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Mary Crippen

Church Missionary
Faculty of Religious Education

Stan and Mary Crippen are from Wildomar, California, 25 miles east of San Juan Capistrano and midway between San Diego and Los Angeles. They converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at age 20 and were married a year later in the Los Angeles Temple. They moved to Wildomar in 1975 when Stan started his teaching career at Elsinore High School. Mary is a registered nurse and worked part-time specializing in women’s services caring for moms and babies at the local hospital. They raised six children in Wildomar, with five of them attending BYU–Hawaii. Half of their children met their spouses while attending BYUH. They have 36 grandchildren all living on the Interstate 15 corridor from Wildomar to Provo area to Cardston, Alberta, Canada. They started teaching virtual classes for the Faculty of Religious Education in winter and spring semesters and are looking forward to face-to-face classes in fall semester. Mary enjoyed assisting Stan with the classes and is hoping to use her nursing and sewing skills on her mission. She said while visiting their children when they were attending BYUH, Mary’s passion was to work at the PCC in the fabric shop and listen to ukulele music. They both said they are willing to serve wherever they are needed. In their spare time, they enjoy walking, going to the beach, traveling to see the grandchildren, and kayaking in Newport Harbor where we met on a ferryboat 50 years ago. Mary enjoys cooking for the masses and sewing. Stan enjoys taking photos, creating pictorial histories and playing in the dirt trying to grow things. They are looking forward to serving and learning with all of the BYUH ohana