All of us here at the UTA are hoping that you and your families are doing well. As we continue to experience the price hikes and supply chain issues within our industry, we must determine that individually and collectively, we are going to survive. Our economy is definitely not in our favor and does not look to change anytime soon. Now is the time we need to be able to rely on each other and the benefits of the State and National organizations member benefits and Partner discounts.
You can help your State Association by reaching out to taxidermists you may know in your area who are not members of your state association. Be an advocate for the value and the benefits of tapping into the educational opportunities, competition and networking that is so important to the growth of the individual and the industry.
Let's also remember our vendors as they continue to meet the demands of our orders and their desire to serve us, even with limited staffing and continued supply chain lag-time. Some of them are struggling too while many of us still continue to work and need their help. We thank them for their dedication to keeping us going and fulfilling our orders in the best time frame they can. Also remember the discounts from these vendors that you receive for being a UTA member. Please take advantage of these discounts as this is one of the best benefits we have as members.
As we are in the midst of our new season of work, remember that the UTA will hold our first Expo since 2018 and we want to see you there! Look for the link on this website to find up to date information and registration forms. The dates are April 19-23 in Wichita, KS.
Remember to be safe in the outdoors and enjoy the seasons as much as you can!
Chair of UTA BOD
2023 UTA EXPO. APRIL 18-23, 2023
On Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, Harry B. Paulson Jr., loving husband, beloved father of six children and nineteen grandchildren entered into eternal life at age 81.
Harry was born on Sept. 14, 1940, in St. Paul, Minnesota, to Harry and Eleanore Paulson. He attended Hamline University in addition to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Harry was an engineer for the state of Minnesota for 11 years. In 1971, having the courage to set aside a promising civil engineering career, he moved his young family to Phoenix, Arizona in pursuit of his dreams.
Harry was an avid outdoorsman. He had an immense fondness for animals, and he combined his two favorite hobbies to create extraordinary art in taxidermy. He founded, owned and operated several ventures for over 40 years, including Mountain Valley Taxidermy and Mountain Valley School of Taxidermy (one of the very first in the world). He owned and operated Mountain Valley Custom Leathers. He owned, as well as published, The American Taxidermist Magazine. Harry launched careers, mentored and made lifelong friendships with hundreds of his students. Harry was a trailblazer and innovator in the Taxidermy industry, his work was known nationally as well as globally. He was a founding member of The Arizona Taxidermy Association as well as a founding director in the National Taxidermy Association. Harry’s talent and dedication was admired not only by clients, friends and family: In July of 2021, Harry was inducted into the National Taxidermy Hall of Fame in recognition of a lifetime of outstanding contributions to the Taxidermy industry and Achievements in Advancing the Art.
He was an avid music lover and a collector of Elvis memorabilia. He was known for his love of Jesus Christ, his patriotism, a true historian, his quick wit, his infectious smile, and his kind and compassionate spirit. Harry was perhaps best known for the love, adoration and devotion he had for his wife, Carol and his family, this was the true success story of his life.
Harry was preceded in death by his father Harry Sr., his mother Eleanore, his first wife, Kaye and his granddaughter, Meagan. He is survived and his spirit is carried on by his beloved wife, Carol Ann, his six children, Jeffrey, Thomas, Julie, Tamira, Jennifer, Theresa and his grandchildren, Angela, Jeff, Ben, Nathan, Nicole, Ashley, Austin, Tianna ,Tommy, Brock, Xavier, Avia, Robert, Ava, Troy, Baillee, Kayelyn, and Bela, and many loved friends and family too numerous to list but not forgotten.
A celebration of Harry’s life will be held on Nov. 15, 2021, at Paradise Memorial Gardens 9300 E. Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial donation to one of the charities supported by Harry listed below.
The American Diabetes Association www.diabetes.org (800)342-2383
The American Cancer Society www.cancer.org (800)227-2345
These vendors are offering generous discounts on taxidermy supplies to all UTA Members. You can easily recoup the cost of your membership with a single order.
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