By Utah National Parks Council
Oct 24, 2015

Get to Know Our Outstanding Eagle Scouts—Part 1

This year, the Utah National Parks Council, Boy Scouts of America will celebrate the virtues of Scouting at the Celebration of Eagles Banquet on October 30, 2015 at Utah Valley University. Men who have made significant local, regional, and statewide career achievements will be honored with the Outstanding Eagle Scout Award. One will be honored with the prestigious Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, recognizing national and international career and civic achievements.Tickets are still on sale; join us in honoring these great leaders in our community.

Get to know four of the council’s Outstanding Eagle Scouts, Jeff Alexander, Allen Arnoldsen, Marc Arnoldsen, and Francis Gibson. Click here for a full list of recipients and links to their bios.

Jeff AlexanderJeff Alexander – Provo

CEO, Alexander’s Print Advantage

Jeff received his Eagle Scout Award in Phoenix, Arizona in 1968 and credits the Scouting program as his first opportunity to learn leadership skills. Jeff is the founder and CEO of Alexander’s Print Advantage in Lindon, Utah. Jeff received his Bachelor of Arts from Brigham Young University in public relations and organizational communications in 1978 and in 2007 was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Public Service from Utah Valley University. He currently serves as the stake president in the Edgemont South Stake in Provo, Utah. Jeff is a licensed hot air balloon pilot who lives in Provo with his wife, Ann. They are the parents of five children and the grandparents of 12 grandchildren.

Allen Arnoldsen 10-13-2015Allen M. Arnoldsen – Orem

Controller, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University

Allen and Marc Arnoldsen (also honored) are identical twins and earned their Eagle Scout awards at the same Court of Honor. They both served missions in South Korea, Marc in Seoul and Allen in Pusan, and were companions for the last six weeks of their missions. Allen has served on the board of the Utah Valley Chapter of the BYU Management Society for 15 years. He has served as Varsity Scout Coach and Cubmaster twice. He knows the value of Wood Badge training and has enjoyed serving as a staff member on several Wood Badge courses. “He used to be a beaver…” Allen had great Scout leaders growing up in Orem as a youth who instilled in him the values of the Aaronic Priesthood and Scouting. He and his wife, Wendy, are the parents of five children. They have a son who is serving in the South Carolina, Columbia Mission. Allen is currently enjoying helping his 10-year-old son Isaac earn his Webelos and Arrow of Light awards.

Marc ArnoldsenMarc Arnoldsen – Highland

Controller/Part Owner of Horrocks Engineers

Marc earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting at BYU and has led the accounting department at Horrocks Engineers for over 20 years, providing financial leadership through the company’s significant growth of over 400 percent to 300 employees in ten offices. Notable projects by the company include the expansion of I-15 through Utah County (transportation), the Central Utah Project (water), and the Heber Valley Girls Camp. He served a mission to Korea with his twin brother, Allen. He is in his twelfth year as Scoutmaster, serving while each of his five sons have been in Scouts, has served as a staff member on several Wood Badge courses, and attributes much of his love of Scouting to his own Scoutmaster, Jim Hacking. In the church, he has served as a counselor to four bishops. Marc and his wife, Sandy, have eight children and two grandchildren.

Francis GibsonFrancis D. Gibson – Mapleton

Health Administrator, House of Representatives

Francis received his Bachelor of Science from BYU. He then earned his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Houston. Francis served on the Mapleton City Council from 2003 to 2007 and has served in the Utah House of Representatives since 2009. During the 2014 General Session he served on the House Education Committee and the House Revenue and Taxation Committee. He currently works as a health administrator and lives in Mapleton, Utah with his wife, Sheila.

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Author: Utah National Parks Council, Boy Scouts of America

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