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Ski executive Randy Montgomery dies

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One of Utah's and the nation's top ski and winter sports executives died Friday, Nov. 12, 1999, from injuries suffered last weekend in a motorcycle accident.

Randy Montgomery, 52, Salt Lake City, former executive director of the Utah Sports Authority, died at LDS Hospital following the accident Nov. 7 on U-35 east of Heber City. Montgomery had been hospitalized in a coma since then.At the time of his death Mr. Montgomery worked for the Salt Lake Organizing Committee and was executive director of the Alf Engen Ski Museum Foundation. From October 1993 to April of this year, he directed the Utah Sports Authority, the organization responsible for overseeing construction of the state's $59 million in Olympic facilities.

Mr. Montgomery's career began three decades ago in broadcasting. He was then hired as assistant marketing director at Park City Ski Resort where he worked for about nine years. He later moved on to become vice president of marketing at Snowbird. He left that job to work in sales and property management in the Park City area.

In April 1991, Mr. Montgomery was named executive director of the Utah Ski Association and its marketing company, Ski Utah. In that position he was responsible for the overall marketing of Utah's ski industry. He worked in that position until he was hired to direct the Utah Sports Authority.

Mr. Montgomery was active in several other civic organizations. He served on the board of directors of Blue Cross and Blue Shield and was past president of the Salt Lake Acting Company. He also served on the boards of the Kimball Arts Center, the Park City Chamber of Commerce and the Salt Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau.

For the past few years Mr. Montgomery had become active in motorcycle racing. Last year, he won the 50-plus class in the National Motocross event in Steamboat Springs, Colo. At the time of his death he was ranked No. 2 in the nation in motocross in his age group.

Mr. Montgomery is survived by four children, three daughters and one son. In lieu of flowers, family and friends are asking that donations be made to benefit his two youngest children, ages 6 and 7, at any First Security Bank branch.

A viewing is planned for Monday night and a funeral will be held Tuesday. Final funeral arrangements will be announced by the family sometime this weekend.