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Remembering notable Utahns who died in 2013
Remembrance » Politicians, philanthropists, athletes and Mormon figures are among those who left us.
First Published Dec 31 2013 07:28 am • Last Updated Dec 31 2013 11:29 am

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.

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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

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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.


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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.

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