This was originally published in the December 2018 issue of the cotton mission chapter Newsletter.
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Roland L Lee is recognized as a Modern Pioneer for his many contributions to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter–day Saints, his family and ancestors, the community of St. George and Washington County, and the Cotton Mission Chapter and National Sons of Utah Pioneers organizations. As the father of five children and 29 grandchildren Roland would be the first to say that his family comes first.
Many of us individually and as a community have benefitted from this unique interest and the result of his forty year career as a renowned artist that continues to this day. Roland has a deep interest in history and uses his art to share his love for his pioneer ancestors that were among the original pioneer settlers of Utah. He and Nellie continue to share the history of ancestors by research and digitizing histories that are provided to their extended families.
Roland has served as bishop several times and he and Nellie also served a Mission in Fresno California from January 2003 to July 2004.
Roland’s service in the Cotton Mission Chapter of the Sons of the Utah Pioneer’s spans more than twelve years. He has served in various positions including membership chairman, President, and was Chapter President in 2010 when the National SUP Convention was held in St. George.
He is serving as the Cotton Mission Chapter Newsletter Director and has done for the past 7 1/2 years. Roland also serves on the National SUP Trail Marker staff where he compiles other chapter monthly reports for publication in the Trail Marker.
His list of goods deeds is long and varied and he has touched the lives of many in so many different areas it is hard to imagine how he has found the time and energy to accomplish so much. He has done so many things in a silent, even anonymous manner that no one even knows about. Many have been the recipient of his “last dollar” or dedicated moment of his time.
He is to be commended for doing much more than he has ever been asked to do without seeking any recognition or reward of any kind. His is truly a living example of Christ–like” service and a modern day pioneer.