"Hot Summers, Hard Winters, Making a Living
Making Life Worth Living"
Joan Bleazard Thomas, 2002
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.
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:
J O Driscoll
and Sewell Massey
Sec Bank-120 Acre Land
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
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 Herford 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
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."
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.
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.
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."
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
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.
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,
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.
follows is a description (a walk through) of the Bleazard home
When Mark and 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. Barbara's husband, 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 and 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.
* (Mark and Sharry Thomas have the China Closet in their home in 2015. The silverware belonging to Pete's mother, Dorothy Jenson, was given to Marlene in 1993. I don't know where the 'dishes' are. The round oak table is in Verl's home in 2015. The big desk was given to Grandson Frank Coyle in 1993. The painting of Grant, of course, is in Verl's home in 2010.
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 Uintahs
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. (* The couch and beautiful mirror with a pink flaming were in Verl's home.)
Walking through a door in the southwest corner of the living
room found one 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. (* The antique black dresser is in the home of Chris and Marianne Thomas Moore located on Canterwood in 2015. Joan has the picture of a cabin, mountain and lake in 2015)
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. (*The cedar chest was in Barbara and Ralph's home in 2010. It was given to Verl's daughter and is in Tami's (Farnsworth) home in Talmage in 2015. The beautiful dresser was Joan's in 1993 but she gave it to Verl in exchange for a beautiful log cabin quilt that was made by Pete.
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. 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'. (In 2014 great grandaughter, Jody Niko, birthed a fourth little girl and named her Evelyn)
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 on the bus. 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.
have about 1400 bales of hay ready to haul tomorrow. The mosquitos
bother Steve quite bad, the only time they are bad is in the
evening. Love, Steve & Grandma"
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. Gene had a son, Taylor James Johnson, when he and Marianne
Thomas (Tuttle) married in 1996.
* In 1963 the postage for first-class letters was 5 cents and Robert Frost died. Alcatraz, a federal prison in San Francisco
Bay, was closed and Hitchcock released "The Birds"; Martin
Luther King launched a non-violent campaign to end segregation
and was arrested, and 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, and John XXIII died and
Pope Paul VII became Pope. The Zip Code arrived, and 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, and the Dodgers beat Yankees and won the World
Series. President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas,
Texas on November 22, 1963, and 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, and Johnson declared a war on poverty in his inauguration
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.
you see Verl and Tami very often? Richard phoned last night
and said they were all well.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
came home from visiting with Carol Jean last Saturday. She says
that Carol's red headed baby boy (Mike) is really a nice baby. They
all had the flu while she was there so I guess she had quite
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Palmyra, New York 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,
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 Stannie and
Dougie in the swimming pool. Little Stannie has the sweetest
look on his mug in that picture.
just got through listening to President Kennedy on television.
That was really a speech! Did you watch him?
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.
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
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
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
President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was shot by Oswald in Dallas Texas 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 Beattles stole the heart of America's youth, and two men got life sentences for kidnapping Frank Sinatra Jr.
The U.S.Congress authorized $50 million a year in aid to South
Vietnam, and Arnold Palmer won his 4th Masters. Rachel Carsen, Cole
Porter and Herbert Hoover died, and Ted Kennedy was seriously injured
in an plane crash. The US sent additional troops and advisers
to Vietnam, and LBJ signed the Civil Rights Act. North Vietnam PT
boats and US destroyers exchanged fire in the Tonkin Gulf, and LBJ
won the Presidency in a landslide over Goldwater. Martin Luther King accepted
the Nobel Peace Prize, and Robert Kennedy was elected Senator from
New York. 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 home 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 LDS Temple May 15, 1964. Wallace Gailey conducted the
sealing, the witnesses were 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 and Alta,
Lloyd, Marge and family and Marsha; Rayda, Cliff, Dorothy abd 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
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 and Henry Wallace died. LBJ
outlined his goals for a Great Society in his State of the Union
address, and Malcolm X was shot to death. The US launched air strikes
on North Vietnam, and two battalions of US marines arrived in Vietnam, and bombs hit the Saigon Embassy. 3500 troops left for Vietnam, and MLK and 1500 others were stopped with clubs and tear gas while
on a march to Montgomery. LBJ ordered 4000 troops to protect
Selma and Montgomery marchers. 15,000 citizens protested the Vietnam war
outside the White House, and 14,000 US troops were sent to the Dominican
Republic. Frances Perkins died, and the US State Department admitted
for the 1st time that US troops in Vietnam were involved as
combat troops. The Supreme Court banned curbs on birth control. in New York 17,000 protested US involvement in Vietnam, and 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 himself to death at the
Pentagon in an anti-war protest, and 50,000 marched against the war in
Washington DC, and a Christmas truce was observed in Vietnam. 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
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 dont 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 because 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
"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
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.
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
*In 1966 the year Marianne was born (March 18. 1966), Indira
Gandhi became Prime Minister of India, and Cassius Clay became Muhammad
Ali. 41 US Governors expressed support for the war in Vietnam, and Mao Tse-tung launched his cultural revolution in China. Ronald
Reagan became Governor of California, and 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, and the mini skirt arrived. Truman
Capote wrote "In Cold Blood", and 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 taken. LBJ signed a 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."
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
Joan wrote in her Journal that Barbara & Ralph took Stephen
and Mark to the farm for a weekend in March 1966, and 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
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
"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!"
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."
Stephen: We don't know when we will take the cows on the range
yet but we will let you know."
Blaine: When does your school let out so you can come and see
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...
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.
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
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
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
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 hasnt 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, and Connecticut law put fluoride into its water. 462 faculty
members of Yale called for an end to the bombing of North Vietnam, and Lurleen Wallace became Governor of Alabama. On February 10th
the 25th Amendment became part of the US Constitution, and Jack
Ruby, the man who killed Lee Oswald died. Robert Oppenheimer,
an American physicist who pioneered atom bomb research, died. In Africa, the world's 1st white panda was found, and 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;, and 10,000 hippies rallied at
a New York BE IN. Jimmy Hoffa began an eight year
jail term, and in Mexico City a woman birthed the first confirmed
octuplets. Ellsworth Bunker replaced Maxwell Taylor as Saigon
Ambassador, and 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. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard 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, and downtown Hanoi was bombed. 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. The 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, and 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, and 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, and 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, and microwave ovens arrived. "All You Need Is Love" was
being sung, and "Bonnie and Clyde" attracted crowds; Dustin
Hoffman was "The Graduate" and Jane Fonda played "Barbarella."*
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
Dads 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
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
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 and 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.
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, and 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, and LBJ ordered 15,000 reservists to
active duty. Senator's Robert Kennedy and Jacob Javits spoke
against continuing the war. Eldredge Cleaver wrote "Soul
On Ice", and 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 to protest the war. Columbia closed its campus after protests. In May Robert Kennedy
won the Indiana Presidential Primary. Julie Nixon married David
Eisenhower, and 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, and Andy
Warhol was shot and killed. Helen Keller, John Steinbeck, Upton
Sinclair and Norman Thomas died, and 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 as candidates, and Jacqueline Kennedy married Aristotle Onassis. Yale admitted
women, and the American Party chose George Wallace as its nominee. Students seized office buildings on the Berkeley campus, and in
November Nixon and Agnew won a close election. 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
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
of saying many things one should or shouldn't do is not
necessarily moralistic. It's WHY they say the shoulds or
"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
"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.
have been watching a neighbors 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
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
*1969 was the last year of an incredible decade. The President's
salary went from $100,000 a year to $200,000, and in January of
1969 Richard Milhous Nixon became the 37th President of the
US. Golda Meier became Israel's fourth Premier, and Yasir Arafat
became leader of the PLO. Boeing 747, the worlds 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, and Sirhan Sirhan was convicted of killing Robert
Kennedy. US deaths in Vietnam were reported as 33,641, and 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, and 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, and Dustin Hoffman starred in "Midnight
Cowboy"; and the Beattles and everyone was singing "Come
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 havent 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 wont 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, and in New York construction workers
beat up anti-war protestors. in China, Mao called for a world
revolt against U.S. imperialism, and Pele lead Brazil to its 3rd
World Cup in Soccer. Jack Nicklaus won the British Open, and Cesar
Chavez, United Farm Workers, gained contracts with 26 grape
growers. The 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, and two Apollo 14 astronauts walked on the
moon. Lt. William Calley was convicted of killing 20 persons
at My Lai, and 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 officers stormed the prison. China gained
a seat at the United Nations, and a band of Vietnam Vets seized
the Statue of Liberty.*
and Lois Bleazard sold the original Bleazard homestead cabin
and ranch to Dr. W. S. Abbott in May of 1971.
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 horses 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 Zion's 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.
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 its only lasted just a short while and soon melted
"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
"Ive 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, "
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, and J. Edgar Hoover became the first Director of the FBI. Ex-President, Harry Truman,
and Jackie Robinson US baseball great and first black in the
major leagues died. The 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, and Attorney General John Mitchell
resigned to run Nixon's re-election campaign. The U.S.
Senate passed the Equal Rights Amendment and it was sent to the States to be ratified. 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, and George Wallace was shot by Arthur Bremer. Pat Nixon criticized Jane Fonda for anti-Vietnam war statements, and John Lennon and Yoko Ono performed at Madison Square Garden. B-52s pounded North Vietnam, and Arabs massacred eleven Israeli
Olympians. Mark Spitz of the US won seven gold medals, and 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. The Census Bureau reported median US
income at $10,285. Nixon (R) defeated George McGovern (D)
and was elected to a second term. The US Apollo moon program
ended when Astronaut's 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.
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
*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 TVs "All
in the Family", and; Lyndon Baines Johnson and Ben Gurion, the
first Israeli Premier, died; Arafat was re-elected leader of
the PLO, and the 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, and the Watergate inquiry continued and four top
Nixon aides quit over Watergate indictments. Nixon admitted to the White House role in the Watergate cover-up and the existence of
taped discussions. The 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, and the Yom Kippur attack surprised Israel. O.J. 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, and Patty Hearst was kidnapped. Hank Aaron hit his 715th homer besting
Babe Ruth's record, and the U.S. Senate voted to restore the
death penalty. Nixon paid $432,787 in back taxes, and Yitzhak Rabin
succeeded Golda Meier as Israel Premier. Lee Trevino won the
PGA championship, and 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 be 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.
VERY SPECIAL CHILD, by Edna Massimilla
meeting was held quite far from earth! Its time
again for another birth.Said
the Angels to
the Lord above, This Special Child
will need much love.
progress may be very slow. Accomplishment he may not show.
he'll require extra care. From the folks he meets
may not run or laugh or play, His thoughts may seem quite
many ways he won't adapt. And he'll be known
let's be careful where he's sent. We want his
life to be content.
Lord, find the parents who, Will do a special job for
will not realize right away, The leading role they're
asked to play.
with this child sent from above, Comes stronger faith
and richer love.
soon they'll know the privilege given, In caring
for their gift from heaven.
precious charge so meek and mild. Is Heaven's very
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
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
is here, he could never be gone!
our singer/angel is silent
still is the sound of his song!
John Denver's "On The Wings of a Dream"
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
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
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, and in Cambodia the Khmer Rouge uprooted millions of citizens in
a peasant revolution. The Mayaguez incident occurred, and 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, and 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
"$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
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.
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."
September 4, 1975 Mark and Pete's 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, and the world
spent $300 billion on weapons. Patty Hearst found guilty of
armed robbery, and the Supreme Court ruled the death penalty was
not unconstitutional. The Summer Olympics was held in Montreal, and 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, and 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 of 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.
Ronald C. Bleazard, son of Ralph and June Bleazard, and a special nephew of Mark and Pete, was brutally murdered while working in Provo, Utah. He died in Provo on August 28, 1976. Ron had served honorably in the Vietnam War, and was the holder of the Silver Star and other medals.
*In January of 1977 James Earl Carter, Jr (D) was sworn in
as the 39th President of the US, and President Carter pardoned draft
resisters. 80 million people watched Alex Haleys ROOTS
on television. Menachen Begin became Israel's new Premier, and former Attorney General John Mitchell entered prison for his
involvement in Watergate. In the 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
*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, and Gary
Player won the Masters. The first Volkswagen was produced in
US, and 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, and in California
mandatory busing began. Ali with his floats and stings won his
3rd boxing title. Sadat, Begin and Carter met at Camp David, and John Paul II becomes the first non-Italian Pope. 909 people
died in a Jonestown 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.
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.
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
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.'
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.
went fishing with his Boy Scout troop up into the High Uintahs
not very long before he was killed. When he wasn't doing all
these things he was trapping or playing or hurrying to build
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
(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
is a presence to be felt and known: In darkness and in
herb and stone,
Grant is a portion of the loveliness,
once he made more lovely."
PINDARIC ODE by Ben Jonson
is not growing like a tree, In bulk, doth make men better
standing long an oak, three hundred year,
fall a log at last, dry, bald and sear:
lily of a day
fairer far in May
it fall and die that night;
was the plan and flower of light.
small proportions we just beauties see;
And in short measures, life may perfect be.
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.
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."
poems and essays that Pete saved and asked Joan to retype and
A GRANDDAUGHTERS HAIR, by Christie Lund Coles.
Like red-brown wings, the touch - Transports me backward
I combed your
mother's hair. - How it lifted, flew
Like softest milkweed fluff - Blown by the wind, in sun
warm, so soft, Oh, Child, - Thus is a memory begun.
young impatience, too. - Her fair face lifted, turned;
cheek close to my own. - Such is a memory learned.
then, your smile of pride, - Your kiss with love distilled;
arms encircling me... - Thus is a hope fulfilled.
addition, Pete wanted copies of the essays, "WHAT IS A
IS A GIRL?"
A handwritten note that Pete wanted typed and copied said,
was not taken from man's head that she might rule over
from his feet that she might be trodden under by him.
was taken from his side that she might be his equal,
under his arm, that he might protect her,
from close to his heart, that he might love and cherish
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 Dont 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, ad Cuba President, Fidel Castro spoke before the United Nations. The Pope also spoke at the UN and said Mass to 80,000 in
Yankee Stadium. Iran seized the US Embassy, and the Soviet Union
sent troops into Afghanistan.*
On a paper signed by Mark W. Bleazard and dated May 12, 1979,
the following is written:
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
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 in Heber, Utah. 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 parent's 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!
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.
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."
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 was 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. The 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, and 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.
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.
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.
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 requirements. 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 members 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) and 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, and a wooden plaque from Mr. and Mrs. Harold Gee. A wooden candy/nut dish from Sophia/Naaman Buckmiller, and a towel set from Stephen/Kathy Thomas. A picture (prayer) from Ona/Jerry
Rosenberger, and the 50th anniversary quilt from Joan. A red rose arrangement
from Zion's 1st National Bank. A guest book from Verl. A plain golden
vase from Stan and Marianne Thomas;. Pictures of Barbara, Joan,
Marlene and Verl. Vases, flowers and dresses from Barbara &
Ralph Freeman, and a gold vase to match plate from Linda Thompson, and a flowered vase from Minnie Lou and Dee Robert. A 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 Uintahs
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 and said, "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 Im amazed at how clear those pictures turned
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.
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
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
it is cold and windy, but I suspect it will warm up so we can
complain about the heat one of these days.
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 and 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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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, and the US banned travel to Cuba. George Wallace ran for 4th term
as Governor of Alabama, and war continued between Iran and Iraq, and Israel invaded
Lebanon. Tom Watson won his 4th US Open at Pebble Beach. The
Equal Rights Amendment failed to gain ratification in US, and Princess
Diana birthed Charles. " E.T." the extra-terrestrial arrived in
theatres, and 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 discussions 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
and it seems like in the spring it's 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 (Dexter) 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 (Rainford) 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
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
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.
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.
you hear from Barbara? Write soon and have a wonderful Christmas.
Next year promises to be better -both Ruth and I say that! Love
*In 1983 Karen Carpenter, Gloria Swanson, Tennessee Williams,
Arthur Godfrey and Jack Dempsey, died, and 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, and US troops invaded Grenada. Margaret Thatcher became Prime
Minister of England, and Sally Ride became the first US woman in
space. Vanessa Williams became the first black Miss America, and the Vietnam Memorial (The Wall) was dedicated. Daniel Ortega
was elected President in Nicaragua, and the Winter Olympics opened
in Sarajevo. The Summer Olympics opened in Los Angeles and Reagan
signed a cultural agreement with China. In Utah the artificial
heart recipient, Barney Clark died.
In Pete's handwriting she wrote about her life during the month
of January 1983.
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."
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."
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."
Grandson, Shane Ernest Thomas, was born on January 3, 1983 in
Salt Lake City, Utah.
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
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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
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."
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."
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."
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."
January 25th: "Mark and 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
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 teachers 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, and the Vietnam Memorial was dedicated. Michael
Jackson's album "Thriller" became the biggest hit ever. The NY Supreme Court ruled that men may be prosecuted for raping
their wives, and the Summer Olympics opened in Los Angeles. Reagan
signed a cultural agreement while in China, and 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 (Dexter) 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.
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
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 dont 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
a '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
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
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
At about 4:00 pm they arrived in Bynum, Montana, where they
went to Pete's brother's (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 and 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
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
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
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
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
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
were just fine here, real busy
as usual. I dont 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
"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, and it was really nice!
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 home 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 home 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.
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 them.
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 'Id 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.
the worst part of the trip happened. Because we didn't
call over to Pats' or down to Logan either because they said they had to work Saturday in Logan. We headed
straight to Logan and got there about noon or 1 oclock
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.
got back to Barbara's home 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. 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 is 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
* 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, and Rock Hudson died from AIDS. Mikhail Gorbachev became the Soviet leader, and Iran and Iraq continued warring. In Philadelphia the police dropped a bomb on a group known
as MOVE, and the 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 Cobbs 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 states economy and reduce the size
and cost of state government. The environment and court, prison
and building needs dominated his agenda.*
follows are Pete's remarks on the Jenson Family Tape dated January
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.
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 the trip. 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.
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 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.
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.
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 they would be ok 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 came to visit! 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.
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.
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
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, bye."
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 Nutters 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.
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
Great Granddaughter, Joleean Thomas, was born on October 23,
1985 in Murray, Utah.
*In January 1986 the space shuttle Challenger exploded, and Ferdinand
Marcos left the Philippines after authoritarian control for
20 years. Jean-Claude Duvalier left Haiti after three decades
of dictatorship. Georgia 0' Keefe died, and 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, and the Reagan administration agreed on a military strike against Libya
and Khadafy. Iran/Contra and the Reagan administration's
illegal involvement occurred, and Jack Nicklaus won his sixth Masters
golf title. The Chernobyl accident released deadly atom radiation
in Soviet Union, and the Supreme Court upheld Roe vs. Wade. Chief
Justice Warren Burger resigned and William Rehnquist was named
as CJ. Reagan vetoed a bill for sanctions on South Africa
because of its apartheid policies and his veto was overridden
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
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
*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, and the Iran-Contra report charged Reagan with responsibility
for illegal activities. Van Gogh's Sunflowers
sold for a 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, and 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 of 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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. Im feeling
fairly well. I can do my cooking, dishes and washing. I tire
"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 home. 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. 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 Childrens
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, and 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, and Reagan visited the Soviet Union he once called the Evil
Empire. Four members of the Singer clan in Utah were convicted
of a 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.
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
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, and George Herbert Walker Bush became the 41st President
of the US. The Berlin Wall came down, and the US invaded Panama. Curtis Strange became the 1st golfer to earn $1 million in a
year. The 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 the Savings
& Loan crisis, and Bush went to China. Neo-nazi groups were
banned in West Germany, and 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, and Dustin Hoffman received the Academy Award for
"Rain Man". Ivory imports were banned in US, and President
Bush vetoed a minimum wage boost. The Supreme Court sanctioned the death
penalty for the retarded and minors. India admitted selling
chemicals used in poison gas to Iran, and Chinese troops killed students
in the Tianamen Square massacre. DeKlerk became the South African
President. Women were admitted to West Point, and Bush declared
a war on drugs and outlined an $8 billion plan to fight the drug
Great Granddaughter, Jesse Rae Farnsworth, was born on January
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(Dexter) 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, and George Lindsay
were 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.
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
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, assisted, and Guy 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 and 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 and Viola Bleazard and numerous other family and friends including Leo and 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.
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
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.
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 again 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,
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.
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.
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.
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...
daughter, Lorraine, got out of the Air Force in November 1988.
Her son, Mark, is still in Panama.
family is growing up - no new little children this year.
love each of you and pray the next year will be good to each
one of you.
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, and Daniel Ortega was voted out of office in Nicaragua. Gorbachev
was elected the first executive president of the Soviet Union, and 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
"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
hope all is well in your family with your boys and girl and
your precious grandchildren
. Wewe 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 Lynn 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
During this difficult time, Pete continued making dozens of
hot pads and she made some beautiful quilt block pillows for
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
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.
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!
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'd sum 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 Im 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. A video recorded beating of Rodney King occurred in Los
Angeles, and Lee Atwater died. "Dances With Wolves" won
six Oscars, and 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 things and get your message across.
don't believe I'd put education first. I'd put the case for
the invalid, the disabled first and then would come education.
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
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
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 look 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.
have talked about his opinions. He was a very strong and opinonated
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 McConkies
just bought from Mark 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 right 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
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. Barbara and Ralph 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 Zion's Bank.
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 1 sent Marines to Somalia, ad Bush 1 pardoned six
officials including former Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger
for Iran-Contra activities. Mike Tyson, was sentenced to prison
for rape, and 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.
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.
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.
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
While Mark was at Verl's home, Joan read and taped lots
of stories for him to listen to on a Boom Box. The Boom Box
had earphones so he could turn it up loud enough to hear. His
eyesight was bad and so was his hearing. Joan read and 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.
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!! Im 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 its 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.
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.
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?
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.
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 ones' Frances has answered.
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.
was over to see Jennie last evening. She has been down to Joes' (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."
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, and the Waco compound
of David Koresh burned. Food stamps recipients in the US reached
a record 26.6 millio. Jiang Zemin became Communist Party leader
in China, and 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 of its revolution. As
President Clinton looked on, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak
Rabin and PLO leader Yasir Arafat shook hands at the White House. The 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.*
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. Brent and Tami made annual payments of $20,000 and $5,000 was given to Barbara, Joan, Marlene and Verl for each of ten years. It is estimated that each daughter received over $70,000 from the Trusts.The Arcadia homestead
and land was sold to Becky and Shaun McConkie in 1993.
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.
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.
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, many healthy 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 by his wife of over 60 years, Eveyln (Pete) Jenson (Bleazard), and his grandson, Grant Lister. Barbara's husband, Ralph Franklin Freeman is also buried here (2015).
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 in 2002.*
On February 2, 1995 Christopher Hayden Harrison was born.
Marianne married James Eugene (Gene) Johnson on September 14,
1996. Gene had a son, Taylor James Johnson, from a previous marriage.
Dillon Stephen Thomas, first Great Great Grandchild for Mark and Pete, was born on March 23,1997, and Doyle James Robert John (Harrison) was born on November 11, 1997.
Bleazard wrote to Joan on January 21, 1997 and said: "
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
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.
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 Jacks 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."
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
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
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."
received a letter from her Aunt Viola dated December 1997. "Dear
Joan. Received our copy of the history (I Probably Wouldnt
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 that went with my 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.
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
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. They were later divorced and Verl changed her name back to Verl Bleazard.
Braydon Riley Thomas was born on May 3, 1999, and Michael Grant Lister was born on May 27, 1999.
The Millennium year 2000 was a very interesting year and it was filled with conspiracy theories. Many people were collecting memorabilia from 1999 and 2000.
Great Granddaughter Jody Inez Thomas married Koloa Benjamin Niko on August 12, 2000. The marriage and reception was held at th home of Blaine and Inez Thomas.
Great Grandson Casey Stephen Thomas married Pamela Sue Lindahl on September 3, 2000 at the Johnson's Mill Bed & Breakfast in Midway, Utah. Their son, Dillon Stephen, is Mark and Pete's first Great Great Grandchild.
John and Shar Coyle's son, Jackson S. Coyle, and Jody and Koloa Niko's daughter, Trinity Inez, and Bryce Thomas and Christie Sisneros's daughter, Lesli Joan, were all born in the Millennium year 2000.
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 Arcadia 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 2000 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 President. 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.*
Great Grandson Jeremiah Clement Harrison, was born October 5, 2001, and Great Grandaughter Angelique Thomas was born July 19, 2001,
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,
*On September 11th of year 2001 the World Trade Towers in
New York City were destroyed by Muslim/Islamic suicide terrorists. The terrorists (most from Saudi Arabia) had hijacked American passenger planes and taken them with
GPS systems directly into both towers. This direct attack on
the United States resulted in Bush 2 declaring War on terrorism and revenge, and Afghanistan became the first target of the war. Afghanistan was targeted
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. Although there was much fear and anxiety about the possibility of terrorists targeting Salt Lake and the Olympics, the days were perfect, the snow was deep and the young people of the world had a memorable and beautiful experience, Many members of our famiy attended the events in downtown SLC, and at the other venues.*
In February 2002, Great Granddaughter Haley Lynn Thomas was born on 23 May, 2002, and Great Granddaughter Crystal Anne Goodrich (Coyle) was born 11 July 2002.
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 these 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 childrens children
on and on ...
This collection of memories and stories about Evelyn Dorothy
(Pete) Jenson and Mark Walker Bleazard was printed and distributed
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
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
Not to return except perhaps in memory.
BLEAZARD FREEMAN, b. 1932
BLEAZARD THOMAS - b 1934
BLEAZARD (COYLE) HARRISON - b 1936
BLEAZARD (LISTER/COOK) - b 1941