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Modern Pioneer Award Highlights SUP Christmas Party

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The Morgan Chapter of the Sons of Utah Pioneers and their wives and guests held its Christmas Party on December 17, 2018. Wendy Turner provided the entertainment with a variety of Christmas songs as well as selections from Phantom of the Opera.  The highlight of the luncheon was the presentation of the Modern Pioneer award to Stephen Dickson, a man who has embodied the spirit of a modern pioneer.  Stephen grew up in Morgan, attending Morgan High School where, as a joke, he and to other friends tried out for the cheerleading squad.  To their surprise, they were voted in.  The Trojans never had such an enthusiastic cheering section.  He also worked as an apprentice at the Morgan County News where he learned typesetting.  This specialized skill sparked an interest in machinery and how things worked, which helped him later in his life.  In 1955 he served a mission to Eastern Canada.  After his mission he returned to his job at the News for a while and then worked as a hod carrier.  In 1957 he was drafted into the army.  After basic training he was assigned to Eielson Air Base in Alaska.  While there he continued missionary work and baptized more people than he did on his mission.  After completing his military service he moved to Salt Lake City where he began his career with Mountain Fuel Supply Company.  That same year he met and fell in love with a young woman from his ward.  He and Jean married in the Salt Lake Temple in April 1961.  They have ten children, thirty-four grandchildren and forty-for great grandchildren.  In 1978 they moved to Morgan where Stephen continued to work for Mountain fuel, where he gained the reputation and respect of both customers and co-workers as someone who could quickly diagnose and fix almost any problem.  He retired as a Customer Service Forman in 1990.

Stephen has held numerous positions in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints including Financial Clerk, Sunday School Superintendent, and Gospel Doctrine Teacher.  He has also served as Elder’s Quorum President, Bishop’s Counselor and Bishop and on the Morgan Stake High Council.  He also enjoyed serving as a Genealogy Specialist and a Shift Scheduler at the Ogden Temple.  In addition to serving a full time mission for the Church in Canada, he and his wife have also served as missionaries in Ireland and India.  His involvement in the community is well known.  As a member of the City Council he worked extensively on a proposal for secondary water in Morgan City.  In 2001, he Vaughn Larson, and Ben Malan met in what became the first meeting of the Sons of Utah Pioneers in the Morgan Valley.  The success of this organization in a great measure can be attributed to the efforts of those early “Pioneer” members.  Since that first meeting of three men, the organization has grown to seventy members and has become one of the largest and most active chapters within the Sons of Utah Pioneers.  Stephen has been actively involved in the chapter, taking a leave of absence only long enough to serve two missions with his wife Jean.  He has served as Vice President and for the past six years has been serving as Treasurer.  His recording of the organizations finances has been impeccable.  He always knows the Chapter’s finances to the penny.  In addition, he maintains the Membership Directory and this past year digitalized the book, making it available to all members wherever they may be.  He is truly a worthy recipient of the Modern Pioneer Award.

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