Utah Philanthropist And Businessman Jon Huntsman Sr. Dies At 80

Jon Huntsman Sr. dead at 80

Jon Huntsman Sr. dead at 80

Jon M. Huntsman Sr., a billionaire businessman, philanthropist and political organizer, died Friday at age 80.

"Very sad to hear about the death of Jon Huntsman Sr.", Love said on Twitter.

Jeanette and I are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our friend Jon M. Huntsman, Sr.

Huntsman was the founder and longtime executive chairman of Huntsman Corp., a company that refines raw materials that go into thousands of products.

Jon Huntsman Sr., a billionaire philanthropist and businessman whose son Jon Jr.is ambassador to Russian Federation has died at age 80, a spokesperson at the Huntsman Cancer Institute confirmed on Friday afternoon. "God bless the Huntsman family".

"Cancer is disgusting and deplorable and must be conquered, and it will be, as any evil eventually is defeated", Huntsman wrote in his 2014 autobiography. He said he would see to it that the institute continues its mission "if it takes my last dollar-and I expect that will be the case".

In 1970, Huntsman founded the Huntsman Container Corp., which focused on food packaging and pioneered the clamshell container used for McDonald's Corp.'s Big Mac hamburger.

Huntsman made his fortune in the business world, and founded the Huntsman Corp., a worldwide company now run by his son, Peter. Not only did he fight his own personal battle, but through the establishment of the Huntsman Cancer Institute, he gave his vast resources to help others wage a battle against cancer as well.

He also wielded his power as a billionaire benefactor to the center.

Huntsman's commitment to cancer research came after he underwent surgery for prostate cancer in 1992. From providing care and employment to people in earthquake-ravaged Armenia to building libraries of learning here at home, Jon was relentlessly devoted to helping others.

He also played key roles in state and national politics.

Huntsman later served as a finance chairman for Mitt Romney's 2008 presidential bid and in 2012, worked for his son's presidential bid, giving more than $1.8 billion to a super PAC supporting the younger Huntsman.

He would go on to create Huntsman Chemicalin 1982 in Salt Lake City. Huntsman's son Peter, who serves as the firm's president and CEO, was named chairman January 1. "I'm honored to be a #survivor who was treated @huntsmancancer". Top LDS Church leaders remembered Huntsman for his generosity and service.

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in a statement that it shares the Huntsman family's grief following his death.

Huntsman said the family was exposed to the dark side of wealth and fame in 1987, when his then-16-year-old son James Huntsman was kidnapped at knifepoint from his driveway. He was later rescued by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents.

University of Utah President David Pershing and the school's Athletic Director Chris Hill said Huntsman and his wife, Karen, gave enthusiastically to the university.

Sue and I send our love and prayers to the Huntsman family during this hard time.

Huntsman is survived by his wife, Karen, eight of his nine children and dozens of grandchildren.

Peter Huntsman also said that his father "leaves behind a great company, but even more so, a legacy of optimism, ethical behavior and philanthropy that will serve as his greatest accomplishments".

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