Story and photos by RODNEY D. BOAM
Ron and Gale Bracken have been slinging pizza dough since they moved to Preston 20 years ago in December and opened the Pizza Stop at 106 E. 200 S. in Preston.
The couple moved from Florida and began converting a hamburger joint into a thriving pizza business. Ron sold cars and had a pizza place before moving to Idaho.
“We just wanted find a better place to raise our kids. We had some friends that lived here, Doug and Becky Bartholomew, and they kept telling us we needed to come to Preston.”
Ron, who has also worked once as a blacksmith, said, “We weren’t thinking Idaho but then we saw the trees here. This looked a little more like Florida than what we had seen in Utah.”
They were looking at the Mathew Cowley home and saw this little building for sale down the street.
“We called on it and decided to buy it,” he said. “We have raised all of our children here.”
Of their eight children, only two have grown to love making pizza with a passion. The oldest son Clint and his wife Leslie Bracken opened up a Pizza Stop in Malad in 2006. The other one who loves the pizza business is Kalie.
Their other children are off making lives for themselves in other places except for Collin, a senior at PHS and Elizabeth, an eighth grader at Preston Junior High.
Kalie was 18 months old when the Bracken’s came to Preston. She remembers being involved in the business early on.
“She was running around then, trying to do her share as a toddler,” Gale said. “She still does her share.”
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