HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
A graduate of the Class of 1970, Lane Beattie is a leader in civic and business affairs. He served in the State Legislature and was Senate President. He is President of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce. He developed his own real estate firm. He was appointed by Governor Mike Leavitt to serve as Chief State Olympic Officer to oversee and manage the State’s involvement in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. Lane Beattie is known throughout Utah. Lane Beattie is the first inductee into the Hall of Fame for his outstanding achievement in business and civic affairs and for many other honors and accomplishments.
HOLLY COOK TANNER
Holly Cook Tanner graduated in 1989. She participated in the solitary sport of figure skating earning the Bronze medal in the 1990 National Championships in Salt Lake City and the 1990 World Championships in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Holly has competed around the world having been a member of the U S International Team from 1986 – 1990. Her love for the sport has led her to coaching many young skaters. Holly is one of the first women athletes graduating from Viewmont to participate in the International Athletic arena.
Bruce Woodbury is a graduate from the class of 1966, the first graduating class. The first sports editor for the Viewmont school paper, he attended the University of Utah and was sports editor of the Daily Utah Chronicle. Employed as Media Relations Director and Director of Community Relations at the U for 35 years, Bruce worked numerous NCAA basketball tournaments, post season football games and during the 2002 Winter Olympics was the Director of the Media Sub-Center at the Utah Olympic Park and worked the Opening and Closing Ceremonies at Rice-Eccles Stadium. He serves as President of the Utah Sports Hall of Fame, on the board of the Utah chapter of the National Football Foundation and a committee member of the MS Dinner of Champions.
Michael Hendry is a member of the class of 1966. Michael has worked for 40 years in the Department of Veterans Affairs receiving many awards and commendations for his work. He is responsible for the development of clinical software used in the health care treatment at 1500 sites including 155 VA Medical Centers. It records and facilitates the treatment of nearly 800,000 inpatients and 60 million outpatient visits of America’s Veterans annually. Michael is involved in the remarkable organization Honor Flight, which provides flights to all remaining WWII veterans and all terminally ill Korean and Vietnam War veterans to Washington DC to visit their war memorials. These Veterans are given a T shirt that says “IF YOU CAN READ THIS, THANK A TEACHER, IF YOU CAN READ THIS IN ENGLISH, THANK A VETERAN”. He has been a bulwark in the development of programs for America’s Veterans.
RAMONA GILBERT RUDERT
A graduate of the Class of 1969, Ramona Rudert is a leader in civic and business affairs. Ramona has been active in business development especially with the Mike Rudert Group. Her work with the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce and her Community Work with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International is a sample of unselfish use of her talents. She has served on boards of many committees in civic, business, political, military and charitable organizations. She has been awarded many “Business Owner of the Year” awards by various organizations and in 1999 was named one of “The 50 Most Powerful Women in Utah Business”.
A graduate of Viewmont in 1979, Kelly Downs went on to have one of the most prolific Major League Baseball careers of any graduate of Viewmont High School. Kelly played for the San Francisco Giants from 1986-1992 and the Oakland A’s from 1992-1994. Kelly played in 2 National League Championship Series and 1 American League Championship series. In the 1989 World Series he pitched in 3 of the 4 games of that series. He coached in the Viewmont baseball program for 4 years, helping rebuild the Viking baseball field with donations of time, labor and money. He has been coaching baseball at Salt Lake Community College, sharing his experience and skill to help others develop their baseball skills. We recognize Kelly Downs class for his success and accomplishments in Professional Sports and his Civic Involvement.
Shandell Smoot is the 2010 inductee to the Viewmont High School Hall of Fame. Shandell is from the class of 1988. Graduating from Ricks College and Utah State University Shandell wrestled and played football. He was the National Champion in 1992 in his weight class, Shandell continued to excel after college. A real estate broker and developer he has succeed in his field. His desire to promote wrestling was the catalyst for his involvement for over 15 in the Northside Wrestling Club, which honed the skills of young wrestlers in South Davis County. He coached the wrestlers at Centerville Junior for 14 years placing first 10 times and 2nd 5 times. An assistant coach at Viewmont, over the past 10 years he has helped the Vikings win 7 state championships, 1 second place and 2 third place finishes. He received the Utah High School Assistant Coach of the Year award from USA Wrestling. For his community service, his support of Viewmont and his business endeavors, the Alumni Association inducts Shandell Smoot to the Viking Hall of Fame.
Steve Dangerfield was the head coach of the Viking Football team from 1969 – 1973. He took a program that had barely won and in his 3rd season coach the Vikings to the State Championship. His fourth season the team defended the State Title losing in the Semi Final game by a field goal. His final 3 years showed a record of 30 wins and 7 losses. Coach Dangerfield instilled Viking Pride into the school. He still leads in winning percentage and win totals. He coached 10 All State football players and his influence is still felt by some of his players who went into coaching football. He left Viewmont to be an assistant coach at the University of Utah. He was going to return to Viewmont and coach, but was thwarted by the bureaucracy of the Davis School District. He finished his career coaching at Brighton High School where he won another State Championship.
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