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Randy Horiuchi never met a Republican he didn't like, which is a bit odd since he was a shining Utah Democrat.
But that's what made Randy effective as one of Utah's most popular politicians and why he will be so very missed by so many. The beloved father, husband, brother and best friend passed away Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, at University Hospital in Salt Lake City after a brief illness. He was 61.
Randy was born May 9, 1954, to Tsutomu and May Horiuchi in Salt Lake City. He was among the first students to attend Cottonwood High School when it opened in 1970 where he was that school's first junior class president and then its second student body president.
That would be his entry into politics, a world he would never leave. At 19, he ran for the Granite School District's board which he narrowly lost. But it would be the only election he would ever lose.
After a stint as a debate coach and English teacher at Kearns High School, Randy worked on a variety of political campaigns and started his own lobbying business. He also was co-founder of the successful Mountain West Small Business Finance, which helps kickstart small local businesses.
But he is best known for his career as a Salt Lake County commissioner (now councilman). From his pithy campaign slogans ("Why would you want an old Shimizu when you can have a new Horiuchi?") to his imaginative but effective press conferences wearing hazmat suits or standing with a ceramic toilet, Randy's energy and enthusiasm for the community and its people were unrivaled.
He counted so many among his friends, from Gov. Gary Herbert, Sen. Orrin Hatch and University of Utah basketball coach Rick Majerus to the Salt Lake County firefighters he supported, and the fantasy football buddies he hung out with.
Yet the most important people in his life were his family, which included his wife Frances, his beautiful daughter Madeline, and his stepson Andrew (who went to scores of Utah Jazz games with him).
Yes, Randy Horiuchi never met a Republican he didn't like, but more to the point, Randy Horiuchi never met a person he didn't like. And that's what made him so special.
Randy is survived by his wife, daughter and stepson, his loveable bichon frise Lola, and brothers Wayne, Sherm and Vince. He is preceded in death by his parents and a son, Shane.
The family will hold a private service, and a public celebration of life service will be scheduled later. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the University of Utah, in the name of Randy Horiuchi, sent to Development Office, The University of Utah, 540 Arapeen Drive, Ste. 250, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84108-1238.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Nov. 22 to Nov. 23, 2015
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