Castle Valley Comments
June 7, 2018

The late Bill Schroeder, who had been a resident of Castle Valley for 37 years before his passing last Dec. 2 will be the subject of a celebration of life next weekend. According to his wife, Elaine Pinkowski, the celebration will begin Friday, June 15.

“We’ll kick off the weekend at KZMU Community Radio with a musical tribute and special ‘Fire on the Mountain’ show honoring DJ Bill on the Hill,” she said. “Come on up to KZMU from 3 to 6 pm, hang out in the studio, sing along, twirl about, and share fun stories about Bill’s 20 years as a DJ. If you can’t make it to the station, tune in to for a fun listen, and don’t forget to call in to dedicate a song to the dearly departed. It will be a party, just like Bill would have wanted.”

A gathering of family and friends celebrating the life and times of Bill will be held on Saturday, June 16 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Helipad, 239 W. Center St. in Moab. All who were touched by Bill’s life are welcome to attend. She asks that you bring a favorite entree, salad, or dessert to share. Alcohol will be allowed but you must bring your own. They will provide all table service, coolers of ice and non-alcoholic drinks including lemonade, tea, sodas and sparkling beverages. The potluck will run from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and the memorial service and party will be from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Due to size constraints, they will need to clear the food to set up for the memorial service at 7:30 p.m.

On Sunday, they will close the weekend with the “Bill Schroeder Father’s Day Flotilla.” Elaine says to “grab your river gear, the family, a few snacks and join the flotilla for an afternoon of rip roaring fun on the Colorado. We launch from Hittle Bottom at 2 p.m. for a half-day trip that is sure to be a riot.” There will be a sign-up sheet at the memorial to pair folks without boating gear or experience with Bill’s local boating friends who are willing to share. If you want to be added to the list ahead of time, send her a request by email. For more information call Elaine at 259-7680 or email her at [email protected]

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It was an emotional day for Pat and me along with other grandparents and parents as we watched our oldest granddaughter get married last Saturday. Jacob Johnston and Alexa Pierce were married in a lovely outdoor ceremony surrounded by the beautiful and serene setting of Pack Creek. It doesn’t seem long ago that she was just a baby living with her parents in Castle Valley. I have pictures of her during every stage of her life leading up to this day, but it doesn’t seem possible that the time has gone so quickly.

One picture I have of her was when she drove my old Ford tractor in the Castle Valley tractor parade during the annual Castle Valley Gourd Festival. She couldn’t have been much over 11 or 12 years old and was a little nervous about what she was asked to do, but like everything else in her life, she accomplished the task with determination and courage. At the end of the eighth grade, both Alexa and Jacob were named students with the best personalities. She was an accomplished athlete all of her life but excelled in swimming from an early age. During high school she set school and state records that still exist and was named girls swimmer of the year during one of the state swim meets. She was an honor student and was the student body president during her senior year.

Without sounding too boastful or biased, I am proud and blessed to have such a sweet, respectful and outstanding granddaughter and Jacob is equally impressive. They will make a great couple. The couple will return to Utah State University in the fall to continue their education.

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Thirty five years ago this week, this column announced the graduation of four students from the Castle Valley Institute (now the DayStar Adventist Academy). They were from various parts of the country and they all spoke during the commencement ceremonies.

Castle Valley Fire Chief John McGann stated that June 1 marked the beginning of the fire season and reminded residents of the extreme fire danger that existed that year.

ByBy Ron Drake