Roland Bohman Obituary (1939 – 2022) – Cedar City, UT
Roland Arthur (Art) Bohman was born July 28, 1939, in Ogden, Utah, to Roland F. and Margaret Jorgensen Bohman, the first of five children in the family. He passed away September 21, 2022, peacefully after a short illness. He grew up on his father’s dairy and learned to work very early in life by milking morning and night in the little community of Peterson, Utah, just west of Morgan. Since he was such a good student and had read every book in the library, he was double promoted in elementary school. Later, this put him at a disadvantage, for his classmates could date and drive before he could. When his dad cut hay, Art would catch the baby field mice and put them in his pockets with the frogs he had just caught. He got into trouble when they floated up in the wash.
He enjoyed hunting deer with his family, leaving many do as widows. He enjoyed riding his horses Susie and Sally. He lettered in football for the Morgan High Trojans where he shored up the center of their line. He went to Utah State for a year before being called on a mission to Sweden. Always a jokester, he sent home a tin of herring to his parents. By the time it got there, the fish fermented and stunk so bad that his mother forced his dad to go bury it deep.
Returning from his mission, he met Sherry Jenkins, a farm girl from Idaho who loved riding horses, and that is what first drew Art to Sherry. He graduated in math and chemistry in 1964, bought a brand new 1964 Ford, and then married his sweetheart Sherry, and moved to Cedar City for their honeymoon and began teaching on a one-year contract at Cedar City High School. He taught an addition 43 years and was a very popular teacher. He was famous for his jokes and one-liners which brought groans and snickers from everyone.
Although he had only taken one class in photography in college, he was given an extra-curricular assignment to do the Cedar High yearbook, and as its advisor for 44 years, he turned the Cedarian into a prize-winning yearbook. People never realized that he spent almost as many hours taking pictures and developing and printing them in the darkroom as other teachers did with their entire class loads. He would take 30 pictures to get the exact one for the yearbook or the student newspaper.
He became the unofficial historian of Cedar High as he captured the lives of students: their sporting events, dances, clubs, music and drama and their antics with his trusty 35mm camera. He touched lives of thousands of students even those not in his classes. His candids caught kids completely unaware so often that they called him FLASH, for they said he had the fastest finger in the west.
And when he was not taking pictures for the yearbook, he loved hiking in nature and taking pictures, capturing the beauty of flowers and leaves as they turned. He had a love of old railroads and steam locomotives. He really enjoyed cutting firewood with his sons.
Art was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He enjoyed being financial clerk for many years, Sunday School president, and he loved home teaching. He loved the temple and had a testimony of his Savior Jesus Christ.
He had a collection of old 78 and 45 rpm records. He used these as a volunteer on Thunder 91 radio for 38 years with a 3-hour program called Cowboy Country every Saturday morning.
He is survived by his children Kendra (Chris) Nicolodemos, Eric, and Karl (Theresa), 14 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren. All four of his siblings are still alive: Janeal, Richard, JoAnn, and Eldon and their spouses and one brother-in-law Dick. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Sherry and her parents, his oldest son Roland and his brother-in-law Ken.
A special thanks goes to Ann Childs, who helped him in his later years; Intermountain Hospice and Intermountain Hospital; and Eric for making room in his home for Art.
A viewing will be Sunday, September 25, at the Southern Utah Mortuary (190 North 300 West) from 6:00 to 8:00 pm Another viewing will be held Monday, September 26, at the Cedar West Stake Center (725 South 1100 West ) from 9:30-10:30 with the funeral to follow at 11:00.
Burial will be in the Cedar City Cemetery, a place Art really loved because he watered the cemetery many nights as a part-time city employee. Services are under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences may be left at www.mortuary.org.
Published by Southern Utah Mortuary – Cedar City on Sep. 22, 2022.