They met when they were ten years old, in the fourth grade at the Central Grade School in Pleasant Grove.
It was love at first sight. Hy was a brown eyed little boy with a big smile and dimples. Dorothy was a skinny little girl with long brown ringlets that bounced when she ran. And run she did, as Hy chased her at every recess just to hear her squeal and see her curls bounce. Each recess the chase was on — and when Hy caught her, he didn’t know what to do with her. So he let her go and the race was on again. (He still doesn’t know what to do with her.)
They attended school together through the years. Dorothy was Hy’s secretary at Pleasant Grove High as he was the class president. (No one can remember what good they did in those jobs.) Hy was a valedictorian and Dorothy was voted in as the Campus Sweetheart.
After graduating from high school Hy joined the US Navy and served for two yeas. While he was away Dorothy worked at the Geneva Steel Co. and then went to BYU and also to Utah State.
When Hy returned, they began dating seriously and were married in the spring of 1949. He attended the U. of U. and later graduated from BYU. He also attended the University of California at Berkeley, Calif.
During the next eight years of marriage, they had three handsome, mischievous little boys, Scott, Guy and Kirk, then seven years later an adorable little girl named Lorrie. She soon “ruled the roost.” They now have 15 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.
Hy’s employment with the telephone company, as an executive, included many transfers including moving to New York, Denver (three times) and Phoenix, Arizona. After serving a temple mission at Temple Square in Salt Lake City they moved back to Utah, their favorite state. They live in Fruit Heights.
We love you Mom and Dad. Scott, Kirk and Lorrie Stapley. (Guy has recently deceased.)