With its founder’s funeral coming this weekend, the Huntsman Cancer Institute shines a ‘Beacon of Hope’

(Leah Hogsten | Tribune file photo) Jon Huntsman in 2005.

The Huntsman Cancer Institute lit up a new installation Friday night to honor its founder, the late philanthropist Jon Huntsman.

The “Beacon of Hope,” fixed to the west side of the original research center, was turned on at sunset as weekend memorial services began to commemorate Huntsman’s life and legacy. It was his vision that a light would turn on each evening and stay on until sunrise until cancer is cured.

“This new installation will remind us of how Jon inspired millions to band together against this disease,” said Mary Beckerle, the institute’s CEO and director.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) The Huntsman Cancer Institute is illuminated with a "Beacon of Hope" to honor the late Jon Huntsman Sr.

A funeral for Huntsman will be held Saturday in the 15,000-seat University of Utah arena that bears his name. The public is invited to attend the 11 a.m. service at the Huntsman Center, 1825 S. Campus Drive. The speaker schedule includes many of his children and LDS Church President Russell M. Nelson, acting President M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and fellow apostle Dieter F. Uchtdorf.

On Friday, beginning at 5 p.m., there will be a public viewing at the Monument Park Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Stake Center, 1320 S. Wasatch Drive, Salt Lake City.

The prominent business leader and billionaire chemical industrialist died Feb. 2 of sepsis secondary to cellulitis. He was 80.

Editor’s note • The Salt Lake Tribune’s owner and publisher is Paul Huntsman, a son of Jon Huntsman Sr.