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People in the Church

Music

  • Susan Pack Facer of the Woodlands 1st Ward, Houston Texas North Stake, is performing in a lead role on the National Tour III of the popular musical "Phantom of the Opera." Two nights a week she plays the role of Christine Daae, the female lead. She won the role through an open audition in Houston, Tex., and will perform in 1995 in New Orleans, La.; San Antonio, Texas; Orlando, Fla.; West Palm Beach, Fla.; Columbus, Ohio; and Hartford, Conn. Sister Facer is a graduate of BYU, where she earned a degree in music.
  • Elders Kahauanu Lake Kai, Trenton K. Thornock, Jamis Gordon Buck and Britton M. Worthen, missionaries in the Korea Seoul Mission, recently won the top award in the modern vocal division of the 27th Korean Folk Arts Contest for Foreigners. The missionaries sang two Korean folk songs a capella in the competition. They were chosen from 20 finalists in the event organized by The Korea Herald-Naeway Economic Daily and the Seoul City government.
  • Brady and Carol Ann Allred of the Pittsburgh 1st Ward, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Stake, represented the United States government as "Artistic Ambassadors" on a European tour recently. Brother Allred plays the flute and piano and Sister Allred sings. They each earned doctorates at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., and are graduates of BYU. On the tour, they presented concerts in Italy, Sweden, Spain and Portugal. Brother Allred is director of choirs at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Military

  • Tim D. Martin Jr. of the Enid Ward, Stillwater Oklahoma Stake, was recently given the Leadership Award for his graduating class from the U.S. Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training program. The award was presented in recognition of Brother Martin's demonstrated leadership qualities during the one-year program. Brother Martin is a graduate of BYU and the Air Force ROTC program.
  • Michael C. McMullin, who was promoted to colonel in November, is serving as commander of the 341st Operations Group at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana. He is high priests group leader in the Great Falls Ward, Great Falls Montana East Stake, and is a former high councilor. He received his bachelor's degree from BYU, a master's degree from University of Northern Colorado, and graduated from Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College.

Professional

  • Philip R. Brueck of the Marshallton 2nd Ward, Philadelphia Pennsylvania Stake, has been named deputy regional director of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the National Park Service. Born in Kanab, Utah, he grew up among national parks and monuments in Utah and Arizona. He received a bachelor's degree from BYU.

Centenarians

  • Esther Hoyt Jensen of the Mesa 40th Ward, Mesa Arizona South Stake, continues to be an inspiration to members of her ward since she turned 100 years old on Nov. 27, 1994. The ward's youth, particularly, have been visiting her regularly to hear stories about her childhood. She was born in Adams County, Iowa, and joined the Church in 1955 in Phoenix, Ariz. Sister Jensen served in the Church as a stake missionary, Primary pianist, Relief Society chorister and visiting teacher. She taught school and was a nurse. She married Albert Jensen and has six children, 24 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.
  • Mary Jex Banks of the Spanish Fork 10th Ward, Spanish Fork Utah Palmyra Stake, will turn 101 years old Jan. 23. She is a descendent of Church members who emigrated from England and were among the earliest settlers of Spanish Fork. She married John Welbert Banks in September 1924. He died in 1977. Sister Banks has more than 275 descendants.

Agriculture

  • Frank Bohman of the Stoddard Ward, Morgan Utah North Stake, was named recently as the recipient of a $10,000 award for resource management. The High Desert Museum's Earle A. Chiles Award was presented to the Utah rancher for his exemplary stewardship practices to restore and sustain the health of degraded private ranch lands in north central Utah. Brother Bohman owns the 4,000-acre BB Ranch in Weber Valley near Morgan, Utah. The Chiles Award was established by the museum to recognize individuals for outstanding contributions in natural resource management in the High Desert region of the western United States.

Education

  • Jenifer Kay Mann, 17, studentbody president at Eldorado High School in Las Vegas, Nev., is the state studentbody secretary, elected by other members of the Nevada studentbody officers organization. Organist in the Eastridge Ward, Las Vegas Nevada Sunrise Stake, Jenifer also plays the piano and teaches piano lessons. She attends early-morning seminary.

Honors

  • William H. Walters who died in May 1994, was posthumously honored when the Fullerton, Calif., Airport terminal was named after him. His memory was honored because of his active involvement in aviation in the area. He served on the Airport Noise and Safety Committee and the Airspace Users Task Force and was vice president of the California Pilots Association, Southern Region. His wife and family attended the ceremonies recently, where the terminal was dedicated in his name. Brother Walters served in the bishopric of the Fullerton 4th Ward, Fullerton California Stake.
  • Stephen L. Butler, public affairs director for the Montrose Colorado Stake, has received the Melvin Jones Fellowship, the highest honor given by the Lions Club International. The award recognizes Brother Butler's commitment to the ideals of Lionism, concern for the welfare of others and his good example of leadership and service in the community.

Chess

  • Jesse Glenn Handley of the Rutland Branch, Montpelier Vermont Stake, was among the winners in the 1994 Vermont State School Chess Championships recently. He finished first in the kindergarten division. Four of his brothers also took part in the state school tournament. Jesse is a member of the Poultney Elementary School Chess Club.

Medical

  • A. Gregory Sorensen of the Arlington Ward, Boston Massachusetts Stake, is the 1994 recipient of the Cornelius G. Dyke Memorial Award which recognizes the best paper in neuroradiology by a trainee in neuroradiology or radiology. His paper dealt with research concerning stroke patients. Brother Sorensen earned his medical degree at Massachusetts Institute of Technology after receiving a master's degree from BYU and an undergraduate degree from the California Institute of Technology. In July, he began a fellowship in neuroradiology at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Service

  • Lowell D. Castleton, president of the Franklin Idaho Stake, has received the 1994 Donna J. Stone Award, given annually by the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse. The award is named for the woman who founded the committee. Pres. Castleton is a magistrate in the Sixth Judicial District of Idaho. He is past president of the Idaho Network for Children, the Idaho Chapter of the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse, and is a member of the Governor's Children at Risk Task Force. He currently serves on the publications board of the Journal of Juvenile Justice of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

Athletics

  • Robert W. Wood of the Orchard 13th Ward, North Salt Lake Utah Stake, was elected director of long distance running in the U.S. Track and Field organization at St. Louis, Mo., in December. As director, he will take part in the selection of coaches for the U.S. Olympic long distance running teams and will travel around the world assisting in competitive races. This is the second time Brother Wood has been elected to the position.
  • Corbin Talley, a priest in the Riverton 10th Ward, Riverton Utah Stake, earned all-America honors by finishing 12th in the national high school cross country championships at San Diego on Dec. 10, 1994. A member of the Bingham (Utah) High School cross country team, Corbin became only the second boy from Utah to make it to the 32-runner national championship race. He qualified by finishing sixth in the western regional championships in Fresno, Calif., a week before the national final.
  • Davin Lundquist, a counselor in the bishopric of the Glendale 7th Ward, Glendale California Stake, has earned several honors as quarterback for Occidental College in California, including the 1994 National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete Award. The Occidental team MVP has also landed All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors as quarterback and punter. The Provo, Utah, native served a mission in Chile and is president of Occidental's Latter-day Saints Student Association. He is also actively involved as a service volunteer in many projects.