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Dedication of the Donn Wooden Civic Center in Alpine

The Town of Alpine and the Alpine American Legion hosted a dedication service at the civic center in Alpine on Saturday, Nov. 10. The building was named in memory of the late Donn Wooden.

“Donn was Mr. Alpine,” Mayor Kennis Lutz said. “He really was. He gave so much to the people of this town and was always willing to serve the people of Alpine.”

As part of the dedication program, a new Donn Wooden Civic Center sign was unveiled. The Alpine American Legion Post 46 and VFW Post 4797  also gave a 21 gun salute in honor of Wooden.  In 1966 Wooden moved his little family to Alpine and took over the seasonal post office contract at Hudson’s Alpine Mercantile. In the Summer of 1971, “The Wooden Corral” opened with the motto, “A Little Bit Of Everything.”

Wooden was instrumental in the Incorporation of Alpine on June 2, 1989, and became the first mayor. He served on the town council, organized the Alpine Fire Brigade, and served as the fire chief.

He was an EMT, a member of the Star Valley Search and Rescue, member of the North Lincoln County Ambulance board, Voting Precinct Clerk, Republican Precinct Committeeman, Finance Director and Sec.-Treasurer for the Alpine Sewer and Water District and Town Correspondent for the Star Valley Independent.   He served on the Wyoming Community Development Board of Directors and the Star Valley Medical Center Foundation as the Co-Chairman.

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