Ellie was one amazing lady and a wonderful mother too. We moved out of the area
over twenty years ago so didn't know that she passed away. Valoy and
family must really miss her.
It is interesting that the article quotes Orrin Hatch but doesn't mention
that they are cousins. I too am a cousin to Valoy and have actually met him
once, years ago. I do like his art. We share the common ancestor that Sen.
When I was writing sports at the Y I knew every player on the basketball team
and saw every game they played. Valoy was one of my favorites. As I recall he
was the sixth man with long arms,and hunched shoulders and a fun player to watch
with his smooth jump shot and fierce rebounding attitude as he was a competitor.
I rediscovered him many years ago and was surprised he was painting. I have
since taken it up and still marvel at the feelings I get whenever I see one of
his hallmark paintings in the temples. I always pay special attention to the
original temple paintings and seek out his. Thanks for all the spirituality I
feel through your work. Someday I am going to visit you and personally thank