Arnold Trotter was born September 25, 1928, in Huntsville, Utah to Arnold DeWitt and Louisa Price Trotter, where his father owned and operated a 1,000-acre sheep ranch with 5,000 sheep. The ranch fell victim to the Great Depression, and as a result, Paul and his family moved to Provo in 1936 and purchased a house where Brigham Young University’s Helaman Halls dorms are located today.
As a young man, Paul delivered newspapers in and around BYU, including University President Franklin S. Harris. He served as a missionary in the Northern States Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1949 to 1951 and graduated from BYU with a degree in marketing in 1953.
Paul’s sweetheart, Margo Boswell, came into his life on a blind date, after which he courted her long-distance from Provo while she was working at the main lodge in Zions National Park. They were married on May 26, 1955, at the Manti Utah Temple and were blessed with five children. Their love letters while dating are legendary among their children.
Paul was an example of ingenuity, gentle strength, constancy and security. He worked at the Geneva Steel Corporation in the accounting department for over 35 years, working briefly on the Union Pacific Railroad when steel workers went on strike in the late 1950s.
He was a hard worker, building the family home in Salem, Utah after work and on weekends. Paul loved the outdoors. He was an avid skier, hiker, canoeist on the Provo River, deer hunter and gardener. He taught his wife and five children to ski at Sundance (Timp Haven), Alta and Brighton.
As a teenager, his daughter Lisa named him “Father of the Year” in a radio contest and won. It embarrassed him to be spoken to on the radio and asked Lisa, “Why the hell would you name me?” Lisa and the rest of us knew it – because he really was father of the year.
He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where he served for years as a ward clerk, in the bishopric, and as a scout leader helping many young men attain the rank of Eagle. Scout. He received the Silver Beaver Award for his service in the Boy Scouts of America. In his later years Paul was an avid mountain biker and spent many years with his daughter Lesli and husband Stan Cole riding the trails from Moab to Mount Nebo.
Most importantly, he was an example to his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of integrity, honesty, hard work, and what it means to live a Christian life. Many people look up to Paul and Margo as shining examples of those who live the gospel.
Paul is survived by his wife of 67 years, Margo Boswell; children: Stan (Lesli) Cole, Kris (Lisa) Cole, Scott (Michele) Trotter, Mark (Sherry) Trotter and Wally (Marnae) Trotter, plus 20 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Salem Woodland Hills Stake Center, 555 West 11200 South, Salem, Utah 84653. Family and friends may gather for a visitation Tuesday evening, also at the church, from 6:00 p.m. at 8:00 p.m. and again on Wednesday morning from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. before the funeral. Interment will be in Salem City Cemetery 130 East 965 South, Salem, Utah 84653