Franklin L. West
West was born and raised in Ogden, Utah Territory, to Joseph A. West and Josephine Richards. He earned a B.S. from the Utah Agricultural College in 1904 and a Ph.D from the University of Chicago in 1911. West was a professor of physics at the Utah Agricultural College, which is today Utah State University. For 28 years he was the dean of faculty at the school.
From 1935 to 1937, West was the second assistant to Albert E. Bowen, the head of the LDS Church's Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association. In 1936, he became the eighth Commissioner of Church Education, a position he held until he retired in 1953.
West was the author of five books, including three manuals for the Church Educational System and a biography of his maternal grandfather, LDS Church apostle Franklin D. Richards. West was also the grandson of Chauncey W. West, a Mormon pioneer and prominent leader of the LDS Church in Weber County, Utah for which he also wrote a biography.
West was married to Gladys Spencer, August 19, 1904 a granddaughter of Brigham Young and a member of the prominent Thatcher Young family of Logan, Utah. Children: Gladys Virginia and Marjorie. They later divorced and West married Violet Madsen, February 12, 1920 of Ogden, Utah. After Violet Madsen's death, he married Mrs. Sarah Frances Nelson Malmborg who survived him.
- Utah State University Libraries: Capitol Theatre Collection, usu.edu, accessed 2008-03-22.
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- Franklin L. West Oral Histories, MSS 8353; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University.