SALT LAKE CITY — Fellow Ogden High School alumnus Rep. Dixon Pitcher remembers being a paperboy for former Lt. Gov. Greg Bell’s family on Jackson Avenue.

“I remember one day that I had just come around the corner on 26th Street, and four of the neighborhood toughs were going to do a number on me, and Greg had showed up at just the right time,” said the Ogden Republican.

Bell intimidated them, and Pitcher was left alone.

“He saved my skin that day,” Pitcher said.

Many other accolades were given to Bell on Wednesday when the Legislature recognized him and his wife, JoLynn, for their dedicated service to Utah for more than two decades.

“He’s been a terrific friend and asset to the state,” said Rep. Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville. “(A) description of Greg Bell is often he’s one of the kindest, smartest men in the room, and I would concur with that.”

Wilson added that Bell’s gifted leadership and service with “distinction and honor” made Utah a better place.

“When I first came on board, one of the people whom I learned to trust immediately, a straight shooter, a very compassionate and caring and straight-up person, was the honorable Greg Bell,” said Rep. Kay McIff, R-Richfield.

— Madeleine Brown