The Latest: Huntsman remembered as humble, kind, devoted

SALT LAKE CITY — The Latest on the funeral of billionaire and philanthropist Jon Huntsman Sr. (all times local):

12:30 p.m.

Billionaire and philanthropist Jon Huntsman Sr. is being remembered during a funeral in Salt Lake City as a humble and kind man who was devoted to his family, community and church.

Huntsman died Feb. 2 at age 80. His memorial service was held Saturday in a University of Utah basketball arena named after him.

Son Jon Huntsman Jr., a former Utah governor and current U.S. ambassador to Russia, told the gathering that his father's greatest gift to his children was harmony and unity and that the elder Huntsman "to the end remained upbeat and positive."

Senior Mormon church official M. Russell Ballard described Huntsman as a close friend who didn't want to replace his marked-up scriptures though they were battered and falling apart.

Huntsman was the founder and longtime executive chairman of Huntsman Corp., a company that refines raw materials that go into thousands of products.

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11 p.m.

Several thousand people are expected at a funeral Saturday in Salt Lake City for billionaire and philanthropist Jon Huntsman Sr.

The memorial service will be held at the basketball arena at the University of Utah renamed in his honor 30 years ago. It begins at 11 a.m.

Huntsman died Feb. 2 at age 80.

Huntsman was the founder and longtime executive chairman of Huntsman Corp., a company that refines raw materials that go into thousands of products.

He was also the father of Jon Huntsman Jr., the U.S. ambassador to Russia and former Utah governor, presidential candidate and ambassador to China and Singapore.

Russell M. Nelson, the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is among three top Mormon leaders scheduled to speak. Huntsman was a Mormon.

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