Lo­cal man hon­ors fel­low vet­er­ans with Taps

Serve Daily - - EMPOWERING LIBERTY - By Gary Davis

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.

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