Larry & Patricia Bradshaw
Nadine Wimmer, of KSL News, introduced the Bradshaws with this tribute.
"This evening we pay tribute to a couple who have spent their lives paying attention to the needs of those around them. Larry and Patricia Bradshaw have devoted their lives to service, to lifting and helping others, to bringing about the kind of changes in our community that have brought untold benefits to countless individuals.
Larry Bradshaw has over 25 years of experience in construction and real estate development businesses in Utah. He has been instrumental in the development of several residential subdivisions in Salt Lake and Utah counties. He has also served as Trustee for a profit sharing retirement plan of a major construction and development corporation. Additionally, Larry was the Senior Investment Management Specialist for Smith Barney, Inc. He has also served as a Financial Consultant to several qualified retirement plans, is licensed for all Securities, Commodities, Futures Trading, as well as Life Insurance & Annuity sales. As you can see from this impressive resumé, Larry’s life is full of meaningful contributions to our community.
But his accomplishments don’t stop there! Larry has co-authored the book, Retiring First Class, which has been used as a syllabus for several seminars in the intermountain area on financial planning for the retirement years.
Larry married Patricia Stam, and together they have six children, 25 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Patricia was born on the 24th of July during a record heat wave in the State of Utah. It was several years before she realized that the state of Utah wasn’t celebrating her birthday! Pat was honored as the first runner up in the Days of 47 Queen pageant. As the envy of many suitors, Larry persevered and become her proud escort for life. Always willing to assist where needed, Pat served as a PTA Room Mother for each of her children, accepted positions in each PTA where her children attended school and served as the President of the Crestview Elementary PTA.
Both Patricia and Larry have volunteered extensively in our community. Larry was a past member of the Sugarhouse Rotary Club as well as Rotary International where he served as a director. Patricia, too, was a devoted member of the Sugarhouse Rotary Ann Club where she also served as Rotary Ann President. Other community involvements for Larry include the Salt Lake City Kiwanis Club where he was a director. He also was a past member of the Executive Committee of the Great Salt Lake Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Larry was honored with the awards of Silver Beehive as well as Silver Beaver.
The Bradshaw’s have also given of their time and abilities to their church. Larry has spent several years in the Young Men’s program of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was instrumental in writing much of the curriculum used in the Young Men’s Program as well as their training materials. Larry and Patricia were called to preside overt the Tallahassee Florida Mission where they devoted 3 years to mentoring missionaries and members. They served as surrogate parents to over 300 missionaries with whom they keep close touch. Attending every wedding and baby shower has been a top priority for them.
Closer to home, both Larry and Pat have given of their time and talents to the Granite Education Foundation. Pat focused her attentions on the Excel Foundation. Larry served on the Granite School District Board of Education from 1976 to 1980. He served as the President of that board from 1978 to 1980. After completing this four year elected term, Larry organized the Excel Foundation which later merged into the Granite Education Foundation. Here he served as an officer for six years and three of those years he stood at the helm as the President of this Foundation. Much of what we are today as a Foundation is as a direct result of his vision and hard work for the faculty and students in Granite District. Because of Larry’s inspired leadership, the Granite Education Foundation was able to award over $42,150 in Scholarships during the 2005-2006 school year. It’s true: because of their service in our community, Larry and Patricia Bradshaw have lifted and improved the lives of countless individuals in our community.
Our thanks to them, and all who work so selflessly for our children."