The Utah-Idaho Sugar Company began operations in the early 1900s and closed down in the 1970s. Owned and operated by the LDS church, the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company was based in Utah and later expanded with plants in six other states. There were many factories throughout Utah including Moses Lake, Lehi, St. George, Garland, Spanish Fork, and West Jordan. The factory at Moses Lake was the largest factory, with over 100 million pounds of sugar processed per day. Douglas Quayle ran the St. George Beet plant for 35 years between 1934 and 1970. In 1978 the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company decided to go into potato production in Idaho, after this, all the sugar beet factories closed down in Utah and halted the U and I sugar industry. The St. George sugar plant is now the original Opera House on Main Street in St. George, Utah.
Douglas Quayle was born on August 22, 1920 in Logan, Utah, and passed away on August 6, 2014 in St. George, Utah. He was in the Air Force and fought in WWII. After the war he went to Utah State University and a got a degree in agriculture. He later married his wife Betty Klomp and then was sealed in the LDS temple. When Douglas and his wife, Betty, moved to St. George, Utah, he became a member of the Rotary Club where he lso ran the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company plant for 35 years.