August 19, 2020 Message from the SUP National Executive Committee

Regretfully, we inform you of the passing of another of our great National Society of Sons of Utah Pioneers past presidents.  William James Critchlow III, who was national president in 1981, passed away August 3, 2020 in Bountiful, Utah.

William was born and raised in Ogden, Utah and was a member of the Ogden Pioneer Chapter.  He graduated Ogden High School and Weber College then he served an LDS mission to Sweden.

He married his high school sweetheart, Peggy Marie Wood, on June 10, 1953 in the Salt Lake Temple.  Bill graduated from George Washington University in Washington, D. C. with a B.A. in history and a Juris Doctorate.  He practiced law until his retirement in 2014.

Following Peggy’s death, William married Raelene Sommers Brian on December 22, 1994 in the Salt Lake Temple.  Together they served a mission to St. George, Utah where William served as Director of the St. George Temple Visitors’ Center and Historical Sites.

Brother Critchlow served as a Bishop, Scoutmaster and gospel doctrine instructor.  He was a founder of the Weber State College Foundation and received an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Weber State University.

As an Executive Council, we extend our sympathy and best wishes to his wife Raelene and his six surviving children and other descendants.  We thank you for supporting William in using his outstanding leadership talents to serve as National President of the SUP.  We extend to Raelene Associate Membership in the National Society of the Sons of Utah Pioneers.  A fuller tribute will be provided in the September 1st. Trail Marker.

You are reminded that you have until August 31 to submit your ballot for National President-elect.  If you have not already voted, you are encouraged to do so.  We are pleased with the numbers who have voted to date.

It has been a busy week at National Headquarters with an Editorial Board Meeting, a Finance Committee Meeting, an Executive Council Meeting and a National Board Meeting.   We are pleased to report that the second issue on Utah County, the third quarter issue of the Pioneer, is moving forward with most of the articles already submitted and edited.  Our annual revenue is in arrears, but our investments have recovered nicely to almost reach the levels where they were in March, 2020.  The National Board has discussed and made significant recommendations regarding this fall’s training with Chapter officers.  We appreciate the Board Members, their wisdom and sage suggestions.  SUP is a better organization due to their effectiveness.

We have received excellent feedback from our readers on the current issue of the Pioneer.  It is our hope that you are also enjoying it.

Have a great week and stay well!!

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