Craig and Rosalyn Thomas, parents of six children, 27 grandchildren, and six great grandchildren, have called Tabiona home their entire lives. A full-time rancher, Craig runs approximately 100 head of mother cows and 100 yearling steers.
Craig loves good horses, fine friends, and a family who helps him with the cattle and the farm. He’s enjoyed working hard on the ranch over the years and is grateful for the help and support he’s received from family.
Craig’s been involved with many district and county water committees and the county Farm Service Agency, as well as with 4-H programs and other boards and activities over the years.
Some of his honors include receiving Duchesne County’s Cattleman of the Year and Farmer of the Year awards, as well as the Golden Shovel award from the Uintah Basin Water Summit. He represented Duchesne County at the Ogden Pioneer Days for the 2015 National Day of the American Cowboy. He and Rosalyn were also honored to serve as the Grand Marshalls for the 2016 Duchesne County Fair.
Craig has served many years on the Duchesne and Strawberry River water board. He also served on the Duchesne County Water Conservancy District board.
They call themselves fortunate to have many friends throughout the Basin, especially in Duchesne County.
Craig is honored to be this year’s legendary cowboy and represent Duchesne County.
Chad & Joan Mortensen
Duchesne county residents Chad and Joan Mortensen are glad to be a part of Duchesne county fair as Grand Marshals. Chad was born and raised in Roosevelt, Utah graduating from Union High School and from the College of Eastern Utah. Upon returning to Roosevelt he took over the family owned business Marion’s Variety in 1992. Married his wife Joan Hacking Mortensen of Vernal, Utah in 1997. Joan graduated from Uintah High school and attended Dixie College. She is employed at USDA Rural Development.
Chad and Joan have been active in many roles in the community. One of their favorites is UBIC which they have been active in for over 20 years. They have had many different roles from working as food vendors to now being on the board of directors. Chad is active with the Duchesne county chamber of Commerce, Roosevelt business alliance, and the UBTech Culinary Arts Board. He has also assisted in other community events. Joan has been on several different committees; a board member for the Family Support Center, President of the Roosevelt Golf Committee, and an officer for the Roosevelt Ladies Golf Association.
Chad, Joan, and their daughter Mary love to do many things throughout the Basin such as going to the mountains, golfing, scenic drives throughout the basin, and spending time with friends and family. We are honored to be selected as this year’s marshals. Chad and Joan enjoy being able to serve their community whether it be at a social event or over the counter of the store.
Levaughn Gines has lived in Tabiona his entire live except for a short time of working in Salt Lake City. He worked mostly for Chevron Pipeline for 24 years before retiring in 1994 when he and Karla started Crossroads Concrete Co. Levaughn was involved with the Tabiona Rodeo for over 40 years. The rodeo was held on ground belonging to Levaughn’s parents Ferron and Nina Gines, for many years. Levaughn then acquired the “Tabiona Rodeo Grounds” and a large part of the production of that rodeo, along with the Tabiona Conchos riding club. Surely some of you have great memories of the Old Tabiona Rodeo Grounds and Levaughn’s persuasive way of selling raffle tickets. The Tabiona Rodeo has now moved to the Centennial Park in Tabiona and now Levaughn just attends the rodeo and gives advice. He has turned the rodeo production over to the younger generation, including his son, Jake. Levaughn is a past member of the Duchesne County Fair Board and a lifelong supporter of the Duchesne County Fair. He looks forward to biding at the livestock sale each year.
Karla Gines was raised in the Salt Lake area but visited Tabiona and always dreamed of living in the beautiful little valley. In 1983 she made acquaintance with Levaughn at Defa’s Dude Ranch and they have been partners ever since. Levaughn gained two children, Greg and Natalie when he married Karla and they added two more, Jake and Lindsay to complete the family. They enjoyed watching their kids participate in sports, rodeo and horse racing and are now moving on to watch the grand kids participate in anything they want to do. They are grandparents of Shaden and Carli of Grantsville, Austin, Kayela, Kamryn and Kendall of Tabiona. Karla drove the school bus in Tabiona for 25 years before retiring in 2015. In marrying Levaughn, Karla also became a big part of producing the Tabiona Rodeo for the past 37 years and instrumental establishing the Centennial Park in Tabiona. The Tabiona Rodeo is now located at the beautiful new facility, but some say it isn’t the same.
Levaughn, along with Jake, continues to manage Crossroads Concrete and operate the Gines Family Ranch. Karla is retired (mostly). Recently, Levaughn discovered RZR riding and proved that you can take the boy off of the farm.
Levaughn and Karla are delighted to be your Duchesne County Fair Grand Marshals for 2020.