Verdell was born 12/29/1926 to Bernard and Isabel Hinton. He grew up in Hurricane, Utah, and married Beryl Pulsipher on Nov. 27, 1946. Together they have 6 Children, 36 grandchildren, 90 great grandchildren and 1 great, great grandchild.
He was a school teacher, and taught for 25 years in Las Vegas, Nevada and Sacramento, California. After retiring, he came to his old hometown of Hurricane. Verdell lived here for many years, then decided he wanted to be near one of his family members in Oregon, and so moved there for several years, but found that he missed his old stomping grounds of Hurricane, and so moved back. He and Beryl are currently living with his daughter Jenny Lundwall.
During his lifetime, he has served in many different areas. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served as: Bishop, high councilman, many different classes as a Sunday school teacher, temple worker, and as stake patriarch. After coming to Hurricane, he also served as the Hurricane Utah Stake Patriarch, giving many blessings to the youth here. He and Beryl served a full time church mission to the Illinois Peoria Mission.
He was politically active, and was elected and served as a city councilman here in Hurricane.
Verdell has been vitally interested in preserving the history of this area, and became the chairman of the Hurricane Historical Association for 12 years. He was responsible for getting Hurricane registered on the National History Association.
He was the 1st chairman of the Heritage Park, and was a huge part of getting the park and museum set up. This park has been a wonderful blessing to the community ever since. Verdell served for 16 years on that board.
This wonderful man was one of the main reasons the Sons of Utah Pioneers came to Hurricane and St. George. He was one of the founding members of the Hurricane Valley Chapter of the Sons of Utah Pioneers, and served as the chapter’s 1st president. He served on the SUP board for over 2 decades, and holds the distinction to this date of being the only member to serve four terms as its president.