Dan and Roxy Mabbutt were selected as citizens of the season for Spring, 2012. They were nominated by Julie Hancock. Julie said ‘Dan and Roxy show up at every single Weeder’s Guild event. They will do anything that’s asked, no matter how heavy a task, or dirty. They are always cheerful and uncomplaining and they work very, very hard. Every single time.’
Dan has served on the Planning Commission since 2007, including a year as chairman in 2011. They both come to nearly every town meeting, every Z-Arts event and every Field Institute event.
They both grew up in small towns and when they found Springdale, were certain this was the place they wanted to retire. They love Springdale and want to ‘give back’ to their community. Dan was adamant that the award had to go to them together. “We are joined at the hip, you realize.”
Dan read a nice acceptance letter when the Council presented them with the award in April; this is an excerpt:
“Like so many others, Roxy and I moved here because we thought it was a spectacularly beautiful place; we were lucky enough to find a way to do it. But we never counted on the bonus we got after we moved here… as soon as we arrived in Springdale, it seemed like we started to meet people and make friends. People reach out to each other in Springdale. They say, "Hello! How are you?" on the street. And Springdale people assume personal responsibility for our town together. Last year, when we walked down our lane to go help clean up the dog park after the flood, we're didn't know if we would be the only people there or not. But a hundred people showed up from all over the Zion Canyon community. At the peak, there almost wasn't enough elbow room to rake sand…What we have here goes way beyond the canyon; it goes way beyond the Park; and it's more precious than even the current price of gold.”