Larry D. Rhodes, Kanab, was awarded a plaque at a recent Sons of Utah Pioneers, Red Rocks Chapter, honoring him as a “Modern Day Pioneer.”

The plaque was presented by chapter president Bruce Harris at the monthly chapter dinner meeting held at the North Events Center, in Orderville, on March 2.

Rhodes was born in Tremonton, Utah, and reared on a farm in East Garland. He worked there with his father and other family members raising sugar beets alfalfa, grain, peas and potatoes. Carrots, lettuce and onions were raised for seed. They also bought young calves and fed and raised them, to sell in the fall.

When Rhodes could drive, he hauled class C milk from the dairy farms to the creamery in Tremonton. The milk was used for ice cream mix and butter. He earned six to seven dollars a day which paid his way through college. He graduated from Bear River High School in Garland in 1954, and in 1958, he received a BS degree in Civil Engineering from Utah State University in Logan.

His first engineering experiences began at the Glen Canyon Dam project in the summers of 1956-57. He was employed by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and worked for 36 years on water delivery and storage projects that included dams, pipelines, and boring machine excavated tunnels. He worked in surveying, concrete control, batch plant, inspection, field engineer and project construction engineer. He was selected as one of the resource staff in developing the Bureau of Reclamation’s Comprehensive Construction Training Program. Before retirement, he was granted the Superior Service Award from the U.S. Department of Interior.

Rhodes served three months basic training in the U.S. Marine Corp in San Diego, and the rest of his obligation on inactive reserve between wars. He has been active in Boy Scouting where he earned the Second Miler Award, and has always been active in the LDS Church, holding numerous position therein.

He married Joyce Young of Kanab in 1961 in the St. George Temple. They have lived in Page, Ogden, Garland, Duchesne, Vernal, Grand Junction, and finally retired in Kanab. They have seven children. Together they served a mission in the St. George Temple Visitor’s Center and also an 18-month mission in Aba, Nigeria.

Rhodes is a life member of the Sons of Utah Pioneers and served as president of the Red Rocks Chapter in 2011.