Modern Day Pioneer

December 10, 2011

Our modern day pioneer for the month of December was presented in a different style. It was to the group as a sort of quiz like “Name the Pioneer” and was titled “WHO AM I”! Lee Beatty was the presenter.

His 2nd great grand father immigrated from England

His great grand father died at 28 and his wife remarried and emigrated to the colonies in Mexico

His grandfather returned to the United States from the colonies in 1911 and came to Hurricane. He met his wife to be who was visiting in Hurricane and on the last day of 1915 got married.

His father was born at the family home in Hurricane in 1917. He met his wife to be while she was visiting from Salt Lake and courted her for six years, getting married after a mission and just before entering the War. Their wedding night saw his wife’s father pass away, and the next morning he left to serve his country during the 2nd World War. They had 8 children.

Our recipient tonight was the 2nd child. His birth was his father’s ticket to come home from over seas.

As a boy growing up in Hurricane in the 1950’s he learned the value of work and service to others, working along side his father at his “early morning 2nd job”. His father served for 17 years in the Zion Park Stake Presidency.

Though his middle name is Tolman, given for his mother’s Idaho ancestry, the “T” became “Trick” to his friends for his basketball moves and later stood for “TROUBLE” to his students at the school.

He served a mission to Scotland in the mid-1960’s. His education after graduation from Hurricane High School, was an associates degree from Dixie Jr. College, receiving his Bachelor of Science from SUSC in Cedar City. After graduation from SUSC he went to work with Skagg’s Drug Center in St. George, moving with them to Las Vegas and then returning to school in Cedar at SUU to obtain his Elementary Certification. He taught at the Hurricane Elementary for 25 years, instilling the love of learning and love of the Constitution and this Country in the hearts of hundreds of children including my (Lee’s) own children, then later my grandchildren.

He served on the Hurricane Utah Stake High Council, and on the Hurricane Utah North Stake High Council and then 5 years as the bishop of the newly created Hurricane 9th Ward.

He and his wife are the parents 7 children, all married in the temple, and grandparents at this time to 19 grandchildren.

He has served on the board of the Hurricane Valley SUP for the past 15 years with two of those years as their president. For the past two years he has served as the National Area Vice President for the far southern region of Utah, serving the Hurricane Valley, Cotton Mission, Dixie Encampment and Red Rock Chapters of the SUP.

He is 66 Years old.

If you haven’t guessed by now – the recipient of the Hurricane Valley Chapter’s “Modern Day Pioneer Award is David Hinton