S. Eugene Needham
Gene Needham is a native of Logan. Gene graduated from Utah State University in art and German. He has completed three Masters, one in art, another in English, and a third one in history. He studies nine languages and is writing a book. Gene has lived in Belgium, France, and Austria for four years having spent one school year in Vienna. Gene is married to Christie Smith, a native of Newton. They have eleven children, ten married, and thirty-five grandchildren. Five of their married children live in Cache Valley.
Inheriting S. E. Needham Jewelers from his parents, Gene worked in the jewelry business for forty years. In 1975, he expanded the Book Table and moved it in 1989 to its present location. He is retired from the jewelry and book stores, but has an art gallery, Logan Fine Art. Gene has also been active in real estate, in apartment rentals, as well as home and commercial remodel. He has served eight years on Logan's School Board, four years on the Utah Arts Council, and was one of the founding members of the Alliance for the Visual Arts.
Gene has had a life-time appreciation of Logan. He recognizes a deterioration in many of the older residential neighborhoods and would actively seek solutions. He has been a booster of the down-town. He sees the downtown representative of traditional Logan to the rest of the State and nation.