Arnold Carter Roylance, age 94, passed away Monday, Sept. 28, 1998, at a local care center.
He was born Apr. 12, 1904, in Springville, Utah, the son of Austin Hoopes and Sarah Maud Carter Roylance. In separate childhood accidents he lost the sight of both eyes. He attended the School for the Deaf and Blind in Ogden, and graduated from Springville High School. In 1923, he enrolled in Brigham Young University, the first blind person admitted. He was a champion wrestler. After graduating from BYU, he taught history and government and coached the debate team at Springville High for two years. He was the first blind student admitted to the University of Utah Law School, where he also lettered in wrestling. He was featured in Ripley's "Believe it or Not" as being the first blind wrestler. He graduated from the Law School in 1932 and passed the state Bar exam. He was Springville City Attorney for several years, before being elected Utah County Attorney in 1936. He served a total of 34 years as County Attorney and 10 additional years as Deputy County Attorney before finally retiring in 1986.He married Ruth Olsen of Springville on July 5, 1940. They were married by his uncle, Hugh A. Wright, in Rexburg, Idaho. They made their home in Springville. They had a son, Don, born in October 1942. Ruth died on Nov. 15, 1942. He married Mary Lucile Thatcher Jeffery, on Mar. 17, 1944, a widow with one young son, Rondo. Arnold and Lucile had five additional children, making a family a seven. Lucile died on Aug. 10, 1994.
He was a member of the LDS Church, serving in many capacities. He was a charter member of the Springville Lions Club, and served as Club president. He served on the Governors' Council for the Handicapped.
He is survived by six children, Rondo (Janet) Jeffery, Roy; Don (Loydene) Roylance, San Clemente, Calif.; Terry (Diane) Roylance; Marcia (Kent) Cameron; Paul (Terri) Roylance, all of Salt Lake City; and Mark (Linda) Roylance, Yorba Linda, Calif.; 31 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. Also surviving are one brother, Fred (Beth) Roylance, Provo, and LaRita (Orville) Swanson, Springville. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wives, two sisters, one brother, and one son, Steven.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Oct. 2, 1998 at 11 a.m. in the Spring Creek Ninth Ward, 55 No. Main, Springville. Friends may call Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Wheeler Mortuary, 211 E. 200 S., Springville or Friday one hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery.
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