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Remembering notable Utahns who died in 2013
Remembrance » Politicians, philanthropists, athletes and Mormon figures are among those who left us.


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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.

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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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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.


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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.

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