Roads to Success: Raynal Pearson
In addition to his business activities, Raynal Pearson has spent a lifetime “giving back” to his church and community.
He and Maridell founded the Sterling Scholarship program for central and southern Utah more than 25 years ago. It’s modelled after a similar program sponsored by a Salt Lake City newspaper, the Deseret News, in the northern part of the state.
Each high school chooses its outstanding high school senior in each of 13 categories.
The top overall student in each category receives a full-ride scholarship to the Utah university or college of their choice with funds provided by business and other donors.
Runners-up receive cash to help pay for furthering their education.
Pearson has been president of both the Orem Rotary Club and the Provo/Orem Chamber of Commerce and is still active in both groups.
He has served as a bishop in the LDS and as president of the stake (region) in Richfield and currently teaches at the LDS Missionary Training Center in Provo which provides a two-month course to prepare young Mormons for their two years in the field.
He is now active as an ecclesiastical leader in the Orem Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
LDS congregations are run by lay leaders. The church has no full-time ministers.
Pearson has been a directory and fund-raiser for the Utah County American Cancer Society.
He has been a long-time member of the Tire Association of North America (TANA) and the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association (NTDRA), its predecessor, serving on the national board for several years. He was also active in the Utah Tire Dealers Association.