Who Am I?
Councilman, Millcreek City Council, District #2
Rosemary & I have raised our family of 6 boys at our
current residence in Millcreek for 43 years. This has been a wonderful place to watch them grow and move on to raise their own families. Our boys have been taught well by their mother to work and play hard. Together, they excelled in
their school work, delivered the local papers for over 20 years, worked in the local nursery and learned some of lifeʼs skills. Now it is their turn as they have married wonderful companions and are raising their own families.
My hope is that Millcreek will be as good a place to raise our next generation, as it was for us.
Service is an important responsibility each of us have to improve the life experience we hope to enjoy. We have tried to teach our children to be involved in a positive way with those around us. For us, this has included
volunteering in the local
schools, church, charitable organizations, and
coaching in various youth baseball and basketball leagues. Participation in the
Zions Bank Paint-a-thon has been a worthwhile annual event which I helped direct during my 43 years of employment as well as
teaching finance to children in the local elementary schools. Upon retirement, I have been
volunteering at neighborhood schools in the
Read Today program (4 years @ Roosevelt Elementary). I have also served as a director for
United Way, PC Project, etc.
Growing up in the Central City area of Salt Lake, my siblings were taught by example by civic-conscious parents. My parents taught us to care about our neighbors and our local schools. As the youngest of 15 children, we learned to work and help
earn our way. Upon my fatherʼs illness when I was a young boy, our mother was forced back into the workplace to provide for us. This was a remarkable learning experience for all of us. She was not only forced to provide for us, and take care
of our father, but she shared her talents by serving in the Utah Legislature for two terms and as a Relief Society President in her church. I would never suggest that I even approach her stamina and example, but I feel it gave me a vision
into what can be accomplished, even under difficult circumstances.
Pardon me for ‘blowing my horn’, but this picture shows me as a member of the Utah National Guard, in the 23rd Army Band. While as band members, we enjoyed providing patriotic music, we also were trained in military combat. I received an honorable
discharge after 6 years of service.
Military Service in our family was a tradition, as my father served in WWI and my older brothers each served in the navy and army where their health allowed them to. My 3 older brothers participated in the 2nd WW. I think this is where the
family learned to actively serve their country in so many ways.
My Experience & Qualifications:
As a career banker (43 years at
Zions Bank), I have had the opportunity to help direct the work of a large business organization. I enjoyed seeing the company grow from a 13-branch operation to over 500 branches in the Western United States.
As the Regional President for the Salt Lake (Downtown) North region, I was privileged to help hundreds of employees grow in their financial careers. The 22 branches under my responsibility experienced excellent growth and success
during those years. Now
I am retired and am able and willing to share my time and the lessons learned as a representative for my neighbors in Millcreek. We were encouraged through my work to participate in our communities. This service included serving
on the boards of a number of organizations. This included the
Murray Chamber of Commerce where I also served
as President. While managing the downtown Headquarters office, I also served on the
board of the Salt Lake Downtown Alliance. Other opportunities included serving on the boards of a variety of
Service Clubs and charities.
The Dalai Lama:
The Dalai Lama visited Salt Lake in 2016, and I was invited to help provide transportation for his entourage for 3 days! He was here to celebrate the dedication of the new Tibetan center in South Salt Lake which many local citizens had volunteered
time to build. While here, he also visited the Huntsman Cancer Center, the University of Utah, met with Governor Herbert and dignitaries, and with LDS Church authorities.
My educational background includes a degree in Banking and Finance (1967 BS) from the University of Utah and a graduate degree at the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington (1986).
Having 6 boys has directed us to be involved in the local Boy Scouts. Besides being an Eagle scout in my youth, my sons also achieved this award. I also served as District 14 Scout Chairman