George Denton
George Denton
  • February 21, 1920 - April 15, 2015
  • Salt Lake City, Utah

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George L. Denton, Jr., our father and role model, passed away April 15, 2015. He was born in Salt Lake City to George L. and Leonie Neuhausen Denton on February 21, 1920.

Dad attended schools in Magna and Salt Lake City and graduated in history from the University of Utah, where he met and wisely proposed to Barbara Straub. He attended the University of Utah Law School until 1942, when he joined the U.S. Navy. He served in the Pacific Theatre, including the Aleutians, Kwajalein and the Okinawa operation, for which he was awarded the Bronze Star as Commanding Officer of the minesweeper YMS427.

Returning from the war and with a new bride, he found a job in 1946 with First Security Corporation, where he spent his entire career. He started with on-the-job training in the Investment Department. His activities expanded throughout the organization, retiring in 1990 as Executive Vice President and a member of the Management Committee. At the time of his retirement, he was responsible for all investment-related activities, asset and liability management and funding. He was Chairman of First Security Investment Management Inc., First Security Discount Brokerage Inc., and President of First Security Investment Services, Inc.

In the community he served on the Board of Trustees of the Utah Medical Foundation, was Chairman of the Board of the Utah Heart Association and a member of the board of the American Heart Association. He was on the Board of Directors of the Arthritis Foundation, serving as chairman for six years, receiving the Norman and Barbara Tanner Service Award from the Utah-Idaho chapter. Dad and Mom were strong supporters of the University of Utah, Dad serving on the College of Humanities Advisory Board and was the recipient of the college's Distinguished Alumnus Award. In 2002 he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Department of Communication.

His professional activities included memberships on the Utah Governor's Committee on Investment of State Funds and Fiscal Policy in 1962, as well as various committees of the Utah Bankers Association. He was a member of the Board of Governors of the Salt Lake Stock Exchange, a member of the board of the American Bankers Association, Bank Investments and Funds Management Committee. He was a founding director and member of the board and Executive Committee of the investment firm BHC Financial from 1983 until 1997, when it was acquired by Fiserv. He also was a member of the Advisory Board of the Investment Management School, Stanford University Graduate School of Business for ten years. From 1965 to 1989, he was one of nine members of a national round table sponsored by Brown Brothers Harriman to discuss interest rates, markets and the economy.

He was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, serving as President. He was a member of the Fort Douglas/Hidden Valley Country Club and the Alta Club, serving on the board and as Treasurer. Dad also was a proud member of the Dirty Shirts.

But for more than his professional and service accomplishments, Dad will be remembered for his integrity and honesty. When meeting people, he'd prefer asking them about their lives than talking about himself. Generally a dignified man, he could go on laughing jags that would bring him and everyone within earshot to tears. Although he sometimes saw the world from a different angle than his sons, he relished the challenge of a debate, and respected and loved them for the paths they chose to follow.

Dad had an incredibly active mind, always running. He loved to travel with Mom and friends, and inevitably found himself assigned as tour guide. He could not drive by a dog or cow in the Intermountain West without issuing a greeting. After his busy working years ended, he enjoyed the pleasures of his grandchildren, perhaps catching up on the small things he might have missed with his boys when he had to entertain "visiting firemen".

Dad was predeceased by the love of his life, Barbara. He is survived by his sons Craig L. (Margaret), Thomas G. (Susan) and Robert B. (Jane) and his grandson Lucas. He also is survived by his step-grandchildren Gavin Harris (Natalie), Stacie Marchessault (John), Star Sanderson, Chris Monroe (Reneé), SSG Kevin Monroe (Adrianna) and many great-grandchildren.

The family wants to thank the kind people of Home Options Personal Care, and especially Maria Carr, who provided devoted, loving care to Dad and Mom over the past seven years. There is no nobler, giving soul.

There will be a memorial service celebrating Dad's life at All Saints Episcopal Church, 1710 So. Foothhill Drive, at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22. The family will host a wake later that day.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that you contribute to a charity of your choice. Condolences can be left at the Evans and Early website.