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Summarized by Jennifer Livingston

General Authority Was High School Star
(Most valuable player)
Fremont CA Argus 10Apr00 N2

FREMONT, CALIFORNIA -- In the fall of 1959, Rich Winkel and his younger brother McKay "Mac" Winkel led the Logan High School football team to a league championship victory against Washington Union High School. The situation was unique, in that the Winkels had played for Washington Union the year previous, but were now attending Logan due to school boundary reorganization. That year, Rich served as captain and was named Most Valuable Player for the both the football team and the basketball team.

Speaking of the championship game, Rich reflected, "That night stands out so vividly in my memory. Mac, a sophomore quarterback, and I were among the few on the new team with experience. The crowd was stunned when Logan won 13 to 6."

Rich later served a two-year LDS mission in Chile and spent a semester abroad studying in Spain. He received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University, and his Master's degree from Pepperdine University. Rich married Karen Hart in 1966. The two have 9 children.

The Winkel family made several moves, and eventually settled down in Eureka, CA in 1983. Rich was called as stake president of the area from Crescent City to Garberville, where he continued to manage the family lumber mill until he was called as mission president of the Madrid, Spain mission in 1994.

Rich Winkel is currently a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy. His duties include church administration in California and Hawaii.


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