1919 ~ 2004
Our loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and broth-er, Ralph Lowell Rollins, passed away Saturday, October 30,
2004 at the age of 85.
Ralph was born Aug. 21, 1919 in Greenville, Utah to Perley Freeman and Esther Berthada Morris Rollins. He married Betty Grace Barney June 1, 1948 in the Manti LDS Temple and together they reared three sons and a daughter. They instilled testimony, a strong work ethic, and an optimistic attitude by their examples and established a home full of music and learning.
Ralph received his BS in Civil Engineering from Utah State in 1941 and then served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in World War II. Upon his return, his love of learning led him to earn an MS degree from Utah State in 1949 and a Ph.D. from Iowa State in 1954. After teaching at Colorado State University and the University of Utah, Ralph joined the Civil Engineering faculty at BYU in 1958 where he established the geotechnical engineering program. Ralph served as department chairman for two years, 1960-1962. He was honored by an engineering fellowship in his name and retired from BYU in 1987. Ralph received the prestigious BYU Emeritus Alumni Award in 2004.
Ralph founded the consulting firm of Rollins, Brown and Gunnell, Inc. in Provo in 1965 and served as principal until his retirement at the age of 79 in 1999. Licensed in five states, he personally performed soil and foundation investigations for over 5000 structures throughout the intermountain west including a majority of the high-rise buildings in Salt Lake, several hundred LDS chapels, buildings on every college campus in the state, and numerous bridges and commercial buildings. Ralph performed design work for over 80 earth dams in the intermountain west, and served as a consultant to the World Bank, reviewing design plans and inspecting earth dam construction in Korea for three summers. He was president of the Utah Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers from 1965-66. In 1972 he received the Outstanding Professional Engineer Award for Technical Competence and was named Utah Engineer of the Year in 1988.
Ralph was devoted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served as bishop of the Cottonwood 2 nd
Ward in Salt Lake City. He served on high councils in the Cottonwood and BYU 11 th
Stakes, was a volunteer consultant to the LDS Church Engineering Department, and received their Outstanding Professional Service Award in 1980. Ralph was a member of Provo Kiwanis, served one term as president, and received the Kiwanis Outstanding Service Award.
Ralph is survived by his wife, Betty; his children, Craig Rollins (Vancouver, WA), Kevin Rollins, (Austin, TX), Kyle Rollins (Provo, UT), and Anita Rollins Blackwood (Austin, TX);, his brother, Arden Rollins (Salt Lake City, UT); 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grand-children.
Funeral services will be held Wed-nesday Nov. 3, 10 a.m. at the Edge-mont North Stake Center at 4295 North Canyon Road in Provo. Family and friends may call one hour prior to services. A viewing will also be held from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 2, at the Sundberg-Olpin Mortuary, 495 S. State Street, Orem. Interment will be at the Orem Cemetery.
The family wishes to thank the staff of the Courtyard at Jamestown for their caring devotion to Ralph.