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Community Spotlight - Rosalyn & Bill Warner

Article Date: 
20 January, 2012 (All day)

Bill Warner was born and raised in Mountain Green:  his parents were Lloyd and Beth Warner.  He and his siblings, Carol (Ralphs) and Kim Warner still live close to their roots and close to each other.  In fact, Kim lives in the original family home.

Bill said Mountain Green was a great place to grow up--a Huckleberry Finn existence—with only 8-10 homes existing in the area.  The Mountain Green children played together—outside in the mountains or by the river, and generally exploring the great outdoors--and just came home for supper. Bill says he had 3 mothers:  his own mother, Beth, June Poll and Verla Robinson Kingston. 

Bill says it wasn’t all play: they were taught to work and had chores to do. It was idyllic time: a handshake was your bond (whereas now we have a 16 page contract).  

He attended Morgan Co. schools with basically the same group of students from first grade until graduation. The 63 in his graduating class became a close knit group.  During school, he played football participated in track and field.  He also enjoyed playing church basketball.  There was also fast pitch softball and Little League baseball.  He was a drummer with the high school band, and also played with one of the local rock and roll groups.

After Bill graduated, he attended Utah State University on scholarships.  After his sophomore year, he left for 2 years to serve an LDS Mission in Hong-Kong, China.  After his mission, he returned to USU and graduated in education.  He taught elementary and Jr. High school for about 8 years, first in Nevada and then in Utah.  After he earned his Master

Degree, he was an elementary school principal in Weber County School District for 23 years.  “That’s the greatest job in the world,” he stated. “ I had great schools and worked with great students, parents, and dedicated teachers.  After I retired from Weber School District, I taught in Davis County Schools and then worked in Wyoming for NAEP, testing in elementary and junior high schools.  “After I retired from that, I was called and asked to work in Southwestern Wyoming at Big Piney Elementary for a half a year.“That was a great experience also,” he stated.

During the years that his children were growing up, he coached a lot of different sports, and he worked with the young men in the area—in church and scouting.

Also during these years, he had the opportunity to go back to China as a Fulbright Scholar. He and Rosalyn visited China twice.   

Rosalyn was born and raised in Manti, Utah.  She worked in her father’s grocery store, clerking, doing produce, cleaning, and shelving groceries. She did this until her junior year in college.  During her school years she was involved in music, school clubs and government. After graduation she attended USU where she studied nutrition.  She met Bill there and a week after graduation, they were married.  

They lived in Elko, Nevada the first years of marriage, and she was expecting their first child.  Bill was scheduled to start school in Logan to work on his Master’s degree on a Monday.   Cameron, their oldest son, managed to be born that Monday in Logan and not during the move from Nevada.  

Rosalyn started to work at Davis Hospital the month after it opened in 1976.  She worked in dietary at first, but in the 90’s, she went back to school and earned her Master’s Degree at the University of Utah.  She then became a registered dietitian.  She has worked at Davis Hospital for a total of 35 years!

Bill and Rosalyn added three more children to the family:  Hilary, Patrick and Sean.   All their children attended and graduated from Morgan High School. Cameron and his wife, Mandee, now live in Clearfield and have twin boys.  Cameron works for the State of Utah in the Eligibility Program.  He conducts his day to day interactions in Spanish.  

Hilary lives in the Logan area and is married to Mark Robison.  They have 3 children, Decker, Brennan and Heidi and are busy with work, kids and church activities.  Patrick and Michelle live in Clinton and Patrick is an engineer with the Department of Defense and works at Hill AFB.  They have one little girl, Ruby.  Their youngest son, Sean, lives in Roy and is an owner-operator for Express Airport Shuttle.

Rosalyn and Bill served in the Ogden Temple for five years and now are Guest Services Missionaries at Temple Square. They are another example of service in our community.