1916 ~ 2013
Cline Black, 97, passed away comfortably on the morning of July 6, 2013 in Sandy, Utah, of natural causes due to advanced age.
Cline was born on April 17, 1916, in Marysvale, Utah, the second of five children of Charles Thomas and Vinnie Sudweeks Black. He enjoyed growing up on the family farm and always felt he benefited from learning the value of work at an early age. Cline graduated as the valedictorian of Marysvale High School in 1933 and attended Snow Junior College in Ephraim from 1933-1935. He then earned a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering (1939) and a Master's degree in Chemistry from the University of Utah (1941). He had met Flora E. Jorgenson while attending Snow College; they were married September 6, 1941, just prior to leaving Utah for Princeton University
, where Cline studied under Professor Hugh S. Taylor and earned his PhD in Chemical Engineering in 1943.
Cline was recruited during his time at Princeton to work on what soon became the Manhattan Project. Because of the expertise he had gained while at the University of Utah, he was able to solve a problem for the project in two weeks that the Team had been unable to solve for six months.
While at Princeton, Cline and Professor Henry Eyring of the Chemistry Department, the father of Henry B. Eyring, current First Counselor in the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, were the only Melchizedek Priesthood holders in the Princeton Branch, and they became close friends.
Flora worked for the Princeton University Press while Cline completed his degree. Cline and Flora were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple in 1944.
Following his graduation, Cline accepted an industrial engineering position doing war-related work with Shell Oil Company in San Francisco, California, where he and Flora lived for seven years before moving across the Bay, first to Albany, then to Kensington in the North Berkeley Hills. After moving to the East Bay, Cline worked as a Chemical Engineer for Shell Development Company, the research arm of Shell Oil Company. The family relocated to Alamo, east of the Bay Area in 1960.
Shell Development Company was dissolved in 1972, and Cline was transferred to Houston, Texas, where he continued working for Shell until retiring in 1977 after 34 years. He was quickly recruited by a relatively new consulting company, Simulation Sciences, in Fullerton, California, and he and Flora moved to nearby Placentia. Some nine years later, in 1986, Cline again retired-this time for good-and he and Flora moved to Provo, Utah, where they lived until Flora passed away on October 16, 2004. Cline continued living at his home in Provo until deteriorating health forced him to move at age 95 to an assisted living facility in Sandy, where he was residing at the time of his passing.
Cline was a noted Chemical Engineer and made significant contributions in the field of phase equilibia and methods of hydrocarbon separation. He was the author of several important professional publications and was responsible for six patents.
Cline was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in various capacities. While living in Berkeley, he served as the bishop of the University Ward at the University of California, Berkeley, during which time he oversaw the construction and dedication of the building in which the current Oakland-Berkeley University Ward now meets.
We remember Dad as a caring and loving father who was always involved in either Church or professional work-usually both. Although Northern California had become his adopted home, we always returned to Utah every summer to visit his parents. He was never far from his farming roots and he enjoyed working outdoors tending his fruit trees and berry bushes, and continued this love and activity until he moved from his home.
As he passed from this life he was greeted by his wife, his parents, his sister Reva (Slye), his brothers Leland and Cyril, and by a host of other relatives and friends. He leaves behind a sister, Barbara Newby, of Salt Lake City; his children, Tom (Ruth) of Arlington, Texas, Sheri Murdock (Bob) of St. George, and Rick (Jill) of Sandy; 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 13, 2013 at the LDS Edgemont 11th Ward Chapel, 3300 North Mojave Lane, Provo, with President Vaughn Peterson conducting. Friends and family are invited to a viewing at the Berg Mortuary of Provo, 185 East Center Street, Friday, July 12, from 6-8:00 p.m. An additional private family viewing will be held at the church one hour prior to the services. Interment will be in East Lawn Memorial Hills. Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cline's children thank Patty Billings and Julie Nelson for their amazing love and care of our father, and the kind staff of Sunrise Assisted Living center for their love of our father, as well.
In order to fund his education, Cline worked as a miner, inspected government construction, hauled ore by horse and wagon, and helped pave roads every summer. Education was so important to Dad, for himself and his children. A contribution in Cline's memory to the LDS Perpetual Education Fund will make it easier for someone else to obtain their educational goals.