Source: CVDaily Feed
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former Utah Gov. Norman Bangerter died Tuesday after suffering a stroke. He was 82.
Bangerter died around 4:10 p.m. Tuesday at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, family spokesman Dave Buhler said. Bangerter had suffered a stroke Tuesday morning at his South Jordan home.
Bangerter became the state’s 13th governor when he was elected in 1984. He was the first Republican governor elected in 20 years in Utah.
He served two terms from 1985-1993 before retiring to private life.
Before serving as governor, Bangerter spent five terms as a state representative.
Bangerter was born in rural Salt Lake County in 1933. He grew up in what is now West Valley City as the 10th of 11 children.
After graduating from Cyprus High School, he attended Brigham Young University and the University of Utah
He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Korea from 1953 to 1954.
Bangerter later worked as a real estate developer and businessman before he was elected to the Utah House of Representatives in 1974.
Bangerter was serving as speaker of the Utah House in 1980 when state Sen. Lyle Hillyard, a Republican from Logan, was first elected to the Legislature.
Hillyard remembered Bangerter on Tuesday evening as someone who helped guide the state through tough economic times with a deft hand. “I think his biggest accomplishment was taking over a state and economy when it was really down,” he said.
Bangerter served in the House leadership post for four years before becoming governor.
He is survived his wife, Judy, six children, one foster son and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Details about funeral arrangements will be released at a later date, Buhler said.