Most of Utah’s mayors lead city government on a part-time basis, and you may be surprised by what they do for a full time job. One such city leader is St. George Mayor Dan McArthur. As a welder, he continues a business that was passed down by his father. At one point as a student at BYU, McArthur had medicine in mind for his future career, but he stepped up to assume the reins of McArthur Welding, and now even uses welding metal to display his flair and passion for artistic design.
For many people, managing a company is a challenge enough, but McArthur also leads a city, as Mayor. Mayor McArthur has a goal to visit each business in town every year, as well as visit every city street. While meeting neighbors and mingling with other business owners, he walks with a spring in his step perhaps to the beat of the song he’s singing. He has a few favorite tunes that he shares whenever he gets a chance. In fact, many St. George residents can recite exactly what they are.
St. George’s mayor is also a poet. He says he often memorizes poems on long drives, like the five hour trip from St. George to Salt Lake City. Poetry has been a part of his live since he was a child, learning valuable life lessons from the poems he learned from his parents. One such example, Rudyard Kipling’s famous poem entitled, “If.”
As he sings and whistles, leads a business and a city, Mayor McArthur seems to emulate the virtue of which Kipling speaks:
“If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much: If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And—which is more—you'll be a Man, my son!"
Welder, Artist, Poet, Singer, and Mayor
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