Eight Provo residents will be honored with Reed Smoot Citizenship Awards during a banquet Thursday in the Wilkinson Center Memorial Lounge at Brigham Young University.
This is the first year of the program, named after the late Reed Smoot, a U.S. senator from Utah. The Provo resident was a pioneer in Utah business, education, politics and church activities.The top honorees are Max and Norma Elliott and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and his wife, Pat.
The Elliotts are recognized for their volunteer efforts on behalf of the community, said Steve Densley, president of the Provo-Orem Chamber of Commerce.
Max Elliott was chairman of the fund-raising committee for the new city library and has served as president of the Chamber of Commerce, Utah Valley Industrial Development Association, United Way of Utah County and the Provo Rotary Club and as a member of many volunteer organizations in the county.
Norma Elliott was a charter member and president of the Women's Division of the Chamber of Commerce and has given volunteer service to America's Freedom Festival at Provo, Daughters of Utah Pioneers, the PTA and the Provo City Neighborhood Program.
The Hollands, president and first lady of BYU the past nine years, have brought worldwide attention to Provo during their tenure.
"We want to honor them before they move away," Densley said. Elder Holland was named to the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints earlier this month.
Elder Holland has served as president of the Association of Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities.
Pat Holland has been a counselor in the general presidency of the LDS Young Women's organization and a member of the Advisory Council of Dixie College and of the board of directors of ZCMI.
In addition, four other residents will be honored with Reed Smoot Special Citizenship Awards:
-Weldon J. Taylor, Senior Citizen Award. He has been recognized by former Gov. Scott Matheson and President Reagan for helping establish the Provo-Jordan River Parkway and securing a walking-jogging path from the mouth of Provo Canyon to Utah Lake.
-Angela Jane Hardy, Youth Award. She will graduate next month No. 1 in a class of 369 students from Provo High School. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the Art Honor Society and earned four varsity letters in basketball and volleyball.
-Harold B. Jones, Business Person Award. He established Utah Valley Glass and Paint in Provo in 1938. The business later became know as Jones Paint and Glass, with branch stores and warehouses in American Fork, Vernal, Roosevelt, St. George and Pocatello. He is a member of the Kiwanis, Chamber of Commerce, and has served on the board of the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center and Deseret Industries.
-M. Wayne Hillier, Service Award. He has been a member of the City Council, Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments, Housing Authority Board, Redevelopment Agency Board, Airport Board and the Metropolitan Water Board.