Alphabetical Alumni
Wentz, Leland

Wentz, Leland

Leland Wentz

Collegiate Grad of BYU, Class of 1924. Leland Wentz. He received a BS Degree in Political Science in 1924. Source: Annual Record, B.Y. University, Book 10, page 308.

Wentz, Myrl

Wentz, Myrl
Provo, Utah US

Myrl Wentz

BYH Class of 1924. Myrl Wentz of Provo, Utah. Myrl was listed as a 4th Year (senior) student at Brigham Young High School in the Class of 1924. Background sources: BYU/BYH Annual Catalogues for the School Years 1923-24, 1924-25, and 1925-26.

West, Archie C.

West, Archie C.

Archie West

Collegiate Grads of BYU, Class of 1923. Archie C. West. He received a BS Degree in Accounting & Business in 1923. Source: Annual Record, B.Y. University, Book 10, page 336.

West, Carmen Barbara

West, Carmen Barbara
Rexburg, Idaho US

Carmen and Ted Ard

Class of 1953 ~ Honorary. Carmen Barbara West. She married Ted L. Ard. ~ ~ ~ ~ HER OBITUARY: Carmen Barbara West Ard, 78, of Rexburg, Idaho, passed away Saturday, November 26, 2011, surrounded by her family after a long 29-year struggle with cancer. She was born October 25, 1933, in Lindon, Utah, to Merna Davenport West DeSpain and Ross Charles West. Her mother brought her and her brother back to Idaho when she was one-and-a-half years old. They lived with her grandmother in Heman, Idaho, until she was 9. Due to illness, the doctor recommended a warmer climate, so Carmen and her mother moved to Arizona for a year. They returned to Idaho after that for one year, and then moved to Utah while her mother finished college at Brigham Young University. Carmen attended Brigham Young Junior High School in Provo. Upon her mother completing school, they returned to Idaho, where Carmen started high school. She attended high school at South Fremont and Sugar-Salem and graduated from Rigby High School in 1953. While living in Sugar City, she met her eternal sweetheart, Ted Lorraine Ard, on a blind date on New Year's Eve 1950. She was only 17. Ted left for the service 28 days later during the Korean War. They were married September 29, 1954, in Rexburg. Their marriage was solemnized in the Idaho Falls Temple on July 2, 1964. Carmen and Ted made their home in Rexburg, where Ted owned and operated the Phillips 66 service station and bulk plant for 40 years. They had two children, Kendra and Neal. Carmen enjoyed being a homemaker. She was incredibly talented at many things. Her flower and vegetable gardens were beautiful and were known and enjoyed by many people. She also enjoyed cooking and was very good at it. She was very artistic. She arranged beautiful flowers for her home and others. She was known as a great mother and grandmother to the neighborhood children. Carmen had a beautiful voice and sang all over the valley when she was younger. At one point she was offered a career in opera, but she turned it down, as she preferred to stay with her sweetheart. Carmen was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served as camp director, Sunday school secretary, Primary secretary and visiting teacher. She was an outstanding Primary teacher for many years. She truly enjoyed teaching the children. She is survived by her sweetheart, Ted; children, Kendra (Brian) Moncur and Neal (Denise) Ard; six grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and one step-great-grandson. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence N. DeSpain and Merna D. DeSpain, and her brother, Robert. She was under the care of Rexburg Home Health and Hospice. A special "thank you" to Laurie Jaramillo for her loving care and to Dr. Zollinger for his care over the last 31 years. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011 at the Rexburg 11th LDS Ward Chapel, 590 Summerwood. Interment, Parker Cemetery. [Idaho Falls Post Register, November 27, 2011]

West, Charles H.

West, Charles H.
Ogden, Utah US

Charles West

Brigham Young High School, Class of 1907. Charles H. [or N.] West, of Ogden, Utah. He received a High School Diploma. Source: Students Record of Class Standings B.Y. Academy, Book 2, Page 280. ~ ~ ~ ~ BYH Class of 1907. Charles H. West, an academic High School graduate. BYU [& BYH] Class of 1907 Listing of BYH Normal, High School, Commercial, Music, Agriculture, and Arts & Trades graduates. Source: Brigham Young University & Normal Training School, Catalogue & Announcements, for 32nd Academic Year, 1907-1908, p. 136.

West, Claudine

West, Claudine

Claudine West

BY Academy High School Class of 1886. Claudine West. Awarded Assistant Teacher's Certificate. Source: The (Provo) Daily Enquirer, May 25, 1886.

West, Cora

West, Cora

Cora West

Class of 1918. Cora West. She received a BYH Normal Certificate in 1918. Source: Annual Record, B.Y. University, Book 10, page 134.

West, Franklin Lorenzo Richards

West, Franklin Lorenzo Richards
Salt Lake City, Utah US

Franklin & Violet West

Board of Trustees, 1939 to 1953. Dr. Franklin L. West was a physics professor and dean of the faculty for 28 years at the Agricultural College (now Utah State University). In l934 he was called by President Heber J. Grant to be the Church Commissioner of Education, a position he held until he retired 18 years later. He authored five books. Three are texts for use in the seminaries of the Church: Discovering the Old Testament, Jesus, His Life and Teachings, and The Apostles and the Early Church. His Sunday evening radio addresses were compiled into the book, The Fruits of Religion. He also wrote a biography of his grandfather, Franklin Dewey Richards. Franklin L. West grew up in Ogden, Utah next door to his grandparents, President of the Quorum of the Twelve, Franklin D. Richards and Jane Snyder Richards. The Richards were intimately acquainted with the Prophet Joseph Smith. He was particularly impressed by his gallant ninety-eight pound grandmother who drove her own wagon team during the exodus from Nauvoo because her husband was on a mission. She was the quintessential pioneer woman and her tragic journey to Winter Quarters has been the basis of Sesquicentennial plays in Iowa and in the documentary, "Trail of Hope" where her words, "I only lived because I could not die" represented the courageous spirit of the pioneers. Her words are still inspiring to her descendants whenever they begin to lose heart. Franklin L. West married Violet Madson, who was nurtured by the entire Danish immigrant community in Brigham City, Utah. Everyone was Cousin This and Uncle That. She was known as the most beautiful girl in Box Elder County, and she caught the eye of Franklin West at the annual Peach Day Celebration. She was as beautiful inside as out, and was a wonderful mother to their four children. ~ ~ ~ ~ Franklin Lorenzo Richards West was born February 1, 1885 in Ogden, Utah. His parents are Joseph Alva West and Josephine Richards West. He married three times: First, Gladys Spencer on August 19, 1904 -- later divorced. Second, Violet Madsen. Third, Mrs. Sarah Frances Nelson Malmborg. He died October 21, 1966 in Cottonwood, Salt Lake County, Utah. Interment, Logan, Cache County, Utah.

West, George R.
9058 Silver Lake Drive
Cedar Hills, Utah 84062-8788 US

George West
  • Cell: 919-306-1911

Class of 1973. George R. West. BYU BS Accounting 1980. BYU MBA 1983. We would be interested in participating in a Brigham Young reunion. Address change to Utah @ Nov 2017

West, James A.

West, James A.

James West

BY Academy High School Class of 1888. James A. West received a Diploma: Bookkeeping. Source: Deseret Evening News, May 28, 1888.

West, Joseph A.

West, Joseph A.
125 Crestview Drive
Rexburg, Idaho 83440-3825 US

Joseph and Lani West
  • Work: 208-496-7261
  • Cell: 703-938-2047
  • Home: 208-356-4808

Class of 1968. Joseph A. West. Played Scrooge in The Christmas Carol in senior year. ~ ~ ~ ~ His parents are Franklin Lorenzo West, Jr., M.D., and Helen Frances Montrose West. ~ ~ ~ ~ BYU BA Economics 1974. BYU MBA 1976. BYU-Idaho Construction Management 2002. Wife, Lani DeHart, BYH Class of 1968. Nine children. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Mission president of Portugal Porto Mission from 1996 to 1999: Joseph A. West, 45, Crest Haven Ward, Rexburg Idaho East Stake; bishop; former stake executive secretary, high councilor, ward mission leader, Sunday School teacher, elders quorum secretary, and missionary in the Brazil South Mission; computer system designer; received bachelor's degree in economics and master's degree in business administration from BYU; born in Salt Lake City to Franklin Lorenzo Jr. and Helen Frances Montrose West; married Lani DeHart, nine children. She is Relief Society compassionate service leader; former stake girls camp director, Primary president's counselor, Relief Society teacher, Primary teacher, Beehive teacher, and Cub Scout den leader; received bachelor's degree in elementary education from BYU; born in Payson, Utah, to Louis Kershaw DeHart and Virginia McNamara Halladay DeHart. ~ ~ ~ ~ Joseph West, Executive Vice President at EZ-Net Tools, 310 North 2nd East 108, Rexburg, Idaho 85046 ~ ~ ~ ~ Webmaster and founder of this BY High alumni website. ~ ~ ~ ~ Joseph is now working at BYU-Idaho as a project manager in Information Technology. Work email: westj@byui.edu @2014

West, Myron F.

West, Myron F.

Myron West

Collegiate Grad of BYU, Class of 1927. Myron F. West. He received an A.B. Degree in Business & Accounting in 1927. Source: Annual Record, B.Y. University, Book 10, page 336.

West, Opal Lavon

West, Opal Lavon
Lovell, Wyoming US

Opal and James Harston

Class of 1922. Opal West [Harston]. She received a BYH Normal Diploma in 1922. Source: Annual Record, B.Y. University, Book 10, page 464. ~ ~ ~ ~ Opal Lavon West was born on October 6, 1902 in Raymond, Alberta, Canada. Her parents were Joseph Thomas West and Ane Hansen West. Opal married James Briggs Harston on June 2, 1933 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Opal West Harston died on January 2, 1994 in Lovell, Wyoming.

West, Ralph

Ralph West

Class of 1971. Ralph West.

West, Ray

Ray West

Class of 1943. Ogden High School 2.

West, Stephen
576 Quail Road
Orem, Utah 84097 US

Steven West

Class of 1970. Steven West. ~ ~ ~ ~ Stephen West, Utah Real Estate License, Industrial Brokers LLC, 544 West 600 North #12, Provo, Utah 84601.

Westover, Lulu

Westover, Lulu
Provo, Utah US

Lulu Westover

BYH Class of 1924. Lulu Westover of Provo, Utah. Lulu was listed as a 4th Year (senior) student in the Brigham Young High School Class of 1924. Background sources: BYU/BYH Annual Catalogues for the School Years 1923-24, 1924-25, and 1925-26.

Westwood, Brad

Brad Westwood

Brigham Young Academy Foundation Member.

Whatcott, Clemouth Lavell

Whatcott, Clemouth Lavell
Logan, Utah US

Clemouth and Vesta Whatcott

Class of 1920. Clemouth Whatcott. He received a BYH Normal Certificate in 1920. Source: Annual Record, B.Y. University, Book 10, page 336. ~ ~ ~ ~ Clemouth Lavell Whatcott was born on March 24, 1899 in Kanosh, Utah. His parents were Henry Whatcott and Louisa Temperance Manhard Whatcott. He married Vesta Admeta Pulley on August 9, 1922 in Logan, Utah. He died on September 24, 1958 in Logan, Utah. His interment, Logan City Cemetery, Utah.

Whatcott, Gordon

Whatcott, Gordon
Kellogg, Idaho

Gordon and Wilmyra Whatcott

Class of 1953. Basketball, Lettermen, Band, Chorus. Born January 28, 1935, died May 2, 1972. He married Wilmyra. He died in Kellogg, Idaho, one of the victims of the Sunshine Mine disaster. This tragic event took the lives of 91 miners. Interment, Provo City Cemetery, Block 16, Lot 48. IDAHO - Memorial to Workers at Sunshine Mine Big Creek Canyon, Kellogg. A 15-foot steel sculpture of a hard rock miner standing at the foot of Big Creek Canyon just outside Kellogg, Idaho. The statue commemorates the 91 men who died in an underground fire at the Sunshine Mine. On May 2, 1972, a fire broke out underground at the "Sunshine." Before the day was through, 91 miners had lost their lives. The event is remembered each May 2nd with a service at the statue.

Whatcott, H. Devello

Whatcott, H. Devello

Devello Whatcott

Collegiate Grad of BYU, Class of 1932. H. Devello Whatcott. He received a BS Degree in Agronomy in 1932. Source: Annual Record, B.Y. University, Book 10, page 466.

Whatcott, Lillian

Whatcott, Lillian
Woodland Hills, California US

Lillian and Lorenzo Robbins

Brigham Young High School, Class of 1906. Lillian Whatcott also received a Certificate in Elocution. Source: Students Record of Class Standings B.Y. Academy, Book 2, Page 270. ~ ~ ~ ~ Lillian Whatcott was born on September 17, 1885 in Kanosh, Utah. Her parents were Alfred Whatcott and Mary Ann Black Whatcott. Lillian married Lorenzo Wilson Robbins on December 15, 1915 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Lillian W. Robbins died on July 31, 1973 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles County, California. Her interment, Chatsworth, California.

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.

Whatcott, Weston Elroy

Whatcott, Weston Elroy
Payson, Utah US

Wes and Sandra Whatcott

Class of 1956. Weston E. Whatcott. Debate-Region, Childrens Theater, French Club. BYU BA Sociology 1962. University of Missouri - Columbia MSW Social Work 1965. Washington University - St. Louis, Missouri PhD Social Work 1972. Dr. Weston E. Whatcott. Married Sandra. Whatcott is retired, and he and his wife run West Sands Adoptions while raising a second family of six adopted children. Dr. Weston is also raising money for an orphanage in Haiti. ~ ~ ~ ~ When I think over what has happened since entering BY High, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, I can not help but think, “What if I had not gone to so and so’s home, and had not at that time met my future wife?” “If I had been given the position I really wanted instead of having to settle for ‘second best,’ I would never have met so and so. So would such and such ever have happened?” How precarious life events seem, except, except, there is an overall guiding plan, a plan for various events which to me at least was anything but apparent at the time. Though on occasion it may have seemed I had lost, as I look back over things, I can easily say I am very pleased with how things have worked out. Yes, I did graduate from BYU. I did go on to get a Master’s and PhD degree. My career took me to various places. I’ve held and continue to hold various positions in the Church. But to me the most valuable things that have happened were the marriage to my high school sweetheart, Sandra Swapp (oh dear, she was from Provo High), the birth of our five biological children (family number one), the entrance into our family of 12 (to date, many more to come) grandchildren, and eight years ago the start of family number two (five beautiful children from Africa, one from India). A legacy of sorts might also be the starting and completion of an orphanage in Haiti. The orphanage was not part of any employment, nothing I did for any financial motivation. I did it simply because God told me to. And now I’m engaged in starting up another orphanage in Africa from which we hope to have a cazillion kids adopted. It is so nice to be retired and no longer be encumbered by having to work for a living. I plan to continue building orphanages as long as God allows or “calls” me to. Want to join in with me? Thus is the life of yours truly, Wes Whatcott. @2006 ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS OBITUARY: Weston Elroy Whatcott, 79, of Payson, passed away July 19, 2018, after a brief but intense battle with cancer. He was born October 29, 1938, to H. D. Whatcott and Valera Snow Whatcott. On August 25, 1961, he married Sandra Swapp, who preceded him in death. Together they were the parents of 11 children: Daniel Whatcott, married to Lisa (Hurst) Whatcott, of Burley Idaho; Brett Whatcott, married to Stephanie (Fish) Whatcott, of Fort Smith, Arkansas; Jodi Whatcott, who preceded him in death; Sharee Whatcott Langenstein, married to Michael Langenstein, of Murphysboro, Illinois; Scott Whatcott, married to Ramona (Fricosu) Whatcott, of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Briana Whatcott, of Payson Utah; Abel Whatcott, of Payson Utah, Rachelle Whatcott Halterman, married to David Halterman, of Salt Lake City, Utah; Liya Whatcott, of Chicago, Illinois; Raman Whatcott, of Fort Smith, Arkansas; and Tarikua Whatcott Christiansen, married to Karl Christiansen, of Sandy, Utah. On September 20, 2014, Weston married Kathy Whatcott, who survives him. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren and six great grandchildren, as well as his brother, Keith Whatcott, of Provo, Utah, and his sister Carol Whatcott Rampton, of St. George, Utah. His brother Calvin Whatcott preceded him in death. Weston graduated from Brigham Young High School in the Class of 1956 and served an LDS mission in Nuremberg Germany. He received a bachelors degree in social work from Brigham Young University, a masters degree in social work from the University of Missouri, and a PhD in social work from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He spent his career helping those in need. He counseled people through their grief and helped them work through difficulties in their lives. He founded and supported battered women’s shelters in multiple cities. He worked at the Utah State Hospital in Provo, and later became director of inmate counseling at the Utah State Prison in Draper. One of Weston’s passions in life was bringing families together through adoption. He was an adoptive father and grandfather, and over the course of his career he helped to facilitate over 1,000 adoptions, including airlifts of children orphaned in the Vietnam War. He orchestrated the construction of an orphanage in Haiti, which has provided food, shelter, and adoption services to hundreds of children in need. He was also the founder of West Sands Adoptions, now based in St. George, Utah. Adoption agencies nationwide have consulted him because of his expertise in the field. Even after his retirement, Weston continued to complete home studies for adoptive families across the Wasatch Front. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at the Maple Dell Ward, 274 South Main Street, Payson. Viewings will be held on Tuesday, July 24, between 6 and 8 p.m. at Walker Funeral Home, 587 South 100 West, Payson. A visitation will also be held on Wednesday before his funeral, beginning at 9:45 a.m. Weston’s family will remember him for his smile, his jokes, his crazy dance, and of course, his yellow socks. We ask all those who would like to honor his memory to please consider making a donation in his name to The Center for Women and Children in Crisis, in Orem, Utah, or to an international child welfare agency of your choice. Source: Walker Funeral Home

Whatcott, William Henry

Whatcott, William Henry
of Kanosh, Utah US

W. H. and Esther Whatcott

Class of 1911. William H. Whatcott, of Kanosh, Utah. Normal [Teacher Prep]. "Born and raised in fine condition,/ Married of his own volition;/ Well started on life's solemn mission,/ He works for "dough" and "prohibition." Senior disciple of brother Higgs. Source: BYHS Yearbook 1911. ~ ~ ~ ~ William Henry Whatcott was born December 8, 1883 in Kanosh, Utah. His parents were Henry Whatcott and Louisa Temperance Manhard. He married Esther Phelps on October 5, 1910 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He died on January 16, 1919, at the age of about 36, in Brigham City, Utah. ~ ~ ~ ~ OBITUARY FOR THEIR SON (1): Henry Lavell Whatcott, 86, one of God's most valiant servants passed from this life to eternity on Sunday August 20, 2000 from age related illnesses. Lavell was born Nov. 30, 1913 to William Henry Whatcott and Esther Phelps in Bothwell, Utah. He later moved with his family to Mesa, Arizona where he lived until he fulfilled a mission to the Central States Mission. He graduated from LDS Business College where he served as Student Body President. He married Bessie Glen Garrison on June 13, 1938 in the Salt Lake Temple. She preceded him in death in 1977. They were the proud parents of seven children. Lavell was an active member of the LDS Church. He served in many capacities and especially loved singing in the ward choir. He was a retired businessman where he was known for his honesty and hard work. Lavell will always be remembered for his generosity of love, time, and financial help. He was always giving, sharing, and doing something for others. He is survived by his children, Gary (Jeri), Glenell (John) Gadd, Louis (LeeAnn), JoAnn (Dean) Kelson, Ginny (Miguel) Mogollon, Donna Parsons, Lynn (Roxy); 22 grandchildren and 19 great- grandchildren; sister Carma McCoy of Mesa, Arizona. Funeral services were held Thurs, August 24, 2000, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Interment, Larkin Sunset Gardens, SLC, Utah. [Deseret News, Wednesday, August 23, 2000.] ~ ~ ~ ~ OBITUARY FOR THEIR SON (2): Wilford P. Whatcott passed away July 16 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Born September 2, 1916 in Kanosh, Utah to William Henry and Esther Phelps Whatcott. Married Martha Tryon. Served an LDS Mission. Enjoyed puzzles. Retired from Granite School District. He was survived by his wife, Martha; three children, Debbie (Phillip) Hart, Patty (Steve) Auerbach and John (Lori Joe) Whatcott; also survived by 12 grandchildren. [Deseret News, July 19, 1998.] ~ ~ ~ ~ Source 2: W. H. Whatcott. He earned a BYH Normal Diploma in 1911. Students Record of Class Standings, B.Y. Academy, Book 2, page 270.

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