Class of 1954 H.S.



Class of 1954 H.S.'s Website

Alphabetical Alumni

Simmons, William S.
200 East 600 North Apt 24
Kaysville, Utah 84037 US

Bill Simmons
  • Work: (801) 444-0376

Class of 1954. William S. "Bill" Simmons. Oratory, Y'ld Cat Newspaper, KOVO Reporter, Spanish Club, Bookkeeping Team. BYU BS Accounting 1961. @2010

Smith, Paul [J. Paul] (1954)
204 S Ridgeview Dr
Orem, Utah 84058-7200 US

Paul Smith
  • Work: (801) 434-7540

Class of 1954. J. Paul Smith. Student Body Social Chair. Basketball, Assistant Librarian, Band, Chorus, French Club, House of Representatives, Library Club President, Photography Club, Extemporaneous Speaking, Radio Reading, Short Plays, Childrens Theater, Thespians President. ~ ~ ~ ~ Paul served as Sen. Orrin Hatch's press secretary for 17 years. Moved from Alexandria, Virginia, to Utah. He now lives in Orem and teaches at Utah Valley State College (USVC). ~ ~ ~ ~ The year was 1950, and another sleepy town in Utah was about to wake. The roar of a motorcycle broke the silence in downtown Provo. It wasn't a biker out of Hell's Angels, but B.Y. High's senior class president who was at the helm of the motorcycle. Dallin Oaks (now Elder Dallin Oaks) was driving -- and I was hanging on for dear life! Dallin was going to do what he did almost every afternoon after he finished his classes at Y High. He was a radio announcer at the new KCSU radio station located on the golf course, near the old fairgrounds in south Provo. I wanted to be an announcer, just like Dallin, so on a few occasions he let me go to the station and watch him at work. Getting to the station was the hard part. Dallin didn't have too much time from his last class to the time he made his first on-the-air pronouncements. So we went with the wind. He would have never made it on time with today's traffic, but a half century ago there wasn't much traffic. There was, however, no viaduct over the railroad tracks at Sixth west, as there is now. I'll never forget roaring away from the school, tightly hanging on to Dallin's waist, as I rode shotgun, looking out for Smoky! I have a lot of fond memories of B.Y. High. By J. Paul Smith, B.Y. High Class of '54 [Provo Daily Herald, September 7, 2001.]

Snarr, Patricia

Snarr, Patricia
Las Vegas, Nevada US

Patricia and Rodney Woodbury

Class of 1954. Patricia Snarr. Fauvines, Notre Maison. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Patricia Snarr's parents are Delwin Leroy Snarr and Margaret Evans. Patricia was born on April 11, 1934 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She married Rodney Dennis Woodbury on June 21, 1958 in St. George, Utah. Rodney was born was born on August 18, 1937 in Panaca, Nevada. Rodney and Patricia had the following children: 1. Deborah Woodbury, born on December 12, 1960; 2. Dennis Leroy Woodbury, born March 11, 1965; and 3. Rodney Delwin Woodbury, born on January 20, 1976. Her husband,Rodney D. Woodbury, lives at 1815 Elm Avenue, Las Vegas, Nevada 89101 - (702) 384-9070. ~ ~ ~ ~ HER OBITUARY: Patricia Snarr Woodbury, age 75, passed away Monday, March 1, 2010. Pat was born April 11, 1934, in Salt Lake City. Her father, "Bus," was an executive with the Wonder Bread Company, which allowed her the opportunity to live in several places while growing up. Among them, San Mateo, California; Seattle, Washington; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Provo, Utah, where she graduated from Brigham Young High School in 1954. Pat finally settled in Las Vegas, where she married Rodney Dennis Woodbury on June 21, 1958, in the St. George Temple. She devoted her life to raising their three children in Las Vegas. Rodney retired from the U.S. Postal Service several years ago and they enjoyed frequent trips to Idaho and Wyoming to visit their children and grandchildren. Pat was the recipient of the "On My Honor" and "Silver Beaver" awards from the Boy Scouts of America and enjoyed her involvement in Scouting for over 15 years. She was a member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers and was captain of the Purple Sage Camp and had a gift for getting others involved. She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, having served many positions over the years in the Las Vegas 2nd Ward. She loved serving in the Las Vegas Temple for nearly 20 years before being diagnosed with brain cancer in January 2010. She was loved by everyone who knew her. Pat was known for her smile and incredible kindness to everyone she met, up to and including those who cared for her in her final days. Pat is survived by her husband; sisters, LaRue (Dick) Worthen and Joyce (Lew) Winter of Fresno, California; children, Deborah, Dennis LeRoy (Sheri) of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Rodney Delwin (Cassie) of Worland, Wyoming; and eight grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Delwin LeRoy "Bus" Snarr and Margaret Snarr (Rydman). Viewing will be 8:30-9:30 a.m. Saturday, March, 6, with her funeral service following at 10 a.m., both at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Alta and Thrush Chapel. Graveside dedication and interment will be at Memory Gardens, 7251 W. Lone Mountain Road. [Las Vegas Review-Journal, March 4, 2010]

Spalding, Frederick Amtoft

Spalding, Frederick Amtoft
Altamont, Utah US

Fred and Dianna Spalding

Class of 1954. Frederick A. Spaulding. Basketball, Baseball, Football, Lettermen, Band, Chorus, Legislative Forum, Debate. ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS OBITUARY: Frederick Amtoft Spalding, age 70, of Altamont, passed away August 30, 2005, in American Fork. He was born June 14, 1935, in Vineyard, Utah, to Thomas Frederick and Edith Christeen Amtoft Spalding. He was a graduate of Brigham Young High School where he held honors in football and music. It was here that he met and later married Lois Helen Higgins. Together they had seven children. This marriage ended in divorce. In 1969 he met and married Dianna Lyn Addley of Duchesne, Utah. They were sealed for time and eternity in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Together they had three children. Fred had a lot of opportunities and experiences in his life. At 14 years he was an apprentice carpenter of Union #1495. He built roofs and worked on the BYU Football Stadium. At 16 he worked at Backman Foundry making cores for molds, and he was a drafter. At 19 he built reinforced concrete chimneys for Pullman Kellogg Co. Ltd. He built chimneys in Canada, Newfoundland, and across the United States. He worked in the oil fields as a geologist. He also worked as a welder and later in life he became a federal officer for the US Forest Service. He had a degree in Drafting, Robotic Engineering, and Petroleum Technology. He was a certified welder. Fred also held a CDL and drove trucks. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking, reading, art and music. He is survived by his wife, Dianna, of Altamont; children, Sheri Denise Lilliard, Debra Kaye Delaney, Kelly Kappelman, James Milton Delaney, Chris Delaney, Brian Delaney, Wynnde Lee Whittier, Forrest Amtoft Spalding, Christene Edith Macklin, a sister, Donna May Claxton, and a brother, Thomas Lloyd Spalding [BYH Class of 1958~Honorary]. He is also survived by 20 grandchildren, and a few great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Stephen Gregory Spalding, and his sisters, Joyce Spalding and Beth Edith Backman. Funeral services were held Friday, September 2, 2005, at the Lake Fork LDS Church in Altamont, Utah. Interment, Strawberry Cemetery in Duchesne. [Provo Daily Herald, September 1, 2005.]

Startup, Gordon E.

Startup, Gordon E.
Springville, Utah US

Gordon and Carol Startup

Class of 1954. Gordon E. Startup. Football, Lettermen, Band, All State Band, Beaux Arts Club, Chorus, French Club, Childrens Theater, Thespians. ~ ~ ~ ~ Gordon married Carol Halliday, BYH Class of 1956. ~ ~ ~ ~ His parents: Elbert Harris Startup and Maureen Borwn. They had 11 children: Gordon Startup [BYH Class of 1954], Karen Startup (Berrett), Frank Startup, Marsha Startup (Fershtut), Cheryl Startup (Worsley), David Startup, Nancy Startup (Schultz), Lynnae Startup (Knapp), DeAnn Startup (Stidham), and Diane Startup (Ingram); and stepchildren, Bill Haines, John Haines, Sally Louis, and Laura Emmons. Elbert Gordon Startup was born 07/06/36 in SLC, to Elbert H. and Maurine Startup. Died peacefully at home Saturday. Survived by wife, Carol Halliday, 7 children: Daunine, Danielle, Devin, Chantale, Dane, Daric, Maurine; 15 grandchildren, 1 great-grandson, and 9 siblings. Funeral services were held at Hobblecreek 14th Ward, 1050 S. 1700 E., Springville, Utah. [Provo Daily Herald, February 05, 2003.]

Stewart, Robert
57 E. Hattendorf Ave.
Roselle, Illinois 60172-1501 US

Bob Stewart
  • Work: (630) 539-1241

Class of 1954. Robert Stewart.

Symons, Blaine D.
1700 Short Hills Road
Sacramento, California 95864 US

Blaine Symons

Class of 1954. Blaine D. Symons. Radio Physics Club, Ski Club, Debate, Childrens Theater. @2001

Tangren, M. Boyd
1338 Emerson Avenue
Salt Lake City, Utah 84105 US

Boyd Tangren
  • Work: (801) 487-9380

Class of 1954. M. Boyd Tangren. Track, Chorus, Ski Club, Childrens Theater. BYU BS Journalism 1960. Member, Board of Directors, Opportunity Fund for Developing Countries [OFDC], Salt Lake City, Utah: Boyd Tangren is a licensed structural engineer who has traveled to developing countries to offer his expertise toward improving infrastructure. This includes the access and distribution of fossil fuels, potable water projects and structural engineering for bridges. Parents of Boyd Tangren: Loras G. Tangren and Miriam Redd Tangren, of Moab, Utah.

Taylor, Adrianne
769 Apeldoorn Lane
Keller, Texas 76248 US

Adrianne and Rodney Taylor
  • Home: 817-637-4813

Class of 1954. Adrianne Taylor. Band, Girls State, Girls Nation, Shorthand Club, Scholastic Award, Supreme Court, Type Team, Graduation Committee. BYU 1958. Married Rodney S. Taylor. Note: Her marriage did not result in a change of surname. See related website.

Tippetts, Merry
615 N.E. 3rd Street
Gresham, Oregon 97030-7413 US

Merry Jensen

Class of 1954. Merry Tippetts. Student Body Advertising Manager. Chorus, Fauvines, French Club, Notre Maison, Thespians, Wildcat Yearbook. Married _____ Jensen. She teaches piano. --@2001

Unger, Gloria Mae

Unger, Gloria Mae
398 Aerie Circle
North Salt Lake, Utah 84054-3374 US

Gloria and Bob Oaks
  • Work: (801) 295-2282

Class of 1954. Gloria Mae Unger. Student Body Cheerleader, Chorus, Soph Cheerleader, Fauvines, Notre Maison, Graduation Committee. Gloria Mae Unger married [General] [Elder] Robert C. Oaks [BYH Class of 1954]. ~ ~ ~ ~ Her parents: Arthur Matthew Unger and Annabelle McCabe Unger. Her parents were converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Pennsylvania. The Ungers moved from Pennsylvania to Chicago, then Provo. They had three daughters: Patsy Unger (Philip Bliss) Daniels (deceased) of Provo; Vera Ann Unger [BYH Class of 1952] (Boyd) Corbett (deceased) of Henderson, Nevada; and Gloria Mae Unger [BYH Class of 1954] (Robert C.) Oaks of North Salt Lake. @2006

Walker, Richard T.
8 Stephens Circle
Roswell, New Mexico 88201 US

Dick Walker
  • Work: (505) 624-1514

Class of 1954. Richard T. Walker. Football Co-Captain, Track, Lettermen, Assistant Librarian, Library Club, Photography Club, Legislative Forum, Extemporaneous Speaking, Childrens Theater, Thespians, Wildcat Yearbook Cover Editor. BYU BS Accounting 1958.

Washburn, Veloy (1954)

Washburn, Veloy (1954)
Riverton, Utah US

Veloy and Ray Hansen

Class of 1954. Veloy Washburn. Veloy Washburn. Student Body Historian. Chorus. ~ ~ BYU 1958. ~ ~ ~ ~ HER OBITUARY: Veloy Washburn Hansen, 1935 - 2012. Our dearly beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Veloy Washburn Hansen, passed away peacefully at home on August 22, 2012 surrounded by her family. Born September 16, 1935 in Blanding, Utah, to Alvin Lavell and Wasel Black Washburn, she was the ninth of ten children. Her family later moved to Provo, Utah where she graduated from BY High School in the Class of 1954. Veloy attended Brigham Young University where she met the love of her life, Ray Hansen. Veloy and Ray were married in the Salt Lake City temple on June 13, 1957. Veloy loved to sing, to dance, to read; she loved the ballet and the arts. Most of all, she loved to hold and rock her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and sing them songs and tell them stories. Her family was the focus of her life. Veloy was a devoted and remarkable mother who found great joy in creating a loving and welcoming home. She was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served in many positions. She loved the temple and served as a temple worker for a number of years; most recently in the Oquirrh Mountain temple. Veloy is survived by her husband Ray, and her 11 children Don, Ron, Jon, Kimball, Randall, Darlyn, McKay, Chelynn, Mary Jo, Sheri and Shannan, 54 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 11 am at the Hamilton Ridge Stake Center, 5562 West 13680 South, Herriman, Utah. A viewing will be held on Friday evening August 24 from 6 to 8pm at the Broomhead Funeral Home, 12600 South 2200 West, Riverton, Utah and on Saturday morning at the Stake Center from 9:30 to 10:30 am prior to the services. www.broomheadfuneralhome.com [Deseret News, August 23, 2012]

Webb, Karen
1552 Sweetwater Lane
Farmington, Utah 84025-3075 US

Karen and Arlo Nelson
  • Work: (801) 451-9413

Class of 1954. Karen Webb. Chorus, Fauvines, Notre Maison Vice President, Shorthand Club, Thespians, Type Team. BYU BS Elementary Instruction 1959. She married Arlo Nelson.

Webster, Sharron
101 So. Alpine View Lane
Driggs, Idaho 83422 US

Sharron and Rex Nelson
  • Work: 208-354-4300

Class of 1954. Sharron Webster. Fauvines, Notre Maison, Ski Club. BYU BS English 1958. Sharron married Rex Nelson and they have five children. Email sent to rexnelson1@hotmail.com bounced back. @2010

Whittle, Kennen
3833 Park Road
Sacramento, California 95841 US

Kennen Van Wagenen

Class of 1954. Kennen Whittle (female). Chorus, Y'ld Cat Newspaper. Married ______ Van Wagenen. --@2001

Wilkinson, David L.
17589 Wadell Court
Hamilton, Virginia 20158 US

Dave and Tricia Wilkinson
  • Work: (540) 338-9535

Class of 1954. David L. Wilkinson. Senior Class President. 1953 Student Body Vice President. Baseball, Football, Tennis, Lettermen, Debate, All State Debate, Chorus, French Club Vice President, House of Representatives, Photography Club Vice President, Short Plays, Childrens Theater, Thespians, I Speak for Democracy, National Student Council Convention. BYU BA History 1961. Oxford University (England) BA 1964. University of California at Berkeley JD 1966. Oxford University (England) MA 1969. Married Tricia Thomas. Wilkinson began practicing corporate law. In 1972 he was appointed an assistant to the Utah Attorney General, and he later became Chief Deputy Salt Lake County Attorney and Utah Attorney General. Wilkinson authored legislation that strengthened Utah's laws against pornography and dissolved more than 40,000 shell corporations. He has taught at BYU's law school and worked for the Hughes Corporation. His several terms as Attorney General of Utah encompassed 1981-1989. Currently practicing law in Virginia [2004].

Wing, Ella Annette

Wing, Ella Annette
Provo, Utah US

Annette & Theodore Taylor

Class of 1954. [Ella] Annette Wing. Chorus, Fauvines, Shorthand Club Vice President, Thespians. Married Theodore M. Taylor. ~ ~ ~ ~ Her parents: John Hildebrand Wing and Ella Mae Clinger. Their children included: John H. "Jack" Wing [BYH Class of 1950] (Janet Peay); Annette Wing Taylor [BYH Class of 1954]; Diane Wing Miner; and Stephan Wing. ~ ~ ~ ~ HER OBITUARY: Ella Annette Wing Taylor, 82, passed away peacefully at her home with her family by her side on October 8, 2018. She was born January 30, 1936 in American Fork, Utah to John H. Wing and Ella Mae Clinger Wing. She attended schools in Provo, graduating from Brigham Young High School in the Class of 1954. Annette married her sweetheart, Theodore M. Taylor on February 9, 1963 in Provo, Utah. Annette enjoyed traveling with her husband and friends. One of her favorite places to visit was the Oregon Coast. Annette enjoyed cooking and baking meals for her family. She also enjoyed canning in the fall. She enjoyed and loved spending time with her family especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Annette was well known for her funny personality and her warm caring heart by family, friends, and neighbors. Annette is survived by her two sons: Ryan M. Taylor (Shellie) of Provo, Utah, and Scott W. Taylor of Big Fork, Montana. She has six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, L. Diane Wing Miner; two brothers; John H. “Jack” Wing Jr. and Stephen A. Wing, and her sweetheart Theodore M. Taylor. Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 15, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Sundberg-Olpin Mortuary Chapel on 495 S. State St., Orem, Utah. Viewings will be held, Sunday, October 14, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. at Sundberg-Olpin Mortuary and Monday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to the services at the mortuary. Interment, Eastlawn Memorial Hill Cemetery. Condolences may be sent at www.SundbergOlpinMortuary.com Source.

Wolsey, Marlene
3769 Oxford Way
West Valley City, Utah 84119-4233 US

Marlene Neilson

Class of 1954. Marlene Wolsey. Chorus, Fauvines, Notre Maison, Shorthand Club. BYU 1958. Married ____ Neilson.

Worden, Kay

Kay Worden

Class of 1954. Kay Worden. ~ ~ ~ ~ IS THIS? Deanna Kay Worden, daughter of Kenneth Eugene Worden and Shirley Diane Striker, who were married on May 23, 1948. Their children: Eugene Kent Worden; Debora Diane Worden; Bret Daniel Worden; and Deanna Kay Worden. ~ ~ ~ ~ OR IS THIS? Diana Marshall Worden, daughter of _______ Marshall, married ______ Worden, 4533 Superior Drive, Camino, California 95709 - (530) 644-1469 - BYU BES Engineering & Technology, Aerospace Engineering 1958.

Young, LeGrande L. (Grit)
3419 N Cottonwood Ln
Provo, Utah 84604-7403 US

LeGrande and Sherry Young
  • Home: (801) 356-9118

Class of 1954. LeGrande L. "Grit" Young. Basketball, Baseball, Football Co-Captain, Track, Lettermen, Band, Chorus, Ski Club. BYU BS Public Policy 1960. He played football at BYU in the late 1950's. He led the school in scoring in 1955 and in rushing and total offense in 1959. University of Utah JD 1963. He married Sherry. He became a corporate attorney in Manhattan, and the family lived in Greenwich, Connecticut. Grit and Sherry Young are the parents of BYU & San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young. Steve is the oldest of five siblings, Mike, Melissa, Tom and Jim follow in that order. @2011

Zwahlen, Josefine Emma
1746 N. Sego Lane
Provo, Utah 84604-1878 US

Josy & Ben de Hoyos
  • Home: (801) 375-9829

Class of 1954. Josefine Zwahlen. [Name, photo does not appear with senior class in 1954 Wildcat yearbook.] Born in Switzerland, Josefine moved to the USA (Logan, Utah) in 1949. She came to BYU at age 16 after graduating from a correspondence school in Chicago. That school's credits were recognized by other colleges but, she discovered, they were not accepted by BYU. She was able to take a sufficient number of classes at BY High, while simultaneously taking classes at BYU. She graduated from BY High in the spring of 1954 along with the the senior graduating class of that year. ~ ~ ~ ~ She married Benjamin F. de Hoyos on September 10, 1954 in the Salt Lake Temple. They have 12 children. In addition to their own 12 children, they have a foster son who is Tongan. So they are a multi-national family: her husband born in Mexico, she in Switzerland, their children in the US, and their foster son in Tonga. Josefine served a mission in the Missionary Training Center [MTC] as a tutor and translator in Spanish and German, 1995-1997; served missions with her husband as Executive Secretaries in the Mexico South Area Presidency, 1997-1999, and in the same calling in the Chile Area Presidency, 2005-2006. @2007

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