Norman H. Bangerter
|13th Governor of Utah|
January 7, 1985 – January 4, 1993
|Preceded by||Scott Matheson|
|Succeeded by||Mike Leavitt|
|Born||Norman Howard Bangerter
January 4, 1933
Granger, Utah, U.S.
|Died||April 14, 2015
Murray, Utah, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Utah
Brigham Young University, Utah
|Religion||The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints|
Bangerter was born in Granger, Utah (now West Valley City) to William Henry Bangerter and Isabelle Bawden. His older brother, W. Grant Bangerter, served as a General Authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).
Bangerter married his wife, the former Colleen Monson, in 1953. The two had six children and one foster son.
Prior to his election, Bangerter founded a successful construction firm which specialized in building homes. He served in the Utah House of Representatives from 1975 to 1985 and as Speaker of that body from 1981 until 1985.
During his tenure as governor, Bangerter dealt with the flooding of the Great Salt Lake and its tributaries by approving the construction of large, US$60 million pumps to channel excess water from the Great Salt Lake onto the Bonneville Salt Flats. This was initially successful, yet caused some controversy when the lake's water level fell in later years, and some regarded the idle pumps as wasteful.
Bangerter's "foremost interest was improving the state's educational system".
In 2008, Bangerter was appointed to the Governing Board for the national children's charity Operation Kids.
On April 14 2015, Bangerter suffered a stroke and later died at the age of 82.
- William Grant Bangerter: brother
|Party political offices|
|Republican nominee for Governor of Utah
|Governor of Utah