Lowell Bennion is the "citizen of the decade," according to Salt Lake County commissioners, who honored him in a special ceremony.

The award is presented once in a 10-year period to a local citizen who has positively impacted the Salt Lake County community, according to Commissioner Bart Barker, who oversees the County Volunteer Program.Bennion was thanked for his tireless service to youth, senior citizens, handicapped and indigent members of the community.

"Dr. Bennion has been an inspiration to all who know him. He has the gift of drawing together people from all walks of life and encouraging them to work toward a common goal," reads the resolution citing his accomplishments.

Bennion recently retired as director of the Community Services Council. He was also instrumental in developing the Independent Living Center, Chore Services for the elderly, Friendly Visiting, and a food bank for the hungry.