Richard and Loretta Nixon, Mapleton’s 2016 Grand Marshalls

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Richard Smoot and Loretta Dalbey Nixon are long-time residents of our delightful town of Mapleton. They moved here in 1980 when there were only about 2,700 people living here. Both Richard and Loretta were born in Provo. Richard is the son of St. Clair and Lyle Glazier Nixon and was raised in Los Angeles from the time he was four years old until 1950. He was called in December 1949 to serve in the West German Mission. Loretta is the daughter of Melvin F. and Leona Sumsion Dalbey and was raised in Northern California. In 1952 she attended BYU where she and Richard met. The Sumsion, Oakley, Palfreyman, Alleman families of Springville, are part of her heritage. The Smoot, Woolley, Glazier and Nixon families of St. George, Salt Lake, and Provo are part of Richard’s heritage.

They were married March 31, 1953. Richard graduated from Brigham Young University in 1958, with a B.A. in accounting. He worked for a national business forms company for ten years, living in Utah, Idaho, Arizona and Washington. While living in Salt Lake in 1969, he established Nu Business Systems which he owns today. Richard has served in a variety of positions in the LDS church. He has held scouting and teaching positions throughout his life. He has served as bishop twice, stake executive secretary, served on several high councils, stake president of the Mapleton Stake, Regional Representative, Mission President of the California Sacramento Mission, District President at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, and is now serving as Patriarch of the Spanish Fork YSA Stake.

Family History has been their mutual interest most of their lives. While living in Boise, Idaho, Richard served as President of the Idaho Genealogical Society. Richard and Loretta have traveled extensively throughout the United States gathering family history. While serving as stake president, Richard was instrumental in establishing the first Stake Family History Library in the Church at the Red Church in Mapleton. As a Regional Representative, he was assigned to direct the family history activities in the Utah South Area, and he served on the Library Board at BYU. He also served on the library board in Mapleton, Utah. Loretta served many years at the BYU Family History Center.

When asked what they loved most about Mapleton, they said, “The people here are an inkling of the celestial kingdom in this wonderfully quiet and peaceful place.” When asked, “What’s the most important thing to help keep Mapleton the way it is?” They responded, “A city isn’t a geographic area or a plot of land or dirt, it’s the people.”

They are the parents of five children, 21 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Finally, the advice they would give to their friends here in Mapleton: “Keep the faith.”

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