Des had a happy childhood riding horses. She was a Lehi Cheerleader and qualified for the National High School Rodeo Finals in barrel racing. She danced her way on stage to become Miss Lehi, and went on to later become Miss Rodeo Utah in 1979. She won the coveted speech award at the Miss Rodeo America contest that same year. She was also instrumental in starting the Alan E. Hall Center for Sales Excellence at WSU.
Desiree earned her master’s and bachelor’s degree at Utah State in Marketing/Education and became a Professor of Professional Sales at Weber State University, where she was presented the Utah Association of Marketing Educators Teacher of the Year award twice.
Des was the heart and soul of the Ogden Pioneer Days Celebration. She worked endlessly to build a world class PRCA Hall of Fame Rodeo. She will be remembered for bringing the honor of being selected as a top PRCA Rodeo of the Year for 13 years. She was the one and only woman to chair the celebration in its 87-year history. She was also a member of the Miss Rodeo Utah Executive Board as well as a member of the Miss Rodeo America Foundation Board. Her cheerful laugh, bright smile and caring presence will be greatly missed. She will forever be the Queen of our hearts and of the rodeo.
Des lost her battle with Covid 19 on February 28, 2021. She was a passionate leader, teacher, mentor, advocate and friend. She cannot be replaced, and her unique abilities will be greatly missed.