Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Volunteer Spotlight--L. Dee Stevenson

Peteetneet Volunteer Spotlight
    L. Dee Stevenson

    This week we would like to spotlight one of our outstanding volunteers, L. Dee Stevenson.  He has been involved with the Peteetneet Museum for almost fifteen years as a volunteer.  He serves as a Tour Guide every Friday morning.  He also attended Peteetneet during elementary school.
    He wears many different hats at the museum in addition to being a Tour Guide: he is a Past President of the PPP and serves on the Executive Committee was well as the Board of Trustees; he created and maintains our web pages as well as our Blogspot and Facebook pages; he is responsible for the compilation and publication of the museum newsletter three times a year and posting it to our web page; he submits our Volunteer Spotlights to the Payson Chronicle and keeps our marquee up to date.  He also serves as the President of the Payson Historical Society.  He does the historical articles that appear in the local newspaper.  He also updates the Blogspot and Facebook pages of the Historical Society.  He along with Calvin Reece, a Board of Trustee member, collected almost six hundred historical photos of Payson.  Some of these are being posted on our Blogspot as “Photos of the Day.” The photos they collected became the basis of the “Payson–Then and Now” series in the Chronicle and the subsequent book that has been on sale as a fund raiser at the Peteetneet.  He also assisted Gloria Barnett in updating the publication, “A Walking Tour of Old Payson, Old Fort Peteetneet and Historic Payson.  This booklet can be purchased the Peteetneet.  He has also served on the Payson Preservation Board for a number of years.
    He was recently asked to write a summary history of Payson to be included in the cornerstone of the new Payson LDS Temple.  The committee also included a copy of “Payson–Then and Now” as part of the collection in the cornerstone of the new temple..
    Dee retired from Nebo School District after thirty-seven years of teaching.  He taught Computer Technology at the Spanish Fork Middle School.  He was a member of Nebo Education Association, the Utah Education Association and a Life Member of the National Education Association.
    He received numerous awards while teaching.  He was honored in the publications, “Outstanding Teachers in American Education,” and “Outstanding Elementary Teachers of America” and he was the recipient of the “Crystal Apple Award.”  He served as an officer of the Nebo Teacher Association and was a Teacher Leader in Nebo School District for many years.
    Dee and his wife, the former Julie Cheever, have resided in Payson their entire lives.  They have five children and seven grandchildren.  Dee also served his county in Vietnam with the 25th Infantry Division at the height of the Vietnam War in the 1960s.

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