Max Chatterton Golightly (1924-1997)

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Max Chatterton Golightly
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Professor Golightly
Born: 19 May 1924 Preston, Idaho
Died: 10 Apr 1997 Provo, Utah
Father: Joseph Williams Golightly
Mother: Mabel Card Chatterton
Siblings: Joseph Emery Golightly
Virginia Dena Golightly
Card William Golightly
Mary LaRue Golightly
Jesse Chatterton Golightly
Marjorie Golightly
Max Chatterton Golightly
William Hal Golightly
Spouse: Beverly Keith
Married: 17 Sep 1948 Manti, Utah
Children: Gary Dewaine Golightly
Laurynda Gae Golightly
Kim Oliver Golightly
Kyle Chatterton Golightly
Guy Parley Keith Golightly


Deseret News Archives, Monday, April 14, 1997, p. A7:

Death: Max Chatterton Golightly

Retired BYU professor Max Chatterton Golightly passed away April 10, 1997 at his home in Provo. He was 72.

He was born May 19, 1924 in Preston, Idaho, to Joseph William and Mable Chatterton Golightly. He lived in Rexburg, Idaho during his high school years, and attended Madison High School, where he was active in dramatics and won a scholarship in vocal music.

As part of the United States Special Corps, during the Second World War, he became a member of The Chapeliers, a singing, entertainment company, which toured the European Theatre of Operations in USO and Red Cross centers all over Europe. This group provided the choral members at General Patton's funeral in Heidelberg, Germany, at the request of the General's widow.

He married Beverly Keith Golightly on September 17, 1948 in the Manti Temple.

He taught speech and theatre arts from 1951-61 at Provo High School, Citrus Jr. College, in Glendora, California, and BYU Lab School. He joined the faculty at BYU in 1961 as a Professor of Theatre and Cinematic Arts, where he taught until his retirement in 1989.

He was an accomplished and well-known writer, and received national honors and first place prizes in poetry and play writing. During 1968-69, he served as president of the national Federation of State Poetry Societies of America, shortly after winning a publication award for his first book of verse, "Ibid.", and in 1970 was chosen Utah Poet of the Year for his book, "A Morning of Taurus." In 1978 he was honored by the Louisiana State Poetry Society as "Distinguished American Poet," for his encouragement of young poets in America, and was given a key to the city by the mayor of New Orleans.

He was a distinguished lecturer and reader, acted in 12 movies and in more than 30 plays, directed 54 productions, musicals and operas. In 1975 he directed BYU's bicentennial production of "Brigham!", which featured a cast of 120 and played in the BYU Marriott Center for seven nights.

Since 1989, he has served on the Provo Fine Arts Council, and was honored with the Outstanding Contribution of the Cultural Arts of 1992 award. Throughout his life, he was active in and served many leadership positions in the LDS Church. During 1993 to 1995, he served an LDS Church Service Mission as Chairman of Casting for Church Films.

Max & Beverly
He is survived by his wife, Beverly, four sons and one daughter: Gary D. (Janeen R. Severson) Golightly of Provo, Utah; Laurynda Gae (Michael) Lott of Las Vegas, NV; Kim Oliver (Anne Elizabeth Ashworth) Golightly of Bethesda, MD; Kyle Chatterton (Michelle Briggs) Golightly of Orem, Utah; Guy Parley Keith (Christine Call) Golightly of Denver, CO. He is also survived by 19 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, two brothers, William Hal (Dortha Burbank) Golightly of Salt Lake City, UT; Jesse C. Golightly of Ogden, UT; one sister Mary LaRue (Orville Dewaine "Duke") Robison of Kaysville, UT. He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Card William and Joseph Emory Golightly and and two sisters, Virginia Dena Thatcher and Marjorie Jensen.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 16, 1997 at 11 a.m. at the Oakhills 5th Ward Chapel, 1900 North 1500 East in Provo. Friends may call Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the Berg Mortuary of Provo, 185 East Center Street, or Wednesday at the chapel from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to services. Interment, Goshen City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Brigham Young Academy Foundation Academy Square Library Project/Little Theatre, P.O. Box 76, Provo, Utah 84603.


Birth Date: 19 May 1924
Death Date: 10 Apr 1997
Social Security Number: 519-14-4397
State Where Number Was Issued: Idaho
Death Residence Zip Code: 84604
Provo, Utah, Utah
Sundance, Utah, Utah
  • FamilySearch IGI, record of a deceased member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:
Max Chatterton Golightly
Born: 19 May 1924 Preston, Franklin, Idaho
Died: 10 Apr 1997
Father: Joseph Williams Golightly
Mother: Mable Chatterton
  • Despain, Carrie Robison and Garner, Melba Despain. History & Genealogy of the Franklin Alonzo Robison Family, p. 53.
  • Ancestral File, Submission AF83-089446
Family of: Max C. Golightly & Beverly Keith
  • LDS Family Group Record Collection [Patron Section]
Submitted by: Mrs. Helen Keith Beaman
Family of: William Jairus Keith & Ida Lavon Penrod