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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.

Ken Duke
Ken Duke

Ken Duke (left) of the Holladay 4th Ward, Salt Lake Holladay Stake, is president of a track club that helps individuals with disabilities. He was handed the torch by his brother-in-law Richard Ensign of the Garden Park Ward, Salt Lake Bonneville Stake.

Stephen R. Frisby
Stephen R. Frisby

Stephen R. Frisby, Sunset Heights 2nd Ward, Orem Utah Sunset Heights Stake, is a coach of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training. He helps mentor runners to complete a marathon. He also is a Scoutmaster and has coached young athletes.

Elizabeth Bowen
Elizabeth Bowen
Casey Bowen
Casey Bowen
Sean Bowen
Sean Bowen

Elizabeth, Casey (middle) and Sean Bowen, 8th Ward, Pocatello Idaho Alameda Stake, made carrying the torch a family affair. Sister Bowen passed the flame to her 13-year-old son, Casey, who was nominated for overcoming health problems that resulted from an automobile accident. Another family member, Sean, served as a guardian of the flame on Jan. 28.

John C. Rogers
John C. Rogers

John C. Rogers, Tahoe North Ward, Reno Nevada North Stake, was nominated by his children and friends.

Gary Lewis
Gary Lewis

Gary Lewis, Tahoe North Ward, Reno Nevada North Stake, was invited to carry the torch by the Olympic Committee. He has served in many Church capacities and in the Scouting organization.

Allen C. Christensen
Allen C. Christensen

Allen C. Christensen, 82, Elwood Ward, Tremonton Utah Stake, was nominated by Max Weese, mayor of Tremonton. Brother Christensen was a prisoner of war in Japan for three-and-a-half years during WWII.

Ruth Hall Moore
Ruth Hall Moore

Ruth Hall Moore, Mountain View 8th Ward, West Jordan Utah Mountain View Stake, ran in memory of her late husband, Randy, who was involved in marketing the torch and died April 2001.

Diane Alldridge
Diane Alldridge

Diane Alldridge, 14, Creekside Ward, Kaysville Utah Central Stake, inspires others to do their best. Her mother says she cares about everyone around her.

Chuck Lunkley
Chuck Lunkley

Chuck Lunkley, River City Ward, Sacramento California East Stake, contributes many things to the community, although he is blind. He has owned and operated a business, has helped promote legislation, served in Scouting, runs and fishes and is a member of an amateur radio club.

Craig Hirschi
Craig Hirschi

Craig Hirschi, a priest in the Perry 2nd Ward, Willard Utah South Stake, is always the first to cheer his friends and teammates on to victory.

Joseph A. Pico
Joseph A. Pico

Joseph A. Pico, Mesa 12th Ward, Mesa Arizona East Stake, will retire this year after 36 years of teaching, coaching and school administration.

Terri Johnson
Terri Johnson

Terri Johnson, Valley Ridge Ward, Kearns Utah West Stake, was nominated by her husband, Eric, for the example she sets for others.

Erik Petersen
Erik Petersen

Erik Petersen, Cleveland Ward, Cleveland Ohio Stake, nominated his friend, Jason Bradshaw, to carry the torch. The Olympic Committee asked Jason to pass the torch to Erik.

James Coleman
James Coleman

James Coleman, Layton 17th Ward, Layton Utah Stake, was nominated by SLOC officials for his work as the Salt Lake City Police Department's Venue Commander at Olympic Media Center.

Wesley Ruff
Wesley Ruff

Wesley Ruff, Crescent 28th Ward, Draper Utah Crescent View Stake, is a sportscaster and has done a lot of work to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Kenneth Godfrey
Kenneth Godfrey

Kenneth Godfrey, Logan 33rd Ward, Logan Utah East Stake, was nominated by his younger brother, many friends, and former students he taught while employed in the Church Educational System. He survived cancer twice.

Justin Roberts, Juneau 1st Branch, Juneau Alaska Stake, has been active in Special Olympics since 1994.

Marva Loy Eggett
Marva Loy Eggett

Marva Loy Eggett, Spring Lake 1st Ward, Payson Utah South Stake, has lived with Parkinson's Disease for 16 years. She has overcome many challenges to produce a movie, volunteer in the community, work toward a degree and serve on an arts council.

Junior Bounous
Junior Bounous

Junior Bounous, Edgemont 2nd Ward, Provo Utah Edgemont Stake, is heavily involved in skiing. He was inducted into the National Ski Hall of Fame and the Utah Ski Archives; he co-wrote a skiing book and designed several ski resorts.

Walter S. Brooks
Walter S. Brooks

Walter S. Brooks, St. George 13th Ward, St. George Utah Stake, was a high school football coach who touched many lives; he has been inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame.

Karl F. Brooks
Karl F. Brooks

Karl F. Brooks, St. George 3rd Ward, St. George Utah West Stake, has served in the community and Church. He was mayor for 12 years and served on several community boards.

Doug Kuhn, Baybrook Ward, Friendswood Texas Stake, was selected by the state of Utah to represent those working in the space industry. He works for the United Space Alliance and is also involved in Boy Scouts.

Tiffany Vukich, South Jordan Parkway 8th Ward, South Jordan Utah Parkway Stake, overcame many challenges and now mentors other struggling teens.

Pauline McCosh
Pauline McCosh

Pauline McCosh, Center 3rd Ward, Salt Lake City Riverside Stake, shares her musical talents with those around her and volunteers for school and Church organizations. She teaches and works with learning disabled elementary school children.

Verity Lyn Wright
Verity Lyn Wright

Verity Lyn Wright, Brigham Young University 21st Ward, Brigham Young University 2nd Stake, was nominated for her determination to complete a college degree despite the complications of short term memory loss that came as a result of an auto-pedestrian accident that left her in a coma for six weeks.

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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