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Ken Yoho



 
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07/05/12 07:04 PM #1    

Mickie Milligan

Ken's life & mine crossed paths several times. The first time was when we were just hours old..  Our mom's shared the same maternity room at LDS Hospital. I'm sure beside's our own family's faces we saw each other.

Then, we moved into the same neighborhood & went to the same elementary school in Sugarhouse.

My family moved again to the Olympus Hills area & what do you know?        Ken's family did to!!!   We ended up finishing grade school,  jr. high & Skyline together.  We were not close friends, but we always wished each other a Happy Birthday on our birthdays.

I was really saddened when I heard that his airplane had crashed in the Uinta Mts. & he had not survived.


09/23/17 02:31 PM #2    

Crista Loucks (Abbott)

The following Deseret News article was sent in by Mickie Milligan.

 

Survivors move on -- with help

By Lee Benson Deseret News columnist

Published: Sept. 15, 1999 12:00 a.m.

 

Wherever he is, you just know Ken Yoho has to be pleased. It's been 19 years since his plane crashed on a return trip to Salt Lake City from a business meeting in Wyoming, killing the automotive parts dealer instantly, and yet his wife and college-age sons are in good shape, pursuing their goals, getting educated, going to class.

Don't think there's life after death? Then you haven't heard about the Workers Compensation Fund's Legacy of Learning scholarship program.For the past 10 years, WCF has awarded college scholarships to survivors of those who have died in the workplace.  

This year alone the quasi government employer's insurance program sent 63 people off to school.

Since 1990 it has helped cover the education expenses of nearly 400 Utahns.

It doesn't make up for the loss of the loved one. Nobody's saying that.

But it does ease the economic strain.

Peter Yoho, 22, half-whispers the words, even though he lost his dad when he was 5.

"I'm going to BYU," he says.

If his dad was around, Peter's best guess is this would be his reaction: "What!"

Ken Yoho was University of Utah through and through, Peter explains, smiling. A real Utah man, sir, with the diploma to prove it.

Now his boys -- Peter's younger brother Brian, who was 7 months old when his father's plane crashed, also attends BYU although at the moment he's on leave while serving an LDS mission in Tokyo -- are Cougars.

What!

But life is full of sudden twists and unforeseen change, and you don't have to tell the Yohos about that.

Suzanne Hammond is Peter and Brian's mom. Thanks to the Legacy of Learning program, not only doesn't she have to worry about Peter and Brian being able to afford a solid college education, she doesn't have to worry about herself affording one, either.

Because she too qualifies as a scholarship recipient.

While working full time as an adviser to at-risk kids at Highland High School, Suzanne enrolled this past January at the University of Phoenix extension to get a master's degree in counseling. When she's finished, she hopes to work as a guidance counselor at a junior high or high school. Upward and onward.

In the meantime, Legacy of Learning is picking up $1,500 of her yearly tuition.

"It is such a great help," says Suzanne. "I can't tell you what it's meant to our family."

Three weeks ago, current and past recipients of the Legacy of Learning scholarships were treated to a 10-year reunion dinner at the Little America hotel.

Suzanne and Peter were there, along with hundreds of others who have gone to school thanks to the WCF program.

The crowd filled an entire ballroom.

Husbands, wives, sons and daughters all had this in common: a loved one had died on the job.

They also had this in common: that calamity had not meant they couldn't go on to college.

A tragedy in the past hadn't precluded triumphs for the future.

Like Suzanne, Peter and Brian, everyone there had school stories to tell; college experiences to relate; scholastic successes to share.

An inordinately large number, it turned out, were honors students, placing among the tops of their classes.

It was an educated crowd; a very educated crowd.

And wherever they were, Ken Yoho and those others who would liked to have been there but couldn't had to be very pleased.

 


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