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Wasatch County Fair 2012 Grand Marshalls Wayne and Audrey Probst

The Wasatch County Fair Board congratulates Wayne and Audrey Probst for being selected as the 2012 Fair Days Grand Marshals!

Wayne and Audrey were both born and raised in the Heber Valley; Wayne in Midway and Audrey in Heber City. They met in the ninth grade, Wayne having attended school in the old pot rock Elementary Midway School and Audrey, the Heber Central School. They both graduated from Wasatch High School together. Wayne is the son of Joseph E. and Garnet Watkins Probst. Audrey is the daughter of Irwin T. and Ruby Price Hicken. Wayne and Audrey were married on March 20, 1953 in the Salt Lake Temple. They have made Midway their home since except for time away serving in the Air Force and as missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Wayne and Audrey are the parents of 5 sons and 1 daughter; Joe and Marsha, Ben and Nan, and Mark of Midway, Kimball and Susan of Wellsville, John and Jayne of Homer, Alaska, and Annette and Dan Swainston of Bakersfield, California. 19 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

Wayne earned a B.S. Degree in Agronomy, Animal Science and Agricultural Economics from Brigham Young University. Upon graduation, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force. He served as a navigator in the B-29 bomber converted to an aerial tanker, with the 27th Air Refueling Squadron in Austin, Texas and Anchorage, Alaska.

After his release from the Air Force he, with Audrey, and sons Joe and Kimball, returned to Midway to farm. He later obtained a teaching certificate from BYU and taught school in Park City for 2 years. He went to work as an Agricultural Appraiser for the Federal Land Bank of Berkeley throughout the Western States. He later became president of the Federal Land Bank Association of Utah, he later established his own Agricultural Appraisal Service. Wayne has served on the Midway Planning Commission, a director of the Midway Irrigation Company, a committee member of the Wasatch Soil Conservation District, the Governor’s Agricultural Advisory Committee, Utah Council of Cooperatives and an organizing member of the Utah FFA Foundation. He also served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Intermountain Heber Valley Medical Center prior to and during its construction. Wayne has served in several callings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints --- Wayne served with the Midway Harvest Festival, then the Midway Days and now is known as Swiss Days.

Audrey earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University in 1951. She then taught school in Portland, Oregon for one year. She returned home to Utah and taught one year in Lehi. She substituted for several years for the Wasatch School District. She and Wayne have raised a beautiful family that are loyal and faithful.

Wayne and Audrey continue to run a few cattle and a few acres of pasture and crop land in Midway. Wayne feels very honored to be asked to be the Grand Marshall of the Wasatch county Fair Celebration.


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