SAY­ING GOOD­BYE

Serve Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Clyde Nielsen

Ra­man and Meena Sharma were honored at a store re­cep­tion on Wed­nes­day, Feb. 17, on their last day as own­ers of the Chevron sta­tion at the mouth of the Span­ish Fork Canyon on High­way 6.

Many cus­tomers who have be­come close friends with the Shar­mas came to wish them well in their new ad­ven­tures, write notes in a book of re­mem­brance and have a cookie.

The Shar­mas bought the sta­tion and store just 10 years ago on Jan. 18, 2006, and moved to Span­ish Fork from Bak­ers­field, Calif. Ra­man had been work­ing in Cal­i­for­nia since 1988, when he moved to the USA from In­dia to work with his brother.

Ra­man and Meena were mar­ried in In­dia in 1987 and have two chil­dren. When Ra­man came to the USA in 1988, Meena re­mained in In­dia with their chil­dren. Meena and their chil­dren ar­rived in Cal­i­for­nia in 1993 along with Grandpa and Grandma Sharma.

Ra­man owned a gas sta­tion in Bak­ers­field for four years and sold it to buy the one in Span­ish Fork. Al­though they don’t re­ally love the snow in Utah, they are stay­ing here be­cause they like the peo­ple. They bought a home near the Chevron and have raised their two chil­dren here and have cared for Grandpa and Grandma. Grandma Sharma passed away two years ago, and Grandpa came to the sta­tion most days, sit­ting in a chair watch­ing peo­ple come and go at the sta­tion. Their son re­cently grad­u­ated from law school in Michi­gan and will be tak­ing the Utah Bar exam soon. He works in the of­fice of the at­tor­ney gen­eral for the state of Utah. Their daugh­ter just grad­u­ated from Utah Val­ley Univer­sity with a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in political sci­ence and has ac­cepted a po­si­tion in Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

So, it is time for the Shar­mas to take a well-earned break; they have been the cashiers from early morn­ing un­til late at night seven days a week for 10 years with very lit­tle ex­tra help. That adds up to 50 to 60 hours a week for each of them. They have hired some lo­cal boys to do the clean­ing chores in the evenings. Ra­man and Meena have made a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence in our com­mu­nity and to our coun­try.

The Chevron Cor­po­ra­tion bought the busi­ness from the Shar­mas and re­opened it on Feb. 18 un­der new man­age­ment.

Meena and Ra­man Sharma were honored on Feb. 17, their last day as own­ers of the Chevron sta­tion at the mouth of the Span­ish Fork Canyon on High­way 6.

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