In Memory

Sidney Bishop

Sidney Bishop



April 24, 1943-March 5, 1943

Sidney Bishop passed away  in Marietta, Georgia on March 5, 1943.  He is survived by his beloved wife, Patricia, and six children, Tirzah (Phil) Millerd, Peter (Alison), Sarah (Brent) Collins, David (Sunnee), Greg (Jessie), and Tori (Ike) Nichols, twenty five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren

.Sid, the son of Ralph and Melba Bishop,  was born April 24, 1943,  joining his old brother, Bill.   Sid’s mother passed away when he was very young.  His father married Gladys Moss Roundy.  Gladys brought step-sister Marsha (Class of 61) and step-brothers  Merrill, Ted, LaDee and Leon Roundy. 

He graduated from Bear River High School.  Sid was involved in various high school activities, and was selected a “Rare Bear.”  He was the student trainer for the football team.

Immediately following high school, Sid enlisted in the national guard and was assigned to Fort Ord, California for Basic Training.  As a new recruit, the army issued Sid uniforms and combat boots. Tragically his combat boots were too small.  Although he explained and complained that his boots were too small and were hurting his toes, none of the sergeants in his platoon or company believed him.  By the time Sid finished basic training, his toes were so bent back he suffered from hammertoe.  The injuries to his toes were so severe, it required nearly three years with multiple surgeries and recovery time to repair the damage inflicted by his improperly sized combat boots.

He served a mission for his church in southern California. Sid attended Weber State College.  Sid fell in love, and November 22,1967, married a pretty girl from Logan, Utah, Patricia Wangsgard, in the Logan Temple.   Sid majored in computer science, and upon graduation from Weber State, he was offered a programming position with IBM in South Florida.  He and Pat lived in Delray Beach, Florida, and later moved to Kennesaw, a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia.

While at IBM, Sid and his team developed and wrote the programs for security badges and the entry controls for military, government facilities, and secure locations for private industry.  He and his team created, programmed, and installed the automatic (smart) programs for entry, lighting, and temperature control for IBM offices and manufacturing facilities.  Later in his career with IBM, Sid was involved in creating security systems for sports arenas, large event centers, and facilities for the performing arts.  He was involved in creating and programming security systems for the Olympics.

Sid was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints, serving as a  Bishop twice and in three Stake Presidencies.

While in South Florida, Sid was asked to take formal training and attend classes in officiating softball and basketball.  He was certified and licensed as a referee and umpire.  He served as a referee and umpire in church games, city leagues, high school basketball games, and a wheelchair basketball league.  He was involved with the Boy Scouts, personally attending many camp outs, and a National Jamboree.

In his spare time, Sid was a CB operator and a licensed radio operator.  As fierce winds worked their way up the east coast, Sid was a communication center issuing weather warnings and hurricane alerts, and post hurricanes, Sid assisted with hurricane  recovery and cleanup.

Sid was a good man with a quick wit and great sense of humor.  He was a loving husband, who could always make Pat laugh.  Sid was a great father who cherished his family, and served with distinction in his profession, church, and community.