The Hall of Honors is made up of native (or adopted) sons and daughters of Midvale who have made significant contributions to Midvale and/or those whose accomplishments and achievements have brought fame and recognition to Midvale as a community. The recipient of the award will be inducted into the Hall of Honors at a Ceremony & Reception hosted at the Midvale Performing Arts Center during Harvest Days. 2022 reception date to be announced.
To be considered for the 2022 award, the application must be received by 5:00 pm on Friday, March 11, 2022 at the Midvale Arts Council offices 695 West Center Street, Midvale, Utah 84047 or applications may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
JoAnn B Seghini
2020 & 2021 Hall of Honors Inductee
JoAnn Bagley Seghini was born in Salt Lake City to Benedict Grant Bagley and Marie Pehrson Bagley. They moved to Midvale in 1938 where her father opened a legal practice. JoAnn grew up in a family dedicated to community service as her father was the Midvale City attorney for many years, and both parents were heavily involved in community activities. JoAnn’s first job was right here in Midvale City at Vincent Drug, where she served milkshakes and malts.
JoAnn graduated from Jordan High School and then earned her degree in Elementary Education at the University of Utah. She originally intended to go into medicine, but after working with kids in a summer camp her first year of college, she realized she needed to be a teacher. JoAnn taught at local elementary schools for over 10 years before moving to the Jordan School District Office as a Curriculum Consultant. JoAnn once said, “I’ve had many titles, but the one I am most proud of is teacher.”
Despite being a single mother of two sons, Stephen and Edward, and having a full-time career, she earned her master's degree and her PhD, an accomplishment she said wouldn’t have been possible without the help of great neighbors here in Midvale. She retired after 26 years in education as an Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Staff Development at Jordan District in 1998 when she won her first mayoral election.
JoAnn was a trailblazer in local politics when she became the first female member of the Midvale City Council, eventually serving three terms on the Council. In 1998, she was elected Mayor of Midvale, the first female to hold this position. She served as Mayor for 20 years.
The city of Midvale was her passion, and she turned down other higher profile political positions to stay in Midvale to make a difference. Ben McAdams noted, “There were no limits to where she could go in office, but she was happy serving Midvale. She moved Midvale forward in ways that the city will continue to see successes from for decades to come.”
Among other accomplishments in Midvale, she successfully annexed the Union Park area as well as navigated the recovery of the EPA Superfund sights in Bingham Junction - creating numerous economic opportunities. She also facilitated the addition of the Road Home shelter and the Life Start Village (supporting women escaping domestic violence). She loved Midvale and everyone in it. She cherished her numerous relationships at City Hall and throughout the community, as she worked to be a bridge builder within the city.
JoAnn was a member of numerous boards, including Intermountain Health Care, Salt Lake County Council of Governments, Utah Substance Abuse and Anti-Violence Coordinating Council, Salt Lake Valley Health Department, Utah Humane Society, Boys and Girls Clubs, numerous Catholic charities, and many others. At one point, JoAnn was active in over 30 boards and commissions.
One of JoAnn’s great joys was involving her granddaughter Aspen in various city festivities, including having her help with numerous ribbon cuttings at businesses throughout the city. JoAnn also loved music and the arts and was instrumental in the development of arts, education, and community centers here in Midvale. She enjoyed volunteering at and being part of the St. Therese Catholic Church in Midvale. The church was a big part of her heart, and she was very passionate about serving and supporting the parish.
JoAnn’s selfless example as a public servant is a legacy for all who follow in her footsteps. Her impact on Midvale will last for generations.
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Hall of Honors Inductees
2020-2021: JoAnn B. Seghini
2019: Allen & Jan Litster, Albin “Mickey” Ross
2018 : Mayor Joseph Mazuran
2017: Iris Kunz Buhler; Trent Gene Jepson
2016: Boys and Girls Club of Midvale
2015: Gloria Ann Parker Johnson; Janet Bates Moore
2014: Kent Bryan Vincent
2013: Grant and Sharlene Pullan; Special Service Award: Midvale Volunteer Firefighters
2012: Floyd Tarbet
2011: Rick Battison, Richard Gilbert
2010: Chris Hase, Officer Brian Todd & Koda (K-9 officer)
2009: Linda Mansfield
2008: Laura Wright Samuel Wardle Cerrone, Jim and Joan Roberts
2007: R. Kent and Wanda King, Richard S. Peterson
2006: Ruth C. Allen, Officer Jared Richardson & Vader (K-9 officer) (Special Service Award)
2005: Del Ballard
2004: Fausto Rivas
2003: Donna T. Davies
2002: Juanita Saldivar
2001: Midvale's service clubs: Midvale/Fort Union Rotary, Midvale Lions Club, Union Lions Club, Midvale Kiwanis Club
2000: Boyd Twiggs,Dr. Eldred G. Wright
1999: Eva Lorena Leyland
1998: Paul Christianson, Union Community Council
1997: Mike Gonzales
1996: Dahl Carter, Donnabel Sharp
1995: Robert J. Morley
1994: Ray Ertmann
1993: Verda L. Wahlquist
1992: Charles J. Troester
1991: Elizabeth C. Whitmore Lind
1990: Ruth Eskelson Miner
1989: Glenn E. Sacos
1988: Tyler R. Vincent
1987: Ben G. Bagley, Harold Ashman
1986: Myrtle Troester, Henry Beckstead, Maurine Conover Jensen, Leo A. Dean
1984: Vella Clarke Jones, Ernest J. Bedont, Alta Miller
1983: Don Leslie Lind, Gordon W. Jensen, Casper A. Nelson, Joseph O. Jones, M. James McFarlane, W. Dale Walters