BY ELIZABETH NAJIM
Our notable Syracusan spotlight goes to someone who truly gave back to the community and contributed to Syracuse’s well-being: that person was Roy Miya. Roy Miya was born on December 12, 1920, in Roy, Utah, the son of Gontaro and Soyo (Kawaguchi) Miyahishima. He graduated from Davis High School in 1939 and went on to National Auto School in Los Angeles, California. He returned to Utah and not only farmed the area, but he also owned and operated the Roy Miya Garage from 1947-1985 in Syracuse.
Roy was highly active in his community. He was a charter member for the Syracuse Lions Club, a local service-oriented organization that raises funds to give back and improve the community. Roy was also a member of the Davis County Jeep Posse, a hunter safety instructor, and a judo instructor. Roy married Mary Fujita, and together, they had three children.
Most notably, Roy dedicated much of his time as a volunteer firefighter with the Syracuse Fire Department. On January 5, 1966, Roy Miya was appointed by the city council as the new fire chief, with Val Cook being elected by the volunteer firefighters to serve as his assistant. The fire department had 25 volunteers who provided fire protection to Syracuse and West Point Cities, and who, for $500 per year, also provided fire protection to the unincorporated area belonging to Davis County.
Chief Miya received much praise for his faithful service to the fire department. In a letter written to Chief Miya by a citizen, one can see the true appreciation towards his efforts:
“I commend the fire department for their prompt response and helpful assistance. Chief Miya and the police department have been most helpful and cooperative, and I appreciate their concern for our welfare. Many of the services which we enjoy in Syracuse are taken for granted until we need them, and I’m thankful for your foresight in making Syracuse an enjoyable and safe place to live.”
Roy Miya served faithfully for 19 years, retiring the last day of December in 1984. Chief Miya passed away on September 4, 1998. His service to Syracuse will always be remembered and cherished.
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