Saluting Our Service Members

By the Major Brent Taylor Foundation

This month, we honor Colonel Noel S. Schvaneveldt. Thank you for your service to our country!

According to Colonel Noel S. Schvaneveldt, “a patriot is one who considers others more than himself. This includes a love for country.” He entered the United States Army after receiving his bachelor’s degree from Utah State with Distinguished Military Honors and after he entered the United States Army. He served in the United States Army from 1956 to 1985. His service spanned the United States (Oklahoma, Virginia, Utah, Georgia, and Kansas) as well as Germany, Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan, Korea, and Saudi Arabia.

During his service, he received training as a paratrooper with the 173 Airborne Brigade in Vietnam, Quarter Master Career Course, a master’s degree from Utah State in Food and Science Technology, and Defensive Language Institute in Arabic.

Colonel Schvaneveldt held positions as Continental Army Command Logistics Department, Instructor at Army Civil Affairs School in Georgia, Ft. Leavenworth Army Command General Staff, Ogden Defense Depot Commander for Defense Property, and Deputy Commander. He received many awards and commendations including two Bronze Stars and the Legion of Merit.

Noel, his wife, Margaret, of 65 years and their nine children.

After retirement from the Army, he continued working. He received his second master’s degree from BYU, served in the Ogden Temple for over five years, and served three missions with his wife to Fiji, Oregon, and Virginia. As a substitute teacher at Ben Lomond High and Weber High, he also worked in investments for The United Way of Northern Utah and as a cashier at Macey’s in Logan. His biggest regret is that his body is incapable of continuing to serve like he used to. He said his service was, “an honor and a pleasure to give.”

He married his sweetheart, Margaret, in the Logan Temple. They have been happily married for 65 years! Their family of over 100 now includes nine children, 29 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren with four more great-grandchildren on the way!

Do you know of a local military member we could spotlight here? We’d love to tell their story—or yours! Contact the Major Brent Taylor Foundation at

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