Dr. R. Bert Woodland
-- 1930 ~ 2010 --

Dr. Roland Bert Woodland, beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, and great grandfather left this life peacefully with his family by his side on July 23, 2010 in Alpine, UT where he lived at River Meadows Senior Living Center.

Bert was born May 30, 1930 in Richmond, UT to Ephraim James and Bertha Hanson Woodland. He was a graduate of Ucon High School, Ucon, ID, (1948). On June 21, 1950 he married his sweetheart, Carla Grace Jenkins in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. They recently celebrated 60 years together.

He continued his education graduating from Idaho State College with a BS in Geology, graduated from BYU-Provo with a MS in Geology and earned his Ph.D in 1981 from Nova University, FL.

During his life he worked as an exploration Paleontologist for Shell Oil Company. Bert then taught Geology at Centralia College, where he was a professor for over 30 years and received the first Award for Best Instructor. He was the leader of countless field trips throughout the Western US. In 1987 he and his wife began a sponsorship for Elderhostel Continuing Education Programs. After his retirement he created the non-profit organization Woodland Institute for Life-Long Learning that continues to educate people all over the country.

Bert was a devoted member of The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints. He held many positions in the church throughout his life including Institute Instructor, High Councilor, Bishop, Bishopric, and was a continuous BSA Scouter. He also served a two year educational mission for the church with his wife at BYU-Hawaii as an Earth Science Professor.

He is survived by his eternal companion and his six children Cheryle Budgett (James), Chehalis, WA, Roland Bert Jr. (Wren), Highland, UT, Brent (Tricia), Bellingham, WA, Kevin (Naomi), Belfair, WA, Susan Polley (Jim), Las Vegas, NV, and Tami LeCheminant (Garth), Palmer, AK. His legacy continues on in 33 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

He will lovingly be remembered for his dry humor, generosity, his devotion as a lifetime educator and for the importance of families. He was a lover of rocks and formations, especially the Grand Tetons and Grand Canyon, and loved to share the stories that they hold with everyone he could. He loved field trips, farming, his Douglas fir trees, scouting, and giving endless piggy back, horsey, and tractor rides to his grandchildren.

A celebration of his full life will be on Friday, August 6, 2010 at Alpine West Stake Center, 300 S. Long Drive, Alpine, UT, 84004. Family and friends are invited to attend the viewing prior to the services from 9:30 to 10:45 am. Service will begin at 11:00 am with luncheon to follow. Interment will be 1:00 pm, Saturday, August 7, 2010 in the Ucon, Idaho Cemetery, 3960 E. 105 N, Ucon, ID, 83401.

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