Kenneth Lynn Tidwell
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(Written by Marie Hofmann)
Kenneth Lynn Tidwell, born 24th November, 1912, in Mt Pleasant, Sanpete County, Utah, was the 10th and last child of Antomina Oman and Jonathan Harvey Tidwell. I believe he attended school through the 8th grade at the Wasatch Academy in Mt. Pleasant. At the age of 16, both of his parents died. His father in August 1928, from yellow jaundice, and his mother in November of 1928. He was a member of the LDS church and held the office of a priest, but became inactive after his parents died. At that time, he had to work to make a living and became a sheep herder. He worked for a man by the name of Andy Anderson. They would herd the sheep up to the mountains, to graze during the summer. They would go up around the 4th of July and would stay until fall. Much of the time it was just him and his dog and his horse. He had to protect the sheep from predators and make sure they didn't stray, as they fed on the mountain grass. He was paid $1.00 per day. He told me of a time, that there was a terrible rain and lightening storm on the mountain, and his horse, who was scared, kept backing up against his tent, almost knocking it over. My dad spent most of the night hitting the horse on the butt, through the tent, to make sure it didn't knock the tent down. He was drafted into the army in 1939. He was stationed at Fort Lewis, in Washington state. He was just finishing up his two years of service and had turned in all of the things, and was ready to come home, when the following day, on December 7, 1941, the Japanese invaded Pearl Harbor. He was re-enlisted and spent three more years serving during World War II. He was a supply clerk and was shipped out and sent to Australia and New Guinea. He told me of times when he would sit on the cliffs by the ocean and watch the dog fights between the Japanese and American fighter pilots. Eventually he was shipped stateside and wound up stationed in Kansas. That is where he met my mom. She was a civilian worker on the base there. They were married in November of 1945 in Salt Lake City, UT. He and my mom had three children, Beverly Jean, Craig Lynn, and me, Marie Louise Tidwell. On July 12, 1963, my mom passed away from breast cancer. My dad worked at the main U.S. Post Office, in Salt Lake City, as a mail handler. As a widower, he continued to raise his family and never remarried. He retired in 1974, and passed away on 1 January, 2000. He was 87.