Richard LeRoy Holyoak Jr

16 Oct 1930 - 13 Dec 1992

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Richard LeRoy Holyoak Jr

16 Oct 1930 - 13 Dec 1992
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This is a story about Richard LeRoy Holyoak Jr my father, as quoted to me when I was younger. My dad grew up in Moab Utah. His father Roy Holyoak Sr and mother Sarah Schofield Holyoak (Sadie) were ranchers and raised beef cattle and horses. They also had chickens, turkeys, pigs and other farm animal

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Richard LeRoy Holyoak Jr

Married: 25 Aug 1955

Monticello City Cemetery

Monticello Cemetery Rd
Monticello, San Juan, Utah
United States


October 21, 2012


August 3, 2012

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Dinner on the cattle drive

Contributor: cindykay1 Created: 2 years ago Updated: 2 years ago

This is a story about Richard LeRoy Holyoak Jr my father, as quoted to me when I was younger. My dad grew up in Moab Utah. His father Roy Holyoak Sr and mother Sarah Schofield Holyoak (Sadie) were ranchers and raised beef cattle and horses. They also had chickens, turkeys, pigs and other farm animals as would any other family living in a small rural community in the 1930’s. This was their means of support and their living. My dad was the only boy in a family of seven sisters. Although he would have had a brother but the child was still born on November 18 and buried on November 19, 1924. Raising cattle was hard work. The cows were driven down by the Colorado River for the winter months to fend for themselves and then had to be gathered and driven up into the LaSal mountains in the spring to fatten up on the grass the mountain provided. Then they were gathered up in the fall to be taken back down to warmer climates to spend the winter. These cattle drives in those days were often overnight so they did a lot of camping out. It was during a spring drive that this story took place. It was late at night and the men had been gathering cattle all day. Roy Senior and his brothers all worked together when it came to gathering their cattle in the spring for the cattle drive to the LaSal mountains. They rode into camp after dark, started a fire, then put together the means for an evening meal. My grandfather Roy was known for his Dutch oven biscuits and usually made some on these trail rides. My father Richard, a teenager at the time, was asked to get some water from a nearby pond so the biscuits could be made. It is kind of hard to see by the camp fire when you are preparing a meal but they did the best they could. The food was prepared, the biscuits were baked, and everyone enjoyed a nice hot meal after a long day on horseback. If you have ever been camping you know how good the food tastes no matter what you eat. That night was no exception. However, Dad did say that the biscuits tasted a little different they usually did. But everyone was hungry and they just appreciated the fact that they could have this nice meal after an exhausting day. The next morning, they woke up well rested and ready to start the day. The sun was just coming up. My dad, still a growing boy and hungry as most teen age boys are, remembering there were some biscuits leftover from the night before. He was anxious to get a quick snack before breakfast, so he found the leftover biscuits and decided to help himself. Frogs lay eggs early in the spring so the little pollywogs can get a head start on their growing season. Their secret hope is to become full grown frogs before the summer ends. Of course, as you know, frogs lay eggs in pond water. That morning as my dad anxiously opened a biscuit to put a little butter in it, he discovered why they tasted a little funny the night before. The biscuit was full of little black pollywogs. Mm Mm good!! R. Larson Holyoak March 2017.

Life timeline of Richard LeRoy Holyoak Jr

Richard LeRoy Holyoak Jr was born on 16 Oct 1930
Richard LeRoy Holyoak Jr was 15 years old when World War II: Hiroshima, Japan is devastated when the atomic bomb "Little Boy" is dropped by the United States B-29 Enola Gay. Around 70,000 people are killed instantly, and some tens of thousands die in subsequent years from burns and radiation poisoning. World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although conflicts reflecting the ideological clash between what would become the Allied and Axis blocs began earlier. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all of the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most global war in history; it directly involved more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. In a state of total war, the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.
Richard LeRoy Holyoak Jr was 22 years old when Jonas Salk announced the successful test of his polio vaccine on a small group of adults and children (vaccination pictured). Jonas Edward Salk was an American medical researcher and virologist. He discovered and developed one of the first successful polio vaccines. Born in New York City, he attended New York University School of Medicine, later choosing to do medical research instead of becoming a practicing physician. In 1939, after earning his medical degree, Salk began an internship as a physician scientist at Mount Sinai Hospital. Two years later he was granted a fellowship at the University of Michigan, where he would study flu viruses with his mentor Thomas Francis, Jr.
Richard LeRoy Holyoak Jr was 33 years old when John F. Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas; hours later, Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in aboard Air Force One as the 36th President of the United States. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, commonly referred to by his initials JFK, was an American politician who served as the 35th President of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963. He served at the height of the Cold War, and the majority of his presidency dealt with managing relations with the Soviet Union. As a member of the Democratic Party, Kennedy represented the state of Massachusetts in the United States House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate prior to becoming president.
Richard LeRoy Holyoak Jr was 47 years old when Star Wars is released in theaters. Star Wars is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. It is the first film in the original Star Wars trilogy and the beginning of the Star Wars franchise. Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, David Prowse, James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, and Peter Mayhew, the film focuses on the Rebel Alliance, led by Princess Leia (Fisher), and its attempt to destroy the Galactic Empire's space station, the Death Star.
Richard LeRoy Holyoak Jr was 50 years old when Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington, United States, killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in damage. Mount St. Helens or Louwala-Clough is an active stratovolcano located in Skamania County, Washington, in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. It is 50 miles (80 km) northeast of Portland, Oregon and 96 miles (154 km) south of Seattle, Washington. Mount St. Helens takes its English name from the British diplomat Lord St Helens, a friend of explorer George Vancouver who made a survey of the area in the late 18th century. The volcano is located in the Cascade Range and is part of the Cascade Volcanic Arc, a segment of the Pacific Ring of Fire that includes over 160 active volcanoes. This volcano is well known for its ash explosions and pyroclastic flows.
Richard LeRoy Holyoak Jr died on 13 Dec 1992 at the age of 62
Grave record for Richard LeRoy Holyoak Jr (16 Oct 1930 - 13 Dec 1992), BillionGraves Record 2410858 Monticello, San Juan, Utah, United States