Family Search and Rescue was formed in 2005 and is organized as a 501 C3 so any contribution you make to help our group help our community may be tax deductable. We were formed by a group of friends with a common interest in great dogs and a desire to serve our community. Currently we meet and train and get together for social events as well with the desire to be a close group of friends that is also prepared to help in times of need. Quickly we will update our member page so you can meet our dedicated teams.
Training Director- Steve Parsons
I have always had a love for Search and Rescue since I trained my first Doberman to track and retrieve pheasants. I became fascinated with how the Doberman was capable of doing something I never in my life could do. To watch a Doberman "smell" and follow where something had been even hours before just blew my mind my short obsession with upland game hunting had nothing to do with shooting and everything to do with tracking and trailing. Once I realized this, I spent a lot of time with volunteer search and rescue. I found not only did I really enjoy the work with the Dobermans, but the chance to be the difference between life and death for someone in peril, is a reward you can't put a price tag on. Again the key difference in survival is how fast the victim is located. A Doberman can locate a victim faster than any person with any technology can.
Vice President- Chris Dascomb
I joined the Utah County Sheriff's Explorer Search and rescue team at 15. At 16 I started training with the dog handlers and stayed on with them until I was 20. I then started a family business that keeps me in the outdoors and busy. I joined family SAR in january of 2010, and enjoy being in the outdoors with my dog Bo.
Recruiter- Sonja Stein
I have loved being in the outdoors my entire life. I have been a certified lifeguard, and have taught swimming and water aerobics for the past 15 years. I am a certified Recreational Therapist but have put that career on hold while I raise my family of 4 beautiful girls. I love Labrador Retrievers and got one for Christmas 4 years ago. Since then I have been working with her on obedience and recently got into Dock Jumping, and found she has a natural talent for it. Search and Rescue seemed like another fun thing to do with my dog, but I am quickly finding out that it is more than just a fun thing to do, it is an amazing opportunity to help in the community, and I have peace of mind that I can make a difference for my own family. I'll see ya in the great outdoors!
Secretary- Stephanie Mikesell
Stephanie joined Family Search and Rescue in the fall of 2009. With a deep love of dogs, a sincere desire to help others, and a yearning to give back to the community; it was clear SAR was a good fit. Not only is Stephanie an accomplished woodsman and hunter she feels most at home in the wilderness. After 20 years as an elementary educator and mother of nine, Stephanie needed a new challenge. SAR fits in well with some of her favorite pastimes - backpacking, training dogs, being outside and learning new things. New to Search and Rescue, Stephanie is joined by Bella, a one year old Black Mouth Cur. The team trains together daily, and Stephanie has introduced Bella to a wide variety of social and environmental situations. Both are working hard to become mission ready as quickly as possible.