Gaylene Adams was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is the daughter of a mother who was primarily a homemaker and a father who was a transportation supervisor at Hill Air Force Base as well as a farmer. Gaylene is number three in a family of four children. She spent her childhood living in Morgan County, first in Peterson and then on a farm in Porterville. Throughout her childhood, Gaylene’s parents inspired an appreciation of hard work that continues to be evident in her work ethic to this day.