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Richard S. Woodland was born in Caldwell, Idaho in 1944. He grew up on farms and ranches and has made his living in a variety of vocations. He worked as an underground miner in Nevada and Utah. While working in the mines he was invited to work with the College of Eastern Utah in developing curriculum for their various programs. He was then invited to become an instructor at the college where he developed a lifesaving technique for rescuing downed and trapped miners. Richard was invited to present papers on his technique at The International Symposium for Mine Safety, which was held in Washington D.C. While there he was an honored guest at the State Department.
Richard moved to Rexburg, Idaho in 1985 when his lovely wife, Lori Echevarria Woodland, was invited to work for Ricks College as the head basketball coach. She also served as a religion instructor and helped develop the activities program, as it exists today. She is also the author of “Beloved Emma”.
Richard has held various positions in the LDS church. He has been a scout master many times. He has served on three stake high councils, served in bishoprics and as a bishop on campus. He has owned and operated a number of businesses and currently serves as the Mayor of Rexburg. He speaks often to youth groups and firesides.