May 23, 2009

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 “Hot Summers, Hard Winters, Making a Living and Making Life Worth Living”

by Joan Bleazard Thomas


Mark Walker and Evelyn Dorothy (Pete) Jenson Bleazard lived in Arcadia/Bridgeland, Duchesne County, Utah from the year 1962 and until Pete died in 1991,

 and until the death of Mark in 1993.


            In 1955 and when Mark and Pete lived in Talmage, Mark began to purchase property in Arcadia, Utah. Arcadia (Bridgeland) is a small community that is located between Talmage and Roosevelt.


            LeGrand Gilbert said, "Before Mark came to Arcadia, I went to Talmage with my brother to talk to Mark. My brother was visiting from his home in Washington and he was trying to sell his place in Arcadia.  We spent a couple of hours talking about a piece of land that Mark eventually bought. Mark moved here and I got to know him quite well - different dealings with him and I bought hay from him and sold hay to him, did some plowing for him and I was well paid for it."


            Mark said, "I bought places from five people and changed the fences. I leveled the land, the acres, and made large fields which allowed for easier irrigation and better use of the land."


            Mark and Pete moved to Arcadia in the spring of 1962.

                        On a Land at Arcadia form dated January 31, 1992 is written:

                        Wenzel Luk                                                                   $265.00

                        United Farm Agen                                                         $100.00

                        Raky McClellan                                                             $265.00

                        United Farm Agency                                                     $400.00

                        Marion Young                                                               $270.00

                        Jarrell Massey                                                                $500.00

                        Con J O Driscoll                                                            $100.00

                        Jarrell and Sewell Massey                                           $5,700.00

                        First Sec Bank-120 Acre Land                                   $2,400.00

                        Merle M. Ross                                                           $14,000.00

                        J. Lawrence Maxwell                                                $11,000.00




            An article about Mark and Pete, and their home and ranch in Arcadia, was published in the FARMING/RANCHING magazine of the Utah Farm Production Credit Association, the January/February 1978 issue, pages 1148-1149. The article follows: “Land? best piece in the Basin, but you should have seen it when I bought it!


               Mark Bleazard figures he has the best piece of land in the Uintah Basin. He tries not to boast but a quick tour of his Arcadia, Duchesne County, farm will find him singing the praises of his acres.


                "When I first laid eyes on this piece,” Bleazard said, point­ing to a pasture near his home ranch, "it was the damndest thing you'd ever seen. There were cottonwoods and willows and at least 27 ditches. Now there is no better pasture in the Basin."


                 Mark's land leveling project wasn't easy, but has paid off in one of the finest Hereford operations in eastern Utah. Bleazard bought his farm in 1962, moving just over the mountain from nearby Talmage. Since then he has been adding to it a bit at a time until, as he puts it, "I have quite a bit now, I guess.


 "I didn't like it at first," he remembers. "I had l6 patches in 80 acres. But now it is all leveled. That makes it so much better to irrigate, plus I just can't be bothered anymore with the small patches.


Mark, who will reluctantly admit he's "going to be 69 years old pretty quick," says his irrigation improvements and methods just might be his finest qualities as a farmer. "Anyone who tries to farm in the Basin without a proper irrigation system will have problems," he explained.


            "I kind of pride myself on that -I can irrigate with any­one," he said. "And if you don't irrigate in this country, you don't make it."


            Of his 600 farmable acres, 500 are under water rights, he said, the majority having the Duchesne River and Starvation Reservoir as their source. Mark's crop production is split about half and half between alfalfa and wild grasses, gener­ally getting three crops of alfalfa each summer. Bleazard said he likes to take his cattle on the range about May 15th and when the fall roundup is over, they are pastured in the fields near his home, some being fed in feedlots.


            Mark said he has about 280 range acres of his own plus interest in a local range company - "18 percent of a million-dollar outfit," he says with a laugh.  Range purchases constitute the biggest investment Mark has made recently and he said he was thankful he had a good relationship with his local office of Production Credit Association to stand behind his move. "I've been real pleased with PCA, although sometimes I'd be better off if they would shake their heads more instead of nod," he says with his familiar humor.


Pleasant, familiar, confident personnel is the major reason Production Credit has Mark Bleazard as a customer, he said. His wife, Evelyn, said, "They sin­cerely act like they are our friends."


      "We like how you can sit down and talk person to person with Production Credit," Mark went on. " It's good to talk things over - you get to see the other fellow's point of view."


      Bleazard also said he has found banks change personnel quite often and each time a visit is made to a new person, "they give you the third degree."


      Other advantages to PCA customers like Mark Bleazard include lower interest rates, cooperative membership and savings returned to members. "We've sure been pleased," Bleazard repeated.


      And another reason he is pleased is that through PCA, Mark will be able to expand his feedlot operation. He said he has found cattle fed in the feeding corrals fatten up a bit better than the pasture grazed ones, partly because there isn't room to run off the fat.  He also supplements his calves with a salted mineral mix.


      "I think we've done real good for the kind of year we've had," Mark said. "But we're not going to make a killin', I'll tell you that." Presently Bleazard is able to run 264 cows and 234 calves on the mountain range. All are Hereford "except for about 11 stragglers."


      A father of four, grandfather of eleven, and great grandfather of one, Mark has only one problem facing him in the future (and it is a pleasant one) -what to do with the farm when he gets a little older.


      "I've got some grandkids that are real interested," he says, "but the one bad thing about my boys? They were all girls.”


            Cecil Hanberg, Jack Bleazard's son in law, remarked, "I have known Mark and Pete and their daughters most of my life -all my life that I can remember. They certainly have made each place they lived a better place. Mark worked and developed his farms and when he left a farm, it was better land and a better farm than when he got it. The people who took over had a good, working farm."


Dennis Bleazard worked for his Uncle Mark and Aunt Pete from May 26, 1962 until June 28, 1962, and he was at the farm helping and visiting many times.


What follows is a description (a walk through) of the Bleazard home in Arcadia:

             When Mark & Pete moved to Arcadia, the home was in poor condition as was the land (yard) immediately around it. The front of the house faced east. The southeast corner was the kitchen, with a small window to the east and over the sink, and from this window one could see Grandma Jenson’s tree. It was called such because she loved it so much!  A hummingbird feeder was placed near the window and often dozens of beautiful, little, busy birds were feeding and flying. When washing dishes, one could watch the activity on the highway running north and south past their place. A three-paneled alcove window was at the south in the kitchen and one could stand at it, or one could sit at the kitchen table, and see the gas tank, sheds, silo, yard light, animals, and watch visitors and family arrive. Pete would almost constantly watch the fields from this window to see where Mark and others were working and if she was needed. Ralph would install a water cooler in this window each spring. The electric stove was on the north; refrigerator on the west and the kitchen had nice, white wood cabinets. Linoleum was on the floor.

            To the west of the kitchen was a narrow room with a south window. In this room were the washer/drier/freezer/water heater, a sink, coats, boots, gloves, hats and guns. Through a door to the north of this room was another small room which was used for storing bottled fruit, vegetables, a big green flour can and other items.

            Further to the west was a bedroom for visitors, and some referred to it as the 'boy's room'. It was where grandsons and others slept when visiting. There were windows to the south and to the west. The room had two nice closets, a braided rag rug on the floor, and a small, perfect set of deer antlers on a board was on the wall. A couple of craft pictures made of blue felt bluebirds were on the east wall.

            Back in the kitchen, we walk north through an arch doorway and arrive in a dining room where Pete had her round oak table. Mark had his big desk in the southeast corner and an aerial photo of the 'farm' was over the desk. There were two windows in the northeast corner of this room-one to the north, and one to the east. A reclining chair was always in front of the windows and a stack of newspapers and magazines were near. Mark & Pete purchased a lovely china closet on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary. It was placed against the south wall of this room and in it were dishes given them by Pete's family. Also the silverware that belonged to Pete's mother, Dorothy Jorgenson Jenson.was in the china closet, along with other special gifts. On the west wall of this room was an original painting of their beloved grandson, Grant Lister.

            Further north of the dining room was the large living room with a large window to the east, where one could view Grandma Jenson's tree and the road, and a small window to the north where one could see the beautiful snow capped mountains of the Uintas and the Altamont/Mountain Home area. The couch was usually at the west wall, and a beautiful mirror with a pink flamingo was above the couch. A fireplace and mantle were at the north, the mantle was always covered with pictures of kids and grandkids, and in the northwest corner was a large, white macramé holding plants. Two recliners were at the south of the room and along the north wall was the television.

            Walking through a door in the southwest corner of the living room one was in a hallway. At one's left was another bedroom for guests and for storage. A window was at the west. On the north wall was the antique black dresser that had been in Mark's childhood home. It belonged to his grandmother, Lydia Walker Marchant, and was given to Mark's mother, Louisa Walker Bleazard. Pete always stored quilting items and material in the dresser. On the east wall was the picture of the cabin, mountain and lake. Quilting frames and stands and other treasures were stored in the room and in the closet at the east of the room.

            Returning to the door, one walked north down the hall and on the left was a large storage closet where photo books, magazines, games and other items were stored. Further north on the left was the bathroom. A window was at the west. The bathtub was on the south of the room, and there was not a shower. The toilet was located in the northwest corner, and the sink with a mirror over it was at the north.

            Leaving the bathroom and walking north down the hall at the left was a linen closet where Pete kept sheets, towels and other storage. Enter a door at this point and one was in the master bedroom. It had windows at the north and at the west. Bill Bleazard, Mark’s brother, had made Pete a lovely cedar chest and it was in the northeast corner of the room. The beautiful dresser with delicate carving was at the south wall. The dresser had been bought for $5.00. The king sized bed was always made and was covered with one of Pete's beautiful quilts or bedspreads. Barbara painted and wallpapered her parent’s rooms, and she and Ralph helped with repair of appliances and installing window coverings and acquiring supplies, material and everything!


            It was a long time before the yard was fenced and Pete worked so hard to keep a few flowers and vegetables growing. The fence became necessary to keep Babe, their little white Pomeranian dog from running in the street. They planted pine trees, a cedar tree and blackberry bushes at the back (west) of the house. A pump was finally placed in the ditch that ran east/west along the north side of the house, and a watering system was put in place by a grandson-in-law, Brent Farnsworth. For the last few years of their lives, the yard was fenced and we remember the Beauty Bush, the Clematis, roses and other beautiful flowers, and the lawn was always lovely. Barbara worked long hours helping her mother keep the flowers weeded and beautiful.


            After Pete moved to Arcadia/Bridgeland her new neighbors and friends began calling her Evelyn. Her family and many of her friends continued calling her 'Pete'.


            Pete wrote to Joan and Ken soon after they moved to Arcadia. Steve was six years old. "Steve is tickled to be here. Gary Lindsay was here with us so he and I met Steve at the bus. He had gotten along just fine. He bought a candy bar in Heber and had held it all the way to Duchesne. As soon as he got off the bus he unwrapped it and took to eating. He and Gary played the two days and we took Gary home last night. The lawn must look fairly good as Steve said, 'I didn't know you had grass, now I can walk on it.' He loves to feed the little chickens, gather eggs and chase mice and rabbits.


            "We have about 1400 bales of hay ready to haul tomorrow.  The mosquitoes bother Steve quite bad, the only time they are bad is in the evening. Love, Steve & Grandma"


Richard and Verl worked for Mark and Pete from April 14th through April 26th and again worked from May 12th to November 25th 1962.


           James Eugene Johnson was born on May 31, 1963. He and Marianne Thomas (Tuttle) married in 1996. He is Marianne’s second husband and the step-father of Tanner Tuttle and the birth father of Taylor James Johnson.

    * In 1963 the postage for first-class letters was 5 cents; Robert Frost died; Alcatraz, a federal prison in San Francisco Bay was closed; Hitchcock released “The Birds”; Martin Luther King launched a non-violent campaign to end segregation and was arrested; JFK sent federal troops to Birmingham, Alabama and a federal court ordered the U of Alabama to admit two Negroes; in Mississippi 600 Negro children were jailed; the Soviet Union put the first woman in space; and Kennedy spoke at the Berlin Wall and said before a large, enthusiastic crowd, “Ich bin ein Berliner.” NAACP director Medgar Evans was shot and killed; the US Supreme Court banned required reading of the Lord’s Prayer and the Bible in public schools; Cassius Clay K0d Henry Cooper in the 5th round; John XXIII died and Pope Paul VII became Pope; the Zip Code arrived; in Utah, Craig Breedlove set the world land speed record at 407.45 mph; Dr. King gave his “I Have A Dream” speech; and JFK and Jackie’s tiny baby died; four little girls died in a church bombing in Alabama; the Dodgers beat Yankees and won the World Series; President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963; Lyndon Baines Johnson (D) became the 36th President of the US; Lee Harvey Oswald was shot and killed by Jack Ruby as millions watched on television; Betty Freidan’s “The Feminine Mystique” won the Pulitzer; Bob Dylan wrote and everyone sang, “Blowin’ in the Wind ”and Johnson declared a war on poverty in his inauguration address.*


Pete wrote on February 11, 1963. "We are busy as usual. Spring can't be far away...I help Dad feed the cattle each day and we have to check on the sheep and horses each day. Then I do a little housework, and then the day is gone. I usually sew a few quilt blocks each evening ‘till it's time to go to bed. We can't get television good enough to watch very much so it's a lonesome old place. We will be glad when the boys are out of school so we can have some of them. Be sure and send us one or more as soon as you can.


            "Do you see Verl and Tami very often? Richard phoned last night and said they were all well.


            "We have all the shetland colts in the corral weaning them. If it's not too cold tomorrow we are going to get the bigger colts in and wean them, too. We traded four shetland ponies for four cows last week. From the looks of the horses, we should do the same thing for several weeks.


            "Grandma Jenson is up to Aunt Rayda's home but I think she will back down here before long. Tomorrow is Marlene's birthday. Sure wish she was close enough that I could run in and have cake with her - but..

We love you, Mom and Dad."


            Pete wrote on March 24, 1963, "This has been a very lonesome day around here. I will need to write fast so I can fix supper for Dad and the hired man, Bob Johnson. We found Bob through the Employment Agency in Denver. He is about forty years old. 


            "We are still doing the same things as usual, only we haven't any little boys to go with us. We see the little rabbit almost every day, and there are lots of prairie dogs out where we can see them. Grandma Jenson is here and she goes with us.


            "Verl, Richard and Tami phoned us this morning to tell us that Tami has a tooth, and that they will try to come out for Easter. We haven't heard anything from Marlene or Barbara since we saw you at Heber.


            "... We have 8 or 10 little calves. Old Spot will have her colt in April and so will Candy have a colt. Guy Lindsay is going to shear our sheep next Friday.


            "Viola came home from visiting with Carol Jean last Saturday. She says that Carol's red headed baby boy is really a nice baby. They all had the flu while she was there so I guess she had quite a job.


            "Tell Barbara we looked for her out last weekend again. We always look for some of you out every weekend. We love you, Mom, Dad and Grandma Jenson."


             Pete wrote on April 9, 1983,  "Did Stephen tell you all about us and how busy we are? He was so happy to be out here that he would giggle out loud once in a while. He was coughing a little and I hope he didn’t catch a cold out here. He ran in the wind quite a bit.


            “I spent most of the last two weeks, in my spare time, sewing. I’ve been zigzagging tulip blocks for Aunt Rayda for a quilt for Karen and finally got it together and marked. I guess she will quilt it tomorrow but it’s doubtful if I get to go and help on it. By the time I help feed and get dinner it is almost too late to drive that far.


            “Verl got a letter from Janice telling her that Bob has been baptized into our church. They are really thrilled about it. We had a lovely rainy day yesterday and it looks pretty cloudy this morning. It’s sure muddy. Grandma Jenson is here with us. She is talking about going home to Montana about the first of May.


            "I guess Richard and Verl have moved to Brigham City, but we don't know their address. They thought they might be here for Easter, and we hope you and your family can be here for Easter, too.


"Karen has her ring but we haven’t seen it. She doesn’t come out very often. I talk to Dorothy nearly every day from Roosevelt. I enjoy her being there, but they are so unsettled that I don’t know how long they will stay. I must finish breakfast so write to us soon. We love you. Give my four boys loves for me. All our love, Mom & Dad (Grandma Pete and Grandpa Mark).


            Grandma Dorothy Jenson spent a week with Joan and Ken in the spring of 1963.


            Joan wrote in a letter to Ken dated June 1963. Ken was in Huntsville, Alabama on a business trip for Sperry Univac.

            "Verl and Tami were here until Wednesday night and then they went to Arcadia with Barbara. Mother came back with them on Thursday night. On Thursday night, Ralph came to see them and while he was here he checked the 1959 yellow Plymouth station wagon for me so it would be safe for the trip to Brigham City and then to Bancroft, Idaho for the Jenson reunion.  Mother and Barbara left on schedule for New York."


            Joan wrote in her Journal, "Mother and Barbara went to New York for two lovely weeks with Marlene's family in May/June 1963. Mother was thrilled over the airplane ride and she and Barbara really enjoyed visiting with Marlene and playing with all her children."  Joan remembers pictures that were taken during the trip. There were pictures of the ‘sacred grove’ in Elmira and other early Mormon history sites. They watched the "Mormon Pageant" at the Hill Cummorah.


            Joan wrote to Ken on June 6, 1963, "We (Joan and all 4 little boys) just arrived home (746 E 4255 S) from the (Jenson Family Reunion) reunion in Idaho. We stayed with Verl, Richard and Tami in Brigham City last night, and early this morning we all went to Aunt Pat and Uncle Parley's (Schenk) home in Bancroft. It was a wonderful day with lots of food and relatives. We really had a good time. We didn't stay at Verl's trailer when we got back, but came straight on to Salt Lake. The car was fine, thanks to Ralph. We haven't heard from Barbara and Mother as yet... "


            On the Jenson Family Tape Barbara says, “ This is Barbara. We brought Grandma Jenson up this far. We won’t be able to be at the reunion because Mother (Pete) and I are going to go visit Marlene in New York. We hope you all have a wonderful, wonderful time…”


            During the late summer of 1963, probably over the Labor Day weekend, Joan's family stayed overnight at Moon Lake. Verl and Pete tended the baby boy, Stan, at the farm. When returning to the farm, Joan and Ken left all four little boys for Verl and Pete to watch while they went to the Homestead, near Heber, for their anniversary.


            Pete wrote on September 26, 1963:  “It was so nice to hear from you the other day, and the pictures are really nice. We would like one of Little Fox, the side view with Dad on. I want one of the pictures of the four boys, also one of Stanie and Dougie in the swimming pool. Little Stanie has the sweetest look on his ‘mug’ in that picture!


We just got through listening to President Kennedy on television. That was really a speech! Did you watch him?


            "We are anxious about Verl but she writes that she feels pretty good, and that the doctor says she is ok. We are hoping that is right.  I'm getting some raspberries from Mrs. Shepard in the morning, so maybe I'll get some jam made. Also, Aunt Viola has given me lots of tomatoes and I have bottled lots of juice and chili sauce, and I've made lots of sweet pickles. I hope you are all well at your house. Did Stephen get feeling better? I hope so because I’d hate him to be ill and have to miss school. Does he like school better than he did? I hope so ‘cause I know he can be the best pupil in his grade if he tries.


            "Tell the boys that the spotted bob-tailed cat is getting big and that he still eats with the chickens. My young roosters are almost as big as the old rooster now. We have all our crops taken care of. The hay is in the stack, and Dad is going to let the cattle eat the corn out of the field. When we get the cattle home from the range we will be ready for winter. I don't think winter is very far away, although the last few days have been lovely...


            "Thanks for writing to us, we love to hear from you. I'd love to come and stay at your house a few days soon but it seems like there are so many things to do all the time. Be sure and plan on coming here for Thanksgiving, if the weather permits. Goodnight. With Love, Mom"


            Stephen spent a month on the farm during the summer of 1963. His Grandpa Mark said that he sits on a horse as well as anyone he has every seen. His opinion was that only Ross Bleazard, Charlie Lindsay and Steve sit on a horse that well.


            On October 11, 1963, a special grandson, Grant Eugene Lister, was born in Brigham City, Utah. Verl had health problems after Grant’s birth, and Pete went to Brigham City to help the family.


            President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was shot in November 1963.


            Barbara and Ralph cooked the turkey for Thanksgiving 1963 and brought it out to Joan's home. Mark and Pete, Verl, Richard and babies were at Joan’s for thanksgiving dinner. In the afternoon Bill and Beverly Bleazard and their children, and Anna Dee and Floyd Rowley and their children came to visit.


            Mark and Pete spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with Joan, Ken and their boys in December 1963. 


        *In 1964 the Beatles stole the heart of America’s youth; two men got life sentences for kidnapping Frank Sinatra Jr. The U.S.Congress authorized $50 million a year in aid to South Vietnam; Arnold Palmer won his 4th Masters; Rachel Carsen, Cole Porter and Herbert Hoover died; Ted Kennedy was seriously injured in an plane crash; the US sent additional troops and advisers to Vietnam; LBJ signed the Civil Rights Act; North Vietnam PT boats and US destroyers exchanged fire in the Tonkin Gulf; LBJ won the Presidency in a landslide over Goldwater; MLK accepted the Nobel Peace Prize; Robert Kennedy was elected Senator from New York; and the Beattles sang “I Want To Hold Your Hand.” In 1964, 136 Americans died in Vietnam.*


            Pete wrote a note to Joan on January 2, 1964 thanking her for the Mix-Master and saying she had made a Devil's Food Cake with it. She thanked Joan for the "real good Christmas dinner, and for us being able to watch the children enjoy their Christmas." Pete also said that they had gone to Cliff and Rayda's for dinner on New Year's Eve.

            Pete wrote on January 9, 1964, "Your letter was such a pleasant surprise this cold, windy morning. The sun is shining now, but the wind is blowing little skiffs of snow around in circles. I am feeling better but my stomach still bothers a little. I'm sure glad you are all fine and glad you got home safely. Just as “Lassie” came on that evening I asked Dad, “Do you think they got Stevie home in time to watch “Lassie?” So you see I was wondering about you. The days went so quickly while you were here.

            "Dad went to Duchesne early but Hugh Colton, the attorney, didn't get there until almost 2 o'clock and when Dad told him that he couldn't make the figures come out right, Colton had the petition postponed for two weeks. Colton came here last night and they got it straightened out so now each of the eleven Bleazard's get $421.90 instead of $362.49 as a final settlement. So here's hoping it goes through this time. I haven’t heard from anyone, only you, yet this week.  If Dad goes to Fairview it will be tomorrow. He's in Roosevelt today picking up the radiator now. I love you all. Mom."

A note states that Mark & Pete gave Richard and Verl $300.00 on April 19, 1964 "to settle things in Brigham City."

            Mark and Evelyn were endowed and sealed to one another in the Salt Lake Temple May 15, 1964. Wallace Gailey conducted the sealing, the witnesses being Jarrell Massey and Stephen Jack Bleazard. Their daughters, Joan and Verl, were with them.

            In June of 1964 a Jenson Family Reunion was held at Pat and Parley Schenk’s home in Bancroft, Idaho. Roy & Alta, Lloyd, Marge & family & Marsha, Rayda, Cliff, Dorothy & boys and Jack’s family were present. Pete was not able to attend but Joan and sons and Verl, Richard and Tami were there. Lula’s son, Danny, and his family were present as well as Pat, Parley and family, Andy, Charlene and family, Hal, Ilene and family.

            Marlene's husband, Frank, attended school in Syracuse, New York during the summer of 1964. In the spring of that year Marlene and her children took the train to Salt Lake where they visited in Salt Lake and on the farm all summer.  Marlene and her children stayed at Joan's home for a couple of weeks during the summer, and there are pictures of a special breakfast outing in Millcreek Canyon.

            Stephen spent several weeks on the farm in 1964. He helped take the cattle to the summer range and rode a big horse for three days. He also helped brand the cattle.

            Marlene and Frank's son, Mark Bleazard Coyle, was born on October 21, 1964 in Elmira, New York.

            Joan and Ken moved into their home at 5771 Beaumont Drive in Holladay, Utah  a week before Christmas 1964. Joan writes in her Journal, "For the first time since we were married we spent Christmas without seeing Mother and Dad. We gave them a screen and tools for their fireplace. Verl and her family, and Barbara and Ralph were with them at the farm on Christmas Eve and Day."

            *In 1965 Sir Winston Churchill, Nat King Cole, Frances Perkins; Adlai Stevenson; Albert Schweitzer, Henry Wallace died; LBJ outlined his goals for a Great Society in his State of the Union address; Malcolm X was shot to death; US launched air strikes on North Vietnam; two battalions of US marines arrived in Vietnam; and bombs hit the Saigon Embassy; 3500 troops left for Vietnam; MLK and 1500 others were stopped with clubs and tear gas while on a march to Montgomery; LBJ ordered 4000 troops to protect Selma, Montgomery marchers; 15,000 protested the Vietnam war outside the White House; 14,000 US troops were sent to the Dominican Republic; Frances Perkins died; US State Department admitted for the 1st time that US troops in Vietnam were involved as combat troops; and the Supreme Court banned curbs on birth control; in New York 17,000 protested US involvement in Vietnam; LBJ signed the Medicare bill, the Voting Rights bill, and he sent 50,000 more troops to Vietnam; race riots raged in the Watts area of Los Angeles; 108,000 troops were in Vietnam and 650 had been killed; Quaker Norman Morrison burned to death at the Pentagon in anti-war protest; 50,000 march against the war in Washington DC; a Christmas truce was observed in Vietnam; and Sugar Ray Robinson retired from boxing. Calvin Lewellyn Rampton became Governor of Utah and served as Governor until 1977. He created the Industrial Promotion Council and the Utah Travel Council. He supported important civil rights legislation and increased spending for education and many state building projects.*

            Joan writes, "Mother came to visit the first week of January 1965. I met her at the door and turned everything over to her for the remainder of her visit. I had a terrible strep throat and fever for days and made several trips to the doctor. Bless that mother of mine! She just seems to know when she is needed by her children, even when there seems to be no way she could know."

            Pete wrote on February 3, 1965: "We were so glad to get your letter and to know you were all well at last. Surely hope you are still well. A bug finally caught up with us and we have had colds and sore throats but are feeling better today.  We have a lovely day today. It is 55 degrees outside right now. Dad is building a gate to put on the corral. We have seven ewes in the barn that are going to lamb soon. I guess you have Puppies (Jade, the Beagle) by now. If so, how many and are they cute?

"Dolly phoned me a week ago to see if I could come and help her quilt so after we got the feeding done, Dad and I went up there. As soon as we got there Kim said he was coming home with us and he got a plastic bag and filled it with his clothes and gave it to Dad to hold. If Dad laid it down he’d give it back to him, then when we got ready to come home they couldn’t talk him out of it. We brought him home with us and he stayed until Friday afternoon and was perfectly contented.

            "We received a note from Sheila Jenson a few days ago and she is staying with Ole and Alice (Jenson) and going to school. The note said that Ole had been operated on for stomach ulcers on January 20th. He was getting along fine, but won't be able to work for three months. Grandma Jenson is at Oley's home. We also heard that Fred Bleazard has been operated on for a hernia. Please call them and see if he is ok and tell him we are thinking about him.

            "How are the boys? We surely hope they still like their new home and school.

            "We had conference last Saturday and Sunday at Duchesne. I had to go to a Primary meeting on Saturday afternoon and evening. Then Dad and I both went to meetings all day Sunday. Mrs. Olive Smith from the General Board of the Primary and Walter Stover from the Welfare Committee were the visitors. It is our turn to go over to Jack and Viola's for our Family Home Evening tonight. We take turns.

            "The only snow we have left is where the drifts were so high. The mud is drying up pretty well, too. Love the boys for us and we hope you are really feeling better, Joan. How is Ken? We love you. Mom and Dad.”

            On May 3, 1965 Pete wrote to Joan, "The weather is cooler today. We could stand a little rain as Dad has about 46 acres of oats planted. I am enclosing a note to the boys and I hope it doesn't cause difficulties. If you can come out, bring your sleeping bags as our hired man has the back bedroom. Please don't stay home on account of the hired man because we can move some beds in for the weekend. Dad is feeling better right now and I sure hope he stays that way.  We really enjoyed Barbara and Ralph over the last weekend.

            "Dad and I and the hired man went to Mountain Home to the Primary Family Hour last night. It was very nice to see everyone up there. I must get dinner now. Hope to see you soon."

            The card Pete sent to her grandsons says, "To My Thomas Grandsons: Dear Boys. We are so lonesome to see you. We love you very much. Next weekend on May 8th our little lambs need to be docked and if you boys could be out here to catch them for us, it would be a big help. We hope you can come. With love, Grandpa & Grandma."

            In Joan's Journal, Ken writes, "We went to Moon Lake on the 4th of July 1965. It was very crowded and we couldn't camp in the campground. Joan's folks came to Moon Lake with Richard and Verl and Barbara and Ralph. We had an enjoyable picnic..."

            Pete wrote on July 27, 1965, "Just a note to let you know that Marlene, Frank and children arrived last night (Monday) about 9pm. They are all just fine. They didn't leave New York until Saturday so they really hurried.

            "We were really disappointed Saturday when you didn't come out. I had put a big turkey in the oven that morning so we had lots of food and not many people to eat it. We went to the Rodeo at Altamont at noon and then came back here and ate.

            "What are you doing while Ken is on his trip? We hope you are doing some interesting things and most of all we hope you are all well by now. We look for you out every day.

“Frank has to be back to work on August 16th so they will only be here about two weeks.

            "I haven't done any more on the genealogy sheets. It doesn't seem like I can get at it. It has stormed so much that we never will get our hay up. We have had two days without rain though so maybe there's a change coming in the weather.

            "Verl, Richard and their friends stayed at Uncle Grant's place for two days and two nights. They went horseback riding, fishing and hiking. They had a nice time only they were sunburned sore and stiff. Love our boys for us and come out when you can. We love you all, Mom & Dad."

            During the summer of 1965 the Mark and Pete Family had a Reunion at Current Creek.

            Pete wrote on August 24, 1965, "This will be a short note as I have to go over to Viola's and pick beans from her garden and then get back to get dinner. I received the genealogy sheets and they looked fine ... Dad's name, M.W.B., has to be listed as the representative on the Bleazards, and my initials, E.D.J.B, needs to be listed as representative for the Jenson side. We need to put the addresses of our sources of information. I can do this, unless you can come out before school starts. If you come out, please bring your typewriter again.

            “I don’t know where my thoughts were the day you went home from here. I was going to send your sander and that floor varnish with you. Don’t buy anything, you can get this when you come back. We are OK here. It has rained so much that we are still haying. I have picked two bushels of apricots and made lots of juice and jam.

            "Marlene phoned Saturday morning at 2:30am. They had been home only about an hour and they were all ok.  Have you seen or heard from Verl? We haven't heard from her.  Write soon and thanks for all the typing. I love you and yours."

Pete writes on September 23, 1965, "We finally have had sunshine yesterday and today! That snowstorm we had was a dilly! We had 16 inches of heavy wet snow last Friday morning, and then it turned very cold. The snow didn't all melt until day before yesterday and then it froze everything and mashed the hay and grain down until Dad doesn't know whether he can cut any more or not. It's too muddy now to even try.  We are well but I feel pretty bad when I look out at my pretty flowers. We did get the second coat of paint on our house before the storm.

            "Dad and I went to the funeral for Monte Mowers last Saturday. When we got home our hired hand, Percy, had packed all his belongings and left. He never left a note or anything and we are feeling bad because we needed him real bad for another month…what does Stanny do while the other boys are at school? We had a nice note from Marlene and they are fine. Little Mark is getting along ok since his operation."

            Joan writes in her Journal that Barbara and Ralph took Blaine and David Adams to the farm for a weekend in September 1965.

            Ona and Jerry Rosenberger drove Grandma Dorothy Jenson to Salt Lake in October of 1965. Cliff and Rayda met them in Salt Lake and Grandma came back to the Basin with them. Grandma was 86 years old in August and in that month she suffered a minor stroke.

            Pete writes on October 27, 1965, "When we were in Roosevelt Monday, Dad checked on the meat and they told him they would get it cut up and packaged this week,so it will probably be ready for you to get it this week-end. Our freezer is empty so if they send word the meat is ready I will go and get it and put it in our freezer so you could get it anytime. If you can’t come out this weekend, it will be all right. It is Stake Conference at Duchesne on the 31st and the Primary is selling lunch, so I will have to be there.

            "Have you seen Verl and Barbara this week? I hope Verl can cope with her problems but I know she has a big job ahead of her."

            Pete wrote to Joan, Ken and boys on November 1, 1965, "Just a note to let you know that we love you all and that we enjoyed your nice letter. Dad would like to come in and baptize Markie but we will be so busy that it will be impossible for us to go anywhere for a while. I'd love to have Dad use his Priesthood in some of the lovely ways that he could. I think it would mean more to him if he did use it more. But it doesn't seem like things work out just as I'd like them too. We went to Conference yesterday. It was really nice. We had quite a job. We sold about 230 lunches and cleared about $100.00.

            ". . . We got the meat Saturday and put it in the freezer. We won't eat any of yours unless we run out of ours before you come to get yours (haha). If you have Mark baptized on November 6th that will be Saturday. We have to cut our cows and calves out and have them handy as the calves we have contracted have to go the morning of November 8th... Hope the boys are doing real good in school. I bet they are. Why? Because they are our grandsons! Bye with love, Mom & Dad."

On a ‘Friendly Hello’ card to Joan, Ken and Boys, Pete wrote on November 22, 1965: “We are very glad you invited us for Thanksgiving Dinner. If it doesn’t snow too much we will be there, and Grandma Jenson will come with us. I’d love to help you do something for the dinner if I knew what to do. Don’t work too hard. We want you well so we can visit. We love you. Mom and Dad, Grandma, Tami and Grant.  P.S. I feel lots better.”

            Most of the family was at Joan and Ken's for Thanksgiving 1965. Grandma Jenson was happy to be with the family and busy visiting with everyone and helping get dinner. Verl was very distraught and nervous because she and Richard were having marital problems, and Verl was undecided as to what to do about it. Barbara and Ralph were present.

            The day following this Thanksgiving Dinner, Grandma Jenson (Dorothy Jorgenson Jenson) was with Mark and Pete in their car and returning to Arcadia when she had a stroke. She never regained consciousness and she died in Roosevelt, Utah on December 2, 1965. Her funeral service was held on December 6, 1965 at the LDS Church in Choteau, Montana. She was buried on December 6, 1965 in Bynum, Montana.  Ralph and Barbara and Pete went to Montana and attended the funeral.

*In 1966 the year Marianne was born (March 18. 1966), Indira Gandhi became Prime Minister of India; Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali; 41 US Governors expressed support for the war in Vietnam; Mao Tse-tung launched his cultural revolution in China; Ronald Reagan became Governor of California; Lyndon Johnson was President and Hubert Humphrey was Vice President; the US Treasury halted the printing of $2 bills; Edward Brooke became first Negro US Senator elected by popular vote; the mini skirt arrived; Truman Capote wrote “In Cold Blood”; eight nurses were murdered in Chicago by Richard Speck; Lenny Bruce, Montgomery Clift, Walt Disney and Margaret Sanger died; North Vietnam threatened to try US pilots for war crimes;  the first pictures of earth taken from moon orbit were sent back to U.S.; LBJ signed bill requiring $1.60 hourly minimum wage, and he visited soldiers in Vietnam; the US was spending $2 billion a month in Vietnam; and Timothy Leary was arrested on narcotic charges. In addition, the median family income in the US was $7,532; the price of a new house $21,400; a gallon of gas 31 cents; postages stamps were 5 cents; the Dow Jones average was high 995.15 and low 744.32; and Elizabeth Taylor was best actress for her role in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.”*

On January 5, 1966 Pete wrote, "Just a note to let you know we arrived home safely and we slept pretty good last night. I feel some better this morning. Joan, will you phone Barbara at work and see if she will go by Verl's house on her way home and see if the front door is locked. Richard was going to come and get his clothes and Verl is afraid he will leave the door unlocked. If it is unlocked, tell Barbara to lock it as Verl has a key.  I guess we will be back to Salt Lake on Saturday as we think Verl had better be there and go to Church on Sunday in that Ward, if the Bishop is going to keep on helping her for a while.

            "Dad doesn't feel very good about what they got done yesterday but I don't know what they will do. Those papers won't be ready to sign until January 28th. Take care of yourself. We'll see you soon. Love, Mom."

            On January 31, 1966 Pete wrote, "Stake Primary Preparation meeting was quite successful and conference at Duchesne on Sunday was also nice. We were glad to hear from you and to know that the big boys had enjoyed their visit to the farm. We sure did enjoy them and hope you will let some of them come again soon.

“We watched “Windows of Heaven” on television last night. It was real nice. Hope you watched it. Did you watch “The Guiding Light?”  If so, don’t get upon a chair to try and reach anything!  Let your men folk do the reaching for a while. We sure hope you, Joan, are feeling pretty good. Hope your back isn’t giving you any more trouble.  We haven't had any more storm since I came home from Salt Lake, but it is cloudy today and is supposed to storm a little. It is quite warm today.  Before you go back to work, Joan, get your February 1966 Relief Society Magazine out and read the story, "A Time to Every Purpose" on Page 91. We Love you, Mom and Dad."

            Joan wrote in her Journal that Barbara & Ralph took Stephen and Mark to the farm for a weekend in March 1966; They took Blaine and Stan to the farm the weekend of March 19-22, 1966 and Pete brought them to Salt Lake when she came to see the new baby girl. After the visit, Pete took Stan back to the farm for another ten days. During this month Mark and Stan also stayed overnight at Barbara and Ralph’s home.

            Joan and Ken's daughter, Marianne Thomas, was born in Salt Lake on March 18, 1966. She was the only one of their children born after the move to Beaumont Dr., and the only one not to have known the Talmage home. 

            Verl wrote to her Mother and Dad from Burley, Idaho on April 14, 1966:  "We received your lovely letter the other day. It sure sounds like you've had a busy week, but a very nice one. Did you enjoy your visit with Stanny? Was he glad to be home or did he want to go back to the farm with you? What did he think of Marianne? If he thought she was even half as cute as I did he really thought she was all right. I sure hope that if ANY of my baby Tami’s clothes are out there that will fit her or that Joan can use, you can get them to her. I just wish I could be there and get some of the cute little things all washed up and take to her.

            "Who is your hired man and how do you like him? Is he a good worker? Gosh! I sure hope he works out!

            "Tami and Grant helped me make you a birthday cake, Mom. We even put candles on it and sang Happy Birthday. We colored Easter eggs Saturday -or rather, I fixed the coloring and let the kids color the eggs and they sure made a mess but they really had fun. Sunday afternoon we went with JoAnn and her family to Burley to her brother’s, Lynn, place for a delicious ham dinner. They have a new home and wanted us to all come and see it. It's a lot like Joan's house on 7th East.

            “You wondered about neighbors. There’s our landlord that lives only 500 feet or so from our yard. They aren’t LDS but are very nice. They have three children two girls and a boy. The boy is four and comes over all the time. Tami & Grant go over there sometimes, too. The girls are eight and ten and come over after school and play with the kids. There are about five houses in a one-mile range, but I haven’t met anyone else yet.

            "Grantie is just fine now. Rich cut his hair and I mean cut his hair! It is really short, but Grant looks cute. You can't imagine how good he talks, especially to me. I don’t know how to write it, but I must try. He asks me something and I don’t understand him so I say, ‘Do you want ---? And he says 'No, watch Mommie and then he looks up and says the words so plain and slow and beautiful!

            "Grandpa and Grandma Lister really love my kids. They've really treated them good. Grandpa was talking about planting a garden. Tami Sue said, “I’ve never saw a garden planted.", so he told her if we would bring her down to his place on Saturday afternoon, he would dig the holes and let her plant the corn. Rich is going to take us down there on his lunch hour and then come back and get us at 6pm.

            "Richard's boss, Clyde 'Rip' Manning, gave him a pickup and told him he could use it as if it were his own and that he could use it to go after groceries, to visit his folks, or to go wherever we need to go. Our landlord's name is Donald Knopp. They have a phone. I don’t have the number but it would probably be best to call them if needed. Also, you can write in care of them and then I won’t have to wait for JoAnn to bring the mail. She tries but she has to wait until Loren gets off work and all the kids are home and it is hard for her.

            “It looks like I’ve written a book but just one more thing, Tami needs to know if Shorttail's nest is in the old house or if it is by the fence? I've got to get dinner ready. We all love you very, very much. Write again soon. I’ve missed the paper. Love you, Verl & family."

On April 24, 1966 Pete wrote, "…I suppose Barbara has told you about our hired men trouble. How this new man works out will determine whether we can come in next Sunday or not. Dad says to tell Ken to be the spokesman and give his little daughter her blessing and her name, and if we can possibly get there, Dad would be proud and glad to assist. Dad felt honored to be asked, but thinks Ken should bless her. Hope this meets with your approval, and I hope we can be there. I'm trying to arrange it.

            "Dear Stanny: I sure did like your letter. The pet lamb, Cotton, is fat. We feed it a big bottle of milk every morning and every night. Every time I open the kitchen door, it bawls at me. Shorttail still has her kittens in the same place. They can run and climb the fence now. We are glad you were a good boy when you went to the doctor. Come and see us soon. We love you. Grandma & Grandpa.”

            To Joan, Pete continued writing, "We branded calves yesterday and we have another 100 head to do in a day or so. I'll be glad when we have them done. Dad couldn't sleep last night for charly horses in his legs from getting up and down to do those yesterday. Be sure and plant some tulips this fall. I've enjoyed mine all spring. They are bright red and orange and look so pretty in front of my white house. Love the baby doll for us and take care of her mommy!"

            "Dear Mark: We loved your letter and it was written so very nice. I haven't any little chickens yet. Uncle Grant and Aunt Lois came down on Easter afternoon and we had ice cream and cake 'cause it was my birthday."

            "Dear Stephen: We don't know when we will take the cows on the range yet but we will let you know."

                "Dear Blaine: When does your school let out so you can come and see us?"

                Pete wrote on May 4, 1966, "Did you get your baby doll blessed so she really has her cute name? I felt so bad when we couldn't come out last Sunday. It seems to me that we are missing all the important things in life and just working and worrying over other things. But I can't seem to change it so I'll just have to try and stand it.  I sent Marianne a package yesterday. If you think a six-month dress would be cuter for this summer take it to Penny's and exchange it...

            “Write and tell us more about the change in Ken’s job. I hope it’s for the better. Ask Stephen to write and tell us who he plays ball with and what position he plays and when he plays. Sounds like he’s pretty good. Tell Stanny that ‘old Cotton’ is getting so big that Grandpa is going to take him down in the field with the big sheep. I love you all dearly and hope we can come out soon.

            "The hired man we liked the best quit us on May 2nd. The old fellow is still here but is just waiting until we get someone else then he will leave, too. He is willing enough but doesn't know how to do a thing. We are having quite a time trying to get anything done."

            Blaine's 7-year-old birthday party on August 6, 1966, was held at the farm. Joan and her five children spent a week at farm and went home on the 14th.

            In 1966 Pete received a Primary Service Award in recognition of five years of service in the Primary Association of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. LaVern W. Parmley, Leona W. Doxey and Lucile C. Reading, General Presidency of the Primary signed it.

            Verl and Richard were living in Overton, Nevada on September 19, 1966. Pete wrote to Joan and enclosed this note from Verl: "I'm so proud of my boy! He's been going to Primary in his own class. Last week we three went over and I just planned on taking Grant back home with me but he won over the teacher of the three year olds and she loves him, and he loves her. He went again yesterday and ran right to her. She picked him up and hugged him. She says he is so good and listens and when a question is asked his little arm pops right up. Tami loves Primary, too. And now this morning one of her friends she met at Primary yesterday is out swimming with her. We went to Stake Conference with Lee and Noreen on Sunday and really enjoyed ourselves…

            "I hope all is well at home. Today is the first day I've been here that I've not had the air conditioner going."

            Pete wrote to Joan on September 19, 1966, "I wondered about you all last week but I was so busy with fruit and Primary that I didn't write. Our Preparation meeting got over Saturday and now I feel like I have a moment to write.” The next day she finished the letter: “I had to stop writing and fix a lunch for Dad to take to the mountains and then it was too late to mail this yesterday. I went to Bluebell to Primary yesterday, and we are going to Tabiona today. How is little Marianne and did she get any more teeth? Did Barbara and Ralph get back from their trip? The weather is beautiful again this morning. We did have some cold weather but it hasn’t frozen anything yet. We love you and miss you. Mom & Dad.”

*In January 1967 in South Vietnam 144 US men were killed, 1044 were wounded and 6 were listed as missing in action; astronauts Grissom, White and Chaffee were killed by a flash fire in Apollo 1; Connecticut law put fluoride into its water; 462 faculty members of Yale called for an end to the bombing of North Vietnam; Lurleen Wallace became Governor of Alabama; on February 10th the 25th Amendment became part of the US Constitution; Jack Ruby, the man who killed Lee Oswald, died, and Robert Oppenheimer, an American physicist who pioneered atom bomb research, died; in Africa, the world’s 1st white panda was found; the biggest US assault so far in Vietnam occurred as troops drove into a jungle area near the Cambodian border; Svetlana Alliluyeva, Stalin’s daughter, defected; 10,000 hippies rallied at a New York “Be In”; Jimmy Hoffa began an eight year jail term; in Mexico City a woman birthed the first confirmed octuplets; Ellsworth Bunker replaced Maxwell Taylor as Saigon Ambassador; MLK urged young citizens to seek conscientious objector status and to resist the Vietnam war; Muhammad Ali was stripped of his world heavyweight title when he refused to be inducted into military service; Taylor and Burton acted in Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” ; Elvis Presley crooned “Love Me Tender” and married Priscilla Beaulieu; Mickey Mantle hit his 500th home-run; downtown Hanoi was bombed, and 70,000 marched in New York in support of the war; In Stockholm, the International Tribunal on War Crimes was convened by Bertrand Russell and the US was declared guilty of systematic bombing of civilians in Vietnam; US Supreme Court ruled that states cannot ban interracial marriages; Israeli and Egyptian forces clashed in the Sinai and Israel smashed the Arabs in the Six Day War; Spencer Tracy, Dorothy Parker, Vivian Leigh, Carl Sandberg, George Lincoln Rockwell, Woody Guthrie and Jane Mansfield died; Che Guevara was killed; Westmoreland asked and got 45,000 more troops in Vietnam; in Detroit race riots occurred and left at least 38 dead and $150 million in damages; riots also occurred in Puerto Rico, New York City, Toledo, Ohio, Grand Rapids, Michigan and elsewhere; Thurgood Marshall became the first black on the Supreme Court, and Stokley Carmichael called for a black revolution in the US.  Thieu was elected President of South Vietnam; protestors stormed the Pentagon and war protestors marched and burned draft cards in cities and towns all over the US; Hubert Humphrey announced that the US was winning the war; Louis Washkansy, a South African, got the first heart transplant and lived with it for 18 days; microwave ovens arrived; “All You Need Is Love” was being sung; “Bonnie and Clyde attracted crowds; Dustin Hoffman was “The Graduate” and Jane Fonda played “Barbarella.”*

Pete wrote to Joan, Ken and Children on January 19, 1967: “We are well here and surely hope you are all well and enjoying the wintertime. We have spent most all this week outside. One day after feeding three hours we had to move one herd of cows into a different field because of the drinking water. Yesterday we spent all afternoon cutting out some skinny cows and our six bulls. We had to bring them to the corral for a few months. Can you guess why?

            “Dorothy is feeling better. She had better get on her feet pretty soon. She has been sick for two weeks.

            “This Saturday is Primary Stake Preparation meeting at Duchesne. I’ve been working on suggestions for my department. I have it pretty well under control.

                “Verl was supposed to go to the Doctor today. Surely hope she is fine. I worry quite a lot about her. She said she would let me know what the Doctor told her. Just another month and she should have her little one.

“Did Barbara tell you that we finally sent Tami’s horse to her? They seem to be enjoying her. Verl leads her up to their slide and the kids climb on. They can get off the horse alone. I surely hope they don’t get hurt with her. The weather has been quite a lot better here lately but you’d never know it by listening to the weather on TV.

“Dad and I went to Vernal this afternoon to settle for Dad’s new tractor. He got a larger size Ford so he can do his own plowing this spring.

“As soon as Verl phones that she has her baby, I guess I’ll go down (to Overton, Nevada) on the bus. Of course we don’t know how Dad will manage without me but he’s going to try.  Does our little girl walk all over by now? How are the boys doing? Tell the boys we love their letters. We love you all Mom & Dad.”

            Verl and Richard's son, Kevin Richard Lister, was born on February 28, 1967 in St.  George, Utah.

            Mark had brought a horse, Red, to Salt Lake for Joan and the kids and in June 1967 he and Pete came to take the horse back to the farm. Joan writes in her Journal that Stephen and Mark went with their Grandpa Mark on the cattle drive in June 1967 and that they (Steve & Mark) really had a good time. They stayed at the farm a week and then came back to Salt Lake on the bus.

Pete wrote on July 25, 1967: "Dad's asthma got so bad he couldn't sleep and was even sneezing all day and coughing constantly. The doctor gave him some kind of shot that is used for bad cases. He has been all right since then. I guess the shots are real severe and from what the Doctor said they might be hard on the heart. The doctor told Dad that no matter how bad he got, he couldn't have another shot for two weeks.

            "We went to the Altamont Rodeo yesterday afternoon. We got there just as it started so sat right down in front where there was a big crowd. I didn't see very many people that I knew. I sat by Anna Thacker Matthews and she asked about you. She has at least two boys and a girl and they live in Bluebell. We talked to Verl's family the other night. They seemed to be fine. They might come up for a class reunion in Duchesne the weekend of August 19th, but they didn't know for sure. Did Ralph go to Alabama?"

            Mark served as a counselor in the Sunday School while living in Arcadia.  Pete served as Relief Society President for several years.

            On September 13, 1967 Pete’s brother, Albert Howard (Ole) Jenson, died from pancreatic cancer in Spokane, Washington and Pete went to his funeral.

            Pete wrote on September 20, 1967, "...It's nice to be home but I was disappointed when I didn't get to see you when I was in Salt Lake. After we left Grand Central, Dorothy went over to 7th East and went to Karen’s home. When we got there she offered to take me back to your place… we really had a lovely trip and saw lots of beautiful country. We traveled about 2800 miles. Did I tell you we went to Portland and spent a night with Jack & Pat Stevenson?

            "We all thought Howard was a swell fellow. The way he helped his mother while Ole was so sick and also afterwards. I have to tell you more about his and Ila's little girl and boy. The oldest boy, Dale, is fine and an A student. Diana is mentally retarded and is at a school most of the time. Ronald, the youngest, is deaf and also has some muscular trouble. Ronald is so cute and has a big smile for everyone. He lives at home and a bus picks him up about 6:30am and he goes to a special school for the deaf. He doesn't get home until about 6pm. Howard and Ila treat them all alike and it is just wonderful, but such a shame.

            "Dad bought a new, light blue Ford pickup while I was away. I went to Roosevelt with him in it today and it sure rides nice.

            "We bought 52 more calves this morning so we had to give them all a shot this evening, and in a few days we will have to de-horn and everything else to them. We will be busy feeding and graining them all winter. That makes about 75 we have bought and we will keep our smallest ones also."

*The year 1968 was one of the most eventful years of the century, other than possibly 1935! Communist guerrillas in Vietnam shocked the US and South Vietnam by launching the Tet Offensive; Eartha Kitt spoke out against the Vietnam War at a White House luncheon; Haight-Ashbury was a hippie haven in San Francisco; Dr. Benjamin Spock was indicted for giving anti-draft advice; North Korea seized the US intelligence ship Pueblo and held 83 crew members as hostages; LBJ ordered 15,000 reservists to active duty; Senators Robert Kennedy and Jacob Javits spoke against continuing the war; Eldredge Cleaver wrote “Soul On Ice”; Westmoreland asked for 200,000 more troops; LBJ curbed draft deferments for graduate students; in March of 1968 LBJ announced that, “I will not seek and I will not accept the nomination of my party as your President.”  LBJ’s Civil Rights measure became law in US; on April 5th Dr. Martin Luther King, age 39, was killed and riots occurred in Chicago, Baltimore, Washington and Cincinnati; Ralph Abernathy organized a Poor People’s March on Washington DC; in New York 300 students barricaded the office of the college dean, and 200,000 college and high school students cut classes in war protest; Columbia closed its campus after protests; in May Robert Kennedy won the Indiana Presidential Primary; Julie Nixon married David Eisenhower; Father Philip Berrigan was found guilty of destroying federal property for pouring duck’s blood over draft files at Baltimore’s Selective Service headquarters; On June 8th Robert Kennedy was shot and killed in Los Angeles; Andy Warhol was shot and killed; Helen Keller, John Steinbeck, Upton Sinclair and Norman Thomas died; Billie Jean King won her 3rd Wimbledon title; Arthur Ashe became the first black male to win a major tennis tournament as he won the US Open; Soviet tanks invaded Prague; police battled protestors in Chicago at the Democrat Convention, and the Democrats chose Hubert Humphrey as Presidential candidate; Republicans chose Nixon and Agnew; Jacqueline Kennedy married Aristotle Onassis; Yale admitted women; the American Party chose George Wallace as its nominee; students seized office buildings on the Berkeley campus; in November Nixon and Agnew won a close election, and on Christmas Eve of 1968, Lovell, Anders and Borman reached the moon in Apollo 8 and circled it, photographing the earth from above the moon’s surface.*

            Joan received a letter from Marlene dated December 28, 1968. She wrote: “We are busy just living around here. It takes me so long just to keep clothes on our backs and the animals fed that the rest of the day is spent resting for the next day.

            “We have an old jersey cow. She is dry now and her calf is due in March. Asmara is half Arabian and is Rachel’s horse and she is a real nice animal. Rach is quite a horseman (woman). Our quarter horse, Brownie, is rough to ride but maybe next year he will smooth out some at least I hope so. It reminds me of you (Joan) riding Rusty when I was at home. He turns sharp and has the disposition of Big Blue. If I knew what I was doing he might be a very good horse. Brownie’s father is the best quarter horse in this part of the country. At the county fair he won the quarter mile race.

            “We have two ponies, Corky and Tammy. Johnny is quite a rider. He has more spunk than is possible for a five year old to get. Johnny can make Corky go most anywhere and do what he wants him to do. Lorraine rides Tammy. She reminds me of you (Joan) when you rode Paint across the ditches and pond while I stood and cried. You were sure to get hurt, but never did. Frankie claims Brownie and rides him quite a bit. I would like to get a calmer horse for him and keep Brownie for myself. We have two calves and I am taking care of one for a girlfriend. We have 600 roosters that we are raising for Babcock Poultry. They don’t pay very good, but $18.00 a week is more than I would clear if I went to work downtown. Besides, I am as lazy now as I always was. 

            "Housekeeping is a real chore for me. I would rather do most anything than the usual things that are supposed to keep a woman happy. I love work and I can sit and watch it pile up around me for days, or is it for weeks?

“Frank got me a Poinsettia for Christmas and it is really a beautiful flower. He also got me a pair of cowgirl boots. I feel quite foolish wearing them, but one who is foolish usually feels that way.

“In October we bought a beautiful stove. It has the infrared broiler, electric ignition and top and bottom ovens. I have done a lot of baking. There is very little joy in cooking meals around here. Is it that way in your home? My kids act so privileged that if it isn’t something they really take a fancy to at the moment they won’t want to eat what I have fixed.

“I never found out, when living close enough to find out, if I liked my family or not. There didn’t seem to be any question but that I would like my sisters and in turn they would like me. I wonder now if any of us would like the others if we took the time to find out what we all are really like. The humanitarian way to look at it would be, there is a little good in the worst of us and a little bad in the best of us. But would we REALLY like each other?

“I got quite well acquainted with Barbara while she has been back here. I like her, mainly because she doesn’t seem to make moral judgments on me or my family… The fact of saying many things one should or shouldn’t do is not necessarily moralistic. It’s WHY they say the shoulds or shouldnts.

            "I really love my little kids through all the trials, fights and good times. This year we have had rather pleasant holidays and Frank has been helpful. I am pleased that things have gone so well because there have been many years that all I can remember is the unpleasantness that accompanied all holidays. The kids really enjoy it when we are both able to devote our complete time and energy to them with no interruption, no school. It gets to be quite a job. Five little ones are more than two adults can possibly cope with, even on a short-term basis, such as school vacation. It’s too cold for them to play out for long without freezing, and underfoot it’s too hard on me. We are all ready after a few days together for school to start again

            "Lorraine is going to the speech therapist at school, many of the sounds she makes are not correct. She doesn’t blow the air out of her mouth correctly. I hope they can help her. She goes for an hour once a week. It doesn’t seem like very much time to get much accomplished. One problem now is that she doesn’t have her two front teeth. The sounds are more pronounced than they were before she lost the teeth. The Speech Therapist is compulsive. I had many reservations about letting her get near Lorraine in the beginning but I guess it’s working out pretty good now.

            "I am a room mother for Frankie's class this year. The parties for Halloween and Christmas have been fun. I’m not sure the teacher appreciates parents coming at all.  Frankie is very quiet at school and is a good student… will sign off for now, sit down and write your thoughts when you get a chance. Love to all, Marlene."

            Marlene typed the above letter to Joan on December 28, 1968 and on January 19, 1968 in her handwriting is written: “See how long it takes between letter writing. I thought I sent this letter days ago, but here it still is. Our weather has been quite miserable. We’ve had trouble getting cars started etc. Frank suggests you read, “Your Dreams And What They Mean,” by Clement Wood; “Mind and Body, Psychosomatic Medicine” by Dr Flanders Dunbar, and “The Dangerous Sex” by H.R. Hays.


            “I have been watching a neighbor’s three little kids while she works. I think it would be easier to go to work myself. Hope all are well and happy. Write to me. I look for letters every day. Love Marlene.”

            Later in 1968, Marlene gave up on her marriage to Frank Coyle. She packed as many of the children's clothes and other things she needed in boxes and had them shipped parcel post to Joan's home. She and the five children flew from New York to Salt Lake where Mark and Pete picked them up at the airport, went to Joan's and got all the packages, and returned to Arcadia.  Marlene shortly thereafter filed for divorce. They lived in Mark and Pete's home for some time while they were trying to get the old home just to the west and south of the home cleaned and ready for occupancy. Marlene received no child support or other money from Frank until after she Marlene and Bud married in 1970. 

            After living in the old home for a while, a home was rented/leased for Marlene and her children. It was located about two miles north and a quarter mile east of Mark & Pete's home.

            In a note dated May 1968 that was addressed To Whom It May Concern: and that was signed by Mark Bleazard and R G Ross the following is typed: "In May of 1968, Mark and a neighbor, R.G. Ross, started digging a water line to bring culinary water from a well located about two miles north of their homes in Arcadia.  At that time the Ute Indian Tribe became interested and wanted water for their Tribal Livestock Enterprise home which was across the road from Mark and Pete's home.  The Tribe then bought pipe and laid it along Mark & R.G.'s pipe and they laid it in the same trench, and connected onto the same well. LeGrand, Nancy, Howard and Betty Gilbert owned the well.

            Mark and R.G. and the Ute Tribe remained on this water system for about ten years. The Ute Tribe then obtained funding and drilled a well about a quarter of a mile away and put in the Tribal water system and expanded it to serve several Indian and non-Indian homes in the Arcadia area.  Mark and R.G. also connected to the Tribal system and remained there until about September of 1988. As their need for water increased and the supply of water from the Tribal well was limited, it started causing problems at the well and shortages of water for the homes on the system. Mark and R.G. talked it over and discussed it with the Tribe and decided to go back on the original well and line. This was agreeable with the Tribe and they were pleased with the decision because it would mean there would be plenty of water for the rest of the families on the Tribal system. Mark and R.G. were told that they could come back on the system at a future date if they desired.

            Mark and R.G. then reconnected to their old original water line and remained on it for about three years and then started having problems with leaks in the old line and couldn't get the water they needed. They connected onto the East Duchesne Culinary Water System in the fall of 1991. The original water meters were not removed when Mark and R.G. went back onto their old line."


During the summer of 1968 Pete wrote to her first grandson, Stephen Thomas, the following: "I had your mama's letter all sealed when Bob came with a load of hay and told me that Old Spot had her little colt.  Grandma Jenson and I went and saw it so I could write and let you know about it. It was born last night.  It is spotted white and sorrel and it's about half as high as Old Spot so it will be a long legged pony some day. I think it is really cute and so does Old Spotty.  With love, Grandma Pete."

            Joan's journal entry for Thanksgiving 1968 indicated that Mark and Pete, Barbara and Ralph, Marlene and her five children and the Duck Lady, Christine Middleton, were all at her house for Thanksgiving Dinner.

*1969 was the last year of an incredible decade! The President’s salary went from $100,000 a year to $200,000; in January of 1969 Richard Milhous Nixon ® became the 37th President of the US; Golda Meier became Israel’s fourth Premier; Yasir Arafat became leader of the PLO; Boeing 747, the world’s largest commercial plane, made its first flight; Dwight David Eisenhower, Judy Garland. Mary Jo Kopechne, Ho Chi Minh, Joseph P. Kennedy and Sonja Henie died; James Earl Ray was jailed for 99 years for killing MLK; Sirhan Sirhan was convicted of killing Robert Kennedy. US deaths in Vietnam were reported as 33,641; over 250,000 protestors marched in Washington DC and college campuses were seized as thousands of citizens throughout the US marched and protested against the war; 567 unarmed South Vietnamese were murdered at My Lai; Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin Aldrin walked on the moon; 400,000 young people attended the Woodstock festival in Bethel, New York; Nixon withdrew some troops from Vietnam and resumed bombing North Vietnam; Charles Manson was charged with Tate-LaBianca murders; Britain ended capital punishment; Dustin Hoffman starred in “Midnight Cowboy”; and the Beattles and everyone was singing “Come Together.”*

            Pete reported for jury service at 9:45am, on Thursday, November 6, 1969. She arrived at Room 230, United States Courthouse and Post Office, 350 South Main Street, SLC, UT. December 10, 1969. She was paid $72.00 for travel and expenses. Joan remembers how lovely she looked and how happy she was to be going to work and getting a check with her name on it!

            Marlene was not receiving any child support or other help from Frank at this time. She was trying to go to school as well as care for her children.

Pete wrote to Joan on December 10, 1969 and said: “Just a note to let you know we are OK here, and hope you are all well and happy at your house and to thank you for the lovely Thanksgiving dinner and hospitality at your house. Surely hope you didn’t get sick from the crowd. Everything was OK when we got home.

            “Richard (Overton, NV) phoned the other night and he said if we couldn’t come down there for Christmas that they could come up so they will be here for a few days. Of course, we would love for you to come if you can arrange it. We still haven’t had any storm at all. Everything is really dry but I still don’t want it to storm. I guess it will snow before Christmas though.

            “Marlene is working at the Café sometimes and is also cleaning for a few ladies in Roosevelt and trying to make a little extra cash for Christmas. Dad and I went to her place yesterday and installed her electric baseboard heater and helped put insulation in the ceiling to help keep them warm.

            “Joan, I haven’t received our bed yet. I will give you the information on a separate sheet. Will you call them and ask them to let me know when it will be delivered, I can’t sit here every day waiting for it or I won’t be ready for Christmas. Love, Mom.”

In 1970 Arthur Ashe was denied the right to play tennis in South Africa because he opposed apartheid; Bertrand Russell, Gypsy Rose Lee, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Charles DeGaulle and Vince Lombardi died; Nixon sent combat units into Cambodia; Masters & Johnson published a book on Human Sexuality; at Kent State in Ohio National Guardsmen shot and killed four students; in New York construction workers beat up anti-war protestors; in China Mao called for a world revolt against U.S. imperialism; Pele lead Brazil to its 3rd World Cup in Soccer; Jack Nicklaus won the British Open; Cesar Chavez, United Farm Workers, gained contracts with 26 grape growers; Aswan Dam was completed; in Florida and under a court order, a black Vietnam Vet, Pondexteur Williams, was buried in a white cemetery; in Chili Salvador Allende was elected President; It was in 1970 that the President of the Mormon Church, David 0. McKay, age 96, died after having served as President for about twenty years. Joseph Fielding Smith became the tenth President of the Church and he served as President from 1970 to 1972. *

            Marlene and her five children moved to a rental home in Roosevelt across from the school on state street. Sometime later, Mark and Pete purchased a small home for Marlene and her children in Roosevelt, which she later sold. Marlene and Frank Coyle's divorce became final in early 1970.

            Marlene married Hayden Clement (Bud) Harrison in LaPoint, Utah on April 3, 1970 and moved to LaPoint, Utah. A wedding reception was held for Marlene and Bud on April 19th from 8:30 until 11:30 in the evening at the Lapoint Ward Cultural Hall. There was a program and dancing.  Marlene, Bud and the five children moved to the old home that is north and east from the home they lived in for so many years.

            Verl and Richard Lister divorced July 14, 1970. Mark and Pete went to Overton, Nevada and brought Verl and her three children to their home in Arcadia.

            * In 1971 Charles Manson was found guilty of murdering Sharon Tate and four others; George McGovern campaigned pledging to end the Vietnam war; two Apollo 14 astronauts walked on the moon; Lt. William Calley was convicted of killing 20 persons at My Lai; Vietnam Vets tossed war medals at the Capitol; “Patton” won seven Oscars; the Supreme Court allowed printing of the Pentagon Papers; Louis Armstrong and Nikita Khrushchev died; Apollo 15 astronauts, David Scott and James Irwin, rode their four-wheeled moon rover several miles on the moon; violence erupted in Northern Ireland; at Attica Prison 9 hostages and  28 prisoners were killed as 1000 stormed the prison; China gained a seat at the United Nations; and a band of Vietnam Vets seized the Statue of Liberty.* 

Grant and Lois Bleazard sold the original Bleazard homestead cabin and ranch to Dr. W. S. Abbott in May of 1971.

Pete's siblings circulated cassette tapes to one another. In March 1971 Pete said,   "Our children are all well and we sure enjoy having Marlene so close so that we can call her on the phone each day or as often as we can.  Marlene and Bud are always really busy. They have a lot of cows that are calving and Marlene helps feed and take care of them. She always did like to do things like that and she's right in the thick of it. She is also teaching a 4H Club this year. It's a club for the children to have their horses in and there were fifteen boys and girls signed up so she's really busy.

            "A month or so ago Joan and Marianne, her sweet little five year old daughter, came out to visit us. They spent about four days here and we had a lovely time. All we did was visit and enjoy each other. Marianne went with her Grandpa Mark to take care of the livestock. She almost froze but she really liked it. Joan's boys are really getting big.

            "Barbara and Ralph are fine. Ralph still works at Hill Field and Barbara for Zions Bank in Salt Lake. The Bank has taken over several new branches from northern Utah clear down to St George and Barbara spends a lot of her time going to each of these branches helping to convert them to the way the Zion's Natl. Bank wants to have its bookkeeping done. She really enjoys traveling around and doing that. I'm sure glad that there is somebody in the family who likes their job


            "Verl and her three little children live in an apartment in Salt Lake. They get along pretty well. They love to come out here and we really love to have them come. They love the animals, the cows and the horses and we have some lambs that they like, also.

            “We have had a lovely winter and we haven’t had much snow here where we live.  The ground was bare all winter. A few times we have had a little skiff of snow or a little blizzard but it’s only lasted just a short while and soon melted off.

"I'm really sorry that I haven't written to any of you and told you that I was feeling pretty good now. But I'm sure glad to be feeling good because I had a couple of months when I felt pretty rough. As most of you know, I had the Shingles and I guess I'm really lucky to have gotten over them as soon as I have. Some of the people I know around here have had them and they have had them eighteen months or two years so I feel real lucky to be feeling as well as I do. I'm not bothered very much anymore.

"I’ve been hoping that some of my children would come out and see us this weekend and I would have them say something on this recorder to send to you, but no one has been here to visit this weekend.  I guess I better try and finish this up and send it to Rayda so she can get it mailed on to Alice. I’ve had it a week now. If I could sing or anything like that I would put something more interesting on this but as you all know, I have no singing voice and I don’t know how to recite so this is about all I can do…

“Before I sign off I want to mention Cliff and Rayda and how much I enjoy having them live close enough that we can see them once in a while and we talk to them quite often on the phone. They have lots of news to tell you about their family and their new grandchildren…”

Cliff Stevenson spoke on the Jenson Family Tape and said; “…Pete and Mark came up Monday night and brought the recorder to us.”  Rayda said, “…I went to Pete’s to help quilt for awhile today so you know she is better if she is worrying about quilts again. She still isn’t that well and strong but some people have too much ambition for their own good. We, too, are so thankful that Pete and Mark live as close as they do. It is a good feeling to know some of your own are close by whether we see them as often as we would like or not…”

            Verl and her children were in Salt Lake for about 3 1/2 years. Verl worked at Sperry-Univac part of that time. Mark and Pete eventually purchased a trailer for Verl and she and her children moved to Roosevelt, Utah.

*In 1972 President Richard Nixon visited China; Edgar Hoover the first Director of the FBI, and Ex-President, Harry Truman, and Jackie Robinson US baseball great and first black in the major leagues died; Mormon Church President, Joseph Fielding Smith, died after having served for two and one-half years during which the Ogden and Provo Temples were dedicated and the Relief Society Magazine ceased being published; Harold Bingham Lee became the eleventh President of the Mormon Church and he served as President from 1972 to 1973.  Marlon Brando was Don Corleone in “The Godfather”; Shirley Chisholm (D) announced her candidacy for President; Attorney General John Mitchell resigned to run Nixon’s re-election campaign; the U.S. Senate passed the Equal Rights Amendment; UCLA won its sixth straight NCAA basketball title; Hanoi launched its heaviest attack in four years and crossed the DMZ; Britain imposed direct rule on Northern Ireland; Astronauts John Young and Charles Duke and 200 pounds of moon rock splashed down in the Pacific aboard Apollo 16; The New York Times won the Pulitzer for publishing the Pentagon Papers;  George Wallace was shot by Arthur Bremer; Pat Nixon criticized Jane Fonda for anti-Vietnam war statements; John Lennon and Yoko Ono performed at Madison Square Garden; B-52s pounded North Vietnam; Arabs massacred eleven Israeli Olympians; Mark Spitz of the US won seven gold medals; Bobby Fischer became the world chess champion; the Supreme Court declared the death penalty unconstitutional; seven persons were indicted for breaking into the executive quarters of the Democratic National Committee in the Watergate; Census Bureau reported median US income at $10,285; Nixon ® defeated George McGovern (D) and was elected to a second term; the US Apollo moon program ended when Astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt, aboard Apollo 17, spent 75 hours roaming the moon’s surface; and  Helen Reddy sang, “I Am Woman”.*

            Marlene and Bud's son, Pete Hayden Harrison, was born May 6, 1972 in Roosevelt, Utah. The little boy had clubbed feet and on August 28, 1972 he had extensive and delicate surgery on both of his feet. He was only three months old and his little legs were in casts for months/years. 

            Pete wrote on October 30, 1972, "We went to Stake Conference at Altamont this morning and we have been lazy this afternoon. It is quite cold here today. It’s storming in the upper country and snowing on the mountains, so guess winter is close at hand. We sold the steers on Friday. Enclosed is Stan’s check for his cow. Also, Dad bought two cows yesterday. Enclosed find papers on them. They will be ready in two weeks. They are both about the same quality. The price is different because of the bidding.

            " We are ok here but John and Pete have colds. Bud and Frank went deer hunting Friday evening and came back today with two deer.

            "Have you decided any more about Thanksgiving? I haven't. If it's possible for your family to come out, I'd be glad if you could come here, because you probably won't get out again this year. Let us know. Give our love to all, Grandma & Grandpa.”

There are lots of pictures taken at Arcadia about November 1972 (Thanksgiving). Present were all of Joan, Marlene and Verl's children. Pete was a tiny baby being held by Lorraine in the pictures.

*In 1973 Harold Bingham Lee, President of the Mormon Church died. President Lee served 538 days, the shortest service by a Church President. Spencer Woolley Kimball, age 78, became the twelfth President of the Church, and served until an illness in 1981, at which time active leadership became impossible and considerable leadership responsibility rested on the shoulders of Gordon B. Hinckley. President Kimball remained President until 1985. Archie Bunker was a bigot on TV’s “All in the Family”; Lyndon Baines Johnson and Ben Gurion, the first Israeli Premier, died; Arafat was re-elected leader of the PLO; US ended its war in Vietnam; the Supreme Court ruled that states cannot restrict a woman’s right to choose abortion during her first three months of pregnancy; Evel Knievel jumped 52 wrecked cars; the Watergate inquiry continued and four top Nixon aides quit over Watergate indictments. Nixon admitted White House role in Watergate cover-up and the existence of taped discussions; US bombed Laos and Cambodia; and US planes bombed a Cambodian village and killed 400 civilians; Bobby Riggs lost the Battle of the Sexes to Billy Jean King; Chilean President Salvadore Allende Gossens was shot to death in a violent takeover of the government by Chili’s armed forces; Willie Mays and Lou Durocher retired; Yom Kippur attack surprised Israel; and OJ Simpson became the first pro-football player to rush more than 21,000 yards in a season.*

            *In 1974, the year Kathy Lynn Kimball married Stephen Thomas (December 19, 1974)  Nixon resigned as President rather than face impeachment and removal, and Gerald Rudolph Ford ® became President and Nelson Rockefeller became Vice President; Sam Goldwyn, Chet Huntley, Duke Ellington, Earl Warren and Jack Benny died; Nixon signed a bill directing a 55 mph speed limit; Patty Hearst was kidnapped; Hank Aaron hit his 715th homer besting Babe Ruth’s record; the U.S. Senate voted to restore the death penalty; Nixon paid $432,787 in back taxes; Yitzhak Rabin succeeded Golda Meier as Israel Premier; Lee Trevino won the PGA championship; President Ford pardoned Nixon; Ford named George Bush as US envoy to China; Ali regained the world heavyweight title in Zaire as he K0(d) George Foreman; and Ella T. Grasso (Connecticut) became the first woman in US to elected Governor without succeeding husband.*

            Marlene and Bud's son, Jerry Bleazard Harrison, was born February 3, 1974 and was a smiling, fat, adorable little boy. Jerry became this family’s Very Special Relative.


A meeting was held quite far from earth! It’s time again for another birth.

Said the Angels to the Lord above, ‘This Special Child will need much love.

‘His progress may be very slow. Accomplishment he may not show.

‘And he’ll require extra care. From the folks he meets down there.

‘He may not run or laugh or play, His thoughts may seem quite far away.

‘In many ways he won’t adapt. And he’ll be known as handicapped.

‘So let’s be careful where he’s sent. We want his life to be content.

‘Please, Lord, find the parents who, Will do a special job for you.

‘They will not realize right away, The leading role they’re asked to play.

‘But with this child sent from above, Comes stronger faith and richer love.

‘And soon they’ll know the privilege given, In caring for their gift from heaven.

‘Their precious charge so meek and mild. Is Heaven’s very Special Child.”

Jerry’s challenge was not apparent at birth. Marlene and Bud enjoyed their little baby boy and were focusing attention on their other son, Pete, and the surgeries that were required to correct his feet, and they were also caring for their other five children. When Jerry was about a year old it began to be apparent that he was not developing along ‘normal’ stages. Marlene and Bud began consulting with doctors. In the next several years as Jerry tried to walk he would lose his balance and fall, and a subtle slurring of speech was noticed.  They took him to numerous doctors in the Basin and in Salt Lake.  He was examined by neurologists and had numerous tests i.e., blood and lymph node tests, x-rays and many other tests were conducted. A tentative diagnosis of ataxia-telangiectasia, or A-T, was made when he was about four years old. Many of the doctors knew nothing about AT. One doctor in Salt Lake was particularly kind and interested and researched everything he could think of until he made the tentative diagnosis. He collected all of the information from tests and examinations and sent it to Dr. Michael Swift at the New York Medical College in Hawthorne, NY. Dr. Swift and others provided a definitive diagnosis of A-T when Jerry was six years old. During all the trips to the hospitals and to the doctors, Lorraine was Marlene's help with the family and the other little boy, Pete. A-T is an extremely rare, untreatable and progressive genetic disease that can only occur when both parents are carriers of the mutated gene.

Hayden Clement (Bud) Harrison, Marlene’s husband and Jerry’s Dad, died April 9, 2001 at age 78, and Jerry died July 21, 2001 at age 27. Both are buried at the Lapoint cemetery.  Bud died from a massive heart attack while he was in the yard doing the evening chores. His son, Jerry, died at the family home and with his mother, Marlene, and all of his siblings present. Jerry had been in a hospice situation for several months after having been diagnosed with pancreatic and other cancers.

            “From the life to the light

                        From the dark of the night to the dawn

            Jerry is here, he could never be gone!

                        Though our singer/angel is silent

            There still is the sound of his song!”

                        John Denver’s “On The Wings of a Dream”


Our very special relative, Jerry Bleazard Harrison, died July 21, 2001 at age 27. Jerry was born February 3, 1974 with A-T (Ataxia Telangiectasia) a genetic disorder. His mother, Marlene, worked with Dr. Michael Swift at the New York Medical College in Hawthorne, NY and arranged for the family to participate in a genetic study of AT families. Blood samples were collected from Mark and Pete and from Barbara, Joan, Marlene and Verl. Blood samples were collected from Bud and from all of Hayden’s (Bud) brothers and sisters.

            A-T is an inherited condition. A person affected with A-T (such as Jerry) has inherited two A-T genes –one from each parent, meaning that both Marlene and Hayden (Bud) were carriers. A person who carries a single A-T gene and one normal gene is a carrier. A person who has not inherited the A-T gene from either parent is a non-carrier. A non-carrier does not possess the A-T gene and thus has no chance of passing it on to his/her children. On November 13, 1995, Dr. Swift sent letters stating the results of the carrier testing performed on the blood samples.

            Mark’s testing “You do not carry the A-T gene. Thus, you are not a carrier.” 

            Evelyn’s test results read; “you carry one copy of the A-T gene. Thus, you are a carrier.”

            Barbara’s testing “You do not carry the A-T gene. Thus, you are not a carrier.”

            Joan’s testing “You do not carry the A-T gene. Thus, you are a non-carrier.”

            Verl’s test result read; “You carry one copy of the A-T gene. Thus, you are a carrier.”

            Hayden’s (Bud) parents were both deceased when blood was collected for testing. Five of his living brothers and sisters were carriers.


            Little grandson, Pete Harrison, again had his feet operated on March 23, 1974. At this time, Barbara tended baby Jerry for Marlene while she was with Pete at the hospital.

            Mark and Pete's first grandson, Stephen Ernest Thomas, married Kathy Lynn Kimball on July 1, 1974. The ceremony was performed and a reception held in the backyard of Kathy’s mother’s home in Salt Lake City, Utah. Mark and Pete were present.

            *In 1975 three top aides to former President Richard Nixon, Haldeman, Erlichman and Mitchell, were sentenced to prison for Watergate related activities; the Viet Cong created turmoil in Vietnam as Hue, Danang and Saigon surrendered to the Communists; President Ford ordered emergency evacuation of all Americans left in South Vietnam and also ordered refugee airlifts; Aristotle Onassis, Susan Hayward, Chiang Kai-shek, Jimmy Hoffa, Generalissimo Franco and Hannah Arendt died; Jack Nicklaus won his fifth Masters; in Cambodia the Khmer Rouge uprooted millions of citizens in a peasant revolution; the Mayaguez incident occurred; Americans (Apollo) and Russians (Soyuz) spacecrafts met in space; Arthur Ashe defeated Jimmy Connors and Billy Jean King defeated Evonne Goolagong at Wimbleton; Martina Navratilova was granted asylum in the US; civil war raged in Lebanon; George Wallace and Ronald Reagan entered the Presidential race; Wm 0. Douglas retired from the Supreme Court after having served for 36 years; two assassination attempts were made on President Ford; Elton John sang “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”; and Ali won the ‘Thrilla in Manila’ by a TKO after surviving 14 rounds of punishment from challenger Joe Frazier.

            Mark and Pete’s first great grandson, Casey Stephen Thomas, was born February 3, 1975 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

In the Deseret News dated Tuesday, May 20, 1975 appeared the following article:

            "$1 MILLION TO BUY LAND

            A million dollars could purchase a lot of land, buy a number of grazing rights and provide summer range for quite a few head of cattle.

            That's what the Uintah Basin Grazing Association, a group of 12 ranchers and farmers, intends to do with the $1 million loan received recently, according to the Association's President, Mark W. Bleazard.

            Bleazard said the loan, received through the Roosevelt office of the Farmers Home Administration, will be used to purchase 10,653 acres of private land on Diamond Mountain northeast of Vernal and grazing rights. FHA representative, Duane Olson, presented the $1 million check to Mark Bleazard.

            "This will provide summer range for between 1,700 and 2,000 head of cattle, owned by the individual members of the association and enable them to increase their livestock production and family income", Bleazard said.

            The Uintah Basin Standard reported, "... there are also Forest Service Permits and Bureau of Land Management grazing rights included in this purchase. This purchase will enable the association members to graze their livestock on this unit for a five-month period. They will then return the livestock to their home places for the balance of the year...this was the first allocation made under the Utah Rangeland Development Act of 1976 (Senate Bill 7) by The Utah State Soil Conservation Commission. Joseph H. Francis was chairman of the Commission."

            The loan was interest free and would also be used for facilities and activities including installation of pipelines and fencing and the spraying of sagebrush. The loan was to be paid back in eight annual installments of $6,544 beginning in 1978.


            On September 4, 1975 their oldest grandchild, Stephen Ernest Thomas, joined the Air Force.

*In 1976 the United States celebrated its 200th birthday; Paul Robeson, Mao Tse-tung, Joan Crawford, Elvis Presley, Groucho Marx, Alice Paul, Francis Gary Powers, Bing Crosby and Charlie Chaplin died; the CIA said Israel had 10/20 A-Bombs; the world spent $300 billion on weapons; Patty Hearst found guilty of armed robbery; the Supreme Court ruled the death penalty was not unconstitutional; the Supreme Court disbarred Nixon for Watergate; the Summer Olympics was held in Montreal; 3000 blacks rioted in Cape Town, South Africa.*

In the summer of 1976 granddaughter Tamara Sue (Tami) Lister (Farnsworth) was fourteen. In January 2002 Tami remembered being at her Grandma and Grandpa’s home when she got very sick. Her mother, Verl, came and got her and took her first to Doctor White and again to Doctor Condie. Tami remembers both doctors telling her that nothing was wrong with her and it must all be in her head! Tami said, “I remember laying on the couch and hurting so bad that I wanted to die, I completely gave up!  I don’t remember how I got to the hospital but I do remember Dr. Buxton saying I needed an operation and I remember thinking that I did not want them to shave my belly because I thought I would have ugly hair on it for the rest of my life.  I was in the hospital for a long time with a tube draining infection and smelling awful!

“Badger had had puppies and someone snuck one in the window for me to see. The nurse came in and just turned and walked out, with a grin. It was the summer between 8th and 9th grades and I just got out of the hospital before school started.

“ I had raised a steer for the Show and John (Coyle) showed it for me. The hospital gave me a few hours to go to the sale and then I had to go back. I have a picture of me standing by the steer in my robe that I don’t show to anyone.”

Mark said, "Tami got so sick Verl called me. She couldn't get me so she finally called Jack (Bleazard) and he came out in the field to find me.  Mike, Jack and I went down there. Tami looked so sick like she couldn't stand it and looked like she was gone.  I called Doctor Buxton at his home. He had just got in from fishing and it was almost dark. I told Buxton I'd sure like him to come take a look at Tami. The Doctor came over with his fishing clothes on.  He said, ‘I'm not quite sure, but it looks like appendicitis and, regardless what it is, we’ve got to get in there and see.’  He told someone to get her ready for the operation and he'd be back soon.  He went home and changed clothes and was back in about ten minutes.  After he got back he said, ‘It's ruptured appendix.’   Them other doctors (Condie and White) said she should get counseling!”

Verl remembered that she took Tami to Doctors Condie and White and they wouldn't do anything for her. They said it couldn't possibly be her appendix or anything very bad because she wasn't screaming. Verl, however, knew something terrible was wrong and she finally called Aunt Viola (Jack Bleazard's wife, who is a nurse) and asked her to go to the fields and get Mark as soon as possible.  It took Tami a long time to recover from this very serious operation and illness.

            In January of 1977 James Earl Carter, Jr (D) was sworn in as the 39th President of the US; President Carter pardoned draft resisters; 80 million people watched Alex Haley’s ROOTS on television; Menachen Begin became Israel’s new Premier; former Attorney General John Mitchell entered prison for his involvement in Watergate; and in US the minimum wage was raised from $2.30 to $3.35. Scott Milne Matheson, Democrat, became Governor of Utah and served as Governor until 1985. He defended Utah’s rights against encroachment by federal agencies. Inflation, drought (and later flooding) proved fiscally challenging and he cut state budgets and payrolls. He secured increased funding for education, health and highways. *

A Mark and Evelyn Bleazard Family Reunion was held in Heber, Utah on July 10, 1977 and pictures show a happy bunch of people and Grant Lister was present.

            Mark and Pete had a little black Pomeranian puppy named Honeybee. The little dog was adorable and very much loved. It would remember Pete's mother, Dorothy Jenson, from one visit to the next even if the last visit had been as long as a year. When Honeybee died Mark took it to a special place called 'Prairie Dog Hill' and buried the puppy.

            After Honeybee died, Joan and Ken found two Pomeranian puppies in Salt Lake and took them to Mark and Pete. Babe was supposed to be completely white but had a bit of brown on her. Babe was very special and was in the home during all the illness and troubles of the final years of Mark and Pete's lives. Babe would run in place in a circle and bark when she wanted outside and she always chased all the birds from the bushes and trees. She was their guard-dog. After Mark and Pete died, Verl cared for Babe, and when Babe died, Verl's son, Kevin, took her to 'Prairie Dog Hill' where she was buried next to Honeybee. Mark and Pete gave the other Pom puppy to their special grandson, Jerry Harrison. Jerry named the Pomeranian, Honey Bear.

On May 5, 1977, little grandson, Pete, again had surgery on his feet.

In 1978, the year Grant Lister died, Hubert Humphrey, Paul VI, John Paul I, Margaret Mead, Golda Meier and Norman Rockwell also died; Leon Spinks took the boxing title from Ali; Gary Player won the Masters; the first Volkswagen was produced in US; the earth’s first test tube baby, Louise Brown, was born; Bjorn Bork and Martina Navratilova won Wimbledon; in Washington DC 100,000 marched for extension to ratify the ERA and the extension was approved; Sen. Julian Bond filed suit to prevent use of the word ‘nigger’ on radio and television; in California mandatory busing began; Ali with his floats and stings won his 3rd boxing title; Sadat, Begin and Carter met at Camp David; John Paul II becomes the first non-Italian Pope; and 909 people died in Guyana mass suicide.*

            Mark and Pete's second great grandson, Bryce William Thomas, was born May 24, 1978 in Mountain Home, Idaho.

            One of the greatest sorrows of their lives for Mark and Pete and for Verl and for the whole family was when Grant died on August 1, 1978. Grant Eugene Lister was fourteen years old when he was struck by a lightning bolt while riding his horse and helping his Grandpa Mark drive cattle from one field to another. Grandpa Mark, Grant, Tami and Kevin Lister and Marianne Thomas were on the cattle drive on Diamond Mountain north of Vernal, Utah. A violent thunder and lightning storm occurred as they were hurrying to get the cattle to the field.

            A bolt of lightning struck Grant and his beloved horse, Buck, and dropped both of them instantly. Mark lifted the horse from Grant and made every effort to revive his boy. When Mark knew what had occurred he removed his coat and wrapped Grant in it. The children huddled under a tree while the rain and lightning continued. Mark rode his horse as rapidly as possible to find Jack and Mike Bleazard and get help. When they returned they lifted Grant and placed him in the pickup and took him to the hospital in Vernal. Apparently they were in a lot of trouble for bringing their precious boy from Diamond Mountain, and were told that they should have waited for the 'proper authorities' to bring him down from the Mountain.

            Mark phoned his daughter, Marlene, from the Vernal hospital and Lorraine answered the phone and was told what had happened.  Marlene was in a field irrigating crops when Lorraine came to tell her that Grant had been hit by a lightning strike and was dead.  Bud Harrison, Frank and John Coyle and others were elsewhere on Diamond Mountain on this day.

            Marlene went to Roosevelt where she waited with Pete and Verl and others for Mark, Jack, Mike, Tami, Kevin and Marianne to arrive. Marlene remembers she stayed with Verl for several days. Marlene has a large cedar tree that she can see from her kitchen window that she brought from Diamond Mountain the summer Grant died. Verl has a tree in the yard of her new home that Grant had planted by the trailer in which they had lived. Joan gave Verl a pine tree on August 1, 1988 -the tenth year after Grant died and it is planted in the front yard of her new home. Barbara received a phone call from June Bleazard with the sad news, and Barbara phoned Joan.

            Grant is buried near his Grandpa Mark and Grandma Pete in the Roosevelt Utah Cemetery, near his mother's home, and a pine tree from Diamond Mountain is on the gravesite.

            Pete's brothers and sisters always mailed a Family Cassette Tape and when the Tape would come in the mail, each sibling added his/her own words about the health and activities of their family. Just three months after Grant died, October 1978, Pete said this to her family:

            "My Dear Ones. I am going to try to say a few things on this tape today. As I have listened to the tapes they have been so full of love for each other, and also love for our Heavenly Father. Everyone seemed to be so humble as they were talking that it's going to be hard for me to say very much this time, but I will try to say a few things.

            "I want you all to know that I love you dearly. My heart is real full of love and gratitude to all of you. To everyone in my dear family and to all my friends also for the love and the concern and the prayers that they have said on our behalf since Grant was taken from us. It has all helped me a great deal to bear this loss and I'm sure that it has helped Mark and Verl and everyone in our family.

            "I'd like to say a few things about Grant if I can keep my voice from trembling too bad.  I, oh, for the last six months before he was killed he had worked so hard that almost every night when he'd come in he'd be tired and his legs would be hurting. We would try to get him to take it easier, and I feel now that I know why Grant was hurrying all the time. He had to know about everything!

            "He was first in his music class and he was an A student in most of his classes. He would rush up here and do his scout work so he would be able to get his Eagle Scout. This summer he learned to run all of Mark's big haying equipment. There wasn't any of it that he couldn't do, and he did it real well for a young boy. Besides helping us here all the time, he would go home and help his mother a few days with her yard. They had a beautiful, little garden down at their place. His mother was proud of it and called it 'Grantee's Garden.'

            "Grant went to Manti to the beautiful Manti Pageant they have every year. He went with the Mutual group from Bridgeland. Grant also went to the Provo temple twice to be baptized for the dead this summer and each time he was baptized for over forty names.

            "He went fishing with his Boy Scout troop up into the High Uintas not very long before he was killed. When he wasn't doing all these things he was trapping or playing or hurrying to build something.

            "He would come in the house and look hungry and I would say, 'Would you like to bake a cake?' and he would bake it -just hurry and bake it and then maybe he would eat half of it.

            "I know that my life has been blessed for having known Grant and for having him with us as long as we did. I also know that if we live the way we have been taught all our lives and if we do the things we know we should that we'll probably be able to see him again. I am going to try and do better and I hope that I will be able to do that.

            "...Verl cries quite a bit yet and I think we always will cry, she and I. It has proven to me that she is really brave and strong the way she talks about him ... I worry about Tami quite a bit because she doesn't say very much, but will sit sometimes and cry. She goes out where Grantee is in the cemetery and spends an hour with him once in a while and she always wants to go alone. I don't know what's on her little, sweet mind but she says he was just too good to be here with us.

            "I hope I haven't made all of you feel bad by talking about Grantee, but I wanted you all to know him a little bit better, now, I'll try to go into something else.

            "We haven't had any rain but we've had plenty of irrigation water and we've raised beautiful crops this year. Mark has worked up on Diamond Mountain part of the time building water lines and getting things done so the cows can have water. They had enough feed but there is not enough water up there either. We have our calves home now and have them weaned off the cows but the cows will stay on the Mountain another month or so. Mark is up there again today. He took Tami with him to look for deer and they took a camera instead of a gun. Tami has been feeling quite blue and Mark thought maybe that would make her feel better if he just took her with him today. Of course he will work a little. He'll bring a load of calves back when he comes tonight. It seems like every time I go to talk about anything else it always goes back to the same subject.

            "I want to name Rayda and thank her for the lovely things she has done for us since we had our trouble. She was with us nearly every day during the first week of our tragedy and went with us everywhere and helped us. I know that it was real hard on her but she'll never know how I love her for helping us and for all that she did.  I want to thank all those who came to the funeral, and thanks for the cards and letters and flowers and the prayers. I want all of you to know that I love you dearly and appreciate every word that has been spoken in our behalf."


"He (Grant) is made one with Nature: there is heard, Grant's voice in all her music,

 from the moan of thunder, to the song of the night's sweet bird;

Grant is a presence to be felt and known: In darkness and in light,

from herb and stone,

            Grant is a portion of the loveliness,

Which once he made more lovely."



“A PINDARIC ODE” by Ben Jonson

It is not growing like a tree, In bulk, doth make men better be,

Or standing long an oak, three hundred year,

To fall a log at last, dry, bald and sear:

A lily of a day

Is fairer far in May

Although it fall and die that night;

It was the plan and flower of light.

In small proportions we just beauties see;

 And in short measures, life may perfect be.


On the Jenson Family Tape Pete’s sister, Pat, said, “Pete, we don’t really know what more to say about the tragedy in your family. We just know that our Heavenly Father is looking for good honest wonderful people to help him in his work in the spirit world in the world hereafter. Who best could he find than a wonderful person like little Grant? This is the age of the boy that he picked on when he wanted to reestablish his Gospel here upon the earth and he has a great calling for Grant. Another good thing is that he’s out of the turmoil and strife of this world. I know how you’re missing him and it’s you folks that I feel sorry for. I know that Grant is all right. He’s earned his reward and our Heavenly Father is giving it to him. I ask the Lord to bless your family. We got a sweet letter from Verl the other day! Tell her how much we love her and that we really appreciated her nice letter…Please tell Marlene how much I love her and how much I appreciated her bringing you up to our testimonial. I thought that was just wonderful and I’ll never forget it. Also Barbara and Joan. We think so much of these young people and all your great family. We know they are great spirits and I’d like you to give them my love.”

On the September/Oct 1978 Jenson Family Tape, Pete's sister, Rayda, said, "Pete is so good and sweet. She calls and worries about me and I know she's got plenty of things to worry about without worrying about me."

            Pete wrote to Joan on October 20, 1978 asking her to retype and duplicate many poems and sayings. Joan thinks her mother may have needed the copies for a Relief Society project. She said, "We are doing pretty well and keeping busy. We have our calves’ home from the mountain and will bring the cows’ home in about another month. I received the Jenson Family Tape today and wish you could hear it. Have you heard from Steve since he arrived in Florida (Air Force)?  I hope you can come out soon. Love, Mom."


The poems and essays that Pete saved and asked Joan to retype and copy were:


Like red-brown wings, the touch - Transports me backward to

When I combed your mother's hair. - How it lifted, flew

Like softest milkweed fluff - Blown by the wind, in sun

So warm, so soft, Oh, Child, - Thus is a memory begun.

Her young impatience, too. - Her fair face lifted, turned;

Her cheek close to my own. - Such is a memory learned.

And then, your smile of pride, - Your kiss with love distilled;

Your arms encircling me...  - Thus is a hope fulfilled.


In addition, Pete wanted copies of the essays, "WHAT IS A BOY?" and


A handwritten note that Pete wanted typed and copied said,

"Woman was not taken from man's head that she might rule over him,

nor from his feet that she might be trodden under by him.  

Woman was taken from his side that she might be his equal,

from under his arm, that he might protect her,

and from close to his heart, that he might love and cherish her."


In 1979, the year Inez Gillespie and Blaine Kenneth Thomas married (February 24, 1979) the median family income in the US was $19,587. A new car cost $6,747 and a gallon of gas cost 88 cents. Postage stamps cost fifteen cents and the minimum wage was $2.90. The Dow Jones low was 796.67 and its high was 897.61. Best movie of 1979 was “Kramer vs. Kramer” with Dustin Hoffman and “Apocalypse Now” was in theatres. Sony introduced the “Walkman” personal radio, and Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. President of the US was Jimmy Carter and the Vice President was Walter F. Mondale. Margaret Thatcher became Britain’s first woman Prime Minister. The Shah of Iran was ousted by the Ayatollah Khomeini. The conservative moral majority was organized by Jerry Falwell. The worst nuclear leak in the US occurred at Three Mile Island. TV favorites were “Little House On The Prairie”, “Battlestar Galactica” and Laverne & Shirley.” Mary Pickford, Nelson Rockfeller, Sid Vicious, John Wayne, Herbert Marcuse and Mamie Eisenhower died. The Hit Parade featured, “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers Anymore”, “Y.M.C.A.”, and “I Will Survive.” The US Surgeon declared that smoking causes lung cancer. Egypt and Israel signed a treaty. General Anastasio Somoza was ousted from power in Nicaragua and the Sandinistas took control and banned capital punishment and restored human rights laws. In Alabama Klansmen marched 50 miles for “white rights”; Pol Pot was condemned for Cambodian genocide; Cuba President, Fidel Castro spoke before the United Nations, and the Pope also spoke at the UN and said Mass to 80,000 in Yankee Stadium; Iran seized the US Embassy; the Soviet Union sent troops into Afghanistan.


            On a paper signed by Mark W. Bleazard and dated May 12, 1979, the following is written:

            "I, Mark W. Bleazard, owner of eighteen percent (18%) of Uintah Basin Grazing Association, hereby authorize and request transfer of interests as follows:

            l.  Two percent (2%) to Marlene B. Harrison;

            2. One percent (1%) to Frank P. Coyle;

            3. One percent (1%) to Tamera Lister;

            4. Two percent (2%) to S. Jack Bleazard; and

            5. One percent (1%) to Michael S. Bleazard)

            (Total seven percent (7%)"


            LeGrand Gilbert said, "I've had some interesting experiences with Mark. A bunch of us went on a hunting trip. Lon Farnsworth, Marv Bell, Hale Holgate, Chad Evans and maybe Jack Bleazard were with us.  I won't tell where we went or all that happened but that was when I learned that Mark had quite a humorous side to him, that he could joke and laugh. Before that trip I thought he was pretty serious, but after that he was a different man to me. I thoroughly respected the man and appreciated the adventure we had."

            On Joan's 45th birthday, January 8, 1979, she had Verl deliver a beautiful bouquet of flowers to her mother, Pete.

            Grandson Blaine Kenneth Thomas and Inez R'ell Gillespie married February 24, 1979 at the home of Barbara and Ralph Freeman in Bountiful, Utah. Mark and Pete attended the wedding and luncheon. After the wedding Mark and Pete drove to their home in Arcadia and discovered that their hired man had left in their truck and that he had stolen many items.  A 22 gun belonging to their grandson, Grant, was one of the items taken. The truck was later found abandoned in Wyoming, but the personal items were never found. Pete and Mark were most upset and sad over the loss of the gun, because Grant had loved it so much.

            The Will and Louise Bleazard Family had a reunion on July 29, 1979 at Charleston Park. On the back of the invitation sent to Joan, Pete writes, "Dad can walk in the house without crutches now. He can also drive a tractor, so he must be better."

            Great Grandson, Kenneth Larsen Thomas, was born August 27, 1979 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

            Sometime during 1979 Joan was at her parents home and told them that she was considering having her name removed from the records of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church) and gave them her reasons. Pete was sad and Mark was angry and said, "Well, you do what you have to do and I'll do what I have to do!" In a letter dated January 8, 1980 Joan wrote a letter to her mother and dad stating how much she loved and appreciated them and how much she respected their good example of honesty, hard work and family values. In the letter Joan said, "Sometimes I feel that I am the only one in the whole world who has doubt and questions... I am sorry you are disappointed in me and that I have hurt you. As a child the outside world did not have an influence on me and I had few, if any, questions. I had something more important!

                "I had a wonderful childhood, thanks to you. I only wish all children could be so blessed and fortunate. You both gave me excellent example of courage, honesty, and commitment to family. I am trying, under very different circumstances, in the city where there is considerable 'outside' influence, to follow your example and be the kind of parents to my children that you have been to me. That is a big order and I try -I don't always succeed -but I try.

            "I am 46 years old today and am responsible for my actions. You have taught me good principles and you must now let me govern myself. Please don't feel sad or guilty, who knows -the search and struggle may again make me a stronger and better person. Have faith in me again. You have no reason to be sad for you were and are the best parents ever. I love you very much, Joan."

*In 1980 the Steelers defeated the Rams in Super Bowl XIV; Jimmy Durante, George Meany. William 0. Douglas, Jesse Owens, Alfred Hitchcock and John Lennon died; the Winter Olympics were held at Lake Placid in New York and US speed-skating star, Eric Heiden won five gold medals, and the US Hockey Team defeated Finland 4-2 and won the gold medal; Mount St. Helens erupted in Washington State and eight people were killed; President Carter’s hostage rescue attempt failed and eight American servicemen died; US Supreme Court on a 5 to 4 decision ruled that new life forms that are discovered can be patented; the Titanic was found 12,000 feet under the sea; Israeli troops hit PLO bases; and war in Iran-Iraq occurred.*

            Pete wrote this sad letter to Joan on January 25, 1980, "I've tried to write several times since we received your big letter. I enjoyed it very much and it brought back such happy memories of when my children were all home and the world was not hurrying by so fast. A time when we had time to reason things out without so many pressures.

            "I don't feel the least disappointed in you! I have always admired and been proud of you and the courage you have shown in going ahead and having your family, and then going out and working and doing more of the things you can do so well. If the word disappointment came in at all it's because I know that the most important thing, besides my family, is my belief in the fact that I belong to the true church here on earth. I have always felt that the Church was the one most important thing that I had helped to pass on to my children and when you said you had plans to withdraw from it I was sad, because I felt you were losing a very precious gift. I know in the church that one has to give up some worldly things to stay close to our Heavenly Father, and when we don't do as we have been told we are cautioned that our beliefs are taken away to a degree. It has to be worked on at all times for one to have a strong testimony. I have done things through the years that I shouldn't have done, which has made me feel differently even about the church, but when I have gone to church and did the things I know I should do to live my religion, I have been given the chance to win many blessings again.

            "I hope you don't think I'm preaching, but I thought you might like to know how I feel. Sorry I haven't written sooner.

            "How are all of you? I've been anxious to know what you plan to do and if you had the interview with your Bishopric. I hope it helped you to know what to do. I'd love to visit with you. I know you are real busy right now at your job.

            "I love you dearly and hope you are always happy, whatever you do. Love always, Mom."

During the years, Mark had cataract surgery on both of his eyes. He also had diabetes as he aged. 

Sometime in 1980 Mark was on his 3 wheeler and going through a ditch when it rolled and pinned him beneath it. He was able to escape from the water and get out from under the wheeler but the accident caused serious injury. He suffered blood clots from this accident. Marlene feels that her father's health was never the same after this accident.

            Marlene remembers that her Dad did most of the irrigating on the farm, and that a neighbor, John Richins, worked for her Dad for years fixing fences and doing anything that needed done.  

            Pete said that her body was always strong and that she had good health until she was about 70 years of age, and then, she said: “Everything went wrong.”

            Little Grandson, Pete, once again had surgery on his feet in August of 1980.

            Granddaughter Tamara Sue Lister married Brent Farnsworth August 30, 1980 in Elko, Nevada. Mark, Pete and Verl arranged for a wedding reception for them at the Bridgeland Recreational Hall.

*Sharry Lee Tryon and Mark Kevin Thomas married on September 4, 1981, and Lisa Johnson married Stanton Bruce Thomas on December 19, 1981. Ronald Wilson Reagan ® became the 40th President of the US, and he served two terms. Reagan was the oldest President ever elected, and the only one that had been divorced. George H. Bush was Vice President. In 1981 the median family income was $23,388 and the median price of a new house was $68,900. A gallon of gas cost $1.35 and postage stamp cost went as high as twenty cents. The minimum wage was $3.35 and the Dow Jones low was 824.01 and its high was 1024.05. The best movie was “Chariots of Fire” and best actor and actress were Henry Fonda and Katherine Hepburn for their roles in “On Golden Pond.”  Britain’s Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer were married. The AIDS virus was identified. Sandra Day 0’Connor became the first woman justice on the US Supreme Court and the national debt reached $1 Trillion. IBM introduced the first personal computer with an operating system by Microsoft. The US population reached 228 Million. TV favorites included “Saturday Night Live” and “Love Boat”. The Hit Parade included “Betty Davis Eyes”, “Endless Love” and “Woman in Love.”  Iran released 52 US hostages after holding them for 444 days. Reagan asked Congress to end federal legal aid to the poor, announced plan to cut federal employment by 37,000 jobs and to tie welfare benefits to work requirement. Reagan also fired his civil rights chief who supported school bussing. Joe Lewis, Albert Speer, Roy Wilkins, Will Durant, Hoagie Carmichael and Natalie Wood died; the Boston Celtics won the NBA and the Los Angeles Dodgers won the World Series. Air traffic controllers went on strike; Belize, the last British Colony in the Americans gained independence; Anwar el-Sadat, the Egyptian leader who made peace with Israel was assassinated, and Mubarak became President.*

Mark and Pete were issued temple recommends on September 23, 1980 to expire November 30, 1981. On February 3, 1981 Mark, Pete and Verl went to the Salt Lake Temple and had Grant’s temple work done.

Pete wrote to Joan on March 21, 1981 about the 50th anniversary quilt they were putting together. She also asked Joan to visit Ruth Hawkins, Verl's friend, who was in a convalescent center in Salt Lake. 


            Mark and Pete were honored with a party and a dance on the occasion of their 50th Wedding Anniversary. The party was held at the Bridgeland Recreational Hall on June 12, 1981. Many pictures were taken of the occasion.

            Prior to the 50th Wedding Party, Joan and Pete had worked for two years on a ‘Golden Links’ quilt. They collected photos of many family memories and had them made into quilt blocks. The blocks were bordered with brown cloth frames and placed on the ivory cover. Joan drew ribbons, bells and designs on the quilt -and many people helped with the quilting. Pete made tiny brown triangle (picot) binding and finished the quilt. It was displayed at the Duchesne and the Salt Lake County Fairs and was on display the night of the 50th Party.

            Pete and Mark received a lovely set of china from Alta, Rayda, Pat, Ona, Andy and Hal (Pete's brothers and sisters); a gold 50th plate from The Broome's; a pillow made from the invitation from Virginia Barker; a plaque of wood with invitation from Tami Farnsworth; wooden plaque from Mr. and Mrs. Harold Gee; a wooden candy & nut dish from Sophia/Naaman Buckmiller; towel set from Stephen/Kathy Thomas; picture (prayer) from Ona/Jerry Rosenberger; 50th anniversary quilt from Joan; red rose arrangement from Zion's 1st National Bank; guest book from Verl; plain golden vase from Stan and Marianne Thomas; pictures of Barbara, Joan, Marlene and Verl. Vases, flowers and dresses from Barbara & Ralph Freeman; gold vase to match plate from Linda Thompson, a flowered vase from Minnie Lou and Dee Roberts; tablecloth from Marlene and Bud Harrison and other lovely gifts.

            Joan gave a Tribute to her mother and father at their 50th Wedding Anniversary Party at the Bridgeland Ward on June 12,198l:

            "My sisters and I are the most blessed and lucky of people.  We are the daughters of Mark and Evelyn (Pete) Bleazard.  We have been surrounded by love and understanding and care all our lives. Our childhood, what was it like being their children?  The joy of holidays with traditions kept, shared and passed on -the companionship of animals and there were lots of them - kittens, bummer lambs, calves, chickens, pigs and horses.  All the horses; Bess, Sis, Golda, Mona Lou, Brownie, Blue-Smoky and others. Dogs! There were many of them, including Honeybee, Ring, Badge, Babe and other dogs. We gained a great appreciation for the beauty of this earth and for all nature and outdoors from our childhood environment.  We gained a great appreciation for the hard-working, clean living, responsible and good people of this earth from watching our young father and mother clear the land of rocks, make the soil fertile, build a house and make it a home.  We watched our parents through the hard winters and the hot summers as they worked to make a living and to make a life worth living for us.  We remember the threshers, the neighbors and especially the aunts and uncles and cousins who came to visit and to help at harvest time and at other times. We remember how hard they worked and we remember the stories! My, oh, my! How my father and his brothers could tell and retell the stories of their childhood, the deer hunts and fishing trips.  My mother and aunts would chat, laugh and cry as they baked, cooked, washed dishes and watched children. The cousins would play.  We remember our father chopping ice in the winter to provide water for the animals and we remember his feeding and care of animals.  To us, no one could make those long, straight and beautiful rows of planted earth like our dad.  Nor could anyone ride or work with horses like our Dad.  Mother's works of art were her beautiful quilts - the latest is here tonight! We all remember and we still enjoy each day the feel of those quilts and all that beauty and love wrapped around us. Her grandchildren and great grandsons have 'quilt love' from her. The loaves and loaves of homemade bread, the jams, jellies, vegetables and fruit from her garden -and her flowers! The beautiful flowers she loved.  We remember the wild lilies, the Indian Paint Brush, the Bluebells, the Meadow Lark, Killdeer, Red Winged Blackbirds. We remember the howl of coyotes in the middle of the night.

            We remember the good time and the bad times.  We especially remember the fishing trip when we all packed into the High Uintas for two weeks.  We now know how much work is involved in such an activity. We remember the saddest time of all -when Grant died. We remember family holidays spent together since we are no longer at home. We each remember your being with us when we needed you -when our babies have been born or when we have been sick or when we just needed a friend. We had a wonderful childhood and were provided with correct principles and with excellent example by our good parents."

            A Jenson Family Reunion was held at Haise Hot Springs (4 miles east of Ririe, Idaho on June 20, 1981.

On June 24, 1981 Glenna Rae Stott Peebles wrote to her Aunt Pete and Uncle Mark: “How are both of you? Have you recovered from all us relatives? We really hope you survived without being too tired. Needless to say we were happy to get back home, but I’m so happy we were able to be with you. It was such fun to be part of your 50th anniversary and so good to see and visit with all those cousins that we see so little of. Your four daughters I’m sure, are a joy to you. Your quilt, of course, certainly is a prize and I’m amazed at how clear those pictures turned out.

            “We were doing a Grandchildren’s quilt for Mom (Alta Jenson Stott) for her 80th birthday. It’s a surprise! Each grandchild just did their thing on a 12 inch square block. We have the top sewn together but haven’t started quilting yet. I’m sure Mom will be pleased.

            “We stopped at Aunt Pat’s Sunday night and left there about 8 am on Monday morning. It was still about 6pm before we made it home. It had rained while we were gone and that made John happy.

            “Mom and Dad (Alta & Roy Stott) have a great garden and it is really producing. Mom was making strawberry jam today, and she told me if I wanted to make some I’d better plan on picking tomorrow afternoon.

            “Actually it is cold and windy, but I suspect it will warm up so we can complain about the heat one of these days.

            “Thanks for all the good things you did for us. We do love you. You both looked so great! Love, Glenna.”

            Grandson Mark Kevin Thomas married Sharry Lee Tryon on September 4, 1981 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Mark & Pete attended their wedding and reception in Joan's backyard.

            On September 30, 1981 Pete wrote on a card, "We are OK here, the weather looks and smells like fall is here. Dad and Mike are on the phone deciding when to move cows.

            "Verl told me that Jerry has a typewriter and that he can write his name with it and that he is very happy with it. A male teacher comes to the house and teaches him for an hour each day."

            Pete wrote on November 30, 1981, "Hope you all arrived home safely on Thursday. Dad and I went to the reception (John Coyle and Donna) Saturday night. We only stayed about 30 minutes. There were people in and out all the time, mostly people that Marlene had invited, at least while we were there."

            "It's pretty cold here and we had a couple of inches of snow yesterday but it is almost gone tonight. Hope you can get everything done before the 19th. 

            "Wish you didn't have another session of the Legislature this month, but it sounds like you do. I hope the weather stays nice so we can come to the wedding (Stanton Thomas and Lisa Johnson’s wedding). Let me know if there is anything I can help you with. I love you, Mom."


Grandson Stanton Bruce Thomas married Lisa Johnson December 19, 1981 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The wedding and reception were held at Joan and Ken's home. Mark and Pete were in attendance.


*In 1982 the UN called for sanctions against Israel for annexation of the Golan Heights; Ayn Rand, John Belushi, Satchel Paige the 1st black pitcher in the American League, Ingrid Bergman, Henry Fonda, Princess Grace of Monaco, Bess Truman and Leonid Brezhnev leader of the Soviet Union died; Britain imposed a blockade around and invaded the Falkland Islands near Argentina; the US banned travel to Cuba; George Wallace ran for 4th term as Governor of Alabama; Iran and Iraq continue War; Israel invaded Lebanon; Tom Watson won his 4th US Open at Pebble Beach; the Equal Rights Amendment failed to gain ratification in US; Princess Diana birthed Charles; E.T. the extra-terrestrial arrived in theatres; Connors defeated McEnroe in Wimbledon’s longest final, and Navratilova defeated Lloyd; demonstrations occurred protesting Begin and Sharon’s involvement in massacres at Sabra and Shatila; “Gandhi” received the Academy Award for best motion picture of the year; and Utah Dentist Barney Clark received the 1st permanent artificial heart.*

LeGrande Gilbert said about Mark:I've had some discussion with Mark about other things -politics and people. He had opinions and he didn't mind expressing them! He liked to debate -kicking things back and forth. He was that kind of man."

Pete’s sister, Pat, spoke on the Jenson Family Tape in April 1984: “Dear Pete called me just a few days ago. She seemed to think that they were doing pretty good but she knew that they were going to have a bad time with the snow melting and the cold weather for new calves and we can sympathize with you, Pete. We know just exactly what’s going on down there. Our poor guys have to drag these little calves out of the muck and the mud and the water and take them in and dry them off. If they can get them in time they’re all right but if the calves have to stay there very long they get too cold and die and they don’t have that calf to take care of anymore, the calf just goes on to the next world…”

            Pete spoke on the Jenson Family Tape, “My dear family. This is April 20, 1984 …seems like in the spring its such a hubbub around this ranch with calving and feeding and mud, everything! I think most of you know what I mean. I don’t do much of anything only just do dishes and help what I can. I don’t go outside and help very much but I do try to keep a little food cooked and the floor mopped once in a while and things like that in the house. We are really thankful. We’ve had pretty good luck this spring with our calves and everything. So many people around here have had scours in their calves and lost just lots of them, but we’ve been luckier than that, we’ve only lost a few. Our health is pretty good. My arthritis keeps getting worse and I’m quite lame at times especially when the wind blows but I’m getting by fine. Mark is still taking blood thinner for his clots in his leg and if he takes them and goes gets his blood checked about every week or ten days and they change the pill a little bit to justify whatever is happening to it. If he can keep that done regularly then he is doing pretty good otherwise his leg swells and hurts.”

            Great Granddaughter, Melanie Thomas, was born May 15, 1982 in Salt Lake City, Utah. 


            Pete wrote to her Granddaughter, Marianne, on June 29, 1982: "I don't know if there are any rodeos on the 4th. I know there will be one in Neola. When we get the county paper on Thursday it will tell all about the celebrations and I will let you know. If it's all right with your mom and dad for you to bring Scott, it's OK with me. I hope your folks can come also, I know your mom has wanted to come out all summer. I'm proud of you for winning the important soccer game! I'm glad you like sports because they are good for you. Tell your mom to bring her quilt top so we can get the lining for it, Love always, Grandma."

            Great Granddaughter, Jody Inez Thomas, was born July 25, 1982 in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Great Grandson, John Michael Coyle, was born August 13, 1982.

            Joan was diagnosed with a stage III carcinoma of the endometrium, with invasion of the endocervix and fallopian tubes that required a complete hysterectomy and six weeks of radiation therapy. The surgery occurred at the LDS Hospital on October 29, 1982 when she was 48 years old. Pete and Barbara were at the hospital with Ken when she was in intensive care.

            Great Grandson, Tyrell Grant Farnsworth, was born on October 28, 1982.

Verl wrote to Joan on December 11, 1982, "Just a note because I love you. Surely hope you are doing all right and that the treatments aren't too bad. I was in a car accident last Tuesday night. My girlfriend was driving the car and it slid on the slick roads. The car and the pickup that hit us were totaled. I have a cracked wrist and black eye and lots of sore muscles. My friend is OK, except for sore muscles.

            "I see Ruth Hawkins every day and she always asks about you. She is waiting for another kidney transplant. Ruth's daughter, Donna, has a two-week old baby boy.

            "Do you hear from Barbara? Write soon and have a wonderful Christmas. Next year promises to be better -both Ruth and I say that! Love you, Verl."

In 1983 Karen Carpenter, Gloria Swanson, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Godfrey and Jack Dempsey, died; George Wallace became Governor of Alabama for a 4th term; Roe vs. Wade was ten years old; the US Embassy in Beirut was bombed killing 216 marines; the US troops invaded Grenada; Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister of England; Sally Ride became the first US woman in space; Vanessa Williams became the first black Miss America; the Vietnam Memorial (The Wall) was dedicated; Daniel Ortega was elected President in Nicaragua; the Winter Olympics opened in Sarajevo; Summer Olympics opened in Los Angeles and Reagan signed a cultural agreement with China. In Utah the artificial heart recipient, Barney Clark died; and “Ghandi” won eight Academy Awards.  *

            In Pete's handwriting she wrote about her life during the month of January 1983.

On January 1, 1983, Pete wrote,  "To start the new year we did our chores -watched the Rose Parade on Television -ate lunch, then Mark and I went over to Marlene and Bud's home to visit. They were tending their grandson, John Michael Coyle. We enjoyed seeing him. He was about 4 l/2 months old at this time. Little Jerry was glad to see us, too. We had a lovely visit. On our way home, we stopped at Tami and Brent's and visited a little while and loved little Tyrell."

On January 2nd Pete wrote, "Sunday. We attended Relief Society/Priesthood Meetings, Sunday School and Church, then came home, had lunch, then rested, watched television or read."

On January 3rd: "Nothing unusual happened. Mark fed his cows and calves hay and syrup. I did my daily work. Then we went to Roosevelt on business for a while. Joan called and told us that Steve and Kathy have a new baby boy. Born on Steve's Grandpa Ern Thomas's birthday. Everyone is OK.

Great Grandson, Shane Ernest Thomas, was born on January 3, 1983 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

On January 4th: "Same -only heard from Joan. Kathy and baby are fine, they are going to name him Shane Ernest Thomas." The next day, she wrote, "I went to Roosevelt to deposit money in Bank and buy parts for Mark's machinery." On January 6th she wrote, "Mark went to Roosevelt to have some welding done."

On January 7th:  "Stayed home -Tami, Tyrell and Verl came and ate dinner with us at noon and visited for a while. Tyrell can smile at us now." On the 8th she wrote, "Joan's birthday. I thought about Joan all day. In the evening Verl and Kevin brought a decorated birthday cake for Mark's birthday tomorrow (Jan 9th). Dad invited the Indian man and woman (Raymond and Gilda Manning) who live across the road from us over and we all had cake and cocoa together. Mark went to the auction today and bought 2 cows and 1 bull."

On January 10th:  "I went to Roosevelt this morning for repairs for Mark." and on January 11th Pete wrote, "Did regular work. Then went Relief Society teaching with Reta McKinnon. Also went to Relief Society workday in the forenoon."

On January 12th Pete wrote, "Beautiful weather! Kinda cold. Same busy day. The veterinary guy came and helped vaccinate our 51 head of heifers for 'bangs.' Mark also went to eye doctor and had his eyes examined for new glasses."

On January 13th: "Marlene and I went to Salt Lake. She took me to visit with Kathy and her new baby while she attended a meeting. We ate supper at Kathy's and then went to Joan's and visited and stayed overnight. When Ken, Joan and Marianne left for work at 7:30am, we came home."

On January 14th:  "Marlene and I arrived home from Salt Lake about noon. It had been too fast of a trip for me. I had to rest for a while. Later I fixed dinner for Mark and I cleaned up and then called it a day."

On January 15th:   "Mark went to the auction, so I went to Roosevelt and had my hair fixed. Then visited with Rayda and Dorothy. Verl, Tami and Tyrell bought groceries. Then Verl and I went and saw our sick friend, Ruth Hawkins, for a little while. When I got home Mark was here so we ate and the day was over."

On January 16th:  "This is Bert and Dorothy's wedding anniversary, my parents, so I always think of them on this day. We went to our church meetings all morning and then had lunch. About 3:30 pm our friends, R.G. & Bonnie Ross, called us and asked us to come up and have homemade ice cream with them. We went to their home, had ice cream, and it was very good and so was our visit."

On January 17th:  "Monday. I made bread, did washing and spent the day catching up." and on January 18th:  "Did the regular day's work. Put a baby quilt on and tied it on this day." and on January 19th:  "Getting lunch about noon when Verl, Tami & Tyrell came to see us. We ate and then loved and enjoyed Tyrell while we visited for a couple of hours. It is always nice when we have company."

On January 20th:  "I finished the baby quilt by binding it with picots. It is blue so if Mark and Sharry have a boy, (the boy was Keven) I'll give it to them." And on January 21st:  "Mark and I went to Roosevelt. While I got my hair fixed, Mark did business at the accountants, P.C.A., and feed store. Then we bought some groceries and then stopped at Tami's and loved Tyrell a little while. He smiled and talked some sweet baby talk to us."

On January 22nd: "Mark went to the auction after he fed his calves and bulls. I cleaned house, made pie, and cooked beans and ham. I spent the day alone doing odd jobs. I called Barbara. They are OK."

On January 23rd:  "We attended our church meetings ate and rested. I then finished reading Spencer W. Kimball's book. I really enjoyed the book," and on January 24th: "It's a nice, foggy day today, kinda cold. We received a big load of syrup for our cows from Buchanan's Feed. Mark went to Roosevelt. I'm home doing some mending. Tami and Brent came up and spent an hour or so. Tyrell was smiling, talking and acting cute."

On January 25th:  "Mark & I went to Roosevelt to get Mark's new eye glasses. They cost $128.00 with the old frames. I deposited money at the Bank, and paid some insurance. Visited with Verl and Tami. Bought groceries. We called Joan from Tami's, she's better."

On January 26th:  "Today has been a cool, foggy day. Mark has worked outdoors all day -fed his cattle. He has been welding for hours. I've been mending chore coats for Mark. Also I finished some cloth pictures I started in Relief Society. I'm going to a Relief Society Visiting teacher’s convention this evening."

            Great Grandson, Keven Glen Thomas, was born January 30, 1983 in Murray, Utah, and Great Grandson, Trent Walker Farnsworth, was born February 24, 1983.

Pete went to a gynecologist in Salt Lake on April 28, 1983, and was told that she needed to have a hysterectomy. Marlene, Bud and family helped Mark brand cattle in May of 1983. On June 20, 1983 Pete was in the LDS Hospital where she had a hysterectomy and bladder repair.

            Tami remembers when she and Pete went to the Bridgeland store and Pete bought them a special treat. The treat was the good, old, black licorice! When they got back to the car it surprised Tami when Pete walked around and got in the passenger side. Tami asked her if she wanted her to drive. Pete said, "Oh, hell!" and then she got out of the car walked around to the driver's side and opened the back door and started to get in the back. Tami said they liked to remember this incident and it would always make them both laugh and smile.

*In 1984 the US and Vatican established full diplomatic relations for the first time in 117 years; Johnny Weissmuller (Tarzan), Ansel Adams, Willie Mays, Richard Burton and Truman Capote died; Indira Gandhi was murdered and her son, Rajiv, became Prime Minister of India; the Vietnam Memorial was dedicated; Michael Jackson’s album “Thriller” biggest hit ever; NY Supreme Court ruled that men may be prosecuted for raping their wives; the Summer Olympics opened in Los Angeles and Reagan signed a cultural agreement while in China; Rep. Geraldine Ferraro (D) became the first woman ever selected to run for vice president on a major party ticket;*

            Great Grandson, Jason Rudolph Thomas, was born on February 14, 1984 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

             Pete wrote to Joan on July 30, 1984, "I love the pictures of Melanie and Jason, they are darling. Thanks, Marianne, for the graduation picture of you, it sure is nice. We are doing all right. Dad and Jim have almost 100 acres of hay cut again. They are just starting to bale it so even if the rain stays away it will take quite a while to take care of it.

            "Marlene just left for Salt Lake at 7pm on her way to Texas."

                Marlene was President of the ARC (Association for Retarded Citizens) and in addition to this trip to Texas to attend a Conference; she also traveled to conferences in Huntsville, Alabama and Hawaii.

            Pete’s brother, Andy, spoke on the Jenson Family Tape and said, “ All of you are welcome when you come to our place. You can come over and stay with us and visit with us. I’m just like Mark Bleazard. He told me about the last time I was down there, ‘You’re welcome to come and stay and visit and do anything you please for five days, but after that you start taking orders.’ I’ve always remembered that but I’m sure that if I stayed at Mark Bleazard’s for ten days he still wouldn’t give me very many orders. Well, maybe he would give me orders but I don’t know whether I’d carry ‘em out or not…” 

            Great Grandson, Ryan Patrick Coyle, was born August 13, 1984.

            Pete, Barbara and Verl had a wonderful few days together on their 'Montana Trip'. The trip was from September 21st to September 30, 1984. Verl and Pete drove to Salt Lake on Friday and visited with Steve and Kathy at their new home and later went to Joan and Ken's home. Verl writes, "Kathy and boys, Blaine, Inez and kids, Stan, Lisa and kids all came by for awhile."

            Pete and Verl then drove to Barbara and Ralph's home in Bountiful. On Saturday morning, Barbara got behind the steering wheel.  She was the driver for the entire trip and she communicated with Verl via the rear view mirror. Pete sat in the front seat with Barbara.

            They drove over the Salt Flats and arrived in Wendover, Nevada where they played the slot machines. They continued past the 'Crater's of the Moon' and Verl noticed that it was already "chilly" and that there were 7 ft snow markers along the highway.

            They arrived in Arco, Idaho "The First City in the World to be Lighted by Atomic Power" by evening. In the motel Verl learned a lesson in packing and wrote, "My hair spray was all gone—it was all over my undies!"  On Saturday they drove 412 miles. 

            Sunday noon found them at the Salmon National Forest on the Idaho/Montana border. Verl describes the drive through this Forest and the Bitterroot National Forest as, "beautiful snow covered pine trees for miles and miles!"  At Hamilton, Montana they ate Kentucky Fried Chicken after spending a long time waiting in a cafe. Verl writes a note to her son, Kevin, that says, "big taxidermy shops here and lots of trapping, fishing and hunting. We saw antelope and deer right by the highway."

            Barbara drove past the beautiful Flathead Lake and that night, Sunday, they stayed at the home of Pete's sister, Ona Jenson Rosenberger in Polson, Montana.

            On Monday afternoon they visited at the home of Chris and Bob Kuhnhausen, Ona's daughter and her husband. They had a baby son named Jerritt. Bob took the three visitors on a drive around the Lake and to see the Wild Horse Island.  Pete, Verl and Barbara left Polson, Montana on Tuesday morning.

            Verl noticed hundreds of Christmas trees planted on the hills and also the many cherry fruit tree orchards among the pines. The town of Hungry Horse Dam is advertised as being the 'Friendliest Dam Town in the World!"

            They drove through Glacier National Park and were treated to beautiful fall colors mixed with snow but there was no snow on the ground.

            In Browning, Montana they stopped at the 'Glacier Pizza' place that Ona's son, Larry, and his wife, Becky, own. They were treated to lunch and enjoyed visiting with Larry and his family.

            The ride continued over the Big Sky country with its rolling hills and with grass growing clear to the highway. They remember seeing a huge coyote cross the road and they saw quite a few oil wells.

            At about 4:00 pm they arrived in Bynum, Montana, where they went to Hal and Ilene Jenson's home. Hal and Ilene lived in the home that had been the home of Hal and Pete’s parents, Bert & Dorothy Jenson. The home had been remodeled. After visiting for a while they went to the Bynum Cemetery where Bert and Dorothy Jenson and their daughter, Lula, and special grandson, 'Little Bert' Mortenson, are buried. Verl remembers her mother, Pete, remarking that when the Jenson family first arrived in Bynum there were no trees. Now there are trees everywhere and many are the trees that Bert Jenson planted.

            They drove on to Choteau, Montana to visit with Roy and Alta Jenson Stott but did not know where their home was located. They stopped at "Andy's Appliance Center" which was owned by Pete's brother, Andrew Jenson, and visited a few minutes and got directions to the Stott home. When they arrived at the house, Pete went in the garage and pushed a button that she thought was the doorbell -and the garage door came down and locked her inside! Verl says, "I'll never forget the shocked look on her face as she waved at us. We had a good laugh, and we were thankful it was the Stott home!" The evening was lovely and lots of the Stott children and their families came to visit. They stayed with Roy and Alta on Tuesday night.

            On Wednesday morning they journeyed to the ranch home of John and Glenna Rae Stott Peebles. Snow was falling and Roy Stott was driving. They also stopped to visit Leslie and Louise Stott at their lovely home. They also visited at the big, lovely ranch homes of Lloyd/Marge and Cloyd/Gineal Stott.

            Wednesday evening they were at the home of Andrew and Charlene Jenson, where they were served a lovely dinner -a chicken and broccoli casserole. Charlene gave them starts of many of her flowers to take home with them.

            Verl wrote, "There are sure a lot of people in Mother's family with brown hair and blue, blue eyes. I guess that is where Tyrell got his brown hair and blue eyes!"

            In Augusta, Montana they had an interesting adventure. They stopped the car to get Verl a Pepsi and when they tried to start the car it wouldn't start. They went in the Elkhorn Grocery, which had once belonged to Emerson Rowley's son, Ernest. A part that was needed for the car was not available in Augusta and the nearest place to get the part was in Great Falls, Montana. They phoned Lloyd and Marge Stott, and Marge picked up the part and brought it to Augusta so the car could be repaired.

            Verl, Barbara and Pete spent quite a bit of time sitting in the lobby of an old hotel and reading. Near them was a sign that read, "State of Montana Liquor Store." They had breakfast brunch and lunch in a little cafe at the hotel. Marge arrived with the part about 3:30pm and they left Augusta about 4pm.

            They drove down a pretty canyon called Wolf Creek Pass and Pete recalled her first trip up the canyon so many, many years before and she told how there was no road and it was cold. They continued past Canyon Ferry Lake, which Verl described as "sort of like out of a fairy tale with antelope everywhere."  They crossed the Missouri River just north of Townsend and later arrived in Livingston, Montana at about 7:30pm, where they stayed Thursday night.

            Friday morning they were on the road again and they traveled through the Galliton Mountains and near the beautiful, winding Yellowstone River and past Devil's Slide. They saw other coyote, antelope and elk herds and walked up to Mammoth Hot Springs. Verl said everything was "just too beautiful for words!"  A mud volcano called the "Dragon's Mouth' was interesting and there were cute, little squirrels close to the walkway. The town of Mammoth was described as "fascinating, with beautiful, old buildings."  Nine elk were right in the town next to the buildings, eating calmly. Two of the elk were huge with big racks! Verl remembers the three large moose in a big, beautiful meadow, and she remembers Roaring Mountain, a huge volcanic looking mountain -with steam coming out of it, and she remembers the five big buffalo standing right by the road.

            Verl remembers Artist Point and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and says, "I'm so proud of Barbara, she said we'd see herds of buffalo and I figured maybe one or two -but there were herds! Maybe as many as 2 thousand buffalo -big shaggy beasts all over the hills!"

            They proceeded over the Continental Divide and left Yellowstone at 5pm on Friday and drove through the Grand Teton National Park. The fall frost provided an abundance of color and they saw a huge bull elk and cow in a meadow about 200 feet from the road.

            At about 6:30pm they were in Jackson Hole, Wyoming where they stopped at the Silver Dollar Bar and Restaurant and had prime rib and wine, and later stayed at the Rancher Motel.

            On Saturday morning they left Jackson Hole and drove along the Snake River through Targee National Forest and later through Star Valley.

            Pete said that Mark's mother and father, Will and Wease (Louisa May) Bleazard had considered moving to Star Valley to homestead but had decided instead to homestead in the Uintah Basin.

            They stopped at Star Valley Swiss Cheese and purchased cheese curds and Pepsi. They then drove through Afton, Wyoming and at about 1pm they were at Bear Lake in Utah. They journeyed through Cache National Forest and canyon, and stopped in Logan for more cheese curds. They did not visit at the Bancroft, Idaho home of Parley and Pat Jenson Schenk because Pat & Parley were working at the Logan LDS Temple. They did not know that Pat and Parley had returned to their home in Bancroft earlier in the day. Barbara, Pete and Verl arrived back in Bountiful, Utah at 5pm on Saturday and as their trip concluded they noted that they had traveled 1,750 miles and they had been through five states -Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. Verl wrote, "We did a lot of talking and visiting which isn't in this report. Thanks for taking me with you, Mom and Barbara. I've never enjoyed anything more! If I never get to take another trip I'll always have this one to remember. Thanks again, I love you both. Verl."

            Two weeks after returning home from the trip, Pete spoke on the Jenson Family Tape: “My dear brothers and sisters and everyone that I love…we’re just fine here, real busy as usual. I don’t know how Mark keeps going as hard as he works. He’s vaccinating the herd of cows today that we have had home all summer so they will be out of the way before he starts bringing them home from the mountains. I don’t think he’ll bring them home until toward the last of the month unless winter sets in. It’s always a busy time and it don’t seem like we have any breaks in the work, just like the rest of you that live on ranches. I know just how you all feel.

            We really had a lovely trip to Montana. Barbara and Verl and I went on the trip, as most of you know. We just enjoyed the scenery, the company of each other and visited and laughed and cried and told stories and things that we don’t get to do very often. When you’re at home it seems like you are always so busy. We went to Ona’s first -up around that way to visit her and we stayed two nights with her and we really had a lovely sociable nice time there. We enjoyed her and Chris and Chris’s husband and their baby so much. They treated us just so lovely and were so glad we were there and we were glad we were there, too, ‘til it was really nice!

            “Then we drove in wet weather over to Browning and Choteau and visited with those folks. We stopped and saw Larry at his Pizza Parlor and then we went down and visited Hal and Ilene awhile that day and then on to Choteau to Alta’s that evening. Everyone was so sociable and treated us so lovely that it was just a joy to be there. We really had a good time. We drove to Glenna’s the next day. Alta and Roy and us and had a lovely lunch with her and visited with her quite a while and then came back and went to Andrew’s and stayed that night. Haven’t stayed with him in so many years that that’s what I felt like I would really like to do.

            “We headed for home the next morning. We had four inches of snow that morning when we woke up in Choteau. It soon went off the roads and we had good roads all the way, damp in some places but no snow to travel in, which made me happy because I’m scared of snowy roads. Then we went down through the Yellowstone and Teton Parks. Verl hadn’t been there since she was a little girl and didn’t remember a thing about ‘em. We spent all day traveling down through there. Barbara took us on roads where she had been before.  Barbara and Ralph had spent several vacations up there and knew so much about it that we really had an enjoyable time. She took us to so many different things that were so beautiful to see and down around that east loop that takes you through the buffalo country and we saw, I have no idea how many but I’d bet we saw 2,000 or more buffalo that day and we saw such beautiful scenery at the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and through that area. We stayed at Jackson Hole that night.

            “Now the worst part of the trip happened. Because we didn’t call over to Pats or down to Logan either one to see about them because they said they had to work Saturday in Logan. We headed straight to Logan and got there about noon or 1 o’clock and thought we could see Pat and Parley there. They had got up early and worked and had gone home –so we missed them! That was the only part of the trip that wasn’t lovely because I was so disappointed not to have seen them…we’ll have to try that some other time…for a long time I’ve thought that when you are on a trip you better do all you can do because it’s so hard to take another trip when you’re tied up helping on a ranch…

            “We got back to Barbara’s that night and stayed there and saw her flowers and visited with Joan a little while the next morning and then came home and found everything at home quite well. Mark had got his big field of hay up without getting it rained on, only very little. We were glad to see that the field was cleared when we got here…

            Marlene and Verl are going to Salt Lake in the morning to attend a handicap association meeting where Marlene’s going to be put in as President of the association for a year. I don’t know how she will ever handle it but it seems like people can do what they want to do and are able to do. She wants to be in that position so she can help and try to get the organization working better so it can help more people. She’s worked on it for many years and she has done a lot of good out in this country…”

            In 1985 Ronald Wilson Reagan ® took the Oath of Office as US President with George Bush as his Vice President. They defeated Democrats Walter Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro. Mormon President, Spencer W. Kimball died and Ezra Taft Benson, age 92, became the 13th President. Benson had served as US Secretary of Agriculture for eight years during the administration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Benson served as Mormon President until 1994. Robert Welch and Orson Wells died; Rock Hudson died from AIDS; Mikhail Gorbachev became Soviet leader; Iran and Iraq were at war; in Philadelphia the police dropped a bomb on a group known as MOVE; LA Lakers defeated the Boston Celtics for the NBA title; the US became a debtor nation for the first time since 1914; Pete Rose nailed his 4,192nd hit to break Ty Cobb’s 57 year old record and the Dow Jones reached 1500. Norman Howard Bangerter became Governor of Utah and served until 1993. He worked to rebuild the state’s economy and reduce the size and cost of state government. The environment and court, prison and building needs dominated his agenda."


What follows are Pete's remarks on the Jenson Family Tape dated January 10, 1985.

            "Hello everyone, this is Pete and I've had these tapes a week. I'll try to say a few things on them today so I can take them to Roosevelt to Rayda tomorrow.

            "Ever since we came back from Montana all that Verl can say is, ‘I don't like Barbara no more 'cause she brought me home.’  Oh, she really enjoyed it! It made my trip even better by the way she enjoyed it. We did have a lovely time and we appreciate all the lovely, kind words and things that you have said about us coming to visit you. I hope you enjoyed us half as much as we enjoyed being there.

            "Ever since we came back, of course, through the month of October it was finishing up all the work and gathering the cattle and all the things like that that Mark has to do all the time. The month went soon and then November always brings trying to get ready for Christmas and having Thanksgiving together. The families are getting together. All of our family that live out in this country were here to our place for Thanksgiving. It made quite a crowd but it was really lovely. Joan and her family didn't come but Barbara and Ralph did come from Salt Lake. Joan and Ken have in their own family now about twenty people, little children and everything, and that makes quite a crowd for Joan to have, so they all stayed in there and had their dinner together. We enjoyed ours here together.

            "Barbara and Ralph came back out for Christmas. Verl and Kevin came up and the six of us had dinner together that day. The rest all wanted to stay home with their own families. Marlene has a large family, too, and all her children who work and live away came home and so they had a lovely time together.

            "About Thanksgiving time Mark was looking through the cattle and a pheasant flew up and scared his horse. It jumped and there was a little ditch there and the horse fell and rolled over on Mark and hurt the same leg that he had hurt last fall when he had blood clots so bad. It has really been quite bad and it's bothered him ever since, but it is some better. Soon after that he got the flu and I did, too, and we had the flu quite bad for awhile and he really hasn't ever got over it. Yesterday was Mark's birthday (January 9, 1985).  He got his cows fed enough the day before that he thought he could just leave them and he never went out of the house yesterday. He stayed in and tried to doctor all day. Verl and her two little children, No, not Verl!  Tami and her children! They're almost Verl's children, but not really. Verl is sick with the flu now so she couldn't come with them. We enjoyed Tami and the babies and that made Mark’s birthday just about as happy as it could be, to have those little kids here. He thinks they're really great and, of course, he always has thought Tami was all right.

            "He's out feeding his cattle today. I hope he gets along all right. It's the best day we've had for a long time. It's been up around 40 degrees part of the time he's been gone. I've sure been thankful for that 'cause we've had, Oh, we've only got a few inches of snow 3 or 4 maybe. It's still winter. We have had some quite cold weather but it is really lovely today.

            "Andy, I want you to know that when we had our trouble in Augusta and needed a part for our car we called Glenna. She wasn't home so we called Marge and it was Marge who went to Great Falls and got the part and brought it to us.  In just a few minutes the mechanic had it put in the carburetor and we headed on our way and Marge headed home. We went clear down to Livingston and stayed there that night and went through the parks and came home the next day. All in all it was really a good trip. We really did appreciate Marge! To think that she would leave her fruit and all her work and I'm sure that's what she did and come and do that for us. We were in quite a pickle over there in Augusta. We would've had to hire someone to take us to get the part in Great Falls, or waited until the next day. We got by just fine and we really appreciated Marge doing that for us.

"...I wish we lived or were in a circumstance or whatever it would take for us to see each other more often than we do because I really love all of you and really love to visit with you. I'm thankful for what we can do and always glad to see you and if anyone comes this way be sure and come and see us. I want you to know that I think of you and love you all  -all the time no matter what troubles you have or your happiness, I enjoy it all. I sympathize with you when it's needed. So, I better sign this off and find some dinner for my husband and be ready to take this to Rayda tomorrow and I hope to see you all again before too many months. I love you all dearly, bye, by.”

James N. Craig, a supervisor of the Ashley National Forest, sent Mark notification on April 16, 1982 that his application for a permit to graze 71 head of cattle on the Anthro Mountain Allotment of the Ashley National Forest was approved. The cattle were to graze from June 1 to October 15th each year. While fixing water pipes at Anthro in 1985 Mark slipped and fell down the mountain. He was quite seriously injured and a Ute Indian, Sherwood Cuch, assisted him.

Ken wrote in 1985: “He (Mark) was laying plastic pipe on a steep slope, trying to pipe water to his cattle, when he lost his footing. Down the steep, shale slope he went, sliding head first and plunging over little five and six foot high ledges. He was gaining momentum and headed for a steep cliff when a young (30 year old) Indian who was with him (luckily) ran down the slope and caught him. Mark had too much momentum for the Indian to stop him, but the Indian grabbed his belt and shirt and steered him head first into a rock about the size of a refrigerator. That stopped him. Mark had a lump about the size of a grapefruit on his head for a few days, until the doctor drained it. Then it was about the size of a lemon.” 


            In an email from granddaughter Tami Lister Farnsworth dated 11/10/01 she says: “Brent and I think the name of the Indian is Reggie Jenks. I know Grandpa sure was grateful to him! They were building a water line out of Nutter’s Spring when Grandpa fell and the guy jumped on him to stop him from rolling down any farther. It is a really steep hill.” Barbara remembers that her father had a very big lump on his forehead and multiple bruises from the fall down the mountain. The Indian kept him from falling over the edge of a cliff.

LeGrand Gilbert said about Mark, "They (sic) have talked about Mark running water uphill and about the water project at Anthro. I stopped by one day and Mark told me what he had in mind and told me about the spring they were going to bring the water down from and he said, 'There are some places where the water is going to have to run uphill, but as long as the point you're getting it from is higher than the point it is going to, the water'll get there.'  Mark fought the Forest Service for quite awhile before he got permission for the line, but the people who run cattle on Anthro from here on out will appreciate his foresight. Mark had the vision to see something that needed to be done and could be done, and he had the courage and intestinal fortitude to go ahead and do it! It didn't matter to Mark what other people thought.”

            Mark had prostate surgery in Salt Lake on March 28, 1985.

            In March 1985 The Cattleman's Association Annual Banquet was held at the Vocational Center in Roosevelt, Utah. “The Cattleman of the Year Award” was presented to "Long-time member, Mark Bleazard of Arcadia, and his wife, Evelyn". The award was a beautiful, engraved plaque. (The plaque is in the home of Mark & Sharry Thomas 3/00) The Uintah Basin Standard article said, "Bleazard is presently raising the feed for all his 300 head of cattle on his ranch in Arcadia and running them on Diamond Mountain and Sowards Canyon permits.

            "He has helped to pioneer life in the Uintah Basin. He has worked for the Forest Service, constructed fences, rebuilt reservoirs and blazed trails.

            "... after starting out with one cow and four horses, Bleazard worked until he built up his herd. In 1949, he formed the Bleazard Brothers Ranch in the Blue Bench area. He served as President of the Uintah Basin Grazing Association in 1975 and was instrumental in purchasing a large tract of land for grazing on Diamond Mountain."

            Marianne Thomas married David Wayne Tuttle on June 15, 1985 in Salt Lake City, Utah. They were married in the First Presbyterian Church in the morning and in the evening a well-attended reception was held in Joan and Ken's backyard. Pete was in attendance. Mark was not well at the time and was helping Tami and Brent. Brent had been in an automobile accident somewhere between Duchesne and Price on the previous day. Barbara and Marlene's daughter, Lorraine, worked long hours to help Joan and Ken with the wedding and reception.

            Great Granddaughter, Joleean Thomas, was born on October 23, 1985 in Murray, Utah.

*In January 1986 the space shuttle Challenger exploded; Ferdinand Marcos left the Philippines after authoritarian control for 20 years, and Jean-Claude Duvalier left Haiti after three decades of dictatorship; Georgia 0’Keefe died, Vladimir Horowitz gave his first piano recital in Russia in 61 years; Larry Bird lead the Boston Celtics to their 16th NBA title; Congress rejected Reagan’s $100 million aid package to the Nicaraguan contras; Reagan administration agreed on a military strike against Libya and Khadafy; Iran/Contra and the Reagan administration’s illegal involvement occurred; Jack Nicklaus won his sixth Masters golf title; Chernobyl accident released deadly atom radiation in Soviet Union; the Supreme Court upheld Roe vs. Wade; Chief Justice Warren Burger resigned and William Rehnquist was named as CJ; and Reagan vetoed a bill for sanctions on South Africa because of its apartheid policies and his veto was overridden by Congress.*

            Lorraine Coyle joined the Air Force on January 28, 1986; and Mark Coyle joined the Air Force on February 12, 1986.

            Pete was referred to Dr. Michael Goldstein, Neurologist, at the Parkview Medical Center in Salt Lake by Dr. Gary B. White in Roosevelt. Dr. Goldstein saw Pete on May 19, 1986. His records state that Pete was 77 years old and her symptoms were described as numbness of her left hand traveling to the left face and tongue, then she becomes dysarthric, has difficulty finding words but her speech apparently is correct but garbled. She does not appear to be aphasic. This lasts about 15 or 20 minutes. She has no history of heart disease but has been treated for high blood pressure.  She had a hysterectomy and bladder repair in 1983. She may have had a minor heart attack at some point in the past. Blood pressure 140/90; Impression:  TIA seizure.

            Plan: We will obtain brain scan, intravenous angiogram, carotid ultrasound and echocardiogram. I have added aspirin 300mg. b.i.d.

            Dr. Goldstein wrote to Dr. White on June 9, 1986, "I saw Evelyn in follow-up of her TIA/seizure. She has had no further episodes but has had a mild degree of an unsteady feeling. She is taking Tagamet, Tenorimin, a diuretic, aspirin and Persantine as well as Dilantin. Exam shows no new abnormality.

            Impression: TIA/seizure without recurrence. Dizziness of uncertain etiology.

            Plan: We will try gradually decreasing the Dilantin as the evidence of a seizure is somewhat weak."

            Joan remembers spending time with her mother at this time and remembers that Pete believed the problem was her heart.

Marlene had triple by-pass heart surgery in the Salt Lake St. Mark's Hospital on June 19, 1986. She spent the night of June 18th with Joan and the two sisters talked all night. After her release from the hospital, Marlene stayed at Joan and Ken's home for a week.

            Mark had triple by-pass surgery in the LDS Hospital during October 1986.

*In 1987 the family farm depression was the worst in 50 years in the US; early in 1987 the Dow Jones was at 2000 for the first time; the Iran-Contra report charged Reagan with responsibility for illegal activities; Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” sold for record $39.9 million and his “Irises” brought $53.9 million for an unidentified buyer; Andy Warhol, Liberace of AIDS, Rita Hayworth of Alzheimers, and Fred Astaire died; the LA Lakers defeated the Boston Celtics in the NBA finals; Rudolf Hess age 93 and the last of Hitler’s close colleagues committed suicide at the Spandau Prison in West Berlin; the FCC abolished the Fairness Doctrine; SC Justice Thurgood Marshall said Reagan ranks at the bottom of US Presidents on Civil Rights; and the US celebrated the 200th birthday its Constitution.*

            Kevin Lister married Jackie Lyn Leigh in Roosevelt, Utah on March 7, 1987. Mark and Pete were both present.

            Great Granddaughter, Megan Mari Thomas, was born March 21, 1987 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Verl wrote to Joan on April 11, 1987, "Thanks so much for all you and your beautiful family did to help Kevin and Jackie have a lovely wedding. My new house is lovely. I'll be so glad when it's finished. I will be able to move in by at least June 1st. Our dear mother still has some pretty bad days, however, she is quite pleased about the house and we talk and window shop or look at catalogs trying to decide on colors, etc.

            "Daddy's eye is continuing to give him trouble and he is still losing weight. The doctors say all this is expected though and he will feel much better when he gets his new glasses. Hope they know what they are talking about.

            "Brent goes up each day early and checks cows for new calves and then feeds everything. It's usually dark before he gets home again. Tami and boys are fine.

            "I'm anxious to get the yard at the new house landscaped. I'll appreciate any advice and I definitely want starts of purple flowers. I love you, Verl."

            Verl moved into her home in Roosevelt, Utah on June 1, 1987.

            On June 7, 1987, Marlene’s husband, Bud, was riding his horse when it jumped. He fell off the horse and his foot got caught in the stirrup of the saddle and he was dragged for almost a mile. He was seriously bruised and injured and spent at least six weeks in bed.          

            Barbara was hospitalized in Bountiful, Utah and had a hysterectomy on July 16, 1987.

            Great Grandson, Randy Bevil Lister, was born September 3, 1987.

            Verl wrote to Joan on October 15, 1987, "Thanks for being there for me, and for meeting Kevin at the airport that horrible morning, and for having a place for Kevin and Jackie to stay while Randy was in the hospital. Especially, thanks for the love and care you freely gave to our little Randy.

            "I really enjoyed Steve, Kathy and boys and I think they liked my house. How are their pigs? I'm at Tami's waiting for Tyrell to come from school, they are helping bring cows home from Anthro."

            Mark and Pete sent a Christmas letter in December 1987 which read: 

            “Dear Family: The weather is beautiful today. In fact, all fall has been nice and warm. We don’t have any snow yet, but it has turned real cold at night the past few days.  I’m feeling fairly well. I can do my cooking, dishes and washing. I tire quite easily.

            Mark is out working all the time. Doesn’t look or act very good, but working is what he wants to do.

            I have really worried about Rayda the last six months. She is getting worse all the time both physically and mentally. She spends most of her time at Dorothy’s. Right now she is in Portland with Jack but plans on being back in time for Christmas.

            Marlene’s family has had another bad year. She still is not feeling too well. She had her appendix out in the spring about the same time Bud was injured working with some horses. He has been having trouble breathing and has been to the doctor. They can’t determine what is wrong except that he has fluid in his lungs. Their boy, Pete, has had his appendix out also and Jerry still has the same problems.

            Joan has had a new grandchild this year. Her son Blaine. Also Marianne is expecting in late January, her first.

            Verl’s son, Kevin, had a child (Randy) in September. The baby has heart problems and was in the Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake about the first six weeks. He’s home and doing well. Verl is in the hospital now with back problems. We hope the rest will correct them but don’t know for sure.

            Barbara and Ralph are doing fine. Ralph travels with Barbara when she goes out of town to work.

            We wish you a very Merry Christmas and New Year.

            We think of you all often and would love to see any of you who can stop by. All our Love, Pete and Mark?"

*In 1988, the year Tanner Tuttle was born, the Washington Redskins won the Super Bowl over the Denver Broncos 42-10; Soviet troops left Afghanistan; Judge Anthony Kennedy became a Supreme Court Justice; Arizona Governor and former Uintah Basin resident Evan M. Mecham was impeached for crimes and unethical behavior and removed from office; the SC protected even outrageous statements under the 1st Amendment by ruling in favor of Larry Flynt over Jerry Falwell; the Winter Olympics were held in Calgary Canada; Reagan visited the Soviet Union he once called the ‘Evil Empire”; Four members of the Singer clan in Utah are convicted of Mormon church bombing and 13-day siege; Mike Tyson knocked out Michael Spinks in 1 ½ minutes; Iraq admitted using chemical weapons on an Iraqi town occupied by Iran; Ayatollah Khomeni of Iran proclaimed the end of the 8 year war with Iraq; Yellowstone fires were the worst in a century and the Summer Olympics were held in Seoul, South Korea*

            Great Grandson, Tanner Dave Tuttle, was born February 1, 1988 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

            Pete wrote to Joan on August 7, 1988, "We are pretty well here and Dad stays busy with haying and the cows. I cook, do dishes and I still watch out the window to see if everyone is all right. Verl is really thrilled with her TDD phone and so am I. She needs all she can have to help make her happy and more contented. I love you for finding out about it and getting it for her.

            "I went to see Rayda yesterday afternoon. She was walking around all alone. She just stared at me when I spoke to her and I know she didn't know me. I took hold of her hand and got her to sit by me on a couch in the lobby but she couldn't seem to sit there and in just a minute or two she got up and left me and went walking. I walked with her a little while then had to leave her. It's so sad. All my love, Mom."  Rayda was in the Stewart's Convalescent Center in Roosevelt, Utah.

            Joan’s Christmas letter December 1988 states: “ Our family has been reasonably healthy this year. My mother was the one exception. She was in the LDS Hospital for many days this month … She is weak and will need lots of TLC to regain her health and strength.”

In November/December of 1988 Pete was very sick. She survived a whipple procedure on her pancreas, gall bladder and stomach. She had blockages resulting in peritonitis and she was in intensive care for a long time. Barbara was in the hospital room with her when she hemorrhaged and would not have survived if Barbara had not been there to alert the hospital personnel. At one time she had a feeding tube.

During the last years of her life Pete had shingles and at one time she had severe hives. Her blood pressure was always difficult to control. The last years of her life were very difficult for her but through it all she remained strong and pleasant and always wanting to help and to care for everyone.

*In 1989, the year, the Democrats controlled both Houses of Congress; George Herbert Walker Bush ® became the 41st President of the US; The Berlin Wall came down; the US invaded Panama; Curtis Strange became the 1st golfer to earn $1 million in a year; serial killer Ted Bundy was executed; Japan’s Hirohito, Lucille Ball, Abbie Hoffman, Sugar Ray Robinson, Mel Blanc, Huey Newton, Irving Stone, Betty Davis, Vladimir Horowitz, and Irving Berlin died; government deregulation was blamed for Savings & Loan crisis; Bush went to China; neo-nazi groups were banned in West Germany; the Exxon Valdez tragedy spread oil over 500 square miles of Alaskan waters and coated hundreds of miles of coastline; Pete Rose was charged with betting on baseball games; Dustin Hoffman received the Academy Award for “Rain Man”; ivory imports were banned in US; President Bush vetoed a minimum wage boost; Supreme Court sanctioned death penalty for the retarded and minors; India admitted selling chemicals used in poison gas to Iran; Chinese troops kill students in the Tianamen Square massacre; DeKlerk became South African President; women were admitted to West Point and Bush declared a war on drugs and outlined $8 billion plan to fight the drug war.*

Great Granddaughter, Jesse Rae Farnsworth, was born on January 5, 1989.

            Joan stayed with her parents for a week prior to the Mark's 80th Birthday Open House. He was eighty years old on January 9, 1989.  Pete was very fragile and sick and still recovering from the extensive surgery she had endured and survived in November and December 1988. Joan tried to clean and prepare for the Open House, but spent most of the time visiting and trying to help her mother and to keep her from worrying about the party. 

              Mark's 80th Birthday Open House was held at the home in Arcadia on Sunday, January 8, 1989 from 1 to 4 pm. There had been snow for a couple of days and many who had planned to attend were unable to be there. In Salt Lake the night before the party, Mark, Sharry, Keven and Joleean Thomas, Stan, Melanie and Jason Thomas, Marianne and Tanner, and Sophia and Naaman Buckmiller recorded video birthday wishes for Mark. Blaine and Stephen Thomas and their families were at the Party.  It was well attended and Mark was honored by many neighbors, family and friends from Talmage, Mountain Home, Arcadia and many other places. Some of the persons who attended the Open House were Hal and Ilene Jenson; Jack and Viola Bleazard; Guy, Dolly, George Lindsay was present, and Charles and Dale Ann Lindsay and their children.  Leo, Beth, Lon, Brent, TyRell and Trent Farnsworth; Bonnie and RG Ross; Reed and Joleen Clayburn; Jerry, Pete and Bud Harrison; Mike and Jean Bleazard and their family; Dorothy and Gerald Hicken and their family; LeGrand Gilbert and many others.  Tami was at home with her new baby girl, Jesse. Joan's family videotaped the occasion and gave copies of the video to her sisters. Barbara and Ralph brought beautiful depression era pink dishes, Joan brought a birthday cake with a little china bull on it, and all four daughters helped with food preparation, dishes and serving. Leo Farnsworth carved a vase and a bull as gifts for Mark, and he received other gifts.

            Both Mark and Pete look frail in the video but seemed to be very pleased that so many of their friends and family were there.

Mark drove to Roosevelt on February 27, 1989 to consult with his attorney, Gayle McKeachnie. He was driving a new (red/maroon) Ford Taurus. It was early evening when he left Roosevelt. His 6-year-old Grandson, TyRell Farnsworth, was sleeping on the passenger side in the front seat of the car. The sun was low in the west and was shining directly in his eyes and when he arrived at the junction where he was to turn left down the Ravola Hill to his farm, he did not see the vehicle approaching from the west. Mark was critically injured in the two-car accident.  Guy Hansen was the first person on the scene and he wisely put his own neck brace on Mark and did not move him. Tyrell and the two boys in the other car were not injured. Mark had two vertebrae fractured in his neck, his nose was broken and he had numerous cuts and bruises all over his body. His spinal cord was likely not severed because of Guy's special care of him.

Joan has a note indicating that those persons who assisted Mark and TyRell at the scene of the accident were Al Potts and his 22 yr old son, Bert Potts. Bert was on his way to school; Glen Durfey comforted Mark and carefully put a rag around his head and told him to not move. Mark Thacker who was in the other vehicle. Gary Hansen put the brace on Mark’s neck.

            Mark was flown by helicopter from Roosevelt to the LDS Hospital in Salt Lake where he remained for two weeks. Pete stayed with Barbara and Ralph at night and spent the days with Mark at the hospital. When Mark was released he and Pete stayed at Barbara's home for quite a while. When they went to their home in Arcadia, Barbara and Ralph went with them to care for them. Mark's neck was held motionless by a halo brace, and he required oxygen.

            Evelyn Dorothy 'Pete' Jenson Bleazard was honored on the occasion of her 80th birthday at a lovely buffet lunch and program held at the Bridgeland Ward Recreational Hall on Saturday, April 15, 1989. Many of Pete's brothers and sisters were present; Pat & Parley Schenk and their son, Glen; Alta & Roy Stott and their son Lloyd; Hal & Ilene Jenson and some of their family; Rayda Stevenson, Dorothy Dee & Gerald Hicken and Jim & Helen Stevenson; Anna Dee Rowley and Stella Rowley; Jack & Viola Bleazard and numerous other family and friends (including Leo & Beth Farnsworth; RG & Bonnie Ross; Ruth Hawkins; Cleo Frandsen Sorenson and Marguerite Thomas.  Marlene was the Program Presenter and the program was lovely.  Joan played "That Wonderful Mother of Mine" on the piano; Verl gave a wonderful tribute to her mother.  Joan sent this to Verl for the tribute "I remember a day when I was so sick with a sore throat and fever and flu that I didn't think I could go on. Ken was on a business trip and couldn't help me, and our children were so young and needed constant attention. The doorbell rang and there was Mother with her suitcase and a smile. Needless to say, I went to bed and Mother took over. She has always been there for me. She is my anchor and my inspiration, I love her with all my heart."    Glenn and Parley Schenk and others helped set up tables and chairs. The food was wonderful. Everyone brought casseroles, salad, rolls and dessert.

All the little Great-Grandkids walked to the front of the room and each presented their Grandma Pete with gifts. Little great grandson, Trent Farnsworth, sang, “A Very Special Person” to Pete. Joan purchased a "Hansen Classic" figurine of a mother and daughter titled "Teaching With Love" with the names of Barbara, Joan, Marlene and Verl engraved on it (the figurine was given to Barbara, and she gave it to Marianne on her birthday March 18, 2001).

Carol Hanberg, Jan Hanberg, Nancy Moon and Judy Shepherd sang “Memories” and “My Blue Heaven”, accompanied by Jean Bleazard.

Although it was only two months since Mark’s accident, Brent and Tami Farnsworth went to the home and helped Mark get dressed, and helped him get to the party.  His head and neck were still held motionless by the halo brace and he was in a wheelchair. The video shows Pete looking beautiful on this day and wearing a lovely dark blue dress, her hair styled and lovely and wearing an orchid corsage. She appears to be very happy to be with all her family and friends on this special day. Mark, although in a wheelchair and looking somewhat strange with the halo and having been through so much recently, also appeared to be visiting with everyone, and enjoying himself.

            Pat (Neomia Freda Jenson Schenk) wrote to Pete and Mark: “Hope all is well with you. Sure enjoyed the party. It was so good to see everyone and those girls sure had the food and it was all so delicious. How are you doing Mark? Do you still look like an outer space man? How do you ever get any sleep in that contraption? Seems it’s saving your life and that’s the main thing.

            “I surely enjoyed visiting with Jack and Viola besides all our own loved ones. Got a note from Ilene today and she said that Hal is walking 20 minutes a couple of times a day and feeling pretty good, but she broke two toes so they are both miserable… Love, Pat.”


            Pete's sister, Pat Schenk, wrote to Joan on July 1989 and said, "I'm so sorry to hear your Mom is having problems again. She seemed so much better at the 80th birthday party that I was hoping her problems were solved. I got a lovely letter from Viola (Bleazard) with some of her genealogy and a history of her parents which I prize. She said she'd been to see your Mom and she wasn't feeling well.

            "You are welcome for what we did to help at your Mom's party. Everything was just lovely and you girls certainly need to be commended. It was nice to see as many as there were there of our family. Love Aunt Pat". 

            Pete's sister, Rayda Jenson Stevenson, who had been at the Stewart's Convalescent Care Center in Roosevelt, Utah died on August 30, 1989. Pete was unable to attend the funeral of her beloved sister because she was again in the LDS Hospital. They were giving her intravenous treatments and supplemental protein foods to try to get her in condition for another surgery.  Pete was in the hospital and when she was released from the hospital, both she and Mark stayed at Barbara and Ralph’s home for quite awhile. Verl drove them to their Arcadia home in about the second week of October.

            Pete's sister, Ona Jenson Rosenberger, wrote to Joan from her home in Polson, Montana on September 8, 1989, "I'm so happy my dear sister's, Pete, operation is over but I sure feel terrible about what they found. We all love her so and surely hate to see her suffer so much, poor dear. Joan, please send me some pictures of her 80th birthday. I'm feeling better each day, thank God ... surely sorry I couldn't get to Rayda's funeral and see everyone, but guess it just wasn't meant to be. I can't drive down and no one could bring me. No buses run from here to Browning and Choteau, so I couldn't get over there to ride with anyone and also, I had pneumonia and didn't think I should go. Please keep me informed about your mother, and send me some pictures. All my love, Aunt Ona."

            Great Granddaughter, Brenda Lister, was born on November 24, 1989.

            Mark had pneumonia and was in the Roosevelt Hospital sometime during either December or January 1989.

            A Christmas Letter that Mark and Pete sent to family and friends in December 1989 said, "The weather this fall has been beautiful. A long warm fall. We did not have much moisture all summer. It's nice now, but I wonder what next spring will be like if we do not get any snow. I'm sure snow will be here soon.

            "I've been home since the middle of October and I am doing pretty well. I can now walk by myself but can't do very much else. I hope that changes soon.

            "Mark is feeling pretty good. He hasn't spent much time outside since I have been sick. When I first came home he had to help me with everything but now I'm beginning to do some things for myself.

            "Verl's daughter, Tami, had a baby girl in January 1989 ... and Verl spent some time in Las Vegas waiting for her son, Kevin and his wife, Jackie, to have their baby. Baby Brenda was born the day after Thanksgiving...

            "Marlene's daughter, Lorraine, got out of the Air Force in November 1988. Her son, Mark, is still in Panama.

            "Joan's family is growing up - no new little children this year.

            "I love each of you and pray the next year will be good to each one of you.

Lots of Love, Mark and Pete."

*In 1990 after Reagan invaded Panama, Manuel Noriega was brought to the US and charged with drug trafficking and convicted; Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years in a South African prison; Daniel Ortega was voted out of office in Nicaragua; Gorbachev was elected the first executive president of the Soviet Union; Greta Garbo and Sammy Davis died; Iraqi forces invaded and seized control of Kuwait; Pete Sampras age nineteen won the US Open men’s single title; East and West Germany were united; and David Souter became a Supreme Court Justice.*

Joan and Ken received a note from Neomia Freda (Pat) Jenson Schenk: “…we are settled in our little RV in Quartzside, Arizona until the last week in March…Jim Stevenson is staying here also. He said that he saw your mom shortly before Christmas and she looked good to him. I try to write to her often and I know when she feels able she’ll write back

            “Surely hope all is well in your family with your boys and girl and your precious grandchildren…we love you folks very much. Family is so important. We truly need to keep in touch. Thanks again, Love Pat and Parley.”

            Joan got a card from her mother, Pete, on August 1, 1990 and said, "Just a note to let you know Dad and I are still about the same. I hope if I get the cast off tomorrow so I will get around and feel better. Verl is tending Jesse Rae again as Tami went to help Brent move cattle on Anthro. They took the trailer so will stay all night. Enclosed find money ($50.00) to use to buy gifts and help with the party in any way you think best. Better buy Kathy something as well as the baby. Excuse this writing. I love you, Mom." 

                A baby shower was held at Joan's home for Kathy on Saturday, August 11th. Pete attended the shower and brought a baby quilt. Joan and Pete gave Kathy a lovely gown, and the baby a dressing table and chest of drawers.

            Great granddaughter, Brittney Lynne Thomas, was born August 17, 1990, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

            Pete always told Joan that the one thing she would really have liked to do was to golf, to be on a golf course. She wished that she had had the opportunity to learn how to play golf. She loved watching golf on television, and thought the courses were beautiful.

            During this difficult time, Pete continued making dozens of hot pads and she made some beautiful quilt block pillows for her daughters.

During the years prior to their deaths, Verl drove from Roosevelt and assisted her mother and father often. She did grocery shopping for them and ran other errands. She drove Pete to Roosevelt to get groceries and do other shopping. Rayda's daughter, Dorothy Dee Stevenson Hicken, always gave her Aunt Pete permanents and cut and styled her hair.  Pete and Dorothy had a very special relationship.

Mark said, "After we moved down here (Arcadia), the Church had temple classes.  We took them with a whole bunch from the Ward.  LeGrand Gilbert was Bishop and we started going to Church.  It wasn't hurting me a bit so we went pretty often.  We haven't been to church for 4 or 5 months now.  It's awful hard to go after being away that long.  Why? I don't know, but it is.  I suppose that's the devil working overtime.  But if I was able on Sunday morning I'd drive right in to go to church. I kinda hang back; oh I guess that's some of the Devil's slaves hanging on.  It don't hurt any to go. I haven’t been to the auction in a couple of years.

            "Someone said to me that they wished to be 15 and live it over again.  Boy, I wouldn't want to go through it again! I don't suppose I'd do a damn thing different!

            "If I'd gone on to school, I'd like to have been a lawyer.  Every kid needs to take a year or two of law.  You're into it one way or another anyway.  A good lawyer can do a lot of things.  I've said that about Hugh Colton.  They say he was about as good a lawyer as is.  Anything we've had him do? He summed it up and he'd tell you your chances of whether you'd win or lose.  He's pretty well 100%.  He'd say, ‘I'll take your case, but there's a pretty good chance you'll lose’, or ‘There ain't no chance you'll lose.’  I think you ought to take up enough law to know that."

Pete received a card St. George Utah from a niece, Janette Schenk Maughan, dated December 19, 1990: “ Hello! It is so good to hear from you, and I’m glad you are doing so well. I feel wonderful. My only problem is the Ostomy and it’ll be reversed in February. I am so grateful it can be reversed. I feel for people who have to have a permanent colostomy. I have worked four days lately. I will only be working when one of the gals is gone or when they need me. I have a lot of energy, but I get tired now and I never used to get tired. I am so thankful to be able to work again. I am not taking chemo or radiation. Chemo is barbaric and doesn’t do much for liver cancer, so I am going all natural and I will beat it – for sure. I leave for Hawaii on January 2nd and will be there until January 10th. I am excited although I’m a little reluctant to leave my family for a full month. Give my love and hellos to all your family. Love Jan & gals, Marci, Christi, Emily.”  Janette died in February 1992.

*In 1991, the year that Pete died, the US and UN launched Operation Desert Storm and the Gulf War began; Albania agreed to restore diplomatic relations with the US after a 52-year break; video recorded beating of Rodney King occurred in Los Angeles; Lee Atwater died; “Dances With Wolves” won six Oscars; the minimum wage in the US was raised from $3.80 and hour to $4.25; the WHO estimates 40 million people will have the HIV virus by year 2000; the Supreme Court ruled that federally-supported family planning clinics may not discuss abortion with pregnant women; the practice of apartheid was repealed in South Africa, and US trade sanctions were lifted; Thurgood Marshall retired from the Supreme Court and Clarence Thomas became a justice; on September 5th the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) was dissolved and Gorbachev resigned; the US Golf Team lead by David Stockton won the Ryder Cup; Leningrad became St. Petersburg and Elizabeth Taylor wed for the 8th time; and Jane Fonda and Ted Turner wed.*

            Mark’s opinion regarding school and teaching was: "You've got to have a personality to put things over.  You can't just add 2+2 and go from there.  Get them to pay attention to you and understand what you are saying. Not being able to put things over right has been a problem for me!  When I’d get up to try to explain it or something and some educated bastard would get up and put me down.  You had no way, no idea how you was ‘going to explain and get your message across.

            "I don't believe I'd put education first.  I'd put the case for the invalid; the disabled first and then would come education.

            "Johnny Abbott?  He was the best farmer I ever knew.  He knew how to handle it.  There's a time to cut alfalfa and grass.  He'd watch careful and some would be a cuttin' and some would not. He'd watch and pick just the right day to cut the alfalfa.  You'd notice his place. The water just dripped out of the end of the furrows.  He'd turn it just right. His stacks of hay? He wouldn't let nobody stack it but him, he stacked that hay! Working little devil he was and he was the tightest, little bastard I ever saw.  He didn't shoe his horses.  He'd come and put them cows to feed by the canal, and they'd starve to death quite often.  Sometimes his cows would break out, his corrals wasn't good enough to hold them.  Do you think he'd fix a pole or anything? No!  He’d be back to check in the fall. He always drove his cattle from the Duchesne River and would stop by Dad's overnight, and drive them on the next morning. He’d be back down to Dad’s by 10 o'clock the next morning and he'd drive them cows on the run.  He didn't care about nobody else.  I believe he was a Jehovah Witness or what Bill calls a Holy Roller."

            Mark and Pete’s daughters and their families (most of the grand and great grand-children and many friends and neighbors) met at Constitution Park in Roosevelt, Utah on August 16, 1991 to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. There was wonderful food and the children played baseball. Pete wore Marianne’s wedding veil and many pictures were taken. Mark and Pete were both very fragile and not feeling well but seemed to enjoy being with family and friends.

            Mark and Pete attended a Talmage Reunion at the homestead of Chase McDonald during the summer of 1991. They mentioned visiting with Wayne McDonald and Claude McDonald’s children and Keith & Margaret.

            Pete said, "My favorite movie star was Dean Martin, I like his singing much more than his foolishness. (Joan thinks she liked him because he looked like Mark!) Pete continued, "I liked Joan Crawford (Joan was told that is why she was given the name, Joan), and I liked Eddy Arnold's singing."

            The Bridgeland Ward ladies did a "Twelve Days of Christmas' project for Mark and Pete.  Someone arrived each day with a special surprise of food, or a song and always with friendship.

            LeGrand Gilbert, who spoke at Mark’s funeral, said, “I had different dealings with him, bought hay from him and sold hay to him. He was as honest a man as I knew…The people who run cattle on Anthro probably from here on out will appreciate his foresight when it comes to water. He could see, he had the vision to see something that could be done and needed to be done and he had the courage and intestinal fortitude to go ahead and do it. It didn’t matter what other people thought. I’ve had some discussions with him on other things and, whether it was church things or politics or people he had an opinion and he didn’t mind expressing it. He liked kicking things back and forth and discussing them. He was that kind of man.

“Mark loved his cattle and he had a good eye for cattle. He knew what he could buy and the sale and he enjoyed going over to the auction. He could ook at the animals that somebody thought they maybe could pawn off and he knew what to buy and what he could make of them. He had an eye for cattle just like he did for horses, and he always had a good dog with him.  Mark and Evelyn, these kind of people are the salt of the earth. The hardworking people. They became this by the sacrifices they made and the things they had to suffer. They knew what it takes to make a life and a living. They did not ask to be taken care of by others and they earned what they got. He wouldn’t take anything from anyone unless he paid for it or worked for it. That’s the way I saw Mark. A bunch of us went on that huntin’ expedition, Lon and Marv and I think Chad was there and Hale. That was when I found out that Mark had quite a humorous side to him, he could joke and laugh. Before that time I thought he was always pretty serious but after this trip he was a different man to me. I thoroughly appreciated the adventure we had.

“Some have talked about his opinions. He was a very strong and opionated man. You can’t fault a man if he thinks something is true and does not yield or deviate from that course and Mark wouldn’t change unless you could show him a better way to look at something. He left the world a better place. The place the McConkie’s just bought from Ark here in Arcadia? If you could only look back thirty years at that place you wouldn’t believe the change. On that eighty acres where the house is the water ran in thirteen different directions and now it runs in one direction. Anything Mark put his hand to, it turned out better.”

Mike Bleazard (Jack’s son and Mark’s nephew) said in June 1993, “ Uncle Mark, you used to tell us some stories about some buckboards, the remains of them sitting up near Pigeon Water and that you used to wonder what those things were and said it almost looked like a battle had occurred reight there because it looked like fox holes dug around and pieces of harnesses and other odds and ends laying there and pieces of wagon wheels or buckboard wheels. I’ve wondered what happened on that ridge? Mark was a young man or boy when these things were very old and he found them on that ridge.”


            Pete was asked to finish the sentence, "Peace will never come until ---?"  She answered, "Until Christ comes."  Asked when she thought that would be, she said, "I don't know."

Evelyn 'Pete' was taken to the Roosevelt Hospital in the fall of 1991 where she had surgery and it was found that she had cancer in her kidneys. The doctors were reluctant to operate again and suggested that she might like to get a second opinion from someone in Salt Lake. She decided against another operation or second opinion.  Home health care and hospice service was provided for Pete in her home and her children were there as often as possible.

            Joan and Ken spent a week with Mark and Pete the second week of December 1991. Pete was critically ill and so was Mark.

             Evelyn Dorothy (Pete) Jenson Bleazard died on December 19, 1991, at her home in Arcadia, Utah. She and Mark had been married for 60-1/2 years, and she was 82 years old. Her husband, Mark, and children Barbara, Ralph, Marlene and Verl were at her bedside and caring for her when she died.  Joan was at her desk in the Utah State Senate when she got the phone call telling her that her mother had died. Pete's funeral was held at the Bridgeland LDS Ward on Saturday, December 21, 1991. All of Joan's children and grandchildren except Tanner, Melanie and Jason were present. Blaine's family came from St. George for the service, and returned to Salt Lake to spend Christmas with Joan and Ken. Pete’s brother, Andrew Jenson, spoke at the funeral and Barbara gave a special tribute to her mother. She is buried in the Roosevelt Memorial Park, Roosevelt, Utah.

            Barbara and Ralph stayed with Mark and cooked turkey for him on Christmas Day so Joan, Marlene and Verl could be at home with their families. They had spent many Christmas holidays and other holidays at the Talmage and Arcadia homes.

            Ralph had been retired from Hill Air Force for some time, and Barbara now took an early retirement from Zions Bancorportion.  She took early retirement so that she and Ralph could go to the family home and care for Mark.  Mark and Pete had both had so many serious illnesses and both Barbara and Ralph spent years caring for and seeing that their needs were met.

            *In 1992 Bush sent Marines to Somalia; Bush pardoned six officials including former Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger for Iran-Contra activities; Mike Tyson, was sentenced to prison for rape; Larry Bird ended 13 seasons and retired from the Boston Celtics;  Manuel Noriega, former strongman of Panama, was found guilty of drug trafficking and sentenced to 40 years in prison; Isaac Asimov and former Israeli Prime Minister Menachen Begin died;  after 30 years on TV Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show ended;  the Summer Olympics were in Barcelona Spain; and the Vatican finally admitted that Galileo was correct.*

            After Pete died, Barbara and Ralph stayed with Mark at his Arcadia home. Joan would come out some weekends and took her Father to Church a few times. She remembers a Father's Day program at the Church.

            On January 10, 1992 Joan wrote, "Dad has diabetes …

            Joan said to Barbara, "You did a lot of repair on the Arcadia home. I can remember you papering and cleaning the master bedroom and the living room and getting drapes and blinds on their windows. Staying with them like you did and caring for them you know what their life was really like." Barbara responded, "When they were so sick I was just doing meals, and Brent came to report to Dad every day and talked to him about what was going on and what needed to be done. I'm not sure he always listened, but they always talked about it."

            Joan and Barbara agreed that the Ravola Dance Hall looked much bigger when they were at school dances back then...

            Joan mentioned that in a tape or story, her Dad talked about the Ravola Hill and what would be needed to make a good road through there that the sun could shine on and it wouldn't get slick and noted he was always thinking of those things. A few years after their deaths, Mark’s Hill plan was implemented. 


            Ralph remembers flying over Arcadia and looking down from an airplane and picking out the road across the valley and especially the hayfield to the south that was so very green and being able to pick out the house, the animals and everything.


            Viola Bleazard mailed a card to Joan about this time and said, "I went over to see your Dad yesterday. I hadn't been over for quite a while and I thought he looked much better. He could talk so I could hear him and always before it has been so difficult to converse –with my poor hearing.


            "Barbara and Tami were out chasing bulls, corralling two of them so Tami could take them to Pleasant Valley. She works like a man and I just hope she doesn't ruin her health. "Take care, Joan, and know that we love you, Aunt Viola and Uncle Jack"


            On October 14, 1992, Ralph’s Birthday, Mark moved from the home in Arcadia to live with Verl at her home in Roosevelt.


                        Verl had her son-in-law, Brent Farnsworth, place a grab pole by a reclining chair in her living room so Mark would have an easier time getting up and down. The stairs in Verl's split level home were difficult for Mark to use to get from the bedroom to the kitchen/living room area, and it was hard for Verl to help him but they managed for quite a while.


            Joan remembers with regret the time when she came to Roosevelt and Verl and Mark were both very sick. Prior to her leaving Mark said, "What are we going to do?" On this day Pat and Parley Schenk and some of their family came to visit and Joan met them outside because Mark and Verl were too sick to have visitors. Joan will always regret that she did not stay with them that night and help them but at that time she thought she had to get back to her job at the Senate. Verl and Mark made it through the night and the next day Barbara was there again to help them.


Barbara remembers, "That last summer, it was the last trip I took Dad on. I went to the nursing home and got him and then I took him up around Arcadia when they were just starting to build the road. Dad was so thrilled they were finally going to do it. He was so interested in what it would do to his place, although it wasn't his place anymore. It will always be his place as far as I'm concerned. I remember how mother hated to move from Talmage."


            While Mark was at Verl’s home, Joan read and taped lots of stories for him to listen to on a Boon Box. The Boon Box had earphones so he could turn it up loud enough to hear. His eyesight was bad and so was his hearing. Joan taped "We Had Everything But Money", Butch Cassidy stories and other things for her father to listen to. On April 27, 1992 an Application for Library Service was approved by the Utah State Library Division, Program for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, where Mark could get a machine to listen with, and lots of tapes.  He spent a lot of time listening to Book of Mormon and Bible tapes and Mormon Conference tapes.


Joan received a note from her cousin, Glenna Stott Peebles dated March 10, 1992: “Dearest Joan. Can you believe three months have flown by and many times I’ve thought I am going to get a letter written to Joan!! I’m sure that three months later you are probably missing your Mom more. At least that’s the way it has been for me. I want you to know how dear your Mom was to me. Since I’m the oldest of the Jenson’s grandchildren, it seems that each of those Aunts were definitely mine! It seems that as cousins we’ve rather lost contact –and that’s the way it’s bound to be. Once you lose Mom, even brothers and sisters seem to lose contact. Of course, Mom would always keep us updated on all the rest of the family – so goes life.


            “My Dad (Roy Stott) made such a great adjustment and had such a good summer, and he is doing really fine now. Yes, he is a bit confused and we’d sooner not have him that way, but we are very thankful that things are as they are.  Your Dad seemed quite well the day John and I stopped by, but I realize he can’t be on his own –and the adjustments are hard.


            “But I know they were a great generation of parents and we are grateful for their example and nurturing. Do take care. Love, Glenna”


            July 2, 1992 Mark received a note from his sister, Anna Dee Bleazard Coupens: “Dear Mark: Before I start this note, I must go get me a jacket, it is 57 degrees and cold, and after being so hot. How is the weather out there?


            “I have been wondering how you are feeling. I haven’t done any letter writing for quite a while. About all I do is set and rub my legs and try to get the sciatic nerve to quit hurting. The doctor told me this morning it sounds like an operation on the back, but I’m sure set against having that and think I’ll try and suffer it out. 


              “Are you feeling any better? Is Barbara still there with you? Put a pen in her hand and dictate a letter to me. All the mail we ever get is sweepstake letters – None have paid off for all the one’s Frances has answered.


            “I didn’t’ get to see Kathryn when I was out for Memorial Day. In fact, I didn’t see Alice either. She wasn’t at her flower shop or her home.


            “I was over to see Jennie last evening. She has been down to Joe’s (her youngest son) almost every day the past two weeks. Angie (daughter in law) is going to have a baby and the doctor has her stay right down. The baby is supposed to be born the middle of July. Jennie helps tend the other two kids. She is doing OK otherwise. Spoke with Ralph and Bill and they seem to be busy. Bill is trying to keep up on things on Capitol Hill where he has apartments. Somebody wants to buy house and area where he lives now. He might sell and build a home on Capitol Hill. Ralph was busy doing yard work and fixing Cal (his brother in laws) car. Francis is busy hauling wood for winter and yard work. He just said for me to hurry up if I wanted to go to the post office with him. So bye for now. Hope you’re OK. Tell all ‘hello’ for us and take care. Love, Ann.”


*In January 1993, the year Mark died, William Jefferson Clinton having defeated George Herbert Bush was sworn in as the 42nd President of the US, and he and Vice President Albert Gore served two terms; the World Trade Center in New York was damaged by a blast caused by a bomb in a parking garage below the towers; Arthur Ashe, Helen Hayes, Marian Anderson, Pat Nixon, Joseph Pulitzer, William Randolph Hearst and Cesar Chavez died; Janet Reno became the first woman Attorney General; the Waco compound of David Koresh burned; food stamps recipients in the US reached a record 26.6 million; Jiang Zemin became Communist Party leader in China; the Pentagon ordered an end to the ban on women pilots in combat; in Paris two wood slivers said to be from Jesus’s cross were sold at auction for $18,500; the US rookie soccer team defeated the English squad in Boston in a 2-0 victory; Cuba celebrated the 40th anniversary for its revolution; as President Clinton looked on, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasir Arafat shook hands at the White House; Northern Ireland Peace Pact was signed; and centuries of white rule ended in South Africa. Michael Okerlund Leavitt, Republican, became Governor of Utah and was Governor in 2002 when this history was published. He initiated many education programs and led the state in an era of unprecedented economic prosperity. He created statewide involvement in improving transportation, preserving open space and developing and conserving water.*


Mark and Pete both had Revocable Trusts. Prior to his death Mark agreed to allow Tami and Brent Farnsworth to sell most of the cattle, and the homestead in Arcadia to help them acquire and maintain property in Pleasant Valley.  The Arcadia homestead and land was sold to Becky and Shaun McConkie in 1993.


In about April or May of 1993, Barbara and Ralph; Verl and Kevin, Marlene, Frank and Pete, and Joan met at the Arcadia family home and distributed its memories and furnishings as equitably and fair as possible.


During the months April, May and June Mark required numerous doctor and hospital visits and full-time care. Dr. Terry M. Buxton was his doctor. It eventually became necessary for Mark to be admitted to the Stewart’s Cedar Crest Care Center. He was admitted on May 20th 1993. Verl spent much time at the Center helping him. Dorothy Stevenson Hicken, Rayda’s daughter, worked at the Center and took special care of him.


Mark Walker Bleazard was taken from the care center to the Roosevelt Hospital where he died on June 21, 1993.  Verl and her son, Kevin, were with him when he died. His funeral was held at the Bridgeland LDS Ward on Friday, June 25, 1993. LeGrand Gilbert spoke at the service and Joan gave a special tribute to her father. Joan said, “Dad was a pioneer and he was often annoyingly independent. He was determined to make his own way in the world and not to rely on government or anyone else. He loved this earth and its seasons, plants and animals and he lived and worked long and hard on it. Dad was a rancher, a farmer and he became a skilled veterinarian, electrician, carpenter, mechanic, accountant, plumber, a cowboy and he was a man of faith, a gambler. He always believed that next year there would be plentiful crops, healthy and many animals and lots of water. All ranching and farming people are from necessity gamblers with faith… Mother and Dad would want us to get on with our lives and to be happy… Hopefully, we can build on our strong heritage and good example that they left us…Hopefully we will try to make life less difficult for one another.”  Mark is buried in the Roosevelt Memorial Park, Roosevelt, Utah.


            Viola Bleazard sent a card to Joan on August 12, 1993 and said: “Dear Joan. While it is fresh on my mind, I want to thank you for the transcripts of the funerals etc. It is so sweet of you to think of us. Reading them will keep many memories fresh in our minds. I find it hard to pass their (Mark/Pete's) place without a heavy, empty feeling. I want to drive in and find things as they were. We have our memories. When everyone goes to work or school and I am here alone, I catch myself thinking, 'I'll call Pete!’ We were always such good friends and had such good visits on the phone and in person. We have had a busy summer, me with my yard and garden and Jack and Mike with the farms. I don’t get to Roosevelt very often. I do go see May when I can. She keeps well but like me, she is getting older. We have had some good rain the last week for which we are thankful. Thanks again for your thoughtfulness. If you are ever out this way, stop by. I hope we can keep in touch. Our Love, Uncle Jack and Aunt Viola."


*The years 1994 to 2002.  In 1994 Howard Hunter became President of the Mormon Church and served from June 1994 to March 1995, at which time Gordon B. Hinckley became President of the Church and was President at the time this history was published.*


Marianne married James Eugene (Gene) Johnson on September 14, 1996. Gene is Marianne’s second husband, the step-father of Tanner David Tuttle and the birth-father of Taylor James Johnson.  


Viola Bleazard wrote to Joan on January 21, 1997 and said: “…Jack and I are both 86 years old and we have 63 years of married life behind us. By the standards of today our life was hard, but we really didn’t think so. We don’t have a fancy home, but we do have security and that means a lot. We leave four wonderful children who live good, clean lives; there are 27 grandchildren and 51 great grandchildren. Our posterity just keeps growing. There are nine grandchildren not married, still in school, the youngest is thirteen…


            “Jack is much stronger and can walk with the walker but he doesn’t have much control of his right leg. He needs to have someone with him. If he loses his balance he falls over backward. His eyes are bad and he can’t read, but he can see the big screen TV. The days are long for him and he will be glad when spring comes and we can take him outside…We keep in touch with Alice by phone and she still works in her flower shop every day. Her eyes are bad but her kids are very good to help her. Like all of us, she has her aches and pains.


            “Anna Dee writes and she, too, has her problems. In November she had a slight stroke but has recovered from that… We have been having some cold weather and have had 12 inches of snow but it is melting. Mike takes care of the farm and it keeps him busy. He is feeding hay now. It is a big job but with all the modern machinery, it isn’t like it used to be. I have to monitor Jack’s sugar each day and it is time to do it so I better get busy. The home help nurses visit three times a week and the therapists come to give exercises. So for now, I’ll say ‘we love you and appreciate your thoughtfulness. Write when you can. Aunt Viola and Uncle Jack.”


On August 18, 1997 Joan received a letter from her Aunt Pat and Uncle Parley: “I hope you don’t die of shock but you’d be surprised how often I think of you. I’m getting blind so use patience and maybe you can make my writing out. The only way I hear anything about you is through Barbara. Bless her heart! She tries to keep in touch. She says you are having problems with your leg again and I’m surely sad to hear that…Uncle Parley and I are getting old, I’m afraid. He turned 86 last week and I will be 83 this fall, and both of us are almost blind. I gave up driving this summer and have to have someone else drive us every place we need to go…we had our family reunion in July. It was wonderful. We had 140 of a possible 155 of our family here. We were together for three days…Barbara sent me pictures of your Marianne when she got re-married and a picture of her two boys. She’s a lovely girl and I’m sure you enjoy her very much…I’m sorry we don’t get to see each other once in a while but we love you all and hope all is well with you. Always, Aunt Pat and Uncle Parley.”


Joan received a letter from her Aunt Viola dated December 1997. “Dear Joan. Received our copy of the history (I Probably Wouldn’t Do a Damned Thing Different, the life of Mark Walker Bleazard). You have done a great job in compiling it. I read it to Jack and we listened to the tape. I let Mike borrow it and he really enjoyed it. I don’t think his generation or the later ones had any idea how hard it was for their grandparents and great grandparents, even their parents! We lived in very primitive times compared to now. But we didn’t think it was bad. There wasn’t so much competition as to who could have a better home or a better car or dress better. I remember your mother had a maternity dress that we took turns wearing, our pregnancies worked out that way. I wonder what became of it – it probably ended up in quilt blocks. When we were married I had been working and had two or three nice dresses – they ended up in dresses for my little girls. I had a large cape; it went with our nurses’ uniform. It was heavy material blue outside with a red lining. It ended up in little coats. The old treadle machine was always busy. We had an old saying ‘A patch upon patch with a hole in the middle.’


            “I don’t think the younger generation is too interested in the past –only in the future. Things are changing so fast, almost every hour a new invention, and all so complicated, at least for us older ones. I guess all we remember is the bad times, but there were good times too – we had dances, parties, the men drank their ‘home brew’ ‘fire water’ and the women cooked the chicken etc. We visited and helped each other. When someone was having a baby, neighbors were always knocking on the door to see how things were going and asking if they could help…


            “Joan, I really didn’t mean to write a history so I’ll quit and wish you the best of Christmas and say again how much we enjoyed your visit, wish we could do it more often, and how very much we appreciate the history. Thank you. Our Love to You, Uncle Jack and Aunt Viola.”


            At a high school reunion held in May 1998, Barbara met her friend, JoLene (Potts) Clayburn. JoLene and Reed Clayburn lived in Arcadia near Mark and Pete. Their son was killed in an accident and in an emotional manner they related to Barbara and her classmates the love and respect they had for Mark and Pete. They said that they were the two people who gave them the most comfort and solace as they were coping with the loss of their son.


            Verl married Lynn Cook in the Vernal LDS Temple on the morning of July 16, 1999. In the afternoon a lovely lunch was provided for their family and friends at Constitution Park in Roosevelt, Utah.


            Becky and Shawn McConkie bought the Arcadia/Bridgeland home and land. An interesting conversation occurred on February 20, 2001 when Joan phoned Becky’s mother, Rosalee Jessen. Rosalee told Joan that her granddaughter, Elizabeth, believes that Pete is her Guardian Angel. Elizabeth has always suffered from a very rare skin disease and was eighteen years old in 2001. Elizabeth was about eight years old when she moved with her parents into the Bleazard home. One day Rosalee was caring for Elizabeth and had given her medicine and she was resting in a hospital bed. As she was beginning to doze off, she said, “Grandma, you know I don’t want to frighten you, but I have a lady who watches over me and helps me. She used to live in this house.” Rosalee said she knew it was Pete. She later found a picture of Pete and when Elizabeth saw her, she said, “Yes. That is the lady who watches over me.” Joan wrote: “Elizabeth is a very courageous and inspiring young woman who is very ill at this time. I hope mother is close and watching over her and giving her comfort. It may be that Pete is her ‘guardian angel’ as she has always been a guardian angel for all of her family.”


*In 2001 George Walker Bush ® became the 43rd President of the US with Dick Cheney as Vice President. The vote was extremely close and was contested in Florida, and on December 12, 2001 the Supreme Court intervened and on a 5-4 vote stopped Florida’s statewide recount resulting in Bush becoming the White House resident. Albert Gore, Democrat, received the majority of votes cast by citizens of the United States in the 2001 election. During the summer of 2001 the long years of prosperity and peace ended, unemployment increased, the stock market plummeted and the nation was in recession.*

            Hayden Clement (Bud) Harrison, Marlene’s husband and Jerry’s Dad, died April 9, 2001 at age 78, and Jerry Bleazard Harrison died July 21, 2001 at age 27. Both are buried at the Lapoint, Utah cemetery.  Bud died from a massive heart attack while he was in the yard doing the evening chores and Jerry died at the family home. His mother, Marlene, and all of his siblings were present. Jerry had been in a hospice situation for several months after having been diagnosed with pancreatic and other cancers.

 *On September 11th of year 2001 the World Trade Towers in New York City were destroyed by Muslim/Islamic suicide terrorists who had hijacked American airline planes and taken them with GPS systems directly into both towers. This direct attack on the United States resulted in Bush declaring war on terrorism and Afghanistan became the first target of the ‘war’ because of its terrorist training camps and its harboring of Osama Bin Laden.

In February 2002 the Winter Olympics came to Salt Lake City, Utah.*               


            “Though time may pass the memories stay… a memory is a treasure that survives.” Amanda Bradley


            One form of immortality is passed on through descendants, and thus Mark and Pete live on in the lives of their descendants, for whom I have collected this history and memories. Mark and Pete were hardworking, responsible, productive and good people and they lived interesting lives in interesting times.


            It takes a long time to get used to the loss of someone we love. But it is important to remember that when people die, they leave something very special behind – they leave us memories of many things they said and did. And as long as we have those memories, the people we love will live on in us, in our hearts and minds, and in our children and in our children’s children and …


                This collection of memories and stories about Evelyn Dorothy (Pete) Jenson and Mark Walker Bleazard was printed and distributed in 2002.      



by Allen Stephenson
Long after we are gone
Some unknown, yet-to-be
Farmer will till this soil, 
Plant seed, harvest, and file proper papers
In the county courthouse
Thinking to prove possession forever.
As well he might file legal forms
On the sky --
And the red-tailed hawk
That builds its nest on the cedared ridge
Or the mole that burrows the meadows
Shall be co-tenants with him
And perhaps it is well his numbered days
Shall be a secret plowed under
Each springtime. 
During my infrequent visits
To the hill farm where magic abounded
For me a near life time ago
I find satisfaction in thus knowing
And wonder how many others
Will discover the obvious before they too
Take leave, 
Not to return except perhaps in memory.  
Joan Thomas,
Apr 22, 2009, 7:45 AM
Joan Thomas,
Apr 22, 2009, 7:45 AM
Joan Thomas,
Apr 22, 2009, 7:45 AM
Joan Thomas,
Apr 22, 2009, 7:45 AM