Former Utah Governor Norm Bangerter passed away Tuesday after suffering a stroke.
The former Republican governor was 82.
Bangerter was first elected as governor in 1984. He served as governor from 1985 to 1993.
In a statement, current Governor Gary Herbert said “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."
Utah GOP Chairman James Evans said "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."
Bangerter served in the Utah House of Representatives from 1975 to 1985. He was Speaker from 1981 to 1985.