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Citizen of the Year 2017: Collin Allan

​Collin Allan was born May 13, 1933, to James G. and Gwen Williams Allan. He was born and raised in the home across the street from where he now lives. He has lived in Mapleton all of his life with the exception of two years during WWII and two years on an LDS mission to the Hawaiian Islands. He graduated from Springville High in 1951 and was a good student and also a speaker at his graduation exercises. He attended Brigham Young University in 1951 before his mission. He returned after the war and graduated from BYU with two majors in accounting and mathematics. He worked at Utah Saving and Loan and later at BYU as the director of Tours and Conferences. He then worked for First Security Bank as manager in Springville and Spanish Fork. Later he became vice president and supervisor of 10 branches. He has been a member of the Provo, Springville and Spanish Fork chambers of commerce through the years. Allan has served on various boards including six years on the Utah State Wildlife Board. His interest in hunting and fishing is practically genetic as the Allan family has been involved in this activity for many generations going back to Scotland. Allan was on the Mapleton City Council for 12 years, the Mapleton Planning Commission for nine years and the Nebo School District Board of Education for 30 years. He also served for 24 years as a trustee on the Utah High School Activities Association board. He currently serves on the board of directors for Rock Canyon Bank.
Allan had only one sibling, Evan E. Allan, who was killed during WWII when his plane was hit. He married Peggie Bingham in 1957 and they will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary in June. Together they have five children: Scott, Marian, Clark, Leisel and Melinda. They have 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Collin has served 10 years as a bishop, 14 years as a high councilman and nine years in his stake presidency.
Last but not least, Collin manages his family farm.

Youth Citizen of the Year 2017: Emily Bird

​Emily Bird has lived her entire life in the same home in Springville. In her early years, she was an active little thing and was always up to something. The most common phrase at her house was, “Where’s Emily?” Though she may have shaved a few years off of her parents’ lives, she did eventually grow up. Luckily, she retained her imagination and determination – two of her best traits. Emily is the daughter of Blaine and Marla Bird. She is a senior at Springville High School and loves being a Red Devil. She has served on the student council each year and is the SHS student representative to the Nebo School District Board of Education. You can find Emily at almost any SHS activity as she cheers and supports her fellow Red Devils.  Though she’s not anxious to graduate, she is busy applying to colleges and making plans for her future. If you see Emily, you’ll almost always see her with a smile. She loves life, her friends, animals and serving others. She also enjoys playing sports, snowboarding, traveling and visiting the beach. She is one happy girl and loves to share that happiness with others.  Last year, she set a goal to hand write a personal birthday card to each one of her 486 classmates.  She enjoyed it so much that she’s doing it again this year. Emily has two sisters and a brother and is looking forward to being an aunt for the first time.  She is the granddaughter of Phil and Katherine Bird of Springville and Gary and Janice Egbert of Lewiston.

Business of the Year 2017: La Casita 

​Considered one of Utah County’s top Mexican food restaurants for nearly four decades now, La Casita’s success is built around two main concepts – unique family recipes perfected with years of fine tuning and always ensuring that customers feel 
like family. “We not only want every customer who walks through our door to have outstanding Mexican food and a genuine dining experience, but also feel like they are part of La Casita’s family, tradition and history,” said owner Luis Muzquiz Jr. La Casita, the Springville-Mapleton Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year, has become a mainstay in Springville’s dining community. The children and grandchildren of those who dined at La Casita when it first opened in October 1978 are the restaurant’s core customers today. La Casita was founded by Luis Muzquiz Sr. and wife Luz, who moved to Utah 
after working as cooks and servers for many years at various Mexican restaurants in Southern California. With encouragement from customer Charlie Hesselgesser, who moved from Southern California to Koosharem, Utah, Luis Muzquiz Sr. purchased the small building at 333 N. Main in Springville that once housed Siesta Village 
Restaurant, operated for years by the Domingo Rodriquez family. “I think La Casita became successful from the beginning and continued strong for 25 years because of my dad’s outgoing personality and the recipes he learned from his mother,” Luis Muzquiz Jr. said. 
In March 2003, Luis Muzquiz Jr. and wife Katie purchased La Casita, continuing to serve for the past 14 years the restaurant’s original cuisine. More importantly, Luis Jr. and Katie continue to build La Casita’s generational customer base. In addition to being honored with the Springville-Mapleton Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year, La Casita was recently chosen by readers of the 
Daily Herald as Utah County’s best Mexican restaurant. 
“Our business philosophy is simple. Our customers are family to us,” Luis Muzquiz Jr. said. 

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Population:  31,000
Elevation:  4,577ft (1395m)
 • Total 14.4 sq mi (37.4 km2)
 • Land 14.4 sq mi (37.4 km2)
 • Water 0.04  sq mi (0.1 km2)

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