Norman H. Bangerter

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Norman Bangerter
13th Governor of Utah
In office
January 7, 1985 – January 4, 1993
Lieutenant Val Oveson
Preceded by Scott Matheson
Succeeded by Mike Leavitt
Member of the Utah House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born Norman Howard Bangerter
(1933-01-04)January 4, 1933
Granger, Utah, U.S.
Died April 14, 2015(2015-04-14) (aged 82)
Murray, Utah, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Colleen Monson
Children 6
Alma mater University of Utah
Brigham Young University, Utah
Religion The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Norman "Norm" Howard Bangerter (January 4, 1933 – April 14, 2015) was the 13th Governor of Utah from 1985 to 1993. He was the first Republican elected to the position since 1965.


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".[1]

After his retirement as governor, Bangerter returned to his construction firm and served for three years as president of the South Africa Johannesburg Mission of the LDS Church from 1996 to 1999.

The Bangerter Highway (SR-154), which opened in 1998, was named after the former governor, who had long supported such a road.

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.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Christensen, Michael (1994), "Bangerter, Norman H.", in Powell, Allan Kent, Utah History Encyclopedia, Salt Lake City, Utah: University of Utah Press, ISBN 0874804256, OCLC 30473917 
  2. ^
Party political offices
Preceded by
Bob Wright
Republican nominee for Governor of Utah
1984, 1988
Succeeded by
Mike Leavitt
Political offices
Preceded by
Scott Matheson
Governor of Utah
Succeeded by
Mike Leavitt