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30 June 2017


July 1, 2017

New Harmony, Utah Chapel

12 S Main, New Harmony, UT 84757

10:00 AM-2:00 PM



We have some important information to pass on about the JDLee ancestral line represented in which may not be entirely correct. We are also looking for families who may wish to join a committee to ensure that correct data is entered. There may be new announcements on proposed signage at Mountain Meadows that is being proposed but not by our organization. We have voiced our concerns with that group but so far, has been no final decision on what is going to happen. It is very important that our family present a united front in opposition to what is currently being proposed and a discussion on that subject will be open for comment.  Visit the JDL Facebook page for more details!

30 August 2015


September 5, 2015

Garfield County Fair Building

Panguitch, Utah

9:00 AM-2:00 PM


Lunch catered by O’Crowley’s Irish Tacos 

Entrée, drink and dessert, $10.00 per person


Please bring a flower or floral arrangement to decorate John D. Lee’s grave in the Panguitch Cemetery.  Let’s cover the grave with flowers in remembrance and honor of our ancestor and his good works!


Come and learn more about John D. Lee and reunite with extended family members.


Highlights of this year’s reunion:

  • Reorganization of family presidency
  • Discussion about the future of our family organization
  • Discover the latest in John D. Lee family history research
  • Learn about the history of John D. Lee’s gravesite
  • Decorate John D. Lee’s grave with flowers
  • See the house where John D. Lee was arrested
  • Take a tour of historic Panguitch
  • Enjoy Bryce Canyon, Red Canyon, Cedar Breaks, Panguitch Lake and other recreational activities in the Panguitch area with your family

For details about Labor Day activities, lodging and dining in Panguitch,

please visit


Questions and to RSVP for lunch reservations, please send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Newell Richardson at 208-529-0436


22 August 2014

We are pleased to announce that today the U.S. Internal Revenue Service has formally granted our organization tax exempt status as a 501c3 non-profit entity.  This action is retroactive such that all previous donations can be considered as fully tax-deductible by their donors.  As a result of becoming formally recognized by the IRS, we have applied for and received donated software licenses from the Salesforce Foundation which will prove helpful in promoting our organization as well as maintaining membership and donation records.


30 August 2013

"Maintaining Goodness While Expanding Our Horizons"


John Doyle Lee Family Reunion
August 30-31, 2013
449 S 300 E
St. George, UT 84770

Over the past 5 years, it has been a privilege and honor to serve the John D. Lee Family Association in the capacity of President.  Without the leadership of others in the Presidency including Judge Wallace Lee and Renee Durfee as well the support from so many of you, we would have made little progress toward our overall mission.  The mission of the Lee Family Association is to bring unity to the posterity of John Doyle Lee through assisting one another in our commitment to the principles of Jesus Christ as well as remembering Lee's remarkable life including devotion to God, family, and his fellowman.

This warm invitation is extended to all descendants of John D. Lee including all who have joined this large family by marriage over the years.  The events over these two days are to help join us together in "Remembering and Reconciliation".  As in earlier reunions, we will gather at the L.D.S. Stake Building adjacent east of the L.D.S. Temple in St. George, Utah.

FRIDAY, August 30th
9:00 a.m.   Registration (concurrent with business meeting below)
9:00 a.m.   Business meeting.  All interested are invited at attend.
10:00 a.m.  First general session begins in the chapel.
12:00 p.m.  Catered lunch in the Activity Hall - $7.50 each
1:30 p.m.   Second session begins with selection of succeeding President.
4:00 p.m.   Informal Q & A time is available for each and all.


SATURDAY, August 31st
9:00 a.m.   Registration
10:00 a.m.  Final session begins
12:00 p.m.  Clean up and depart

We feel very fortunate anticipating the attendance of a family member, Clarelle R. Kristofferson, who has authored artwork of each of the wives of John D. Lee.  You may recall seeing these on display at previous reunions.  In her generosity, she is now willing to give away each pastel artwork to the respective representative of the wife/family attending the reunion.

Also new this year is the introduction of our official website available at   It is our desire that this become a vehicle to further the mission of the family association.  New features will include article blogging, individual website registration with secured login access to enable blog postings, historical published articles, and general news.  During the reunion other notable events of interest to the family will be discussed including the MM Monument becoming a National Historic Landmark.

Please join with me in participation of our bi-annual reunion for members of the John D. Lee Family Association.  We expect many to attend and understand if circumstances are such that you may be unable to attend.  For this reason, we are looking at providing a live video feed available from the Internet.  If the live video feed is of interest to you, please let us know via the Contact Us page.  We look forward to seeing you there!

26 December 2012

Formal application for Non-Profit 501(c)(3) tax exemption status from the Internal Revenue Service has been submitted.  When speaking with the IRS phone support, they suggested that it would take between three and six months after application to receive approval.  This will bring our association into full non-profit compliancy and enable past and future donations to be considered tax deductible.  It will also enable the organization to receive donations of several software product licenses that will provide for better membership tracking and improved communications.  Will let you know as things progress!

John D Lee 200th Birthday Anniversary Tour
June 19, 2012 at 9:00am until June 22
Nauvoo, Vandalia, Kaskaskia, Adam-ondi-Ahman

Renee Durfee wrote the following on Facebook:

I am going to be in St. Louis and my mom and sisters are coming to be there with me. We are going to do a tour of JDL sites in Kaskaskia, Vandalia and Nauvoo Illinois. We will also stop at Adam-ondi-Ahman on the way back west on June 22nd.

The main tour will be June 19th thru the 21. It looks as if we will do Nauvoo first. We will only be there one day because we have so much to see. If you wish to spend a longer time there, you can go earlier. 

Our headquarters will be in St. Louis. 

I will be putting together a booklet of the places we will be visiting. There will probably be a small fee for printing it. 

We will try to all get in one hotel which I will make reservations for and let you know where it is. (I will probably be staying nearby at my daughter's so I can play with my grand kids!) 

Airline reservation are VERY cheap right now on Southwest until March 29th. 

If you want to go earlier or stay later, there are LOTS of fun things to do in St. Louis VERY inexpensively. A lot of them are for free! I will post some of those as we go along. 

Right now the plans are to go to Nauvoo first, then Vandalia the second day, and to Kaskaskia on the third day. I have already made arrangements for our Kaskaskia tour guide. She is fantastic. She grew up in Kaskaskia and her family has been there for as long as our family, if not earlier. She is the expert on the area. 

You will be responsible for your own transportation and meals. The hotel I am selecting will serve breakfast. 

I will give you more information as we get closer, but if you want to go, save the date. If you are planning on flying, get your reservations!

Just a little update: We have reservations at the Nauvoo temple for an endowment session for 2:00 p.m. on the 19th. We need to be at the temple by 1:30. I have names for 15 people.

We are getting reservations at the Days Inn. The address is: Days Inn St. Louis - Lindbergh Boulevard 3654 S Lindbergh Blvd, I-44 Exit 277B, St. Louis, MO 63127. The phone # to call for your reservations is: 1-314-821-30. The earlier you make your reservations, the cheaper they will be. Their website is: missouri/st.-louis/ days-inn-st.-louis-lindbergh-bo ulevard/hotel-overview. I have not stayed here, but some friends did and recommended it very highly. They have an assortment of bedroom possibilities. They do have smoking rooms so if you prefer non-smoking be sure to state that.