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Newel G. Daines, Logan

Every community needs an advocate who believes in restoration but goes beyond the call of duty to save very special buildings. For Cache County that is Newel G. Daines. As mayor of Logan, Newel transformed the former Sears Roebuck store into a City office and library complex for Logan City. The Daines family joined together to rescue an 1800's estate located in Providence, Utah, beginning a decade of restoring the property.

In the 1990s, Logan's Capitol Theatre faced demolition and once again Newel stepped in to help save the building. It took four years and millions of dollars but the restored Ellen Eccles Theatre and Bullen Fine Arts Center have enjoyed a theatrical rebirth. Newel didn't waste any time after this building was restored as he moved on to restore the building adjacent to it, Brigham Young Junior's home.

Newel became involved in the Cache County Courthouse project during the public process to save the building in the Legislature. But his greatest role in the project was spearheading the private fundraising effort and the massive building restoration project.

Newel has foresight for projects but is a hands-on manager as well. A rare set of abilities. That's why Newel's efforts have provided a lasting legacy for Logan, the Cache Valley, and the State of Utah.