Mormon News' "Mormon Of The Year" Nominees

In Alphabetical Order
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  • Gary Crowton
    As the replacement for famed BYU Coach LaVell Edwards, who retired last year, Crowton only had to do as well or a little better than Edwards had last year to be accepted as adequate. Instead Crowton has led the Cougars to their first undefeated (so far) season since their National Championship in 1984.
    See: Crowton Will Be Named BYU Coach Today
    Nominated by Kent Larsen


  • Eugene England
    Known for his untiring attempts to bridge the gap between liberal and conservative LDS Church members, W. Eugene England died August 17th of brain cancer. His example made a lasting impression for Church members of how to live in a community with conflicting views.
    See: Remembering England
    Nominated by Kent Larsen


  • Rulon Gardner
    The 12 months since his upset win in the Sydney Australia Summer Olympic Games, Gardner has been everywhere, recieving awards, making endorsements, television commercials, and public appearances. But the changes have been more than a financial windfall for Gardner, who has maintained his standards throughout the publicity.
    See: One Year after the Gold
    Nominated by


  • Darius Gray
    Along with Marie Taylor, Darius Gray was instrumental in getting the Freedman's Bank Records on CD. Darius also published the first of three books "One More River To Cross" during the year and is President of the LDS Church's Genesis Group. As a result there is much activity among the African American community and the Church as been perceived in a very positive light. "I believe that thousands of names have been added to the Church's ancestral files as a result and these souls will now have an opportunity to have their work done for them," says subscriber Allen Johnson.
    See: LDS Church's Genesis Organization is 30 Years Old
    Nominated by Allen Johnson


  • Tom Green
    While not now an LDS Church member, Tom Green has been in the news this past year as much as any other Mormon. The Utah polygamist, once an LDS Church member, appeared in newspapers worldwide during his trial on bigamy charges. Although Green wouldn't see it this way, he gave the LDS Church more opportunity to disavow itself of polygamy than it would otherwise have had.
    See: Polygamist Green Given Five Years, $78,000 Judgement
    Nominated by Kent Larsen


  • Orrin Hatch
    Hatch continues to have a major impact on U.S. policies, including his groundbreaking decision to support the use of federal funds for stem-cell research. With Hatch leading the way, all five Mormon senators eventually supported stem-cell research, and the views of many conservatives were moderated on this issue because of his decision.
    See: Hatch Favors Stem Cell Funding, Draws Pro-Life Ire
    Nominated by Kent Larsen


  • Paula Houston
    Lawyer Houston was named Utah's Porn Czar to handle citizen complaints about pornography and help Utah's local governments draft laws that meet constitutional muster. The unique nature of her new job led to national attention.
    See: LDS Church Member, Utah's 'Porn Czarina,' Gets National Attention
    Nominated by Kent Larsen


  • Jon M. Huntsman Sr.
    While most wealthy men tend to loss their faith, Huntsman continues to demonstrate an unyielding ability to exercise his religion in his business, community and personal affairs. This is a very powerful example to member and non-member alike. "There are a million bad things he could be doing with that influence but I haven't heard of one." says Mormon News subscriber, and nominator Lyle Leavitt.
    See: Notable Mormons, Apostle Support New 'Alliance for Unity'
    Nominated by Lyle Leavitt


  • Elbert Peck
    For fifteen years Elbert Peck led Sunstone magazine, despite criticism from conservatives and continuing struggles to keep the magazine growing. In spite of the criticism, Peck has maintained his belief that Sunstone provides a needed and enduring role in the Mormon community.
    See: Long-time Sunstone Publisher Elbert Peck Resigns
    Nominated by Kent Larsen


  • Naomi Randall
    A longtime leader of the LDS Church's Primary organization, Randall was best known for authoring the favorite LDS hymn, "I am a Child of God," in 1957. Randall died May 17th at age 92.
    See: 'I am a Child of God' Author Naomi Randall Dies
    Nominated by Kent Larsen


  • Mitt Romney
    When Romney took over the Salt Lake Organizing Committee in January, 1999, he became one of the most visible Mormons in the world, known for rescuing the 2002 Winter Olympics from a bribery scandal that could have put it in the red. And since the 2002 Games he is preparing for is in the Mormon heartland, he has also become visible to many Mormons.
    See: Deseret News Profiles Mitt Romney
    Nominated by Kent Larsen


  • William Sadleir
    Sadleir pulled off one of the biggest Mormon commemorative events in history, focusing the attention of news media on two continents as well as hundreds of thousands of Mormons on a small group of ships commemorating the immigration of more than 80,000 Mormon pioneers from Europe to America. SeaTrek2001 was simply the biggest Mormon event since the 1997 Mormon Trek re-enactment.
    See: SeaTrek Sails; Commemoration Gets International Attention
    Nominated by Kent Larsen


  • Cary Stayner
    Stayner, briefly LDS as a youth, was overshadowed all his life by his younger brother, Steven, who was kidnapped as a child and escaped after seven years. Cary murdered three people in Yosemite park and then plead guilty to a federal homicide charge, getting life imprisonment. He is now awaiting trial for the Sunn-Peloso murders and expected to get the death penalty. His widely-publicised trial brought disgrace to the church and his family.
    Overshadowed All His Life
    and Stayner family's woeful history
    Nominated by D. Jack Haycock


  • Mark Wattles
    CEO of Hollywood Entertainment has managed to turn around his company and raise its stock price during the year from under $1 a share to a high of $12 a share.
    See: Hollywood Entertainment Fighting Investor Fears
    Nominated by Kent Larsen


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