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Obituary: Randall Graham Montgomery

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Randall Graham Montgomery, 52, died November 12, 1999 in Salt Lake City from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on November 6. A skilled and graceful rider, Randy was doing what he loved.

He was born January 21, 1947 in Salt Lake City to Willard Robert and Gloria Graham Montgomery. randy married his first love, Susan LeCheminant in London, England, July, 1969. They are the parents of Heather and Melinda. Later divorced. He then married Susen Sawatzki, September, 1989. They had two children, Hannah and Harrison, who are his pride and joy. Later divorced. All of his children have a deep, unconditional love for their dad and a bond that will never be broken.Randy graduated from East High School in 1965 and the University of Utah in 1968, where he studied journalism and affiliated with the Kappa Sigma fraternity. Randy enjoyed a long and successful career in the ski industry, serving as a vice president at Snowbird, president of Ski Utah, executive director of the Utah Sports Authority, and most recently working for the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Olympics, and serving as executive director of the Quinney Center/Alf Engen Ski Museum Foundation.

Randy 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 board of the Kimball Arts Center, the Park City Chamber of Commerce and the Salt Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Randy's motto was "work hard, play hard" and Randy knew how to play. He has skied the slopes of the world, climbed the mountains of Nepal, marathoned in Utah and New York, traveled throughout North American on his motorcycle, fished the best waters and run the wildest rivers in the West. He embraced life with vigor and his adventuresome spirit was contagious.

Randy is survived by his parents; four children, who adore him: Heather (George) Mastakas, Melinda (Justin) Sulhoff, Hannah Rose and Harrison; sisters and brothers, Anne (Jan) Bagley, Jill (Ben) Hamilton, Tom, and Jeff (Suzanne) Montgomery; many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, and countless friends. Preceded in death by sister and best friend Joanie Montgomery, grandparents, step-mother, and step-father.

The family wishes to thank his medical teams at the University Medical Center, especially the doctors and nurses in the Neuro Critical Care Unit, for their extraordinary care; the Park City Motorcycle Club; the Winter Sports Park; Ski Utah; the Quinney Foundation; SLOC; everyone who donated blood in Randy's name to the University Blood Bank; and his many friends for their love, concern and support.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, November 16 at 11 a.m. at the First Unitarian Church, 569 South 1300 East, Reverend Tom Goldsmith will officiate. The family will receive friends on Monday, November 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Evans and Early Mortuary, 574 East 100 South.

Family members ask that in lieu of flowers, friends make donations in Randy Montgomery's name in behalf of his two younger children, at any First Security Bank branch.

Burial will be at the Salt Lake City Cemetery.