“U-News & Views,” The University of Utah Alumni Association’s online newsletter – May 2010
U-News & Views, The University of Utah Alumni Association’s Online Newsletter—May 2010

In Memoriam

William Grant Bangerter BA’48, an emeritus member of the First Quorum of The Seventy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died April 18. He was 91.

Bangerter was born June 8, 1918, in Granger, Utah, to William Henry and Isabelle Bawden Bangerter, the second of 11 children and grandson of Mormon pioneers and Swiss immigrants. He spent his early years working with his father on the family farm, using mostly horse-drawn equipment, and enjoyed farming and horses throughout his life. Bangerter served as a missionary to Brazil, 1939-1941, speaking Portuguese and German. Soon thereafter he was called to the bishopric but was drafted into the U.S. Army after Pearl Harbor and became a bomber pilot, squadron commander and flying instructor. He studied two years at Brigham Young University and following the war, graduated from the University of Utah with honors, with degrees in history and languages. He had a knowledge and love of peoples around the world and a special association with the country and people of Brazil; he could often be heard speaking or singing in Portuguese, Spanish and German. He also loved the mountains and his beautiful farm in Alpine. Bangerter married Mildred Lee Schwantes in the Mesa, Ariz., Temple on March 8, 1944. She died in 1952, one year after the death of their fourth child. In 1953 he married Geraldine Hamblin in the Salt Lake Temple. They had seven children.

Bangerter worked as a building contractor with his father and brothers. His civic service included membership on the Board of Trustees of the LDS Hospital, the University of Utah Alumni Board, and Alpine City Council. As a General Authority, Bangerter served as a member of the presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy. His assignments included the presidency of the International Mission, executive director of the Temple Department, and director of various areas of the church, including Brazil, Chile, Colorado, Nevada, South Utah, and the Northeastern U.S., as well as managing director of the Genealogical Department.

Bangerter is survived by his wife Geri; 10 children: Lee Ann Lorenzon (Richard), Cory William (Gayle), Glenda Apple (Steve), Julie Beck (Ramon), Grant Hamblin (Cleadonna), Howard Kent (Lissa), Peggy Brasilia Dowse, Glenn Paulo (JaLayne), Layne Rio (Betsy), Duella Williams (Lonnie); those of the Wosnjuk/Duffles family whom he embraced as children; sisters Pauline Jensen, Elsbeth Hansen, Marian Lindsey, and Naomi Christopherson; brother Norman H.; 65 grandchildren; and 67 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Mildred; a daughter, Mildred Elizabeth; granddaughter Katie; sisters Sarah Hardy and Glenneth Wilson; and brothers Samuel B., Blauer L., and David K. Interment is in the Elysian Gardens, 1045 E. 4580 South, Murray, Utah.Online condolences may be sent at andersonmortuary.com

Edited from the notice published in The Salt Lake Tribune from 4/22-4/23/2010.

John J. Flynn, a University of Utah professor of law for more than four decades, died April 11 in Salt Lake City, one day after his 74th birthday.

John Joseph Flynn was born on April 10, 1936, in Chelmsford, Mass., to George Ryan Flynn and Mary Woodhead Flynn. As a boy in Massachusetts he learned to love music, gardening, and fishing—three passions that remained with him throughout his life. For a while music was something of a career for him: he played sax and clarinet for a number of bands, including that of famed jazzman Maynard Ferguson. He loved fishing for trout and salmon, and his summer garden was always a delight to friends and family. But his true calling was the law, and in his long and storied career he served his country and his community as a teacher, an advocate, a philosopher, and an attorney.

Flynn received a B.S. cum laude from Boston College (1958), an LL.B. from Georgetown University (1961), and an S.J.D. from the University of Michigan (1967). In 1963 he was asked to join the faculty at the University of Utah, and with his beloved wife, Sheila, made Salt Lake City his home. It was from Utah that his profound impact on both the local and the national scene unfurled. As he said so often, "Every legal decision is a moral decision." His advice and counsel was sought time and again by the administration of the University of Utah throughout his 42-year career there. John was a fierce advocate for faculty governance and a defender of academic freedom. He took great pride in the fact that he was part of the team that drafted the University’s free speech regulations and that they are still in effect. He was honored by the College of Law with the Hugh B. Brown professorship (which he held from 1986 to 2004), and by the U itself in 1987 with the prestigious Rosenblatt Prize for Excellence, the University of Utah’s highest honor, awarded annually at Commencement. Flynn was also one of the United States’ preeminent legal minds in his chosen field of Antitrust. In addition to co-authoring two basic law texts used across the country (Free Enterprise and Economic Organization: Antitrust and Free Enterprise and Economic Regulation: Government Regulation), his counsel was sought by the U.S. Senate and House, Federal and State courts, and the White House. He taught law as a visiting professor at the University of Michigan, Georgetown, Texas, Washington University, and the University of Pennsylvania. He also served as Special Counsel and consultant to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Antitrust Subcommittee from 1969 to 1976. He served on the Consumer Advisory Panel to AT&T from 1990 to 1999, as Ombudsman for Utah Power and Light, and was a board member of the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Flynn was particularly proud of two important public service contributions. First was his eight years of service as counsel to the legendary Sen. Phil Hart (D-Mich.), chair of the Antitrust Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Second was his central role in obtaining divestiture of the Northwest Pipeline system from El Paso Natural Gas by the United States Supreme Court.

John Flynn is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Sheila; children and daughters-in-law John J. Flynn Jr. and Risa Palley Flynn of Culver City, Calif., Siobhan M. Flynn of Berkeley, Calif., and Timothy R. Flynn and Terry Ellis of Royal Oaks, Calif.; and four grandchildren, Shea Shannon McFarlin Flynn, John Ephraim Palley Flynn, Max Edward Palley Flynn, and Tadg Rowan Ellis Flynn; siblings Rev. George Flynn of Lima, Peru, Patrick Flynn and wife Elizabeth of Phoenix, Joseph Flynn of Boston, and Ann Flynn of Worcester, Mass. He was predeceased by his parents and siblings Jude T. Flynn and Mary Flynn. A celebration of John’s life and work will be held later in the year in Salt Lake City, and information about that event as well as comments and memories from the public can be found online at www.johnflynnmemorial.org. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in the name of John Joseph Flynn to the Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) Foundation, the Huntsman Cancer Center, or And Justice For All.

Edited from the notice published in The Salt Lake Tribune on 4/14/2010.

Ted C. Hatch BS’59, a member of one of Utah’s best-known river rafting company families, died April 18 in Vernal. He was 76.

Ted Hatch was born in Vernal on Dec. 29, 1933, to Eva Caldwell Hatch and Bus Hatch, a legendary river runner who founded Hatch River Expeditions and was among the pioneers of Utah’s river rafting industry. Hatch grew up in Vernal and graduated from Uintah High School. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, then pursued a bachelor’s degree in biology from U. On Aug. 7, 1960, he married Patricia Bruce. Hatch began a teaching career at Ashley Valley Junior High, and then moved on to Manila High School, where he later became the principal. In 1967, when his father died, Ted left teaching and he and his brother, Don, took over the family’s river-running business. In 1977, the brothers split Hatch River Expeditions, with Don taking over the Utah operation while Ted took over the Grand Canyon division. Ted had great success running Hatch River Expeditions in the Grand Canyon and was instrumental to the development of the river-running industry. Hatch also played an active role in working with the National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management to win favorable regulations for commercial guides on western rivers. Ted ran his final river last summer on the Main Salmon River in Idaho, where he rowed his own boat and was accompanied by his wife, sons, and grandchildren. His son Steve and daughter-in-law Sarah continue to operate Hatch River Expeditions in the Grand Canyon.

Hatch was also an avid pilot and flew every chance he could get; he truly loved his Cessna 210. He served on the Utah State Aeronautical Committee for several years, and was a 30-year member of the AOPA. Another great love was his powerboat, and he passed many days on Flaming Gorge Reservoir and Lake Powell with his wife and family.

Ted is survived by his wife, Pat; sons Bruce, of Vernal, and Steve, of Marble Canyon, Ariz.; and daughter Susan Wadley, of Vernal. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Huntsman Cancer Foundation, 500 Huntsman Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108.

Edited from the notice published 4/22/2010 in the Arizona Daily Sun and a 4/23/2010 article in The Salt Lake Tribune.

Kathleen Ann Huntsman ex’88, daughter of Jon Huntsman, Sr., and sister to former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr., died April 20 following complications resulting from cardiac arrest. She was 44.

Huntsman was born January 5, 1966 in Glendale, Calif. Her early years and schooling were spent in California; Washington, D.C. (where her parents were serving an LDS Church mission); and Salt Lake City. She attended Brigham Young University and the University of Utah, where she affiliated with Chi Omega sorority. Huntsman passed away at the Huntsman Cancer Hospital founded by and named for her father.

Kathleen Ann Huntsman is survived by her children, James (19), Kate (18), Christopher (16), Mark (14), Amanda (12), Rosie (11) and Lexie (9); parents Jon M. and Karen Huntsman; husband of two months Gaines Ashley Boyd; siblings Jon (Mary Kaye) Huntsman, Jr., Beijing, China; Peter (Brynn) Huntsman, Houston; Christena (Richard) Durham, Salt Lake City; David (Michelle) Huntsman, Salt Lake City; Paul (Cheryl) Huntsman, Salt Lake City; James (Marianne) Huntsman, Houston; Jennifer (David) Parkin, Houston; and Mark Huntsman, Salt Lake City. She was married (sealed in the Salt Lake Temple) to James A. Huffman from 1989 until 2009.

In lieu of flowers, the Huntsman family asks that donations be made to the Huntsman Cancer Foundation.

Edited from an announcement published 4/21/2010 in the Deseret News.

Linda Sillitoe BA’71, co-author of a best-seller about the Mark Hofmann murders and a key figure on the Mormon literary scene, died at home in Ogden of a heart attack on April 7. She was 61.

Sillitoe was born July 31, 1948, one of eight children of Robert E. and Phyllis Liddle Buhler, and was reared near Salt Lake City’s Liberty Park. Sillitoe knew her vocation from earliest childhood, recalls brother David Buhler, a former Salt Lake City councilman. “Linda would write and produce plays for the family Christmas parties when she was very young.”

After graduating from the University of Utah, she became a staff writer and news feature editor for the Deseret News and Utah Holiday magazine, respectively. Her articles also appeared in The New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Dialogue, Utah Business, Sunstone, City Weekly, and The Salt Lake City Observer. She also published fiction, poetry, and three full-length volumes of history—Salamander: The Story of the Mormon Forgery Murders (1988, co-written with Allen Roberts); Banking on the Hemingways: Three Generations of Banking in Utah and Idaho (1992); and Friendly Fire: The ACLU in Utah (1996)—as well as the official Utah centennial history of Salt Lake County, which was published in a popular format as Welcoming the World: A History of Salt Lake County (1996). Sillitoe also shared her journalistic skills with students as a teacher at the University of Utah, Salt Lake Community College, and Weber State University. Most recently, she had worked as the public outreach coordinator for the Stewart Library at WSU. Despite dealing with a lingering illness for years, the award-winning writer and journalist maintained a rigorous work ethic and good cheer to the end. She had just sent her publisher her latest novel and a book of poetry at the time of her death.

Linda and her South High School sweetheart, John, fell in love when the two were on the debate team as seniors. They married in 1968. Linda is survived by John, just retired as curator of Special Collections at Weber State University, and children Melissa, Rob, and Cynthia.

Edited from a 4/9/2010 article in The Salt Lake Tribune and other sources.


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