|Birth: ||May 23, 1954|
|Death: ||Dec. 26, 1962|
Plunge Kills 3 Ogden Children On Hike in Waterfall Canyon
Bodies Found at Cliff Base At Climax of Tragic Hunt
By Ed Hunt
Three Ogden children on a Christmas holiday hike in Waterfall Canyon east of 34th Street slipped to their death on a treacherous, icy cliff about dusk Wednesday.
The Youngsters, each from separate families of local medical doctors, and all neighbors, were: Bonnie Ross, 9, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Aaron Ross, 3417 Fillmore; Shauna Southwick, 8, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Paul Southwick, 1584 34th, and Mark Way, 7, son of Dr. and Mrs. G. H. Way, 1585 34th St.
Dr. Ross, accompanied by John Lowe, son of Dr. George Lowe, discovered the bodies at the bottom of the falls at 9:15 p.m. after a four-hour search by parents, neighbors, and members of the Weber County Sheriff Mountain Rescue Team and Jeep Patrol.
Shauna Southwick was the only one alive when Dr. Ross found the hikers in the waterfall basin. He said that she was lying mushy ice. His own daughter and Mark Way were dead, their bodies battered by the fall down the 500-foot cliff.
DIES BEFORE ARRIVAL
Dr. Ross sent John Lowe for the other parents farther along the trail, and started down with the girl. He was soon aided by his son, Larry, 16, and then by Dr. Southwick who took his child to the hospital. She was given mouth to mouth resuscitation en route, but died before arrival at the Dee Hospital.
Although the searchers could not determine exactly where the children stepped onto the icy ledge and plunged to their death, Dr. Ross said that judging from the injuries sustained by the victims, they must have fallen at least several hundred feet.
Dr. Way soon joined Dr. Ross at the tragic scene, and the bodies were taken out with the assistance of the volunteer Jeep Units.
The children had asked their parents permission to go on a hike about 3 p.m. and were told not to be gone long. They wore parkas but did not have on hiking shoes or other special clothing.
"They had often hiked in this area," Dr. Ross said, "and at first we searched the brushy foothills area suspecting some sort of foul play. We just couldn't believe that the children had climbed above the falls."
He said although it had been cold, the sun was shining when they left, and that they must have tried to go too far for the short time before dusk.
"They had never gone that far before without an older person," he said. "When they reached the top, they must have become stranded. There's no telling how long they shivered up there in the dark before they started down and fell."
Judging by the closeness of the bodies, lying only 10 feet apart in the impact area, the three were probably holding hands when they slipped over the icy cliff, Dr. Ross said. The first members of the Mountain Rescue Team to reach the scene after Dr. Ross were Kent Christiansen and John Moore. Other members participating in the search included Robert Townsend, David Young, John Nercesian and Robert Sheeran.
Sheriff LeRoy Hadley directed the Jeep Patrol and rescue units, assisted by Deputy James Evans. The climbers were supervised by Henry Bowman, acting commander.
Ogden City police sent several traffic units to assist in traffic control as thousands of persons thronged to the area after seeing the huge Jeep Patrol searchlights probing Waterfall Canyon and surrounding terrain in temperatures that dropped to 12 degrees.
Dr. Gale H. Keyes and many other physicians offered their services to their fellow doctors during the hours of search and tragedy, according to Dr. Ross.
Shauna Southwick, 8, of 1584 34th, was born May 23, 1954, in Ogden, a daughter of M. Paul and Beverly Brockbank Southwick.
She was a member of the Forty-first LDS Ward and a student at the Wasatch School.
Surviving are her parents, the following brothers and sisters: Rod, Craig, David, Christopher, Jon, Selinda and Suzanne Southwick, all of Ogden; the grandparents, G. M. Southwick and Mrs. Jennie Brockbank, Salt Lake City.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at ll a.m. in the Larking Chapel of the Dawn with Bishop Lloyd L. Peterson of the Forty-first Ward conducting.
Ogden Standard-Examiner, December 27, 1962, Pages 1 and 3
Merlin Paul Southwick (1922 - 2012)
Beverly Brockbank Southwick (1924 - 2003)
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