For immediate release
January 17, 2015
Former Speaker Rebecca Lockhart Passes Away
Former Speaker Rebecca Lockhart passed away in her home shortly after noon today from an unrecoverable and extremely rare neurodegenerative brain disease. She was 46.
“She was at peace and surrounded by her family,” said family spokesman Curt Bramble. “It’s a credit to world-class doctors and Becky’s indomitable spirit that they were able to have these past days together with her.”
“The outpouring of prayers and positive thoughts continue to help sustain the family, and they thank everyone for their support,” Bramble said.
Rebecca Lockhart served in the Utah House of Representatives for 16 years, including the last four as Speaker of the House.
She is survived her husband, Stan, and three children, Hannah, Emily and Stephen; her parents Jerald and Gretchen Tower, and four siblings, Carrie Castillo, Lara Millington, Matt Tower, and Sam Tower.
The family continues to ask that their privacy be respected during this difficult time.
Press Conference Notice:
A press conference about the cause of Speaker Lockhart’s death will be held at the University of Utah Hospital on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 4 p.m.
Speaking at the press conference will be Dr. Jennifer Majersik, neurologist at University of Utah Health Care. She will discuss and answer questions regarding the disease.
Address: University of Utah Hospital, 50 N. Medical Dr., Salt Lake City, Utah
Parking: Media should park in the lot located on the northwest side of the hospital, next to the flag pole. Upon arrival, media will be escorted to the conference room.
Kathy Wilets, University of Utah Health Care