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Nigel Thornell
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September 15, 1944 Retired Married 1

My Life After High School Graduation...
 Several days post graduation, a thought came into my head; what do I do now? After all, I possessed no employable skills and to make matter worse I would soon face the Draft. No matter where I applied for work, I heard the same refrain, come back after you've completed your Draft obligation. So, one month after graduation Windfield Hardy and I joined the Navy. I joined with the guaranty that I would be sent to Hospital Corps School after Boot Camp. I didn't know it at the time, but because of that training it would direct my working life for the next forty years. Its imprint was that great on me.   
                 With my Honorable Discharge in hand, I returned to Salt Lake where I found a job at the Salt Lake General Hospital, working in the Inhalation Therapy Department. It was there at the Hospital that I met my wife of 47 years Penny Soper; she was a nurse on the Pediatric Ward.

The years quickly past, first I attended Well Tech College in Sugarhouse, after graduation with a Diploma that stated I was an Electronics Technician. I went to work for two different employers, but I didn't like the work. I wanted to return to work helping people, providence intervened and the GI Bill was reauthorized.  About that time I leaned there was an Inhalation Therapy Program at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California. I applied and was accepted to start in the September 1967. My wife, son, and I packed up and made the move to Sunnyvale, just north of San Jose. Two years later, June of 1969 I graduated with an A.A Degree in Inhalation Therapy.

We then packed up again, and we made the move to Santa Cruz on the Monterey Bay; where I had found employment. The years passed quickly, I sat for the first part of my Registry Exam in 1976, and it consisted of two parts; with an interval of six months between each exam. The first exam was a written exam of 200 multiple-choice questions. I could sit for the exam at UCSF, and six months later (July 1977) my family and I drove to Phoenix, Arizona so I could sit for the second part of the exam the most difficult of the two parts. It was an oral exam, which consisted of two sessions of 30 minutes duration each.  Four weeks later to the day, I received the notification that I had been awarded the Title of Registered Inhalation Therapist.

Again, the years passed all too quickly, by then we had moved to Santa Barbara where I ran a Pulmonary Laboratory for 20 years. But, times were changing and the Clinic that I worked for was acquired by another Clinic; I and another 120 employees lost our jobs. In the subsequent years, I found it difficult to find work. I was judged to be too old, and my skills weren't needed because pulmonary laboratories were on their way out.

After several more moves my wife and I found ourselves in Roseburg, Oregon where I found a job in Home Care, but it wasn't to last. So, at the age of 60 I found myself retired, because there were no more moves in either my wife or I.

We enjoy Roseburg; we are approximately nine miles from the center of town. Our property is located on one of the many coastal mountains here. We live at approximately 1,000 feet elevation, our property is covered with trees; they are mostly Madrones and Oaks. We border a working farm of 40 acres to the east. As for the neighboring houses to the south, west, and north there's a considerable distant, between us.  It's the abundance of wildlife that entertains us, what with Black Tail Deer, Wild Turkeys, Fox, Skunk, Raccoon, and birds of every description, etcetera. It is a very fine place to call home.

My son Jason is employed at Santa Barbara City College, he is an Information Technician, when he isn’t repairing computers; he is teaching in the College’s IT Vocational Program. He teaches two semester classes a college year. He and his wife Jennifer, live in Oxnard several miles in land from the Santa Barbara Channel and Pacific Ocean.

 

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Beverlee Bigler (Toone)
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September 09, 1944 Inventory Control Manager executiveyacht.com Divorced 6
It appears the "Farmers of 1962" are a very prolific bunch!  I have six children and eight grandchildren to add to the aforementioned group.  After a 30-year relationship, my husband and I divorced.  He has since graduated to the spirit world after suffering and succumbing to colon cancer.  EVERYONE, please get a colonoscopy!

I had the opportunity to go to Africa and Indonesia on two volunteer humanitarian expeditions.  Like most volunteering, I received ever so much more than I could possibly give.

I was a legal secretary for several years, and then helped my daughter open her dental practice in St. George, Utah.  While in St. George I was the general contractor, as well as multi-laborer, in building my own home in Kayenta.  Turns out, home-building projects are one of my least favorite activities.

Previous to, and following my return from serving a LDS mission to Kiev, Ukraine, I have been working with my daughter and my son at his boat brokerage business in Salt Lake City.

After learning that I have been a "Lost Farmer" for all these years, I'm glad to have been "found" and look forward to reuniting with the "Farmers of 1962" in 2012!
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Janet Weiss (Travis)
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Barbara Tucker
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October 30, 1944 Retired Single
My foster-grandson lives with me with his fiancee.  My partner of 31 years died in 2005.  I worked for the Department of Defence as an instector for 27 years.  I inspected missile motors at Hercules and Thiokol.  I am enjoying retirement and have been on two LONG cruises one was around the world and lasted for 4 months.  We were on 6 continents, 12 oceans and. seas, and landed at 42 ports.  My favorite porty was Phuket, Thailand  Send Barbara a MessageSend Barbara a Message
Robert Turpin
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Joe Uzelac
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July 16, 1944 Retired/Finance Married 2
50 years!  Like the movie "Sliding Doors"  a lifetime can be a record of circumstance and choice?  I have enjoyed the good fortune of both.

After Granite, I attended the University of Utah and graduated in 1966. Although graduate school was my next goal, the local draft board thought Vietnam would be a better choice?  Circumstance put me in the Air Force Reserve at Hill AFB.  College sweetheart Judy Wells and I married after my release from active and I joined the First Security Bank Trust Department.  The Pueblo Crisis directed me from the Air Force Reserve to  the Navy for aviator training, but circumstance delayed my security clearance and the skies cleared. Late in 1968. I had the "sliding door" choice of reporting to the Navy for aviator training or accepting a brokerage sales position in San Francisco with Bache & Co.  Judy chose San Francisco, and the rest is history!  A fantastic San Francisco career with a loving and healthy family. Judy and I will celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary this year with our daughter. her two boys, our son, and their spouses.  We are blessed!

Classmate best wishes---see you at our REUNION!



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John Van Orman
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December 05, 1943 sort of retired Married 7
After Granite went on LDS mission to Southern Far East Mission (Philippine Islands). Went to BYU (because the U would not let me in). Married J.Lynne. Became a Seminary/Institute teacher beginning at the Olympus High Seminary (Mark Hoffman could have been one of my star students) then to Canada for 14 years (Saskatchewan, Manitoba, NW Ontario, Alberta) where all of my children but one were born. From Canada I came to Ephraim, Utah to teach at the LDS Institute across the street from Snow College.  After retirement I sold my soul to the "dark side" of the street and I now teach part-time at Snow College. Send John a MessageSend John a Message
Ronnie Vatsend
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David Michael Wabel
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September 25, 1944 Pilot Married 2
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