Ron and Beverly Bateman were in attendance at the monthly Sons of Utah Pioneers Settlement Canyon Chapter Business and Education meeting Aug. 7, 2014, in the Tooele Senior Citizens Center. After a potluck dinner, those in attendance listened and watched as the Batemans presented their testimony-enhancing pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Not only did the Batemans “walk today where Jesus walked,” but they came to understand the current confrontation between Jews and Palestinians a little clearer. Besides professional educators and guides, the Batemans were deeply fed with the inspirational comments of former LDS general authority John Madsen. It was a once-in-a-lifetime excursion they will never forget.
Ron grew up in Ibapah, Utah, but spent his high school years in Tooele where he met his future wife Beverly Christiansen. Ron is the author of three books about the Ibapah, Wendover and South Jordan areas. He has written several hard-bound personal histories, and helped in the writing and production of other works. The Batemans were both employed with the Granite School District for years, but preferred living and helping during the summers on the family ranch in Ibapah, along with their four children.
If you have interest in learning about and keeping alive the accomplishments of our pioneer ancestors, you are heartily invited to attend our dinner and educational meetings the first Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in the Tooele Senior Citizens Center, across Garden Street next to the Tooele Pioneer and Daughter’s of Utah Pioneers Museums, at about 50 E. Vine. Both museums are open each Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and entrance is always free.