Jill Butterfield (Halliday)
April 30, 1944 Salt Lake City, Utah UT Retired Married 2Hello, everyone! I have absolutely loved getting acquainted and reacquainted with you on this reunion website, and I thank Jim and Lynn and everyone involved for all that you’re doing to make the reunion a wonderful thing.
It’s hard to believe fifty years have passed. And that it’s been fifty-two years since that long-ago day when, at the brand-new beginning of our sophomore year, I stood on the front steps of East (steps no longer there) talking to a friend who was beginning her junior year. As we talked I thought, “I’m so much luckier than she...I have three more years here; she only has two.” Fast-forward through those short three years and find me in the foyer of East with another friend, a fellow senior. At the end of that day we’ve all been cavorting through the halls doing fun and festive things, right on the brink of our graduation, and she’s in tears. I’m asking why. Her answer: “No one’s had as much fun here as I have. No one.” We were both very sad to leave.
Years, decades, half a century have passed...and here we are: on the brink of our fiftieth reunion. It’s truly mind-boggling.
My David and I married in 1966 and moved to Vacaville CA where he was in the Air Force at Travis, then finished school and taught humanities at DeAnza College. I taught elementary school. We were there for thirty-six years, then came home in retirement, ten years ago. We love being back in Salt Lake!
Some of you may know our talented son, David Stuart, a teacher and musician (check out his website: www.davidhallidaymusic.com). He teaches at the U of U and Westminster, teaches privately, clinics, parties, performs all over town and out of state, has produced (his own production company: lonepeaksound) and performed on many albums with two in the wings, currently being mixed and mastered: The Ballads Album and The New Orleans Project (see his website under “News”). His specialty is jazz, but he plays all kinds of music (also performs with the Utah Symphony). He and my husband David Roy, also a talented musician, taught a clinic together at Utah State University two weeks ago. My standard line about him is, "It's hard to be modest about him" because truly he is an amazing musician, but he's also a sweet, devoted, and very funny son too. So grateful for him!
Beautiful daughter Valeri - a sweetheart. She and her husband Neil have given us our two beautiful grandchildren: Chloe (6 ½) and Ryan (3 ½). They live in Ripon, CA, - I wish they were just around the corner, but David Roy is wonderful to send me off to be a grandma every few months, and they visit here often. Valeri is a stay-at-home mom and professional photographer (www.facebook.com/vandersenphotography). She is, like her dad, a gifted writer, and one of my favorite things to do is to read her tender, funny, informative blog (www.valeriandersen.blogspot.com).
David’s mother is our only parent living on earth...she’s a 95-year-old darling who lives at The Wellington and is doing well. One day each week my siblings and I (and spouses and children who can come) have lunch together. How fun that is!
Retirement is busy! David and I are both active in our churches. David joined the Catholic Church eight years ago. I'm devout LDS. We just know this will all be worked out. As a Catholic, he leads a Bible Study in his parish which I attend and for which he writes beautiful commentary. A happy surprise found those we affectionately call “the Kretchman girls” there: Nancy, Sally and our own fellow graduate, Jane, currently in Africa with the Peace Corps. David supports me in my LDS ward, including in DUP where I will be Captain next year. I love everyone in his parish and am so grateful for this opportunity of getting to know them, and to share this experience with David.
Live is full of surprises and wonderful things. David and I wish we’d started sooner and had more kids, but we are so very grateful for the two we have, as well as for grandchildren.
I can’t make the reunion this year because for Christmas Valeri gave me tickets to “Time Out for Women” which happens in Sacramento on the very same days as the reunion! Sept. 7 and 8 this year. So I’ll miss it again. I will miss seeing everyone, but I hope to see you at the next reunion!
Celestia Van Tussenbroek (Cragun)
Celestia Van Tussenbroek Cragun
Family: Married to Cal Cragun (East '59) Two daughters, two sons (one deceased at age 31), seven grandchildren.
Education: University of Utah: BS 1966, MBA 1994.
Employment: Retired three years ago as staff auditor Salt Lake County.
Since Retirement: Volunteer doing taxes for low-income citizens (VITA-Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), serve in Salt Lake Temple, spend time at family cabin, still an active mom for our special-needs son.
Thoughts for the future: Endure (happily) to the end.
Contact Information: email@example.com
Shauna Gygi (Forsyth)
February 02, 1944 Orem UT Secretary/Medical Assistant BYU Health Center Widowed 6Dear Wonderful Classmates! I still stand a little taller, cheer a little louder, and converse with confidence and pride when I talk about our East High School! I married Tom Golightly in 1965 and had two children; Holly and John. We later divorced. I married Don Forsyth in 1973 and we had four children; Michael, Cathy William and Jill. He passed away in 2006. I've lived in Orem 39 years. I loved being a stay-at-home mom. My full time career came later in life where I have been with BYU Student Health Center, working at Missionary Training Center, in the Immunization Clinic for 13 years. I have assisted in tracking, scheduling and processing over 260,000 missionaries during this time. I enjoy my six children and 16 grandchildren. My memories of East High include making forever friendships that continue to this day. I've learned that life is tough; that you have to have the times on the mountains to get you through the valleys. I would like to be remembered as being "skinny"....then and for always wanting to be where the fun was! I still enjoy domestic life, my family, my friends, my work. Regrets....? I should have been a movie critic. I love them and give a pretty good review!
Male June 23, 1944 Colorado Springs CO Property Management Married 4Shortly after high school, to serve my then manditory military obligation, I joined the Utah Nat'l Guard, 144th Evacuation Hospital with 14 other members of the Class of 1962. We were sent to Fort Ord, CA for basic military training and then to Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, TX to be trained as Army Medics.
In 1968 I graduated from Westminster College with my B.S. degree with majors in Business Administration and Economics and a minor in Political Science.
Directly after college I went to work as an Import-Export trader for Otis McAlister Export Corp., the oldest import-export company in San Franciso, CA.
Later I returned to SLC and joined my mother and father in our family rental equipment company. Dad's conservative business sense, mom's common sense and legal secretary experience coupled with my youth and agressiveness made a good team for rapid growth and satisfaction.
In 1971 I married Hope Winsor Trumbull from Boston, MA and Santa Monica, CA. What a wonderful gift of God she has been for now more than 41 years. She graduated from Santa Monica High School in the class of 1970 and then came to Westminster College in Salt Lake. We have 4 children and 2 grand daughters. Our children live in Colorado Springs, New York City and British Columbia, Canada. One son Robert works with Hope and I in property management. Our daughter Janet with her B.A. in Marketing and two daughters does accounting, payroll and marketing for her husbands company with more than 400 employees. Our son Vern with his B.A. in Music is a professional musician in New York City. Our son Walter with his B.A. in Earth Sciences and his wife with her B.A. in Horse Psychology raise Icelandic Ponys in Brithish Columbia and travel the world teaching people how to train horses with a gentle touch method.
After we sold the family rental equipment company I formed a real estate brokerage company that specialized in 1031 tax free exchanges. My agents and I traveled to many seminars to hone our knowledge and taught our own real estate seminars for fun and profit.
Great opportunity followed. I was appointed an Officer and Director of Bertagnole Investment Company. We formed and managed many companies and projects: East Canyon Resort, The Kimball time share, Overthrust Oil and Gas, Fitness America spas,+. I had more than 40 real estate agents licensed with me at that time.
The savings and loan crisis came along and changed things dramatically. I moved my office into a law firm and spent the next 5 years trying to save what could be saved.
Then, as a capitalist who no longer had any capital, looking for opportunity, I moved to the border of California and Mexico to Tecate and for the next 17 years lived in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico forming businesses on both sides of the international border.
On the US side of Tecate, I formed a border services business with eventually 150 mini storage units, mini offices with bilingual answering service, big rig truck parking, border auto parking, cross dock loading services and more for the companies and people at the international border.
On the Mexican side of Tecate, I joined with Mexican partners in furniture manufacturing. We made Victorian style oak antique replica furniture. We, at one time, had more than 200 employees in that operation. It was fun, creative and challenging.
My wife Hope and I were very active in community affairs on both sides of the border. We served as: President of the Chamber of Commerce, President of the Kiwanis, President of the volunteer fire department, President of the PTA, and numerous other charity and community service activities. My wife Hope distributed much needed clothing to churches throughout Tecate, Mexico for redistribution to those in need.
About 4 years ago we followed our daugher, son-in-law and two grand daughters to Colorado Springs.
We are semi-retired, managing family owned apartments here in Colorado Springs.
Geraldine (Gerri) Tolman (Coombs)
February 14, 1944 Salt Lake City UT retired elementary school teacher/mom & grandmother-ongoing Married 4Since high school highlights: Most important married for almost 46 years to a Highland HS grad, David Coombs. Having 3 daughters and 1 son, 3 sons-in-law, 1 daughter-in-law, 3 grand-daughters, and 4 grand-sons with 1 more on the way. Graduated from the U. of U. in 1966, taught K, 1st, 2nd grades for 23 years, plus taught arts and crafts at the Pioneer Craft House community school part-time for 2 years. Earned my ESL, Gifted and Talented, and Art teaching endorsements. Active in the community through PTA, including VP of Granite Park Jr. High PTSA & Pres. of Evergreen Jr. High PTSA; leader in Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts. Written, directed, produced many dramas for the LDS ward and stake in which I live. Served in leadership and teaching calling in the LDS church. Currently a docent at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts & on 2012-13 UMFA docent steering committee.
Favorite HS Memories: Pep Club, Seminary, watching Football & basketball games, Sr. Choir, art classes, making banners and posters for events, assemblies, being in Finians Rainbow.
I'd like to be remembered as a "creative doer", although to do, first one has to think. Also I want to be thought of as "young in heart".
I learned that at 65 I could travel through Europe without a guide and survive and found that I love Paris in the fall and Venice even when it rains.
June 04, 1942 UT Retired/Government Widowed 2I am looking forward to the 50th reunion.
Charlotte Gray (Axland)
June 16, 1944 Salt Lake City UT Retired Married 5After graduating from East, I attended the University of Utah, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Education. That was followed by a Master of Arts degree from the University of Oregon at Eugene. I returned to Salt Lake to teach English at Clayton Jr. High.
I married a wonderful man, we had three children, and life was good. He died suddenly from a heart condition at the age of 48. Two years later I met a widower with two children. Five children and a new marriage was very interesting, but we all survived. Three children are married now, and we are the proud grandparents of four little girls.
Besides my family, I have enjoyed several avocations. For many years I helped rehabilitate birds of prey for the state and federal government. My children grew up thinking everyone had hawks, owls and falcons living in various rooms of the house. Only once did a Great Horned Owl get loose in the living room during the night.
I also spent many years as a Docent at Hogle Zoo, then was privileged to serve on the Board of Directors. A highlight at the zoo was serving as one of the nannies for the baby organutan, Acara, born in 2005. I saw several East High grads come through the Great Apes building with their grandkids. I was the one behind the glass dressed in a mask and gown.
The updates posted by the Class of 1962 are wonderful. What a great group of people!! (Of course!)
Good luck to all of us in the years to come.
Susan Ellsworth (Daynes)
August 19, 1944 Salt Lake City UT Own a Tennis Pro Shop Married 3Attended University of Utah
Married Skip Daynes June 1964
We have 3 children and 7 grand children.
Member of Junior League of Salt Lake
Long time Runner. Completed 7 marathons including Boston twice.
Avid Tennis player and have coached Tennis at Rowland Hall for many years.
Own a Pro Shop at Coach Mikes Tennis Academy. Have been in business for 15 years.
I am the President of the Board of Intermountain Therapy Animals and have two Therapy Dogs diva and Reggie. We volunteer at 5 hospitals every week.
Skip is the owner of Daynes Music Company so we spend a lot of time involved in Musical events.
Life is going too fast and is busy. I can't believe it has been 50 years since High School.
Looking forward to seeing everybody.
February 02, 1944 Salt Lake City UT Piano teacher SingleWell, I never thought I would be this old, and I never imagined what paths I might follow in the future. After graduating from East, I continued my piano studies at the University of Utah and then at the New England conservatory of Music in Boston. Eventually, I returned to Salt Lake and opened my piano studio. I have taught many children over the years, and it has always been a joy--so retirement is not in my future plans right now.
My love of travel has taken me north of the Arctic Circle, south to the Cape of Good Hope, and also on a rather primitive and bug-infested adventure on the Amazon River. I have yet to visit Asia, but hope to do so soon.
When I think back to my high school days, I treasure my memories of East and of the good times and good friends I made there--high school friends who have become friends for life.
Thanks to the reunion committee for all their hard work to make this a great reunion.
April 06, 1944 Easley SC Retired Married 5
Received BS in Ceramic Engineering from U of U in 1967 and PhD in Ceramic Engineering from Iowa State University in 1971. Worked in Research and Development at Champion Spark Plug Company in Detroit for 20 years. Relocated to Champion Aviation in South Carolina (much nicer than Detroit) in 1991 and retired from there in 2003. Married Mary in 1984. We have 5 children and 10 grandchildren between us. I loved East High and still love Salt Lake City.