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William Zemira Black

William Zemira Black[1, 2]

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  • Name William Zemira Black  [3
    Born 31 Mar 1912  Pacheco, Galeana, Chihuahua, México Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Name "Bud" Black 
    Died 2 Dec 1939  Moab, Grand, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5, 6
    Cause: ruptured appendix 
    William Zemira Black death certificate
    Buried 5 Dec 1939  Blanding City Cemetery, Blanding, San Juan, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5, 6
    William Z. Black grave marker
    William Zemira Black grave marker
    Person ID I227910  Full Tree | Boulter, Palmer, Timmins, Frint
    Last Modified 29 Mar 2016 

    Father David Patten Black
              b. 10 Feb 1874, Orderville, Kane, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 20 Oct 1958, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Mother Theda Kartchner
              b. 29 Apr 1875, Panguitch, Garfield, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 12 Mar 1962, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 10 Dec 1892  Pacheco, Galeana, Chihuahua, México Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 7
    65th Wedding Anniversary
    Family ID F87924  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 31 Mar 1912 - Pacheco, Galeana, Chihuahua, México Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: ruptured appendix - 2 Dec 1939 - Moab, Grand, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 5 Dec 1939 - Blanding City Cemetery, Blanding, San Juan, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend Location Cemetery Hospital Town Parish City County/Shire State/Province Country Region Not Set

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    William Zemira Black

  • Notes 
    • From a tribute book made about David P. Black and his family by his children in 1978:
      Written by sister Dottie Laws
           “Wasel asked me to write Bud and Marie’s history, or at least tell what I could remember.  In re-reading this, it sounds as much mine as theirs.. but ban I help it if the things I remember are the same things that I shared with them?  Anyway, my apologies.

           “Bud was the eighth child and still a baby when his parents, Dave and Theda, along with the other colonizers were driven out of Old Mexico.  Our mother said he cried every mile of the way.  She thinks he was hungry.  They didn’t bottle feed babies in those days and they couldn’t bring anything with them.
          ‘Bud’ was a comic, who loved to entertain us, tease us, and scare us to death.  His real name was William Zemira, but I never heard it used, only in his narrative of the owl.  It was done with all the wit, brogue and contortions of a frightened Negro comedian.  As he walked toward home from the field one night, a voice from above said “Whoo”  He stopped, looked around, then started on and the voice said, “Whoo, Whoo”.  He stopped and said, “What?”  “Whoo, Whoo”   “Who dat?”   Zemira”  Whoo, Whoo”    “William Zemira, William Zemira Black.”   “Whoo, Whoo”    “Me, Zemira.  I’se William Zemira.  Just William Zemira Black.  Who you?”   Whoo, Whoo, Whoo”   “I William Zemira Black, Who you think I be?”
           Bud, Frost, Marie and I were home together several years after the older children had left the nest.  Every night we ate our bread and milk or bread and butter with fruit and laughed at Bud’s antics, stories, or impersonations; especially on Christmas Eve, when we popped corn, he could make a whole war out of it.   He and Frost would try to put each other outside but Bud always made Frost laugh and while in this weakened condition, Bud being taller, would just pick him up and carry him out.  He always bought School Boy peanut butter so Marie and I couldn’t have any, because we were school girls.  During pinenut season, it seemed to me his pockets were always full but you really had to plead to get one.  He would buy a box of Cracker Jack popcorn, eat it, then read on the box, “the more you eat the more you want.”  He would make a big production out of it, then decide they were right and send me for another bos.  I think he planned it all to tease me and hear me beg for a kernel. 
           When he was twelve and we moved to the road camp at Kane Springs, he drove that team and loaded wagon with Mom, Marie, and I as company.  It took us two days.
           One day, I was coming up the snow filled road from Thora’s (Lee Shumway’s house) trying to push a doll buggy, but I got so cold I started to ‘bawling like a calf’ as Bill Laws would say.  Bud happened to be out cutting wood, so he heard me and came to the rescue.  He tenderly took me in and sat me up close to the roaring fireplace.  When I started warming up, I really bawled.
           He was a good athlete and set some records in running and jumping, in pole-vaulting, if my memory serves me correct.  His basketball coach once said, “Bud doesn’t make too many baskets, but he can throw the ball from one end of the hall and get down there in time to catch it and give to someone who can.”  He and Frost nearly always had main parts in the operettas and school plays.
           When I was a freshman, we were playing the sophomore girls, our rivals and mortal enemies, and for some reason they put me in the game.  I made tow or three foul shots that won the game for us.  I think Bud was the happiest person there and was so proud of me.  I was very surprised and especially pleased because he was dating one of those hateful, mean, main players, who thought she was so smart all the time.
           Bud went on a mission in 1933 and I got married while he was gone.  When our first baby got sick and seemed to be dying, he drove us to Moab and was a tower of strength in helping us make decisions and arrangements for the operation and getting him back after he died.
          When Kleston was born, Bud was the postmaster so he was always around and he loved and tended Kles like his own.  He talked and played with him constantly.  Everywhere he went and everything he did, Kles was his companion if it was possible.  Bud was an excellent scoutmaster and the scouts accepted Kles as part of the troop.  Kles got scratched by a cat and he would hold up his hand and show Bud.  So Bud called him the “Cat Scratch Kid.”  As long as we lived in that house after Bud died, anytime it got quiet, I could hear them in the bathroom talking and laughing.
           “When Kles was two years old, he and I went with Bud to Provo in a truck.  He was supposed to go to a wedding down by Nephi but the bearings went out on the truck and we were delayed too long.  He went down to visit the people and explain but Sunday he got so sick he figured he better get home while he could.  The doctor in Blanding was sick, so Monday morning he sent him to Moab and told the Doctor there to take his appendix out.  For some reason, the Moab doctor couldn’t agree with the diagnosis and kept waiting.   Saturday the Blanding Doctor went down there and immediately performed the operation.  But it was too late, his appendix had burst on Wednesday and he was full of poison.  Those days were very sad for all the town of Blanding.  Everybody loved Bud.”

      Written by Wasel Amelia Black

           “William Zemira black was born 31 march 1912 in Pacheco, Chihuahua, Mexico.  He was a young baby when we left Mexico and came to Utah.  He lived in Blanding, Utah most of his life.  He filled a mission in 1933-34 in the Southern States.  While serving in Jacksonville he married a couple which I met when I served my mission there 30 years later.  They asked Bud to marry them because they loved him so much.  At the end of his mission while serving in Miami, Florida, Elder LeGrand Richards was Bud’s mission president and bud lover Brother Richards, I think as much as one man could love another.  He worked with the youth in the Mutual Program while in Miami and really loved it.
           After he came home he was scout master and he loved the boys so uch.  He has so much fun with them when they went camping.  The boys would come to Moms house so often to see Bud and no matter when they came day or night, Bud would take time to listen to them and give them his full attention and the help they needed.
           Bud was named William Zemira in honor of his Grandpa William Morley Black and his Great Grandfather Zemira Palmer.  They were such god men, maybe that helped Bud to be so special.
          Bud was truly a special person.  True he could be e comedian and entertain well, but he was a very distinguished character.  He had a burning testimony of the gospel.  He was searching for knowledge constantly.  He was honest and trustworthy.  He had sympathy for people and loved to serve and help others.
          After his mission he came to my place many times and we would have long talks together.  He wanted very much to be married and have a family but I guess that blessing was not for him in this life, but will be filled in due time.  He was a loveable person.  I loved him with all my heart and grieved much when he passed away.  He died 2 December 1939.” [3]

  • Reference  Bryan S. Larson. "William Zemira Black". Our Family Histories. https://www.ourfamilyhistories.org/getperson.php?personID=I227910&tree=00 (accessed July 22, 2019).

  • Sources 
    1. [S2244] Theda Laws or Irene Louise Potter. Personal Genealogical Research, Compiled.

    2. [S1535] Personal knowledge of Clark Timmins, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE]\..

    3. [S2891] Personal knowledge of Marla Kirby, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE]\..

    4. [S2905] Family Records.

    5. [S30] The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. International Genealogical Index(R). Copyright (c) 1980, 2002, downloaded 12 OCT 2007.

    6. [S2892] The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints [LDS].. "International Genealogical Index." Digital images.. \i FamilySearch\i0 . http://www.familysearch.org, (http://www.familysearch.org)..

    7. [S2904] Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900. Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004.Original data - This unique collection of records, Source number: 246.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Cod.

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