(son of Wallace Foster Bennett), a Senator from Utah; born in Salt Lake City, Utah, September 18, 1933; attended Utah public schools; graduated University of Utah 1956; served in the Utah National Guard 1957-1960; chief, Congressional liaison, U.S. Department of Transportation; chief executive officer, Franklin Quest 1984-1992; chairman, Utah Education Strategic Planning Commission 1988; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1992; reelected in 1998 and again in 2004, and served from January 3, 1993, to January 3, 2011; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 2010.
He enjoyed his greatest success from 1984 to 1990 as head of the Franklin Covey Company, which produced the Franklin Day Planner and conducted business-oriented time management seminars.
Mr. Bennett is survived by his wife, the former Joyce McKay, a flutist and teacher at Washington’s Levine School of Music. Grandchildren of different presidents of the Mormon Church, they married in 1962. Mr. Bennett is also survived by a brother, Wallace G. Bennett; a sister, Frances Jeppson; four daughters, Julie Newton, Wendy Prawitt, Heather Oman and Heidi Knighton; two sons, Robert and James Bennett; and 20 grandchildren.more » « less