There were more farewells and thank yous as Brigham Young University President Jeffrey R. Holland and his wife, Pat, said "goodbye" to Provo Thursday night.
Receiving the Reed Smoot Citizen of the Year Award, the Hollands thanked the community for being a home to BYU and for being generous to the Hollands."It seems so contrary that we should receive an award from a community that has been so generous to us," Pat Holland said.
The award was one of six Reed Smoot Awards presented to Provo residents by the Provo/Orem Chamber of Commerce.
Norma and Max Elliott were also honored as Citizens of the Year for their contribution to several efforts in the city, including fund-raising efforts for Provo's new library and for work with the Freedom Festival.
Max Elliott said no person has the right to live in a community, partaking of all the positive benefits of that community, without giving something back.
Other awards included the Outstanding Service Award to H. Wayne Hillier, the Business Person of the Year Award to Harold B. Jones, the Youth of the Year Award to Angela Jane Hardy, and the Senior Citizen of the Year Award to Weldon J. Taylor.
Holland, recently called to be a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said he and his wife are saddened by this departure from Provo, because when they've had to leave before they figured they would be coming back. That's something, he said, they can't count on this time.
"No award could mean more to us," he said. Quoting his grandfather, he said every person can prove to be a blessing. "Everybody can bless you. Some bless you by coming, and some bless you by going. Mayor, as I look around I see that we're the only ones leaving town."
Hillier was awarded for his record of service with several organizations. He was a member of the Provo City Council, the Planning Commission, the Board of Adjustments, the Housing Authority, the Redevelopment Agency, the Airport Board, the Metropolitan Water Board, and a three-time delegate to county and state political conventions.
Jones is the founder of Jones Paint and Glass, a company that has been in existence since 1938 and now has stores from Pocatello, Idaho, to St. George.
Hardy, who celebrated her 18th birthday at the awards banquet, is Provo High School's valedictorian, where she earned a 4.0 grade point average. She also lettered in volleyball and basketball at Provo High, and was involved in the Utah Special Olympics and Provo's Sub for Santa program.
Taylor's career spanned 40 years at Brigham Young University, including 17 years as dean of the School of Business. He also advocated the passage of the Provo-Jordan River Parkway legislation, and worked to secure a walking path along the Provo River from the mouth of Provo Canyon to Utah Lake. That effort was recognized by Gov. Norm Bangerter and President Ronald Reagan.