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Coy Wood
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January 08, 1944 Las Vegas NV Golf lasvegasnational.com Married 3
Sylvia and I started going together when we were 16, she was from Highland & I was from East.  After three years at U of U, we were married and moved to Denver so I could attend Denver University.
Had the pleasure of serving my country in Vietnam in 1968 & 1969.
Developed hotels and restaurants in Utah, Idaho, and Washington.  Yes, we have moved around quite a bit, from Salt Lake to New Port Beach, CA; back to Salt Lake, Pocatello, ID;  to Tacoma, WA; and now to Las Vegas, NV.  
During that time, we had three lovely daughters, one of which we lost to cancer.
After I retired in Tacoma, WA. I was lost not having a job to go to, as I love my work.  Long story short, we moved to Vegas and I took over a golf course "Las Vegas National",  Even though I am a terrible golfer, I found a new home running a golf course that has brought me back into the hospitality field with Vegas Hotel managers and Casino managers.
Ms. Sylvia and I will celebrate our 57th wedding anaveresy in 2022.
 
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Gay Smith
October 13, 1943 Hamilton MT Writer, Retired Theatre Professor Widowed
From East High's Assembly Committee, writing, directing and performing, staging Shakespeare scenes in Jack Christian (name correction please) class, creative writing with Miss Hammond (loved how she'd take her hair piece off in class); to a life in theatre. First working for a children's theatre in Hawaii and earning a Masters in drama and theatre from the University of Hawaii, then later a PhD in Theatre History and Criticism from UCLA; teaching and directing at Muskingum College, University of LaVerne, California State University Los Angeles, and finally 25 years now Professor Emerita at Wesleyan University. Writing scholarly articles, a couple of books (most recently "Lady Macbeth in America, From the Stage to the White House"), plays. Lived in France several years (not siquential). Happily married for almost twenty years to James Manifold; then to Phil Bosakowski, a writer and playwright (he wrote for Garrison Keillor) who died too young (46) of pancreatic cancer, both husbands the loves of my life. I treasure the friendshiops of East High days, especially Nancy Hewlett who befriended me, a gentile, and my gentile parents on 11th Avenue, when, until I met Aileen Strike in sixth grade at Ensign Elementary, it felt like I was the only non-Mormon there. From third grade to the present Nancy and I have stayed in touch.  I wish I could say the same for the dear friends I remember so fondly that include Shirley Frobes, Tom Hecht, Diane Hatch, Dick Miller, Stan Owen (I was his campaign mgr) for starters. In retirement from academia I wanted to split my time between France and the Rocky Mountains. So I'm now in Hamilton, Montana five minutes from the Bitterroot River and in an old house (by Western standards) with views of the mountains from my remodeled kitchen, working on a couple of plays in these long northern winters and gardening in the short summer. No children of my own but lovely nieces and handsome nephews, and their fabulous and extensive prodigy.   
 
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Rich Moore
June 20, 1944 Park City UT Retired environmental trainer and consultant. US Coast Guard veteran, Rank, LCDR. Married
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John Kretchman
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December 30, 1943 Sonora CA ReFired Married 3
50 Years!  WOW!
Unfortunately my "womb mate" Janie won't be able to make it. She has signed on with the Peace Corps, and she will be leaving for South Africa in July. Annie and I are planning to travel with her for three weeks next March, 2012. 

After graduation, I went to the U of U for two years, then spent a year in Clermont-Ferrand, France (see passport photo), then back to the U for a B.A. in Economics. From my first job with Walker Bank, I spent 10 years with Xerox in California and Washington before settling in Sacramento where I earned an MBA from Pepperdine, married Donna Brickman, and we had three incredible kids, Josh, Johnna, and Jeneca. I worked in General Management with the Building Services industry for most of my career. At around age 34 I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior, and I've been His disciple ever since, Praise God!

Four and a half years ago, Annie Sullivan and I wed on a mountain top near Yosemite, and we are now both retired in Sonora, CA. Annie also has three children and five grand children which I am blessed to be able to share. My son Josh and daughter Jeneca have recently announced plans to start having children; so we are very excited! My first time in a hospital was last November with an appendectomy; so thankfully I've been blessed healthwise. Annie and I are really looking forward to the Reunion in September.

Many thanks to Jim Backman and the Reunion Committee for making all of this possible.

Today is May 16, 2022.  Unfortunately I won't be coming to our 60th Class Reunion.  I would have come with my "wombmate, Janie", but she won't be able to make it either.
Jane and I are still meeting up every year, like we have for the past some 15 years to hike and bike together.  We just spent 5 glorious days in Cambria on the California Coast close to San Luis Obispo.  We stayed in a wonderful beach house right next door to a huge Nature Preserve I called:  "A Precsious Jewel".  There is a 10 mile ride we like to do right on the ocean.  And we found two farm land roads for biking that took us way back in time.  Both days the weather was perfect.  In August we will camp at Fallen Leaf Lake in South Lake Tahoe where there are miles and miles of off road and bike trails.  We plan to do a couple of hikes: one at Spooner Summit on US 50 and the other to the top of Mount Rose.  We both, thankfully are in great health.  Six years ago I lost my tongue to cancer, but it's unlikely that the cancer will come back.  God has blessed me with three beautiful granddaughters!  Hazel (5)(son Josh and wife April in Sacramento), Evelyn(6 mos.) (my daughter Johnna and husband David now living near Lynchburg in Virginia, and Elia (3 mos.) my daughter Jeneca and her partner Juan Jose Torres in Sacramento.  Life is Good!  Praise God!
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Jane Jackson (Howell)
June 27, 1944 Salt Lake City UT mother, grandmother, housewife Married 5
Wow - 60 years since highschool graduation - that in and of itself is quite an accomplishment.  We have 5 wonderful children, three inlaws, and 7 grandchildren.  We are proud of each and every one of them. They all have come back "home" living in the salt lake valley and they bring great joy to our lives. We have lived in the same house for 45 years, been married 50 (almost) years and had an adventurous life.  We have been blessed to travel the world, serve two missions for the LDS church, one taking us to 23 southern african countries.  we can still move - if somewhat gingerly- and have all our own body parts but with a little additional hardware in my back.  Never thought we would make it this far!  Looking forward to seeing others who are enduring to the end!
 
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Marva Poelman (Pothier)
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June 08, 1944 Mesa AZ Homemaker/Teacher Married 9
We are looking forward to meeting again in July. Here’s a personal update on our life:
 
I attended the U of U, then in 1964 married Bob Pother, best decision I ever made!  We now have 9 children 40 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, with 3 more on the way. Our family is the source of abundant joy and is growing constantly. We love to gather and do so often.
 
While Bob was pursuing his business career, I focused my attention on raising nine beautiful children into amazing, good-to-the-core adults.  Along the way both Bob and I have been heavily involved in church service and have made many rewarding friendships. Our service has provided many learning, growing experiences. One of the most rewarding for me was teaching 8 years under BYU Continuing Education to the members of our Stake. I love to teach, and it was a great way for me to fulfill my desire to serve in a meaningful way.
 
Bob retired as soon as he could in 2006 and we headed to BYU Idaho to serve a 5 ½ year mission with the BYU-I Business Dept. As assigned by Kim Clark, Bob started an Entrepreneurial Center to serve the school and community. This became the Eastern Idaho Entrepreneurial Center.

I administered a large business class by teaching basic job search skills and recruiting speakers from positions with major businesses throughout the U.S. It was a joy to meet them, host them and learn along with my students. How impressed I was with the willingness of these very busy and successful men and women to accept an invitation to come at their own expense to speak. There are so many good people in this world!  I also created, staffed, and ran a program, Vision Conference  which motivates and teaches skills to early college students, preparing them to take full advantage of their opportunity to attend college. How we love BYU Idaho and the people of Rexburg.
 
Prompted by a trip to Ghana, West Africa with the school, we traveled there again on our own in 2014 and established a private NGO to mentor and assist businesses. Then again in 2016 and 2017-18 we returned twice to assist our Church’s Self-Reliance Program to serve two six-month volunteer missions. We met the most amazing people and loved every minute. What a blessing and opportunity that was! Our daughter and her husband were recently called to serve as Mission Presidents for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Sierra Leon, West Africa.
 
Now we are settled in our home in Mesa, Arizona, our home base for over 40 years and are serving in the newly rededicated Mesa Temple. It has been a rich life, filled with an abundance of blessings along with a few of life’s expected challenges and disappointments. All have made us grow, gain greater faith, and increased our burning desire to follow our Savior, Jesus Christ and serve our fellowmen. No complaints…just deep gratitude.
 
We look forward to reading about your life so be sure to share.

 
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Laraine Wilcox (Huff)
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June 14, 1944 Enterprise UT retired huffnpuff@scinternet.net Widowed 1
Sixty Years, oh my!
I served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1967-1969 to the Eastern States Mission.  I served on Long Island, in Manhattan and in New Jersey.  I married Edwin W Huff, from NJ in the SL LDS Temple in 1969.   In 1978 we adopted a very handsome baby boy, who was 2 days old, and he was sealed to us in the SL Temple at age 6 months.  That baby is now the father of 3 beautiful daughters, my granddaughters, and they live in Farmington, Ontario Co, New York, only a few miles from the birthplace of the Church.   I worked for 20 plus years in the St George LDS temple.  My husband passed away in 2009.  I retired from working in 2010.  I am currently Captain of the Pilot Peak Daughters of Utah Pioneers Camp in Enterprise, Utah.  I am also involved with the Enterprise Senior Citizens as well as my activity in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  I had the privilege of singing with the Southern Utah Heritage Choir for many years but I had to give that up a few years ago. I love living in Enterprise, Washington County, Utah.   
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Jeff Summerhays
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May 05, 1944 Rancho Santa Fe CA Semi retired Consultant Program Manager, Director, Generally in communications Married 4
After Graduation I joined the National Guard. 

LDS Mission to Australia, 63-65.

Graduated from the U with an Electrical Engineering and Computer Science degree (69) at the same time as U of U alum Nolen Bushnell (invented pong) and Ed Catmull (started Pixar). 

During the next 50 years or so I was in the defense business during the cold war (see the book Blind Man's Bluff, deep submergance with Westinghouse), the cell phone world with Qualcomm during the dot com bubble, aviation security during 911, and the unmanned vehicle communications world.  Been a fun ride. The last few years have been consulting in those fields.

I married Teri Daynes (Highland Hi). We have 3 daughters a son and 14 grandchrilden. We built our house in Rancho Santa Fe, CA in the early 90's and have raised our family here. I am grateful that my kids have married well, and are doing well. 

My kids gave me "Story Worth", a question a week for a year to answer about my life. I took a couple of years, but it was fun. I recommend it or something like it.  

The reunions I have attended have been a lot of fun and I look forward to more.  

I look forward to seeing all of you this fall.


 
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James Mathis
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March 21, 1944 Salt Lake City UT Retired/Teacher Married 5

It’s been a wild ride…to the ends of the earth, and back again. We’ve, [Sylvia (Beck) EHS class ’63 and I], visited every continent–including Antarctica, and amazingly we continue to live in the same house, on 1200 East, where I was born and raised.  

 

Our five children also grew up in this house, (four of which also graduated from EHS—the last one had to IB it at West) and our fifteen grandchildren (all under age 20) live close by, except my oldest son, Jason [he moved to St. Petersburg, FL in 2018].   

 

Along the way I’ve enjoyed two very different careers.  I taught LDS Released-Time Seminary for 30 years after graduating from the U of U in general science education, and at the same time spent 33 years in the Army Reserve and National Guard, with 22 of the years as both a fixed-wing and helicopter pilot.  After retiring from the above occupations, I continued to dabble in aviation as an adjunct instructor in the Professional Pilot Program at Salt Lake Community College until the college discontinued that program a few years ago. I'm now a 24/7 caregiver for a stage four parkinsons patient, Sylvia, my  eternal companion.

 

Memories of EHS include:  A Cappella Choir, seminary and the great friends that helped me have a social life.

 

Along the way, on this wild ride, I’ve learned that we have a Heavenly Father and a Savior, Jesus Christ, and one of the many ways They manifest Their presence is in the Creations of this world.

 

 I love the outdoors and find it a great place to spend time recognizing these creations, especially the Uinta Mountains, where my youngest son, 16, and I, at the age of 56, backpacked (that means no pack animals except for the two of us) the entire highline trail, roughly 100 miles, from West to East. Something I’d wanted to do since I was 17. All of my children and grandchildren, over the 12 year old mark, did a Unita backpack trip six years ago. [Wanted to make it an annual event, but too many conflicts].

 

Life is wonderful recognizing we’re in the “second act of our three act play” (President Boyd K. Packer) and looking forward to whatever comes next.

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Leif Kloogh
October 20, 1942 Baltimore OH Retired Divorced 5
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