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
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,