W. Laird Dummer
I, W. Laird Dummer, am honored to be nominated and selected as a candidate for the president-elect of the National Society of the Sons of Utah Pioneers.
I was born on October 3, 1942, in Rexburg, Idaho, but grew up in Burley, where my father taught high school. In high school, I participated in several sports, including football, basketball, track, and golf. I was one of only two athletes in my high school who received varsity honors all four years. During those summers, I worked for my brother-in-law, who had a 640-acre farm and a herd of Angus cattle.
After high school, I was called to the New England States, Truman G. Madison was my mission president for most of my mission. His powerful testimony and knowledge of the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith, and Church history has been a lifetime gift of testimony for me.
After my mission, I attended the University of Utah and earned a BA in sociology and a Master’s in psychology. After my schooling, I began working as a mental health clinician. As the organization grew, I transferred to full-time management in marketing and sales. After 26 years, I left the company to join a start-up selling insurance online. In 2005, I started my own online health insurance agency, but have since sold the company and professionally retired.
I have been blessed with a strong heritage of Utah pioneers. Both my two paternal and two maternal ancestors, 3rd generation grandparents, were early Utah pioneers whose ancestors immigrated from Europe.
I joined the Holladay Chapter of the sup in 2010 at the invitation of my brother-in-law, Lyman Losee. I served on their board of directors for a period of time and received valuable tutoring in running a successful chapter organization. Later, I became aware of the Temple Quarry Chapter in the Granite/Sandy area where I live, which had gone inactive. Over the next couple of years, we successfully revived it and I served as chapter president for a few years.
I am now serving the SUP as an Area Vice President. As a result, I am on the National Board of Directors. In addition to the Temple Quarry Chapter, I am assigned four other chapters. It has been an enjoyable experience, I have gained many new friends, and they have strengthened my belief that the SUP has great value to its members and to the future pioneers of our day.
I am the father of seven children and have 22 grandchildren.
LeRoy “Nate” Pierce
Let’s get acquainted. I am LeRoy Nate Pierce, but you can call me “Nate.” I was born in Tremonton, Utah, and lived on a ranch in Pocatello Valley on the Utah-Idaho border until I was five years old. My father took a job at Hill Air Force Base, and we moved to Brigham City, Utah. I had a wonderful childhood with lots of friends, goodly parents, and the freedom to just be a kid. I was a high school athlete – lettering in football, basketball, and track. I was a student government leader as the President of the Representative Council. I am the oldest of three children – one brother and one sister.
I attended college at Utah State University on an academic scholarship. I served a mission in Taiwan, Hong Kong, & Singapore. I married Ruth Ludlow after my junior year and then transferred to Brigham Young University, graduating with a BA in Political Science. Upon graduation, I was commissioned as a U.S. Army Officer and spent two years on active duty. When I completed my obligation, I joined the U.S. Army Reserves as a Military Intelligence Officer and retired as a Colonel with 30 years of service. I continued my education at BYU, receiving an MPA degree in Public Administration, then went on to The American University in Washington, D.C., for a Ph.D. in Public Policy.
I had a 40-year career as an executive in Federal, State, and Local government. During that time, I was an adjunct professor at Weber State University and Brigham Young University for eight years teaching political science and public administration classes. I have served on and chaired many boards and commissions over the years, including Ogden Pioneer Days Executive Director, Ogden Pioneer Heritage Foundation, Hospital Board, Museum Board, Boy Scout Council Commissioner, Insurance Company Board, and many others.
I have served in many positions in my Church: Branch President, Counselor to Bishop, Bishop, High Council, Mission Leader, Stake Executive Secretary, Gospel Doctrine Teacher, and currently am a Sealer in the Ogden Utah Temple. My wife and I have served two missions as a senior couple – Massachusetts Boston Mission (Office) & California San Diego Mission (Military Relations).
My first wife, Ruth, passed away in her early 40’s, leaving me with six children. I am currently married to Anne Sellers, and we have been married for 28 years. We have 6 children, 23 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.