Condolences pour in after John Huntsman Sr. passes away

Condolences pour in after John Huntsman Sr. passes away (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) - Condolences poured in across Utah after people learned of the passing o Utah billionaire and philanthropist, Jon Huntsman Sr.

Statement from University of Utah President David W. Pershing on the death of Jon M. Huntsman Sr:

Utah, and indeed the nation, has lost one of its truly great citizens with the passing of Jon M. Huntsman Sr.
Jon was a passionate supporter of the University of Utah, and his vision and generosity will benefit cancer patients, students, faculty, researchers and people throughout Utah and the nation for generations to come. I am grateful for my friendship with Jon, which spanned more than two decades. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather; a faithful member of his church; and a compassionate member of our community. Jon never forgot his humble beginnings nor the help he received along the way to becoming a giant in business and philanthropy. He said “good fortunes and blessings must be returned by helping others.” And that is what he did. Jon and Karen gave enthusiastically to support our basketball programs, our student scholarships and the creation of 26 presidential chairs — including 12 established last fall for our medical school — to support the work of talented faculty members. But curing cancer, the disease that so cruelly affected Jon’s own family, was his ultimate goal, and Jon saw his entrepreneurial success as a means of facilitating this fight. Jon established the Huntsman Cancer Institute and lived to see his remarkable dream fulfilled with the opening of its fourth phase last year — the Primary Children’s and Families’ Cancer Research Center. The institute is home to talented faculty and staff who share his vision to pursue first-rate research, provide excellent cancer education and ensure exceptional care for cancer patients. Jon’s fight to defeat cancer goes on, but by any measure it can be said Jon achieved his vision. The Huntsman Cancer Institute is a world-class facility, and the University of Utah is fortunate to be a partner with Karen and the entire Huntsman family in this continuing and noble endeavor. We remain committed to Jon’s goal of eradicating cancer and the success of the remarkable institute that bears his name. It is his legacy and one that will benefit generations to come.
On behalf of the entire university community, I offer our condolences to Karen and the Huntsman family.
- President David W. Pershing

House Democratic Minority Leader Statement on the Passing of Jon Huntsman Sr.

Today Utah House Democrats offered their condolences to the Huntsman family upon hearing news of Jon Huntsman Sr.’s passing.
House Minority Leader Rep. Brian King said, “Jon Huntsman Sr. was not just an inventive businessman and entrepreneur. He was a compassionate philanthropist who improved the quality of huge numbers of Utahns, Americans, and citizens of the world. He was wise, passionate, and committed to the commonwealth. We are grateful for his life. We will miss his influence very much. He leaves a remarkable legacy.

Mayor Jackie Biskupski’s statement on the passing of Jon Huntsman, Sr.

“Jon Huntsman, Sr. had an immeasurable impact on Salt Lake City, Utah, and the world as a whole. His personal commitment to philanthropy saved lives and inspired others to do the same. Our deepest sympathy is with the Huntsman family, and with all of those who were personally touched by Jon’s legacy.”

Here is a statement from Rep. Mia Love, in memory of Mr. Jon Huntsman, Senior:

“I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Jon Huntsman Sr. I knew him well as a friend, family man, and a mentor and will miss him dearly. I thank him for the advice, love, and support he provided both to me and to our state. My family and I have been deeply blessed by his friendship and owe him a debt of gratitude.”
“I know Jon will rightfully be remembered as a giant in the state of Utah, across the country, and around the world. His story exemplifies the American dream: He came from humble beginnings, and founded one of the most successful businesses in the nation, now known as the Huntsman Corporation. He was generous and compassionate with his success, investing personally in efforts to eradicate cancer and establishing the Huntsman Cancer Foundation. Thousands of lives have been blessed by that investment. I send my heartfelt thoughts and prayers to his family at this difficult time.”

Speaker Greg Hughes issued this statement following the death of Jon Huntsman Sr.:

I am devastated by the news of the passing of Jon Huntsman Sr. Mr. Huntsman has been a dear friend and an incredible mentor. He counseled me often and taught me the true meaning of service. To say I will miss him, his grit and his incredible compassion would be a gross understatement. My thoughts and prayers are with his great family at this time.

Statement from Utah Director of Athletics Dr. Chris Hill:

I am deeply saddened by Jon Huntsman’s passing and I speak on behalf our entire Utah athletics department when I say that our hearts and prayers are with the Huntsman family. Jon has been an incredible friend and contributor to the University and community at large for many years. His philanthropy seemed to know no bounds. I have personally known Jon for more than 40 years and consider him a close friend. I will miss him greatly. I am overwhelmed by his passing and this is a sad day for all of us—and there are many—whose lives he touched. He was a good man who made the world a better place.

Statement from Mary Beckerle, Huntsman Cancer Institute CEO and Director:

Jon M. Huntsman, Sr., was a great man who led a profoundly inspiring life. Other than his family, his goal to eradicate cancer from the face of the earth was the greatest passion of his life. He has left this world knowing that all of us are equally committed to this goal and to the founding principles of Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI): The Patient First, United Effort, and Excellence in All We Do. I can still hear Mr. Huntsman’s words: “Cancer moves fast…and we have to move faster.” Together, we can best honor Mr. Huntsman and contribute to his legacy by committing to work ever faster to advance the mission of the great Institute that bears his name, to provide hope and healing to all who are impacted by this disease.

Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, issued the following statement regarding the passing of Jon M. Huntsman Sr.:

Utah, and in fact the world, has lost an icon, a generous champion and example to all businesses, communities and individuals. Jon and Karen Huntsman, with their commitment to Utah, have been a stimulus to many families, businesses and corporations that make our State their home. Their compassion and care has given people the confidence and determination to succeed. Their generosity has lifted the needy, blessed the sick and inspired us all. Jon was a true beacon on the hill, and his passing is a loss to so many of us that called him a friend. Jon wasn’t only a Giant in our City, he was a Giant to all mankind.

Gov. Herbert statement on the passing of Jon M. Huntsman, Sr.

Gov. Gary R. Herbert has released the following statement on the death of Jon M. Huntsman, Sr:
Jeanette and I are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our friend Jon M. Huntsman, Sr. Jon was a successful businessman and a tremendous philanthropist.
Jon was not only a champion of business and philanthropy, but also a tremendous champion of our state. His loyalty to Utah was remarkable.
He loved his family and was fiercely loyal to them. You would be hard-pressed to find someone with a more closely knit family than the Huntsmans. In this regard, Jon was an especially good example to all of us.
A visionary man with a strong personality, Jon was not afraid to wade into the issues of the day. That drive was personified in his battle against cancer. Not only did he fight his own personal battle, but through the establishment of the Huntsman Cancer Institute, he gave his vast resources to help others wage a battle against cancer as well.
We have lost a giant in our state history. His influence is felt far beyond the borders of Utah. He is one of the greatest Utahns ever to live.
Our hearts are with his wife Karen, and the entire Huntsman family.
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