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Draper, Walter Howard, 1909-1987

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1909-1987

Biographical History

Walter Howard Draper (1909-1987) was a Latter Day Saint scientist, engineer, and missionary.

Walter Howard Draper was born on September 21, 1909, in Wellington, Utah, to parents Walter Nephi and Clara Maud Critchlow Draper. Draper attended Brigham Young University (BYU), where he played basketball and studied agronomy and geology. He interrupted his studies in 1936 to serve an LDS mission to Holland; then returned to BYU to graduate in 1942. He joined the US Air Force, and served as an intelligence officer, and was involved in the liberation of US prisoners of war. After the war, he married Jane Renee Olmiccia, and had two children. They were later divorced. He then married Constance Ross. He had two step-children.

Draper worked as a personnel officer at Norton and Edwards Air Force Bases. He also spent several years working as a soil scientist for the Bureau of Reclamation in Colorado, Nevada, Washington, and Utah. At the time of his retirement in 1981, he was the Utah County Flood Control Director, and authored the county's first comprehensive flood plan.

After he retired, the Drapers served two LDS missions to Holland, served in the Provo temple, and as a new missionary escort at the Provo Missionary Training Center.

Draper died on 18 January 1987, in Provo, Utah.

Citation

FamilySearch, via WWW, April 14, 2014 (Walter Howard Draper was born on September 21, 1909, in Wellington, Utah, to parents Walter Nephi and Clara Maud Critchlow Draper; died on 18 January 1987, in Provo, Utah).

UPB files, April 14, 2014 (Draper attended Brigham Young University (BYU), where he played basketball and studied agronomy and geology; interrupted his studies in 1936 to serve an LDS mission to Holland; then returned to BYU to graduate in 1942; joined the US Air Force, and served as an intelligence officer, and was involved in the liberation of US prisoners of war; married Jane Renee Olmiccia, and had two children; later divorced; married Constance Ross; had two step-children; worked as a personnel officer at Norton and Edwards Air Force Bases; worked as a soil scientist for the Bureau of Reclamation in Colorado, Nevada, Washington, and Utahat the time of his retirement in 1981, he was the Utah County Flood Control Director, and authored the county's first comprehensive flood plan; after he retired, the Draper's served two LDS missions to Holland, served in the Provo temple, and was a new missinary escort at the Provo Missionary Tranining Center).

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Walter Howard Draper papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6180
Scope and Contents Contains missionary diaries, scriptures, and memorabilia; military, NASA, and other civil service personnel papers; family history book and photographs; assorted personal, insurance, and legal papers; and ephemera that includes items from the Netherlands, from the 1938 World's Fair, and NASA. Items dated 1936-1987.
Dates: 1936-1987