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“I just read about Denise's passing in BYU Magazine, and felt sad. I was one of many roommates that Denise had over the years. I was her roommate 24...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Tracey Evans - Salt Lake City, UT

“I just learned today of Denise's passing. She was such a fun and friendly person. We knew each other well from church and young adults in our stake...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Ada Silver Hauser - Bedford, TX

“We met at a humble church calling in 1984, and though I thought nothing would come of it, we somehow got together and had the most joyful and sublime...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Larry D. Steele - Everett, WA

“Denise I will always love and appreciate the example you set and there will always be an empty place in my heart. Gene ”
4 of 16 | Posted by: Eugene Patnode - San Pedro, CA

“Kristy was blessed to be Denise's visiting teacher when she first came to the Oak Hills 5th ward. Kristy loved to go see Denise, because they both...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Lee and Kristy Phillips - provo, UT

“We send our love and sympathy to the family of Miss Patnode. Heaven has an amazing angel with her arrival. We have appreciated her superior teaching...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Lisa and Morris Blackett - Nephi, UT

“I remember Denise with her beautiful long hair. I also remember her kindness and goodness. I love Denise. I love her family. Best wishes to all. ”
7 of 16 | Posted by: Martha Blair - Lancaster, CA

“So sorry to hear of your family's loss. Miss Patnode was one of those teachers who truly loved the gift of learning and helped her students...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Kirsten Waite

“I was one of the students that had the chance to have Miss Patnode as a tour guide around Washington D. C. when my friends and I competed at the...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: Katie T. Silcox - UT - Student

“My condolences to the family. It takes a special (and brave!) person to teach middle school/jr. high, and as I reflect, I realize how much I...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Elaine Moon - former student

“I'm so sorry to hear about your families loss. I was a student of Ms. Patnode a few years back. She was an amazing person, and my favorite teacher....Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Tyler Newton - Nephi, UT

“So sorry for your loss. Heaven will shine brighter with her presence. ”
12 of 16 | Posted by: Gail Mackay - Provo, UT - Friend

“FIrst off I wanted to say what a wonderful example Miss Patnode was to all who had the priviledge of knowing her. SHe taught 4 of my children and I...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: lisa orme - nephi, UT - friend

“Denise was a great friend and fellow teacher. I have not seen her since I left the school. Denise taught our 2 youngest children. I am so sorry...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Robert Imler

“I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of Miss Patnode. I was one of her students several years ago. She was a dedicated teacher and influenced many...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Kaydee - Santaquin, UT - Student

“Sorry to hear about your loss. I was a student in her class many years ago. She was a great teacher. ”
16 of 16 | Posted by: Angie Morrill - Richfield, UT

Denise Elaine Patnode
1955 ~ 2013

Denise Elaine Patnode, 57, of Provo, Utah passed peacefully from this life with family at her side on February 24, 2013. Born June 26, 1955 in Burbank, CA, to Arthur Eudena and Elaine May (Hancock) Patnode, she grew up in Lancaster, CA. She received an AA Degree from Antelope Valley College and a BA from Brigham Young University with a major in History and a minor in Spanish. She served in the Columbia, Bogota' Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Denise made her home in Provo and worked 27 years for the Juab School District in Nephi, UT. She taught US History, Utah History and Spanish, touching the lives of thousands of Juab Junior High School students. A highlight of her teaching career was taking students to Washington, DC to represent the state of Utah at the National History Fair. She loved to travel throughout the United Stated and stopped to take pictures of many historical sites along the way. Denise was also an avid follower of professional tennis and enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, crocheting and helping others. She was a long time member of National Education Association, and for many years she served as secretary for the Juab Education Association.

Denise is survived by three brothers and three sisters; Carolyn (Harlan) Herle, Paul (Vicki) Patnode, and Donald (Karen) Patnode of Lancaster, CA; Maurine Harrold of Marysville, CA; Anita (Brock) Guernsey of Olathe, KS; Eugene Patnode of Long Beach, CA; and longtime friend, Kathy (John) Williams. She is also survived by 16 nieces and nephews and several great-nieces and nephews. Locally she was very close to her nephew, Quentin (Jessica) Guernsey of Pleasant Grove, UT and their three children Jaquelyn, Calvin and Fiona as well as a niece, Heather (Curtis) Ransom of Provo, UT. Denise was preceded in death by her parents and two nephews.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2, 2013, at the Oak Hills 5th Ward Chapel, 1960 North 1500 E, Provo. Family and friends may call at the Walker Sanderson Tribute Center, 85 E 300 S, Provo on Friday, March 1, 2013, from 6-8 p.m. and on Saturday 9:45-10:45 a.m. prior to services at the church. Interment will be in Lancaster, California.

Those desiring, may contribute to the Perpetual Education Fund of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or to the Denise Patnode U.S. Constitution Scholarship to be given to a deserving Social Studies student at Juab High School in Nephi at

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