Oral Histories

William D. McDougald


Bill McDougald


My professional life covered some 36 years as an Exploration Geologist – USAEC 2 years, Consulting Geologist 34 years. I was a uranium scientist. This experience ended with the uranium industry in the Four Corners region in 1988.

My political life covered some 40 years – 4 years Moab City Planning Commission, 32 years as Moab City Councilman, and 4 years as Mayor of Moab City.

My public boards and commissions included Moab Planning Commission, County-City Consolidation, Higher Education Council. Grand County Conservancy District and Agency, Department of Workforce Services Council, Association of Governments: Grand, Emery, San Juan, and Carbon County, and the Utah League for Cities and Towns.

I am a member of the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AIME) from 1955 to present, BPOE-2021-Elks from 1976 to present, National Wildlife Federation 2001 to present, National Rifle Association, American Porofessional Geologist 1972 to present, Moab Country Club 1963 to present,.

To best summarize my many years of elected and public service I found all of the boards, commissions, councils, and positions to be very rewarding by service. I left some and still serve on others with no regrets. I had a basic desire to serve with honor many, many years. It was always desirable to work with the Moab City watershed.

My professional life extended through basically two uranium booms. By the latter time I was well equipped and experienced. I was a consulting and professional geologist from 1955 to 1999.

I met and worked with many choice people. My motto in public meetings was to remain calm and take good notes. I made more friends than I lost. I will be ever grateful that I was elected to serve and volunteered to serve on other boards.

I became an expert on Chinle formation uranium deposits in the Four Corners area, Ore Reserve calculations, and shipper representation.

Teaching geologic courses has been a challenge and real experience.

My personal life has been very rewarding. I have been married to three good women. They raised fine children and friends. One of the most satisfying expressions ever was their staying close to me as a father and stepfather.

I am a very happy and satisfied senior citizen, age 75. For the numbers of real good people that I’ve associated with as an elected official, professional geologist, and board member, I thank you all.

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