Joe Springer of Salina is the 47th president of the Utah Funeral Directors Association. Springer was installed recently at the association's 80th annual convention, succeeding Scott Nickle of Delta.

Springer is associated with the Springer-Turner mortuaries in Salina and Richfield. He began his apprenticeship in 1953 while working with his father, the late J.D. Springer.Most mortuaries and funeral directors in the state are members of the Utah Funeral Directors Association, which is affiliated with the national organization headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis.