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Lifetime Products CEO, daughter die in Ogden Canyon crash Saturday

By Staff | Jul 7, 2024

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OGDEN — A crash in Ogden Canyon on Saturday afternoon resulted in the death of a Utah businessman and his daughter and the injury of three more family members.

The deaths of Richard Hendrickson, president and CEO of Lifetime Products, based in Clearfield, and his daughter Sally were announced late Saturday by the company.

“His wife and two of their other children sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the accident,” a press statement said. “Another daughter was traveling overseas and was not in the vehicle.”

Around 1 p.m. Saturday, the Hendricksons were traveling west on state Route 39 inside the canyon in an SUV pulling a boat when a tow truck hauling a bulldozer approached from the other direction, according to KSL.com, citing information from the Utah Highway Patrol. As the two vehicles passed, the bulldozer reportedly fell off the truck’s flatbed onto the SUV.

The canyon road was closed for several hours after the crash.

News of Richard Hendrickson’s death rippled across social media Sunday, with many current and former Lifetime employees sharing their condolences, as well as Gov. Spencer Cox, who called Hendrickson “a friend and incredible leader” and U.S. Sen. Mike Lee.

The company issued its own tribute, calling Hendrickson “a visionary.”

“He is well-known for having a uniquely broad and extensive set of talents and interests. His mechanical aptitude is legendary, often surprising the engineers throughout the company,” Lifetime’s statement said.

“Above all this, though,” it added, “was his caring focus on people, both within Lifetime and among its vendors and suppliers. He was truly special in his ability to respectfully engage others, regardless of their position or level within the supply chain. His ability to connect with people bound all of his other talents together in a very special way.”

“Richard started as a welder and progressed through multiple levels of the company to become President and CEO due to his extraordinary talents and abilities,” Lifetime founder Barry Mower said via the company’s statement. “He was one of my most trusted and cherished friends and will be sorely missed. Lifetime will not be the same without him. My love and heartfelt sympathy go out to his dear family.”

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