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Olympic torch bearers

Many members of the Church carried the Olympic torch. Some are listed here; others have been featured in earlier editions. More will be featured in coming issues of the Church News.

Mitchell Shirley
Mitchell Shirley

Mitchell Shirley, Rexburg 8th Ward, Rexburg Idaho North Stake, was chosen to carry the torch because of his outstanding nomination for his father, also a torch bearer.

Clarence F. Robison
Clarence F. Robison

Clarence F. Robison, 78, Grandview 14th Ward, Provo Utah North Stake, ran the 5000 meter in the 1948 Olympics in London, England. As head track coach at Brigham Young University for 40 years, he has influenced many athletes.

Linda K. Winter
Linda K. Winter

Linda Kimball Winter, Davis 1st Ward, Davis California Stake, was nominated by her five children because they think of her as their hero. She was a single mother for 22 years and is continuing her education. She also has competed at major triathlons (swimming, biking and running), including the World Senior Games and the National Senior Olympics.

Rebecca L. Capra, 21, Kingwood 1st Ward, Kingwood Texas Stake, is a senior at Texas A&M University where she ran cross-country until illness and injuries this year forced her to stop running for the team. She volunteers at a battered women's shelter and in children's community programs.

Delbert Astin
Delbert Astin

Delbert "Bud" Astin, Lehi 5th Ward, Lehi Utah Stake, was nominated by friends, neighbors and family members. After a heart attack and bypass surgery at age 56, he began running to improve his health and he now participates in 5K and 10K races.

Brian Manwaring
Brian Manwaring

Brian Manwaring, Salem 9th Ward, Salem Utah West Stake, was nominated because of his 23 years of involvement in the Scouting program.

Jeri Wehrli, Winder 10th Ward, Salt Lake Winder Stake, received a liver transplant four years ago. She was nominated by her donor service and her donor's mother.

John Assel, Westbrook 6th Ward, West Jordan Utah Westbrook Stake, has been a Boy Scout leader for 20 years and a mentor to 30 Eagle Scouts.

Herschel Pederson, American Fork 14th Ward, American Fork Utah East Stake, makes everyday positive contributions to the community.

Heather Sandburg
Heather Sandburg

Heather Sandburg, Pleasant View 4th Ward, Provo Utah Edgemont South Stake, is a junior at BYU and an Olympic volunteer. She has worked with many special needs children through a student service organization.

Linda Gernert
Linda Gernert

Linda Gernert, Tiffin Ohio Branch, Toledo Ohio Stake, was nominated by her daughter, Heather. When Sister Gernert was young, her parents died, and she was left to rear four of her six siblings. She is also a survivor of cancer.

Vicki  Vaterlaus
Vicki Vaterlaus

Vicki Vaterlaus, North Ogden 21st Ward, North Ogden Utah Stake, and her husband, Adair, had two foster children who had been exposed to illegal drugs in utero. She has been an advocate for these children, whom the couple adopted.

Cam Melick
Cam Melick

Cam Melick, Grove Creek 10th Ward, Pleasant Grove Utah Grove Creek Stake, was diagnosed with diabetes two years ago. He wants to be an example to other youth with illnesses.

Raelene C. Davis
Raelene C. Davis

Raelene Colobella Davis, Grandview 3rd Ward, Salt Lake Wilford Stake, was marketing director of Ski Utah for nearly 17 years and she has taught skiing to more than 170,000 school children.

Rebecca Boggess
Rebecca Boggess
Sandra Boggess
Sandra Boggess

Rebecca Boggess (far left) nominated her mother, Sandra Bogges to carry the torch after her mother was in a car accident. The accident killed Sandra's husband and Rebecca's father, Larry. It also left Sandra in a coma, after which she relearned how to do everything. She remains in a wheelchair. Rebecca was chosen to participate with her. They are from the Charleston 2nd Ward, Charleston West Virginia Stake.

Don Savage
Don Savage

Don Savage, Grandview 3rd Ward, Provo Utah Grandview East stake, raised money for charitable organizations, especially Boy Scouts. He also is a volunteer for Olympic Aid, a program that brings sports to children in refugee camps.

Kelly Stewart
Kelly Stewart

Kelly Stewart, Mountain Shadows 8th Ward, West Jordan Utah Mountain Shadows Stake, fought a courageous battle with leukemia last year. His twin brother carried the torch in Salt Lake prior to the Los Angeles Olympic games in 1984.

Austin Daley
Austin Daley

Austin Daley, Alpine 7th Ward, Alpine Utah North Stake, has demonstrated a spirit of love and endurance. He lost his mother when he was 8, but has been a great example of strength and encouragement.

Karen Sue Guertin
Karen Sue Guertin

Karen Sue Guertin, Kennewick Park Ward, Kennewick Washington Stake, was nominated by her daughter, Lori, because she reflects the Olympic spirit in her home. She has taught second grade for 26 years.

Dave Ference, Monument Park 5th Ward, Foothill Utah Stake, was named, "Triathlete of the Year, 2000" by the magazine, Utah Runner. He was nominated for his commitment to athletics and his career, while continuing to keep his family the highest priority.

Benjamin A. Burrup
Benjamin A. Burrup

Benjamin Allen Burrup, 23, Parkway 8th Ward, South Jordan Utah Parkway Stake, volunteers with the Salvation Army and the Utah Food Bank. In addition to serving a Church mission in the Philippines, he also taught elementary age school children to avoid tobacco and drugs.

Jeni Wilson
Jeni Wilson

Jeni Wilson, Bountiful 54th Ward, Bountiful Heights Utah Stake, carried the torch in honor of her mother, Peggy Critchlow, who died after battling cancer.

Barbara Corcoran
Barbara Corcoran

Barbara Corcoran, Smithfield 15th Ward, Smithfield Utah Stake,set a goal to train for a marathon, which she completed last fall.

Roy Yardley
Roy Yardley

Roy Yardley, Beaver 1st Ward, Beaver Utah Stake, at 94, is the oldest living native man in Beaver. He has been a rancher all his working life.

Darrell and Camille Wyatt
Darrell and Camille Wyatt

Darrell Wyatt, 22, and Camille Mangum Wyatt, 21, Pleasant View 6th Ward, Provo Utah Sharon East Stake, were nominated because of the many trials they have overcome. In 1996, he was diagnosed with cancer; after his treatment he served a mission to Kentucky. During his mission, his father died. Sister Wyatt Camille has helped her husband through these difficulties.

Raymond Parks
Raymond Parks

Raymond Parks, Moreland 2nd Ward, Blackfoot West Stake, was nominated for his community service. He served in the Idaho State Legislature for 14 years and on three agricultural boards.

Hollis David Houston, Continental Ranch Ward, Tucson Arizona North Stake, was nominated by his daughter, Heather. He always attended her sports activities, sometimes he was the only parent there.

Church News readers are encouraged to submit information and photos of members participating as torch bearers. Must include ward and stake information. Please submit photos by e-mail attachment in JPEG format. E-mail: [email protected]

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