Ex-Utah AG, cousin of Mitt Romney, dies

Jul 15 2013 - 9:34am


Vernon B. Romney, December 2005
Vernon B. Romney, December 2005


SALT LAKE CITY -- Former Utah Attorney General Vernon B. Romney has died at the age of 89.

A Republican who ran for governor in 1976, Romney was a first cousin of former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

His family said in a statement on Sunday that he died of natural causes in Salt Lake City on Saturday.

Vernon Romney served two terms as state attorney general from 1969 to 1977. He became Highland's city attorney shortly after losing the gubernatorial race to Democrat Scott Matheson.

He also worked as an aide to Sen. Arthur Watkins, R-Utah, and as an attorney for the Federal Communications Commission.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Romney. They were married in 1952. They had six children, 21 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.


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