Mac Francis Reynolds
Mac Francis Reynolds, 80, of Ashton, died Monday, January 11, 2010, in Rexburg at the home of his daughter of natural causes. He was born October 19, 1929 in Ashton to Bruce and Zora Harris Reynolds. He attended elementary school in the two-room schoolhouse in Ora, graduated from North Fremont High School, and attended Ricks College.
He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, served a mission to South Africa, and served faithfully in many other callings.
He married Eleanor Reynolds on July 29, 1952 in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. They lived and raised their family in the Ashton area. In their later years, Mac and Eleanor served a Family History mission.
Mac was a farmer all his life. He loved hunting, fishing, camping, picnics in Yellowstone, all day and all night card games, North Fremont sports, travel, getting snowed in with his family, and watching John Wayne movies. Above all else, Mac will forever be known as the "Singing Farmer" who selflessly shared his musical talents with thousands singing at funerals and weddings throughout the region.
He is survived by his children, Randall (Debi) Reynolds of Roy, Utah, Lynnette (Kent) Bowman of Rexburg, Ronald (Jane) Reynolds of Ammon, Maxine (Reed) Brklacich of Bluffdale, Utah; a sister Donna (Herb) Steinmann of Ashton; 18 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren with two on the way. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Eleanor, two brothers and a sister.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 16, at the Ashton Tri-Ward building, 1313 North 3600 East. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. both times at the church. Burial will be in the Pineview Cemetery
under the direction of Baxter Funeral Home.
Prior to his death, Mac requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations should be made to Primary Children’s Medical Center, 100 Mario Capecchi Drive, Salt Lake City, UT. 84113.
Carolynn Lowe Barnes
ISLAND PARK — Carolynn Lowe Barnes, 58, of Island Park, peacefully passed away on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, at the home of her sister after a brief but courageous battle with cancer.
Carolynn was born Dec. 18, 1951, to Leon and Bonnie Lowe. She grew up in Idaho Falls and attended Bonneville High School.
She met and married William "Jess" Larson. They soon moved to Groton, Conn., where Jess was stationed with the Navy. They had two beautiful children, Angella Jean and William Kenneth Larson Jr. They were later divorced.
She moved back to Idaho Falls from Connecticut and moved to Island Park, where she met and married Boyd Barnes on Oct. 1, 1991.
Carolynn's family was the most important thing to her. She was everyone's best friend and devoted all her time and energy taking care of loved ones. She especially loved being a grandmother to her six grandchildren — Zachary, 11; Caitlyn, 10; Alexandra, 9; Braxton, 7; Taylor, 14; and Kaydence, 7 — and tried to spend as much time as possible with them.
Carolynn had many hobbies and interests. She enjoyed snowmobiling, photography, sewing, crocheting, boating and especially enjoyed fishing with her husband on Henry's Lake. She and Boyd also loved taking care of their five cats after many years of being "dog people."
Carolynn is survived by her husband of 19 years, Boyd C. Barnes of Island Park; children, Angella Jean (Justin) Neibaur and William Kenneth (Angela) Larson Jr., both of Idaho Falls; stepchildren, Reese Barnes of Shelley and Terri Lynn Jeffs of St. Anthony; parents, Leon and Bonnie Lowe of Idaho Falls; father-in-law, Ernest Barnes of Idaho Falls; siblings, Susan Lowe, Debra (Chuck) Fourman, Darryl (Jolynn) Lowe and Randy (Bonnie) Lowe, all of Idaho Falls; and many nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles, and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Clifford Clements, Maurine Clements Wilkie, Loveda Butte Lowe and Daniel Wesley Lowe.
The family suggests memorial donations to the local office of the American Cancer Society , Relay For Life , P.O. Box 190, Blackfoot, ID 83221.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 15, at Wood Funeral Home East Side Chapel. The family will visit with friends from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Wood East Side and from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. prior to the services, also at the funeral home. Burial will be in Lincoln Cemetery.
Mary Theresa Prescott Julian “Tess” 1921-2010
Mary Theresa Prescott Julian, age 88, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving and devoted family on Friday, January 8, 2010.
Tess was born on August 16, 1921 in Grace, Idaho. She was raised in Wendell, Idaho where she spent many hours on horseback and in the out-of-doors with her beloved father and brothers. She graduated from Wendell High School in the class of 1939. In 1943, Tess joined the WAVES in the United States Navy. After an Act of Congress allowed women to enter a war zone, Tess set sail with the first group of WAVES to the Territory of Hawaii after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. She was always very proud of her military service.
Shortly after her two and a half years tour of duty ended in the Territory of Hawaii, Tess met a handsome young Lieutenant in the Army Air Corps, Austin “Gus” Julian. They married in 1948 and spent thirty more years in service to their country with the United States Air Force.
Tess always loved sports. She played semi-professional basketball and softball and loved to participate in bowling leagues.
Throughout her life, Mom was well-known for her wonderful, though feisty kindness and deep respect for others. She had great love for her country and her Idaho ranching heritage. Her life was spent devoted to civic responsibilities which included Girl Scout leadership in three states.
Tess is survived by her husband of 61 years, Austin A. Julian, USAF Col., Ret., daughters, Linda Zorich Dorsett (Tracy) of Pottsboro, TX, Donna Julian of Henderson, NV, and Susie Sommerkorn (Wilf) of Kaysville, UT. She is also survived by six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, January 11, 2010 at the Kaysville 10th Ward, 1039 East Crestwood Rd, Kaysville. Services were under the direction of Lindquist’s Layton Mortuary, 1867 N. Fairfield Road. Interment was at Camp Williams on Wednesday, January 13.
Mom left behind a loving family and will be greatly missed.
Howard Zinn, Historian, Is Dead at 87
Howard Zinn, historian and shipyard worker, civil rights activist and World War II bombardier, and author of “A People’s History of the United States,” a best seller that inspired a generation of high school and college students to rethink American history, died Wednesday in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 87 and lived in Auburndale, Mass.
The cause was a heart attack he had while swimming, his family said.
Proudly, unabashedly radical, with a mop of white hair and bushy eyebrows and an impish smile, Mr. Zinn, who retired from the history faculty at Boston University two decades ago, delighted in debating ideological foes, not the least his own college president, and in lancing what he considered platitudes, not the least that American history was a heroic march toward democracy.
Almost an oddity at first, with a printing of just 4,000 in 1980, “A People’s History of the United States” has sold nearly two million copies. To describe it as a revisionist account is to risk understatement. A conventional historical account held no allure; he concentrated on what he saw as the genocidal depredations of Christopher Columbus, the blood lust of Theodore Roosevelt and the racial failings of Abraham Lincoln. He also shined an insistent light on the revolutionary struggles of impoverished farmers, feminists, laborers and resisters of slavery and war.
Such stories are more often recounted in textbooks today; they were not at the time.
“Our nation had gone through an awful lot — the Vietnam War, civil rights, Watergate — yet the textbooks offered the same fundamental nationalist glorification of country,” Mr. Zinn recalled in a recent interview with The New York Times. “I got the sense that people were hungry for a different, more honest take.”
In a Times book review, the historian Eric Foner wrote of the book that “historians may well view it as a step toward a coherent new version of American history.” But many historians, even those of liberal bent, took a more skeptical view.
“What Zinn did was bring history writing out of the academy, and he undid much of the frankly biased and prejudiced views that came before it,” said Sean Wilentz, a professor of history at Princeton University. “But he’s a popularizer, and his view of history is topsy-turvy, turning old villains into heroes, and after a while the glow gets unreal.”
That criticism barely raised a hair on Mr. Zinn’s neck. “It’s not an unbiased account; so what?” he said in the Times interview. “If you look at history from the perspective of the slaughtered and mutilated, it’s a different story.”
Few historians succeeded in passing so completely through the academic membrane into popular culture. He gained admiring mention in the movie “Good Will Hunting”; Matt Damon appeared in a History Channel documentary about him; and Bruce Springsteen said the starkest of his many albums, “Nebraska,” drew inspiration in part from Mr. Zinn’s writings.
Born Aug. 24, 1922, Howard Zinn grew up in New York City. His parents were Jewish immigrants, and his father ran candy stores during the Depression without much success.
“We moved a lot, one step ahead of the landlord,” Mr. Zinn recalled. “I lived in all of Brooklyn’s best slums.”
He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School and became a pipe fitter in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where he met his future wife, Roslyn Shechter. Raised on Charles Dickens, he later added Karl Marx to his reading, organized labor rallies and got decked by a billy-club-wielding cop.
He joined the Army Air Corps in 1943, eager to fight the fascists, and became a bombardier in a B-17. He watched his bombs rain down and, when he returned to New York, deposited his medals in an envelope and wrote: “Never Again.”
“I would not deny that war had a certain moral core, but that made it easier for Americans to treat all subsequent wars with a kind of glow,” Mr. Zinn said. “Every enemy becomes Hitler.”
He and his wife lived in a rat-infested basement apartment as he dug ditches and worked in a brewery. Later they moved to public housing and he went to college on the G.I. Bill.
He earned a B.A. at New York University and master’s and doctoral degrees at Columbia University. In 1956 he landed a job at Spellman College, a historically black women’s college, as chairman of the history department. Among his students were Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund; Alice Walker, the novelist; and the singer and composer Bernice Johnson Reagon.
Mr. Zinn served on the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and marched for civil rights with his students, which angered Spellman’s president.
“I was fired for insubordination,” he recalled. “Which happened to be true.”
Mr. Zinn moved to Boston University in 1964. He traveled with the Rev. Daniel Berrigan to Hanoi to receive prisoners released by the North Vietnamese, and produced the antiwar books “Vietnam: The Logic of Withdrawal” (1967) and “Disobedience and Democracy” (1968).
He waged a war of attrition with Boston University’s president at the time, John Silber, a political conservative. Mr. Zinn twice organized faculty votes to oust Mr. Silber, and Mr. Silber returned the favor, saying the professor was a sterling example of those who would “poison the well of academe.”
Mr. Zinn’s book “La Guardia in Congress” (1959) won the American Historical Association’s Albert J. Beveridge Award. “A publisher went so far as to publish my quotations, which my wife thought was ridiculous,” Mr. Zinn said. “She said, ‘What are you, the pope or Mao Tse-Tung?’ ”
Mr. Zinn retired in 1988, concluding his last class early so he could join a picket line. He invited his students to join him.
Mr. Zinn wrote three plays: “Daughter of Venus,” “Marx in Soho” and “Emma,” about the life of the anarchist Emma Goldman. All have been produced. His last article was a rather bleak assessment of President Obama for The Nation. “I’ve been searching hard for a highlight,” he wrote.
Rosyln Zinn died in 2008. Mr. Zinn is survived by a daughter, Myla Kabat-Zinn of Lexington, Mass.; a son, Jeff Zinn, of Wellfleet, Mass.; and five grandchildren.
Mr. Zinn spoke recently of more work to come. The title of his memoir, he noted, best described his personal philosophy: “You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train.”
Wilson Kyle Ritchey (1983 - 2010)
"Better to live one day as a tiger, than one thousand years as a sheep." Tibetan Proverb
Wilson Kyle Ritchey died in Bozeman on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010. He was born in the old Bozeman hospital on Oct. 23, 1983. Kyle lived in West Yellowstone until 1999, at which time he and his family moved to Bozeman.
He attended Bozeman Senior High School, and was also educated at a traveling school for two years, taking him to Thailand, England, France and Spain. He received a quality education while traveling, and also learned much about the world, studying various cultures which became a lifelong obsession.
He also attended the National Outdoor Leadership School, traveling to Kenya in Africa where he and his classmates climbed Mt. Kenya. He became fascinated with the Masai culture, made many Masai friends and particularly loved the Masai art. He also traveled to Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Bali and South America, where he was immersed in the Argentine culture while studying Spanish.
Wherever he traveled in the world, Kyle fell in love with the natives and their culture, always admiring their diversity, art and creativity. No trip to any country was complete for Kyle without making many native friends along the way.
He earned a scholarship to Westminster College in Salt Lake City in the School of Aviation and Aeronautics, and attended college there from 2004 to 2009. Among many other things, he became a certified commercial and instrument-rated pilot. At the time of his death, he was working toward becoming a certified flight instructor.
Perhaps nothing interested Kyle more than nature and the outdoors in general. He was a member of the Big Sky Ski Team for many years, and after his racing career he continued to ski at every opportunity. While living in Salt Lake City, he fell in love with Alta and skied there at every opportunity, especially when there was new powder snow. He was one of the best and most daring free skiers on any mountain.
Kyle started fly fishing at the age of 4. During his years as a fisherman, he was fascinated by all aspects of trout and their habitat, and was particularly interested in etymology and stream ecology. Over the years, he became an outstanding fisherman and expert tier of flies.
With his family, Kyle started floating rivers at an early age. By his early 20s, he could be trusted to drive any boat through any whitewater and come out right side up on the other end. He was an intrepid and fearless boatman who always looked after his fellow boatmen and passengers. He was a pure joy on any river trip. He also loved climbing, scuba diving, cross country skiing, camping, hiking and backpacking. He loved anything to do with being outside. His kind and enormous heart will be missed by everyone he touched.
Kyle loved and was loved by so many, his death leaves a trail of tears that will stretch around the world. He is survived by his parents, David and Sue Ritchey; his brother, Keanan and sister-in-law, Whitney; aunts and uncles, Steve and Ingrid Ritchey, Jeanie and Tim Sullivan, Joe and Andrea Combs; cousins too numerous to mention; and a world of good friends.
A celebration of Kyle's life was held Thursday, Feb. 11, at Dahl Funeral Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his name to the Haitian Relief Fund, through the American Red Cross c/o Bozeman Chapter, 300 N. Willson Ave., Bozeman, MT 59715-3551.