Married less than a year, in October 1965 we were visiting Marguerite’s grandmother in Murray. As we were preparing to leave, Mammie said, “be sure to visit Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks on your way home.” We did, and we began a love affair with all things southern Utah that has now stretched over 50 years.
When we told our friends and neighbors in St. Charles, Illinois, we were building a home and moving to Cedar City, UT, “why in the world,” they asked.
“Easy,” I said, “No grass, no leaves and no mosquitoes.” (Plus a great hospital, a world class university and those parks.)
Today, we would say so much more. The national parks are crowded – so what? There are hidden scenic gems and hikes everywhere one looks that would be world famous anywhere else but in southern Utah.
Southern Utah University and the new Beverley Center for the Performing Arts, combined with championship level Division 1 competition in The Big Sky Conference with the best student-athletes found anywhere, and world class academic achievements, make us proud to be connected with SUU.
And if you don’t like Shakespeare, try the Neil Simon Festival, the Orchestra of Southern Utah, the Master Singers, or a myriad of other arts organizations. There is something for everyone.
Finally, we love the people who live and work here. Getting to know someone here is easy. All one has to do is look around, find something that
interests you, and jump in. Marguerite and I are involved in SUU athletics and the Southern Utah Museum of Art, the Cedar Area Interfaith Alliance, the Neil Simon Festival, the Happy Factory, the Rotary Club, SCORE Mentoring, Southwest Applied Technology College and I even fly, as Santa, in a helicopter over the Christmas Parade. Why not Southern Utah?