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‘The Cooking Conductor’ cookbook aims to get people in the kitchen

John Dawkins is a familiar face in Boone. Known for his culinary skills, he cooks for the Boone Area Humane Society, at the Salvation Army’s board meetings, at auctions and dinner theaters, and is a fill-in cook at Sacred Heart School. In four years, he and his wife made 97 gallons of soup for the BAHS. In short, Dawkins loves to cook.

Retired from the railroad for the past six years, he volunteers at the Boone Salvation Army’s food pantry, is “Mister Conductor” at the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad, plus serves as crossing guard at Sacred Heart School.

While he was born in Arizona, he has lived in Boone or Ogden most of his life.

“My dad was born in Boone, then he got out of the service and lived in Arizona where I was born, then moved back to be closer to his parents in Boone,” Dawkins noted. “And I traveled for the railroad for my job.”