UTGOP Loses Two Dedicated, Long Time Party Leaders
In the last week, the Utah Republican Party lost two of its most dedicated party leaders, William A. (Bill) Stevenson and Pearl Rex Hartzell.
On May 19, 2010, William A. (Bill) Stevenson, passed away at age 80 of natural causes at his home in Salt Lake City. Bill was born July 31, 1929 in Milwaukee, WI. He was a graduate of the University of Wyoming with a degree in engineering. Bill served in the U. S. Army where he attained the rank of Lieutenant. In 1958 he moved to Salt Lake City with his wife Mary Lee where he became involved in Utah Republican politics. He served as the chair of the Salt Lake County GOP and was the Utah State Republican Party chairman. Bill was involved in fund raising on behalf of elementary school children to provide shoes, gloves, hats, and books at Christmas. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Salt Lake City and was a deacon.
Current Chairman Dave Hansen said “For those who never met Bill, you missed quite an experience. Bill was Utah Republican Party Chairman from 1979-81. Bill spent a good part of his life helping the party and candidates. He could be the greatest of help or drive you nuts…all within an hour. Farewell my friend. There are a lot of us who are grateful for what we learned from you.”
Pearl Rex Hartzell passed away on May 24, 2010 at her home in Orem at the age of 92. Pearl had been an active member of the Utah County Republican Women for decades and was also involved in the Utah Federation of Republican Women, the state-wide organization. Pearl was a long time Republican party activist that could always be counted on to work tirelessly for Republican candidates. She was a member of the Utah chapter of the American Gold Star Mothers, an organization for those who have lost children in war, as well as the National League of Families, and worked as a volunteer for the Children’s Justice Center.
Chairman Dave Hansen remembers Pearl: ”Last evening I learned that Utah and the Republican Party lost another of its long term, grand old leaders. Pearl Rex passed away yesterday. I first met Pearl when she was a party leader in Rich County. She then moved to Utah County where she was a strong, dedicated Republican whose love of country will be missed. Our thoughts go out to her family at this time. Thank you Pearl, for all you gave to all of us.”
The Utah Republican Party would like to extend its condolences to Bill and Pearl’s families.