Lynn J. Archibald, 52, died Wednesday, May 28, 1997 at home, with his family at his side, after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born September 27, 1944 in Logan, Utah, to Eldredge and Rhea Loosle Archibald. He lived in Oregon and California and graduated from Torrance High School in Torrance, California. He played basketball at Utah State his freshman year and at El Camino Junior College his sophomore year. He obtained a bachelor's degree from Fresno State and a masters degree from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. He married Anne Machock on December 28, 1968 in Madera, California. The marriage was later solemnized in the St. George LDS Temple.Lynn was an active High Priest in the Edgemont 7th Ward, Provo Edgemont Stake. He had served previously as a bishop's counselor and a Sunday School teacher. It was on the basketball floor as a coach that he made his biggest impact on the lives of young people. He had the rare gift of touching and changing the lives of the athletes he met, recruited and coached. He began his coaching career at Sierra Vista High in Baldwin Park, California, before accepting a coaching position at Los Amigos High in Fountain Valley, California. He served as an assistant coach at Long Beach State, Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, Nevada-Las Vegas and Southern California, before accepting the head coaching job at Idaho State in 1978. He was hired as head coach at the University of Utah in 1983, and he led the Utes to a WAC title, two NCAA tournament berths and two NIT appearances. He was an assistant coach at Arizona State for five seasons before joining the BYU staff in 1994. In December of 1997 he became BYU's Director of Basketball Operations.
Lynn is survived by his wife of 28 years, Anne; two sons, Damon (Renee) Archibald, and grandson, Bradoc, of Missoula, MT and Beau Archibald, of Provo, UT; daughter, LeeAnne Archibald, of New York, NY; his mother, Rhea; and two sisters, Ila (Clark) Merrill, of Hemit, California and Vickie (Ron) Stock, of Bountiful, UT.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 31, 1997 at 1 p.m. in the Edgemont LDS Stake Center, 303 West 3700 North, Provo. Friends may call at the Berg Mortuary of Provo, 185 East Center Street, Friday evening from 6-9 p.m. Saturday there will be no viewing, but friends may call one hour prior to services. Interment, East Lawn Memorial Hills Cemetery, Provo.
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