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Terrill Schwartz to be inducted into County Hall of Fame

The Oneida County Hall of Fame Committee selected two local men to be honored at this year’s ceremony.  M. Joe Davis and Terrill R. Schwartz will be inducted to the Hall of Fame on Tuesday, May 23, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. at the Oneida County Events Center.  (See the May 4 edition of The Idaho Enterprise for the biography of Joe Davis.)

Reservations for the dinner must be made no later than Friday, May 12, so that a count can be given to the caterer. Please call Susan Wittman at City Hall (208-766-4010) for reservations.

Terrill R. Schwartz

Terrill Schwartz was born in Malad in 1950, the second son of Rex and Lucille Schwartz. He has an older brother Glen, younger twin sisters Tam and Pam, and a younger brother Don Paul. Terrill began working for his parents at their local grocery store, Rex’s A.G., when he was 12. He worked every day after school and on Saturdays. 

Terrill graduated from Malad High School in 1968. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Utah State University in pre-law with a minor in business in 1972.

After college Terrill moved back to Malad and began working for Ireland Bank. He eventually became the bank’s cashier (chief financial officer). In 2000 he went to work for Citizens Community Bank in Pocatello, where he was senior vice-president and chief financial officer.  He retired from banking in March 2015.

In 1983 Terrill was elected Malad City Mayor, a position he held for three terms.  During his 12 years as Mayor, the following projects were completed: 

• Remodeled current city building. Upgraded exterior, created a council chamber on west side of building, and remodeled water office.

• Secured federal funding that provided for new road, curb & gutter, and lighting on South Main and Jenkins Avenue. This project made it safer for students to walk to school.

• The city water system was upgraded when the springs failed to produce adequate water. A well was purchased from MVI and a bond was passed to drill an additional well and install a 500,000-gallon storage tank.

• Worked with council to purchase 57 acres of land to expand the city park. This expansion allowed room for baseball diamonds, a walking path, splash pad, and other improvements to the park.

• Improved city cemetery. Purchase 30 feet around the perimeter that allowed for new fencing, landscaping, and restroom facilities. 

• Worked with residents to install new sidewalks, curb & gutter on several blocks near the old high school. The city paved the road from curb to curb. This eliminated the erosion that was happening during heavy storms.

• Secured funding to improve downtown business district. Old dangerous sidewalks were replaced, the roadway was repaved, new lighting was installed, and landscaping was added.

In 1999 Terrill was appointed the Malad City Treasurer, a position he still holds.

Terrill served as the financial clerk for the Malad First Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for over 20 years.  He and his wife Peggy served a one-year service mission for the Church in the Brigham City Church Employment Office.

In 1971 Terrill married Peggy Thorpe, and they have three children (Justin, Michael, and Jaime) and eight grandchildren.

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