Just recently my brother-in-laws father passed away. I never met him but thought that I would take time out from stories of my family to remember him.
Carl Wesley Rollins Sr
Scott Rollins (my brother-in-law) and Carl Rollins
I attended his funeral this weekend and he was an amazing man. There were many people there telling their stories about Carl. I really wish I could have met him.
Carl Wesley ROLLINS Sr. 1919 - 2011 Teacher
He was one of ten children born to Hardie E. Rollins and Wilhelmina (Vilda) Jensen Rollins. His family moved to Green River, WY when he was three years old. During his younger years, Carl became active in The Boy Scouts of America, high school athletics and dramatics. He graduated from high school in 1937.
Following his graduation, Carl worked for The Union Pacific Railroad as a switchman and crew caller before attending college at BYU and The University of Wyoming.
Carl answered his country's call to duty in 1942, enlisting in the U.S. Army. He was sent to Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri for basic training and then on to Officer Candidate School at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, graduating as a 2nd Lieutenant. The remainder of his service in the Army took place with the Aviation Engineers in Burma, where he was promoted to Captain.
After the war, Carl served as Under sheriff of Sweet water County, WY for one year before re-enrolling at The University of Wyoming.
Carl was accepted as a football walk-on despite the concerns of his coaches about his age. As it turned out, he earned a starting position for three years and was elected team captain his senior year. During that year, the Cowboy football team lost only one game and won the conference championship.
Following college, he was appointed the head football/basketball coach at Sheridan High School in Wyoming, where he won four state championships in football (1952,1953,1957,1958) and a state championship in basketball (1959).
Carl moved to Provo, UT in 1959 and served as the backfield coach at BYU for three years.
He relocated to Phoenix, AZ in 1962 after being chosen as the head football coach of the newly opened Maryvale High School. During his tenure at Maryvale, Coach Rollins guided the Panther's to two 3AA Division championships. He left Maryvale H.S. in 1969 to become the head football coach at Glendale C.C. and he concluded his coaching career in 1982 as the defensive line coach at Mesa C.C. Coach Rollins valued the ethic of hard work and his teams more than made up for their lack of size and skill with a tenacious never give up attitude. His legacy of shaping young men's lives speaks for itself.
All though we never met, you will be missed dearly.
**All pictures from Scott Rollins' facebook page**