Lorna J. Kesterson
Lorna J. Kesterson (December 30, 1925 – January 16, 2012) was born in St. George, Utah. She grew up in Zion National Park, where her father was the first Chief Ranger before moving to Boulder City, Nevada. She received her high school diploma in 1943, which was the third graduation class of Boulder City High School. After graduation from Utah State University with her degree in journalism, she and her husband, Robert, moved to Henderson, Nevada, where she began a 30 year career with the Henderson Home News.
During her years as a reporter and Managing Editor of the Henderson Home News, Mrs. Kesterson’s insight and knowledge had been a valuable asset to the City of Henderson. She served on the City Council for ten years and was elected Mayor of Henderson in 1985 and reelected for a second term in 1989. Mrs. Kesterson has been involved with the Southern Nevada Civilian Military Council, City Audit Committee, Eldorado Valley Advisory Board, Henderson Development Authority, and Nevada League of Cities Board of Directors.
Mr. and Mrs. Kesterson’s four sons were born and educated in Henderson. As parents, they were involved in PTA and Boy Scouts. As a member of the LDS Church, Mrs. Kesterson served an eighteen month mission in the eastern states and has served as an organist for over 25 years.
Mrs. Kesterson has been honored many times throughout her life. She was awarded a Certificate of Merit from the Red Cross and President Harry S. Truman for saving the life of a Boy Scout who was drowning in Lake Mead. She received the Henderson’s “Woman of Distinction” in 1985, Nevada Public Official of the Year in 1991, and “Woman of Distinction” by Nevada Alpha Delta Kappa from 1992-94. She was honored by Burkholder Junior High School as a member of the National Junior Honor Society and received the Basic High School Blue Pride Award for Outstanding Service in 1993. In March of 1993, Mrs. Kesterson was again honored by the City of Henderson, when the new recreational center on Harris Street was named after her.
As the City of Henderson is proud to call Mrs. Kesterson a “Resident of Distinction”; we are equally proud to have Kesterson Elementary School named for such a remarkable woman as Lorna J. Kesterson.