The Mission of
the National Society of
the Sons of Utah Pioneers

  1. Come to know our fathers, and turn our hearts to them.
  2. Preserve the memory and heritage of the early pioneers of the Utah Territory and inter-mountain west.
  3. Honor present-day pioneers
  4. Teach these same qualities to the youth who will be tomorrow’s pioneers.

Hurricane Valley Sons of Utah Pioneers Board Presidency for 2015

Tom Hirschi

Tom Hirschi

President Elect

Tom comes to us having served in many different areas in this community, among which is serving in a bishopric, and also serving as the Mayor of the city for several years.  He and his wife Kitty have returned to Hurricane after serving a mission to 6th Crossing in Wyoming, where the ill-fated Martin/Willie Handcart Companies endured impossible events but somehow made it out.

We are happy to have Tom as our President Elect this year.  He will have the distinction of being also the Chairman of the National Convention Committee.  We are grateful for your service

Gerry Buckner

Gerry Buckner

President

Gerry has been a member of the Hurricane Valley Sons of Utah Pioneers for several years, and will serve her members as 2016’s president.  We look forward to his service.

Gerry was born in Provo, Utah, to Earl and Hilda Rowley Buckner. He is the second of four children.  He served a mission to Canada in his youth.  He also served in the Utah National Guard.  He graduated from BYU and as a CPA  had a career in accounting, retiring from Hafen, Buckner, Everett and Graff, in the fall of 2009, after he, and Sis. Buckner had already served two summers at the Willie handcart site.  After Gerry had officially retired, he and his wife Shirley then served as Supervisors of that site for the next year, including a 40 degree below winter, ending in Sept. 2010.  It was an incredible time for them.  In total they served 30 months, 24 at the Willie Site and 6 at Deseret Land & Livestock near Evanston, Wyoming.  They have since served a 12 month mission teaching English in Eastern Washington County as part of the Hurricane Spanish Branch.  After graduation from BYU in 1971 Gerry worked 3 years for Ford Motor Company and 3 years for Coopers and Lybrand CPAs in Detroit.  He and his family then moved to New Mexico where Gerry joined the Firm of Deloitte Haskins & Sells where he worked for another 3 years as an auditor before coming to St George to go into Partnership with H Val Hafen in the CPA firm Hafen & Buckner.

 

 

Family History:  Gerry and Shirley are in a second marriage and have celebrated 23+ years together.  Between them, they have 12 children and their 12 mates: seven of the children “hers”; five, “his”.  They have 42 grandchildren, and 14 greats.  Counting mates, their posterity totals  over 80 dear souls.  Thanksgiving at their house is HUGE, fun and noisy.

 

Gerry had 28 ancestors in the Willie Company:  Gadds, Rowleys, and Mortensens.  They are the reason we started serving hand-cart missions.  Oh, how we love these faithful, precious people, and their great example to all of us.  Shirley’s handcart claim is Maria Jackson Normington Parker, (not a blood relative) of the Martin Company.  Maria and her remaining three girls (her husband and six other children had previously died) were rescued by Shirley’s Great Uncle, William Parker, who took Maria to his father’s home in SLC.   She later married John Parker, Jr., William’s father, and to them were born 2 more children, who lived.  Maria is buried next to Shirley’s Great-Great Grandfather, John Parker Jr., in Virgin, Utah.  We love her and all of our pioneer ancestors.

 

Shirley is the daughter of Winfred & Alice Isom Gubler of La Verkin.

David T. Hinton

David T. Hinton

Past President

David was born August 29, 1945 to A. Lavar and Leora Hinton.  He grew up in Hurricane, graduating from high school in 1963.  He served an LDS mission to Scotland from 1964 – 1966.  David graduated from Dixie Jr. College in 1967 with an Associates of Science degree.  His main focus was in music where he played the saxophone, participating with the College’s traveling stage band.

From Dixie he went to college in Cedar City, Utah attending through three name changes: CSU, SUSC and SUU.  He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physical education, with minors in health and music.

David served his country during the Viet Nam conflict, spending his time abroad in Korea.  He served in the field of intelligence.  During this time he met and married Gerri Tichenor from Concord, California.  They have been married for 43 years, having 7 children, 2 boys and 5 girls.  They are now the proud grandparents of 19 grandchildren.

After his military service he entered the business world going through the management training of Skaggs Drug Center.  He worked in St. George and Las Vegas until health problems required his changing work.  He went to work for Stout Home Center in Hurricane where he worked for a year and a half before going back to school to get his elementary certification.

He was hired by the Washington County School District where he taught for 25 years, retiring 8 years ago.  He taught mostly 3rd grade.

He has served in various positions in the LDS church, serving currently as Hurricane Valley Family History Center Director.  He has been a member of the SUP for 18 years, serving on the Hurricane Valley chapter’s board for each of those years, excluding 18 months while he served with his wife on an LDS mission to Tennessee.  He has served as president twice, and has served as the Area Vice President of Area 14 for the National Office. He is now entering his third tenure as Past President of the Hurricane Valley Chapter of the Sons of Utah Pioneers board.

Stephen Stout

Stephen Stout

Secretary

Steve has served on the board for many years, having those years interrupted only as he served his mission.  He will be serving as Secretary, which he has done for several years.  We welcome him back and look forward to working with him.

Board Members for 2015

Devin Ruesch

Devin Ruesch

Board Member - Communications

 

Devin has just completed his tenure in the Presidency of the HVSUP, and will serve this year on the board.  We are grateful for his service.

Don Bellon

Don Bellon

Treks

 

Don Bellon is new to our board, serving for the last 4 months of 2015.  He will be working on Treks with Dan Zaleski.  Don and his wife Jean have been great supporters of our chapter.  We are looking forward to working with Don.

 

Darwin Leavitt

Darwin Leavitt

Treasurer

Darwin has served for a couple of years in this capacity, after having served in the Presidency for three years.

Antone Bringhurst

Antone Bringhurst

Membership

Antone has been on the board for many years, serving in the presidency for three years, and as membership chairman for many years.  He has been indispensable on the board for his wise counsel.

Steve Christensen

Steve Christensen

Essays and Scholarships

We welcome Steve Christensen to the board this year.  He will be serving as the liaison for the Elementary schools  in the area for our pioneer essay contest for the 4th grades, as well as working on selecting our scholarship winners from the high school.

David Isom

David Isom

Trails & Landmarks

David has served on the board for many years, serving for three years in the presidency.  He has been instrumental in helping us with our dinner meetings, and treks.  He has been a great support with our monuments, and is known for his fine cooking skills.

Robert Schnabel

Robert Schnabel

Communications

Bob is new to the board this year.  He will be working with the newsletter and other communications.  We are happy to have Bob on the board, and look forward to working with him.

Darwin Gubler

Darwin Gubler

Pioneer History & Essays

Darwin is new to the board this year, and will be a great help with the elementary essays that are held each February through April.  All of our elementary schools are asked to participate, from Springdale, and Hildale, to LaVerkin, Hurricane Elementary, Three Falls, Valley Academy Charter, and our new Common Wealth Private School.

We are grateful to have Darwin aboard.

Dan Zaleski

Dan Zaleski

Treks

Dan is new to the board and will be working with the Treks committee as they look at and plan the various places we will go to learn about the various areas our pioneers utilized as they were setting up these Southern Utah communities.