Roland Fred Wyatt, devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend, died in Salt Lake City on Friday, June 5, 1998.
Son of Fred and Leah (Tate) Wyatt, Roland was born on November 14, 1938. He was raised in Salt Lake City with loving care by his maternal grandparents, Edwin and Florence Tate. Shortly after graduation from East High School, he married Helen Larsen on November 14, 1958, a marriage later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. He was a High Priest in the Olympus 2nd LDS Ward.He received degrees in physics and electrical engineering from the University of Utah. During his nearly forty-year professional career, he worked at the University of Utah Cardiovascular Research and Training Institute, the College of Medicine, EDL Technology, Bonneville Scientific, the Center for Engineering Design and Sarcos, Inc. He served as a member of the Utah National Guard. He was the recipient of several professional awards including the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers "Engineer of the Year" award.
He was loved for his remarkable ability to relate to people, and he took a genuine interest in all who crossed his path. He regarded everyone as a friend and endeared us with his mischievous grin, the twinkle in his eye and an outrageous wit and propensity for practical jokes.
He was known for his extraordinary intellect, athletic skill and the remarkable passion with which he pursued so many interests so well -- mountaineering, bonsai trees, music ranging from bluegrass to opera, astronomy, nature and the outdoors, sports, creative invention, human physiology, U of U basketball and virtually anything involving a challenge. It was all special to him, as were the countless kids whose lives he enriched as a Boy Scout leader, organizer of star parties, teacher of the wonders of nature and director or Camp Wyatt.
He will be remembered for his genuine devotion to his children and their endeavors. Every accomplishment in their lives, no matter how small, was a magical moment for him. His example of perseverance, strength and courage will never be forgotten. Thanks, Dad.
He bore his lung disease with dignity and tenacious courage. His own struggle for breath brought him to the service of asthmatic children through "Camp Super Kids," a summer camp sponsored by the American Lung Association of Utah for children with asthma, which he spearheaded as Director and Board Member for nearly 20 years. The program was later re-named "Camp Wyatt" in honor of his dedication and service to its mission.
He is survived by his wife, Helen; daughters, Heidi Lyon (Vance), Holly Rosse (James); son, Jeff (Paige); grandchildren, Andrew and Alex Lyon; father, Fred; "brother" Bob Brickey, and many aunts and uncles whom he considered his brothers and sisters.
"On belay? Belay is on! Climbing! Climb on!"
The family expresses profound appreciation to Dr. James Pearl, his physician and friend, and his staff for the exceptional care that gave us many more good years with Roland. We also wish to thank Kathy Kamerath and the nursing staff at LDS Hospital for their many years of caring service.
A memorial service will be held at the Red Butte Garden amphitheater on Thursday, June 11 at noon. (Travel east from the intersection of Wasatch Blvd. and South Campus Drive, through the Fort Douglas to the mouth of Red Butte Canyon.) Friends may call Wednesday evening, June 10, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 South Highland Drive, and Thursday from 11:15 a.m. to noon at Red Butte Garden amphitheater. Interment at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park immediately following the memorial service.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in the name of Roland Wyatt to Camp Wyatt, c/o American Lung Association of Utah, 1930 South 1100 East, SLC, Utah 84106.
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