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Community Spotlight - Rob & Wanda Wilkinson

Article Date: 
24 February, 2012 (All day)

Wanda was born in Kaysville, graduated from Davis High and served a LDS mission in Scotland.  Rob was born in Renton, WA and then his family lived in Fresno, Ca.  He moved to Mountain Green when his mother Shirley married Wayne Wilkinson.  He attended Morgan schools and served an LDS mission in Uruguay. 

Rob graduated from Weber State University and was in ROTC.  He was in the National Guard in Psychological Operations and served as a Spanish linguist.  He attained the rank of Captain but resigned his commission when his work schedule precluded him from attending the requisite weekends and summer training.   

His work, first with First Security Bank and then with the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) took the family to Colorado, Texas and then back to Utah. They have lived in Mountain Green for 21 years now. They have 5 children:  Justin, who will graduate from college this year; Bryan, who is on a mission to Argentina; Shea-Lyn, who will graduate from high school this; Jordan, who is a freshman at MHS and Braden who is in sixth grade.

Wanda, along with Dixie Kendell and Nylyn Hackler, started the 24th of July celebration at the Mountain Green park which has become a yearly tradition. Wanda says she remembers sitting at soccer games at the park and realizing it was hot and that there weren’t any shade trees.  The first 24th of July event started as a fund-raiser for park improvements.  Michelle Stanford wrote a play about the pioneers of Morgan County which was produced that first year as entertainment.  There were vendor booths and activities.  The first year, the money earned was split among all the parks in Morgan County and was a whole county activity.

That was eleven or twelve years ago.  Wanda was involved for 4 or 5 years as a member of the park board and now others carry on the tradition which has become a community event.  There are vendor booths, food, entertainment and different groups can earn money for their cause by staffing the main meals that are served during the course of the celebration. The Kent Smith Park Board carries on the event today with Karl and Jody Hipwell heading that effort.

Wanda has also served in many church positions and as the secretary for the PTSO at both Mountain Green Elementary and Morgan Middle School.  In addition, she was on the Morgan County 4th of July committee for 3 years.  

She is currently involved with AYSO (soccer) and is now on the region board as safety manager.  She said she followed her children through the ranks of soccer by being a coach, a division coordinator and now on the board. During his time, she has worked off and on and was a medical transcriptionist for seven years!  The saying that if you want something done, ask the busiest person around, applies to Wanda.  With others in the community, she was one of the forces at work in the community and responsible for starting one of the big traditions in Mountain Green.