Dr. Ronald L. Garner
Dr. Ronald L. Garner (1931-)
was born in Ephraim, Utah. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Utah and earned his Ph.D. at the University of Oregon. The 2005 year marks Dr. Garner’s 51st year as a faculty member at Dixie State College, during which time he has contributed greatly to the cultural arts of southern Utah.
He began teaching at Dixie in 1955. He founded the Dixie College marching band and jazz ensemble, and he was director of the concert band, orchestra, chamber orchestra, theater orchestra, and choir, whose combined performances number in the thousands. With Norman Fawson and Irene Everett he established the Southwest Symphony, serving as its first conductor for eight years during its primary development. Dr. Garner founded the Dixie Fine Arts Series (Celebrity Concert Series) in 1958, and has served as president and a board member on several occasions.
A former director of the Division of Fine Arts, he served as music department chair and twice received the DSC Outstanding Teacher Award, and the DSC Life Achievement Award in music. His greatest professional accomplishments can be witnessed by the thousands of students who have gained an appreciation for music under his tutelage. Many of his former students are music educators who continue the fine music traditions of Dixie. In the words of his lifelong friend and fellow Hall of Famer Dan Watson, “A tribute to Ron Garner symbolizes continuity as well as change, and signifies not only hope for the future, but more specifically, gratitude for the past.”
Ron is married to the former Susan Allen Orchard and is the father of six children: Randi Lee, Bruce, Daniel, Michele, Glade, and Scott, and stepfather of three children: Allen, Paul and Chris.