Strawberry Days 2019 Grand Marshals feature 2 couples dedicated to Pleasant Grove
Two couples are being honored this year as Grand Marshals of Pleasant Grove’s Strawberry Days. Colleen and Mark Bezzant and Zeke and Lorraine Perry will have the opportunity to participate in and be recognized at the city celebration that they love.
Strawberry Days has been a big part of both couples’ lives as they have been residents of Pleasant Grove for many years.
“The Bezzants have been synonymous with the word ‘giving’ since the beginning of Pleasant Grove. No one exemplifies what we should all strive for more than they do. I’m so grateful for their example to everyone,” said Lisa Young, Strawberry Days committee chairperson.
“It’s a tremendous honor, being grand marshals in the finest city,” said Mark Bezzant.
Mark Bezzant is a previous city council member, an educator in Pleasant Grove and then Utah Valley Community College (now UVU) and is currently president of the Pleasant Grove Irrigation Company. As a former advisor of the Key Club, Mark Bezzant and his students were the first ones in charge of lighting the “G” on the mountain with electric lights many years ago.
According to Mark Bezzant, Colleen Bezzant has been involved with PTA and supporting their six children and two foster children as they grew up in Pleasant Grove. Both volunteer their time to better the community.
“We love Pleasant Grove. It’s the most pleasant place in the world to live,” Mark Bezzant said.
Lorraine and Zeke Perry are active in local business as owners of Pleasant Grove’s Daylight Donuts.
“That has enabled us to be involved in the community,” Lorraine Perry said.
As owners of a doughnut shop, the couple has had the opportunity to donate doughnuts to multiple community groups and events over the years, including the annual family hike that is sponsored by Pleasant Grove Recreation every June, local schools, the Pleasant Grove Library’s summer reading program, firefighters, police officers and local scouting projects.
They also donate doughnuts to the cowboys participating in the Strawberry Days rodeo every year.
“They don’t get a lot for working pretty hard,” Lorraine Perry said.
Lorraine and Zeke Perry have lived in Pleasant Grove for 19 years.
“We felt from day one that we were very welcomed,” Lorraine Perry said. “Everything has been very positive.
The Perrys are amazing people,” Young said. “They bought a business in Pleasant Grove, moved to our community and jumped in with both feet. They support every little single cause in Pleasant Grove, never caring or worrying about themselves.”
Both couples enjoy the Strawberry Days festivities every year and this year, they will have the opportunity to be driven in a carriage around the rodeo arena each night and to ride in the parade.
“Whatever they want us to do, we’ll do it,” Lorraine Perry said. “It’s an honor to even be considered. It was very unexpected.”