Officers and Board Members

Jeff Adams

President

Jeff is a great-great grandson of Jesse N. Smith and Janet Mauretta Johnson Smith. He has served on the board of the Jesse N. Smith Heritage Foundation for several years and loves working with other board members to restore and preserve Jesse’s homes and historical family records so that all descendants can enjoy them.

Jeff has extensive experience in corporate finance and management. He has worked for Fortune 100 companies such as Intel and Kimberly Clark as well as other regional companies in California and Utah. He graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Arts degree and soon after earned his MBA from Brigham Young University. He is currently a partner in Mortgage Authority of Utah, financing residential properties throughout the state.

Over the past 30 years Jeff and his wife Celeste have lived in Connecticut, Arkansas, Wisconsin and California.  They currently enjoy living in St. George, Utah.

 

Scott Parker

Vice President

Scott S. Parker is the President Emeritus of Intermountain Healthcare. He was the founding CEO of the organization and served in that capacity for 23 years prior to retirement. He earned his academic degrees from the University of Utah and the University of Minnesota. He began his career as an Assistant Administrator under the mentoring of Stan Nelson at Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN. Following that he served as the CEO of hospitals in Arizona and California prior to accepting his position with Intermountain Healthcare in 1975. Scott served as Chair of the American Hospital Association as well as the International Hospital Federation. He is a member of the National Health Care Hall of Fame and recipient of the American Hospital Association’s Distinguished Service award; the American College of Healthcare Executive’s Gold Medal award; and inducted into the Utah Business Hall of Fame. He also received Distinguished Alumni awards from the University of Utah and the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business where he currently serves as an adjunct professor. Scott has served on the boards of two Fortune Five Hundred corporations and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the BMW Bank of North America. He has been a volunteer for a number of voluntary charitable organizations including the Utah Symphony where he served as the Chair. He and his wife, Sydne, live in Salt Lake City. They are the parents of four children, 13 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. His mother, Harriet Emily Smith Parker, was the daughter of Priscilla Smith. Priscilla was the daughter of Jesse N. Smith and Janet Mauretta Johnson.

Menlo Smith

Treasurer

Great grandson of Jesse N. Smith through Joseph West Smith, J. Fish Smith. Founder of The Sunmark Companies, producers of SweeTarts, Pixy Stix, Tangy Taffy, the Willy Wonka brands, David’s Sunflower Seeds and other popular confections. Developer of Sunbrook, a golf course community in St. George, UT. He is principal founder of Mentors International, a humanitarian foundation serving the impoverished in developing countries.

Menlo and his late wife Mary Jean served as President and Matron of the St. Louis Temple. He served as President of the Philippines Baguio Mission and as a Regional Representative of Quorum of the Twelve. They are graduates of the University of Utah. They have 5 children and 21 grandchildren. Menlo is now married to Kathryn Pfeiffer, who has one son. Kathryn and Menlo live in St. Louis, MO.

Richard Smith

Historian

Richard Aikens Smith was born in Snowflake, Arizona, January 3, 1926. He is the youngest of nine children born to Asahel and Pauline Udall Smith, and grew up learning to work hard on the family dairy farm. In school, he was known for his talents in music, drama, and sports. At age 19, Richard became an Ensign in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He graduated from U.C. Berkeley as a Civil Engineer. He took jobs as an assistant engineer in water management in California. After becoming a licensed Professional Engineer, he became General Manager and Chief Engineer of the Fallbrook Public Utility District in San Diego County for nine years. Then he was appointed General Manager and Chief Engineer of the United Water Conservation District for thirteen years in Ventura County, California. There he served as Bishop of the LDS Santa Paula Ward. While studying at Berkeley, he met and married Doris Barber, who helped in raising their six children, and then served with him on their LDS Church missions to Singapore and India; and then in Mexico; and later at Church Headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah. After Doris graduated from this life, Richard met, courted and married LaRee Ricks and became a second father to her six children. Richard and LaRee now reside in Orem, Utah, and enjoy singing in choirs together, as well as traveling to visit their children and grandchildren, and participating in local church activities.

Kathryn (nee Pfeiffer) Smith

Secretary / Publications Chair

Born, educated and married in St. Louis, Missouri. She and her husband lived in Dallas TX, Montclair NJ, Chicago, IL and Rhinebeck NY where their son, Randolph (Randy) was born. They returned to St. Louis in 1965. Kathryn’s experience includes serving as a mother, a secretary, an administrative aide, manager of the classified ad department for the St. Louis Suburban Journals and as executive secretary to Menlo Smith, Chairman of Sunmark Capital, since 1988. Her husband passed away in 1998. She was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints May 19, 2012. She was married to Menlo Smith May 25, 2012. They reside in St. Louis and spend the winter months in St. George, UT. They enjoy their Church assignments including serving as ordinance workers in the St. Louis Temple.

Becky Gibson

Restoration & Preservation Chair – Snowflake

Becky Smith Gibson was born in Mesa, Arizona to LeRoy S. and Bertha Randall Smith. When she was three weeks old the family moved to and made their home in Snowflake, Arizona. Becky attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. She married Kent B. Gibson and they are the parents of six lovely daughters. Their eleven grandchildren along with their daughters and sons bring them joy and happiness.

Becky serves on the Snowflake Heritage Foundation Board and on a local Quilting Guild Board. She is involved in her Church and enjoys serving wherever she is needed. Her hobbies include reading, quilting, and gardening. Becky is a descendent of Jesse N. Smith and Margaret Fletcher West Smith. She has a deep commitment to bringing members of this great family together. Becky enjoys assisting in maintaining the Jesse N. Smith Home in Snowflake. It is a labor of love.

Becky Shields

Restoration & Preservation Chair – Parowan

Becky married to Alan Grant Shields from Provo Utah in 1978. They are the parents of seven wonderful children and four delightful grandchildren. They are currently living in Hurricane Utah.

Becky’s parents are Nephi Wallace Bushman and Maxine Cox Bushman. Nephi was the son of Martin Dean & Phoebe (Baker) Bushman. Martin was the son of Homer Fredrick and Sariah (Smith) Bushman. Sariah was the daughter of Jesse N. Smith and Janet Mauretta Johnson, Jesse’s 3rd wife. Janet’s parents were Janet Fife and Joel Hills Johnson. Joel H. Johnson wrote the words to the familiar LDS Hymn “High on the Mountain Top”, one of her favorite hymns. Becky considers herself blessed as Nephi of Old to have been born of “Goodly Parents”.

Becky has a great love and passion to learn the stories and connections of her Ancestors. She considers it a great honor to belong to the same linage as the Prophet Joseph Smith. Becky grew up in Snowflake Arizona near the Jesse N. Smith Memorial Home. She passed it everyday. As a youth she helped clean that special home and paint the white fence in preparation for the big 24th of July celebrations which are still a huge celebration to this day.

Becky also played a big part in the restoration and dedication of the Jesse N. Smith Parowan Memorial Home, where he lived for 20 years before moving permanently to Arizona. Becky reveres both homes as sacred places. She encourages everyone to take the opportunity to tour both memorial homes and teach their children and grandchildren of their blessed heritage. She is thrilled to help keep their memories alive by sharing their stories and pictures.

Krista Palmer

Communications Chair

Bio coming soon

Milo Smith

Restoration & Preservation Committee – Snowflake

Picture and Bio coming soon

James Erickson

Board Member

Picture and Bio coming soon

Evans Heywood

Board Member

Evans was born in Snowflake, Arizona. He is the son of Marie Smith Heywood. Marie Smith Heywood is the daughter of Joseph W. Smith and the grand daughter of Jesse N. Smith.

Evans is married to Sylvia Lunt Heywood and they have 7 children. Evans and Sylvia live in Gilbert, Arizona. Evans was in the Property Management business for many years, and now two of his sons run that business.

Evans is currently a sealer in the Gilbert Temple, and he has served as a mission president and a temple president.

Shaun Heaton

Board Member

Shaun is married to his wonderful wife Angela, who he met at Orem High School. They have 7 children. Shaun and his wife own an asphalt company together. Shaun is a life-long bee keeper and works over seven million honey bees. Shaun says that the outdoors is his middle name as he loves to hunt and fish. With this said, Shaun’s family is his treasure and he enjoys spending time with them. His other hobbies include being a Scoutmaster, missionary for the 12 step program and playing trumpet.

One of Shaun’s great passions is learning about Jesse N. Smith. Shaun has done extensive research on Grandpa Jesse and his family and has developed a powerpoint presentation about Jesse’s life and times that he has presented on multiple occasions. He has also created an audio recording of Jesse’s journal. This recording is available for download on the website or for purchase on a CD.

Stephen Smith

Board Member

My name is Stephen Van Smith. My progenitors are Jesse N. Smith & Margaret Fletcher West, Joseph West Smith, Jesse Marsden Smith, Van Marsden & Margaret Alice Eccles Smith.

I am married to Cheryl Darlene Hoopes. Together we have 10 children and 37 grandchildren.

I attended Northern Arizona University and received BS Ed. and MS Ed. degrees along with a Principal endorsement. I retired after teaching school for 25 years in Snowflake, Arizona and serving as Principal for five years at the San Luis Middle School in San Luis, Arizona.

As a young man, I served two and a half years in the Central American Mission. Cheryl and I have served a year and a half in the Merida Mexico Temple and a year in the San Jose Costa Rica Temple. We have also served as temple workers in the Mesa and Snowflake Arizona Temples. We currently reside part time in Snowflake and Yuma, Arizona. I enjoy reading, gardening, and shooting sports.