Mr. Cepull has been an Orem resident for 40 years. Since retiring from the Public Works department in 2002, George and his wife Penny have climbed 49 of the 54 mountain peaks over 14,000 feet in Colorado. In 2010, George had to have his right leg amputated above the knee. While this would completely crush a lesser man, George has risen to even greater heights than the tops of the Colorado Rockies.
Since the amputation, George has discovered and developed a great talent for art in various mediums. He has painted murals for local elementary schools and taught art classes to young, aspiring artists. George works with Autistic and Special Needs children to help them develop artistic abilities. He also volunteers at the Missionary Training Center and visits recent amputees at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center to encourage and uplift people as they adjust to this life change.
From George’s long-time friend Lawrence Burton:
George is truly a remarkable person. I know that a lot of people would simply sit down and let life pass under the circumstances he has endured. He has not. He has become a stronger and more determined individual. He paints. He talks. He serves. He shares his story of how he has overcome adversity. He inspires other people to know that adversity does not have to be debilitating.
Thank you George for all that you have done for the community.