publication date: Feb. 9, 2018

An Appreciation

Cancer moves fast…and we have to move faster

by Mary Beckerle

Jon Huntsman

A tribute to Jon M. Huntsman 

(June 21, 1937- February 2, 2018)


Jon M. Huntsman Sr. dared to eradicate cancer from the face of the earth. People thought he was crazy, but for someone who started out delivering fresh eggs as a boy to support his family, went on to invent and then manufacture the polystyrene egg carton, and built from scratch a $12 billion global chemical company with more than 12,000 employees, there was no holding him back. Jon was a dreamer, a risk-taker, a true visionary, and a man whose compassion for others knew no limits. He didn’t sleep. His life was dedicated to making the world a better place: a world without homelessness, a world without hunger, a world without cancer.

He died peacefully at home on Friday, February 2, 2018, surrounded by his family.

Just a few months ago, on June 21, 2017, we celebrated Jon’s 80th birthday. And what a magnificent 80 years it has been. From class president, to the U.S. Navy, to the White House as special assistant to a President, to leadership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormon church), to Chairman of the Board of Huntsman Corporation, to international recognition and appreciation for his philanthropy.

Jon was born poor in Idaho, and spent his early childhood in a two-room home that didn’t have indoor plumbing. His family moved around … Continue reading Cancer moves fast…and we have to move faster

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