SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) Utah’s 13th Governor, Norman Howard Bangerter, died on Tuesday from complications of a stroke.

Governor Bangerter was elected in 1984 as the first Republican governor in twenty years. His administration emphasized what he termed “the three E’s: Education, Economic Development, and Efficiency in Government.” Later, a fourth “E,” the Environment, was added to the list. He was re-elected in 1988, and served from 1985-1993.

Governor Bangerter was born on January 4, 1933, in rural Salt Lake County, the son of William Henry Bangerter and Isabelle Bawden Bangerter. He grew up in Granger (now West Valley City) the tenth of eleven children. A graduate of Cyprus High School, he attended Brigham Young University and the University of Utah where he majored in history. He served in the US Army, stationed in Korea, in 1953-54.

Prior to becoming Governor, Norm Bangerter was a real estate developer and businessman. He entered politics in 1974, when he was elected to the Utah House of Representatives where he served until he was elected Governor. During this time he served as Assistant Majority Whip, Majority Leader, and Speaker of the House. He was the first Speaker to serve two consecutive terms in more than forty years. In 1983, the National Republican Party named him one of the top ten National Republican Legislators

Norm Bangerter was elected Governor of the state of Utah in 1984. He was re-elected in 1988. During his years as Governor, he also served as the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Western Governors’ Association and was on numerous committees for the National Governors’ Association.

The family expresses their thanks to the people of Utah for their love and support throughout the years. Information about funeral arrangements will be announced at a later time.

Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement regarding the passing of former Utah Gov. Norman H. Bangerter:

“Gov. Bangerter was first and foremost a friend and a mentor to me. He was a great leader who accomplished great things on behalf of our state. I always appreciated his forthright and no-nonsense leadership and his willingness to make the tough decisions.

“That leadership was on display as recently as this past Thurs. when Gov. Bangerter spoke to the leadership of the Utah Highway Patrol, our Honorary Colonels, and many other civic and legislative leaders at the Governor’s Mansion. As that evening concluded, I told Gov. Bangerter I valued his counsel and that I wanted him to call me at any time and give me his input. He assured me he would. His sudden passing is a shock to me and the state. We will all miss him.

“The First Lady and I extend our deepest condolences to members of the Bangerter family, and express gratitude on behalf of all Utahns for his service to the state as governor, as a legislator and as Speaker of the Utah House of Representatives.”

Senator Orrin Hatch released this statement after the passing of Bangerter: 

“Elaine and I are so saddened to hear about the passing of our dear friend, Governor Norm Bangerter. He served our state with integrity and gritty determination and was never afraid to make the tough decisions and do what is right. He had a strong will and was always true to his principles and beliefs. I could always count on him to share his ideas and wise counsel and there was never a question of how much he loved our state and nation. We will miss him dearly and send our thoughts and prayers to his wife Judy, six children, foster son, and numerous grandchildren and family and friends.”

Utah Democratic Party Chairman Peter Corroon issued the following statement mourning the death of former Governor Norm Bangerter:

“Governor Bangerter was a true public servant. He was an elected official who wasn’t afraid to take courageous stands to improve the lives and quality of life for all Utahns. He was also a great business leader, dedicated church member, champion of education, and perhaps most importantly, he was a family man. Our deepest condolences to his family at this time.”

Utah Republican Party Chairman James Evans released the following statement on the passing of Former Governor Norm Bangerter:

“As we mourn the passing of Former Governor Norm Bangerter this evening, I encourage all Utahns to honor his legacy and remember the enormous impact he had on the State of Utah,” said Chairman James Evans. “Governor Bangerter moved our state forward in spite of the many challenges it faced during his time in office. A cornerstone of Utah values, Governor Bangerter was not afraid to make tough decisions and did what he thought was right.”

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Governor Bangerter’s family and friends and we hope that they will find peace during this difficult time.”

Funeral service scheduled for Former Governor Bangerter on behalf of the Bangerter family, memorial services for former Governor Norman H. Bangerter will be as follows:

Friday, April 17 from 5-8pm
LDS South Jordan Parkway Stake
9894 South 2700 West
South Jordan, UT

Saturday, April 18 at 12:00pm
Salt Lake Community College Jordan Campus, LDS Institute Building
3431 West Wights Fort Road (9191 South)
West Jordan, Utah