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Teachers' Obituaries

          *Excerpts from Obituaries for our teachers who had impact on our lives and will be fondly remembered.



1925 ~ 2007

Barbara was born on 26 January 1925 in Richfield, Sevier County, Utah. She died November 24, 2007 in Salt Lake City.

Barbara has taught English and history at Olympus and Skyline High schools in Salt Lake City,



Beilke William Harrison  Born June 16, 1914 Deceased  December 8,  2001    Florence, OR.



August 20, 1918 – May 18, 2010

Lois Berrett Berensen passed away surrounded by her family at the age of 91. She was a loving wife and daughter, accomplished teacher, caring grandmother, avid bridge player and loyal friend. She had a gentle heart and warm Spirit bringing joy to all those she touched.  Lois had impeccable style, class and grace.

Lois began her teaching career in Helper, Utah teaching at Helper Junior High and Carbon College (High School Division). She then took a fifteen year sabbatical to work in the business field as an Executive Secretary at Morrison-Merrill0 Boise Cascade. She returned to teaching in 1963 and taught business at Skyline High School where she chaired the Business Dept. for nine of her 19 years. 




"Beloved Music Teacher"

Lawrence William "Larry" Bird, age 81, passed away February 10, 2003.

He was born September 21, 1921 in Salt Lake City  He received his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Music Education from the University of Utah. He taught in the Granite School District at Brockbank Junior High, Wasatch Junior High, Skyline High, and Eisenhower Junior High Schools.

He retired after 35 years of teaching band and orchestra in 1983.



1923 ~ 2004

On Thursday, February 12, 2004, Daren Brenchley Blanchard, age eighty, moved peacefully from this life to the next, on the harmony of his beloved children singing the family's traditional "Goodnight" song.



1916 ~ 2013

Wayne Brewster died on May 5, just three months before his 97th birthday (July 30).



Born March 5, 1912 Deceased  May 30, 1993



Barbara Carlston, age 92 passed away December 14, 2016. She received her Master's of Education from the University of Utah; was a member of Phi Beta Kappa; and taught business at Skyline High for 20 years. Her courageous spirit was an inspiration for all who knew her.




Lester was brought up on the west side of Salt Lake City, and he graduated from West High School. Afterward he attended the University of Utah, obtaining teacher certification, BS degree. He taught Social Studies for nine years at Skyline High School, and at Granger High School, then went to BYU for counseling certification. He was a high school counselor for 22 years before retiring. He counseled at Kearns High School, and Olympus High School.

Les was always involved with sports. He was an assistant coach at Skyline High School for football.




Shirley Rock Hoskins Collins, devoted teacher, mother, companion, daughter and sister, died Sunday (June 8) at her home in Ventura County, Calif., of heart failure. She was 77.Mrs. Collins was a muse and mentor who inspired thousands of students at Skyline High School in Salt Lake City over two decades, teaching advanced and remedial English and gifted and talented studies before retiring in 1991.

Independent, stylish and sophisticated, she loved music, art, nature, ideas and current events. "I want the parameters pushed. I want students to reinvestigate every ethical and moral value they've ever had," Mrs. Collins said in a Deseret News profile in 1988, when she was nominated for the Deseret News/KSL Sterling Scholar competition's "Most Influential Teacher of the Year."



Oct 1 1940 - Nov 4 1989



1925 - 2015

Marybell Fenton Coon died quietly in her home on September 1, 2015 from colon cancer. She was born on July 9, 1925 to Robert Lincoln Fenton and Melita Bell McAllister in Parowan, UT, the fifth of six children. She grew up working in the family drug store, riding horses, playing music, and enjoying the spectacular scenery and outdoor adventures of her birthplace. She attended the Branch Agricultural College in Cedar City, now Southern Utah University, for two years before moving to Salt Lake City where she graduated from the University of Utah with a major in English and a minor in music. After graduating, she taught on the English faculty while pursuing graduate studies.



Jan 16 1915  - Sept 1982



1924 - 2015

Born October 15, 1924 in Heber City, Utah to Albert Douglas and Ruth Hicken Dickson. Died September 14, 2015. Attended Wasatch High School. Served in World War II. Naval Air Corp, on the USS Independence. Recipient of the Air Medal. Married Darlene Newbold, May 22, 1944 in the Salt Lake Temple. Attended University of Utah, receiving a Bachelor's Degree, and two Master's Degrees. Teacher at Park City High, Brockbank Jr. and Skyline High for many years. Vocational Counselor at Skyline and advisor for student government. He loved his students, his family and being in the mountains. 



Nov 22 1928 - June 10 2002

Art was advanced in elementary school and graduated top of the class from Murray High at the age of 16.  Art was awarded a full academic scholarship to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He earned undergraduate degrees in English, Mathematics and Spanish, Magna Cum Laude from the University of Utah. After serving his country in the Korean Conflict, Art earned a Masters of Secondary Education at the University of Utah.  He was award two national science foundation grants while in residence at Utah State University. A distinguished teaching career at Tooele High, Central Jr. High and Skyline High School, was just one of his many accomplishments.



1922- 2005

'Renie' grew to be a much loved and wonderful woman, sister and friend. In her teens, she playedsoftball with the 'Shamrocks' professional softball team. She was the first woman from Utah to enlist in the USMC during World War II. On completion of basic training, she was stationed in San Francisco and assigned to drive ambulance to transport the wounded men and women from the ships to the hospitals. After the war, she operated a bar before returning to Utah and higher education at the U of U where she earned her Masters of Psychology degree. She became a teacher, counselor and friend to many students ("her kids") at Skyline High. She treated everyone equally and helped many students graduate by using her counseling skills. She loved and missed them after retiring in 1984 after 29 years service having suffered a minor stroke. She was an accomplished, award-winning photographer, and artist.



June 11, 1913 – November 2, 2006

Born in Logan, UT.  Graduated from Logan High School as Valedictorian and from Utah State Agricultural College as Valedictorian.  She was a member of Phi Kappa Phi.  She taught home economics at Granite High School, Skyline High School, and Olympus Jr. High School.  Her family was her passion, and her interest included genealogy, family history and travel.



April 29, 1930 - January 12, 1998

Ray passed away unexpectedly  at the age of 67 at his home in Sandy, Utah.  Born in Salt Lake City and married in the LDS Temple in 1955.  He served in the Army during the Korean War. He possessed a passion and talent for teaching and touched the lives of numerous students throughout his distinguished career as an educator.  He taught and shared his love of mathematics for 15 years at Skyline High School.  He was currently at the Salt Lake Community Collee where he taught Engineering, Math and Calculus. In addittion to his teaching career he owned and operated Gilbert and Sons Striping. He loved and appreciated the outdoors and was an avid backpacker and fisherman. 



1923 ~ 2010

Elizabeth B. Gillard, 87, died December 10, 2010, after a brief but valiant fight with cancer. Born June 21, 1923 to Charles Owen and Mabel Caroline Jones Bartlett, she grew up in Tridell, Utah, and was valedictorian of her class at Altera High School in Uintah County. She graduated from the LDS Business College in Salt Lake, becoming the Deputy County Clerk in Vernal in the early 1940's. She married Don C. Hall in the Salt Lake Temple in1945. When he died in 1947, she returned to BYU and graduated with a teaching degree. She taught typing, shorthand, and business practices at Twin Falls Business College, Parowan High School and at Cyprus High School in Magna. There she married Hyrum Earl Carlson in 1956, who died the same year. Three years later, she moved to the East Mill Creek area, where she opened Wasatch Jr. High. Her typing classes there had waiting lists, and were the most popular class offered. She married V. Roy Gillard in 1960, and opened Skyline High School, chartering the Future Business Leaders of America, and opening one of the first credit unions run by students for students, Skyline Student Credit Union. She later opened Taylorsville High School, where she was the department chair until becoming the Coordinator of Business and Marketing Education for Granite School District.



Sept 25, 1915 - June 20, 2003 

LaRee Harrington,  passed away in Salt Lake City, Utah from complications due to cancer. During the difficult days of the depression, LaRee worked her way through college at Utah State University, something of which she was very proud. In 1934, a drought struck the Bear Lake Valley and many farms and farm families struggled or "went under." The Hymas' were able to hang on, and with the help of her family and a couple of difficult-to-find part time jobs, she was able to graduate. She became a teacher of Home Economics, a career that lasted more than 30 years in schools in Wyoming, Hawaii, and Utah. Most of LaRee's teaching years were spent at Skyline High School in Salt Lake County, where she taught for many of years. In the later years of her life one of her greatest pleasures was being approached by former students wherever she went, and being told of their love and affection for her, and expressions of appreciation for the things she taught them.



1925 ~ 2017

Florence LaRue Maw Hathaway, 92, passed away peacefully on September 29, 2017. LaRue was born on March 15, 1925 then embarked on a 69 year adventure of teaching and loving people and life in the Salt Lake Valley, Superior Wyoming, Arlington Heights Illinois, Vancouver Washington and various other stops in her life's journey.

LaRue loved and taught music. She taught music at Superior Elementary, Evergreen JHS and Olympus JHS, and other schools in the Salt Lake Valley and Illinois. LaRue ever sought to contribute to that which was good in the world with never a thought for herself. 


1915 - 2012

Wanda Bailey Houston, passed away on October 27, 2012 at the age of 97. Wanda Bailey was born on March 26, 1915 in Escalante, Utah. Wanda earned a bachelors degree from the University of Utah in home economics. During her work at the University, she studied the effects of naturally occurring vitamins in fruits and vegetables on health. Wanda taught Home Economics, with an emphasis on foods and clothing, at Granite High School and Skyline High School for many years. Wanda taught her students and grandchildren that cooking was vitally important to health and that anyone can learn to cook.



April 16, 1911 - Feb. 21, 2010

Recognizing the need for enhanced education, she and Moroni sold their home in 1949 and with sons in tow, departed Sevier County for New York City where she would obtain her Bachelor's degree from Teachers College Columbia University. Returning to Utah, she resumed her teaching career at Richfield Elementary School. In 1952, she and her family moved to Salt Lake City where she held many positions in the Granite School District including teacher at Valley Jr., librarian at Central Jr., guidance counselor at Olympus High. She finished her career in education as a guidance counselor at Skyline High School in 1976.

In November 1980, her husband, who was President of the Utah Senate, died. She was appointed by the late Governor Scott M. Matheson to fulfill the unexpired portion of his term in the Senate. In 1982, she successfully ran for the State House of Representatives where she served for one term.



January 14 - January 23, 2017

Clarann graduated from Granite High School and the University of Utah, where she was a member of Alpha Chi. She was an active member of the LDS Church throughout her life. She loved church music, serving for many years as ward chorister.

Clarann loved life and she loved people, and she was a tremendous influence for hundreds if not thousands of people. For 43 years, she taught English and journalism at Skyline High School, and she enjoyed both her subjects and the students she taught. When she received a Huntsman Educator Award for outstanding teaching in 2001, many former students described how important she had been in their lives and careers.

Clarann was keenly interested in pursuing knowledge. She frequently listened to National Public Radio and belonged to the prestigious book club Daria. She often attended the symphony, opera, ballet, and Shakespeare Festival. She loved to travel, and visited places like Russia, China, Machu Picchu and Antarctica.

She loved family. She actively participated in family reunions and other events, was very supportive of all extended family and was an avid researcher of family history. She could be relied on to have any needed information about generations of family members. She always had a soft voice, sparking eyes and an infectious smile. She was a compassionate listener who never complained.



Dec. 15, 1922 - Jun 19, 2008

He was a teacher in Blackfoot, ID., Emery County Utah, and Granite School District. He retired from Granite School District after 30 years of service, the last 18 as the Director of Vocational Education. During that time he developed and implemented a program where students built homes under the direction of professional contractors. Many of those students went on to become successful contractors and skilled professionals themselves.



FEB 9, 1942 - FEB. 12, 2009

Hyrum Mack Patten, passed away with his family by his side on February 12, 2009 at Canyon Rim Care Center in East Millcreek, Utah due to complications after a long courageous battle with Inclusion Body Myositis.

Mack taught at Skyline High School in Salt Lake City Utah for 30 years, where he touched the lives of many students that passed through the doors of his classroom.



Oct. 11, 1924 - Aug. 9, 2008

He was raised and educated in St. George, then enlisted in the Navy. He served during World war II on the USS Barnstable in the South Pacific as an electrician. He returned to Dixie College, meeting Leah Peacock from Orangeville. He attended USAC in Logan, UT earning his bachelors degree. He then taught Industrial Arts in the Sanpete, Duchesne, and Granite School Districts for over 35 years.



July 25, 1939 – December 26, 1996

After 57 years of service and laughter James Arthur Pierson was called home suddenly due to heart failure.  Jim was born in Menan, Idaho; graduated from Ogden High School and then from Brigham Young University where he was a member of the BYU baseball team, leading the NCAA in home runs. Jim taught and coached at Skyline High School in Salt Lake City for 34 years where he loved and influenced all who knew him. He was an active member of the LDS Church.

Jim always had a funny story to tell and a great sense of humor. Children were drawn to him, and he will be affectionately remembered by his children, grandchildren and those he taught and associated with. He generously gave of his time and many talents to family, friends and neighbors.



April 28, 1913 - February. 11, 1998

Ida was born in Plain City Utah and attended schools in Ogden and graduated from Weber College with a degree in Elementary Education. She worked at Shingletons sewing center for ten years. She graduated from the University of Utah in 1961 with a degree in Home Economics.  She taught at Olympus and Skyline High Schools until her retirement. Ida loved to sew and was a superior seamstress.  She was artistic and creative and could fix almost anything. She was devastated when macular degeneration robbed her of her eyesight.



Betty Sue Ross, 77, of Sun City West, AZ, formerly of Salt Lake City, passed away on August 30, 1999.

Born in Shreveport, LA in 1922, Betty Sue graduated from LSU in May, 1942 with highest honors. Betty Sue taught Latin, English and history at Skyline, Olympus and Granite High Schools, over a span of 20 years.



July 21, 1927 - Nov. 11, 2002

Dan was born July 21, 1927 to Steve Andrew and Elizabeth Aeschimann Slaughter. He married Vondell Whitlock on Sept. 15, 1950. They had five children. Dan graduated from Jordan High School, the University of Utah with a science degree and additional 60 graduate hours. He received a full scholarship to the University of Oregon with a masters degree in mathematics plus 35 hours.

Dan served two years in the U.S. Navy. He taught math in Granite School District for 31 years and University of Utah. He loved staying fit by jogging, walking, and working in his garden. The past 10 years he has been very happy raising his Champion Arabian horse, Koriadni.



Dec 7th, 1936 - April 25th, 2002

Graduated from Utah State in 1959 and later received a Masters in Education from Westminster College. His career in education began as a coach and teacher in Kimberly, Idaho. In 1964, he continued his career at Skyline High School in Salt Lake City from which he retired after 31 years of dedicated service.  He passed away peacefully from complications of Alzheimers disease. 



Aug 25, 1912 - Feb. 2, 2002

Lamont was very out-going and friendly and welcomed all visitors to their home, insisting they eat a meal no matter what time of day or night it was. He was raised on a farm and developed a strong work ethic. He loved sports and excelled at any he tried. He lettered in athletics multiple years at USAC and in 1935 he earned a gold medal in the 145-lb class Inter- Mountain A.A.U. Championship wrestling competition. The high school sports teams he coached always ranked high. In later years he was an excellent golfer and worked out daily at athletic clubs until he was 87 years old.

Education was very important to LaMont. He graduated from USAC and attended many advanced courses related to his work throughout his life. He was a dedicated teacher who touched countless lives teaching high school and coaching many sports, especially football and wrestling. He was highly respected and long remembered by his students and co-workers. After he retired, he traveled in many parts of the world and everywhere he went, he met someone who remembered him for his influence in their lives.



November 27, 1026 – May 28, 2009

Theron was born in Lewiston, UT and passed away peacefully at his home in Nampa, ID. He left Lewiston to serve his country in the Merchant Marines and later the 82nd Airborne. He served an LDS Mission to the Southern States and graduated from the University of Utah in Architecture Landscaping and received his teaching degree. He taught History at Skyline High School and was a teacher to all.  He worked as a carpenter for the DFCM at the Utah State Capitol.



July 11, 1935 - Dec 24, 2000

Verle A. Workman, 65, passed away Dec. 24, 2000 at St. Marks hospital of a cerebral aneurysm. Served in the military in the USMC during the Korean Conflict. He worked as an educator in the Granite School District at Skyline High School.