Lynne Clark-Brunson-St. George News


August 22, 1936 – October 11, 2021

Lynne Clark-Brunson, a noted photographer, artist, historian, writer, therapist, wife, and mother, died on October 11, 2021 in St. George, Utah, at the age of 85 of COVID-19 complications.

Lynne was born on August 22, 1936 in Farmington, New Mexico, to Flora Levina Reid and Alexander Melvin Bloomfield. She attended school in Farmington, Alamosa, Colorado and Brigham Young University, where she graduated with a degree in music education.

Music has always been an important part of her life. She starred Anna in a BYU production of The King and I and sang with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. She sang with the Southern Utah Heritage Choir for several years and sang the solo “I Know that My Redeemer Lives” in the annual Christmas performance of Handel’s Messiah at the St. George Tabernacle.

Lynne met and married Robert Boyd Clark during BYU and they had 5 children together. During her studies at BYU, she worked in a photography studio in Provo, where she learned the art of photography. After graduating, she taught music at American Fork High School.

In 1962 they bought a farm in Beryl Junction and moved to southern Utah. In 1968, Lynne founded Lynne Clark Photography on Main Street in St. George and traveled daily while raising her family. In 1971 the family sold the Beryl farm and moved to Washington, Utah.

Lynne was the maintained and runner of her business and has photographed thousands of individuals, weddings, family groups, and special occasions for over 50 years. With an artist’s eye, she also photographed the fantastically picturesque views of southern Utah that grace the walls of many shops and homes across the area.

After the divorce, Lynne met Rollo H. Brunson, a forester who lives in Cedar City. They were together for a year and were married and sealed in St. George LDS Temple in 1989. Rollo had 4 children and brought together a blended family of 9 children. When Rollo retired from the US Forest Service in 1992, he moved to St. George, went to school to learn the craft of picture framing and framed pictures in collaboration with Lynne’s photo studio.

In the early years of Lynne’s photo business, many locals brought their old photos with them to copy. Lynne was always interested in history and asked permission to make a copy for her files. Over the years she has collected over 20,000 photographs of southern Utah.

As her old photo collection grew, so did her love for Washington County’s history. In 2012, Lynne created, designed, and published Images of Faith, a 385-page pictorial history book of St. George, Utah and the surrounding area using nearly 1,500 photographs from her collection. This love work would not have been possible without the generosity of the descendants of the original saints and settlers of the DIXIE Cotton Mission.

In the late 1980s, Lynne’s goal was to seek additional training. After studying at UNLV for several years, she obtained a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy. She founded a private practice in 1992 and has been an experienced and respected therapist for over 30 years. In 2011 she also began counseling at Desert Solace, an addiction rehabilitation facility. She enjoyed working with the center’s residents and took great pleasure in helping them remember who they really were.

Lynne was preceded in death by her parents, 1 son-in-law and 2 grandchildren.

Lynne leaves behind her husband: Rollo, brothers: Don (Karla) Bloomfield, Kent (Dot) Bloomfield, children: Matt (Adele) Clark, Dana (Keith) Kirkland, Collette (Shaun – deceased) Clove, Lynnette (Greg) Petralia, Josh Clark, stepchildren: Jackie (Bryan) Larsen, Tammy (Doug) Twitchell, Henry (Michelle) Brunson, Valerie (Cole) Orton, 33 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

The funeral will take place on Monday, October 18, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the St. George East Stake Center, 449 South 300 East, St. George, Utah, with a pre-worship viewing at 9: 30-10: 30 a.m. instead of at the same location. There will also be a tour of Hughes Mortuary, 1037 East 700 South, St. George, Utah, on Sunday evening, October 17, 2021, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Burial in Santa Clara City Cemetery, Santa Clara, Utah.

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