2021 Grand Marshals – Stephen holbrook
Stephen Holbrook has been named grand marshal for the 2021 Lehi Round-Up Grand Parade on Saturday, June 26, at 10 a.m. The parade begins at the northeast corner of Wines Park and travels south on 100 East, then west on 200 North to 200 West. The parade will turn south on 300 West and proceed to Main Street. The parade will turn onto Main Street and end at Lehi High School.
Stephen and Gail Holbrook were married for 51 years and are the parents of 11 children and 36 grandchildren. Gail passed away in April 2019. She left a legacy of love and community service for her children and grandchildren.
Steve grew up in Lehi and both he and Gail graduated from Lehi High School. After serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, graduating from Brigham Young University, and marrying Gail, he returned to working on the family farm as a third-generation farmer at Holbrook Farms. Gail showed her support by being involved in the county and state fairs with her agricultural displays.
His family has always been supportive of the Lehi Round-Up celebration from having their children in the parade to building floats. Gail spent countless hours fluffing pom-poms and sewing costumes for the parades. Steve has always participated in the Round-Up celebrations as a young child he rode in the Lehi Silver Band miniature float and he later marched with the Lehi Marching Band in the parade.
Steve served on the Lehi City Council for 12 years. Gail was his biggest supporter. You could always find her at Steve’s side serving and helping at city fundraisers and events. One of his assignments was overseeing the building of the Miss Lehi float and taking it to the parades in other cities. For 12 years, he was over the Lehi City Round-Up week including the parades, movie nights, city BBQ, Saturday activities, the family picnic and entertainment at the park, baby contest, and sports activities. Many volunteers from Lehi gave their time and effort to make this a big success.
Steve oversaw the Rippy Literacy Center from its humble beginnings to the very successful program that it is today. He also worked with Lehi Arts and oversaw the remodeling of the current building on Center Street. He worked with the John Hutchings Museum to improve the displays and make the museum more educational for those who came to learn and enjoy it.
While serving on the Library Board, he helped start fundraising activities that were very successful and are still going on at present. He also served on the Lehi Historical Society. The meetings were held at the old train station on State Street where many ways of pre-serving Lehi history were discussed and accomplished.
Steve worked with the veterans, and one of their major projects was to place flags throughout the community, especially on Main Street and in the cemetery.
As a councilman, Steve worked with Lehi City to purchase the Mary Ann Judd collection of 250 paintings of Lehi historical sites. They are now on display throughout the city buildings.
Steve was a volunteer manager of a church farm for 40 years. He served in multiple stake and ward callings, including two high councils, and as the bishop of a BYU ward. He currently serves as a primary teacher.
“I’m honored to be the grand marshal,” he said.
“Lehi has been a great place to spend my entire life and participate in the traditions that make Lehi so great. Thank you, citizens of Lehi