In honor of long-time friend, Kendall J. Wilardson, KTTA 8.1 will donate a $1,000 scholarship each year to support students in our communities as they work to further their education. This scholarship will work in conjunction with Sevier Valley Hospital's Kendall J. Wilardson Memorial Scholarship. Recipients will be selected from high school seniors in Sevier, Piute, and Wayne counties.
KTTA Scholarship Recipients
2015 Recipient - Austin Anderson , South Sevier High School
2016 Recipient - Breanna Brown, Wayne County High School
About Kendall J. Wilardson
Kendall J. Wilardson was a standout individual from Richfield, Utah who carried all the attributes and qualities that make up a distinguished and respected individual. Born Dec. 3, 1963, in Ogden, Utah to Glen Pierce and Helen Matthews Willardson, Kendall was a high school sports star continuing on to play football at BYU. While in high school, he gained the nickname "Superman" because of his blue eyes and his likeness to Clark Kent. After graduating from Richfield High School in 1982, He served faithfully as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Mission from 1983-84.
Kendall graduated from BYU with his Bachelor's degree in Medical Technology in 1988. He made his career at Sevier Valley Hospital in Richfield, where he worked for 26 years, serving in multiple capacities including medical lab technician, lab manager, and ancillary manager.
Kendall married the love of his life, Julie Ware, on Nov. 17 1984 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. The couple had five loving children: Brittani, Jason, Chelsee, Brandon, and Nicole. His family was his life, pride and joy.
Kendall was also a very active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He served faithfully in many callings including Bishop of the Richfield 9th ward, high counselor, primary teacher, Young Men's President and Branch President of the Indian Dorm Branch.
Kendall became a close friend to the Parsons' family after marrying Julie (a fellow Monroe Native). He was a part of the Parsons' basketball team (Sevier Valley Communications) in the Richfield City Recreational basketball league for several years -years filled with lots of fun and excitement.
Today, those years hold many fond memories dear to our hearts. When KTTA 8.1 went on air in January of 2012, one of the station's goals was to provide the community with a way to watch high school sport activities via HD quality broadcast . Kendall Willardson supported this vision and was instrumental in getting Richfield High School sporting events on the station - serving as a sports announcer. His passion for sports was displayed through enthusiasm and excitement for every game!