By Julia Thompson
Oct 25, 2018

Meet the 2018 Outstanding Eagle Scout Award Recipients Part Two

Every year we honor outstanding men in our community at a recognition event called the Celebration of Eagles. Adult Eagle Scouts who have shown success in their professional life and community are nominated for the Outstanding Eagle Scout Award. Men who have gone above and beyond their communities and made a national and international impact are nominated for the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.

These men have devoted a lifetime to their profession, avocation, community, and beliefs, at great sacrifice to themselves and their families. Each recipient will receive recognition worthy of a lifetime’s accomplishments.

The Outstanding Eagle Scout Awards 2018

This year we have the pleasure of honoring the following recipients:

James Daniels Gary Dollar
Brandon Doman Brad Frost
Dennis Heaston Stan Houghton
Kevin Johnson Jeff Lind
Stan Lockhart Charles Loveless
Jan Newman Kelly Nielsen
Tom Otterstrom Greg Perry
Brandon Pulsipher James Rasband
Brad Wilcox

In part two of this series, we will take a deeper dive into six of this year’s recipients of the Outstanding Eagle Scout Award.

James Daniels

Jim earned BYU degrees in Math, Psych and Ed Psych. He and Carol Anne have 7 children. He entered ROTC, served in the Army for 4 years then was an Air Force chaplain for 24 years. He retired in 2002 and has worked in hospice ever since. Jim earned the Small Boat Sailing merit badge in 1959 and he was hooked. In 2004, he took up introducing people to sailing – anybody, over 6000 of them, at no charge – many were Scouts. He has awarded over 200 sailing merit badges. He owns 33 boats and was instrumental in starting Sea Scout Ship 1000.

Gary S. Dollar

Gary married the love of his life Laura and they have raised 6 sons and 2 daughters in Alpine. They are blessed to be called grandma and papa by 19 wonderful souls. He has served in various capacities for 37 years including 17 times as a director for Timberline and 13 times in Wood Badge Courses. The Council recognized Gary in 1988 with the Silver Beaver Award. In 2009, Gary was honored at the National BSA Court of Honor with the distinguished Silver Antelope Award. One of Gary’s talents is hand carving Scout bolo ties out of wood. Gary and his mentor Bill Burch have carved collectively more than 65,000 bolo ties.

Brad Frost

Brad was born and raised in American Fork and is currently serving as their Mayor. Brad and his wife Jodi have five children and four grandchildren. He credits the values he learned in Scouting to help him be a better husband, father, church and community leader. He has had the privilege to take his experiences as a youth and use them to bless the lives of hundreds of young men in leadership roles as an adult leader in ecclesiastical roles and as a community leader. He currently serves in the Iron Horse District. In 2013, he was the recipient of the Red Cross Hero of the Year award for saving a mother and daughter from a house fire.

Dennis Heaston

Dennis is a doctor in diagnostic radiology and radiation oncology. Dr. Heaston obtained his medical degree, internship in therapeutic radiology, and residency in diagnostic radiology all from the University of Utah School of Medicine. His fellowship was completed at the M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute in Houston, Texas. He taught interventional and therapeutic radiology at Duke University for four years before coming to Provo in 1983. He speaks English, French, and Spanish. 

Stan Houghton

Born and raised in Orem, Utah, Stan has been married to Merilee J. Houghton for 43 years with 6 children and 21 grandchildren. Stan has been the President and CEO of Westland Construction Inc. for the past 25 years. He received his Eagle Scout award at the age of 13 and has had the pleasure of working with young men within the Scouting organization for 35 years, mentoring them to become better husbands, fathers and community leaders. His three sons Kyle, Chris, and Todd are all Eagle Scouts. Stan served on the Woodland Hills City planning commission for 5 years and is currently enjoying building Temples for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Kelly Nielsen

Kelly grew up mostly in Rexburg, Idaho, and graduated from high school as an all-state athlete, breaking several school records. He went on to graduate from Ricks College in mathematics, then fulfilled a church mission to northern Japan. He graduated twice from Brigham Young University with high honors. He then taught geography there for 12 years. Later, he was a vice president for three different corporations. Kelly has been active in his church his entire life and has spent the majority of his time in Scouting. He is the recipient of the Silver Beaver Award. He and his wife Delightra have seven children and have lived in Spanish Fork for the past 42 years.

For more information about this event, click here.


Author: Julia Thompson | BA in English from BYU | Fund Development and Marketing Specialist | Boy Scouts of America, Utah National Parks Council

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