PRICE/GREEN RIVER, Wyo. - A longtime educator and friend of our children passed away Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2006 from cardiac arrest.
Burl Orvel Hooper Jr. was born in Lyman, Wyo., on Aug. 10, 1932 to Burl Hoopes Sr. and Mildred Lamb Hoopes. He went to school and graduated from Carbon County High School in Price. In Price he met his wife, Olive Sheets, to later be married in Sacramento, Calif., while they were both in the Air Force. They were married on May 9, 1952.
Burl was a veteran of the Korean War. After getting married, he attended and graduated from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City with a BS in education. He later received his master's in mathematics.
Burl was retired from School District Number 2, where he held positions of vice superintendent of schools and principal of Wilson Elementary School. He has been part of the school district since 1976, retiring in 1991.
Before coming to Green River, Wyo., Burl started his calling in Lyman, Wyo., as a teacher of math and a high school coach and continued to mold the minds of Wyoming's young people.
Burl had a unique ability to enrich the lives of all those he came in contact with. Students remember Principal Hoopes in the hallways either giving a high five or an enthusiastic thumbs up. Burl always had flair in getting your attention, either by calling you for a foul in a basketball game or asking you to come to the principal's office.
He had a knack to drive you to do the right thing or encourage you to succeed in everything you tried.
Burl's lifelong passion to educate and help children, with a moment's notice was an inspiration to all those that have or may call themselves educators.
Burl was an avid golfer and member of the Rolling Greens Country Club. He loved his grandsons and family. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing, but mostly he was a sports fanatic, appreciating both men's and women's high school and collegiate sports.
He could be seen roaming the visitors' sidelines during every Green River Wolves High School football game, where he will truly be missed. Burl was a referee and first time inductee of the Wyoming Sports Officials Association Hall of Fame. He also had the talent to take the podium with passion at a moment's notice and entertain any type audience.
He was involved in the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Masonic Lodge, Shriners, VFW, and he headed up the DARE and the Just Say No programs in the state of Wyoming.
Survivors include wife, Olive of Green River, Wyo.; two children, daughter, Linda (Ted) Walker of Green River, Wyo.; son, Lary (Julie) Hoopes of Big Lake, Minn.; four grandsons, Steve Walker of Casper, Wyo.; Devin Walker of Green River, Wyo., Colby Sato of Honaunau, Hawaii; Justin Hoopes of Big Lake, Minn., sister, Dorothy Wilder of Marbleton, Wyo.; and brother, Jim Hoopes of Lymon, Wyo. He was preceded in death by parents; two sisters, Leona and Midge; and brother, Reed.
Funeral service was Monday, Sept. 18, at the Green River High School Gymnasium. Military graveside services and interment, Riverview Cemetery under the direction of Vase Flaming Gorge Chapel, 263 East Flaming Gorge Way, Green River, Wyo.
The family of Burl Orvel Hoopes Jr. respectfully suggests that donations in his memory be made to Fraternal Order of the Eagles #2350 Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1148, Green River, Wyo 82935.
HELPER - Our loving mother, Merle Bryner, passed away peacefully on Sept. 13, 2006 at Castleview Hospital surrounded by her family at the age 82.
Mom was born on March 15, 1924 in Castle Dale to Royal and Lizzie Christensen. She was one of four children. Mom married George Bryner on Sept. 23, 1957, and moved her four daughters to the farm in Helper.
Living on the farm, Merle was the original multi-tasker. She was not happy unless she had the washer and dryer going, bread in the oven, soup on the stove and the vacuum buzzing. She attended school in the Carbon County District and when World War II escalated, she served her country in the Women's Army Corps. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As the daughters left home, mom and dad spent months traveling in their motor home. Although she loved traveling, she was most at peace in her home. Her family came first regardless of personal sacrifices, which were many.
She is survived by daughters, Linda Olsen of Murray; Gwen (Ken) Callahan of Price; Carol (Lyle) Jones of Price; and Karen (Floyd) Swasey of Spring City. Grandma leaves behind nine grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren who call her grandma great. She is also survived by sisters, Betty (Verl) Huff of Helper; Joy (Angelo) Bera of Helper; and brother, Roland (Roma) Christensen of Orem. Mom was preceded in death by parents, Royal and Elizabeth Christensen; infant son; and loving husband, George.
We would like to express our deepest love and appreciation to our sister Carol for the years of loving care of our mom and dad. Thanks also is given to Dr. Sterling Potter and all of her caregivers at Parkdale and Heirloom Inn.
PRICE - Margaret Frances Besso, age 84, passed away Sept. 17, 2006 while in the comfort of her niece's home in Wellington.
She was born Dec. 4, 1921 in Latuda to Robert and Fannie Farish Baird. Married John James Besso Jan. 19, 1945 in Latuda; he died Jan. 11, 1990.
She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Margaret enjoyed the outdoors, caring for her cats, and working in her garden. "Marge" loved caring for her roses, peonies and she made sure that there were no weeds in her yard. She loved playing baseball in the coal camps, and everyone knew that the "Braves" were her favorite team. Margaret was loved by all that knew her and she will be dearly missed by all her loving family, friends and dear neighbors.
Survived by sisters-in-law, Darlene Baird, Miller Creek; Betty (Louis) Pappas, Price; special niece, Frances (Dave) Rich, Wellington; and many other wonderful nieces and nephews who will dearly miss her. She was preceded in death by parents; brothers, Dave, Robert, William and James; and sisters, Janet and Elizabeth.
Funeral service Friday, Sept. 22, 11 a.m., Price LDS 3rd Ward Chapel located at 303 West 500 South. Family will be at Mitchell Funeral Home Thursday evening from 7 to 8 p.m. and at the church Friday one hour prior to services. Interment, Price City cemetery.