Our View: Community advocates

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 12:32 PM

Editorial Board

John A. Lindquist, CEO of Lindquist Mortuary, died recently at age 93. He lived an admirable life of service to Ogden and the Top of Utah community. Two other community advocates also died. Charles F. Black, of Layton, 75, died in an automobile wreck. He was a farmer who was passionate about his business, Black Island Farms in Syracuse. Black was also a conservationist, making sure that property on his farm close to wetlands was protected. Also, not long ago Tom Davidson, a tremendous booster for Weber State University, died at 83.

These three men had a passion for making our community a better place. They are, of course, not the only ones with high degrees of community spirit and the means to use their good fortune to assist others. We wonder, who will be the next super community advocate of Ogden, Davis County, Weber County, etc.? Who will be the next “Lindquist,” or “Black,” or “Davidson?”

There is a tremendous amount of love for the community and community spirit in the Top of Utah. We are not a stagnant community, lacking in enthusiasm. There will always be individuals who will volunteer their talents to make a better future for others.

We agree with former Weber State University President F. Ann Milner, who said this about Lindquist: “His (Lindquist’s) legacy is in education, in economic development, historic preservation, development of Hill Air Force Base, in arts and culture. We are a different community today because of the engagement, involvement and tireless work of John Lindquist.”

All community advocates are equally treasured by those of us who love our state, as well as our portion of Utah. The three persons we take note of today are wonderful examples for the rest of us. Indeed, many of us were inspired by their examples. Their efforts to make the community better go on, with many others replacing them as strong advocates for the Top of Utah.

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