STATEWIDE UTAH (Sept. 18, 2021) — They fought and survived six large-scale wars, the Great Depression and 13 recessions, and now two global pandemics. Utah’s most resilient citizens who are 100 years and older will be honored by Gov. Spencer J. Cox’s declaration of Sept. 18, 2021, as “Centenarian Day in Utah.” 

With the declaration, the state welcomes 24 new members to The 2021 Governor’s Century Club of Utah. As of Sept. 18, 2021, Utah has a total of 164 known residents ranging from 100 years to its senior member, Lilian Jones, 111 years old (Salt Lake City).

“I am proud to join five governors before me in honoring Utah’s Centenarians with their own day,” said Gov. Cox. “All Utahns can be grateful for these extraordinary individuals’ personal contributions to our state’s history and for the wisdom they continue to share with us.” 

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For health safety reasons, the Governor is foregoing an in-person celebration with the 2021 Centenarians. A bound yearbook and signed Governor’s letter of commendation was sent to each Centenarian. 

For the life stories and photos that are released for media use of many of Utah’s 2021 centenarians, visit the online yearbook at daas.utah.gov/centenarians.

Facts about Utah’s 2021 Centenarians (more demographics and regional data below)

  • Witnessed changes in history, including widespread indoor plumbing and electricity, radio and television, and production of the automobile and airplane
  • 116 are female; 48 male
  • 29 are WWII veterans
Breakdown by Centenarian’s Age
Age Female Male Total
111 1 0 1
110 1 1 2
109 1 1 2
108 7 0 7
107 3 0 3
106 9 4 13
105 9 4 13
104 16 1 17
103 16 12 28
102 17 9 26
101 20 8 28
100 15 8 23
99* 1 0 1
Grand Total: 116 48 164

*Will turn 100

Breakdown by Counties in which Centenarians Reside
County # of Centenarians County # of Centenarians
Beaver 0 Piute 1
Box Elder 1 Rich 1
Cache 5 Salt Lake 85
Carbon 1 San Juan 0
Daggett 0 Sanpete 4
Davis 11 Sevier 0
Duchesne 0 Summit 1
Emery 0 Tooele 2
Garfield 0 Uintah 1
Grand 0 Utah 21
Iron 0 Wasatch 0
Juab 0 Washington 13
Kane 0 Wayne 0
Millard 0 Weber 17
Morgan 0 Grand Total: 164
Oldest Ladies in Governor’s Century Club:
Mrs. Lilian Jones (111 years old), born in March 1910. Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County
Mrs. Alice Bennett (110 years old), born in May 1911. Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County
Mrs. Betty Mendoza (109 years old), born in April 1912. Hurricane, Washington County
Oldest Gentlemen in Governor’s Century Club:
Mr. Ted Wells (110 years old), born in September 1910. Orem, Utah County
Mr. Paul Smith (109 years old), born in May 1912. Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County
Mr. Earl Webb (106 years old), born in January 1915. Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County
Total WWII Veterans in the Governor’s Century Club Database
Mrs. Edith Akers (106 years old). Riverton, Salt Lake County 
Mr. Derral Allen (102 years old). Clearfield, Davis County 
Mr. Milton Christensen (106 years old). West Haven, Weber County
Mr. Lloyd Clement (103 years old). Logan, Cache County
Mr. David Curtis (103 years old). Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County
Mr. Louis H. Edison (102 years old). Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County 
Mr. Jack N. Eichers (100 years old). Millcreek, Salt Lake County
Mr. Eugene England (101 years old). Sandy, Salt Lake County
Mr. Allen Frandsen (102 years old). Centerfield, Sanpete County
Mr. John Frey (103 years old). Manti, Utah County 
Mr. Joseph Garcia (102 years old). Bountiful, Davis County 
Mr. Oscar Green (100 years old). Holladay, Salt Lake County
Mr. Gail S. Halvorsen (100 years old). Provo, Utah County
Mr. Weldon Heaton (100 years old). He is from Laverkin, Washington County
Mr. Mark Heyrend (103 years old). Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County
Mr. Norton James (102 years old). Taylorsville, Salt Lake County
Mr. Hyrum Grant Keeler (103 years old). Layton, Davis County 
Mr. Wilhelm Kuhn (102 years old). Orem, Utah County
Mr. Robert Larson (101 years old). Centerfield, Sanpete County 
Mr. John Millar (101 years old). He lives in St. George, Washington County
Mr. Gregory Montagnoli (100 years old). He lives in American Fork, Utah County 
Mr. Stanley Nance (103 years old). Millcreek, Salt Lake County 
Mr. Carl Nelson (101 years old). Taylorsville, Salt Lake County
Mr. Herbert Olschewski (102 years old). Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County
Mrs. Esther Orr (100 years old). She lives in Park City, Summit County
Mrs. Thelma Patton (105 years old). Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County 
Mr. Douglas Smith (100 years old) He lives in Syracuse, Davis County 
Mr. Albert Vise (102 years old). Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County 
Mr. Woodrow Wilson (102 years old). Clinton, Davis County

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