Ron and LaRae Broomhead Announced as Riverton Town Days Parade Grand Marshals


RIVERTON, UT – Riverton City announces the 2018 Town Days Parade Grand Marshals as long-time residents Ron and LaRae Broomhead.

"That’s been the wonderful part. Living in the community that we have lived in, in Riverton and this part of the world,” said Ron Broomhead. “There are lots of genuine people here."

Each year a Parade Grand Marshal is selected for Town Days. The honoree leads the parade in a ceremony dedicated to them. It is an honor given to a couple, or an individual, that the Riverton mayor selects each year based on contributions to the local community.

Mr. Broomhead recounts the events of being asked to be the Grand Marshal. “Sheril Garn the parks and public services director called and asked, ‘Are you going to be around for the Fourth?’ ‘Well, we are. Do you want me to sing the Star-Spangled Banner?’ ‘Even though I don’t sing well at all, and then she proceeds to tell me about this [being the Parade Grand Marshal], and I said that would be an honor." Mrs. Broomhead piped in, "It was an honor, and I hadn't thought of it to be honest. I said, ‘Oh my, I guess we finally got old enough."

The Broomheads have lived in Riverton for 46 years, raising five children that were involved in many of the arts, sports, and activities offered in the city. Now with 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, they enjoy their busy life. Their youngest child, Seth, lives in Draper and just married his sweetheart from Florida last month. Their son Aaron lives in Ephraim and works for the local police department and their daughter Marinda lives in Cumming, Georgia. Their daughter Laura has taken over the family business at Broomhead Funeral Home right here in Riverton.

The one piece of advice that Mr. and Mrs. Broomhead would like to leave everyone with is: “Remember dedication, hard work, respect for others and love for everyone. Love for who they are.”


About the Broomheads

Founded in 1988, Broomhead Funeral Home is celebrating its’ 30th anniversary this year. Its’ CEO Ron Broomhead grew up working on a farm in Alpine, Utah. Broomhead speaks Navajo and is fluent in American Sign Language. When asked about his life Broomhead said “I've always worked with young men, hundreds of young men, who are 14-18 years old. The age that kind of scares a lot of people, but it was my cup of tea…helping them, listening and sharing with them.”

LaRae Broomhead was born in Roosevelt, Utah but was raised in Craig, Colorado. She returned to Utah to graduate from Brigham Young University in their nursing program. She worked at the LDS Hospital, Cottonwood, Jordan Valley and Home Health in all areas practically (staff nurse, intensive care, head nurse and home health nurse). They were married at the age of 27 and raised a family in their thirties.