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Businessman, Philanthropist Jon M. Huntsman Sr. Dies at Age 80

Deseret News Friday, Feb. 02, 2018


Jon M. Huntsman Sr., billionaire, businessman, political organizer, philanthropist and former Area Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died Friday afternoon, Feb 2, 2018. He was 80. ... Huntsman died early Friday afternoon, surrounded by his family. He had been in declining health in recent weeks. Tributes poured in throughout the afternoon — from religious leaders, politicians, leaders of organizations he'd given aid and others. ... Among recent gifts were a joint $50 million donation from the Huntsman Foundation and the Charles Koch Foundation to Utah State University to establish the Center for Growth and Opportunity and more than $10 million from Huntsman family members and entities for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in southeast Texas. ... The University of Utah is home to the Jon M. Huntsman Center, a nod to his first large-scale donation, and his name graces facilities at Brigham Young University, Utah State University and other institutions. 



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