People in the Church

Multiple missionaries

David C. and Janet Dunford of the East Mill Creek 2nd Ward in Salt Lake City, Utah, have sons James in the Mexico City East and John in Peru Trujillo missions, and daughters Melissa in the England Manchester and mary in the Italy Milan missions.Loren and Rae Nebecker of the Midvale (Utah) 6th Ward have sons Dwight in the Brazil Campinas, Duane in Brazil Sao Paulo and Brian in the Argentina Bahia Blanca missions.

Talented boxer


Curtis Hatch, a priest in the Magrath 1st Ward, recently captured a silver medal in the welterweight (147-pund) division at an international boxing competition in Italy, his second european competition this year. Representatives from 10 nations competed in the tournament. In April, curtis won a silver medal at a tournament in Tempere, Finland. This month, he will travel to Yugoslavia to represent his country in another junior (intermediate) international tournament.

On Scouting council


Michaelene P. Grassli, Primary general president, has been appointed to the national Advisory Council of the Boy Scouts of America. She was named to the Primary General Board in 1975 and served as a member of the committee responsible for implementing the Blazer Scout program for 11-year-old boys. She is a member of the national Cub Scout committee and is the recipient of the Silver Beaver award for outstanding service to youth in a local community.

National officer


Craig Ferguson, apriest in the Lee Ward, Salt Lake Garnite Park Stake, was elected a national officer of the Health Occupations Students of America during a recent national conference in Atlanta, Ga. The organization has 35,000 member students who are seeking careers in the medical profession. Last year, Creaig served a spresident of the Utah chapters and represented the organization at the Children's Miracle Network Telethon in Anaheim, Calif.

Noted achiever


W. Barney Gogarty, patriarch of the Littleton Colorado Stake, received the Lester C. Uren Award for distinguished achievement in pertroleum engineering technology from the Society of Petroleum Engineers. The international award goes to one person each year. Gogarty was cited for his pioneering work in the development of micellar/polymer flooding technology. He is retired from Marathon Oil Co., where he worked in research and management for 26 years.

Heads to Pakistan


John D. Nielson, counselor in the Rexburg North Stake presidency and geography instructor at Ricks College here, was named by the U.S. Department of Education as one of 15 educators accepted for the Fulbright-hays Seminars Abroad Program to Pakistan this summer. Nielson attended a two-day orientation in New York in June before traveling to Pakistan for a six-week program on "Islam in the History and Culture of Pakistan." In Pakistan, his time was split between attending lectures and seminars at universitites and traveling throughout the country to learn about its culture and history

Helps teens


Sylvia Hampel, a sunday School teacher in teh Pocatello 54th Ward, received the employee of the Year award in community service form the Upper Snake river Federal Executive Association for her work with teen mothers. Hampel, 22, organized and directs a support group for teen mothers in teh community. The group helps these young mothers finish high school, learn to care for babies and gain self-esteem. Sister Hampel, an air traffic controller, was a teen mother who went on to put herself through college and earn a degree.

Creates jungle


Jim Gibbons, a high priest in the Escondido (Calif.) 3rd Ward received a special landscaping award at a formal ceremony recently at the White House in Wahsignton, D.C. Nancy Reagan, wife of President Ronald Reagan, presented the award, which was sponsored by the American Association of Nurserymen. Gibbons was honored for his work in developing the Gorilla Activity Center at the Wild Animal Park in San Diego, Calif. A park horticulturalist, Gibbons created an instant jungle for the park's gorrilla exhibit.

Commands legion


Reggie Allen of the Brooklyn 1st Ward was recently installed as commander of the New York County American Legion. He became the first veteran of the Korean conflict to attain the rank of commander in the county's legion. The New York county American Legion was established in 1919 and is the largest in New York city with a membership of 8,000 legionaires. Allen is a supervisor in the Food Stamps Program, Human Resources Administration of the City of New York. He served 26 years as a gunnery sergeant in the U.S. Marines.

Scout honored


Tom Richins, a teacher in the Cypress 1st Ward, has been selected as one of nine Scouts nationwide to receive the "Special Award for Youth" from the R.G. Canning Corporations. Tom, 14, received an all-expenses-paid trip to the national Soap Box Derby in Fort Wayne, Ind., and a special vacation to Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Quebec. He received the award for his work in Scouting, the community and the Church. a Life Scout, Tom is completing his Eagle project. He and another Scout in his ward, Jason McKnight, also earned the corporation's "Outstanding Youth Award" for individual achievement.

Deputy saves lives


Mike Gillette of the Oxnard 2nd Ward was awarded the Ventura County Peace Officers Association's highest award for bravery - the Medal of Valor. gillette, a county sheriff's deputy, was driving on patrol when he saw smoke and flames coming from the roof of a home in Westlake, Calif. He braved high heat and heavy smoke to pound down the front door. then he alerted the house's three occupants of the danger and was credited with saving their lives.

Elected to board


Troy Davis of the Waverly Branch, Franklin Tennessee Stake, was elected to the board of directors of Best Western International, Inc. One member of the board is selected from each region of the United States. Davis was chosen by the 285 Best Western members in the Southeast.

Three at a time


Dan and Susan Kooyman of the Mobile 1st Ward had three of their eight children enter the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, within a week of each other recently. Ironically, all three said their goodbyes in sacrament meetings in three states. Michael, working in Columbus, Ga., to earn money for his mission to Lisbon, Portugal, spoke in the Columus 1st Ward. His twin brother, Matthew, spoke in the Mobile 1st Ward before his mission to Brazil. A third brother, David, who has a sports scholarship at the University of Utah, spoke in Salt Lake City's Olympus 7th Ward before leaving for the Tennessee Nashville Mission.

Elected to council


Pres. Segundo Hernadez of the monteria District of the Colombia Bogota Mission was elected to the city council of Monteria, a city with a population of 205,000 in northern Colombia. Hernandez has been a Sunday School president, branch president and seminary teacher. He was the construction supervisor for the first LDS meetinghouse built in Monteria. He also oversees construction of a lot of housing in the city. "I owe my success to the Church," he said.

New justice


Tony Bunch of the Leeds 2nd Ward has been appointed a justice of the peace at the Leeds Magistrates Court. Bunch is the first Latter-day Saint to be appointed to such a position in Leeds. He retired form his full-time job with British Telecom to serve part time as justice of the peace and part time as a social worker. He joined the church in 1977 and is serving as elders quorum president. He has spent many hours doing missionary work, researching local history and serving in the community.

Century of living


Ward W. Reynolds of the Ashotn 3rd Ward was honored at an open house Aug. 6 before turning 100 Sept 18. the Ashton pioneer was Born in 1888 in Larence, Utah. At 13, he came with his family to Marysville, Idaho, near Ashton. In 1909, he served 30 months in the Northeastern States Mission. He married LaVerna Harris and farmed for many years in the Ashton area. In 1952, he served another LDS mission in New York. His wife died in 1961. He has six daughters and two sons, 27 grandchildren and 94 great-grandchildren.

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