Things just won't be the same at the Piute High School this year - or on the highways of Piute County, for that matter.

Garth Bagley won't be around much any more. He is retiring.Bagley played a dual role for many years before his career came to an end - as a teacher and a bus driver.

Living in the small town of Koosharem in Sevier County, he logged more than 700,000 accident-free miles driving students to and from Piute schools on his 80-mile round trip each day.

That's equal to 250 times across the United States, 28 times around the world, or 1 1/2 trips to the moon!

In working as a bus driver as well as a teacher, he frequently offered counseling and advice while driving to and from school to students he felt needed it. A special seat was often reserved next to the bus driver for that purpose.

Bagley even had a third occupation, farming and ranching, something he continues to do after giving up the bus driving job and his 32-year teaching career.

A life-long resident of Koosharem, he graduated from Richfield High School and studied at Southern Utah State College, Brigham Young University and Utah State University.

While keeping busy with his triple occupations, he also found time to serve as a bishop in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when he was 26 years old, and for a second assignment in that position, which he is currently serving.