People in the Church


  • Gene Hilton of the Bloomington Hills 4th Ward, Bloomington Hills Utah Stake, earned enough points to win a national bicycling championship before departing on a mission. Although he left on his mission with a few races left in the season, Gene had built an insurmountable lead to assure that he would win the 1995 Senior Expert Division National Off-road Bicycle Association championship. He started cycling competitively in 1993 and won the Junior Expert Division national championship in 1994. Also in 1994 he finished fifth in the World Championship at Vail, Colo., and was the top finisher among bikers from the United States. Competing in 1995 races, staged everywhere from California to Vermont, Gene took several firsts in cross country and hill climbing. Currently in the Provo Missionary Training Center, Elder Hilton will serve in the Brazil Fortaleza Mission. He attended Dixie College after graduating from Pine View High School in St. George.


  • Estella Manwaring Brockbank of the Kolob 4th Ward, Springville Utah Kolob Stake, turned 100 years old on Aug. 30. She was born in Springville, the first of six children of Albert and Charlotte Manwaring. Sister Brockbank received a teaching certificate from BYU. She married Wallace W. Brockbank who died in 1978. They have three children, 10 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Sister Brockbank continues to maintain her home as well as flower and vegetable gardens.
  • Chester Sease of the Exeter Ward, Visalia California Stake, turned 100 years old on Aug. 29. He was born in Green Township, Ind., the first son of John Henry and Lilly Ellen Zigler Sease. He married Elizabeth "Betty" Bailey on April 28, 1919. He and his family joined the Church in California. With his wife, he was a stake missionary and temple worker in the Los Angeles Temple. They also served a mission together in the Texas North Mission in 1971. His wife died in 1980, and in 1985 he married Gladys Ambler in the Los Angeles Temple. In recent years he has used his carpentry skills to build shelves and cabinets for his stake family history center and to make toys for family members.


  • Joyce Wolfgang Williams of the Carrollwood 2nd Ward, Tampa Florida Stake, was recently named to the FHA National Leadership Hall of Fame on the 50th anniversary of the Future Homemakers of America. Sister Williams was Florida state FHA president in 1957, state adviser from 1962 to 1967 and a chapter mother while her daughters served as state and county officers in recent years. Hall of fame honorees were cited for professional success, community service and for being role models for America's youth.


  • Le Etta Pratt of the Bon Air Ward, Richmond Virginia Stake, was honored as the International Health Scholar at the 38th World Congress on Health this summer. There were 700 participants from 47 countries attending the congress. Sister Pratt was recognized for research aimed at strengthening health instruction. She presented three papers at the congress. Sister Pratt has been the director of the international health commission since 1993. She has taught in health education for 25 years, 18 of those at Virginia Commonwealth University. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees at BYU and her doctorate at Oregon State University.
  • Gaugau Tavana, principal of the Church College of Western Samoa, recently received the Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award in Division G (Social Context of Education) from the American Education Research Association. Brother Tavana received his doctorate from BYU. His dissertation was titled "Cultural values relating to education in Western Samoa: A conceptual analysis of the perspectives of Samoan social leaders." He was the unanimous choice for the award, selected from six finalists.


  • Scott Madsen of the Miami 4th Ward, Homestead Florida Stake, is the first youth in the South Florida Council of the Boy Scouts of America to receive the highest possible rank in all four areas of Scouting. He has earned the Cub Scouts Arrow of Light, the Boy Scouts Eagle, the Varsity Scouts Varsity Letter and the Explorer Scouts Explorer Achievement Award. He has also earned the Faith In God, Gospel in Action, On My Honor and Duty to God awards. Scott was recently ordained an elder and serves as a stake missionary.


  • Glen Tuckett, retired athletic director at BYU, has been named interim athletic director at the University of Alabama, whose football program was recently placed on NCAA probation for rules violations. His term reportedly will last at least one year while the school searches for a permanent athletic director to replace the one who resigned in the wake of the NCAA investigation. Brother Tuckett of the Edgemont 6th Ward, Provo Utah Edgemont Stake, was BYU athletic director from 1976-93.
  • Sara Reading of the Plano 4th Ward, Plano Texas Stake, scored a goal in the semifinal match to help her soccer team into the finals of the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship game in the Under-16 division. Her team went on to win the national championship in West Palm Beach, Fla., with a 2-0 victory over a California team. Sara, 16, is a junior at Plano High School and is Laurel president in her ward.
  • Ashley Winter, 13, won the North Dakota State Class B Championship in the 3200-meter run. A student at Bowman (N.D.) Middle School, she competes on the high school level. She also finished second in the 1600-meters and ran a leg in her school's 3200-meter relay team than took second place. She is a Beehive in the Baker Branch, Montana Billings Mission.
  • Audrey Wagnon of the Indian Creek Ward, Olathe Kansas Stake, won a gold medal, two bronze medals and a fifth-place award in swimming at this summer's World Special Olympics at New Haven, Conn. She was active in Young Women's camp and recently advanced from Young Women to Relief Society.


  • Scott S. Parker, president of the Bountiful Utah Central Stake, received the American Hospital Association's Distinguished Service Award in August. The award is the association's highest and is given to an individual in health care administration who has made significant contributions to the field. Pres. Parker, the president and chief executive officer of Intermountain Health Care in Salt Lake City, has developed the system into a leader in its region and across the country. IHC's focus on quality improvements is nationally recognized.
  • Robert O. Boyer of the Granger 18th Ward, Salt Lake Granger Stake, received an award during the annual meeting of the National Academy of General Dentistry this summer. Editor and publisher of the Utah Academy of General Dentistry newsletter, "Contact Point," he was presented the Award of Merit as the "Best Overall Publication" newsletter editor. Brother Boyer, a dentist, has been the "Contact Point" editor for three years.


  • Barbara Christiansen and Ryan Todd were named to the Class of Colorado and were honored by Colorado Gov. Roy Romer at a reception for outstanding students. Barbara of the Southglenn 2nd Ward, Littleton Colorado Stake, attended Heritage High School. Ryan of the Littleton 2nd Ward, Littleton Colorado Stake, attended Arapahoe High School. They were class valedictorians and presidents of their seminary councils. Ryan played soccer for his school team that won the state championship. Barbara was president of the National Honor Society.

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