Joan Knudsen Connolly

Profile Updated: January 27, 2015
Residing In Salt Lake City, UT USA
Spouse/Partner Dean Connolly
Occupation homemaker
Children Dean and I have 13 children ages 22-44........8 sons: JEFF (Natalie) is a dad of 5 and works with my More…husband as a dentist; BRIAN (Julie) is a dad of 6 and is a PA here in Salt Lake; DAVID (Margee) is a father of 4 and has worked for ADP for many years and has worked his way up near the top; DANNY (Katie) has 3 children and owns and runs a great electrical business out of Park City called PARLEYS ELECTRIC; SPENCER does lawn care; ROBBIE (Caitlin) is the lead guitarist and lead singer in the band FICTIONIST; TJ (Liz) has 2 children and one on the way and is a UPS driver in Glenwood Springs, CO; RICH (Natalie) is a student at BYU and just got married in Oct 2014! We also have 5 daughters: CHRISTY (Quen Cannon)is a mom of 4 as well as a part time NICU nurse; LISA (Jared Madsen) is a mom of 3 and part-time dental hygenist for Dean. She and her husband produce MADSEN BIKES; LAURA is a mom of 5 and is retired from real estate; KATE (Eric Anderson) is a mom of 2 who is retired for the time being from nursing; EMILY (Andrew Graham) is a dental hygenist and also works for Dean and Jeff. We have 34 grandchildren so far, with one on the way in May. Life is good!

After leaving East High, I attended BYU, where I met and married my husband.....Dean Connolly from Boise ID. He served a mission to Ireland, and I dated and "waited" and upon his return we were married. We were dorm parents for a short time in Whitney Hall at BYU before moving to a small town south of Chicago so Dean could attend Dental School. Four years later, we moved back to Salt Lake with our 3 little boys and he started his dental practice. I have loved being a mom and raising our children. Half of them went to Highland and the last half went to EAST. On Oct 10, 2014, our youngest son was married and it was wonderful! Weddings are the BEST! He and his new bride attend BYU where she runs track for the Y.

Dean and I are currently co-Presidents of a non-profit organization: MARRIAGE AND FAMILY ENRICHMENT. For the last 36 years we have taught and presented MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT WEEKENDS. MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT founded by Victor and Lois Cline, and we attended shortly after they first started doing them. About a year later, we were invited to join this group of couples and have been presenting on these weekends for some 36 years now in Provo, Utah, as well as in several states around the country. All of the couples involved donate our time and thus we can keep the cost of the weekend to just the expenses of the hotel and meals and supplies. It has been a wonderful labor of love, a passion and a hobby for us for many years. You should check it out on our website: This website is in the process of being updated, but you can get the idea. We would love you to come if you are interested--every married couple deserves to get to come at least once!

Dean is currently a Young Single Adult Bishop and that keeps us busy! We love it and love the young people in our ward.

Life is not slowing down....but life IS very good! I have lots of great memories of EAST HIGH and wonderful friends. I can hardly believe our 50 year reunion is coming up! I look forward to seeing all of you again!

School Story

I have lots of memories.....I will never forget when the announcement came over the PA that President Kennedy had been shot.....I am sure you all can remember exactly what class you were in and what a shock it was.....I might have to think about a funny story!!!

I do remember tons of fun times in orchestra under Dow Young...participating in the string sextet, and performing for the musicals and going on trips to California! Love all of you fellow orchestra members!

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Dec 09, 2021 at 10:08 AM

Happy Birthday Karen!!!!! May this year be the best ever!!!! Joan

Oct 27, 2021 at 8:16 PM

Happy Birthday Sarah Jean! I hope you had a wonderful day and that you have a great year ahead!!!

Jul 31, 2021 at 7:04 AM

Happy Birthday hope you are having an amazing day.

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Jun 24, 2021 at 2:39 PM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my dear friend! We do need to celebrate our birthdays somewhere between our two birthdays! I am free most days and will call you soon! Joan

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Hope you had a wonderful Christmas/Birthday!!!! Would love to get together as soon as we can!

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Posted on: Oct 31, 2020 at 1:46 PM

Happy Birthday Craig! Lots of good orchestra memories with you! Have a wonderful day and a HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!

Oct 27, 2020 at 6:52 PM

Happy Birthday Sarah Jean!!!!!

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Posted on: Oct 04, 2020 at 9:47 PM

Wishing you a wonderful birthday! And thank you for all you do for our CLASS OF 65!!!

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Her Patti! Just wondering how your knee is doing....I never saw you again to get an update!?

Jul 30, 2020 at 4:23 PM

Happy Birthday Ron!!! It has bee fun to share a birthday with you all these years!!!!

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May 10, 2020 at 11:25 AM

Happy Birthday Carol! May you have a wonderful day and year ahead!

May 10, 2020 at 11:16 AM

Happy Birthday Diane!!!!! May you have a wonderful happy year ahead!!!! ????

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Dick and Jan Milne have lived in our ward for over 50 years. They were here when we moved in 40 years ago. They are amazing people. One of my favorite stories that we heard Dick tell once many years ago was when Dick was leaving to go to an East High game, he hollared down the stairs to Jan: "Honey, I am leaving for the game in five you want to come?" "No thanks dear, I have already seen it!" I loved that! I am sure Jan sat thru SO many many games during the years that he was the East High Coach!

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My second oldest grand child Morgan graduated from high school in 2014
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Number 13 Richie, my last baby just got married in Oct 2014
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