According to Bert and Taunya Wilson, their family has always been civic-minded with a focus on building and maintaining community.
The Wilsons are the grand marshals of Lehi’s Grand Parade for the 2019 Round-Up; Bert Wilson is the former mayor of Lehi having served between 2010 and 2017.
“Civic-mindedness is just what we do,” Wilson said. “It’s kind of a family tradition.”
Both Wilsons have served the Lehi community for more than 30 years in various community organizations. In addition to being mayor, Bert Wilson worked in banking for 40 years, was a volunteer firefighter, a member of the Lehi Civic Improvement Association and has been involved in scouting and youth organizations.
“[Bert] looks for ways to be involved; he’s just not a sit still kind of guy,” Taunya Wilson said.
Taunya Wilson served with her husband on the Civic Improvement Association, was the director of the Miss Lehi Scholarship Pageant, served at various schools as the PTA president and was an elementary school secretary for 25 years. She also helped build floats for local businesses and made costumes for the miniature parade.
Bert Wilson’s service to the community has not been unrecognized, as he won the Silver Beaver Award for his service to scouting and the National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award for his continuing service to his community.
Their youngest son, Drew Wilson, said that he is proud of everything his parents have accomplished.
“Honestly, it was not a surprise to me that they were picked,” he said. “It’s exciting.”
The Wilsons’ children and grandchildren have also been involved in the traditions by helping to mix candy for the city council to throw during the parade along with other activities such as assisting Taunya with the Miss Lehi Pageant.
Bert and Taunya Wilson have also had a long career working with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Bert Wilson has served in a stake presidency, bishoprics and as a young men’s leader. Taunya Wilson has served in the presidency of many church auxiliaries, but she especially loved working with the single adults at Brigham Young University. Now, they both serve in the Mount Timpanogos Temple.
The Wilsons have four children: Drew, Shelli, Wade and Brad, and 14 grandchildren. They said their children have supported them throughout their service to the Lehi community and that they are grateful for raising their kids in strong family traditions.
Bert and Taunya Wilson said that they are honored to serve as the grand marshals of the Lehi Grand Parade.
The parade takes place at 10 a.m., June 29 and the route runs from Wines Park to Lehi High School.