Teacher Richard Drollinger named Springville’s Ci­ti­zen of the Year

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For­mer Springville High School bi­ol­ogy teacher Richard Drollinger has been named Springville’s Ci­ti­zen of the Year for 2016 by the Springville Cham­ber of Com­merce.

Drollinger was born on a farm in Payson on Jan. 22, 1935. His life cen­tered on the farm and all the hard work that was nec­es­sary to keep the farm work­ing.

He grad­u­ated from Payson High School in 1953. Shortly af­ter­wards, he served a mis­sion for The Church of Je­sus Christ of Lat­ter-day Saints in the Iowa and Ne­braska ar­eas for two years.

Richard at­tended Brigham Young Univer­sity in fall of 1957 and grad­u­ated in 1962 with ma­jor in botany and a mi­nor in zo­ol­ogy. He was hired at Springville High School in the fall of 1962 and taught there un­til he re­tired in 1996. Springville was cer­tainly lucky to have him as an ed­u­ca­tor. Known as “Mr. D,” he will al­ways be known for show­ing kind­ness to all but es­pe­cially to those who strug­gled. He al­ways reached out to the ones that needed help. Dur­ing his teach­ing years at SHS, Drollinger fur­thered his education by at­tend­ing Utah State Univer­sity in Lo­gan and Gree­ley Col­lege in Gree­ley, Colo.

Drollinger’s wife, Colleen, had a stroke in 1996, lead­ing to his choice to re­tire that year. He cared for her for 13 years un­til her pass­ing.

Richard and Colleen raised their fam­ily of four chil­dren in Springville. Richard Drollinger is dearly loved by many friends, neigh­bors, stu­dents and ed­u­ca­tors span­ning over sev­eral gen­er­a­tions.

You can still see Drollinger on a reg­u­lar ba­sis at Springville High School as he sub­sti­tute teaches there three to four days a week. He will tell you that he has the best job out there and says that the stu­dents at SHS are “Su­per!” He loves teach­ing the kids and the kids love Mr. D.

Richard Drollinger, se­cond from left, was re­cently named Ci­ti­zen of the Year by the Springville Cham­ber of Com­merce. Drollinger spent many years teach­ing at Springville High School and still serves as a reg­u­lar sub­sti­tute teacher there.

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