September 17, 1926 – October 22, 2019 – (age 93)
Weston Gibb Henrie, 93, died peacefully at his home on October 22, 2019. He was born September 17, 1926, Constitution Day, in Tremonton, Utah, the fifth child of the nine born to Radcliffe and Edna Clara Gibb Henrie. His mother died when he was ten years old, and his father married Phoebe Hall, with whom Radcliffe had four more children.
Weston loves to tell stories of his childhood growing up with so many brothers and sisters. Weston grew up on the family farm in Tremonton and Blue Creek, where he learned to work hard and play harder. He developed his lifelong love of horses as a boy, a passion that continued throughout his life.
He graduated from Bear River High where he became a talented baseball player and loves to share with his grandchildren the tale of his missed opportunity to play professional ball. Unfortunately for him, World War II intervened. He attended the University of Utah then was drafted at eighteen and spent his service stateside as a drill instructor in the United States Army Air Corps. Weston had a profound respect for our country and a firm belief in God’s role in its creation and protection.
After the war, Weston enrolled at BYU, where he graduated, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in speech, with political science and history as minors. On the first day of registration, he spotted a beautiful woman and commented to his friend that he’d just seen the woman he would marry.
After serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Denmark, he married Norma Hafen in the Salt Lake Temple on December 16, 1949. That was inarguably the best day of his life.
Weston and Norma moved to Logan in 1952 where Weston taught speech, drama, history, political science, communications, constitutional law, government and debate at Logan High School for 35 years. He also was an assistant coach for football and basketball for many years.
He furthered his education at Utah State University taking graduate courses in Radio and TV. If his students are to be believed, Mr. Henrie was the most influential teacher many of them had ever had. As debate coach his teams won several state championships, several Western States National Forensic League championships, qualified students to participate at NFL nationals every year, and won the Weber State invitational debate tournament several times (it was the largest debate tournament in the world at the time). In 1983, Weston was awarded the triple diamond award for outstanding achievement in forensics by the National Forensics League. His students went on to successful careers across the globe. He delighted in seeing his students achieve great things in life.
While teaching school he had to make a living for his family so he did other work such as owning and operating a farm all his life, worked construction (heavy equipment operator for over 25 years), working for LeGrand Johnson Construction Company most of those years and a hearing specialist.
He retired from teaching in 1987, and the focus of his life became his horses and family. Since that time he has been breeding, training, showing and selling world- champion quarter horses and paint horses. Up until recently, Weston could be found on his tractor, or out in the barn, not in the house.
Weston was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in Mutual, Sunday School, and various positions in priesthood quorums. His most enjoyed church calling was serving as first counselor in a Utah State University married branch.
Weston and Norma were blessed with five children: Cathal, Vichele (William Hamby), Keven (Krista), Daron (Verlyne), and Gibb who died in infancy. He has eleven grandchildren, and fourteen great-grandchildren. His beloved wife, Norma, died in 2009 and his darling eldest daughter, Cathal, died in 2018. He is also survived by his siblings Teddy Peck, Freda (Phil) Harris, Steve (Donna) Henrie, Ann (Bill) Venn, and Jane (Harold) Hess.
Weston’s philosophy of life is well-known to his posterity: “We do not compete in life to come in second.” His life has been an example of excellence, and we are proud to call him Dad and Grandpa.
The family wishes to express special thanks to Dr. Stones, Dr. Harry Senekjian and the staff of Intermountain Logan Regional Dialysis Center for their care, patience, and help.
A family memorial and graveside service will be held Saturday, November 2, 2019.
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