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  Huntsman Sr., Jon M.
NameJon M. Huntsman Sr.
Salt Lake City, Utah , United States
Born June 21, 1937
DiedFebruary 02, 2018 (80 years)
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Feb 02, 2018 04:29pm
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InfoJon Meade Huntsman, Sr. (born 1937 in Blackfoot, Idaho), the founder of Huntsman Corporation and a member of the Forbes 400, resides in the Salt Lake City, Utah area. He grew up in poverty, graduated from the Wharton School, worked as a staff member in the Nixon administration, and finally worked for Dow Chemical Company before starting his own business in 1982. That business grew into a multi-billion dollar company, Huntsman Chemical. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Mr. Huntsman has been an important donor to several causes, both locally in Utah and nationally. One of his most notable causes is his co-founding of the Huntsman Cancer Institute. His namesake HCI building holds this quote "Selfless giving unto others represents one's true wealth."

Other notable causes include: his co-operative fundraising initiatives for his fraternity, Sigma Chi; the Wharton School, which named its main building after him; the University of Utah, which named its main arena after him; a new law library at Brigham Young University, which at his request was named after Howard W. Hunter; and a new library at Southern Utah University, which he also requested be named after someone else.

Huntsman is a member of and has strong ties to the LDS Church. He currently serves as an Area Authority Seventy in the church.

Mr. Huntsman has been married to his wife Karen for nearly 50 years, and they are the parents of 9 children. His oldest son, Jon Huntsman, Jr., was elected governor of Utah in 2004.

Mr. Huntsman authored and published the book "Winners Never Cheat: Everyday Values We Learned as Children (But May Have Forgotten)" in 2005, published by Wharton School Publishing. In the book Mr. Huntsman conveys moral lessons drawn from his life's experience.

The Deseret News ran a long article on Mr. Huntsman in May 2001. The article is available here: [1]

In this article, the liberal mayor of Salt Lake City, Rocky Anderson, said the following about Huntsman, who is typically perceived to be conservative:

"I was impressed with Jon from the first, when he told me he lost respect for Richard Nixon (Huntsman served as a special assistant to then-President Nixon in the early 1970s) when he learned that Nixon had not given anything to charity one year he was president ... It was clear to me that Jon's real motivation in his work and accumulation of wealth was to give much of what he has to make people's lives better."

Time Magazine identified Mr. Huntsman as the sixth largest philanthropist in the United States in 2000.



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