Citizen of the Year 2020: Natalie egbert clyde
The Springville-Mapleton Chamber of Commerce has named Natalie Egbert Clyde as its 2020 Citizens of the Year.
Natalie Egbert Clyde was born in West Jordan to Gary and Janice Egbert. She was raised in West Jordan on her family's mink ranch on Redwood Road. She graduated from Bingham High School where she participated on the drill team and was the Business Sterling Scholar.
She then attended Brigham Young University where she met Wilford W. Clyde. Natalie and Wilford married in 1977 and have lived in Springville since then. Natalie graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in interior design.
While raising four daughters (Camille, Melia, Alison and Katie), Natalie found time to volunteer in the community. She helped with the Art City Days Children's Art Festival for many years. Her daughters remember being "volunteered" to paint faces at the festival during their teenage years. She also helped with the Miss Springville Pageant and PTA while her daughters were in school.
Natalie served on the Nebo Education Foundation Board from 2002 to 2015 and was president of the board for a few years. She has also served as co-chair of the Utah Valley University President's Ball and co-chair of the Art Ball at the Springville Museum of Art.
While her youngest daughter Katie was in high school, Natalie served as president of the Springville High School Booster Club from 2005 to 2007. Natalie was honored with the Outstanding Service Award for all her support through the years.
Natalie has been seen at many high school events supporting her own children, her friends’ children, young women and young men in her church ward, and now her grandchildren. The Utah High School Athletic Association awarded her with the "Super Fan of the Year" award at the state basketball tournament.
As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Natalie has spent many years serving in various church callings, but most of her time has been spent with the youth. She has attended girls’ camps, hosted events in her home and organizing countless other activities.
It is difficult to quantify all the service Natalie has contributed over the years. She is often behind the scenes, quietly taking care of things most people are not aware of. As one friend said, "If she can't help you, she knows someone who can."
At the 2020 Springville-Mapleton Chamber of Commerce banquet, Lana Hiskey presented the Citizen of the Year Award to Natalie. At the time, Lana said, “What truly makes Natalie the 2020 Citizen of the Year is the way she serves quietly behind the scenes when no one is watching. Natalie is always helping someone that is down on their luck or having an urgent health issue.
“I have been astonished at her ability to recognize a need and then pull together the needed resources from various resources to help the individual. Her service is almost always anonymous.
“It takes a special person, Natalie, to allow her husband, Wilford, to serve in so many leadership capacities. While Wilford is leading the community and the many Clyde Companies, Natalie is the one taking care of everything else (including important details for Wilford).
“Natalie was the first person to offer her home to evacuees from the Bald Mountain and Pole Creek Fires. Little did anyone know that her house guests would be there for three solid weeks. Natalie is an inspiration to all of us on how to be a contributing citizen of our community and chamber. There is not a person in Springville that deserves Citizen of the Year for 2020 more than Natalie Clyde.”
In addition to serving in the community, Natalie enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with her 18 grandchildren. Natalie and Wilford continue to enjoy supporting the Springville/Mapleton community and are passionate about making Springville a great place to live.
Business of the Year 2020: Magleby's
The Springville-Mapleton Chamber of Commerce has named Magleby's restaurant as its 2020 Business of the Year.
Richard Parkinson - Magleby's restaurant
Magleby’s restaurant, which opened its location inside the historic Reynolds Building in downtown Springville nine years ago, has been named the 2020 Business of the Year by the Springville-Mapleton Chamber of Commerce.
“It’s been absolutely fantastic. We really feel like we have a home here,” said Magleby’s owner Richard Parkinson.
Richard’s father David “Doc” Parkinson worked as a dentist for 25 years in Maryland before he retired and he and his wife Lenora moved to Utah. Doc had a dream to share truly great food with the world, and he opened Magleby’s in Provo in 1980 with his best friend Hal Magleby.
The restaurant became an iconic landmark in Provo over the years with well-known menu items such as its breadsticks and chocolate cake. The recipes came from Richard’s mother Lenora.
“Everybody thought my dad ran the restaurant. He didn’t. My mom ran the restaurant,” Richard said.
The restaurant opened while Richard was on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When he returned home, Richard went to work at the restaurant doing whatever needed to be done. Eventually, he went to work for Marriott, gaining extensive restaurant experience while serving as director of restaurants for the corporation and also owning his own management consultant company.
Richard returned to Provo in 1998 and opened Magleby’s Fresh, which offered similar menu choices in a more casual atmosphere. “That was my concept, the one that I kind of developed and built,” he said. He took over the Magleby’s restaurant in 2004 when his parents wanted to retire.
The decision to locate in Springville came after Leslie DeeAnn Mower, who owns the Reynolds building on the corner of 200 South and Main Street, invited Magleby’s to locate in the building.
“We wouldn’t be here without her,” Richard said. “She was just a landlord that had vision and knew the growth would come.”
And the growth has come; Richard said the restaurant has “increased and grown every year” since its opening.
“We feel like as long as we do a good job and are a good value, we will grow every year,” he said.
During the economic downturn in 2007 and 2008, Magleby’s made the decision to begin catering events. The restaurant now caters close to 300 weddings a year as well as corporate and other events.
Magleby’s frequently contributes to local organizations such as schools and foundations through food donations or discounts. “We just feel like it’s our responsibility to be part of the community, and what we have to offer is food,” Richard said.
The restaurant also buys its ingredients locally when it can to support other local businesses.