Tom Tolman - 2017 Bountiful Handcart Days Parade Grand Marshal

Tom Tolman - 2017 Parade Grand MarshalAutobiography of Thomas B. Tolman

I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah only because there wasn’t a hospital in Bountiful on May 30, 1943. I am the 3rd child and third son of Eric Hogan Tolman and June Barnett Tolman. My grandparents are Ephraim and Phebe Hogan Tolman and Thomas W. and Ruby Georgehanna Wright Barnett. My great grandparents are Jaren and Mary Ann Briggs Tolman and Eric Hogan and Profinda Hatch Hogan; Thomas and Harriet Rosina White Barnett, and George and Rachel Mary Shreeve Wright. My great great grandparents are Judson and Sarah Lucretia Holbrook Tolman and Eric G.M. and Helge Knudsen Hogan (Haugen).


I currently live in my step great grandfathers home, Albert Shirley; he built in 1867 from my mother’s side of the family. Albert married my great grandmother Harriett Barnett after she lost her husband in a well digging accident.  I have lived in this house my entire life except for 4 years. (2 years mission and 2 years military).


I have been schooled in Bountiful at Stoker School Elementary, (built by Jaren Tolman in 1905), South Davis Jr. High, and graduated from Bountiful High in 1961. I then attended Weber State College (now a University) and graduated in 1971 with a BS degree with an Art Major and Photography Minor and a Teaching Certificate.


I served a Mission for the LDS Church to the Northwestern States Mission headquartered in Portland Oregon and included the three states of Washington, Oregon and Idaho, from July 1962 to July 1964.


I was married to Carol Anderson Tolman on October 6, 1966 and we have 5 wonderful children, 3 girls and 2 boys and now we have 12 grandchildren…6 of each kind that bring us much joy. We just celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary this past year.


I was drafted into the Army the start of my junior year of college and served for 2 years from October 1966 to October 1968. I served in Viet Nam for 9 months in 1968 as a Battalion Chaplain’s Assistant and reporter and photographer with the 86th Engineer Battalion located mostly southeast of Saigon and in the Mekong Delta regions.


After graduating from college I began teaching Art and Photography at Bountiful High and Woods Cross High Schools for three years. I then went into the commercial art and display business working for a group in Salt Lake City called Exhibigraphics as an artist and photographer for about 6 years. We produced many Visitor Centers and Bureaus of Information for the government throughout the United States.


I started my own business in 1979 named Designs & Signs producing many architectural signs for businesses, clinics, hospitals and post offices throughout the intermountain west. We also produced many exhibits, displays and interpretive trade show exhibits for many companies.


My community service has included serving on the Board of Directors of the Davis County United Way for 10 years and the Family Connection Center in Davis County supporting families in need for about 8 years. I am a current member of the Sons of Utah Pioneers and take an active role in that organization. I have helped with the photography of two local history books; “The City Bountiful” by Leslie T. Foy published in 1975 and reprinted in 2005; and “The City In-Between” which is a history about Centerville, Utah by Mary Ellen Smoot and Marilyn Sherriff published in 1975.


I have been active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints my entire life serving in many callings including on the High Council in two different Stakes.


I retired in 1999 and in 2001 I was elected to the Bountiful City Council and ended up serving there for 12 years. My main goal in serving the citizens of Bountiful was to record and preserve the history of my home town. I have done that and I continue to do this as my current position is the Chairman of the Bountiful Historical Preservation Foundation that oversees the history of Bountiful. We are currently building a new museum; the first for Bountiful in an 1893 home; soon to be open in the spring of 2017.   


I have been involved with our Tolman Family Organization for over 53 years. I have been the family photographer, publications director/printer, former president from April 1994 to October 2000, 6 ½ years. Thought all my time with the family I feel I have helped in many aspects of our organization and keeping the wheels of motion active and moving forward. I am pleased to still be a part of our wonderful heritage.