Charles Copeland (1949 - 1995)
Source: Affinity, June 2000, pp. 6-7.
Charles "Chuck" Copeland was my dad. He was born on November 16, 1949 [to Virgil and Jessie Copeland], and died March 2, 1995.
He was an educator at Herbert Green Middle School where he taught for over
twenty-three years. He specifically taught World and American history to
7th and 8th grade students. Prior to teaching history he taught all the
primary subjects along with band, drama and chorus. He loved teaching and
the kids loved him. At Herbert Green he was known as "The Hero."
My mom and dad traveled to Europe before I was born. Since 1990 I had the
opportunity to spend each Easter and summer vacations visiting different
parts of the country with my mom and dad. It is a very memorable experience;
as a family we visited 44 states, 3 countries, Washington D.C. and the United
Nations. In my dad's lifetime he visited all fifty states except Alaska.
In October of 1995, my dad's parents participated in a week long cruise
to Alaska. As the ship was departing on that day, they threw a single red
rose off the balcony into the water in memory of their son. The rose managed
to stay alive through the entire week of the cruise.
My dad was avidly involved in Boy Scouts of America. He received the Eagle
Scout and Distinguished Service Awards. He was also the recipient of the
highest award in scouting: the Silver Beaver. He spent several summers as
a camp director at several local Scout camps.
Chuck loved music--signing, playing the piano and accordion were his favorite,
yet he was able to play virtually every instrument imaginable. In his spare
times he taught piano lessons to dozens of students.
Performing was a favorite. He had the good fortune to direct and act in
over 75 musicals and plays throughout his life. The last musical he participated
in was Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
where he doubled his role as one of the brothers and as the orchestra
conductor--a task only he could complete.
The funeral was held at the LDS Church. The chapel, overflow, gym, and stage
were packed with friends, family, students and past students. We even had
to turn some people away because there was no room. Many people said, "It
was a full house funeral, just like many of his productions."
Herbert Green dedicated the Activity Room to Mr. Copeland and dedicated
a portion of the 1995 class mural to him. The Activity Room is now known
as the Charles R. Copeland Center for the Performing Arts. In May 1995 I
was able to complete a 3-hiur video memorial, "This is Your Life, Charles
R. Copeland." The tape included an interview, pictures, and a lifetime of
"Our Living Quilt," Affinity, June 2000, pp. 6-7.
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