21 September 2011
David Bryon Stirland was born March 7, 1963 to Gordon and Polly Stirland in St. George,Utah. He is the youngest of six children, three boys and three girls. Her grew up in Hurricane attending Hurricane Elementary, High School, graduating in 1981. He was active in music and sports in high school. He took parts in the school musicals and was a finalist in the State Fair where he sand and played the trumpet. He played taps at many military funerals and was presented an American flag for his service. He was a Sterling Scholar his senior year in Music. He is an Eagle Scout and received the Duty to God award.
After high school David attended Dixie College where he continued to be involved with student government and many other activities. He was on the student council as the Cultural Vice-President. He was voted Student of the year and received the Dixie Spirit award.
He served a “foreign” mission to South Carolina.
After Dixie David attended SUU, U of U, and Idaho State University. While attending SUU he would commute back and forth to Hurricane in order to court Beatrice Hare, another great product of the Hurricane Valley. After a year or so they were married in the summer of 1990. Since then they have become the parents of six children, ages 6 to 20 years. After SUU he attended U of U and was proud to go to the same school his father attended. You might say that he is an avid UTE fan…He then enrolled into pharmacy school at Idaho State University where both he and Bea attended with David graduating in 1990.
David has run in the St. George Marathon for at least 10 years and is a member of the ten-year club. His personal best time is around 3 hours and 23 minutes. His 4th place in his category one year is something he is very proud of. He missed qualifying for the Boston marathon by just a couple of minutes. He enjoys golfing, four-wheeling and rare but much loved vacation time with his family.
Dave has always been active in the community sharing his time and talents in many ways. He has a beautiful voice and has sung at funerals, county fairs, church, and many other events.
His involvement in the community consists of:
City Planning Committee (10 Years)
City Board of Adjustments
Dixie College Alumni Board
Washington County Board of Education Foundation
County Fair Executive Committee
Voice of the Tigers, announcing the football and basketball games for about 10 years.
One of the instigators of bringing PEACH DAYS back into the Hurricane Valley in 1999. He has served as the co-chairman and chairman of that committee since then.
He has received numerous awards among which are:
Hurricane Business Man of the year 1995
Utah Pharmacist of the year 2003
City Citizen of the year 2005
After graduating as a pharmacist he returned home to Hurricane to follow in the footsteps of his father and worked many years with his father at Zion Drug. After his father passed away, David became the owner of Zion Drug. While at Zion Drug he became a “best friend” to everyone who came into the store. He still maintains his friendly personality, and considers everyone a friend. You might say that his love for everyone he meets is genuinely felt by all who meet him. In December 2008, Dave and Bea sold the Zion Drug to Walgreen’s so that he could spend more time with his family. Today he works for Walgreen’s as their Pharmacy manager.
David has served in the church in many capacities and is currently the Bishop of the Hurricane 10th Ward. He and his family love the Hurricane Valley and are so happy to have been able to make it their home. He loves and enjoys serving and being with others. When asked what his best accomplishment has been he, without hesitation, says his family.
David has demonstrated in his life, service and love for his fellow man, and in so doing has bought honor to himself, his ancestors, his family, his community, his profession, and to his Savior and Father in Heaven.
We salute you David B. Stirland, for being a Modern-day Pioneer.