Alumni Spotlight


Gordon R. Staker- 1958 Alum


  1. Where are you currently employed? I am currently retired after 37 years of government service with the Bureau of Land Management U.S.D.I., spending several years with the Soil Conservation Service U.S.D.A. and military service.
  2. What are your hobbies? My wife and I wanted to spend our retirement years serving missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We have served in the Russia Moscow Mission, the Hawaii Honolulu Mission, the New York Rochester Mission and The Ohio Cleveland Mission. I now enjoy gardening, family history research and temple service.
  3. How did Snow College contribute to your accomplishments?I was elected student body president of Snow College for the school year 1957-58, which helped me develop greater leadership skills. I was nominated as student trainee with the Soil Conservation by J. Elliot Cameron during my sophomore year at Snow College, to which I was selected. This set the direction of my career in Natural Resource Management. I married fellow student, Beverly Graham of Fairview; while at Snow College. She was also a graduate of Snow College Class of 1957. Also, I graduated from the Snow College LDS Institute of Religion, which helped prepare me for church service.
  4. What is your most memorable moment at Snow College? I was asked to play a trumpet solo at the inauguration of J. Elliott Cameron as president of Snow College. This rendition was completely memorized and went very well. This was a moment I will always cherish.
  5. What additional information would you like for other alumni to know about you?  I attended Utah State University 1958-1960 graduating with a degree in Natural Resource Management; graduated from Utah State LDS Institute of Religion 1960; began career with the Soil Conservation Service; activated with the Utah National Guard during the Cuban Missile Crisis with 115th Engineer Battalion; transferred employment to the Bureau of Land Management following military discharge. I Served as Area Manager in the Cedar City and Escalante Resource Areas; selected for the Department of Interior's Management Training Program in Washington D.C.; served as District Manager of the Baker Oregon District of the BLM; served as Branch Chief of the Range, Wildlife, and Watershed programs in the Oregon-Washington State Office BLM; received the Department of Interior Meritorious Service Award; retired with 37 years of Federal Service in 1995, while serving as manager of the Cedar City District BLM. My wife and I are parents of five children, 22 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.


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