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Most memorable experience at Tooele High School:
This is too tough to answer. I remember with fondness
all of my classmates. Associating with most of them since
kindergarten, we had a certain closeness through the years.
There is a comfort that comes from this kind of association
and familiarity, especially when you're young. You come to
know where you fit in, and the degree of acceptance you
attained. I loved attending the football and basketball
games. The assemblies were great fun, and lunch hours on the
front lawn at the old high school were daily rites of passage.
I'll always remember when Miss Bodrero took us swimming at the
old Wasatch Plunge in Salt Lake. The dances and proms were
such special happenings in my life. These were big events,
and our teachers and parents made us feel so important and
grown up. Since those days I've forgotten how to dance and
have that kind of excitement. My first love happened in those
days too. What a heady time it was! I wish that I had more
self confidence then, or hadn't been so shy. I could have been
involved in many more activities.
Looking back, I loved every class at Tooele High School --
even Julian Wood's typing class (which was difficult and ofttimes
boring for me. But typing, as poor as I am at it, is something
I've used for many years now. How I loved Silas Young's physics
class, and going down and talking with him about math, physics
and stuff, when he had the chemistry students busy, and could
spare a little time to talk to me. I'll always remember Emerson
Powell's machine shop class, and Doc Maughan's wood shop classes,
and Ross McArthur's class in basic electricity. Many of the
principles I learned in those classes have stayed with me all
my life and helped lay a foundation for more advanced training.
And what a debt of gratitude I have for Chileon Halladay,
Kenneth Richardson, and Doc Frandsen as they tried so hard to
help me with English grammar, literature, poetry, and composition.
It certainly wasn't my favorite subject in those days! Our
favorite vacation is to attend the Shakespearean Festival in
Cedar City. This summer will be our 15th celebration of the
Festival. Strange as it may seem, I have had to rely on my
writing as much or more than my technical training. During my
last years at Tooele Army Depot, I did most of the report writing
for our engineering division, since most of the engineers
couldn't write well enough to please the boss. It was an ego
trip for me when the boss asked me to do those special reports.
Brief update on life since leaving Tooele High School:
1952 -- 1954: Attended BYU and worked at International Smelting
& Refining Company, and Morrison Knudsen Construction to help pay
for schooling, mission, etc.
1954 -- 1956: Served as missionary in Texas-Louisiana / Gulf States
1957 -- 1959: Enlisted in U.S. Naval Reserve and served two years
active duty. Stationed in San Diego, California the entire two
years, due to the work I was in (Data Processing). IBM equipment
in those days were not put on ships. Married Sandra Lee Anderson,
April 1957. First child was born in San Diego just before I was
released to inactive reserve status.
1959 -- 1967: Employed doing data processing work for Strevell-
Patterson Finance Co. (1 year), and Ford Motor Co. (6 1/2 years).
Started work at Tooele Army Depot, June 1967. Retired June 1993.
Graduated from University of Utah Engineering Technology program
with two Associate Engineering degrees in 1975. Youngest child
was born in 1974, making a total of six children (3 boys, 3 girls).
Two of the boys are identical twins.
My mother passed away in July 1980, just a few months short of
her 69th birthday. My father passed away in 1998 at age 88.
In January 1994, I began a part time job with what has become
known as Labcorp. I work as a courier who picks up medical
specimens from doctors and returns them to the lab for analysis.
I then deliver the reports generated by the specimens back to the
doctors on the next day (usually). The job is pleasant, has no
stress and doesn't pay much, but it does give us some extra spending
Our children are pretty close, except the one in Monroe. One lives
in Centerville, the rest are in the Salt Lake Valley area. One
son is a journeyman plumber, one is a machinist, and one is a
cabinet maker. One daughter is a pharmacist, one is a pharmacy
technician and is married to a pharmacist. The other daughter's
husband is trying to become a pharmacist, while she works to help
support the family.
1998 -- Present: I was called to be Bishop of the Murray 19th Ward in March 1998.
Released in January 2002. Had heart problems in February 2002 --
three stents implanted in heart. Healthwise, we are doing pretty
good. A couple of years ago, Sandra and I purchased a building
lot in Monroe, Utah (south of Richfield) where our youngest
daughter lives. We are now in the process of getting our Murray
home ready to sell, and hope to move to Monroe this summer. Monroe
is very small (about 1800 population) and quiet. There is no
pollution nor congestion there. We have mixed emotions about
moving, since we have roots in both Tooele and Murray. Right now
it seems like the right thing to do.