On April 25, 2020 Norville Rich Broadbent passed away at the age of 86 after battling cancer for 3 1/2 years. He left this earth peacefully, surrounded by his family.
Norville was Born September 20, 1933 in Afton, Wyoming. He was the fifth and last child born to John Elmer Broadbent and Jean Allred Rich. He was born and raised in Star Valley, Wyoming. He developed a love for music in elementary school, starting out on the viola and changing to the trombone in high school and college where he played in the orchestra, concert, marching, pep, symphony and dance bands. He has enjoyed singing in church choir. He had a passion for flying at an early age and earned a Bachelor of Science degree of Engineering in Aeronautical Technology. He received a United States Air Force commission as a 2nd Lt. through ROTC. He served as an active duty pilot for 3 years and continued in the reserves for 5 years. He worked for Boeing as an aeronautical engineer for several years in the Seattle, WA area and 1 1/2 years in New Orleans, LA. His next career move was to be a dentist. He attended dental school at University of Washington graduating in 1970. He practiced dentistry in Renton, WA for 26 years and retired in 1996.
Norville was married to Leoyce Henderson on September 19, 1955 in the Logan, Utah LDS Temple. Together they served two local missions for the LDS church and one in Tallahassee, Florida. He also served in various church callings including bishoprics, high council and the stake young men’s presidency.
Along with his wife, he is also survived by his four children: Calen H Broadbent (Stephanie), Diane Broadbent Herman, Scott Alan Broadbent (Kendra), and Patti Broadbent Johnson (Shane). They have 13 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents: John Elmer Broadbent and Jean Allred Rich, and his siblings: Wayne Broadbent, Lorna Broadbent Calton, Buhl Broadbent, and Vera Broadbent Call.
Norville will be laid to rest at the Afton Cemetery in Star Valley, Wyoming. Graveside services will be held on Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 2:00pm in the Afton Cemetery.
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