Written History of Bert N. Whitney
Bert Whitney of Logandale, Nevada, age 81, died Wednesday, September 7, 2005 in Las Vegas after a brief illness due to complications related to diabetes. He was born June 21, 1924 in Las Vegas to Ralph Emanuel and Doris Elizabeth Nay Whitney.
Bert grew up on a ranch in the Las Vegas area in Paradise Valley. He loved the outdoors and exploring the desert throughout his life. He served in the US Army Air Corps during WWII. On August 20, 1946 he married Anna Christensen in the Salt Lake Temple. Anne was the daughter of Hazel and M.J. Christensen, the prominent statesman and jeweler in Las Vegas.
Bert and Anne lived in California and Arizona while he earned his college degrees and began teaching school. In 1955 they settled in Boulder City, Nevada. They quickly became an important asset to the community as Bert taught school and served in bishoprics in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for most of those years. Many who knew him at that time still call him Bishop Whitney. During this time they became parents of ten children, two sons and eight daughters. Bert continued his education in the summer months, combining family vacations with summer school in Northern Nevada, Arizona and Illinois.
In 1970 the Bert Whitney family relocated to Logandale, where he taught math and English at Moapa Valley High School. He retired from his career in education as a dean. With the exception of four years around the time of his wife’s illness and death, Logandale has been Bert’s home. Anne preceded him in death on August 2, 1981, twenty-four years ago.
Bert enjoyed helping others in the Church and the community, serving in bishoprics, stake presidencies, Boy Scouts, family history work, and the temple. He faithfully served in the St. George, and then the Las Vegas Temples for over 10 years. Bert used his talents as a handyman and builder to build his family homes and to serve widows and others in the community. He enjoyed 4-wheeling, camping and moving dirt with his heavy equipment. In his later years, he became the glue that held his family together, organizing annual reunions and publishing and distributing a monthly family newsletter which he even posted on the internet. His posterity includes ten children, sixty-six grandchildren, and forty-one great grandchildren. Bert will be remembered as a kind, humble, friendly servant to his family, church and community.