Roy A. West passed away at the age of 95 years at his home in Orem, Utah on June 27, 1993 from natural causes.
Funeral services will be held at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary Chapel, 3401 So. Highland Drive on Sat., July 10, 1993 at noon where friends may call from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. prior to services.He was a pioneer in the LDS Church education system that has reached around the world. He was born to Erastus Horace West and Martha Lona Wilkins in Duncan, Arizona on April 4, 1898. He served in the Southern States LDS Mission from 1918-20 and earned a B.A. and an M.A. in Sociology at Utah State University. He received fellowships from his Ph.D work at University of Wisconsin and Duke University. He married his sweetheart Geneva Rose Day in the Salt Lake Temple on May 28, 1929.
Roy began teaching seminary for the LDS Church in 1928 and over the years helped develop and shape many important areas in the Seminary and Institute Programs of the Church, as well as writing many of the manuals and outlines for their courses of study. He was Institute Director at St. George, Utah and helped direct the construction of the institute building, served as principal of the seminaries in Price, Lehi, Richmond, Gunnison, Utah and Shelley and Paris, Idaho. He also taught and was director for the LDS Business College. Later he became Research Director and then Budget Director of the Department of Education for the LDS Church. He was a brilliant and frugal money manager, often sought after by many companies outside the church. For more than 30 years he conducted numerous research studies in such areas as missionary service, temple marriage, seminary and institute attendance as well as other subjects that helped shape the educational programs of the Church. He loved working with the young people of the Church. Roy stated: "My special interests have always been in helping the youth of Zion to adjust themselves to the world they live in." He traveled the Western States conducting many of his research projects. He was highly regarded for his excellent work and many contributions. Through his long years of service, he worked closely with many General Authorities, Church educators, bishops and stake presidents and other church leaders. President Harold B. Lee deemed Roy's contributions in the Educational System of the Church as a "tremendous influence".
Roy West was a lifelong, active Church member. He served in may different areas of leadership and service, including bishop, high councilman, Scout Master and District Commissioner of Scouting. He loved teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and seeing the positive affect it had in people's lives. He always believed in a better and brighter tomorrow. He was a quiet and gentle man. His duty to church, family, job, community service, his fellowman and neighbor was always foremost in his mind and in his actions.
He was a hard worker, who believed in doing more than his part and practiced his beliefs every day of his life. He was the author of numerous priesthood manuals, teaching materials and course outlines for the Church. Wrote several books including "Family Eternal", "Introduction to the Book of Mormon", "Messages of the Early Apostles". Of the above, perhaps his greatest accomplishment was his last book, "Choose Your Pathway to Eternal Happiness", completed at age 93 while disabled with blindness. He wanted this book to be his final message to his fellow human beings regardless of religion. Known as a positive individual with a great sense of humor, he helped many people forget their troubles for a time. Even in his later years, he still looked at the bright side of life and always kept his sense of humor.
He loved being with his family and was devoted to them in every way. He was a real scholar in every sense of the word. He enjoyed many different things in life such as: baseball, gardening, scouting, music and reading.
Roy A. West will be greatly missed by his wife, Geneva, his six children and their husbands and wives, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. While he was alive, he made his portion of this world a better and brighter place for many individuals and made a real difference. He was a man of strong principals and integrity. He was a very honest man and his word was his bond. He will be remembered in the hearts of those that loved him so dearly.
He is survived by his dear wife, Geneva Rose Day West and beloved children, Emerson Roy West, San Jose, California; Rose Marie West Nicholls, Kent, Washington; Sylvia West Fairbanks, Bethesda, Maryland; Viola West Farnsworth, Orem, Utah; Stephen Day West, Torrance, California; Gloria Olivia West Kemker, Salt Lake City, Utah; Ruth West, a daughter preceded him in death. He has 25 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
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