Neil K. Noorda of Fruit Heights will celebrate his 80 birthday.
Born Sept. 12, 1932, to Henry J. Noorda and Carrie Kaalstad Noorda, he grew up in Salt Lake City and graduated from West High School in 1949. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1955. While on leave, he married Arlene Calvin in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Salt Lake Temple. They celebrated their 60th anniversary. They lived in Coronado, Calif., and Los Angeles while he attended school for advertising and graphic design.
In 1959, they returned to live in Granger. He was employed by Unysis for 35 years, doing graphics and industrial art in the publication department. They moved to Fruit Heights in 1968.
He was elected mayor from 1978 to 1983 and served many hours while enjoying what he was doing for the community. He has taught calligraphy at Weber State University and the University of Utah. He has been involved in the art field all his life, mostly enjoying oil painting. His paintings are usually of landscapes and structures, a variety of places he has visited.
He belongs to Fruit Heights LDS 2nd Ward. He has served in many callings. His most recent calling started in 1995 to present at the Bountiful LDS Temple, where he looks forward to going each week.
His hobbies include golfing, oil painting, genealogy, square dancing (in his younger days), and taking care of their yard.
He is the father of three daughters: Kathy Knowlden, Kim Barnes and Christine Kingston. He has 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.