Kenworthy Family

The Kenworthy family sign/monument business was incubated in the family garage in 1974 as a Boy Scout fund raising project. Don was scoutmaster and needed funding for a planned super activity for his troop. He had been to Disneyland and witnessed craftsmen making redwood signs using a router, a sander and some spray paint. Since his small home town of Washington, Utah had no street signs, it seemed a good bet that there was a market for custom engraved signs. Don made up an order form and promptly had his boy scouts canvass the town for orders.

Orders came in by the hundreds. Don's artistic wife, Dawna, would pencil the design on the redwood board which was subsequently engraved, painted, finished and delivered to many very happy recipients.

Following the successful fund raising project, orders continued to arrive at the Kenworthy residence. Dawna decided this might be a good way to earn a little grocery money. Within a few years, that providential decision diversified from engraved signs to painted signs, sandblasted signs, silk screen signs, vinyl signage and small electric signs.

Sandblasted wood signs evolved into sandblasted stone signs which ultimately led to the monument division.

Most of the early Kenworthy sign work was accomplished in the workshop at the Kenworthy home. By 1985 the home business had grown to a point where Don quit his full time job at St George Steel to join Dawna full time in their sign business.

In 1986 Don and Dawna rented a small retail space on North Bluff Street in St George, Utah. Dawna ran the retail store in St George while Don worked the manufacturing shop at their home in Dammeron Valley, Utah.

A small sign shop (Mountainland Signs) was purchased in Provo, Utah in 1996 which was managed and operated by sons Robert and Christopher.

Kenworthy Family

In 1997, Don's brother, Larry, became a partner in the business. Don and Larry proceeded to purchase a lot on Tabernacle Street in St George and there built the beautiful concrete structure where the Kenworthy family business currently operates. In the new building an indoor sandblasting booth, a woodshop, a showroom and offices were added.

Following Christopher's graduation from BYU in 1999, the Provo shop was sold. Robert moved to St George and began working with parents, Don and Dawna, in the St George shop.

Upon his parents retirement in 2000, Robert and his wife Janelle purchased Larry's portion of the business and took over management of the company.