Local man honors fellow veterans with Taps
In 1942, a 17-year-old boy from Panguitch enlisted in the U.S. Army and went to Fort Lee, Va., for basic training. During the trying WW2 years that followed, Clen Hancock served our country in China, Burma and India.
Following the war, Hancock returned to Utah and attended college at Brigham Young University on what was referred at the time as the “GI Bill.” This bill paid tuition for returned veterans to attend college.
In high school, Hancock discovered he was a gifted musician, so he majored in music at BYU. Hancock could play any instrument that you blow into to make music, and he could teach others to play. So following graduation from college, he embarked on a career as a high school music teacher. He taught at half a dozen schools in both Idaho and Montana. Hancock played in both the Idaho Falls and Billings symphony orchestras while teaching in those cities.
Hancock and his wife Adele had four children who produced a passel of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, “around 45,” he guesses.
Today Hancock resides at the Central Utah Veterans Home in Payson and each time a vet passes away there, he retrieves his beloved coronet from the case near his bedside and plays Taps to the shedding of tears.
Haskins considers it a privilege to honor with his music those who risked it all for the freedoms we enjoy. I consider it a privilege to have met Clen Haskins.
Clen Hancock, a resident of the Central Utah Veterans Home in Payson, honors veterans at the home when they pass away by playing Taps.