with husband Pete and enjoying her love of the beach. Kathy is survived by her daughter, Jill of Riverton; son, Von Witbeck and wife Kerrie; and daughter, Anne Witbeck Jackson, all of Las Vegas, Nevada. Kathy is also survived by 2 brothers, Dean and Roger Pickering; and 9 grandchildren. Kathy was preceded in death by her husband, Pete and her parents. She is loved and will be missed greatly. Graveside services will be held on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. in the Eastlawn Memorial Hills Cemetery, 4800 North 650 East, Provo, Utah. Friends may call at Berg Mortuary, 185 East Center Street, Provo, Utah on Friday evening from 6 until 8. Friends and family to meet at the grave on Saturday. Condolences may be sent online at [Provo Daily Herald, Tuesday, February 17, 2015]

Young, Patricia

Young, Patricia
Murray, Utah

Patti VanWagenen

Class of 1947. Patti Young. She married _______ VanWagenen. Our devoted mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, (Mary) Patricia Young VanWagenen, passed away at home on October 16, 1999, after a valiant battle with cancer. (Patti did not use her first name.) Born October 14, 1929, to George Leonard Young and Elsie Irene Torkelson in Butte, Montana. She lived in California, Boise, Provo, and spent most of her adult years in Salt Lake City. She is survived by her sister, Jacqueline Young (W. Mack) Lawrence (BYH Class of 1945) of Salt Lake City; daughters, Cathy VanWagenen (Brian) Zarkou of Boise, Idaho; and Sheralin VanWagenen (Troy) Christensen of Logan, Utah; son, Bradford VanWagenen; and 10 grandchildren. Patti graduated from the University of Utah in secondary education. She was affiliated with Alpha Chi Omega. After she graduated, she worked as an executive secretary for ZCMI. Pat later worked for the Granite School District as a secretary. In 1990 she received Secretary of the Year Award which recognized her many years of kind, caring service rendered to students, teachers and parents. Patti had many wonderful experiences while traveling with friends and family. She loved to visit the ocean. She was a woman of many talents and abilities which included woodworking, tole painting, flower pressing and arranging, and was always making thoughtful, homemade gifts for others. She was a wonderful cook and a gracious hostess. She had the ability to make and keep lasting friendships. She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and served with enthusiasm in many capacities. She enjoyed singing in the choir. Recently she served as a temple worker. The greatest joy Pat experienced was in spending time and in serving her family. Her lifetime efforts were concentrated on making life better for her children and grandchildren and in helping them to succeed. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, October 20, 1999, in Murray, Utah. Interment, Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park. [Deseret News, Monday, October 18, 1999.]

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