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5 fathers who achieved success are honored at S.L. luncheon

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A group of five "exceptional fathers who have demonstrated the ability to make fatherhood a priority while achieving a high level of success in their chosen career" were honored Thursday in Salt Lake City.

The five, Bruce T. Reese, State Sen. Pete Suazo, Kem C. Gardner, Jon M. Huntsman Jr. and James L. Sorenson, have been named recipients of the 1998 Father of the Year Award by the Father's Day Council-Utah.They were to be recognized at the council's awards luncheon in the Little America Hotel grand ballroom. All contributions raised at the luncheon will go to support the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, said council chairman Kevin Ames.

- Reese has been president and chief executive officer for two years at Bonneville International Corp., which has responsibility for 15 radio stations, two television stations and related operating divisions. He joined Bonneville in 1984 as assistant general counsel.

Reese has served in many civic and professional organizations. He and his wife, Lu Anne, are parents of seven children.

- Gardner is president of The Boyer Co., a development firm. He was chairman of the state Board of Regents and of the Salt Lake City Airport Authority and has served in numerous other civic capacities. He was recently named to the Utah State University Wasatch Front President's Cabinet and the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors.

Gardner and his wife, Carolyn, are parents of six children. Their son, Matthew, 22, has juvenile diabetes.

- Huntsman is vice chairman of the board of Huntsman Corp. and is a member of the boards of all Huntsman companies and is president and CEO of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation. He was U.S. ambassador to Singapore, is chairman of the Utah Opera Board and is a director of the Karl Malone Foundation for Kids.

He and his wife, Mary Kaye, have five children, including a daughter, Elizabeth, 10, who has juvenile diabetes.

- A state legislator since 1992, Suazo is program director of the job placement and mentoring program for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salt Lake. He is an amateur boxing official, has been involved in many projects to assist youths and in 1983 was among those named "Outstanding Young Men of America."

Suazo and his wife, Alicia, have four sons.

- Sorenson is president and CEO of Sorenson Cos., of which Sorenson Development is the parent company. He has been a key contributor to many Utah projects, including the Sorenson Multicultural Center in the Glendale neighborhood.

He and his wife, Beverley, are parents of eight children. One of the Sorensons' grandchildren, Rachel Harris, 6, was recently diagnosed with juvenile diabetes.