The First Presidency has announced the calling of 10 new directors of the Church's visitors centers and historic sites. The new leaders and their wives will be trained in the Provo Missionary Training Center and begin their service in February 2003.
The new directors and their wives are:St. George Temple Visitors Center
Harold David Boucher, 67, born in Calgary, Alberta, to Harold Dunbar and Janet Leah Hamilton Boucher; married Natalie Hunt; parents of five children. Members of the Eastern Avenue Ward, Sacramento California East Stake. He serves as a temple ordinance worker and gospel doctrine teacher and has served in a stake presidency and as a bishop. He is a retired teacher and school administrator.
Sister Boucher was born in Las Vegas, Nev., to Austin George and Mildred Tobler Hunt. She is a temple ordinance worker and compassionate service leader and served with her husband in the Kenya Nairobi Mission.Hawaii Temple Visitors Center
Ralph Layton Cottrell Jr., 72, born in Kaysville, Utah, to Ralph Layton and Vera Estella Layton Cottrell; married Luda Lee Robinson; parents of three children. Members of the South Ogden 8th Ward, South Ogden Utah Stake. He serves as a temple ordinance worker and teacher of a temple preparation class and has served as a mission president, high councilor and bishop. He is retired from the Church Educational System.
Sister Cottrell was born in Logan, Utah, to Levi Ray and Alta Packer Johnson Robinson. She is a temple ordinance worker and Laurel adviser and former CES mission coordinator.Mormon Battalion Visitors Center
Morris Gordon Johnson, 67, born in Salt Lake City to Morris Claus and Leah Gedge Johnson; married Veedrienne Horman; parents of six children. Members of the Lone Hollow Ward, Sandy Utah Crescent Stake. He serves as a counselor in the stake presidency and has served as a high councilor and bishop. He is an executive in management, construction and investment companies.
Sister Johnson was born in Salt Lake City to Sidney Melvin and Veoma LaBelle Holmgren Horman. She is a member of the ward Relief Society board and ward choir president, and former Primary and Relief Society teacher.Washington Temple Visitors Center
M. David Knight, 58, born in Salt Lake City to Max Turner and Helen Thueson Knight; married Marilyn Diane Johnson; parents of five children. Members of the Draper 16th Ward, Draper Utah Stake. He has served as a mission president and stake president. He is a company owner.
Sister Knight was born in Moroni, Utah, to Ted Dewey and Lois Yorgason Johnson. She serves as a Sunday School teacher and is a former Sunday School and Relief Society teacher.Cove Fort Visitors Center
M. Carl Madsen, 68, born in Manti, Utah, to Leslie J. and Reba A. Madsen; married JoAnn Sorenson; parents of four children. Members of the Casper 5th Ward, Casper Wyoming Stake. He and his wife are missionaries at Martin's Cove in Wyoming and he has served as a high councilor and bishop. He is the owner of his own businesses.
Sister Madsen was born in Ferron, Utah, to Harold Hans and Mary Fannie Campbell Sorenson. She serves on the activities committee and is ward librarian.Independence Visitors Center
Barrie Gunn McKay, 72, born in Huntsville, Utah, to James Gunn and Elizabeth Catherine Peterson McKay; married Elaine Stirland; parents of five children. Members of the Bountiful 25th Ward, Bountiful Utah South Stake. He is a temple ordinance worker and has served as a high councilor and bishop. He is an attorney.
Sister McKay was born in Logan, Utah, to Rulon Godfrey and Louise Seamons Stirland. She serves as a Relief Society literary leader and is a former temple ordinance worker and stake missionary.Joseph Smith Memorial Visitors Center
Jay Webb Merrill, 74, born in Paul, Idaho, to Keith Cardon and Lucy Grace Webb Merrill; married Jane Payne; parents of six children. Members of the Canyon Road Ward, Salt Lake Eagle Gate Stake. He is counselor in a bishopric and has served as a counselor in a stake presidency and associate director of the Temple Square Mission. He is a retired business owner.
Sister Merrill was born in Virden, N.M., to Junius Deward and Sarah Edna Jones Payne. She is a ward Relief Society president and former temple ordinance worker, and full-time missionary.Oakland Temple Visitors Center
Sylvan F. Seely, 67, born in St. Anthony, Idaho, to Ferry R. and Mary Oneta Hansen Seely; married Gail Jensen; parents of eight children. Serving with his wife in the Utah Salt Lake City Temple Square Mission, he has served as a stake president and bishop. Owner of an irrigation company.
Sister Seely was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Owen Martin and Edith Viola DeMott Jensen. A missionary with her husband, she is a former temple ordinance worker and Young Women president.Liberty Jail Visitors Center
J. Derle Thorpe, 71, born in Logan, Utah, to Joseph Derle and Elizabeth Baugh Thorpe; married Margene Isom; parents of four children. Members of the Logan 22nd Ward, Logan Utah East Stake. He is a gospel doctrine teacher and has served as a high councilor and bishop. He is a university professor.
Sister Thorpe was born in Cedar City, Utah, to Waldon and Vera Green Isom. She is a Primary teacher and former librarian and stake Relief Society president.Kirtland Visitors Center
Thomas Bowring Woodbury, 65, born in Salt Lake City to Thomas Bowring and Beulah Blood Woodbury; married Kathleen Thompson; parents of five children. Members of the Green Valley 2nd Ward, St. George Utah Green Valley Stake. He is a counselor in the Utah Provo Mission presidency and has served as a mission president and bishop. He is a retired attorney and executive director at Dixie State College.
Sister Woodbury was born in Salt Lake City to Burton Monroe and Bessie Jackson Thompson. She is serving with her husband in the Utah Provo Mission and is a former temple ordinance worker and served with her husband on two full-time missions.