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Obituary: C.B. Copley

Published: Wednesday, May 10 2000 12:00 a.m. MDT

COALVILLE --Charles Bryant Copley, 101, died Wednesday, May 3, 2000 at his home in Coalville, Utah.

He was born May 28, 1898 in Coalville, Utah to Bryant Beard and Hannah Eliza-beth Condie Copley. On August 3, 1921, he married Clara Elizabeth Crittenden in the Logan LDS Temple. She died Sept. 4, 1989.Mr. Copley was a member of the Coalville First Ward, serving in many callings, including teacher of the Gospel Doctrine class, which he taught for almost 70 years. He was a dedicated, faithful home teacher, sometimes traveling 100 plus miles to visit members in nursing homes to fulfill his stewardship.

He attended Summit Stake Academy and was the first student to enroll at North Summit High School in 1913. He attended the University of Utah, finishing in three years with a B.A. degree, majoring in math and science and receiving a teacher's certificate for the secondary grades. Later, he received a principal's certificate.

Mr. Copley was a teacher at N.S.H.S. for 47 years, teaching all levels of math and science. He also taught driver's education. In addition to being an educator, he was an insurance broker, and during summer months, he worked on the railroad for several years. He had often worked as a surveyor and appraiser for the county. After retiring, and at the age of 94, he continued to be an educator by personally tutoring students who needed additional help.

C.B. Copley served on the City Council; he was active in Boy Scouts; a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award; a volunteer weatherman from 1949-95; a recipient of the John Holm Award; and the Thomas Jefferson Award for faithful continuous service in weather keeping, which award is given to only three individuals a year in the nation.

Mr. Copley enjoyed working with wood, making cedar chests for his daughters and granddaughters and designing the floor patterns and laying the floors in the living room and library of his home. He also made dressers, lamps and ornamental wood pieces for his wife and their home. He worked in Lapidary, using this skill to design and ornament the fireplace in his study. He also made jewelry for his family. He enjoyed traveling and had visited 48 of the 50 states. As long as he was able, he gardened, sharing the produce and flowers that he grew with neighbors and friends. C.B. played the piano or trombone in two different dance bands in his younger years. For several years, he sang with the SPEBSQSA. He was active, in earlier years, in the Coalville Little Theater Group. He still enjoyed playing his organ until about a year ago. He was generous in his contributions to charities and in helping others to further their education by setting up numerous scholarship funds at several universities and at N.S.H.S. He also supported many missionaries in the mission field. He was an avid photographer, having a great interest in photographing and collecting historical pictures, especially of the Summit County area.

Surviving are two sons and two daughters, John Bryant Copley, Preston, Idaho; Carl Thomas (Marilyn) Copley, Bellevue, Washington; Clara Ellen Shafer, Moab, Utah; and Dorothy C. (Gary) Hope, Centerville, Utah. Also surviving are 20 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Clara and one sister.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 13, 2000 at 1 p.m. in the Coalville Stake Chapel. Friends may call at the Walker Mortuary in Coalville, Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Interment, Coalville Cemetery.

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