In addition to this Edgar Family Website, I have a personal Blog site (Insights of a Fellow Traveler). The purpose of the Blog site is to allow me a place to record thoughts that are most important to me. Plus, it’s a space for me to share some insights I’ve learned “along the way” (Jacob 4:2). In my heart and mind, I’m just a simple man with a testimony of our Savior Jesus Christ, and of the restored Gospel. But, I have also lived an extraordinary and enjoyable life, and I want to share some of the highlights. I have so many good memories.
I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. In my youth, the City was a safe and wonderful place to live. From Market Street to the Embarcadero and Fisherman’s Wharf, from the Marina and the Presidio to the Golden Gate Bridge, and from Sutros to the Golden Gate Park, Fleishhacher Zoo and Lake Merced, I loved the City. In those days, it was a safe and beautiful place to live.
However, like too many other families, my parents divorced when I was young (8 years old). Those were difficult times for my sisters and me. We knew our parents loved us and we certainly loved them, but those were tumultuous and hard times for us. Our home life was turned upside down and we all suffered through the back and forth struggle between our father and mother. Add to those struggles were the introduction of strangers in our home: our parents dating others, and eventually, the introduction of stepdads, stepmoms, stepbrothers and sisters, and half-brothers. This dynamic continued from age eight (8) and throughout my youthful teenage years. Needless to say, my teen years were less than extraordinary times.
Then, at age 19, I accepted a call to serve a two year Full-Time Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I served in the North Central States Mission (1966-1968). Afterward, I came home and was confronted with a possible military draft and an assignment to Vietnam. In 1968, rather than be drafted, I joined the United States Air Force and served tours in England, Southeast Asia, and Germany. I separated from the service long enough to attend and graduate from Brigham Young University-Provo. After graduation, I reentered the Air Force and served as a Foreign Affairs Officer. My primary area of responsibility (AOR) was the Middle East. I lived and traveled in many countries (Far East, Western Europe, and the Middle/Near East). I retired after serving 24 years on active duty.
I have been privileged to be married to two beautiful and wonderful women (not at the same time). Sadly, after 15 years of marriage, my dear wife Jenny Marie became seriously ill and passed away suddenly (due to a congenital heart condition). I became a single parent with seven (7) beautiful children between ages of 5 months and 13 years. Six years later, I met Katherine Elizabeth Platt (Kathy). She was soft-spoken, beautiful, and kind. It didn’t seem to bother her that I was an active-duty military man, nor that I had seven children at home. And, she even seemed to like me. We dated for several months and eventually we were married. We have been together now for more than 30 happy years. And today, we are the very proud parents of 10 adult children and 32 grandchildren.
Until recently, Kathy and I were blessed to live in a beautiful home nestled in a peaceful agricultural mountain valley located in Central Utah (Sanpete County). We had fulfilling work which we enjoyed; plus, for the sake of our animals, we cultivated, planted, irrigated, grew, fed, and raised horses (plus dogs and cats).
In our valley, there are many good hard-working people who are our friends and with whom we share similar values. Our home and property were actually located on county lands (not in a town), and we were surrounded by open farmlands. The valley has a rich and celebrated pioneer heritage. Our summer months were filled with community-sponsored memorial events, festivals, parades, and rodeos. The nearby cities and towns are small, but they provided us with the essential shopping and business necessities. If we ever needed more, we could always shop online; or, plan a short one hour drive to one of the larger cities along the Wasatch Front. Life was good!
Senior Missionary Assignments
However, in the Spring of 2017, things changed for us again. Kathy and I were called to serve Full-Time Senior Missionary assignments for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We were assigned to serve at Brigham Young University-Hawaii. Specifically, “Sister Edgar” was called to serve as the Visiting Women’s Health Nurse for the Married Students (and their babies), and I (“Elder Edgar”) was called to serve as a Computer Support Tech. Specifically, I was assigned as the Database Administrator for the Conduct Manager software at the college. I also taught leadership classes on campus.
Upon completion of these wonderful two-year missionary assignments, we returned to Utah. Kathy has found work at Cedar City Hospital, and I am busy at being retired and doing hobbies. We bought a home in the beautiful City of Enoch, Utah. So, that’s where we’re at now. Life is still good!
To read more, please visit Scott’s Blog: Insights of a Fellow Traveler. (PLEASE NOTE: This link will take you to “Scott’s Blog Site” and off of the “Edgar Family Website.” However, from the Blog Site Home Page, you can click on a link at the bottom to return to the “Edgar Family Website.”)