2017 Fab 40: Rick Schwuarck


Age: 68
City: Eagle Mountain

Casting call Lovin’ it at the Traverse Mountain McDonald’s doesn’t just come from the food. It also comes from Rick, who reentered the work field after feeling restless in retirement and now brightens the day of all who pass through his drive-thru. “To be honest, they also brighten my day.”

Cue the applause When a Facebook post informed the Lehi community Rick had recently recovered from a benign brain tumor surgery, the community rallied together to raise $5,000 to help with his medical bills.  “I never had experienced so much love and kindness in my entire life. I was just blown away.” KSL filmed his reaction, which has been shared over 17,000 times on Facebook.

The show must go on “Even harder than having the brain tumor was escaping from East Germany. I was 11 years old and it was a horrific experience. I remember asking my mom, ‘What if we get shot? What if we get killed?’ My mother was always straightforward and said, ‘I would rather be dead than living in a communist regime.’”

No place like home “Anywhere you go in Utah is so beautiful. Where else can you go where in the same month you can go skiing and golfing? I love the four seasons.”

Encore “When we came to the United States when I was 13 years old, I was just fascinated by the skyscrapers and the muscle cars. It was quite an experience for me. The day I would like to relive would be my wedding day. It was one of the happiest days of my life.”

Meet all the members of the 2017 Fab 40 here.


Utah Valley is Lindsey's home away from her Colorado Springs home. She writes for Utah Valley Magazine, UtahValley360.com and Prosper Magazine. Follow her on Twitter: @lindsey5brooke.

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