By Makenzie Wistisen
Oct 09, 2017

Meet This Year’s Distinguished Eagle Scout Recipient: Gary B. Doxey

To be nominated for the Distinguished Eagle Award, past Eagle Scouts are required to have received their Eagle at least 25 years prior and have “received extraordinary, national-level recognition or eminence within their identified field.” They must also exhibit a strong record of community service and family values

Gary B. Doxey is a previous recipient of the Silver Beaver Award and the Outstanding Eagle Award. He is an excellent example of community service, having provided countless hours toward the Utah National Parks Council, Boy Scouts of America, in which he currently remains an active, executive participant.

Every detail of this man’s life, indicates the ideal candidate to receive this year’s Distinguished Eagle Award at the Celebration of Eagles to be held Thursday, October 26th 2017 in the Provo Marriott Hotel Ballroom at 7:00 PM.

Former Managing Director of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, Doxey has racked up an impressive resume since his birth in 1956.

Before joining the ICL, Doxey served under Utah Governor Olene S. Walker as Chief of Staff. He has since earned a Ph.D. from Cambridge University and a J.D. from BYU where he graduated cum laude. 

After three years of serving as President of the Mexico City South Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, he rejoined the ICL in 2009 where he was named Chairman of its Development Committee in January 2011.

In April 2011, he was called as an Area Seventy, with a five-year term ending in 2016. He speaks and writes in several languages and is the author of many scholarly publications. He is currently a professor of history at BYU.

Doxey is also the proud father of four Eagle Scouts with the support of his loving wife, Debbie Doxey.

Joining the Cub Scouts Program at age eight in his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona, Doxey quickly went on to earn his Eagle in 1971 at age 15 in Salt Lake City, Utah. In a recent interview with Doxey, he recalls his experiences as a young Scout:

“As time went on, it grew clearer and clearer to me that what was happening was our Boy Scout leader was turning us into men. We roughed it a fair amount in the wilderness but we pulled together—he taught us organization, we learned a lot of good skills in the outdoors, taking care of our surroundings, but above all, I think he taught us responsibility,” Doxey said.

He recalls his service as a young LDS missionary in the often brutal environment of Chile:

“I remember thinking, I can put one foot in front of the other—I can be what I need to be because I’ve seen it in Scouting,” Doxey said.

When asked why he feels Scouting remains relevant and important for youth today, Doxey said:

“Scouting entails all that is important in terms of the virtues a young man should develop. Scouting has changed with the times and that’s important because our times do change…Young men today still need that comradery; they need to be part of something and they benefit from having opportunities to learn, opportunities to serve, opportunities to exert themselves in good projects. That’s what Scouting provides.”

Many other exceptional community leaders will be honored with the Outstanding Eagle Scout Award at the Celebration of Eagles, Oct. 26th.

The evening will feature BYU Football Head Coach, Kalani Sitake and country music artist, Eric Dodge.

Eagle Scouts having earned their Eagle Scout Award this past year are invited to attend this memorable event free of charge. Parents, family, and friends are invited to attend at $50 per person.

To RSVP and acquire tickets please contact Sonya at the BSA Council Offices at 801-437-4468 by October 20, 2017.

Proceeds from the event will benefit our year-round camping programs and S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, math) outreach.

Please join us at this year’s Celebration of Eagles Banquet! For more information and to purchase tickets via mail-order, or sponsor a table of young Eagle Scouts to attend as your guests, please follow the link:

We thank and congratulate this year’s Outstanding and Distinguished Eagles!


Author: Makenzie Wistisen | is a Marketing Associate for the Boy Scouts of America-Utah National Parks Council, Communications major from BYU, outdoor enthusiast, and lover of chocolate.


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One thought on “Meet This Year’s Distinguished Eagle Scout Recipient: Gary B. Doxey

  1. AvatarMarcos Antonio da Silva

    Nosso “Bravo, Bravíssimo” ao Sr. Gary B. Doxey, pela indicação ao titulo ao reconhecimento pela vida dedicada ao Escotismo, e dedicada a comunidade.


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