PARK CITY, Utah - Former Salt Lake City mayor Deedee Corradini has died. She was 70 years old.
According to her family, Corradini died Sunday at her home in Park City surrounded by loved ones.
The cause was non small cell lung cancer, commonly attributed to smoking, though Corradini was never a smoker herself. She had been diagnosed six months before her death.
Current Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker talked about the personal charisma Corradini brought to her work.
"She had a force of personality that is rare. We saw it in her work in business. We saw it in her work as mayor. We saw it after she served as mayor taking on causes and pursuing them successfully," Becker told Fox 13.
Former State Senator and current CEO of the Women's Leadership institute Pat Jones remember Corradini as someone who could bridge differences.
"Like so many great women political and business leaders, she really knew how to reach across the aisle and get things done," said Jones.
She served as mayor of Salt Lake City from 1992 to 2000 and was the only woman to hold the office.
During her time as mayor, Corradini was influential in securing the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, getting funding for TRAX in Salt Lake City and redeveloping the downtown area where the Gateway Mall now sits.
During that time she also served as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Corradini spent much of her second term as mayor mired in scandal. Bribery of Olympic officials became national news, and Corradini was investigated for allegedly seeking cash from campaign donors to pay personal business debts. She was never charged in either circumstance.
After leaving office, Corradini remained involved on community boards, including lifelong work for the Utah Symphony.
She also spearheaded efforts that resulted in women's ski-jumping gaining a place as an Olympic event.
In a statement, her family said :
"Our amazing mother, wife, sister, aunt, friend, and mentor, died today at her home in Park City, surrounded by the light, love, and gratitude of her loved ones. She fought a fierce six-month battle with stage 4 metastasized non-small cell lung cancer (the non-smoking type).
Our lives will never be the same without her, yet we celebrate her legacy with such JOY. We feel her grace, and know she will continue to guide us deeply though her courageous spirit and extraordinary light that lives within us all."
Gov. Gary R. Herbert released this statement:
“I am saddened to learn of the passing of Deedee Corradini, who served admirably as mayor of Salt Lake City. She played an important role in preparing our capital city to host the 2002 Olympic Winter Games and leaves a legacy of investing in our transportation infrastructure that continues to benefit Utahns to this day. Jeanette and I offer our condolences to Deedee’s friends and family during this difficult time.”