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The Daily Herald, 07/09/07
Our beloved husband, father, and grandfather died 7 July 2007 at home surrounded by his
family. Born 9 April 1918 in Georgetown, Idaho, to Marvin Ezra Clark and Alice Budge
Clark. Delivered by Emma Woolley Clark, paternal grandmother, a midwife. All four
great-grandparents Ezra Thompson Clark, William Budge, John Wickersham Woolley, and James
Athay were early Mormon pioneers to Utah. Attended grade school and two years of high
school in Georgetown. Graduated from Montpelier (Idaho) High School in 1935 at age 17.
Sang in male quartet and gave salutatory talk at graduation exercises. Learned to read
before starting school and was an extensive reader and lover of books all of his life.
Played the violin and clarinet as a boy and young man, also acted in many school and
church drama productions. Worked on the family farm during growing-up years. Loved farm
animals but hated milking cows.
Was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints throughout his
life. Served as a missionary in the Northwestern States Mission in Oregon, Washington,
northern Idaho, and Canada from 1939 to 1941. Was ordained a Seventy at the beginning of
his mission and continued as a Seventy until ordained a High Priest when called as a
counselor to Bishop Ellis Rasmussen in 1953. Served as Bishop (ordained by Joseph Fielding
Smith) of the Crest View Second Ward (later named the Orem Fifteenth Ward, then the Cherry
Hill Second Ward) in Orem, Utah, from 1954 to 1961. Served a second time as a Bishop, at
BYU, three years later.
Served on several High Councils. Was an ordinance worker in the Provo Temple for several
years. Ordained a Patriarch in April 1970 (ordained by Thomas S. Monson) and served as
Patriarch of the Brigham Young University Fifth Stake for 32 years, until health problems
necessitated his release in 2002. Served as Patriarch with eight Stake Presidents and gave
2,841 Patriarchal Blessings.
Following high school graduation, Bruce enrolled in fall 1935 as a chemistry major at the
University of Utah. Changed major to English after church mission and graduated from U. of
Utah with B.A. in English in June 1943. Then served in U. S. Army for three years (1943
to1946) during World War Two, including two years in the headquarters battalion of the
large Thirteenth Replacement Depot in Hawaii, where soldiers were rehabilitated from
combat duty and processed for reassignment, and where Bruce was a specialist in army
communications and became Director of Publications.
After release from the army in spring 1946 Bruce immediately enrolled at Brigham Young
University, where in one year he completed his M. A. in English, taught part time, and
married. In a poetry class in summer 1946 he met Ouida Raphiel from Louisiana. They fell
in love, and were married in the Salt Lake Temple on 7 November 1946. In fall 1947 they
moved to Salt Lake City, where Bruce enrolled in the Ph.D. program at the University of
Utah, taught half-time in Freshman English for three years, and was the first student to
complete a Ph.D. in English at the U. of Utah. The first two of their six children were
born to Bruce and Ouida during their three years in Salt Lake City.
In fall 1950 Bruce was invited to return to Brigham Young University as a full-time
English teacher, and thus began a career of over forty years of devoted teaching. He
officially retired from B.Y.U. in 1983 but continued to teach part-time until 1992. During
his many years at B.Y.U. he had extensive administrative responsibilities but always
regarded teaching as his first love. He loved teaching so much that even when his
administrative assignments were heaviest he continued to teach several classes each
semester. Among his favorite classes were Shakespeare, Browning, English Literature of the
Romantic and Victorian Periods, the English Novel, and the Short Story.
Although teaching was his first love, Bruce was called on for extensive administrative
assignments at B.Y.U. From 1960 to 1965 he served as Chairman of the English Department,
and for sixteen years, from 1965 to 1981, he was Dean of the College of Humanities. In
addition, he was given dozens of committee assignments, including several committees for
university-wide curriculum revision, several university building committees, Planning
Committee for Inauguration of BYU Honors Program 1953-54, Chair Mayhew Creative Awards
Committee1963-83, BYU Studies Editorial Board 1965-81, Executive Secretary Mayhew Awards
Trust Fund Governing Board 1967-81, Chair BYU Retirement Committee 1967-69, Chair BYU
Library Building Planning Committee 1973, Chair BYU Replacement Buildings Committee
1973-76, Chair BYU Faculty Remembrance Fund Executive Committee 1979-81, Executive
Secretary David and Beatrice Evans Biography Award Committee 1980-85, and many other
committees, even including serving on!
the BYU Athletic Advisory Council 1963-68.
Professionally Bruce's first love was teaching, and administrative assignments made a
second career. A third professional devotion was writing. Although he never found time to
do as much writing and publishing as he wanted to do, writing was still a major activity
of his life. In 1963 he was asked by church leaders to prepare a volume of literature for
study in the literature program of the Relief Society. He requested that his colleague and
friend Robert Thomas work with him as co-author, and together they compiled a volume of
poems, short stories, and essays with critical discussions that was published in 1964 as
Volume One of Out of the Best Books: An Anthology of Literature. This volume was so
successful that four additional volumes were published in 1966, 1967, 1968, and 1969, and
these were used as study manuals throughout the church in the Relief Society literature
program for seven years, 1964 through 1971. Even more widely published was an essay
"The Challenge of Te!
aching," first printed in BYU Studies in Autumn 1964 and later reprinted several
times in national journals. In addition to these well-known writings, Bruce wrote or
edited more than a dozen other volumes, including the popular Richard Evans' Quote
Book in 1971, Great Short Stories for Discussion and Delight in 1979, and a four-volume
Personal and Family History in 1996-98. He also wrote and published several dozen shorter
booklets, essays, and articles. In 1990-92 he served as an assistant editor for the
five-volume Encyclopedia of Mormonism.
Among special recognitions received at BYU, Bruce was given the Karl G. Maeser Award for
Teaching Excellence in 1972, the David O. McKay Humanities Award in 1983, and a
Presidential Citation for Distinguished Service to BYU by President Rex Lee at BYU
Commencement Exercises in August 1994. Bruce's leadership and influence were
recognized by his being called on to give BYU Assembly talks in October 1955, September
1964, September 1971, November 1971, May 1976, and August 1979. He has been listed in
Who's Who in America since 1962. His travels, usually with his wife, included several
visits to Europe (including Russia) and trips to the Far East (Hong Kong, Japan, North and
South Korea, The Philippines, Taiwan) and the Middle East (Egypt, Greece, Israel, Jordan,
Lebanon, Syria, Turkey).
Many times Bruce said that the three great loves of his life were (1) the Savior, the
church, and service in the church; (2) teaching; and (3) his wife and family. As he grew
old, his teaching and service to BYU ended, and his service in the church diminished, but
his love for his family continued undiminished, including love for all of his
grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom he adored. And there was another love also of
the land, and of the plants and animals and birds that grew on the land. Published in the
Daily Herald on 7/9/2007.
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