Kaye Coleman
Kaye Coleman
  • September 25, 1931 - June 26, 2015
  • Salt Lake City, Utah

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Kaye Martin Coleman

Our beloved wife, mother, sister and friend, passed away suddenly following surgery on June 26, 2015. Kaye was born in Ogden, Utah and raised by her mother, Donna Merrill, as a happy, curious and independent child. She loved animals and all things in nature. Kaye married her sweetheart, Clair F. Coleman, and they shared 66 incredible years together. They had three cherished children who were taught to be fair minded, true blue and authentic in their lives. Kaye's desire to experience much led her to become an airplane pilot and 99er, a real estate agent and a dispute resolution arbiter. Always civic minded, Kaye belonged to many community organizations, including Alliance House, Utah Valley Mental Health, Utah Museum of Natural History, Alumni Association Emeritus Board, the Phoenix Institute, Governor's Advisory Committee for Statewide Antidiscrimination and many more. She was proud to serve as a board member and president of both the Junior League of Salt Lake and Neighborhood House. Socially, Kaye enjoyed spending time at Town Club and the Salt Lake Country Club.

Kaye courageously returned to the University of Utah in her late 30s to earn BS, MS and PhD degrees. She tirelessly advocated for children, women and the under-represented, co-founding the Women's Resource Center in the early 70s at the University of Utah. Kaye pioneered efforts in dispelling stereotypes and fought for equal opportunities for women in the workplace and society. During this time she embarked on a career as associate and adjunct professor in the Colleges of Social Work and Health. She created a class called Three To Get Ready for women considering new options in life. As an administrator, Kaye finished her career at the University as Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, where she was able to enact and change policies for fairness and due process in the workplace. She made a difference as a founding member of Presidential Commission on the Status of Women, Title IX Coordinator, Director of the Americans with Disabilities Committee and as a Project Trainer for the US Office of Education on Sexual Equality, guidance Counseling Opportunities in Sex Roles and Career Development, just to name a few. Kaye was listed as Who's Who in American Women and received the Outstanding Women of the Year "Athena" Award.

Kaye is survived by her husband, her brother, Wayne (Donna) Merrill, and her children, Rich (Lianna) Coleman, John (Karen) Coleman and Jolie (Brad) Hardy. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 11:00 AM at This Is The Place Heritage Park, Garden Place. In lieu of flowers, donations in Kaye's name can be made to any of the following, Utah Arthritis Foundation, Alzheimer's Foundation of America, Town Club Preservation, Neighborhood House or the University of Utah. Online condolences may be shared at www.evans-earlymortuary.com