Class of 1947 H.S.



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Alphabetical Alumni
Atkinson, Joyce

Atkinson, Joyce
Walnut Creek, California US

Joyce Davis

Class of 1947. Joyce Atkinson. ~ ~ ~ ~ Joyce Atkinson was born on April 26, 1929 in Francis [Kamas], Summit County, Utah. Her father/s: Daniel Morse Price [born September 13, 1895 in Samaria, Idaho; died June 9, 1978; son of John Evan Price and Emma Morse Price.] & George Levere Atkinson [born August 24, 1906 in Park City, Summit County, Utah; died September 28, 1974; son of George Alvin Atkinson and Pearl Merrinda Workman Atkinson.] Joyce's mother: Nevada Riddle Price Atkinson, daughter of George Isaac Riddle and Evelyn Cottam Riddle. Joyce married _____ Davis on March 16, 1951 in Provo, Utah. Joyce died on October 8, 1981 in Walnut Creek, California.

Bailey, Jay [Clifford Jay]

Bailey, Jay [Clifford Jay]
Ogden, Utah US

Jay and Susie Bailey

Class of 1947. Clifford "Jay" Bailey. ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS OBITUARY: LAYTON - Clifford "Jay" Bailey, our most beloved father, grandfather, mentor and friend left this mortal world behind and rejoined his mother, father and sons in heaven on April 6, 2012. He was 83 years old. He died in the arms of his beautiful wife Susie, surrounded by family and friends. Jay graduated from Brigham Young High School in 1947. He married Renae McArthur in the Salt Lake Temple. They were later divorced. He then married Susie Fay Bohon on March 6, 1976. The marriage was solemnized in the Ogden Temple one year later. Jay was born on November 7, 1928 in Schofield, Utah, the son of a coal miner. His parents, Clifford and Nita Bailey, taught Jay the value of hard work at an early age. This work ethic prevailed throughout his life as he started Bailey's Moving & Storage and several successful furniture and framing businesses. He was one of the last businessmen whose handshake was as good as a contract. 'Till the day he died, Jay refused to "sit and watch another man work." One of Jay's greatest loves in life was preaching the gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served two missions, one as a young man and one after retirement with his best friend and wife Susie. His other loves were his family, fishing and photographs. His honesty, gentleness and giving heart made him a hero to nearly all who knew him. Jay is survived by his wife Susie Bailey, his sisters Louise Curry and Gwila Despain; his children Dave, Steve and Tyler Bailey, Karen Lund, Christal Holley, Scott Tracy, Vicki PoVey, Kathy Bastian, Robin Berenyi, Michelle Evans, Blaine Tracy; 43 grandchildren and 53 great-grandchildren. His sons Brian and Bobby Bailey preceded him in death. We mourn his passing but we cherish his memory and we know that he is where he wants to be, at home with his Father in Heaven, in the clouds he loved so much. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Lindquist's Layton Mortuary, 1867 N. Fairfield Road where friends may visit family Monday from 6-8 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment, Lindquist's Memorial Gardens of the Wasatch, 1718 Combe Road, Ogden, Utah. Condolences may be shared at: www.lindquistmortuary.com [Deseret News, Sunday, April 8, 2012]

Baird, James Eldredge

Baird, James Eldredge
Provo, Utah US

James and Louise Baird

Class of 1947. Married Louise. James Eldredge Baird, a graduate of B.Y. High School, was killed in February of 1998 in an automobile accident while enroute to speak at the funeral of his older brother, Orin E. Baird. Their parents: Orrin Randall Baird and Almira Eldredge Baird. They had five children, four sons and one daughter. They are: Orrin Eldredge Baird [BYH Class of 1945] (married Bonnie) of Brigham City, Utah; Fred E. Baird [BYH Class of 1946] (married Norma) of Bountiful, Utah; James Baird [BYH Class of 1947] (married Louise) of Provo, Utah; Wilford Baird [BYH Class of 1951?] (married Ann), of Provo, Utah; and Kathleen Baird [BYH Class of 1954] (married Roy Snedden) of Lincoln, Nebraska. ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS OBITUARY: James Eldredge Baird, 68, died Saturday, February 7, 1998, in Brigham City, Utah, in an automobile accident. He was born October 6, 1929, in Provo, Utah, son of Orrin Randall and Almira Lambert Eldredge Baird. He married Louise Mitchell Olsen, April 3, 1963, in the Manti LDS Temple. He resided in Provo all of his life. He graduated from Brigham Young High School in the Class of 1947. Jim received a B.S. in elementary education and an M.S. in educational administration from Brigham Young University. In 1973 he received a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Utah. He worked as a professional educator for over 30 years, including service as an elementary school teacher, an elementary school principal, and a professor of elementary education at BYU. He served as the chairman of BYU's Elementary Education department from 1976-86 and again from 1995-96. In his most recent years at BYU, Jim enjoyed his work with student teachers in Utah's Jordan and Alpine school districts, in Washington, D.C. and in the South Pacific. Jim also was a professional beekeeper and served for two years as the president of the Utah Beekeepers' Association. One of his greatest joys was working with his family in the family beekeeping business. He also loved coaching his sons youth basketball teams. Lifelong, active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Jim served a mission to Australia from 1950 to 1952. He served in many callings in the church, including bishop, high council member, and was currently serving as the high priest group leader in the 10th Ward, Edgemont North Stake in Provo. He is survived by his wife, Louise; and 11 children, Glen and Lisa Baird, Madison, Wis.; Joanne and Eric Giordano, Medford, Mass.; Janet Baird, American Fork; Christine Baird[0], Provo; Carolyn Baird, Provo; Douglas and Kristine Baird, Provo; Brian and Jalynn Baird, Memphis, Tenn.; Michael and Amylyn Baird, Provo; Sarah Baird, Provo; Elder Robert Baird, Idaho Boise LDS Mission; and Marie Baird, Provo. He is also survived by 16 grandchildren; two brothers, Fred E. and Norma Baird, Bountiful, and Wilford E and Ann Baird, Provo; one sister, Kathleen and Roy Sneddon, Lincoln, Nebraska; and his sister-in-law, Bonnie Baird, Brigham City. He was preceded in death by his brother, Orrin E Baird, Brigham City, Utah. Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 11, 1998, in the Edgemont North Stake Center, Provo. Interment, East Lawn Memorial Hills Cemetery. The family encourages contributions to the Brigham Young University David O. McKay School of Education scholarship fund. For more information, contact the BYU School of Education at (801) 378-3694. [Deseret News, Monday, February 9, 1998]

Barker, Evelyn Joy

Barker, Evelyn Joy
4602 South Locust Lane
Salt Lake City, Utah US

Evelyn & Robert Cutler

Class of 1947. Evelyn Barker. ~ ~ ~ ~ HER OBITUARY: Evelyn Joy Barker Cutler was reunited with her eternal family members and friends on November 8, 2012. Evelyn was born March 16, 1930 in Provo Utah to John Jay and Mildred Morgan Barker. She was sister to Margaret Barker Sidwell, Bonnie Barker Alexander, and John (Jo Ann) Barker. Evelyn graduated from Brigham Young High School in the Class of 1947. She was eternally sealed to her beloved Robert Eugene Cutler bringing together 8 sons and 2 daughters. Evelyn was employed by the State of Utah for 30 years as an LCSW making her life's work helping others. She loved doing brain-teaser crossword puzzles, all forms of literature, classical music and doing genealogy. She was an active member of the LDS church and served in various roles throughout the years. She is survived by her sister Margaret, her brother John, and all 10 of her children: Clifford Wilcox, Robert David (Codele) Cutler, Doyle Rowley (Annette) Cutler, Juan Ramon (Debbie) Martinez III, (Robert) Maggie Martinez Monzingo, James Rowley (Joni) Cutler, (Wally) Ruth Martinez Ortiz, Brett Rowley (Cindy) Cutler, Peter Benjamin Martinez Sr., Daniel Rowley (Janene) Cutler. She is also survived by her granddaughter Elizabeth Roberts, and well as numerous other grand and great-grand children. She is preceded in death by her eternal mate Robert, her parents, her aunts Evelyn and Afton, Uncle Edward, sister Bonnie, nephew David, niece Julia, and great-granddaughter Lisa. The family wishes to express a heartfelt thanks to Tina, Ashley, and her other care-givers at More Than Home Plano, Texas, where she has lived the past 6 years. Friends and family are invited to attend a viewing on Monday, November 12, 2012 from 9:30 to 10:45 at Bay Hill Chapel, 10351 Bayhill Drive, Cedar Hills, Utah 84062. Funeral Services will follow at 11:00 at the same location. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.walkersanderson.com. Interment will be at Orem City Cemetery immediately following the services. [Sunday, November 11, 2012, Provo Daily Herald] @2012

Benson, Colleen

Benson, Colleen
Bringham City, Utah US

Colleen & R. Dee Law

Class of 1947. Colleen Benson. Married Ronald Dee Law, also a member of the BYH Class of 1947. ~ ~ ~ ~ HER OBITUARY: Brigham City - Colleen Benson Law passed away peacefully at home from natural causes on Friday, October 27, 2006. Colleen was born March 12, 1929 in Provo, Utah to Joseph Dunkley Benson and Iva Laura Jones Benson. She grew up in Provo, where she attended BYU Elementary Training School, BY Jr. High and Brigham Young High School in the Class of 1947, where she was the Class Valedictorian. She interrupted her studies at BYU to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Northern California, serving in Pacific Grove, Los Gatos, Modesto and Fresno. On December 27, 1951, she was sealed to her best friend, Ronald Dee Law [also BYH Class of 1947], in the St. George Temple. Colleen and R. Dee (as he is called in the family) had known each other since the second grade. She graduated with honors from Brigham Young University in the spring of 1952 with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in music. In 1954 the family moved to Southern California, where Colleen taught kindergarten while her husband pursued further education, after which they lived in North Hollywood, Venice and La Mirada, California. In 1958, they moved back to Utah, living in Logan, Providence and Brigham City. Colleen was preceded in death by her parents, stepfather, J. Roland Sandstrom, and a brother, Joe Dell Benson. Surviving by her husband, Ronald, Brigham City; three daughters, Lauralee (Don) Lester, Texas; Linda (Ron) Sharp, Oklahoma; Sharon Willie, Brigham City; ten grandchildren and six great grandchildren; one brother, David Keith (Madelin) Benson, St. George; one sister-in-law, Aldine Benson, Orem; one step sister, Barbara (Dick) Summerhays, California. Colleen Benson Law was a noble woman of great faith. She always spoke the truth and always kept her promises. Her entire life was focused on her family and on the gospel of Jesus Christ. She worked faithfully and repeatedly in the Primary, YWMIA, Sunday school, and Relief Society of the LDS Church. She was a visiting teacher all of her adult life. Her special love was teaching young children. For over 20 years, she served in the Brigham City Regional Name Extraction Center, where she worked on Dutch and French records. Colleen loved books and reading. She loved to travel, especially with her husband. Later in life, Colleen and R. Dee had the pleasure of serving two missions together in the France Paris Mission, serving in the cities of Poitiers, Tours and Le Mans. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, October 31, 2006, in the Brigham City Utah North Stake Center. Interment, Brigham City Cemetery. [Provo Daily Herald, October 29, 2006.]

Bigelow, Richard Percival

Bigelow, Richard Percival
Salt Lake City, Utah US

Richard & Suzzanne Bigelow

Class of 1947. Richard P. Bigelow. Senior Class Vice President 1946-1947. ~ ~ ~ ~ His parents: Percival Parley Bigelow and Margaret Elizabeth Meldrum Bigelow. Percival and Margaret had two daughters and two sons: Dr. LaVell Meldrum Bigelow [BYH Class of 1935 ~ Honorary], of Pleasant Grove, Utah; Afton Bigelow [BYH Class of 1938] (Keith) Miller, of Pleasant Grove, Utah; and Ruth Bigelow [BYH Class of 1942] Wilsted, of Northridge, California; and Dr. Richard Percival Bigelow [BYH Class of 1947] (Suzzanne), of Salt Lake City, Utah. ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS OBITUARY: Richard Percival Bigelow, MD, died peacefully at his home in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Friday October 30, 2015. He was 86 years old. Richard was born the youngest child to Margaret Meldrum Bigelow and Percival Parley Bigelow in Provo, Utah, on March 10, 1929. He was the size of a quart jar. He attended Brigham Young High School, graduating in the Class of 1947. He then attended Brigham Young University and the University of Utah for his undergraduate education, then obtained his medical degree from Cornell University. Upon graduation he served as a captain in the US Army. Thereafter, he distinguished himself in his profession as an internal medicine physician, devoting himself to the care and treatment of his patients. Richard married his beloved wife, Suzzanne Fiske, on June 12, 1953. They celebrated 54 years together, rearing their seven children and sharing a deep affinity of values, cultural appreciation, and friendships. Throughout his life he cultivated his fine musical sensibility as a pianist, organist, and musical enthusiast, supporting the Utah Symphony and many other local musical organizations. He developed his talents as an visual artist later in life, creating many masterpieces in the style of Jackson Pollock that are treasured by his children and grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Margaret and Percival Bigelow; his siblings Joseph, Lavell, Afton, and Ruth; and his wife Suzzanne Fiske Bigelow. He is survived by his son, Sean (Allison) Bigelow of Cleveland, Ohio; his son Barclay (Kris) Bigelow, of Sandy Utah; his daughter Brooke (Jim) of Salt Lake City, Utah; his son Ian (Sonoe) Bigelow, of Salt Lake City, Utah; his daughter Paige Bigelow of Salt Lake City, Utah; his son Christian (Sandra) Bigelow of Glendale, Arizona; and his daughter Eyre Wolfe (Jon) of San Luis Obispo, California; and his 14 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. For details of the memorial service to be held on Wednesday, November 4th, please check the Larkin website, www.larkinmorturary.com [Deseret News, November 1, 2015] ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS WIFE'S OBITUARY: Birth: October 16, 1929, Oakland, Alameda County, California. Death: August 27, 2007, Salt Lake City, Utah. Suzzanne Fiske Bigelow, 77, died on Monday August 27, 2007 due to lung cancer. She was a non-smoker and lived a full, happy life with a rich array of experiences, blessings, and relationships. Born on October 16, 1929, in Oakland, California, she was the daughter of Frances and George Fiske. She graduated from Sacramento High in 1947 and attended Brigham Young University, where she graduated with a double major in English and Art in 1951. She received her Masters of Arts in English from the University of Utah in 1981. She taught English and Art at Union High in Roosevelt, Utah, and in New York in the Wheatland-Chili Central School District. She married Richard P. Bigelow in 1953. They lived in Rochester, New York, and Redwood City, California, but they settled in Salt Lake City, Utah, where Richard practiced internal medicine for 30 years at Holy Cross Hospital. Together they raised seven children. Suzzanne had a variety of interests and talents and was a member of Authors Club and Classics Club. She spent many happy times traveling and studying cultures and people of the world. One of her most cherished experiences was the summer she spent doing coursework at Cambridge. She was coauthor with R. R. Knudson of May Swenson: a Poet's Life in Photos. Her finesse for bringing people together was legendary, and in that vein she coauthored with Gerrie Clayton Making the Connection: The Heart of Celebrating (unpublished). She was a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served her fellow members in many capacities. She was an expert, devoted grandmother. She is survived by her husband, Richard Percival Bigelow, and seven children: Sean Stevens Bigelow (Allison Gardiner) of Aurora, Ohio; Barclay Fiske Bigelow (Kristine Joy Waltman) of Sandy, Utah; Brooke Bigelow (James L. Piercey) of Albany, Oregon; Ian Harper Bigelow (Sonoe Sato) of Salt Lake City; Paige Bigelow (Michael G. Jones) of Salt Lake City; Richard Christian Bigelow (Sandra Milena Carvajal) of Phoenix, Arizona; and Eyre Bigelow Wolfe (Jon Wolfe) of Oceanside, California. As well, she is survived by 17 grandchildren and two uncles, Bird T. Lewis and Cromwell D. Lewis, and one aunt, Rosemary Triplett, with whom she was raised as a sibling. Her other beloved aunt, Anna Belle Brown, preceded her in death. We have been blessed by her life, and our hearts are humble in the wake of losing her. Funeral services will be held at 12 Noon on Saturday, September 1 at Federal Heights Ward (1300 East Fairfax Road). The family will be available at the ward from 11- 11:45 a.m. prior to the services. There will be no viewing. [Deseret News, August 29, 2007].

Bills, Karol G.

Bills, Karol G.
Seattle, Washington

Karol and Marcia Bills

Class of 1947. Born, May 26, 1929, Vernal, Utah. Died, November 11, 1977, Seattle, Washington. Interment, Provo City Cemetery, Block 13 Lot 60. Veteran, Korean War. Parents: George F. Bills and Georgia Rae Pickup Bills. Wife: Marcia B. Doughty. ~~~~ Karol "G" Bills: a member of the All-Time Baseball & Football Team Rosters at BYU. [In May 2004] Info about 2004 BYU baseball team member, Kevin Bills: His father, Jeff Bills, played catcher for BYU from 1972-75, and his grandfather Karol Bills played both football and baseball for BYU in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Brother of Kevin Bills, Thomas Bills, signed last season with BYU baseball and is currently serving a Church mission to Montreal, Canada. @2005

Bown, Shafter [Miles Shafter]
946 North 1020 East
Pleasant Grove, Utah 84062-2029 US

Shafter Bown
  • Home: (801) 785-6939

Class of 1947. Miles Shafter (Shafter) Bown. BYU 1951. He was the Games Room manager in the BYU Wilkinson Center. [1995] Mail bounced back from shafterboo@aol.com @2010 "I was born and raised in Utah. Spent time with my father in Colorado on the ranch raising sheep. My mother became ill and I spent time taking care of her. Was drafted into the U.S. Army and spent time teaching Radio Operational School. Came home early to take care of my mother. My father passed away and I spent time in Colorado and Utah. I began working at BYU and retired after 31 1/2 years. I have a car business at the present time. I have six children and recently lost count of my grandchildren and great grandchildren." Source.

Brandley, Calvin S.
63 Tudor Boulevard S
Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada T1K 5B9 CA

Calvin Brandley

Class of 1947. @2005.

Broadhead, Don [Joseph Don]

Broadhead, Don [Joseph Don]
Provo, Utah US

Don and Joyce Broadhead

Class of 1947. J. Don Broadhead. Married Joyce LeeMaster. (See Don and Joyce photo on Class of 1949 reunions page.) ~ ~ ~ ~ Joyce LeeMaster and J. Don Broadhead have the following children: Terry Don Broadhead, Vicki Broadhead, Stuart A. (Malissa Bandley) Broadhead, one more. Don is 81. @2011 ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS OBITUARY: Joseph Don Broadhead, 83, son of Spencer Broadhead and Jocie Smith Broadhead, born in Rupert, Idaho on July 18 1929, died on March 1, 2013, Provo Utah. Married Joyce LeeMaster May 3, 1950. Marriage later made eternal Salt Lake City LDS temple. Survived by wife Joyce and children Terry Broadhead, Vicki Coombs, Mike and Stuart Broadhead, brothers Stirling, Kent and John Broadhead, many grandchildren and great- grandchildren. Don was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served others as bishop, temple worker, couples missionary to Jackson, Mississippi, and in a wide variety of ward and stake callings. His greatest pleasure was being with his family. He was loved by all who knew him and will be sorely missed. A viewing will be held on Thursday, March 7 2013 from 9 am - 10:30 am at the LDS Ward Chapel, 2950 North Canyon Rd. in Provo. Funeral service will follow at 11 am. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the LDS Church Missionary Fund. [Provo Daily Herald, Monday, March 4, 2013]

Brooks, May

May Brooks

Class of 1947.

Brown, Carol Bunker

Brown, Carol Bunker
Salt Lake City, Utah

Carol and George Sonntag

Class of 1947. Carol Brown. She was born on December 15, 1928 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her parents were Elder Hugh B. Brown and Zina Card Brown. ~ ~ ~ ~ HER OBITUARY: Carol Brown Bunker Sonntag - 1928-2017. Salt Lake City, Utah. - Our beloved mother, Carol Brown Bunker Sonntag died April 15, 2017. The daughter of Hugh B. and Zina Card Brown, Carol Brown Bunker Sonntag was born on December 15, 1928 in Salt Lake City, Utah. As a child, she lived in Salt Lake City and Glendale, California but also spent several years with her parents in London, England where her father presided over the British mission on two occasions. She graduated from Brigham Young High School in the Class of 1947. She then graduated from Brigham Young University in 1951 with a degree in Home Economics. After her marriage to Douglas Rich Bunker in the Salt Lake Temple in 1951, the family lived several years in the Boston, Massachusetts area and also resided near Buffalo, New York. Carol's life was one of service to her church, family and friends. She held many leadership positions and was a creative and influential teacher. She was loved by all those she taught. She also did volunteer work throughout her life assisting with a reading program at a local elementary school and giving tours at the Beehive House. Carol enjoyed playing tennis, loved to read, appreciated the arts and enjoyed traveling. She was also a talented baker and potter (in her younger years). Carol married George Tadje Sonntag in 1972. Together they served an inner city mission to the Liberty Stake. After the death of her husband, she served a one-year mission in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She loved the Lord and served her church, friends and family members all of her life. She had an active social life and was involved in several clubs including Val Norn, Daughters of the American Revolution and Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. She also participated on the Cougarette Dance Team at BYU. She is survived by her son, Douglas Bryan Bunker (Cindy) of Salt Lake City; daughter, Linda Bunker-Benson of Dublin, George; daughter, Sharon Bunker Gee (Scott) of Niagara Falls, New York; son, Hugh Craig Bunker (Carin) of Salt Lake City; step-daughter, Martha Sonntag Bradley-Evans; step-son, Christopher Sonntag (Tammie); step-son, Peter Sonntag (Heidi); and step-son, Phillip Sonntag; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Carol was preceded in death by her husband George Tadje Sonntag, brothers, Hugh and Charles Manley, and sisters, Zina Lou, LaJune, Margaret, Zola and Mary. She was a precious daughter, devoted wife and loving mother, grand-mother and great-grandmother to her family and a wonderful friend to many. She will truly be missed. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Huntsman Cancer Institute, National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Brighton Hospice and Home Care. Special thanks go to some very special aides, nurses and other staff at Brookdale Senior Living, Brighton Hospice (for the tender care they gave in her last weeks of life) and to Carol's two sons, Hugh and Douglas who have offered extra attention and nurturing care for many years. Funeral services will be held at 12 noon on Friday, April 21, 2017 at the Garden Park Ward at 1150 Yale Avenue S. Friends may visit with the family on Thursday at the Russon Brothers Funeral Home, 255 South 200 East from 6-8:00 PM and Friday from 10-11:30 AM at the Garden Park Ward prior to services. Interment, Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park. Online guestbook available at russonmortuary.com [Salt Lake Tribune, April 19 to April 20, 2017] ~ ~ ~ ~ GEORGE TADJE SONNTAG OBITUARY: Our beloved father and husband, George Tadje Sonntag, died February 23, 1999. The son of Richard Peter Sonntag and Lena Tadje Sonntag, George was born December 4, 1925 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Raised in the Salt Lake City First Ward, he attended Hamilton Elementary, Roosevelt Jr. High, and East High School, graduating in 1943. Before he enlisted in the U. S. Navy during WW II, he attended two quarters at the University of Utah. At the Navy's V-12 Officer's Training School at Iowa State University, he earned a Bachelor's degree in Engineering. Between 1946-1948 he served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in England. He married Luonna Graff in 1948, they later divorced. He married Carol Brown on September 18, 1972. George worked for Ingersoll Rand Corporation in the late 1940s and early 1950s, the Kelvinator Division of American Motors in Detroit, Michigan, and American Standard in Salt Lake City. He ran his own business, Skyline Sales, between 1961 and 1991. George's life was one of service to his church, his family and friends. He served on numerous high councils, bishoprics, and on a mission to the Liberty Stake with his wife Carol. A licensed pilot and avid fisherman, George lived his life with vigor and good humor. He helped those around him to be happy and to know he cared about their welfare. We knew he loved us. One of twelve children, George was preceded in death by four siblings: Arlene Kirton, Robert, Walter, and Douglas Sonntag. His surviving brothers and sisters include: Don, Richard, Philip, Larry Sonntag, Kay Wagstaff and Ruth Michelson. He is survived by his wife, Carol; and four children: Martha Sonntag Bradley, Christopher and Tammie Sonntag, Peter and Heidi Sonntag, and Phillip Sonntag and his four step-children, Douglas Bryan Bunker, Hugh Craig and Carin Bunker, Linda and Art Benson, Sharon and Scott Gee, and 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Friday, February 26, 1999 at the Monument Park 17th Ward Chapel, 2795 E. Crestview Drive. Interment, the Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park. [Deseret News, February 24, 1999]

Burk, Ray
, Colorado

Ray Burk

Class of 1947. Ray Burk, born circa 1929, probably in Arizona. His parents were F. Elmer Burk and Matia McClelland Burk, who were married on May 17, 1924, in St. Johns, Arizona. They had two sons, Ralph Burk and Ray Burk, and one daughter, Helen Burk. The Burk family moved from Eager, Arizona to Provo, Utah in June 1943. F. Elmer Burk died in Provo, Utah in August 1947, at the age of 48. He had been working as a welder at Geneva Steel, doing defense construction. Ray's father, Elmer, was the son of Hubert Roselle Burk and Laura Davis Burk. At the time of his father's death, Ray was in the U.S. Army at Fort Ord, California. Source. Ralph’s story began on January 8, 1932 when he was born to the presumed Harvey Sims and Daisy Lee Wells in Mineral Wells, Texas. His mother died from childbirth complications when he was six years old. Ralph was adopted by Fay Elmer Burk and Matia McClelland Burk in 1943. He graduated from Provo High School in 1950, and then later graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a minor in math. Ralph founded Comtrol, Inc. (general contractors) in 1968 and retired on December 31, 2016. Ray Burk has at least two children, Phillip Burk and Shannon Burk.

Carlson, Elaine [June Elaine]

Carlson, Elaine [June Elaine]
Provo, Utah US

Elaine and LaMar Fillmore

Class of 1947. Elaine Carlson. ~ ~ ~ ~ Her parents: Oscar W. and Hazel A. Carlson. ~ ~ ~ ~ Elaine married LaMar Fillmore. Elaine is the sister of Robert M. "Bob" Carlson, BYH Class of 1941? and Fred Carlson, BYH Class of 1952. ~ ~ ~ ~ HER OBITUARY: June Elaine Carlson Fillmore, 1929 ~ 2011. Our beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, June Elaine Carlson Fillmore, age 82, passed away peacefully October 8, 2011 in Provo, Utah. Born June 19, 1929 in Provo, Utah to Oscar Wilford Carlson and Hazel Agenta Meredith. Elaine grew up in Provo; she graduated from BY High School in 1947. Shen then attended BYU where she was affiliated with the Cougarettes. She worked as a stewardess with Frontier Airlines, and also worked for Marshal Fields in Chicago and Geneva Steel, in Vineyard, Utah. In 1956, she married her loving husband, Charles Lamar Fillmore and was also baptized by him that year, into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was a skilled homemaker and together they raised their family in the Oak Hills 1st Ward in Provo. They were later sealed together as a family for time and all eternity in the Provo LDS Temple. Elaine was a gracious woman; she loved her friends, neighbors and her family, especially her loving husband of 55 years. She enjoyed her association with others, through Church callings, the Relief Society, Riverside Ladies, bridge clubs, literary clubs, and other social groups. She will be missed. We are comforted to know she joins those that have gone on before and is in the arms of loved ones. She is preceded in death by her parents as well as her brothers, Bill and Bob and sister Beth. Elaine is survived by her husband, Charles, of Spanish Fork, along with her younger brother Fred, of Salt Lake City. Elaine is also survived by her six children: Sharlee (Bill) Vestal, Denver, Colorado; Charles David Fillmore, Honolulu, Hawaii; Scott (Kim) Fillmore, Provo, Utah; Lynn (Jeannie) Fillmore, Orem, Utah; John (Debbie) Fillmore, Nephi, Utah; and Doug (Janna) Fillmore, Highland, Utah; along with grandchildren, great-grandchildren and extended family. Many thanks to those who have offered compassionate service for Elaine these past months. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, October 13, 2011 at the LDS Canyon Ward Chapel, 3477 East River Bottoms Road, Spanish Fork. Friends may call at the Berg Mortuary of Provo, 185 East Center Street, Wednesday evening from 6 until 8 and at the church Thursday from 9:30-10:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment, Payson City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family through www.bergmortuary.com [Deseret News, Tuesday, October 11, 2011]

Carter, Carolyn

Carter, Carolyn
Las Vegas, Nevada US

Carolyn and Cliff Lawrence

Class of 1947. Carolyn Carter. ~ ~ ~ ~ HER OBITUARY: Carolyn Carter Lawrence, 81, passed away November 24, 2009 in San Gabriel, California. She was born November 23, 1928, in Provo, Utah to Samuel Garner Carter and Luella Jane Cunningham Carter. She graduated from Brigham Young High School in 1947 and then attended Brigham Young University to study Fashion Design. While studying at BYU, she met the love of her life, Clifford Jex Lawrence. They were married April 28, 1951 at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi where Cliff was stationed. During Cliff's service in the Air Force, they resided in Biloxi, Mississippi and Washington, D.C. While at Keesler A.F.B. in Biloxi, their first child Gregg was born (1952). Upon discharge (1954) from the Air Force, they returned to Provo so Cliff could complete his degree in Elementary Education. Upon graduation, they moved to Las Vegas, Nevada where Cliff worked for the Clark County School District from 1955 to 1977. In 1956, their second child Terri was born. Carolyn kept very busy as a housewife, mother, and active member of the Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority Leadership and Service Organization where she worked on various fund raisers to support United Fund Agencies. After a long and successful career in Las Vegas, Carolyn and Cliff moved to Carson City, Nevada in 1977 where Cliff worked as Superintendent of Schools from 1977 to 1982. Following Cliff's retirement, they moved back to Las Vegas where Cliff worked as an insurance and investment broker and Carolyn was active in the ladies golf group at Spanish Trails Country Club. In 2006, they moved to Washington, Utah where together they enjoyed retirement, friends, and golf. Carolyn loved family, interior decorating, dress design and sewing, needlepoint, ceramics, golf, travel and spending time with friends. She prided herself in keeping a tidy, well decorated home. Carolyn was preceded in death by her husband Clifford in January 2009. She is survived by her son Gregg (Susan) of Elko, Nevada; daughter, Terri (Cary) Manoogian of Arcadia, California; grandchildren Jex Lawrence, Andy Lawrence, Colin Lawrence, Kristin Manoogian, Ashley Manoogian; and brothers Richard and Stephen Carter. Visitation will be held Saturday, December 5, 2009 from 11 am - 12 noon followed immediately by Funeral Services at the Walker Family Mortuary, 85 East 300 South, Provo, Utah 84606. A graveside dedication will be held at the Spanish Fork City Cemetery following the funeral services. Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.walkerfamilymortuary.com [Provo Daily Herald, Tuesday, December 1, 2009]

Christensen, Verna

Christensen, Verna
Salt Lake City, Utah US

Verna and Leith Seely

Class of 1947. Verna Christensen. Verna Beth Christensen was born on January 30, 1928 in Clear Creek, Utah. Her parents were Lewis Glen Christensen and Vernie M. Rasmussen Christensen. She married Leith M. Seely. She died on January 26, 2002. ~ ~ ~ ~ HER OBITUARY: Verna Beth Seely, 73, passed away Jan 26, 2002, in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was born on January 30, 1928, in Clear Creek, Utah to Lewis Glen and Vernie Rasmussen Christensen. She married Leith M. Seely, April 1, 1950 in the Logan LDS Temple. Survived by two daughters, Barbara Ann Sorge, JoAnne Allison Lopez; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Jean, Ann; and brother, Glen. Services were held on Thursday, January 31, 2002, East Millcreek 15th Ward chapel in Salt Lake City. Interment, Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery. [Deseret News, Monday, January 28, 2002.] ~ ~ ~ ~ HER HUSBAND'S OBITUARY: Leith M. Seely passed away May 14, 2005 in Salt Lake City. Born October 9, 1919 in Castle Dale, Utah, he was the son of Levi Earl Seely and Willmertha Moore Seely. Leith married Verna Beth Christensen on April 1, 1950 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. She preceded him in death on January 26, 2002. Leith was an active member of the LDS Church, serving in many capacities. He and Verna served a building mission for the church in Cambridge, England. He was a veteran for the U.S. Air Force having served honorably during World War II. Survivors include: daughters, Barbara Seely and JoAnn Lopez; grandchildren, Erinn (Shannon) Sorge, Jason Sorge, Jeffon Seely, Alyse (Denver) Dillon, and Justina Lopez; great-grandchildren, Stephanie, Mia, and Jaimon Sorge, Genesis Dillon; brother, Elvin (Edna) Seely. Also preceded in death by brothers and sisters. Funeral services were held on Thursday, May 19, 2005, at the East Millcreek 15th Ward in Salt Lake City. Interment, Larkin Sunset Gardens. [Deseret News, Tuesday, May 17, 2005.]

Christiansen, Shirley Rae

Christiansen, Shirley Rae
Provo, Utah US

Shirley Christiansen-Greer

Class of 1947. Shirley Rae Christiansen. ~ ~ ~ ~ HER OBITUARY: Shirley Rae Christiansen Greer, lifelong resident of Provo died unexpectedly Saturday, December 10, 2011, of heart failure. Shirley was born April 22, 1929. She was the third daughter of Junius and Edith Christiansen. Shirley attended BY High School, graduating in 1947. She later graduated from BYU with a degree in elementary education. She taught in the Alpine School District for over thirty years. Shirley is survived by her four children: Gaylynn Evans (Mark), Ken R. Greer (Kathy), Ray C. Greer (Jane) and Gordon R. Greer (DaLyn). She is also survived by her fifteen grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters Meredith Stratton and Juna Washburn. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at the Berg Drawing Room Chapel, 185 East Center Street, Provo. Friends may call at the mortuary Wednesday afternoon one hour prior to services. Interment, Provo City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests donating a book to your local elementary school in memory of Shirley. Memorial and condolences can be sent to: info@bergmortuary.com [Provo Daily Herald, Tuesday, December 13, 2011]

Collard, George Earl Jr.

Collard, George Earl Jr.
Salt Lake City, Utah US

George and Victoria Collard

Class of 1947. George E. Collard. His parents: George Earl Collard and Annie Rozella (Rozella) Jensen Collard. They had eleven children, including: Rea Zell Collard [BYH Class of 1932 or 1933?] born 1915 in Fountain Green, Utah, died 1991 in Provo, Utah; George E. Collard, Jr. {BYH Class of 1947]; Kenneth Will Collard [BYH Class of 1949] (married Trilby); and Mary Cathryn "Cathy" Collard [BYH Class of 1952] Veltre. In addition, another daughter, Helen Collard, married James Rudolph "Dod" Boshard [BYH Class of 1938]. Helen was born in 1922 in Fountain Green, Utah, and died in 1978 in Denver, Colorado. @2010 ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS OBITUARY: George Earl Collard Jr., 85, of Salt Lake City, passed away peacefully in his home on September 11, 2014 after a brief bout with cancer. He was born on April 1, 1929 to parents George Earl Collard Sr. and Annie Rozella Jensen Collard in Provo, Utah. After graduating from Brigham Young High School in 1947, his life took him in many different directions. During the next two decades he spent 18 months in the Army, served an LDS mission in Australia, graduated from BYU, attended a year of law school at the University of Utah, herded sheep, starred in many local operas, and taught elementary students, among other endeavors. In 1964 he met Victoria Shewell, and they settled down and were married on June 25, 1970. Over the years, George has been a postmaster, a farmer, a singer, a sheepherder, a soldier, a schoolteacher, a landlord, but above all, he was a loving dad to his nine children. An active member of the LDS church, he enjoyed singing, painting, spending time with his family, raising and riding horses, and spending time in the outdoors, especially at his cabin on his family's mountain property up Fairview Canyon. George is survived by his siblings Carol Dixon, Kenneth Collard and Cathryn Veltre; his children Carol Ann (Mike) Jessop, George Earl (Miranda) Collard III, Elizabeth (Chad) Bravender, Karen Sevilla, Jeanette (Troy) Gatehouse, Patricia Collard, Michael Ellis (Nikki) Collard, Robert Dixon (Laura) Collard and Rebecca Collard; his 24 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was proceeded in death by his parents and siblings Ellis Martinus Collard, Claren Robert Collard, Rea Zell Collard and Helen Boshard. Funeral services will be held at noon on Friday, September 19 at the LDS chapel at 413 N. West Capitol Street in Salt Lake City. Friends may visit with the family at the church from 10:45 - 11:45 a.m. prior to the service. Online condolences may be sent to the family at larkinmortuary.com [Salt Lake Tribune, September 16, 2014]

Dahl, Myra
Cardston, Alberta CA

Myra and Jack Humphreys

Class of 1947. Myra Dahl. Born September 4, 1928, Cardston County, Alberta, Canada. She married Jack Edwin Humphreys (1925-2000). Their children: Jaynann, Robert Alan, Rae Ellen, Jerry Ralph, Lori Emma.

Dean, Don
37163 Camarillo Ave.
Barstow, California 92310

Don Dean

Class of 1947. @2001 Donald "Don" Dean, Barstow High School, "Photography / Yearbook Advisor" born 1929, died December 2002 at Age 73.

Dorius, Leland Olsen

Dorius, Leland Olsen
Provo, Utah US

Lee and Patricia Dorius

Class of 1947. Lee Dorius. BYH Band. ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS OBITUARY: Leland "Lee" Olsen Dorius, 83, a loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, and friend left his earthly home surrounded by many family members in abundance of love on November 23, 2012 after a short illness at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center. Lee was born a twin in Ephraim, Utah near midnight on September 6, 1929 to Wilford and Delilah Dorius. His twin sister, Delilah Dorius Scott, was born in the early hours the following day. As twins they always celebrated their birthday on September 7. Lee never realized the actual date of his birth till later in life. Lee's mother died due to complications of the twin's birth, therefore he was raised from an infant by his uncle and aunt, Harvey and Cordelia Booth of Provo, Utah. Lee was always grateful to his mother and the sacrifice she gave of her life for his. He was the youngest boy in the family of six. All preceded him in death: Floyd (Laura) Dorius, Robert (Launa) Dorius, Melba (Rollo) Larson, Keith (survived by wife Kay) Dorius, Delilah (Donal) Scott (survived by wife Phyllis) Scott. At nine years old, Lee began his working career putting together strawberry crates at his uncle's Edgemont farm. He attended Farrer Middle School and Brigham Young High School. He worked as a custodian to support himself while attending high school and graduated in 1947. Lee met his first and only love of 57 years, wife Patricia Ann Welsh on the Timpanogos Hike. They were married on September 29, 1955 and later sealed in the Provo LDS Temple. He worked first at Robarge cabinet shop then Anderson Lumber where he perfected his carpentry skills before working 35 years to retirement at Ferres Mill in Provo, Utah. Lee's entrepreneurial work ethic led to owning a countertop fabrication business often installing countertops in many of the local LDS church buildings. He taught his children the value of hard work. Often saying, "It's not how much you have, but how you take care of it". His children and their children were his greatest joys: John Dorius (deceased); Richard (Mary Jo) Dorius; Michael Dorius (deceased); Ryan (Lisa) Dorius; Susan Haws; Kathy (Brett) Lovelady; Kim (Gina) Dorius; 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He was a member of the LDS church and held various callings but his favorite of which was being a home teacher. Lee found his home away from home fishing in the Provo River and hunting, camping and four-wheeling in the mountains. Some of Lee's favorite activities included: mowing lawns, planting his garden, canning tomato juice, picking apples from the orchard to make his legendary applesauce, going on drives, feeding the ducks, getting a hamburger, shopping trips to Deseret Industries, fixing appliances and lawn mowers, and having garage sales. Lee loved giving away treasures that he had collected or fixed to his family and friends. He enjoyed family get togethers more than anything in the world. His famous words, "Haven't I seen you somewhere before?" or "I can't miss this! - All my cute relations", will always be treasured. He would reminisce about his childhood experiences telling all how special his family was to him and how much he loved them. There will be a "Celebration of Life" open house for all family and friends of Lee's held Friday, November 30 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Noah's (note address correction): 644 North 2000 West, Lindon, Utah. Condolences may be emailed to info@bergmortuary.com. Interment to be held at 12:30 p.m., November 29, at East Lawn Memorial Hills of Provo, Utah finally resting at "his building lot with a great view". [Deseret News November 28, 2012] Source

Erekson, Harold
3417 Mt. Everest NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87111

Harold Erekson

Class of 1947. @2001

Freebairn, Paul A.
2630 Shadow Woods Circle NE
Marietta, Georgia 30062-2571 US

Paul Freebairn
  • Home: 770-971-5807

Class of 1947. Paul A. Freebairn. He resides in Georgia. @2010

Galgan, Paul

Galgan, Paul
Lindon, Utah US

Paul Galgan

Class of 1947? Honorary? Paul Galgan. [His name and photo did not appear with the senior class in the 1947 Wildcat yearbook.] Birth: January 28, 1929. Died: January 21, 2003.

Greer, Joan
63 South 875 West
Orem, Utah 84058

Joan Gallagher

Class of 1947? Honorary? [Not listed with senior class in 1947 Wildcat yearbook.]

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