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Payne, Jaynann & Dean
Provo, Utah

Jaynann & Dean Payne

Jaynann was a Brigham Young Academy Foundation Member. Dean Payne and Jaynann Morgan Payne were BYH parents. OBITUARY: Dean Wilford Payne: The Dean Payne family mourns the passing of their beloved husband, father, and grandfather who returned home with honor on Wednesday March 15th 2006, from the effects of a pulmonary embolism. Dean Wilford Payne, was born October 17, 1926 in Washington D.C., to Wilford Houghton Payne and Blanche Ellsworth Payne. After serving a two-year LDS mission to the Northern States, he studied at Brigham Young University where he met Jaynann Morgan. They were married on June 29, 1948 in the Salt Lake Temple. He completed his Jurisprudence Doctorate at the University of Utah in 1952, and practiced law in Provo, Utah with his father-in-law, J. Rulon Morgan for many years. He was a member of the Utah State Bar Association for over 40 years. He relished his various calls to serve in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In every calling and especially as the patriarch of his family, he magnified his priesthood and found great joy blessing others. He held positions in his home ward, BYU and MTC wards including that of bishop, counselor, high councilman, and Stake Mission President. Dean and Jaynann served a public affairs mission in the Philippines for two years from 1995-1997, and just completed a two year hosting-mission in August at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in Salt Lake City. He was active in civic organizations, some of which included the Boy Scouts of America, the Red Cross, and as County Chairman of the Republican Committee, and President of the George Albert Smith chapter of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers. Dean honored his pioneer heritage and loved telling stories of his ancestors. Dean was a lifelong student and the children thought of him as a walking encyclopedia of fascinating information about almost any subject but especially history, geology, science, the scriptures, language, music and fine arts. He conducted early morning and late-night scripture study and organized unusual family home evenings. He loved traveling and people of other cultures, hence, he gallivanted about the world with his wife and children soaking in all the history and culture in what the children called "hysterical pilgrimages." Dean and Jaynann welcomed into their home and hearts countless young people from all over the world who were in need and who lived with them for months or sometimes years and were treated as their own children. The family has many "adoptees," still beloved, with whom they maintain contact. Dean was a great collector! Not only of children, but of coins, stamps, books, rocks, paintings and music. He loved to bathe the children and read to them at night and tuck them into bed. He was witty and had a great sense of humor. He loved to wrestle, joke, tease and banter with his children and grandchildren. He dearly loved his 69 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren and enjoyed teasing them. When the children would ask how much something cost, he would reply "Oh, eleventy two fifty plus tax." Or if they asked where he was going he would say "I'm going to see a man about a double bird dog." Dean was an exemplary family man and only the Savior took precedence over his wife and children. His testimony of Jesus Christ and His Atonement was always a beacon to his family. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jaynann, and twelve children: Susan Carole A.K.A. Shoshanna Rose (Stephen) Miller, Medford, OR; John (Edie) Payne, Provo, UT; Janice (David) Hymas, Highland, UT; Evelyn (Robert) Naylor, Fremont, CA; Wilford (Jill) Payne, Aloha, OR; Edward (Karen) Payne, Chandler, AZ; Benjamin (Heather) Payne, Gridley, CA; Nancy Escobar Herrera, Provo; Thomas (Louise) Payne, Springville; Julie (Ben) Paz, Springville; Rachelle (Jason) Baum, Pearland, TX; Rosalie (Jonathan) Lines, Yuma, AZ. Dean is also survived by his siblings: Marjorie (Edwin) Seely, Louise (Bill) Wilhite, David (Elodie) Payne, Kathleen (John) Benson and Helen (Robert) Asay and a sister-in-law, Jennie Payne, whose husband, Kay, Dean's older brother, preceded him in death. Funeral services will be held Monday, March 20 at 11 a.m. in the Oak Hills Ninth Ward (Hillside Chapel) on 1960 North 1500 East, Provo, Utah. A viewing will be held at the church on Sunday from 6-8 p.m. and again Monday at the church from 9:30 to 10:45 preceding the funeral. Interment will be at the Provo City Cemetery. [Provo Daily Herald, March 17, 2006.]

Poll, Richard D. & Emogene

Poll, Richard D. & Emogene
Provo, Utah

Dick and Gene Poll

Members, Brigham Young Academy Foundation. Richard Douglas Poll, age 76, died at his home in Provo on April 27, 1994. A teacher, writer and lecturer on Mormon and Utah history, Dick was born in Salt Lake City on April 23, 1918 to Carl William and Annie Swenson Poll. He received B.A. and M.A. degrees from Texas Christian University, where he was a student body president. He served an LDS mission in West Germany, Denmark and Canada, 1939-41. While in the U.S. Army Air Force, he married Emogene (Gene) Hill on November 22, 1943. After obtaining a Ph.D (Phi Beta Kappa) at the University of California, Berkeley, he taught from 1948 to 1969 at Brigham Young University. He was chairman of the History Department, associate director of the Honors Program, first president of the BYU Chapter of A.A.U.P., first faculty representative on the Deans Council, and 1969 Honors Professor of the Year. He taught a closed-circuit TV course, "The American Heritage," to several thousand BYU students. He was Vice President for Administration at Western Illinois University (WIU), Macomb, Illinois, 1970-75; then he returned to full-time teaching. In 1983 he retired to Provo where he taught occasionally at BYU. His memberships included the Brigham Young Academy Foundation, Rotary Club (Paul Harris Fellow), American Civil Liberties Union, American Association of University Professors, Utah State Historical Society, Western History Association, Organization of American Historians and the Democratic Party. President of the Mormon History Association, 1969-70, he wrote books and articles of historical, biographical and religious themes. His essay, "What the Church Means to People Like Me" introduced to concept of Liahona and Iron Rod Mormons. An active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served in the Oak Hills Second Ward bishopric, several high councils, and as president of the Macomb Branch. He directed several travel-study tours and was a tutor in the Provo Library adult literacy program. Dick will be missed for his humor, intellect and dedication to his family, church and community. He is survived by his three daughters, Marilyn (Gary) Bell, Lubbock, Texas; Nanette (Terry) Allen, Sandy; Jennifer (Clayton) Crawford, Oakland, Calif.; nine grandchildren; sister, Ruth Barlow, Provo; and brother, Carl Poll, Palo Alto, Calif. Funeral services were held Saturday, May 7, 1994 in Provo. Contributions may be made to the History Department Scholarship fund of BYU or WIU. [Deseret News, Monday, May 2, 1994] -- EMOGENE (GENE) HILL POLL. Brigham Young Academy Foundation member. Emogene (Gene) Hill Poll, age 73, died at her home in Provo on February 15, 1994. She was born in Payson, Utah, March 26, 1920, to Leonard A. and Jennie Bird Hill. She graduated with honors from Payson High School and attended LDS Business College. After a whirlwind courtship in wartime Florida, she married Richard D. Poll in the Salt Lake Temple on November 22, 1943. For many years she was associated with Brigham Young University and Western Illinois University, where her husband held faculty and administrative appointments. She was president of BYU Women and vice president of WIU Faculty Wives. An active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she taught in all the auxiliary organizations. Her executive positions included Primary president, counselor in several Relief Society presidencies, and president of the Macomb (Illinois) Branch Relief Society. She was a tutor in the Provo Library Adult Literacy Program and a friend and counselor to many younger LDS Women. She traveled widely in North American, Europe, the Far East and around the world, living for two years in England and Germany. A career homemaker, she also managed extended periods of employment as bookkeeper and secretary at Utah Valley Hospital and Brigham Young University. Organizations to which she belonged included the League of Women Voters, Brigham Young Academy Foundation, Mormon History Association, Utah State Historical Society, Utah Heritage Foundation, B.Y.U. Emeriti Faculty and the Democratic Party. Mrs. Poll is survived by her husband, three daughters and their husbands, Marilyn and Gary Bell, Lubbock, Texas; Nanette and Terry Allen, Sandy, Utah; and Jennifer and Clayton Crawford, Oakland, California; nine grandchildren; three sisters, Ruth Weight, Springville; and Margaret Francis and Lois Burton, Spanish Fork; and two brothers, LeRoy Hill, Payson and Merrill Hill, Hot Springs, Arkansas. Funeral services were held Saturday, February 19, 1994 in Provo. Interment, East Lawn Memorial Hills, Provo. [Deseret News, Wednesday, February 16, 1994]

Raynor, Wallace A.
[Moved to China]
Provo, Utah

Wally Raynor

Brigham Young Academy Foundation Member. Once served as President of the Academy Square Restoration Committee. In 1997 he moved to China to take a teaching position there.

Roper, Julie
2332 North 920 West
Provo, Utah 84604-1256 US

Julie and Matthew Roper
  • Work: (801) 373-1739

Brigham Young Academy Foundation Member. Julie Roper. ~ ~ ~ ~ 1998 NEWS ARTICLE: Provo honors Academy rescuers. Julie Roper didn't like watching the old Brigham Young Academy slowly crumble. ``Every time I drove by I kept thinking, `Somebody should do something about this,' '' said the Provo woman who lived just east of the dilapidated building. That somebody turned out to be Roper, who along with her husband, Matt, and their three children helped save the Academy's Education Building from demolition. The family was recognized at a ceremony unveiling construction plans for the Provo City Library at Academy Square. The city intends to renovate the once-abandoned structure and construct a new low-rise building behind it with $22.2 million in public and private funds. The National Trust for Historic Preservation called Academy Square the most significant unrestored building west of the Mississippi. The night before a $16.8 million city bond election for the library project, the Ropers threw together a honk-and-wave rally on the corner of University Avenue and 500 North. It didn't take long until members of the Brigham Young Academy Foundation, the group urging passage of the bond, noticed the sign-toting family and friends. ``Some Academy people showed up and dragged me into this,'' Roper said. She chaired the ``nickel-and-dime'' fund-raising committee. An empty fish tank in the current library netted $600 in coins, most of it from children. Roper also organized events to earn money for beautifying the building grounds. The Ropers' contribution was indicative of the groundswell of grass-roots support for the new library. Library director Gene Nelson said the city couldn't have made it to this point without families. Plans call for the Education Building to remain the block's centerpiece. It would be remodeled for a children's library and meeting rooms. The main book collection would be housed in a partially underground structure connected to the historic building by a glass walkway. Most of the parking also would be below ground. Total estimated construction cost is $17.5 million. The remainder of the $22.2 million is earmarked to furnish and equip the library. ``There is much yet to be done,'' said Doug Smoot, Academy Foundation director. ``There are still financial challenges to complete the project within budget.'' The foundation, which raised $5.4 million for the renovation, will know what those difficulties might be after construction bids come in this summer. Should bids exceed anticipated costs, the foundation has 75 days to negotiate a lower price or raise the difference in cash. Although construction crews have scoured the building inside and out, above ground and below, there's always the possibility they missed something that could drive up remodeling costs. ``On a building this age (107 years), that's the big question,'' Smoot said. ``We're very optimistic, but we're also very realistic.'' Still, longtime Brigham Young Academy devotees are thrilled the building is still standing and they have a good chance to return it to its glory days. ``I spent all of my life on this block from kindergarten to first grade all the way up to a master's degree,'' said Shirley Paxman, who grew up across the street from the academy. ``This is an important day to me.'' If everything goes according to plan, the new library will open in fall 2000. [Deseret News, Tuesday, March 24, 1998, by Dennis Romboy, Staff Writer. ]

Ross, Michael

Michael Ross

Brigham Young Academy Foundation Member.

Smoot, L. Douglas

Smoot, L. Douglas
Provo, Utah US

Douglas & Marian Smoot

Member Brigham Young Academy Foundation. Honorary Alumnus and Honorary Faculty & Staff of BYH. Although he did not attend or teach at BY High, and in fact captained the Springville High School basketball team that defeated the BY High team for the State Championship in 1952, all BY High Alumni, Faculty and Staff honor Dr. L. Douglas Smoot for the central role he has played in the Miracle of Academy Square. There is no doubt that, without his leadership and more than 8,000 hours of his service to the cause of saving the Brigham Young Academy building from almost sure destruction, it would now be gone forever. -- L. Douglas Smoot, Professor, BYU Chemical Engineering. Emeritus Dean, BYU College of Engineering & Technology. Ph.D., University of Washington, 1960 -- General Background -- Dr. Smoot has been at Brigham Young University since 1967 and was department chairman from 1970-1977, Dean of Engineering and Technology from 1977 through 1994, and Director of ACERC from its beginning in 1986 to 1997. Previous experience included four years at Lockheed, one year at California Institute of Technology and summers with Hercules, Phillips Petroleum Company and Boeing. He has also consulted with over sixty companies and agencies in energy, combustion and propulsion areas in the united States, Europe and the Orient. He is a member of AIChE, ASEE, The Combustion Institute, and NFPA and has received six state or regional awards. He has presented or published over 200 technical articles, eight invited review articles and four books on combustion. He has completed a term of service on the Governors Science and Technology Advisory Council for the State of Utah. He also received the first Distinguished Faculty Award and its Presidential Medal in 1985. Dr. Smoot has recently been awarded a Combustion Professorship at BYU and was named the 1995 Outstanding Faculty Member in Engineering and Technology. -- Educational / Professional Experience -- • B.S., Chemistry, Brigham Young University, 1957 • B.E.S., Chemical Engineering, Brigham Young University, 1957 • M.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Washington, 1958 • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Washington, 1960 • Senior Technical Specialist, Lockheed Propulsion Co., 1963-1967 • Visiting Assistant Professor, California Institute of Technology, 1966-1967 • Founding Director, ACERC, Brigham Young University • Dean Emeritus, College of Engineering and Technology, Brigham Young University • Assistant, Associate, and Professor, Brigham Young University, 1960-1963; 1967-2006. • Author: The Miracle at Academy Square, 590 pages, published May 2003 by BYU Press [distributed through the BYU Bookstore in book form and on CD]. This book documents the amazing battle that saved the Brigham Young Academy building. • Elder L. Douglas Smoot is a member of the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. ~ ~ ~ ~ April 2006: Engineering professor at BYU-Provo Douglas Smoot is retiring after 38 years of teaching and 54 years associated with the university. Bro. Smoot helped make possible the renovation of the old Brigham Young Academy building, now the Provo City Library at Academy Square. ~ ~ Dr. Smoot will continue his work at BYU through July 2006, then work in Provo at a company he helped to organize, Combustion Resources, Inc. Alternate email: ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS OBITUARY: Obituary for L. Douglas Smoot L. Douglas Smoot, our wonderful father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones on January 13, 2020. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 63 years, Marian Bird Smoot. He is survived by his sister, Beth Johnson, four daughters, Analee (Scott) Folster, LaCinda (John) Lewis, Michelle (Nathan) Hyde, and Mindy (Conor) Robbins, and his 20 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. Doug’s faith framed his life’s choices and experiences. He was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and loved serving the members in the Oak Hills area as a Bishop and Stake President, and then an Area Seventy in the Fifth Quorum for the Utah South Area. Doug was born in Provo, Utah on July 26, 1934 to Douglas and Jennie Smoot. His parents moved the family to the neighboring town of Springville with his two older sisters, Norma (Bills) and Beth (Johnson). An individual with a keen intellect and wisdom to match, Doug was known for his dedication, determination, and diligence in all endeavors. He met Marian in 3rd grade; they dated while attending Springville High, were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on September 15, 1953, and began their family and pursued their education. Doug earned a degree in Chemical Engineering from BYU while playing tennis and basketball for the “Y.” He continued on to earn a master’s degree and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington in 1958 and 1960, respectively. Doug began his Chemical Engineering career at BYU and then moved his family to Redlands, California where he worked for Lockheed Propulsion Company and taught part-time at the California Institute of Technology. The family eventually moved back to Provo, Utah where Doug became the Chairman of the Chemical Engineering Department and then served as the Dean of Engineering and Technology for 17 years prior to his retirement. He also greatly enjoyed teaching religion classes at BYU. Collaboration with stellar students and wonderful colleagues brought Doug great enjoyment. While at BYU, he founded and directed ACERC—one of the world’s largest academic research centers to advance combustion engineering technology. Since 1968, Doug served as Principal Investigator or Project Director on 40 grants and contracts totaling over 20 million dollars from 22 industrial and governmental agencies. He was given the distinguished Homer H. Lowry Award, the International ASME Percy Nichols Award, the Governor’s Medal for Science & Technology, and Distinguished Faculty and Lecturer and the Presidential Award from BYU. Doug was internationally recognized as one of the premier authorities in the field of Combustion Engineering and clean burning fuels. He authored over 200 technical articles and four books on fossil fuels, coal gasification, and clean burning fuels. Doug is a patent holder and co-founded Combustion Resources, a private research and consulting company. He also served an appointed term for US Senate’s office of Technology Assessment. Doug’s community service included a term on the Governor’s Science Advisory Council, many years on Provo City’s Economic Development Board, Provo’s Energy Department Board, Tuacahn’s Board of Directors, and America’s Freedom Festival Advisory Board. He has written or co-authored books on Abraham O. Smoot, the History of BYU Chemical Engineering, and the preservation of the historic BY Academy building titled, The Miracle at Academy Square. In 1995, Doug assumed the leadership of a team of passionate citizens and government officials to preserve the BY Academy—a building that was constructed with the funds of his great-grandfather A.O. Smoot. It is now the Provo City Library at Academy Square. This giant of a father, with Marian at his side, placed their family as their highest priority. He was loved by four-generations of family members. He was known for his faith, enthusiasm, kindness, determination, generosity, humor, love, optimism, and support of their many endeavors. Though he wore many hats, his cowboy hat may have been his favorite. He loved his six horses, his Mapleton farmland, and Olson Ranch rides with his friends and family. Doug taught by word and deed and left a legacy of love and learning for generations to come. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at the Oak Hills Stake Center, 925 East North Temple Drive, Provo, Utah. Friends may visit with the family at the Berg Mortuary of Provo, 185 East Center Street, Monday, January 20 from 6-8:00 p.m. and at the church Tuesday from 9-10:30 a.m. prior to services. Interment, Provo City Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed at Source. ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS WIFE'S OBITUARY: Marian Bird Smoot passed away on December 28, 2016. She was born in Springville, Utah on September 7, 1933 to Maurice Clegg Bird and Mary Elizabeth Williams Bird. She was preceded in death by her parents and her older brother, Wallace, who was killed in a plane accident in 1954. Marian is survived by her sister, Mary Jane Palfreyman, brother, Richard Bird, her husband, L. Douglas Smoot, and daughters: Analee (Scott) Folster, LaCinda (John) Lewis, Michelle (Nathan) Hyde and Mindy (Conor) Robbins. Marian met Doug in the third grade and they attended Springville High School together where she was the Art Queen, member of the Steno club, and a cheerleader. Marian designed and sewed the cheer outfits which were showcased in the Springville Art Museum. She loved to dance, run, play the drums, sew, paint and drive her Dad’s red truck. Doug and Marian graduated in 1952, and on September 15, 1953 they were married in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They recently celebrated 63 years of marriage. Marian was a faithful member of the LDS church. She served in numerous callings including Relief Society President, Primary chorister and ward photographer. She was a great support to Doug in his many church callings. Marian served as President of BYU Women and on the Provo City Art Board which was responsible for raising funds for the Covey Center for the Arts. Marian loved music and had a beautiful alto voice. She and Doug donated their time, energy and financial resources to various theatre and art foundations, including Tuacahn, the Covey Center and the Springville Art Gallery. Marian also loved sports and cheered for BYU and the Jazz. She enjoyed tennis with friends and played competitively for years. Marian was an excellent homemaker, cook, collector and seamstress. She had a quick wit, a ready smile and a contagious laugh. Marian and Doug traveled the world together, often with family. Her favorite place to be was on row one, the center seat of any activity where her family was involved. Marian is a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She will be greatly missed by her family, now numbering 62, including 20 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Marian devoted her life to her posterity and her legacy will live on through them. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, January 5, 2017 at the Oak Hills Stake Center, 925 East North Temple Drive, Provo, Utah. Friends may call at the Berg Mortuary of Provo, 185 East Center Street, Wednesday, January 4, from 6-8:00 p.m. and at the church Thursday, from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. prior to services. Interment will be in the Provo City Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed at [Provo Daily Herald, December 31, 2016]

Swindle, Sharon
Provo, Utah

Sharon Swindle

Brigham Young Academy Foundation Member. Sharon Swindle.

Tanner, V Jordan
1929 North 1420 West
Provo, Utah 84604 US

Jordan and Pat Tanner
  • Cell: 801-367-5266
  • Home: 801-377-1876

Brigham Young Academy Foundation Member. BYH Class of 1950 ~ Honorary. V Jordan Tanner. Jordan Tanner attended both the BY Training School and BY Junior High School, leaving after the 9th grade. He then graduated from Provo High School in 1950. He graduated from the University of Utah in 1954 and received his Commission as an Ensign and served as the Signal Officer on the USS Hornet, CVA-12 for two years. After his Navy days he received an MBA from the University of California (Berkeley). He passed the exams for the Foreign Service and served in Embassies in Korea, Indonesia, Pakistan, South Africa and Australia. He was elected to Utah House of Representatives in 1990 and served five terms. He sponsored legislation in 1994 that prevented smoking in all public buildings in Utah. It was the first statewide ban implemented in the United States. He also sponsored several ethics reform bills during the ten years he was a legislator. He was serving in the legislature during the final and successful effort to save the historic Academy Building, and was named an honorary member of the Brigham Young Academy Foundation. He has done contract work with the Department of State for the past twenty years, working on International Visitors Leadership Projects. He has been an Adjunct Professional at the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies at BYU for 21 years and was appointed to the Provo City Energy Board in 2009. ~ ~ ~ ~ FAMILY: Parents: Professor Vasco Myron Tanner (born October 29, 1892 in Payson, Utah) and Annie Atkin Tanner (born December 14, 1891). Vasco and Annie married on June 5, 1917. The children of Vasco and Annie Tanner included: Carol Tanner, married Leo Evan Smith; Marilyn Tanner, married Edward Smith Murphy; Carmela Dawn Tanner, married David Pond Forsyth; Gloria Tanner, married Maurice Smith; and V Jordan Tanner [BYH Class of 1950~H], married Pat Nowell. [Special note: We are informed by Jordan Tanner that the initial V in his name is not an abbreviation, hence no period follows it.] @2009

Thorne, Carol

Carol Thorne

Brigham Young Academy Foundation Member.

Westwood, Brad

Brad Westwood

Brigham Young Academy Foundation Member.

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