Rising up out of the St. George, Utah, suburbs looms a large plateau. There is nothing on top of it: no trees, no other homes. Except for a castle.
For the many years members of my family have lived here I’ve wondered about this castle sitting atop the plateau. At night I could see the lights in the castle turret come on. I was transfixed.
The castle was calling to me.
Known locally as Creed’s Castle, I wanted to see inside. I wanted to see their view at night. And I wanted to know who lived there.
So on this trip to Utah I invited myself over to the castle.
No lie. This Princess invited herself to the castle. This is not a castle open to the public – it’s someone’s home.
And they said I could come on over! *blond lemming is feeling faint*
Creed’s Castle is owned by one of the kindest people I’ve had the pleasure to meet. Can you imagine some stranger asking to come over and see inside your house? Dr. Creed Evans, creator and owner of the castle on the plateau, said “Come on in!”
*blond lemming picks herself up off the floor, enters the castle*
Creed has had a most fascinating life: Flight surgeon to the Royal Saudi Arabian Family, fighter pilot for the US Air Force, physician in Santa Monica and Beverly Hills, author, father of three, grandfather of many more. He owned a scenic flight service, a BT-13 fighter plane, a rare Mercedes (one of five in the world). He has traveled to 56 countries, and met President Regan.
His home is full of wonderful memorabilia from his world travels. The walls of the castle and every level surface are covered with his many mementos, and historical artifacts. He graciously told me about each as he showed me around his home. He is quite knowledgeable about the local history. Several photos of him as a young recruit made my heart skip a beat.
There was so much to see in the house I had no idea of what to take photos. Creed next to his suit of armor seemed the most fitting…
Below is my very short video of the 360-degree view from Creed’s Castle on the plateau. This is the best place from which to view southern Utah. (Oh, and thanks to Fred at The Fred Effect my audio is MUCH improved.)
great video interview with Creed by Barbara Hanks at the SUN News. (It’s less than five minutes long – and better than mine since she had a camera crew, lapel mics, a studio, an editing team, etc. Oh, and experience. Yeah, there’s that.)
Creed is happily engaged to a lovely woman in Bel Air, California. I could tell he really misses her while waiting for her to sell her home there and move to Utah. It was heart-warming and charming to see the love he has for her and know you’re never to old to find romance. Perhaps there’s hope for me, yet.
As if his gracious hospitality wasn’t enough, he gave me a copy of The Book of Mormon before I left. It seems only appropriate to have acquired a Book of Mormon on my trip to Utah.
Update 6/15/15: Dr. Richard Ashby, a long-time friend of Creed’s, let me know he passed away about ten days ago. My prayers are with his friends and family in their time of loss.
Almost four years ago I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Creed Evans, and I am grateful I had the opportunity. Were it not for his gracious and generous nature, I would not have had the pleasure. How many people would welcome in a complete stranger asking for a tour of their home? He was one of a kind. Heaven gained a unique spirit the day Dr. Creed Evans passed.