'It kind of feels like a part of Utah died with him', Jon Huntsman Sr. remembered

Jon Huntsman Sr. remembered in funeral services (Photo: Ginna Roe, KUTV)

(KUTV) - Hundreds gathered on Saturday to pay tribute to the life and legacy of Jon M. Huntsman.

The billionaire businessman and philanthropist died on February 2. He was 80 years old.

Huntsman is known for his service, charity work, and promise to find a cure for cancer through the Huntsman Cancer Foundation.

On Saturday, Huntsman’s family, friends as well as LDS church leaders paid tribute to his life.

"We have been blessed by his generosity and passion to make this world a better place,” Elder Dieter F. Uchdorf said.

His children shared memories of their father, speaking of his three loves in life: family, faith, and service.

"Today, it kind of feels like a part of Utah died with him," Jon Huntsman, Jr. said

Between tears and laughter, the Huntsman children shared family stories. They spoke of Huntsman’s humor, wit, and love of Elvis.

"How grateful am I to this man, who would always be the first to tell you of his imperfections, but to be he was the perfect father," daughter Jennifer Huntsman Parkin said.

Huntsman’s son and current President and CEO of Huntsman Corporation, Peter Huntsman spoke of his father ability to unite people of all different backgrounds and creeds.

He and his siblings gave credit to their mother, Karen Huntsman for her work alongside her husband.

"With the foundation he and my mother established, their lives work will live for generations to come," Peter Huntsman said.

Family friends said the ceremony captured the true essence of Jon Huntsman.

"As he so often said, no exercise is greater for the human heart, than reaching down and lifting each other up," Peter Huntsman said.

Jon’s character and kindness won’t be forgotten.


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