SONS OF UTAH PIONEERS
PIONEERING YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND TOMORROW"
COTTON MISSION CHAPTER NEWSLETTER
February 2010 Vol. 22 No. 2 St. George, Utah
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Roland Lee President 673-1988 Stanley Fisher Past President 628-4062
Robert Thornley Pres. Elect 673-5318 Mel Duehlmeier Treasurer 627-0430
John Matthews Secretary 673-2132 Robert Webb Treks 652-3574
David Summerhays Communications 688-0568 Wayne Pace Community 688-8114
Allen Hackworth Member Serv. 251-8255 Don Burton Pioneer History 986-1706
David Rogers Trails/Monuments 627-8003 Dean Terry Fundraising 632-5879
Trek’s Schedule for 2010
March 13, May 15, September 11
First Trek of 2010 will be to Bunkerville, Nevada on Saturday, March 13th. Bunkerville was settled about
20 years after Washington.
1. Meet as usual at the Morningside Stake Center at 9:00 AM.
2. Drive to Bunkerville. (Maps will be furnished)
3. Meet at Bunkerville Cemetery.
4. Vin Leavitt will meet us and be our guide. He is supposed to be the most knowledgeable historian
and best story teller in the area.
5. Lunch will be on our own. Suggest Virgin River Club. It has the only Lunch Buffet in town.
Dinner Meeting Schedule for 2010
February 16, April 20, June 15, July 20,
At the Terry Ranch on August 17, November 16, December 14.
Remember, ALL Dinner Meetings will be held in the TOWN HALL, at Staheli’s in Washington, at 6:00 P.M., on the Date listed above unless otherwise
noted. The price is $12.50 per person.
National Convention for 2010
October 21-23, Hosted in St. George by the Cotton Mission Chapter.
Next Dinner Meeting February 16
The February dinner speaker will be Dr. Daniel Peterson, professor of Islamic Studies at BYU. He
spoke to us last year about Joseph Smith's contributions, and is back again by popular demand. We
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will also have a memorial tribute to Don Forshee. Dinner starts at 6pm but we invite you to come at
5:30 to have time to socialize and visit prior to the dinner. The dinner menu will be: Stuffed Pork
Chops, potato casserole, fresh mixed vegetables, carrot-raisin salad, and cherry pie.
Thanks to all those who signed up for the "Adopt-a-Monument" project. A training meeting was held recently
and we've already started our monthly check-ups. Thanks to David Rogers and Robin Davis for heading up
Elementary School Historical Essays
The School Historical Essay judging is underway. Thanks to Ken Staley and his committee, plus all those who
volunteered to do the judging.
National Treks Schedule
SUP National is sponsoring Two national Tours this year:
"American Sampler Tour" May 11 - 21 2010.
Visit Jamestown, colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown, Monticello, Mount Vernon, Washington DC, Valley
Forge, Philadelphia, Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty, Plymouth Lexington Concorde and Boston. Includes
transportation, lodging, entrance fees, and some meals. $1995 dbl occ.
"Nauvoo Pageant and Mormon Trail Trek" July 13-23, 2010. $1175 including transportation, lodging and
some meals. Nauvoo, Far West, Adam ondi Ahman, Carthage Jail, Martin's Cove, Mt. Pisgah,
Independence and more.
For reservations and information Contact: Dee Risenmay at 208-356-5805 or the National Office at 801-484-
National Convention Plans
Our chapter is hosting the National Convention in St. George Oct 21-23, 2010. Lynn Niederhauser is the
chairman and his committees are working hard to create a wonderful program. Four great treks have been
planned which will be hard to choose from. We will also host an exciting golf tournament. So mark your
calendars and get involved! We need a huge turnout from our members.
Don’t forget to check our Cotton Mission website frequently. Russ Bateman works hard to keep it updated with
pictures and information on activities, treks, and histories. New this month is a complete guide to the St.
George Walking Tour historic sites with photos and descriptions from David Rogers and the monuments
SUP in the News
Watch the local newspapers for news and reports on Cotton Mission Chapter SUP activities. Charles
Summerhays and his committee do a good job getting the information out to the press. We had an article in
the Spectrum's "Neighborhoods" section this month and a nice write-up in the "Senior Sampler."
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Brief Biography of David H. Garner
Prepared by David H. Garner For Sons of the Utah Pioneers
David was born to Henry A. Garner and Ruth Mace Waddell, in the small community of Alta, Teton County,
Wyoming. There in the western shadows of the Grand Teton Peaks he learned the value of hard work on the
farm that was homesteaded by his maternal great-grandmother, Leonora Cannon Lambert Waddell, and her son
David L. Waddell in Alta. David L. Waddell’s father, Isaac M. Waddell served as legal counsel to Brigham
David attended the Alta Elementary School, where he graduated from the eighth grade. He attended high school
in Driggs, Idaho. After his graduation from high school, young David attended Brigham Young University for
one year before filling a mission to the Northren California Mission (1955-1957).
After his mission he continued his studies at BYU, graduating with a degree in Physics and a minor emphasis in
mathematics. By the time of his graduation, David had married Marcia Jean Evans, and they had two sons,
Brian and Dean.
Post graduation saw this little family employed in Church Education, with David teaching seminary in St. George,
Utah, for three years (1961-64). He was transferred to Logan, Utah for a year, and then to Star Valley,
Wyoming for three years. His seminary teaching was rewarding, and during that time they added two daughters
to their family, Jan and Joan. While teaching seminary in Afton, Wyoming, David completed his Masters
Degree in Educational Administration, with a minor emphasis in counseling (1968)..
In the fall of 1968 David was assigned to teach institute at Chaffey College in Alta Loma, California. This seven-
year period of time was highlighted by his building a new institute building, serving as a bishop in the Upland
II Ward, and then in the Alta Loma Ward. While there he also did doctoral studies at USC in Los Angeles in
Higher Education. David and Marcia’s family was blessed with a foster child that would remain with them for
the next twenty years and more. They also had an Indian Placement Student from the Apache Reservation live
with them for two years. So there was much growth and learning in the Garner family.
In 1975 David was transferred to Billings, Montana to serve as the Institute Director, and as the Seminary
coordinator for some thirty early morning seminary classes, and also about thirty-five seminary classes on two
Indian Reservations: the Northern Cheyenne and the Crow. The two years in Billings were cut short when
David was asked to move to the Salt Lake area where he would serve on the curriculum writing committee for
Institute, at the Church Office Building, which assignment lasted for the next nine years.
During that time, 1977-1986, David also served in the Stake Presidency in Kaysville. He was the Stake Executive
Secretary for about one year, then was called as the first
counselor to Newell J. Law. In 1979-80 David and his
family were sent to Israel where he served as the director of
a six-month study abroad program for college age students.
While in Israel he continued as the First Counselor in his
stake presidency at home, but was now called to be in the
Jerusalem Branch Presidency, with Daniel Ronna as the
Branch President. It was a choice time for the Garners, but
was also filled with challenges, some of which were very
trying. The major difficulty was with sickness among the
ninety or so students while they lived on a Kibbutz during
the six months. (For the next nineteen years he led BYU
Study Tours to the Holy Land nearly every year with adult
guests who wanted that special experience.)
After coming home, David continued working in the Church Office Building on the curriculum staff, and was soon
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called as the Stake President in his Kaysville community. In 1986 David was transferred to the Ogden Institute
of Religion adjacent to Weber State College, where he taught for nine years, making it some eighteen years that
they lived in their Kaysville, Utah home. During that time all of their children grew up, married, and moved
to various places for their education and vocation. Both sons followed the footsteps of their father as teachers
in Church Education.
In 1995 David and Marcia were transferred to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada where he served as the
coordinator of church education in lower B.C. This proved to be David’s last professional assignment, for he
retired and moved back to Kaysville in the fall of 1996.
In Jan 1997 he was called as a sealer in the Bountiful Temple, and continues as such in the St. George temple at
the present time. He and Marcia moved to Ivins in 1999 and have enjoyed their lovely home in Padre Lakes
PUD since then.
In 2004-2005 David and Marcia served a full-time mission for the Church in the Carlsbad Mission in Southern
California. Their son, Brian, was their mission president. David has been a member of the SUP for the past four
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