|Green River Mayor Glen Dale Johnson, right, presents the lifetime achievement award to Tom Burr.|
The city of Green River and the mayor hosted their annual Volunteer Appreciation dinner at the LDS church on Dec. 16. Everyone who donated their time throughout the year as a volunteer received a certificate and a free Mexican dinner served by the Green River Community Center. The food was prepared by Ben's Cafe.
The Community Center decorated the gym with a Fiesta theme. Christine Monroe read the names of the volunteers and the certificates were passed out to those present.
Mayor Glen Dale Johnson awarded the Green River Lifetime of Service Award to G. Thomas Burr.
Monroe read about Burr's life, "Tom was born in Moab and he graduated from Grand County High in 1950. He attended Carbon College.
"He served in the US Army during the Korean War from 1952-54.
"While in Korea he was asked to be the LDS group leader. They held services in a quonset hut on the base. Tom has held a variety of positions in his church.
"In 1954 he married Phyliss Hunt on Sept. 11. They have five children, 24 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Tom was an athlete, playing BYU football and running track.
"In 1956 he graduated from BYU and began teaching in Snowflake, Ariz. He coached athletics for five years.
|Howard Hastings, Christine Monroe and Senator Mike Dmitrich.|
"In 1961 they moved and he taught in Monticello and later in Provo. After the BYU High School closed its doors they moved to Green River where Tom became the principal of grades K-12. In 1990 he retired as a school administrator from the Emery County School District. In 2001 he was awarded the Hometown Hero Award.
"Through his life Tom has served on 11 different boards. Currently he is serving as a city councilman and the commander of the American Legion Post 104. Tom is always a highly respected and productive team member; he has voted to support development and services for this area and our community. His diligence and determination have continued to make a difference in the lives of many," said Monroe.
Burr's family was on hand to see their father and grandfather accept the award. Grandson Brady Burr sang at the dinner and surprised his grandparents with a song written for them.
The children present took time to pound on the pinata until its goodies spilled on the floor to the delight of the children.
Green River volunteers
Don Acerson, Birdie Acerson, Bill Adams, June Adams, Gilbert Adams, Blaine Allen, NCCC (AmeriCorps), Berniece Anderson, Odell Anderson, Frankie Anderson, Frank Anderson, Olive Anderson, Orson Anderson, Bobby Anderson, Melissa Antillon, Rusty Arnold, Kathy Arnold, Niki Arnold, Maxine Baker, Bud Barton, Calvin Bastian, Misti Bastian, Betty Bastian, Jo Baxter, Glenn Baxter, Tawni Bigelow, Whitney Bigelow, Kerry Bigelow, Conae Black, Cindy Bowerman, Fran Brown, Phillip Brown, Katherine Brown, James Burnett, Howard Burnett, Sharon Burnett, Betty Burns, Allen Burns, Tom Burr, Trey Burton, Candy Burton, Mary Caffee, Erin Card, Larry Carter, Diane Chandler, Joanne Chandler, Allen Clark, Amanda Clark, Keith Clark, Julie Clark, Katie Colonna, Ben Coomer, Connie Copenahver, Terry Coppin, Sabra Cordingley, Nicholas Cordingley, Christopher Cordingley, Marcie Cordingley, Angel Cordingley, Keith Cordingley, Beatriz Cordova, Adriana Cordova, John Corrigan, Michele Corrigan, Marion Cribby, Travis Cross, Cody Cross, Cindy Cross, Tracy Darr, Cody Davis, Lisa Davis, Mikey Davis, Irene Daw, Leila Dean, Deb Dull, Reta Duncan, Nancy Dunham, Abby Dunham, Kirk Dunham, Paula Dunham, Mike Dunwoody, Kresha Eastman, Doug Ekker, Carol Ekker, Larry Ekker, Jesse Ekker, Ted Ekker, Tamara Ekker, Carol Ekker, Iona Ekker, Dana Engleman, Philip Engleman, Diana Engleman, Ken English, Judy Evans, Blaine Evans, High Desert Excavation, Jason Fabert, Kaylynn Fail, David Farnsworth, Terry Finnegan, Eunice Flores, Javier Flores, Diana Flores, Lissett Flores, Yesenia Flores, Jovani Flores, Eddie Flores, Trent Fluckey, Kayce Fluckey, Gary Fluckey, Linda Fluckey, Kierstin Ford, S&S Garage, Cathy Gardner, Dani Gingrich, Dustin Gingrich, Sherrie Gleason, Wayne Goff, Christina Gordon, Earl Hales, Maxine Hall, Tabitha Hardy, Chance Hardy, Dan Harrison, Vera Hastings, Howard Hastings, Tommy Hastings, Randy Hatfield, Crosby Hatt, Larry Hawkinson, Norma Dean Hawkinson, Zane Hebdon, Karissa Hendricks, Denice Hoffman, Bill Huber, Chuck Huber, Jim Huffaker, Schilsa Hughes, John Hughes, Tom Hughes, Colby Hunt, Kaleb Hunt, Chet Hunt, Jean Ingram, Rita Jewkes, Darline Johnson, Nolan Johnson, Dale Johnson, Kent Johnson, Corrina Johnson, Toni Jones, Gordon Keele, Janet Keele, Barb King, Lyndsey Kyle, Ben Lehnoff, Willie Lemieux, Kennedy Lemieux, Tony Lemieux, Rose Lemieux, Paul Lemieux, Stacy Lovato, Albert Lucero, Walter Maldonado, Akansha Mall, Anna Mall, Kitty Marshall, Spencer Marshall, Kevin Marshall Gladys May, Kari Mayall, Kim McFarland, Tanner, McFarland, Alicia McFarland, Brian Meadows, Ty Mecham, Cady Mecham, Allison Mecham, Wayde Mecham, Martine Mendez, Sharon Mickelsen, Hyrum Mitchell, Sharon Mitchell, Christine Monroe, Vanessa Monroe, Danielle Monroe, Bruce Nelson, Sharon Nelson, Adella Newland, Valerie Newland, Bill Newland, Annie Nord, Lenny Nord, Melody O'Keefe, Maryann Olsen, Brent Pace, Rocky Pace, Joni Pace, Bailey Parker, Stan Parsons, Greg Parsons, Teri Parsons, Roy Pfander, Janeice Pfander, Chad Pinneo, Robert Pitt, Steve Pitt, JD Pittman, Paul Price, Kelly Quinn, Doris Randolph, Mary Lou Richardson, Lance Riches, Clark Riches, Duane Riches, Carol Riches, Kirstin Robertson, Scott Robertson, Dale Roundy, Cindy Royse, Kathy Ryan, Ken Sah, Kunol Sah, Mona Schoenfelder, JudyAnn Scott, Richard Seely, Willie Sepulveda, Sharee Sepulveda, Tanner Silliman, Andrea Silliman, Rebekah Silliman, Michael Silliman, Kenny Silliman, Blaine Silliman, Sandi Silliman, Phillis Silliman, Judy Smalley, Robert Smith, Betty Smith, Karen Smith, Abraham Snow, Billy Jo Snyder, Kelsey Snyder, Siven Sorenson, Marty Spadafora, Russell Spadafora, Kiesha Spadafora, Allene Spadafora, Mckensey Spadafora, Julie Steuer, Sarah Swalberg, Laurie Swalberg, Eugene Swalberg, Leah Swalberg, Kim Sweat, Jean Sweat, Kenny Sweat, Fran Haney Sweeten, Misti Sweeten, Shannon Sweeten, Brighton Sweeten, Annalee Thayn, Rollie Thompson, Hal Thorum, Carlyle Tippetts, Carol Tippetts, Bianca Trejo, Ruben Trejo, Haydee Trejo, Dennis Uptain, Char D. Uptain, Jay Vetere, LuRee Vetere, Tim Vetere, Greg Vetere, Charalyn Vetere, Verna Watterson, Lissa Weihing, Kam Weihing, Dakota Wetherington, Tris Wetherington, Derek Wetherington, Joanne Wetherington, Waldo Wilcox, Susanne Wild, Zina Willard, Brad Willard, Brian Williams, Mark Williams, JoAnn Williams, Mary Wilmarth, Amy Wilmarth, Bill Wilmarth, Mike Wilson, David Wilson, Richard Wilson, and Doug Wright.