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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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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.

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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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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. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/56041473-79/skaggs-pharmacy-sam-utah.html.csp" target="_blank">Skaggs died March 21 at age 89.


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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.



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