White Feather Rocks joins Payson/San­taquin cham­ber


A rib­bon-cut­ting cer­e­mony was held her from go­ing back to the job she loved. White Feather Rocks in San­taquin on She even had to give up do­ing the fos­ter June 24 in honor of the busi­ness join­ing care that they had done for 21 years the Payson & San­taquin Area Cham­ber of be­cause of the phys­i­cal re­stric­tions. She Com­merce. The busi­ness is lo­cated at 27 could, how­ever, set her own lim­its and W. Main. pol­ish rocks. That worked fine ex­cept

Jim and Loretta Moshier, own­ers of for the cold weather that pre­vented be­ing White Feather Rocks, were at a cross­roads out in the garage. She bought some jewelry try­ing to de­cide whether to start a whole­sale and started sell­ing it from busi­ness or just keep do­ing lap­idary as a the house and at bou­tiques to go with the hobby. Loretta was at home in the up­stairs lap­idary work in the win­ter. That led to win­dow day­dream­ing and long­ing for in­spi­ra­tion ob­tain­ing some show­cases from a closed from above. Out of nowhere, a jewelry de­part­ment and fit­ting them in the white feather drifted down gen­tly past the garage. win­dow and into the back­yard. She ran When look­ing for a busi­ness lo­ca­tion, down to re­trieve it and showed it to Jim. the re­quire­ments were that it be in San­taquin Both agreed that it was the sign that they and on Main street. They looked at needed, and that is how their busi­ness got four other lo­ca­tions that all fell through its name. Since then, they have dis­cov­ered be­fore they found the cur­rent spot. It many men­tions of white feath­ers bear­ing turned out to be the best of all and things mes­sages from an­gels or heaven. Even the fell right into place. Na­tive Amer­i­can tribes have sto­ries of the Jim and Loretta have been mar­ried sym­bol­ism of white feather mes­sages. 30- plus years and have two daugh­ters.

Jim was go­ing to col­lege for his an­i­mal The old­est is a sher­iff’s deputy in Cal­i­for­nia science de­gree when he re­al­ized he needed and the younger is a so­cial worker one more class in lib­eral arts. He chose in Salt Lake City. They have three grand­chil­dren. lap­idary since it seemed easy enough and They have fos­tered more than had the right amount of cred­its. He has 50 chil­dren in their home over the years been an off-and-on rock­hound ever since. and still have close con­tact with sev­eral He cur­rently is an ac­tiv­ity bus driver for of them. They have lived in San­taquin Payson High School, and this al­lows him for 11 years and worked with Neigh­bor­hood time off dur­ing the busy sum­mer rock­hound­ing Watch and CERT. They have dogs, sea­son. chick­ens, ca­naries and a tur­tle. Jim’s

Sev­eral years ago, Loretta was at a yard “re­tire­ment” job is driv­ing the ac­tiv­ity sale and found a box of “pretty” rocks for bus for Payson High School. He loves $5. She thought it would be fun to get a his teams and gives them coach­ing ad­vice tum­bler and see how they looked. She in the form of “win or walk home.” went to a rock shop and showed them He owns a clas­sic Har­ley, is a can­cer her rocks, and they said that they should sur­vivor and a Viet­nam veteran ( Marine not be tum­bled - they were Mex­i­can Fire Corps). Loretta res­cues an­i­mals on Opal, and if she took time to make them a reg­u­lar ba­sis and keeps busy with the into jewelry, they could be worth thou­sands. shop. They like to travel to see fam­ily That started the first of a se­ries of and visit the Navajo Na­tion to get new classes on sol­der­ing, pol­ish­ing and wire jewelry and art for the shop. They try to wrap­ping. Then Jim bought his first used go rock­hound­ing ev­ery other week­end. Cab (pol­ish­ing) ma­chine, and they were The shop does lap­idary, sil­ver work, hooked. Now they have three cab­bing ma­chines, Old Pawn Na­tive Amer­i­can jewelry, Navajo two tum­blers, three rock saws and jewelry and art­work, Western art, a facet ma­chine. gifts, raw rock and jewelry classes and has

The shift from a garage busi­ness came a large fos­sil col­lec­tion. They would love be­cause of a ma­jor turn­ing point. Loretta to have Scout groups and class field trip was in a car ac­ci­dent that to­taled the car groups tour the shop, and they are plan­ning and caused a neck in­jury that pre­vented a spe­cial chil­dren’s cor­ner.

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