People in the Church


Michael R. Marshall, the Utah Department of Agriculture state veterinarian, was elected president of the U.S. Animal Health Association during the group's annual conference in Reno, Nev., recently. President of the Tooele Utah South Stake, he has been the 2,000-member association's third-vice president for the past four years. He has also served as president of the Western States Livestock Health Association and the National Assembly of Chief Livestock Health Officials.


Amy Steele, a sophomore middle blocker for the BYU volleyball team, has received all-America honors. She has been named to the 12-player second team by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. She led BYU in kills per game and blocks per game this season. Other honors she has received include Western Athletic Conference co-player of the year. She is a member of the BYU 2nd Ward, Brigham Young University 16th Stake.

Chad Sackett of the Kaysville 22nd Ward, Kaysville Utah East Stake, has been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Umbro Senior College Men's All-America Team. The freshman goalie for Westminster College in Salt Lake City started all 21 games for his team and recorded five shutouts. He also broke a 23-year-old record (29 saves) for most saves in an NAIA tournament game with 37 against Hawaii Pacific. Chad was also named to the Far West All-Area Team. He now plans to put off his college soccer career for two years to serve a mission.

Peter Kuennemann, a 16-year-old priest in the Twenty First North Ward, Salt Lake Emigration Stake, has earned honors as a mountain-bike racer. He won the five-race Utah Mountain Bicycling series and the 17-race Cannondale Cup series competing in the 18-and-under age group in 1995. He ended the year ranked sixth in the nation by the National Off-Road Bicycling Association.


Ruby Osmond Brockbank of the Monument Park 12th Ward, Salt Lake Monument Park North Stake, celebrated her 100th birthday Dec. 18. She was born in Bloomington, Idaho. She married Merrill Jex Brockbank on June 5, 1924, in the Salt Lake Temple. They had four children. Besides her other Church callings, she served a mission in Kentucky in 1962.

Jeanette Adamson Trottier of the Lebanon 1st Ward, Lebanon Oregon Stake, celebrated her 105th birthday on Dec. 25, 1995. She was born in Tintic, Utah, and had 11 brothers and sisters. She married Roy Alvin Trottier and they had five daughters. Sister Trottier now has 18 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren and many great-great grandchildren. She has lived in many places from Salt Lake City to Canada. She and her husband moved to Oregon when he retired and she has lived there since.

Rosell Truman Barlocker of the St. George 1st Ward, St. George Utah Stake, celebrated her 101st birthday on Nov. 30, 1995. She was born in Gunlock, Utah. She married Arthur J. Barlocker on April 21, 1914, in the St. George Temple and they had seven children. Sister Barlocker has 25 grandchildren, 96 great-grandchildren and 36 great-great-grandchildren. She has served in many positions in the Church and enjoys quilting, music and cooking.

Rea Hutchinson Tuft celebrated her 100th birthday on Jan. 3. She was born in Springville, Utah, at 11:58 p.m., the last child born in the Utah territory before it became a state. She is now a member of the Oakgrove 2nd Ward, Walnut Creek California Stake and is also a member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. Her family moved from Utah to Oakland, Calif., in 1935. She married Vivan Herbert Tuft and they had five children. He died in 1968. Sister Tuft has 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Mary McKowen Bolton Helmer Johnstun celebrated her 100th birthday on Jan. 15. She was born in Bennett, Utah, to John and Della Weeks McKowen. A member of the Roosevelt 5th Ward, Roosevelt Utah Stake, she continues to live on her own. She married John G. Bolton in the Salt Lake Temple and they had five sons. He died in 1961 and she later married Joseph Helmer. After his death, she married Lynn Johnstun. Sister Johnstun has 16 grandchildren, 58 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.


Billy R. Seamans, representing the Arizona National Guard, was recently selected best Non-commissioned Officer in Charge in the seven United States Coast Guard regions. Earlier, he earned the same honor in the Southwest Region which includes units in Arizona, Utah, Colorado, California, Hawaii and Guam. His selection was based on outstanding leadership as a non-commissioned officer over 14 recruiting stations during an Arizona National Guard reorganization. Brother Seamans, a member of the Sierra Vista 4th Ward, Sierra Vista Arizona Stake, received his national award in ceremonies at the Pentagon.


Generia Lathen Perkes of the Penasquitos 1st Ward, Penasquitos California Stake, recently received National Board Certification in Early Adolescence/English Language Arts. She, along with 89 other teachers, certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, were personally congratulated by President Bill Clinton during a reception at the White House in Washington, D.C.


Bonnie Ashby of the Brainerd Ward, Chattanooga Tennessee Stake, has been honored as an outstanding writer by the National Council of Teachers of English. Those honored are selected through judging of prose or verse and impromptu writing. She received a certificate of commendation recognizing her achievement. Bonnie is the Laurel class president and organist in her ward.


Richard Linford, first counselor in the Salt Lake East Millcreek Stake presidency, has been appointed co-chair of the Utah Chapter of the National Conference of Christians and Jews. Brother Linford, a vice president at Bonneville International Corporation, has served on the National Conference board for the past nine years. The National Conference is concerned with overcoming bias, bigotry and racism.

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