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  • Lunts selected as Grand Marshals for Western Heritage Parade

The Ute Stampede will mark 53 years of marriage for Kent and Claudette Lunt. Kent is a lifelong resident of Nephi, born to Eugene and Mildred (McPherson) Lunt. He grew up alongside his grandpa and dad learning the skills to be a farmer and rancher. He graduated from Juab High School in 1956. After High School he worked at NRP and ran the rodeo circuit riding bulls. His rodeo riding days ended when a new Home Economics teacher moved to town. Claudette Larson, daughter of Leo and Aletta (Sorensen) Larson, grew up in Groveland, Idaho where her family farmed. She graduated from high school in 1957 and then attended Ricks College (BYU Idaho). She then served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Western States Mission. After her mission she attended and graduated from BYU with a degree in Home and Family Science. She moved to Nephi to teach Home Economics at the High School. Kent and Claudette dated for a time and she decided she didnít want to marry a farmer so she moved to California. That was a short lived move as they met often and were married in the Idaho Falls Temple the following summer. They have been blessed with six children. Rodney (Shawna) Lunt, Sandra (Russ) Masco, Lisa Lunt, Cherylee (Todd) Loveless, Wesley (Sherrie) Lunt, and Brenda (Jeff) Evans. They have 19 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. All of their children have graduated from Juab High School.

Kent worked many years for Nephi City, first as a sanitation worker and then in the water department. His true joy is spending time working at the farm with his family. Claudette taught school first at Juab High in Home Ec and later as a First and Second Grade teacher at Nephi Elementary School. Together they served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Omaha, Nebraska Mission. There they had the pleasure of working at the Winter Quarters Visitor Center and the Kanesville Tabernacle. They also served many years as ordinance workers at the Manti and Payson Temples. All who know Kent and Claudette know of their love for hard work, family, honesty, and integrity. They have a love for the Juab Valley as it has been a part of their life in raising their family, farming, and enjoying the beautiful surroundings.