Alphabetical Alumni
Beesley, Dorothy

Beesley, Dorothy

Dorothy Beesley

Classes of 1921 and 1923. Class of 1921. Dorothy Beesley. She received a BYH Normal Certificate in 1921. Source: Annual Record, B.Y. University, Book 10, page 204. ~ ~ ~ ~ Class of 1923. Dorothy Beesley. She received a BYH Normal Diploma in 1923. Source: Annual Record, B.Y. University, Book 10, page 204. ~ ~ ~ ~ Collegiate Grad of BYU, Class of 1926. Dorothy Beesley. She received a BS Degree in Physical Education in 1926. Source: Annual Record, B.Y. University, Book 10, page 204.

Beesley, Effie

Beesley, Effie
Driggs, Idaho US

Effie +3 ServiceProctorGriggs

Class of 1918. Effie Beesley. Graduated from Brigham Young High School in 1918. Source: 1918 BYU Banyan, High School section, pages 60-79. ~ ~ ~ ~ Effie Beesley was born on July 25, 1898 in Chapin, Idaho. Her parents were Ebenezer Beesley and Emily Jane Maslen Cooper Beesley. She married three times (order not given): Hugh Hamilton Service; Fred Proctor; and Lawrence Price Griggs (married December 14, 1960 in Idaho Falls, Idaho]. Effie died on June 2, 1974, in Driggs, Idaho. Her interment, Driggs, Idaho.

Beesley, Mary J. [Mamie]

Beesley, Mary J. [Mamie]

Mamie Beesley

Brigham Young High School Graduate, Class of 1904 and 1906. Mamie Beesley graduated from BYH on May 23, 1904. Source: Program, Graduation Exercises 1904, BYU High School & Normal Departments, Monday, May 23, 1904, College Hall. (Note: 1904 is the first year for BY High and BYU -- previously both were called Brigham Young Academy.) ~ ~ ~ ~ Brigham Young High School Class of 1904. Mary J. [Mamie] Beesley. She received a High School Diploma. Source 2: Students Record of Class Standings B. Y. Academy, Book 2, Page 6. ~ ~ ~ ~ Brigham Young High School, Class of 1906. Mary (Mamie) J. Beesley. She also received a Certificate in Elocution. Source: Students Record of Class Standings B.Y. Academy, Book 2, Page 6. Mamie Beesley was the third and fourth grade teacher in the Lehi public schools, teaching in the Franklin Building, in September of 1902. [The Standard, Ogden City, Utah, September 12, 1902.] ~ ~ ~ ~ Mamie Beesley was a teacher in the Grantsville District school in September 1909. [Tooele Transcript, September 8, 1909.] ~ ~ ~ ~

Begay, Theresa Ann
PO Box 153
Navajo, New Mexico 87328-0153 US

Theresa & Stanley Kedelty
  • Work: 505-786-5219
  • Cell: 505-860-4001
  • Home: 505-777-2009

Class of 1966. Theresa Begay. 1966 BYH Student Body Secretary. Pep Club, Safety Council, GAA Basketball, Softball, Hockey Club, Student Council, F.H.A., Spanish Club, Junior Prom Program Chair, Seminary 4 years. University of Arizona BA Elemementary Education. University of New Mexico, Masters of Educational Administration, Educator / Administrator. Husband: Stanley Kedelty, same degrees, same schools. They have two daughters: Leslie and Michelle. Theresa's father: Ross Begay, Sr., born Jan. 15, 1921 in Crystal into the Edge Water People Clan for the Red Streak Running into the Water People Clan. He was a rancher. He was employed with Santa Fe Railroad, Navajo Tribal Utility Authority and Navajo Forest Product Industry. He was vice president of the Crystal Chapter, President of the Crystal Senior Citizen Association, and an officer in the Native American Church. He earned his Adult Education Certificate and is featured in the book Enduring Cowboys. He died in March of 2002. Interment, family land, Crystal. Survivors include his sons, Toledo R. Begay, Franklin Begay, Christopher Begay, Ross Begay Jr., John R. Begay, Richard M. Begay, Robert M. Begay, Michael S. Begay and Daryl R. Begay; daughters, Theresa A. Begay Kedelty [BYH Class of 1966], Sharlynn Louise Begay, Betty M. Begay Roanhorse, Regina Begay, Patricia D. Begay, Sharon A. Begay Holyan and Rose M. Begay; brother, Alvin Begay; sister, Grace Denetso; 45 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Begay Sr. was preceded in death by daughters, Deanna Ruth Begay and Rebecca J. Begay. Theresa has worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs for 20+ years. Currently working at Mariano Lake Community School as a Head Teacher. Commutes from Crystal each day. Navajo, New Mexico is a mailing address. Their home is actually located in nearby Crystal, New Mexico. Should any classmates come out to this part of the southwest, you are welcome. Our home is 1 miles west of NM 134, at MP 21. Enjoy and greet each new day, enjoy family and value life, know who you are and where you came from. @2006 @2016

Behrman, Leora

Leora Behrman

Class of 1946. Leora Behrman. She graduated from BYH on May 23, 1946. Source: 1946 BYH Graduation Exercises Program.

Behunin, Vera

Behunin, Vera
Tooele, Utah US

Vera and Jay Hansen

Classes of 1918 and 1919. Vera Behunin. She received a BYH Normal Certificate in 1918. Source: Annual Record, B.Y. University, Book 10, page 102. ~ ~ ~ ~ Class of 1919. Vera Behunin. She received a BYH Normal Diploma in 1919. Source: Annual Report, B.Y. University, Book 10, page 102. ~ ~ ~ ~ Vera Behunin was born on April 11, 1898 in Ferron, Utah. Her parents were Joseph Henry Behunin and Mary Zwahlen Behunin. Vera Behunin (23) married Jay Belton Hansen (27) of Ferron, Utah, on July 5, 1921 in Price, Utah. ~ ~ Jay Belton Hansen was born on November 19, 1893 in Manti, Utah. His parents were Jens "J" Hansen and Johanna Jeannette (Jannette) Richey Hansen. Jay B. Hansen died on September 2, 1971 at the Veterans Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. His interment, Tooele City Cemetery, Utah. Vera Behunin Hansen died on August 23, 1998 in Tooele, Utah. Her interment, Tooele City Cemetery.

Belcher, Mary Elizabeth

Belcher, Mary Elizabeth

Mary Rasicci

Class of 1940. Mary Belcher. Notre Maison. Opera. Girls' Athletic Association. Mary came to BYH from Payson H.S. ~ ~ ~ ~ Mary Elizabeth Belcher was born on June 11, 1920 in Murray, Utah. Her parents were Clarence Leroy Belcher and Laura Rozell Holladay Belcher. She married ____ Rasicci on January 28, 1942. Mary died on August 6, 1968. Her interment, Santaquin City Cemetery.

Bell, Junius

Bell, Junius
Monroe, Utah US

Junius Bell

BYH Class of 1924. Junius Bell of Monroe, Utah, graduated as a senior in the BYH Class of 1924. Background sources: BYU/BYH Annual Catalogues for the School Years 1923-24, 1924-25, and 1925-26.

Bell, Leatrice (Lee)
38 North 460 West
Orem, Utah 84057 US

Lee and Dean Holman
  • Work: (801) 765-0783

Class of 1943. Leatrice (Lee) Bell. Twin Falls High School 2, Notre Maison 3, Banter newspaper staff 3, Girls' Athletic Association 3, G.A.A. Vice President 3. ~ ~ ~ ~ BYU 1947. She grew up in Logan and southern Idaho, with two years in Hawaii. She attended BYH for her senior year, then went into the Cadet Nursing Corps. Later at USAC (Utah State University), she met an old friend, Dean S. Holman, and they were married in 1946. They have three children. Dean worked as a hospital administrator. Their children: Scott Roberts Holman (Marlena Laurella); Thomas Holman (Linda); Jane Holman. @2007

Bellows, Norma

Norma Bellows

Class of 1963. Norma Bellows. Pep Club, F.H.A.

Belnap, Darlene

Belnap, Darlene
26115 NE 45th Ave
Ridgefield, Washington 98642-8799

Darlene and Francis Alder
  • Home: 360-887-4858

Class of 1965. Darlene Belnap. French Club, F.H.A., Tennis, Trans. Married Dr. Francis C. Alder, BYH Class of 1965. Brother and Sister Francis C. Alder served in the Chile Antofagasta Mission, 2004-2007. Household: Francis C. Alder, Darlene Belnap Alder, & Daniel Jensen. @2009

Belnap, Kristene
757 East 2950 North
Provo, Utah 84604-4230 US

Kris and Dennis Largey
  • Work: 801-375-1939

Class of 1969. Kris Belnap. BYU BS Law Enforcement 1973. BYU-Hawaii 1980. Married Dennis Largey, of the BYU Religion Department and author of the new Book of Mormon Reference book.

Belt, Carol
1188 North 940 East
Lehi, Utah 84043-1480 US

Carol and Jon Mitchell
  • Home: (801) 766-6735

Class of 1972. Carol Belt. She is the daughter of former BYH Principal W. Dwayne Belt and Glenys Rollins Belt. She married Jon Mitchell, and they made their home in Lehi, Utah. @2010

Belt, Connie
360 Collinwood Drive
Fairview (McKinney), Texas 75069-9417 US

Connie and Jay Jones
  • Home: (972) 562-5230

Class of 1973. Connie Belt. BYU Nursing 1977. She is the daughter of former BYH Principal W. Dwayne Belt and Glenys Rollins Belt. She married Jay Jones, and they resided in Texas. They have two children, Jordan and Jeremy Jones. @2010

Belt, Shawna
633 East 1280 North
Provo, Utah 84097-3408 US

Shawna and John Edwards

Class of 1977. Shawna Belt. She is the daughter of former BYH Principal W. Dwayne Belt and Glenys Rollins Belt. She married John W. Edwards, and they made their home in Provo, Utah. @2010

Belt, Terry D.
427 North 200 East
Orem, Utah 84057-4022 US

Terry and Hollie Belt
  • Home: (801) 235-1874

Class of 1975. Terry Belt (male). BYU BS PE Sports Teaching 1984. Teacher Certificate PE Sports Teaching 1984. BYU MS Professional Leadership 1988. He is the son of former BYH Principal W. Dwayne Belt and Glenys Rollins Belt. He married Hollie M. and they made their home in Orem, Utah. Also living with them is Glenys R. Belt. @2010

Belt, W. Dwayne

Belt, W. Dwayne
Orem, Utah US

Dwayne and Glenys Belt

Faculty & Staff. W. Dwayne Belt [Wilbur]. He served as the Principal XIX of BYH during the 1961-1962 academic year. As head of all student activities, he came to BY High from Colorado. Dr. Belt added much to the success of BY High. He endeavored to improve working relationships between the faculty and the student body. His sense of humor and personality helped to create a friendly atmosphere. Working directly with students, he provided understanding leadership through wise counsel and advice. ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS OBITUARY: Dwayne Belt of Orem, passed away from a sudden severe illness on September 14, 2007, at the age of 78. He was born in Burroak Township, Iowa, on August 9, 1929 to Wilbur and Ruth Clement Belt. When he was 16, his family moved to Las Vegas, Nevada. He spent his senior year there involved in drama, music and track, and was voted 'most versatile graduate'. He attended BYU, where he participated in the band and on the track team, graduating with a BA in Music in 1952. While at BYU, he was converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Dwayne met Glenys Rollins in the clarinet section of the BYU Concert Band. They became eternal sweethearts when they were married in the Salt Lake Temple on August 25, 1952. He served in the United States Army from 1952 until 1954. Dwayne was a school teacher and principal in Lyman, then Evanston, Wyoming; after which he attended Northern Colorado University, receiving his master's and doctor's degrees. In 1961, Dwayne began to serve as Principal at B.Y. High School, through the 1961-1962 academic year.. He then transferred to BYU's College of Education, where he taught for 30 years. He served faithfully in church positions throughout his life, including missions with his wife to the Las Vegas, Nevada Mission, and the St. George Temple Visitor's Center and historic sites. At the time of his death, he was Branch President at the Canyon Breeze Assisted Living Center in Orem. He enjoyed being a member of the Orem Golden K Kiwanis Club. Dwayne loved sports and was an avid BYU, Utah Jazz and New York Yankees fan. He also loved good music and was very proud of the musical and athletic accomplishments of his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed a simple life - he was reliable, thrifty, punctual and orderly. He preferred a good hamburger and a malt to a filet mignon and a fancy dessert. His family adored him. Dwayne is survived by his wife, Glenys, of Orem; and his five children: Carol Belt [BYH Class of 1972~H] (Jon) Mitchell of Lehi; Connie Belt [BYH Class of 1973~H] (Jay) Jones, of Fairview, Texas; Terry (Hollie) Belt [BYH Class of 1975~H], of Orem; Shawna Belt [BYH Class of 1977~H] (John) Edwards, of Provo; Linda (Tom) Urquhart, of Orem; 28 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings, David, Jerry, Jimmy and Donna Belt, all of Las Vegas; and Peggy Hoskin, of Cedar City. Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 19, 2007, in the Sharon Park 3rd Ward chapel, 200 North 200 East, Orem. Interment, Orem City Cemetery. [Provo Daily Herald, Tuesday, September 18, 2007.]

Bement, James Charles

Bement, James Charles
Orem, Utah US

J. C. & Colleen Bement

Class of 1949 ~ Honorary. James C. Bement (J.C.). Sophomore Basketball, Opera. ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS OBITUARY: James Charles Bement (J.C.), 79, of Orem passed away suddenly on March 4, 2010, due to acute leukemia. J.C. was born January 11, 1931 in Price, Utah, to Herman Charles Bement and Bertha Bement. Early in his childhood, JC moved to Utah Valley where he attended Brigham Young High School and BYU. He served his country proudly as a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, during which J.C. also served as a Drill Instructor for the Army's Combat Leadership School. After his honorable discharge from the Army, he met and married his sweetheart and soulmate, Colleen Mitchell. They were married in Provo on November 26, 1954, and their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake City Temple. J.C. was devoted to Colleen and their family. J.C. was employed by Geneva Steel for over 30 years. Following his retirement from Geneva, he managed the Tiffin Dining Room at ZCMI for 11 years, where J.C. befriended many people through his love of food and joy for life. He had a great fondness for the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening. He especially loved taking long car rides with his wife in the mountains. J.C. was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many teaching and leadership positions. He loved working with the youth of the church, where his time as a Scout Leader was especially important to him. J.C. was preceded in death by his parents along with his brother, Russell, and his sister, Elaine; his daughter-in-law, Teresa; as well as his grandson, Joseph. J.C. is survived by his loving wife, Colleen; his son, Michael Bement, and grandchildren Emily (and her husband, Brenden), Amanda, and James; his daughter, Julie Garcia, and grandchildren Brittany, Alonso, Parker, and Marissa; eight great-grandchildren; his brother, Harlan, sister, Carol, and sister-in-law, Delta; numerous nieces and nephews; and his wonderful dog and companion, Riley. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. at the Berg Drawing Room Chapel of Provo, 185 East Center Street. Friends may call at the Berg Mortuary of Provo on Monday evening 6-8 p.m. or on Tuesday from 1-2:15 p.m. Interment East Lawn Memorial Hills Cemetery, Provo. Condolences may be sent to In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in J.C.'s name to LDS Humanitarian Services. [Provo Daily Herald, March 7, 2010.]

Bement, Russell Peterson

Bement, Russell Peterson
Boulder, Colorado US

Russell Bement

Class of 1944. Russell Bement. ~ ~ ~ ~ Russell Peterson Bement was born on February 14, 1926 in Provo, Utah. His parents were Herman Charles Bement and Bertha Luella Peterson. Russell married ______ Barker. Russell Bement died on April 18, 1987 in Boulder, Colorado. His interment, Boulder, Colorado.

Bench, Rees Edward

Bench, Rees Edward
Provo, Utah US

Rees and Georgia Bench

Collegiate Grad of BYU, Class of 1927. Rees Edward Bench. He received a BS Degree in Physics in 1927. Source: Annual Record, B.Y. University, Book 10, page 102. ~ ~ ~ ~ Rees Edward Bench was born March 17, 1900 in Fairview, Utah. His parents were John Longman Bench and Lenora Anderson Bench. He married Georgia Eden Christensen on August 31, 1921 in Manti, Utah. Georgia was born July 22, 1898. Rees E. Bench died on June 1, 1994 in Provo, Utah.

Bench, Ruel

Bench, Ruel
Fairview, Utah US

Ruel Bench

BYH Class of 1924. Ruel Bench (male) of Fairview, Utah. Source: 1924 BYU Banyan yearbook, BYH section. He graduated with the Class of 1924, and continued at BYH in 1925 as a special student. Background sources: BYU/BYH Annual Catalogues for the School Years 1923-24, 1924-25, and 1925-26.

Bendixsen, Grant Douglas

Bendixsen, Grant Douglas
Provo, Utah US

Grant & Laura Bendixsen

Faculty & Staff 1950s through 1964 - Core Teacher, English, including 1955-56. Grant Douglas Bendixsen. BYU BA Secondary Education 1949, BYU BS Education 1953. Grant D. Bendixsen, born August 24, 1916, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He died December 14, 1990. His parents: Carl Stephen Knud Bendixsen & Mary Caroline Nokes Bendixsen. ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS WIFE'S OBITUARY: Riverdale, Utah - Laura Nelle Taylor Bendixsen, 90, died Sunday, December 9, 2007 in Ogden of natural causes. She was born March 11, 1917 in Dutch Gap, Virginia, a daughter of Robin Adair and Emmie Bowe Martin Taylor. On November 21, 1945, Laura Nelle married Grant Douglas Bendixsen in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Grant preceded her in death on December 14, 1990. She lived in Virginia, Salt Lake City, Provo, Coalville, and resided in Riverdale since 1967. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she served a mission in the East Central States. In addition, she served as Primary President, Relief Society President, Stake Nursery Leader, Stake Missionary, and Relief Society and Primary Teacher. Laura Nelle, one of the Jolly Dutch Gappers, performed on the radio during World War II and various other places. She was a member and President of Yesharah, and committee Chairman of the Riverdale 4th of July Days, when it was named Old Glory Days. Education Week at BYU was her annual tradition for over 45 years and she attended Chautauqua for 47 consecutive years. She loved decorating her yard for Easter and helped compile a cook book or the church building fund. She had a passion for writing and was the Edgemont Correspondent for the Provo Daily Herald, a writer for the Summit Bee in Coalville, and a reporter for Riverdale in the Roy Chronicle. Surviving are two sons, Jan Robin Bendixsen [BYH Class of 1966 ~ H], Scot Douglas (Lynette) Bendixsen; and five daughters, Lewanna Bendixsen(Gary) Christianson, Sanoma Bendixsen Burke, Joy Bendixsen (Brent) Bastow, Fonda Bendixsen Evans, Patrice Bendixsen(Wesley) Ervin; son-in-law, Gary Fierro; 31, grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and her brother, Donald Taylor. Laura Nelle was preceded in death by: husband Grant, daughter Tanya Bendixsen Fierro, six brothers, three sisters, one grandson Lance Douglas Fox, and granddaughter Erin Bendixsen. Funeral services held Saturday, December 15, 2007 at the Riverdale Stake Center, 4000 South 1150 West. Interment, Lindquist's Washington Heights Memorial Park, 4500 Washington Blvd., Salt Lake City, Utah. [Provo Daily Herald, December 13, 2007.]

Bendixsen, Jan R.
GSM 27-03-1
PO Box 100, Area 51
Mercury, Nevada 85234 US

Jan Bendixsen

Class of 1966 - Honorary Member. Jan R. Bendixsen. His parents: Grant Douglas Bendixsen [BYH Faculty] and Laura Nelle Taylor Bendixson. Grant and Laura Nelle had eight children: Jan Robin Bendixsen [BYH Class of 1966 ~ H], Scot Douglas (Lynette) Bendixsen; Tanya Bendixsen (Gary) Fierro, Lewanna Bendixsen(Gary) Christianson, Sanoma Bendixsen Burke, Joy Bendixsen (Brent) Bastow, Fonda Bendixsen Evans, and Patrice Bendixsen(Wesley) Ervin. ~ ~ ~ ~ BA Physics University of Toronto 1970. 1970 to 1976, served in Viet Nam in the US Air Force. PhD Genetic Microbiology Princeton. 1980 to the present, employed by the US Government. "The majority of my memories of BY High are unpleasant; I will not be attending the 2006 class reunion. However, I do want to say Hi to Scott Bernhard, John Boshard, Linda Gilchrist, Barry Olson, Roger Sheffield, Karl Thomas, Joel Zabriskie, Noel Zabriskie, Phil Hoopes, John Kirkman, and especially to Tim Egbert and Lynn Tolley." @2006

Bennet, Erma

Bennet, Erma

Erma Bennet

Class of 1925. Erma Bennet. She received a BYH Normal Diploma in 1925. Source: Annual Record, B.Y. University, Book 10, page 398. ~ ~ ~ ~ Collegiate Grad of BYU, Class of 1934. Erma Bennet. She received a BS Degree in Elementary Education in 1934. Source: Annual Record, B.Y. University, Book 10, page 398.

Bennett, Beth Marie

Bennett, Beth Marie
Spokane, Washington

Beth and Robert Willardson

Class of ?? ~ Honorary. Beth Marie Bennett Willardson passed away suddenly on Dec. 14, 2001 in Spokane, Washington of a cerebral hemorrhage. DOB? She was born in Pleasant Grove, Utah to Amanda Marie Gleason Bennett and Sterling John Bennett. She grew up in Provo, attended Brigham Young Training School and Provo High, and graduated with high honors from Brigham Young University with a B.A. in chemistry, the second woman ever to do so. Beth married Robert Kent Willardson September 12, 1947, in the Salt Lake Temple. Together they moved to Ames, Iowa, where she did graduate work in chemistry and served as a graduate instructor. They then moved to Columbus, Ohio, where their older two daughters were born. In 1960, they moved to southern California where a third daughter was born. They built their dream home in Arcadia, California. After twelve years there, the family moved to Spokane, Washington, where they have resided the past twenty-seven years. Beth dedicated her life to her family. She adored her grandparents and devoted herself to her children and grandchildren. She emphasized to her daughters the importance of women's achievements and inspired all three to pursue graduate education. Beth was proud of her pioneer heritage and spent many hours doing genealogy work. She was a member of AAUW, the Democratic Party, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A strong-minded and brilliant woman, she followed current events closely and loved films, flowers, her pets, and long drives in the country. She is survived by her husband, Robert, of Spokane; daughters Amanda Marie (Terry) Ballou of Chelan, WA, Ann (Richard) Engar of Salt Lake City, and Jennie Lynette of Spokane; brother Sterling John (Marilyn) Bennett of North Salt Lake; and three grandchildren. A funeral service was held Friday, December 21, 2001 in Provo, Utah. Interment, Provo City Cemetery. [Deseret News, Thursday, December 20, 2001.]

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