-- 1944 ~ 2011 --
Monroe Emerson, 66, of American Fork Utah died Wednesday,
March 16 at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo,
Utah following complications of a heart attack and stroke.
He is survived by his wife, Olive Hunt
Emerson, of American Fork, Utah, daughter, Katherine Emerson
Plato and family, and sons Samuel, Daniel and Matthew Emerson
and families to include 8 eight grandchildren, his brother
Robert Emerson of Massachusetts and father, Louis Richard
Emerson of Cedar Hills.
Born in Troy, New York, Dick grew up in
parts of Pennsylvania, Texas and Kansas, spent 30 years
in Rancho Cucamonga, CA raising his family and the last
9 years in American Fork, Utah enjoying them.
A decorated veteran of the Vietnam War
and devout patriot, Dick spent his early years moving amongst
several army bases in the states and in Vietnam serving
his country as a combat correspondent. At the conclusion
of his military service he pursued a brief career teaching
English and then began his longtime journalism career, first
for the Des Moines Register in Iowa and finally at the Los
Angeles Times in California as an editor and then programmer.
Dick had a brilliant mind and started a brand new career
at the LA Times in his 40’s by teaching himself computer
programming, becoming an expert in his field, and then transitioned
newspaper production into the technology revolution by converting
the process from pen and paper to computer and internet.
During his career at The Times, Dick was awarded two Pulitzer
Prizes for his assistance in coverage of the Mexico earthquake
in the 80’s and the LA Riots in the 90’s.
As an Expert Class HAM Radio Operator
he cultivated this hobby turned passion into a lifetime
of service disseminating information all over the world
in times of disaster and peace. This passion earned him
both the respect of his colleagues and cherished friendships
in the HAM community.
Dick was a devoted companion to his beloved
wife, Olive and beloved patriarch to his children and grandchildren
reveling in his golden years embracing those roles.
Funeral services for Dick will be held
on Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 11:00 am at the Sunset Hills
3rd Ward Chapel, 1120 North 400 West, American Fork, Utah.
A viewing will prior to the funeral service from 9:00-10:45am
at the Sunset Hills Chapel. Interment will immediately follow
at Pleasant Grove City Cemetery.