Sidney J. Atkin

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Sidney J. Atkin (1934-2018)

Sidney J. Atkin was a native of St. George, Utah, and a graduate of Dixie High School and Dixie College. While attending Dixie he was both a scholar and an athlete, competing in tennis and baseball, while receiving an outstanding business award.

Following an LDS mission to the British Isles and military service in the Utah National Guard, Sid, with his father and brother, purchased the Sugar Loaf Café. This investment blossomed into a booming property management and investment enterprise. As president of Sugar Loaf, Inc., Sid has developed and operated the Rodeway Inn and Sugar Loaf Restaurants in St. George and Cedar City. Sid was one of the founders of Skywest Airlines and later served as vice-chairman. He was also active in civic affairs, he served as chairman of the Washington County Republican Party and served eight years as a member of the Utah House of Representatives, four years as the Republican whip. He was a member of the Utah State Parks and Recreation Board. He has been honored by the Five County Association of Governments for his legislative service, and he was also a Southern Utah honors recipient. Sid has donated his time and energy to many organizations. He has served as president of the Chamber of Commerce, promotional co-chair of the Dixie Red Hills Golf Course, and on the Boards of the Dixie Regional Medical Center and the Dixie College Foundation. He also served as a member of the Dixie College Board of Trustees and the Dixie Colonel’s Club. Sid married Mary Ann Hunt in 1957 and they are the parents of eight children, seven that are graduates of Dixie College. Sidney Atkin died in 2018 at the age of 84 after an eleven month fight with Dementia. The Dixie State University Administration Building proudly displays his name.