Lo­cal vet­eran is mod­ern In­di­ana Jones ad­ven­turer

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Stacy Thomas

In a quiet room at the end of a long hall­way at the Cen­tral Utah Veter­ans Home in Payson re­sides one of the most charm­ing char­ac­ters you are likely to meet in this life­time. Wayne Hamby is quick to share a tale of ad­ven­ture and ex­cite­ment; this is a man filled with a zest for life and a grand out­look for the fu­ture.

Award-win­ning au­thor Hamby spent his mil­i­tary ca­reer on the East Coast - in New Jer­sey, to be ex­act. While the rest of the na­tion was gripped with the fear of pos­si­ble mis­sile at­tacks, this man slept next to the mis­siles. This lit­tle odd­ity on the old re­sume is just one of many.

In the be­gin­ning, his trav­els through­out Latin Amer­ica were on be­half of the Book of Mor­mon In­sti­tute, part of BYU’s re­search de­part­ment. His vivid sto­ries on ar­ti­fact re­search caught the at­ten­tion of the Os­monds, who then com­mis­sioned him to write sto­ries for their Spot­light mag­a­zine.

Sto­ries are some­thing Hamby has in spades. I was lucky enough to spend a few hours in­ter­view­ing this soft-spo­ken gen­tle­man. I heard all about his trav­els on Yun­gas Road in Bo­livia. Google that. Its in­sane. They also call it Death Road, as they should. Hamby de­scribed his close call when bat­tling both ty­phoid and hep­ati­tis and the time he rented the pres­i­dent of Bo­livia’s com­pound be­cause “the tim­ing was right.” This was just the be­gin­ning of a long ca­reer abroad. From ar­ti­fact re­search to en­gi­neer­ing to gold refining and di­a­mond min­ing, Hamby is ex­actly what The Payson Youth City Coun­cil is seek­ing you would ex­pect from a man who was new mem­bers. The youth city coun­cil will­ing to take big risks and live life on a is an or­ga­ni­za­tion that of­fers high school leap of faith. stu­dents (grades 9 through 12) the op­por­tu­nity

A se­lec­tion of his many tales can be to gain an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for their found in his new book “Jaguars and Can­ni­bals: com­mu­nity through ser­vice with the city’s True Sto­ries of an LDS Trea­sure elected of­fi­cials. Hunter.” The ma­jor­ity of these sto­ries are Those in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing should based on his time in his beloved Brazil, con­tact Kim Le­fler at 801-921-9779 or a coun­try he adored and resided in for kiml@payson.org. En­roll­ment is on­go­ing more than 15 years. It’s an amaz­ing coun­try so those in­ter­ested may sub­mit their ap­pli­ca­tion where he met and mar­ried his wife at any time. and raised his chil­dren and one time al­most shot a man who was try­ing to kill him. Each story has a dash of ex­hil­a­ra­tion and a twist of hu­mor. When asked why he sought out such crazy es­capades, Hamby will tell you he didn’t. In­stead, he “just lived in a place where these things hap­pened.”

Wayne Hamby

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