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Remembering notable Utahns who died in 2013

Published December 31, 2013 11:12 am

Remembrance • Politicians, philanthropists, athletes and Mormon figures are among those who left us.
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Aaron Alford • An assistant coach with the University of Utah football program from 2007-2010, Alford died Aug. 12 of an apparent heart attack in Park City. Alford was 39.

Brent Anderson • The fourth mayor of West Valley City who served from 1987 to 1994 and oversaw construction of the city hall and the town's first golf course, died June 18. Anderson was 80.

Marvin L. Arent • The businessman who for years owned the Salt Lake City store Doorway To Fashion died June 15. Arent was 95.

Pita Asiata • The father of professional football player Matt Asiata was killed Oct. 28 when the Wendover-bound Le Bus he was driving collided with a truck on Interstate 80. Pita Asiata was 53.

Zelmo Beaty • A dominating center who led the Utah Stars to the American Basketball Association championship in 1971, Beaty died Sept. 7 of complications from cancer. Beaty was 73.

Charles F. Black Jr. • The owner of Black Island Farms in Syracuse who helped conserve wetlands died July 6 from a car crash in Layton. Black was 75.

Jim Boatwright • The former Utah State University basketball player and assistant coach died Feb. 11 in Hailey, Idaho, of liver cancer. Boatwright was 61.

Todd Christensen • The ex-BYU star, NFL All-Pro and broadcaster died Nov. 13 at Intermountain Medical Center of complications from a liver transplant. Christensen was 57.

Kay Cornaby • A Salt Lake County Republican who served in the state Senate from 1977 to 1990 and spent two years as majority leader died Nov. 25. Cornaby was 77.

Victor B. Cline • The Utah psychologist who pioneered research on the effect of media violence on young minds died Jan. 15. Cline was 87.

Stan Cazier • The history professor who served 13 years as president of Utah State University died March 14. Cazier was 82.

Frank Cordova • The former president of Centro Cívico Mexicano and an advocate for Latinos in Utah died Oct. 7 from cancer. Cordova was 69.

Steve Curtis • The mayor of Layton died in his sleep and was found Nov. 29. Curtis was 58.

Cleone Peterson Eccles • A philanthropist, civic leader and the wife of Utah businessman Spencer F. Eccles, Cleone Peterson Eccles died April 5 from cancer. She was 78.

Colton Ericksen • The West Jordan resident who was a guitarist for the band Dark Seas died July 15 when the band's van overturned near Lyndon, Ill. Ericksen was 19.

Bob Evans • Called the unofficial mayor of Sugar House for owning the coffee shop named for the Salt Lake City neighborhood and organizing community events, Evans died June 14 due to cancer. Evans was 69.

Keith Fullenkamp • The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources sergeant died Sept. 24 in a traffic accident near Baggs, Wyo. Fullenkamp was 37.

Ron Fullmer • The Cottonwood Heights civic leader died Jan. 19. Fullmer was 78.

David Franchina • Franchina worked at the Utah State Prison for almost half a century as a social worker, warden and parole hearing officer. Franchina died Jan. 28 at age 70.

David Gardner • The former Utah County commissioner whose political career ended due to brushes with the law and alcohol, died April 30. Gardner was 58.

Harrison Groutage • The artist and Utah State University professor who painted Utah landscapes and people for more than six decades died Feb. 5 from kidney failure. He was 87.

James Dee Harmston • The leader of the polygamous The True and Living Church of Jesus Christ of Saints of The Last Days died of a heart attack June 27 at Sanpete Valley Hospital in Mt. Pleasant. Harmston was 72.

Travis Hess • While suffering from cancer off and on for 20 years, Hess founded the Hess Cancer Foundation to provide money for families who lose a child to the disease and to increase cancer awareness. Hess died of cancer April 5 at his home in Lehi. He was 42.

Gary Hill • The Gunnison Valley High School and BYU player who was the most-prolific scorer in the history of Utah high school basketball died March 9. Hill was 67.

Earl Holding • The billionaire behind Sinclair Oil and owner of Snowbasin and Sun Valley ski resorts and Little and Grand America hotels died April 19. Holding was 86.

Brooke Hopkins • The University of Utah professor was paralyzed for the last four years of his life, presenting his medical ethicist wife, Peggy Battin, with real-life dilemmas to ponder. Hopkins died July 31 at his home in Salt Lake City. He was 71.

Boyd F. Jensen • While in charge of bookings for Lagoon amusement park, Jensen brought musical acts such as Louis Armstrong, Jimi Hendrix and The Doors to Utah. Jensen died from a fall May 29 in St. George. He was 86.

Derek Johnson • The Draper police sergeant was shot and killed Sept. 1 while investigating a suspicious vehicle parked on a residential street. Johnson was 32.

David Keller • The director of the Utah Valley University Center for Ethics died Dec. 28. Keller was 51.

Stephen Marriott • The heir to the Marriott hotel dynasty and a Brigham Young University graduate died June 23 at his home in Potomac, Md., of complications from mitochondrial disease. Marriott was 54.

John L. Matthews • As adjunct general, Matthews was commanding officer of the Utah National Guard from 1982 to 1994. In civilian life, he was a principal at Dixon Junior High School and Timpview High School, both in Provo. Matthews died April 30 at age 80.

Robert McKay • With his wife, Frances, McKay operated McKay Diamonds on Main Street in Salt Lake City since 1949. He also was the son of Mormon church President David O. McKay. The younger McKay died May 11 at his home in Salt Lake. He was 92.

Bronzell Miller • The former University of Utah defensive end turned pro football player and actor died Dec. 21 from multiple myeloma. Miller was 42.

Pat Miller • The ski coach whose University of Utah teams won eight NCAA championships died from heart problems June 22 in Casper, Wyo. Miller was 64.

Frances Monson • The wife of Mormon church president Thomas S. Monson died May 17. Frances Monson was 85.

Robyn Nelson • Nelson was the executive director of the Utah Arts Festival from 1989 to 2006. Nelson died March 1 at age 56.

Joanne Nielsen • To support her five children, Nielsen bought a small coffee shop in Sandy and opened it on Valentine's Day 1971 as Johanna's Kitchen. The restaurant grew and is still selling coffee, pies and meals. Nielsen died April 15 of pneumonia. She was 78.

Pete Parry • Parry was the superintendent for Arches and Canyonlands national parks for 12 years. Parry died Sept. 26 in Moab. He was 81.

Craig Patterson • An avalanche forecaster for the Utah Department of Transportation, a snowslide swept Patterson to his death April 11 in Big Cottonwood Canyon. He was 34.

Paul Pollei • The founder and director of the internationally known, Salt Lake City-based Gina Bachauer Internation Piano Competition died July 18. Pollei was 77.

Ricardo Portillo • The soccer referee died May 4 after a week in a coma. He suffered his injuries when a 17-year-old boy punched Portillo in the head during a soccer match in Taylorsville. Portillo was 46.

Michael Powell • The brother-in-law of missing mother Susan Powell was a minor player in the family drama until his suicide Feb. 11 in Minneapolis. Three months later, West Valley City police revealed Michael Powell had been under investigation for a role in the disappearance. Michael Powell denied involvement. He was 30.

Karl A. Quilter • The man who designed the majority of the Angel Moroni sculptures atop Mormon temples worldwide died Nov. 27. Quilter was 84.

Natalie Reed • The violinist and music teacher died Sept. 6 from ovarian cancer. Reed was 55.

Harry Reems • Years after starring in the iconic porn film "Deep Throat," Reems moved to Park City, took up religion and became a real-estate broker. Reems died March 19 in Salt Lake City of organ failure. He was 65.

Vernon Romney • Utah's attorney general from 1969 to 1977 and the cousin of former presidential candidate Mitt Romney died July 13. Vernon Romney was 89.

Edo Rottini • Rottini began the Taylorsville baseball program and coached Little League and Babe Ruth programs for 54 years. Rottini died Aug. 22 at age 81.

Neal Savage • Savage helped grow his family's business from a single truck hauling coal in central Utah into a corporation involved in transportation, agriculture, manufacturing, utilities and construction. A Savage Cos. subsidiary was operating the Wilberg Mine in Emery County when it caught fire in 1984, killing 27 miners and company executives. Savage died Nov. 27 at age 80.

Yong Suk So Schwieger • The restaurateur took a shoebox-sized cafe and turned it into Over The Counter, a diner in Millcreek. "Sue," as she was known, died Feb. 28 of diabetes and heart disease. She was 68.

Bill Sharman • He was better known as a title-winning player for the Boston Celtics and coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, but in 1971 Sharman coached the Utah Stars to victory in the 1971 ABA finals. Sharman died Oct. 25 at age 87.

L.S. "Sam" Skaggs • Skaggs built an empire of food and drug stores and used much of the proceeds on philanthropy and research. Skaggs died March 21 at age 89.

Eldred G. Smith • At 106, Smith was the LDS Church's oldest living and longest-serving general authority. Smith served for 32 years as Mormonism's "presiding patriarch," a position passed to male descendants from the family of church founder Joseph Smith. Eldred Smith died April 4 at his home in Salt Lake City.

Beverley Taylor Sorenson • Her late husband James LeVoy Sorenson was a billionaire inventor, and Beverley Sorenson used much of those proceeds for philanthropy, establishing foundations and grants to benefit education and the arts in Utah. Beverley Sorenson died May 27. She was 89.

Matthew David Stewart • Accused of murdering Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force Agent Jared Francom and wounding five other officers in a 2012 shootout, Stewart was awaiting trial when he hanged himself in his Ogden jail cell on May 23. Stewart was 39.

Janie Thompson • An influential member of Utah's arts community who founded Brigham Young University's Young Ambassadors and Living Legends ensembles, Thompson died June 1 in Malta, Idaho. Thompson was 91.

Cody Towse • A U.S. Army medic from Elk Ridge, Towse died May 14 when an enemy bomb exploded in Afghanistan. Towse was 21. The Army posthumously promoted Towse to specialist.

Gaius Vaenuku • The incoming University of Utah freshman defensive lineman was among three killed July 29 in a car crash in New Mexico. Vaenuku was 18.

Barbara Williams • The children's author wrote 52 books, including the million-selling "Titanic Crossing." Williams died April 25 in Salt Lake City. She was 88.

Milton Wadsworth • The expert in metallurgical science and former University of Utah dean died Jan. 31 of pancreatic cancer. He was 90. See the list from 2012

In 2012, Utah lost a motivational speaker, a man suspected of killing his wife and a college basketball coach, to name a few. Find that list here: http://tinyurl.com/k7u5ye3