Rarely resting, man leaves lasting marks across Cedar City

Published: Thursday, Nov. 8 2012 11:18 p.m. MST

"Everything came after that," smiles Sherratt. "Everything."

Three years after he stepped down as SUU president, he was elected mayor of Cedar City at the age of 70. He served two terms, launching project after project and festival after festival. It was Sherratt who trademarked "Festival City USA" as an official Cedar City alias.

His last term ended three years ago.

And now?

"Now I'm doing one-third as many projects as I used to, but it takes three times as long," he says.

At the moment he's knee-deep helping organize the Storybook Cavalcade Parade that will take place Dec. 6 on Cedar City's Main Street. The parade is part of the American Children's Festival, an annual event first started by you know who.

"He's one of those rare gentlemen – a real visionary and a very, very hard worker," says Michael Benson, the current SUU president. "We're all beneficiaries of Jerry's vision and courage and lifelong devotion to his hometown."

Lee Benson's About Utah column runs Monday and Friday.

email: lbenson@desnews.com

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