Bee­hive Com­mu­nity Spot­light

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Den­nis McGraw

Ev­ery com­mu­nity has peo­ple in it that make it great. I’m talk­ing about salt-of- the-earth kinda peo­ple. Join us as each month as we high­light one of our long­time mem­bers in the com­mu­nity.

Del­bert Har­vey was born in Farm­ersville, Calif., in 1931. He was adopted by Tom and An­nie Har­vey. The Har­veys would pick Del up from the hospi­tal the day after he was born and would be the only par­ents Del would ever know. The Har­veys were never able to have chil­dren. Tom was a dairy farmer and milked a cou­ple dozen head of cat­tle twice a day. When Del was 9 years old, he and his par­ents would leave Farm­ersville and move to Idaho. They wouldn’t stay long and soon 5,200 peo­ple liv­ing in the city, and know­ing moved to Helper where Tom worked for the po­lice chief knew Del per­son­ally the rail­road. Tom worked for the rail­road gave him some sat­is­fac­tion (and scared just a few years be­fore he died. him a lit­tle)..

Del was raised mostly by his mother Del work var­i­ous dif­fer­ent jobs in or­der An­nie Har­vey. It was just the two of them. to pro­vide for his fam­ily and keep their An­nie pro­vided for them as best she could home. “I worked for the De­seret news­pa­per as a sin­gle mother. At age 14, Del broke for five years de­liv­er­ing papers. I was his fe­mur and was sent to a hospi­tal in the main de­liv­ery driver for Utah County. Price. He spent the next year re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing My route in­cluded Hanksville, Goshen, while liv­ing in the hospi­tal. An­nie would West Moun­tain and Le­land, in all about visit oc­ca­sion­ally but was try­ing her best 78 miles a day. Mr. White­head was my to put down roots for her and Del. By the boss and we did not get along very well. time he was re­leased from the hospi­tal, We had a dis­agree­ment one day and I said, An­nie had started rent­ing an apart­ment in ‘Mr. White­head, I give you my 30 days’ Pleas­ant Grove. no­tice.’ He pre­tended not to hear me, and

Del be­gan work­ing for the Le­land Mill about 28 days later begged me to show his Com­pany in Le­land. At age 16, he pur­chased son the route so he could take over the de­liv­er­ies.” a dis­tressed prop­erty in Le­land. “I went into the bank of Span­ish Fork (on An­nie Har­vey passed away at age 76 Main Street) with my mom, the banker and Del was alone. He would stay in the looked at me and spoke to me the whole Le­land home for a few more years, and time — he knew I was pro­vid­ing for my at age 35 Del met Edna Fullmer. She and fam­ily and I was de­ter­mined to buy the Del were set up on a blind date at the lo­cal home for me and my mother,” Del said. bowl­ing al­ley, Dukes Lane in Span­ish The bank would trans­fer the loan into Fork. They dated for six months and were Del’s name and lent him enough money to mar­ried. They moved into Edna’s home buy out the pre­vi­ous owner. in Payson and lived there for more than

Del did a lot for his mother An­nie, who 30 years. They en­joyed life to­gether; Del was well into her 60s and her health was loved to fish and took Edna with him as frag­ile. “I re­mem­ber one time I was driv­ing of­ten as pos­si­ble. Edna’s aged mother my 1931 Model A down to the lo­cal lived with them and they both cared for mar­ket in Span­ish Fork, I parked about a her un­til she passed away. Del worked block away and walked to the mar­ket. The as an auto me­chanic for Paige’s Auto in po­lice chief and his deputies would spend Span­ish Fork. His sweet Edna passed most of their time on Main Street and I did away in 2010. She and Del would never not have my li­cense to drive, I was just have chil­dren but en­joyed their life to­gether 15 at the time. I was on my way back to very much. the car with my gro­ceries, and the po­lice To­day Del lives in Bee­hive Homes chief stopped me and said, ‘Del, I know of Span­ish Fork. He is en­joy­ing the quiet you don’t have a li­cense — as long as you life: rem­i­nisc­ing about the old days, keep your nose clean, I’ll not stop you.’ laugh­ing about good times and cry­ing I was pretty happy about that.” Del said. about the hard times. “I love this home I At that time, Span­ish Fork only had about re­ally do,” he said.

Del Har­vey

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