Class of 1945 H.S.

Class of 1945 H.S.'s Website

Alphabetical Alumni

Mecham, Arnold
455 Country Club
Stansbury Park, Utah 84074-9653 US

Arnold Mecham

Class of 1945. Arnold Mecham.

Merrill, Marian Jeanne
1788 N. Pepper Drive
Altadena, California 91001-3435 US

Marian and Charles Brubaker
  • Home: 626-791-3492

Class of 1945. Marian Jeanne Merrill. [Not Marion.] Advanced piano student of BYH Professor Elmer E. Nelson. Presented a recital in College Hall in January 1942. BYU 1974. ~ ~ ~ ~ Her parents are Don Clayton Merrill and Barbara Laverne Larsen. Marian married Charles Abram Brubaker, son of Charles Grover Brubaker and Alice Margaret Fredericksen. Marian and Charles have two children: Anne Merrill Brubaker, and David Merrill Brubaker. ~ ~ ~ ~ Marian Jeanne Merrill Brubaker, M.D. ~ ~ ~ ~ Article: The temples of Aesculapius, named after the legendary Greek physician Asclepius, served as sanctuaries of healing. In 1982 a group of Latter-day Saint physicians adopted the name to represent the highest ideals and ethics of health care. Today Collegium Aesculapium continues to welcome physicians, podiatrists, pharmacists, and dentists as active members. Other health professionals and pre-med students who approach medical service with high ethical and moral values are invited to join as associate members. Sponsored by the BYU Alumni Association and the College of Biology and Agriculture, the 400-member foundation primarily serves (1) physicians and their families, (2) students of medicine, and (3) the world community. Two conferences are held each year—an annual spring conference in Utah and a semiannual fall conference held elsewhere in the United States—providing a forum for medical expertise as well as social and spiritual exchange. "My husband has always accompanied me and enjoys the meetings, even though he is not in the health-care field," says Dr. Marian Brubaker, Collegium's current and first woman president. "While some of our topics may be strictly academic, since we do offer CME (continuing medical education) credit, there are always intertwined feelings reflecting gospel teachings." BYU Magazine, June 1996. ~ ~ ~ ~ @2010 ~ ~ ~ ~ Alternate names: Marian M. Ward, Dr. Marian M. Brubaker. @2011

Miller, Mildred

Miller, Mildred
Parker, Colorado US

Millie and Vincent Mele

Class of 1945. Mildred Miller. Married Vincent Mele, Jr. ~ ~ ~ ~ HER OBITUARY: Mildred Miller Mele died at the age of 91 on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. Millie was born January 4, 1927 in Provo, Utah to Elmer and Rosella Miller. She had four other siblings: Merline, Lowell, Dorothy and Anna Lou. Merline, Lowell and Dorothy proceeded Millie in death. Anna Lou, the youngest sibling, is still living in Texas. Millie enjoyed growing up in Utah. Her father was the Head of the Economics Department at Brigham Young University. Millie went to Brigham Young High School, where she graduated in the Class of 1945. She attended BYU as a Drama Major and also obtained a Teaching Certificate and graduated in 1949. After graduating, Millie taught school then became a "Stewardess" for United. There she met Vincent Mele and married, June 26, 1954. They had three children: Diana Leiter (Scott), Douglas Mele and Wendy Mele Stofa (Frank). She was lucky to have four grandchildren that she enjoyed and was very active in all of their lives. Christopher Leiter (Rachelle), Patrick Leiter (Amy), Lynsey Budge (Jake) and Nicholas Stofa. She also had eight Great- Grandchildren: Natalie, Rebecca, Kelsie, Julia, Avery, Brooklynn, Blake and Alice. After teaching and her time as a stewardess, Millie went into retail and loved selling makeup and perfume at the fine department stores of the day. She worked first in Denver and then finally made it out to Southern California which was always her dream. Millie ended up in Colorado in her later years and spent them in the sun at the Stroh Ranch Pool where she had many friends. Millie passed peacefully after 91 years! Services - Anderson and Sons Mortuary, Lone Peak Chapel 6141 West 11000 North Highlands, Utah 84003. Viewings: Friday, May 18 from 6 – 8 pm and Saturday, May 19 from 9:45 – 10:45 am. Funeral: May 19th at 11:00 am. The family asks if anyone would like to donate: Porter Hospice Foundation On behalf of Mildred Mele, 5020 E. Arapahoe Road Centennial, CO 80122 A Celebration of Life – Open House – will be held at Heritage Eagle Bend Golf Club on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Source ~ ~ ~ ~ HUSBAND'S OBITUARY: Vincent Mele, Jr., 80, died February 3, 2002 of causes incident to age. He was born June 22, 1921 in Brooklyn, New York, to Vincent Mele, Sr. and Lena Pisano Mele. He married Mildred Miller on June 26, 1954. He worked for United Airlines for 34 years, and was a Veteran of World War II, serving with the Air Force. His survivors are Mildred, Parker, Colorado; children: Diana (Scott) Leiter, American Fork; Douglas Mele, Chicago, Illinois; Wendy (Frank) Stofa, Parker, Colorado.; and four grandchildren. Funeral services were held Friday, February 8, 2002, in American Fork. Interment, American Fork Cemetery, with Military Rites by VFW District #4. [Deseret News, Wednesday, February 6, 2002.]

Mitchell, Georgia Maeser

Mitchell, Georgia Maeser

Georgia and Donald Jones

Class of 1945. Georgia Mitchell. Georgia Maeser Mitchell was born on April 2, 1927 in Provo, Utah. Her parents were Lycurgus William Mitchell and Beatrice Maeser. She married Donald Jones. She died on May 12, 2000. ~ ~ ~ ~ Parents: Lycurgus William Mitchell (born 1890 in Manassa, Colorado to James Warner Bosnell Mitchell and Nancy Willmirth Johnson) and Beatrice Maeser (born 1890 in Beaver, Utah to Karl Frederick Reinhard Maeser and Sarah Caroline Shepherd) were married September 23, 1914 in Salt Lake City, Utah. They lived in a number of towns in Southern Utah until they moved to Provo in 1926. Their children included: Joanne Mitchell (Allen) Colledge; Irene Mitchell; Clara Mitchell (born 1918, died 1920); James Maeser Mitchell [BYH Class of 1938] (born 1920, died 1997) (married Mary Veone Hopkins); Paul Maeser Mitchell (born and died in 1921); Harold Maeser "Hal" Mitchell [BYH Class of 1941] (born 1923, died 1992) (married twice); John William Mitchell [BYH Class of 1944] (born circa 1926) (Belva) Georgia Mitchell [BYH Class of 1945] (born 1927, died 2000) (Donald) Jones; and Mary Mitchell [BYH Class of 1951] (born circa 1933) (Thayne) Murray.

Moore, Mary

Mary Moore

Class of 1945.

Moore, Roberta

Roberta Moore

Class of 1945.

Moulton, Nancy
5130 Gibbons Drive %23B
Carmichael, California 95608-2114

Nancy Moulton

Class of 1945. @2001

Olsen, Elaine

Olsen, Elaine
Prescott, Arizona US

Elaine & Charles Thompson

Class of 1945. Elaine Olsen. Elaine Olsen Thompson was a student of human behaviour. She traveled frequently to immerse herself in other cultures. When at home, in Prescott, Arizona, she wrote, painted and hiked in the nearby mountains.
A Few Events in My Life:
1926-1928: I was born on a farm in Utah. I remember riding in a horse drawn sleigh to visit relatives in my early years, but I don’t remember the horse and buggy we rode in then. When we bought a truck, I would play at driving it and, therefore, yelled, “HooGa,” to warn people to move out of my way. My life has spanned a terrific amount of technological change, not all of it especially desirable, in my opinion, and I have opinions on just about everything.
1929: Politics have not changed. I already knew what an ineffective president Hoover was in my parents opinion.
1930: I asked my mother for a notebook and pencil because I was going to write a novel. The notebook was a poultry egg-bookkeeping affair with a stubby pencil tied to it with a string. I felt my first conscious remembrance of rage: I didn’t know how to write.
1933–1939: I attended elementary school and claimed I would one day be president of the United States. The only encyclopedias in the school were housed in the waiting room outside the Principal’s office. I was often sent there for my political activities, which my teachers interpreted as misbehavior. I loved being there and having the opportunity to read those wonderful articles about the whole wide world.
1940–1945: I attended a public high school for a time, but was kicked out for leading a demonstration against the history teacher. Most of the teachers in my elementary and high school were embittered “old maids” or farmers who used teaching as a source of extra income. After being expelled, my parents enrolled me at the Brigham Young University High School, an academy designed for teacher interns. I was the only non-Mormon student on campus. I based my refusal to be baptized on my theory that to belong to a religious organization was to limit my variety of beliefs. My parents were busy dealing with the depression and assumed I would change my mind some day. I never did.
1946 and on: I attended and graduated from three universities with different degrees in each but my main interest was psychology. I also fell in love, married and had four children that have always been the pride and joy of my life. You may meet my husband sometimes in the characteristics of certain men in my writing. He died in 1993.

Early in my career, I became an advocate for children, especially children who do not fit the expected mold, which, as a child, I did not. I became a consultant in elementary education in the state of Arizona with my major base in Mesa, Arizona. I designed curriculum and workshops to help teachers improve the classroom environment and stop doing the dumb things that the Victorian-leaning teachers did when they were students. We are still a Victorian nation in that punishment is prevalent in our public decisions—SPARE THE ROD AND RUIN THE CHILD.

In classrooms where my program was active, scores on standardized tests went up and student attendance approached near perfect because kids loved the new climate they were in and they both appreciated the respect they received and they, in turn, treated others with respect, something that not even our legislators are able to do.

When I retired from education, a friend of mine had opened a publishing business and told me that if I wrote a novel he would publish it. Well, I thought, it was about time I wrote that novel that I planned on back when I was four years old. Of course, it took me a while to learn how to write novels and my friend’s publishing business went broke before I produced one, but here I am and I hope you like my novel — Among These Shadows. I have another novel coming up, Moving Under Fury. ~~ Elaine Olsen Thompson

~ ~ ~ ~ HER OBITUARY: Elaine Olsen Thompson, 81, accomplished author and artist passed away on November 19, 2007. Elaine's indomitable spirit allowed her to complete and publish three books (Among These Shadows, Moving Under Fury and When the Sun Touches Me) while fighting ovarian cancer. Her books are available online and through the Prescott Public Library. She was born on November 10, 1926 in Provo, Utah to William Alfred Olsen and Christina Marie Anderson Olsen. She graduated from B.Y. High School in 1945. She received her B.S. degree in Psychology from B.Y.U. and went on to receive a Masters degree in Child Counseling from A.S.U and did doctoral studies at the University of Oregon. Her first book, Sparky, was used in the Mesa Public Schools (where she worked for many years) to teach elementary students about their feelings. She lived in Arizona since 1959; first in Mesa and then for the past eleven years she lived in Prescott. Her husband Charles Davies Thompson predeceased her. Her surviving family includes her sister Marie Olsen Davies of Provo, Utah; her four children Tommy James Thompson, Elizabeth Marie Fortin, Suzanne Elaine Diggins and Charles William Thompson; and her three grandchildren Tawny Clark, Shawn Diggins and Buck Thompson. Her family will hold her memorial service privately. [Provo Daily Herald, November 25, 2007.]

Peck, Ella Viola

Peck, Ella Viola
Orem, Utah US

Ella and Stanley Finch

Class of 1945. Ella Peck. ~ ~ ~ ~ HER OBITUARY: Our sweet and loving Mother, Ella Viola Peck Finch, age 84, returned home to Heavenly Father on July 22, 2010. She was born May 22, 1926 in Forgan, Oklahoma, a daughter of Oscar James Peck and Cyntha Viola Henline. Her family moved to Provo, Utah, when she was five. She married Stanley J. Finch November 10, 1944, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. She was a wonderful wife and mother, always taking care of her children and grandchildren. She lived for her children. Ella and her late husband Stanley owned Finch Fruit Orchard, a large raspberry farm, and Finch Quality Fruit Stand on State Street in Orem. This was a big part of their family life. Ella worked hard and taught her children to do the same. Ella was a very strong lady. She loved taking long drives and taking pictures. As an active member of the LDS Church, she held various callings and worked tirelessly on humanitarian projects. Survivors include five sons and two daughters: Stanley Rand Finch, J. Brent (Karen) Finch, Jerry D. (Nola) Finch, Larry O. (Rose) Finch, Bonnie (Jorge) Berrocal, Wendy (Jay) Taylor, and Bradley D. Finch; 23 grandchildren and 47 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at 11 a.m. in the Orem Park Stake Center, 195 West 300 South, Orem. A viewing will be held on Monday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Sundberg-Olpin Mortuary, 495 S. State, Orem and prior to the services at the church from 9:30 to 10:30. Interment will be in the Provo City Cemetery. [Provo Daily Herald, Sunday, August 1, 2010]

Phillips, Beth
363 W. 90 N.
American Fork, Utah 84003-1589

Beth Gore
  • Work: (801) 763-1676

Class of 1945 [not 1944]. Married M.E. Gore.

Rasmussen, Kay L.

Rasmussen, Kay L.
Bountiful, Utah US

Kay and Zona Rasmussen

Class of 1945(?). Kay L. Rasmussen. ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS OBITUARY: Kay L. Rasmussen, age 85, our beloved patriarch and husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend died at home Friday, March 12, 2010 after a long battle with pulmonary problems. He was born January 6, 1925 in Bountiful, Utah, the sixth of nine children to Howard and Hazel Hayward Rasmussen. He was raised in Bountiful and attended Davis High School where he participated in sports. He enlisted in the Navy in November 1942, and trained at Farragut, Idaho; Virginia; and California. He later graduated from B.Y. High School in Provo, Utah [1945?]. He served his country in the U.S. Navy for 13 years in the Pacific Area. He married Zona Gayle Memory on November 24, 1945 in Elko, Nevada. The marriage was later solemnized in the Manti LDS Temple on September 17, 1953. He was preceded in death by his wife, Zona Memory Rasmussen and son, Greg L. Rasmussen. They had four sons, Greg, Curt, Rick and Kyle. He spent many years coaching and participating with his sons in youth sports. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many positions. He served as a veil worker in the Salt Lake Temple and as an ordinance worker in the Bountiful Temple. He leaves behind three sons, 14 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at the Bountiful 25th Ward, 600 East 1500 South, where a visitation will be held from 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. prior to services. Interment-Bountiful City Cemetery. Online guest book at [Deseret News, Sunday, March 14, 2010.] ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS WIFE'S OBITUARY: Zona Gayle Memory Rasmussen, age 80, passed away Friday, January 19, 2007 in Bountiful, Utah after a short illness. She was born July 1, 1926 in Spring Canyon, Utah, the daughter of William and Steila Memory. Married Kay L. Rasmussen on November 24,1945 in Elko, Nevada. Later solemnized in the Manti Temple. She was an active member of the LDS Church having served several years as Young Women's president, Relief Society president, and gospel doctrine teacher. She was an excellent seamstress and made many things for people. She also served as an ordinance worker in the Bountiful Utah Temple. Survived by sons, Curt (Lu), Rick (Ann), Kyle (Donna); and a sister, Barbara; 14 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her parents; one son, Greg; and two brothers. Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 24, 2007, in the Bountiful 25th Ward, 1500 South 600 East, Bountiful, Utah. Interment, Bountiful City Cemetery. [Deseret News, Monday, January 22, 2007]

Rogers, J. Marcel [James Marcel]

Rogers, J. Marcel [James Marcel]
Taylorsville, Utah US

Marcel & Donna Rogers

Class of 1945. J. Marcel Rogers. ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS OBITUARY: J. Marcel Rogers, March 07, 1927 ~ October 16, 2018. James Marcel Rogers died October 16, 2018 of natural causes, surrounded by his loving family. Marcel enjoyed a long and fulfilling life with many loved ones. He was born in Snowflake, Arizona on March 7, 1927 to Daniel Kimball Rogers and Viola Petersen Rogers. He moved with his family to Provo, Utah in his teens and attended Brigham Young High School in the Class of 1945. He joined the Navy at the age of 17 and served as a radioman stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, at the end of World War II. After leaving the Navy he attended Brigham Young University where he met his wife and eternal companion, Donna Gwen Olson. He graduated in 1952 with dual degrees in Physics and Math. Marcel served as a field engineer for most of his life, working on many projects throughout the U.S. and internationally. He loved woodworking and was the family “go to” person for home repairs and special projects. An active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served in many positions. He and his wife worked as temple ordinance workers for over 20 years; serving a temple mission in Atlanta, Georgia from July 1991 to July 1992. Marcel was preceded in death by his wife, son (J.D.), 2 siblings (Dan and Anella) and 4 grandchildren. He is survived by his sister Wanda, his loving children Terri (Craig), Kathy (Gary), Sandra (Greg), Lisa (J.D.) and David (Patti), 26 grandchildren and 53 great grandchildren. Services will be held Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at Taylorsville Garden 2nd Ward Chapel (4252 South Bennion Road, Taylorsville, Utah at 11 a.m. Viewings will be held Monday from 6:30-8 p.m. at McDougal Funeral Home, 4330 South Redwood Road, and at the church prior to the funeral at 9:30-10:30 a.m. Interment, Vernon Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. ~ ~ Place of Birth: Snowflake, Arizona. ~ ~ Place of Death: South Jordan. ~ ~ Hobbies: Loved woodworking, home repairs, and doing special projects. ~ ~ Occupation: Electronics Engineer for the Military. Source. ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS WIFE'S OBITUARY: April 11, 1930 - May 15, 2013. Donna Gwen Olson Rogers was born April 11, 1930 in Provo, Utah, to John Ernest and Harriet Cynthia Allred Olson. Our wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend passed through the veil May 15, 2013. We already miss her. She grew up surrounded by love and adventure on a ranch in Vernon, Utah. She graduated from Tooele High School and attended one quarter at BYU. There she met and fell in love with her sweetheart, J. Marcel Rogers. They married on March 4, 1949 in the Salt Lake Temple. Together they loved and taught 5 children, 31 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. She served many faithfully, including service as Relief Society President, Stake Primary President, Guide Patrol Leader and teacher supreme in all organizations. She especially enjoyed serving with her husband as ordinance workers in the Jordan River Temple and as missionaries in the Atlanta Temple. She is survived by her husband, Marcel; children, Terri (Craig) Farnsworth, Kathy (Gary) Free, Sandy (Greg) Hutch, J.D. (Lisa) Rogers, and David (Patti) Rogers; siblings, Ferron Olson and Calvin (Ruth) Olson; sisters-in-law, Wanda Tabeling and Anella Baldwin. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband's parents; a sister; 2 sisters-in-law; 4 brothers-in-law and 4 grandchildren. Funeral services were held Monday, May 20, 2013, at the Taylorsville Gardens 2nd Ward, 4252 South Bennion Road. Interment, Vernon Cemetery. Occupation: Homemaker Source.

Snelgrove, Phil
397 W. 1060 S.
Orem, Utah 84058-6707 US

Phil Snelgrove
  • Home: 801-802-7610

Class of 1945. Phil Snelgrove. ~ ~ ~ ~ California Institute of Technology, 1953 – 1956. Independent Real Estate Professional, Provo, Utah.

Snow, Alma

Snow, Alma
Mapleton, Utah US

Alma and Juan Whiting

Class of 1945. Alma Snow [Female.] Grand Marshals -- Juan and Alma Snow Whiting have been named as Grand Marshals for the Mapleton City 24th of July celebration parade, scheduled for Saturday, July 23, 2005. Alma Snow was born December 18, 1926 [?] in St. George, Utah to Karl Nelson Snow, Sr., and Wanda McGregor. Her father died when she was three and left her mother a widow with one daughter and five sons. The Snow family moved to Provo, where Alma attended school at Brigham Young High School, and then Brigham Young University, where she was involved in the symphony, White Key honorary and many leadership positions. She worked summers at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Juan was born March 13, 1922, the third child of Oscar and Mary Whiting. He attended school in Mapleton and Springville before enlisting in the Navy Air Corp in 1934. Three of his best friends were killed during the war. He served on the Air Craft Carrier USS Intrepid as a pilot of the Torpedo Bomber. Alma graduated from BYU as an English major and a music minor and has freely given service in the church and community with her violin. Juan attended the University of Utah on a basketball scholarship and later transferred to BYU where he graduated in education. He taught school in Springville for 23 years and farmed in Mapleton. Service has always been important to the Whitings. Alma has worked in Relief Society, Primary and Young Women in her ward and stake, been involved in political campaigns, DUP Captain and Vice President of the BYU Emeritis Club. Juan coached Little League baseball for 14 years, was scoutmaster and explorer leader for years and served on the Mapleton Planning Commission, in two Bishoprics and on the Mapleton High Council. Both have served missions to Africa for the LDS Church. Juan was first called following the war to serve in South Africa. While he was en route, the engine on the ship went out and he spent a few months in Recife, Brazil, while repairs were made. Later he and Alma served together in the Zimbabwe Mission and then another mission in Capetown, South Africa. Alma and Juan were married September 6, 1949 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They are the parents of seven children: David (deceased), Shelie, Mark, Mary, Kaye, Paul and Brent. They have 63 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Juan's roots come from the very beginning of Mapleton. His ancestors were among the first pioneers on Union Bench later known as Mapleton. [Springville Herald, July 21, 2005.] ~ ~ ~ ~ HER OBITUARY: Alma Snow Whiting, 1926 ~ 2017. Alma Snow Whiting, age 90, passed away peacefully in her hometown of Mapleton, Utah, on May 15, 2017. Born December 18, 1926 in St. George, Utah, she grew up with 5 brothers. Alma was loved dearly and known as the "Princess" of her father Karl Nelson Snow who died when she was just 3; Alma along with her 5 brothers were then raised single-handedly by her widowed mother, Wanda McGregor Snow. His mother raised five sons and one daughter: Tony, Ellsworth, Don [BYH Class of 1938], Shipley [BYH Class of 1939], Alma [BYH Class of 1945], and Karl Jr. [BYH Class of 1949]. The children later started a scholarship fund at BYU in memory of their mother. At age 10, Alma moved with her family to Provo, Utah, where she attended Dixon Junior High, Brigham Young High School graduating in the Class of 1945, and BYU - graduating with a BA in English. At BYU she served as White Key Honorary President, Associated Women's Vice President, and President of Nautilus Social Unit. Alma loved playing the violin in BYU's symphony orchestra. During these busy University years, she waited anxiously for the return of her special missionary, Oscar Juan Whiting, who was serving in South Africa. Alma married Juan Whiting in the Salt Lake Temple on September 6, 1949. From that moment on, her husband, family, and church became her top priority. Juan and Alma worked beside their children on their farm, always teaching and providing a strong gospel foundation. There was always room in her heart for every special grandchild, and at the time of her passing, she was the proud grandma of 63 grandchildren, and 113 great-grandchildren. Service in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints was a joy to her. She served faithfully in ward and stake callings. However, her greatest love was serving with her husband as missionaries in Cape Town, South Africa, and Harare, Zimbabwe. She used her musical talents to direct music and play the violin to promote the work of the Lord. Our dear mother Alma has always treasured her pioneer heritage. She spent long hours writing and compiling her own personal history, and the histories of her mother and grandmother. Just hours before her passing, she left her computer screen on a genealogical indexing record--having indexed over 69,000 records. Imagine her glorious reunion in heaven! Preceding Alma in death are her father and mother, Karl N. and Wanda M. Snow; 4 brothers, Don, Tony, Ellsworth, and Shipley; husband, Juan; sons, David and Mark; 3 grandchildren, Christopher, Julia, and Lynzy Whiting, and one great grandson, Carder Doman. Surviving is 1 brother, Karl Snow (Donna), Provo; 5 of her 7 children, Shelie Doman (Dee) - serving LDS an mission in Nova Scotia; Judy Richardson (David), Perry; Mary Judd (Robert), St. George; Kaye Romney (Ben), Rexburg; Paul Whiting (Sherri), Springville; Brent Whiting (Laurie), Mapleton. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the White Church, 31 West Maple Street, Mapleton, Utah with a viewing at the church Friday from 6 to 8 pm and Saturday prior to services from 9 to 10:45 am. Interment, Springville Evergreen Cemetery. Online condolences at [Salt Lake Tribune, May 18, 2017]

Sorenson, Norma
1193 Troon Road
Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034-2835

Norma Sorenson

Class of 1945. @2001

Sullivan, MaraDee

MaraDee and J.R. Hansen

Class of 1945. MaraDee Sullivan. She married (J.R.) Jerald Hansen. MaraDee Hansen won the BYH President's Appreciation Award as an administrator of the BYU Bookstore in 1992. MaraDee Hansen of the BYU Bookstore is a member of the BYU Administrative Advisory Council. Her term expires August 2006.

Swenson, Gene [Eugene James]

Swenson, Gene [Eugene James]
Mesa, Arizona US

Gene and LaVieve Swenson

Class of 1945. Gene Swenson. ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS OBITUARY: Swenson, Eugene James, M.D. ~ ~ Dr. Gene Swenson, age 77, passed away on Sunday, September 25, 2005. He was born in Soda Springs, Idaho to Naomi and John L. Swenson on October 20. 1927. At an early age he developed a rigorous work ethic that continued throughout his life. Gene married LaVieve Farnsworth on August 30, 1949 in the Mesa, Arizona Temple. He is survived by his beloved wife, LaVieve Swenson; son, Dr. Eugene J. Swenson, Jr. (Jim); daughters, Ann (Mark) Glover, Debra Swenson, Sandra (Dale) Huber, Shellie (Patrick) Huish, Suzette (Cliff) Hathcock; 33 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters Helen Eastmond, John Swenson, Beth (Ellis) Walker, Ruth Johnson, Lynn (Jaque) Swenson, Wilford (Ella) Farnsworth, Leona Wagner and many nieces and nephews. Gene had a great love of his country and served in the Army in WWII. He was an all around athlete and developed great strength, stamina and endurance, which he maintained throughout his life. Gene graduated from Brigham Young University High School in 1945. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1952, and graduated from Case Western Reserve Medical School in 1956. Gene completed a General Surgery Residency at St. Joseph's Hospital, Phoenix, Arizona in 1960. He practiced as a general surgeon in Mesa for 35 years, touching many lives through countless hours of compassionate and caring service. Gene served faithfully in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a Home Teacher, Missionary, Young Men's President, Bishop, High Councilor, and counselor in the Mesa Stake Presidency. He spent his life in loving devotion to his family and service to mankind. He is greatly loved by his family and friends and will be dearly missed. Visitation was held Thursday, September 29, 2005 at Bunker Family Garden Chapel, 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, Arizona. Funeral Services were held Friday, September 30, 2005 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel, 525 E. 2nd Avenue, Mesa, Arizona. Interment, City of Mesa Cemetery, 1212 N. Center St., Mesa, Arizona. [East Valley Tribune, Tempe, Arizona, September 2005]

Taylor, Jeannie

Taylor, Jeannie
Northridge, California US

Jeannie and Karl Brimhall

Class of 1945. Jeannie Taylor. She married Karl Reynolds Brimhall, DDS. Her parents: Theodore Thaddeus Taylor and Anna Peterson Taylor (Rees, a subsequent marriage). Her half-sister, Fay Taylor Gamett, was married to LaVell Gamett, who served on the faculty at BY High School. Her sister, Maribeth Taylor Olson, was a member of the BYH Class of 1941. ~ ~ ~ ~ HER OBITUARY: Jeannie Taylor Brimhall, beloved mother, grandmother and friend passed away Friday, December 2, 2005, due to injuries suffered in an automotive accident in Portland, Oregon. She was born December 17, 1926, to Theodore Taylor and Anna Peterson in Provo. She married Karl Brimhall, the love of her life, July 16, 1948. He preceded her in death in December 2002. She was raised in Provo, Utah and attended BYU. After the war, they moved to California and finally settled in Northridge in 1958. She was a teacher for the Los Angeles School District. Jeannie loved opera, books, roses, Shakespeare, her grandchildren and her dear life-long friends. She is survived by her children, Kirk Brimhall of Huntington Beach, California, and Alissa Brimhall Bustamante of Orlando Florida, her grandchildren, Anna, Eric, Ashley, Danielle and Maura. She was remembered at a memorial service on Saturday December 17, 2005 in Northridge, California. [Deseret News December 8, 2005.] ~ ~ ~ ~ OBITUARY OF HER HUSBAND: Karl Reynolds Brimhall died on December 3, 2002, from an asbestos-related cancer called Mesothelioma. He was born on January 27, 1926 in Springville, Utah to Martha Reynolds and Delbert Brimhall. After moving to Provo in 1933 he attended public schools until he entered the United States Navy in 1944, where he spent two years aboard the destroyer, USS Shields, as a gunner's mate. At the conclusion of the war, he entered Brigham Young University for his pre-dental requirements and was accepted at the University of Southern California (USC) Dental School in 1948. He graduated in 1952. For over 38 years, he practiced dentistry in the San Fernando Valley [Woodland Hills, CA] and was a member and officer in the Valley Dental Society. The happiest moment of his life was when he married his beloved wife, Jeannie Taylor Brimhall, on July 16, 1948. They were blessed with two children, Kirk Reynolds Brimhall, and Mari Alissa Brimhall Bustamante, and five grandchildren: Ashley and Dani Brimhall and Anna, Eric and Maura Bustmante. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and boating on Lake Powell. As a lifelong member of the LDS Church, he willingly served in many callings. He particularly enjoyed working at the Family History Center. [from Provo Daily Herald, December 27, 2002.]

Taylor, Reed
8493 Calendula Drive
Buena Park, California 90620-2047

Reed Taylor

Class of 1945. @2001

Thompson, Elaine
10707 E. Quarterline Rd.
Apache Junction, Arizona 85220-2133 US

Elaine Thompson

Class of 1945. Elaine Thompson.

Thorpe, Helen

Helen Thorpe

Class of 1945. [Helen Thorpe Christensen?]

Turloupis, Mary
1645 Clayton Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84104-2926 US

Mary Turloupis

Class of 1945. Mary Turloupis.

Ward, Marian
1788 N. Pepper Dr.
Altadena, California 91001-3435

Marian Ward

Class of 1945. @2001

Wayman, Reid Lee

Wayman, Reid Lee
Lehi, Utah US

Reid and Ursula Wayman

Class of 1945. Reid L. Wayman. Reid was born on April 8, 1927. He died on March 14, 2005 at the age of 77. ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS OBITUARY: Reid Lee Wayman Reid Lee Wayman, 77, died March 14, 2005 in Provo, Utah. He was born April 8, 1927 in Price, Utah to Wallace R. Wayman and Mary Hatch Wayman. He married Ursula Wehrli, June 11, 1954 in the Idaho Falls Temple. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served diligently where he was called. He was most proud of his "six daughters who each had a brother." Reid graduated from BY High in the Class of 1945, and he earned a degree from Brigham Young University in Botany. He served a mission to the North Central States Mission and served during the Korean Conflict. Shortly after his marriage, he moved his family to Payson and taught school in Goshen for a short time while developing a farm on West Mountain with his brother, Craig. Later, he relocated to the Lehi area and created an orchard with his son, Craig Eric Wayman. He was instrumental in organizing the town of Saratoga Springs and served on the town council. He was a lifetime member of the Farm Bureau and annually helped with the Utah County Fair. He was honored as Utah State Horticulturist of the Year. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting and creating beautiful artistic things. But most of all, he loved his family and he loved people! He is survived by his wife, Ursula, six daughters and son, Cherie Eskridge (Chris) Lincoln, Nebraska; Natasha Schaeler (David) Queen Creek, Arizona; Lisa Hickman (Eric) Colfax, California; Craig Eric (Mindy) Saratoga Springs, Utah; Margo Carlson (Bill) Las Vegas, Nevada; Michelle Harley (Shawn) American Fork, Utah; Rebecca Neal (David) Bella Vista, Arkansas; 30 grand children, 8 great-grandchildren, a brother; Craig W. Wayman, Pleasant Grove, Utah; and sisters Gail Burnham, Provo, Utah; and Carol Barnes Seattle, Washington. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Lynette Wille, and grandson, Jeremy Craig Wayman. Funeral services were held Friday March 18th at the Saratoga Springs Stake Center, 587 S. Saratoga Road. Directions: From Lehi take Main Street west to Redwood Road, South to 6800 South, then East to Saratoga Rd. Internment, Payson City Cemetery. [Provo Daily Herald, March 16, 2005]

Whitaker, John Orson, Sr.

Whitaker, John Orson, Sr.
North Hills, California US

John and Thelma Whitaker

Class of 1945. John Whitaker. Born in Fillmore, Utah February 27th, 1928 [or February 28, 1927]. My parents couldn't decide on a name, so I began life as "baby boy Whitaker". Later, they named me John Orson after my two grandfathers' first names. Early years (1931-33) in Salt Lake City. I remember the terrible storms, lightening, rain and thundering that frightened me, but I was fascinated by them. Dad had 9 children 6 boys and 3 girls. Earliest memories was when I was about 3 years old living in Lamoille Canyon, Ruby Valley, Nevada. Father leased a ranch with horses, cattle and sheep. I was very lucky and blessed. Our family moved to Elko, Nevada several years later. We lived in a large white house right next to the railroad tracks. 1936 - 1937. Father worked on the WPA doing Mormon Cricket control. I had a problem with sleep walking. I got up one night and walked across the rail road tracks and a train was coming, so they say. Again, my brother went and saved me. I have a lot of fond memories while living in Elko. Swimming and boating in the Humboldt River. When I was about 9 or 10, (1937-1943) we moved to Wapato, Washington. We were itinerant fruit pickers (Grapes of Wrath adventures) going from crop to crop living out of an old truck which carried all of our family and everything we owned. In Washington, dad rented an old 2-story home, run down and awful looking. We came in late at night tired and discouraged. Dad asked the family to kneel down by the truck and he offered a beautiful prayer. If we would work hard and stick together, we could transform this eyesore into the prettiest farm on the block. The next two years, that is what we achieved. We helped to build barns, fences and corrals out of old railroad ties. We were able to make the 2 ½ acres pay off. Then we leased a 10 acre farm. This was all Indian (Native American) reservation land in the White Swan Reservation. I worked on the farms in my growing up years. My father became an excellent row crop farmer growing tomatoes, watermelons, peas, beans and cantaloupes. We had a large family so that helped father. He learned this type of farming by working with the Japanese farmers. I remember making packing boxes for the tomatoes, cantaloupes and peppers. In 1945, I moved to Provo, Utah to finish High School. I played some football and had fun. My sister was attending BYU at that time and wanted me out of the bad influence where we were brought up. I went to Brigham Young High School for my senior year, but halfway through, my friends and I enlisted in the army so we could choose the branch of service without being drafted. I finished my senior year by correspondence while finishing my basic training at Camp Roberts, Hunter Leggett in California. I volunteered for the Airborne Services and was sent to Fort Benning, Georgia for my paratroop school. I was assigned to the 505 Infantry Paratroops, 82nd Airborne Division. Then, when I was finished, I was stationed permanently at 82nd headquarters at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. On one jump, I was hit by some shrapnel and fell unconscious and woke up in the infirmary with bad hearing. I made 36 drops over North Carolina. My job was training in the Motor Pool. I never had to go overseas, but I trained many who were sent to Germany for the last 6 months of the war. When I think about it, I was blessed greatly by the Lord. After 2 ½ years active duty, I was discharged and sent home. I enrolled at Brigham Young University with the G.I. Bill. When I returned home, my mother wanted me to go on a mission. My first call was to go to the same area where I had already been in the service. I wanted a foreign mission and requested a Spanish-speaking country. The Lord found it fit to send me to Uruguay, South America. When I was released from my mission (in those days, they would release us "in the field") I was able to drive a new car back from Flint, Michigan to a little town in Southern Idaho, Tremonton. I delivered it to the Chevy place as was requested, and hitchhiked to Logan, Utah. My brother was attending the Utah State Agricultural College at that time, so he invited me to move in with him and start college with my G.I. Bill. There I also did some roofing with my brother part-time. I majored in Industrial Arts/Crafts and the Spanish language. After about three years of college, I met Thelma who was going to school there at the same time. I fell in love and married her. We had two children before I graduated in 1954. I interviewed for jobs in Logan and Brigham City, Salt Lake City, but the salary was too low to be able to support a growing family. A man came from the Los Angeles City Schools looking for teachers, and he recruited me to come to Pacoima Junior High in the San Fernando Valley. It was a new school, almost finished, so I took the job. It paid me almost $1000 more a year than the Utah schools. My last class at USU was a wood shop class, so I built a trailer, filled it up with our earthly possessions, and we came west to Arleta/Pacoima. I taught at San Fernando Junior High for about 3 months until we were able to move over to Pacoima Junior High around December. We moved lock, stock and barrel. I opened up a brand new shop with all new equipment -- it was a genuine pleasure. I taught 37 years at PJHS, having taught many hundreds of students making many thousands of projects. My church activities included being a bishop's counselor, teacher, H.P. Group leader, Ward Clerk and a member of the Stake High Council. ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS OBITUARY: John O. Whitaker, Sr., was born February 27, 1928 in Fillmore, Millard County in Central Utah. John was the fifth child and third boy to be born into the Willford W. and Dora Edith Boyce Whitaker household. John graduated from B.Y. High and served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon) as one of the early missionaries to Uruguay, serving from 1948-1950. After his mission he chose to attend Utah State University, majoring in Education. ~ ~ Thelma (Muggs) Willis was the last child born of four live births to John Lane and Lillian Gheen Willis on October 9, 1932 in Laketown, Rich County Utah. In the mid 1940's John and Lillian sold their stake in the family land in and around Laketown, Utah and moved to Clifton, Idaho where Thelma graduated high school. Thelma was the star of many High School plays and went on to Utah State University where she majored in Speech and Theater. In 1950 she entered the "Miss Delta Phi" contest. John Lane III (Thelma's brother) and John Whitaker became friends, and when John Whitaker saw Thelma win the contest, claimed to John Lane III that he was going to ... "marry the prettiest Delta Phi Girl." Then John and John and Hannah started working on a plan to get the two together. After a brief courtship and under some duress of John's claiming that he could not live another year without being married to his the "sweetheart of Delta Phi" John, John and Hannah convinced Thelma to marry John. The couple married on December 14, 1951. John and Thelma Whitaker have 8 children. Their eldest daughter, Sherrie Lynn Whitaker-White, perished in an auto accident. At the time of John's death, he had 25 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

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