Pat Wilson (Banta)
November 04, 1943 Salinas CA Retired Widowed 2Oh my goodness - can I say “fifty”?? I was thinking that was my age, still! Reading through some of these wonderful stories made me procrastinate adding anything to the page.
January 04, 1944 sandy UT retired Married 3
GRADUATED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH. WORKED 38 YEARS FOR 1ST FEDERAL & WASHINGTON FEDERAL SAVINGS . MARRIED FOR 42 YEARS WITH 3 CHILDREN & 6 GRANDCHILDREN. WE ENJOY U OF U FOOTBALL & BASKETBALL, GOLF, TRAVELING & VISITING OUR GRANDCHILDREN IN COLORADO & WISCONSIN.
January 10, 1944 Murray retired geologist Married 2
Bonnie Bronson (Bryner)
January 29, 1944 Salt Lake City, UT Homemaker Married 5Life has been good to me! East High was the best school to graduate from, and you may have noticed, that many East High graduates marry each other.
I married Wally Bryner (one year ahead of me at East), graduated from the U of U in Psycology, and then stayed home to raise 5 wonderful children.
Wally was a Obstetrician Gynecologist at Bryner Clinic. He was a great doctor and my best friend. He is now retired and we get to tend grandchildren and bug our kids.
We had the privilege of living in Mongolia for 2 years when Wally was a Mission President for the LDS Church. Loved it there!
Some of the wonderful things that our kids are doing are:
*daughter-- became a nurse,
*husband-- owns his own furniture manufacturing business
*daughter-- creative sewer
*husband-- in Afganistan, fliesApache helicopters
*daughter-- well known YA author and received a Newbery Honor for one of her books.
*Husband-- Computer genius
*Son-- Partner in computer business
I can tell that I'm getting older and I want to be able to enjoy all life holds for me.
I hope we all will be strong and healthy for many years to come.
Deanna Polad (Gill)
January 31, 1944 Lehi UT Retired Married 6
After reading all of our classmates' successes, exotic travels, accomplishments, titles, talents, occupations, professional associations, educational achievements and community involvements, I have come to the conclusion that I am extraordinarily ordinary. I am so impressed with everyone. It just proves the greatness of EHS Class of '62!
May 05, 1944 Rancho Santa Fe CA Program Manager, Director, Generally in Defense Married 4After Graduation I joined the National Guard. Was in during the Cuban Missile Crisis and of course Vietnam.
LDS Mission to Australia, 63-65.
Graduated from the U with an Electrical Engineering degree (69) at the same time as U of U alum Nolen Bushnell (invented pong) and Ed Catmull (started Pixar). I guess none of it rubbed off on me.
During the next 40 years or so I was in the defense business during the cold war (see the book Blind Man's Bluff), the cell phone world with Qualcomm during the dot com bubble, aviation security during 911, and the unmanned vehicle world now. Been a fun ride.
I married Teri Daynes (Highland Hi). We have 3 daughters a son and a granddaughter. We built our house in Rancho Santa Fe, CA in the early 90's and have raised our family here. I still have two of them at the Y, one a freshman and the other finishing a graduate degree.
I commuted to SLC for 18 months in about 2004 and lived with my brother Terry near East. It was great being around the family again, but decided to stay in San Diego.
I look forward to seeing all of you this fall.
May 08, 1944 SLC UT Retired Banker Married 2Hi everyone...After Graduation from East High, I and my buddy and classmate Richard Berrett took off on a wild adventure in my Austin Healy for the beach bum life and "surfing safari" craze of Southern California. What a great way to start my life after high school--beach, parties, and a new dance called the watusee! The "chief" Berrett claimed most of the local dance awards with his wild gyrations (I'm sure you all remember those). After returning home, I attended the University of Utah. After that, I spent a long six months active duty in Fort Polk, Louisiana, in the US Army Reserve. I ended up in the same platoon as classmate Ken Macey (small world, huh). After my stint as a soldier, I returned home to celebrate life once again, and I replaced the beach with snow and became a ski bum. I joined the National Ski Patrol at Brighton where I patroled and partied with two other East classmates Bob Gaddie and Brent Herridige. I couldn't seem to leave East High behind. Then, life. I met my wife, Judy Hunt, a South High cutie, while having pizza at Luigi's with another East classmate Paul Grindle. Like my other East classmates, he had interesting proclivities: wolfing down half a pizza in one bite along with other strange antics, which will remain unnamed for now. (You can thank me later, Paul.) After getting married and having two great kids, I setttled into a 30-year career in banking. (Notice how that can be summarized in one sentence.) I was fortunate enough to retire early and for the last ten years have semi-returned to my old "ski bum" lifestyle as a ski instructor at Park City Mountain Resort, where I regularly attend the "Church of Blue Skies and Deep Powder." As an interesting sidenote, I recently returned to East High where I spent several years taking night classes in auto body repair, so I could restore my grandfather's 1954 Buick Roadmaster (which I have now completed). I just can't seem to leave East High behind. I'm looking forward to seeing all you East High classmates at the reunion this summer!
May 28, 1944 Salt Lake City UT Director Analytical Research, Watson Labs, Inc. Divorced 2I hope everyone renews old friendships at the reunion. Life is good and I look forward to many more years of an enjoyable and peaceful life. I will be out of the country during our 50 year celebration, so party on and enjoy.
June 13, 1944 Holladay UT CPA Married 7
Following graduation from East, I attended the University of Utah, graduating in 1968 with a B.S. in Accounting and in 1969 with a Masters of Business Administration. In between freshman year at the U and graduation, I served an LDS mission in the West German Mission. Upon returning from my mission, I married Sandy West (Olympus) who I had met in Freshman English at the U. She has been a great friend and companion to me and has played a large part in any success I have had. After graduating, I went to work for an international accounting firm and have had many challenging and interesting opportunities.
In the late 1970’s, we moved with our five children to Brussels, Belgium (Waterloo) where we spent three years. I had the opportunity of working throughout Europe as a European Liaison Partner for our firm and had some exciting adventures in countries like Iran, Greece, and Yugoslavia. We were able to travel extensively as a family and experience the beautiful sites and diverse culture that Europe has to offer.
One of the most memorable and joyous experiences we had while living in Belgium was that of adding another child to our family. Although I wouldn’t say that government-run healthcare would make our highlight list, at least mother and child survived the experience and are doing fine. After returning to the U.S., we completed our family adding another son to the five boys and daughter that we brought back with us.
During my 37 year career in public accounting, I have had many rewarding and challenging opportunities to serve in professional organizations. These provided opportunities to develop lasting relationships with people around the country and receive some professional recognition. Some of these include the following:
· President, Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants
· Chairman, Utah State Board of Accountancy
· Chairman, State of Utah Legislative Compensation Committee
· President, University of Utah School of Accounting Faculty Advisory Board
· Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Governing Council
· Utah representative to the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy
· Member, University of Utah School of Social Work Community Advisory Board
· Treasurer, Eighth National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect
· Outstanding CPA, Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants
· Alumnus of the Year, University of Utah Beta Alpha Psi
As I have grown older, I have come to value family and friends and the relationships we have and recognize that being a friend, a mentor, and providing support is truly one of the most important things we can do. I still value the many friendships I made while at East High.
I found that I like to be busy, and went back to work after a couple of years in retirement. I am currently the CFO at Central Utah Water Conservancy District. Sandy and I enjoy spending time with our 7 children and 19 grandchildren and divide our time between Salt Lake, St. George, and traveling. I look forward to seeing all of you at the reunion.
Lene Thomassen (Beckstead)
July 14, 1944 Bountiful UT Homemaker Married 6