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Clea Rasmussen, Influential UGA Leader, Passes Away

Clea Rasmussen, a key leader of the Utah Golf Association for many years, passed away last week from cancer. She was the first woman to be elected president of Hidden Valley Country Club in 1991 and was the second woman to serve on the UGA Board of Directors. She served on the UGA board from 1994 through 2003, was vice president for three years, and has served as a volunteer for the UGA in several capacities ever since.
Paul Hatch, president of the UGA during the years Clea was vice-president, said, “We had a marvelous board during those years and Clea’s positive and thoughtful input contributed greatly to the achievement of our goals.”
“She was dependable, did anything asked of her in a professional manner, and learned every aspect of the association,” he said. “She was a uniter, not a divider and her positive, constructive attitude had a great influence on the UGA.”
Bill Walker, UGA Executive Director, said, “After her years of service on the board she remained very active as a volunteer and supporter of our programs. She will be missed and we honor her years of service to the UGA and golf.”
She was preceded in death by her very supportive husband, Ken, who died just one year ago.
The complete obituary as it will appear in the newspapers is as follows:
Clea Rasmussen
Clea Rasmussen passed away January 30, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah, after a long struggle with cancer. She was born October 11, 1943 in Orem, Utah and graduated from Orem High School in 1961.
Her first job was with Tracy Collins Bank in the insurance department and it was the beginning of 26-year career in banking. Her effectiveness helped raise the glass ceiling in gender employment. She was the youngest and first female Vice President of Zion’s First National Bank and the first female and Vice President Branch Manager of Tracy Collins Bank downtown and an Executive Vice President of Sandy State Bank.
She served on the Board of Directors of Hidden Valley Country Club and in 1991 she became the first female president of the club.
She was the second woman to serve on the Board of Directors of the Utah Golf Association, serving from 1994 through 2003 and was vice president for three years. In her board member capacity she became proficient in administering the USGA Rules of Golf at the state’s top golf tournaments, including UGA, USGA and PGA events.
She had a wide variety of interests and loved the friendly competition of golf, bowling, and bridge. She was an avid reader and filled idle moments with cross stitching.
In 1975 she met the love of her life, Ken Edgel Rasmussen, and they married in 1977. They had a wonderful, romantic, and active life together until Ken’s death in February, 2013. They skied, golfed, and traveled together and spent some winter time in their St. George home. They both agreed that the key to their marital happiness was ‘we talked’.
Clea was preceded in death by her husband; her parents, Martell and Beula Keetch; and two brothers, Dee Ketch and Boyd Keetch. She is survived by her best friend and loving daughter, Janice; her siblings she loved so much, brother Jim (Kitsy) Keetch; sisters VaLoy Menlove and Merla Kay Bolling, and many nephews and nieces; a very special friend, Graydon Jensen; sisters-in-law Jane Keetch, Martha Keetch, Susan (David) Amidon; brother-in-law Phil (Lois) Rasmussen, and her loving friends from golf and bridge…the Usual Suspects.
Clea expressed a special thanks to “Judy who checked on me every day, Nancy who stayed by my side the whole time, and my wonderful sister Kay who took care of me 24/7.”
Her last message: “Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, wine in the other, totally worn out and screaming ‘WOOO HOOO, what a ride!”
The funeral will be Saturday February 8th at 11:00am, at Larkin Sunset Gardens located at 1950 East 10600 South, Sandy.
There will also be a viewing Friday February 7th from 6 to 8 pm also at Larkin Sunset Gardens, and Saturday from 10:00am to 10:45am.
The burial will be at Larkin Sunset Lawn, located at 2350 East 1300 South, SLC.
A celebration of life will follow after the graveside service at about 2:30 pm, at Hidden Valley Country Club.
In lieu of flowers please donate to the Utah Cancer Specialists, 3838 South 700 East, SLC, Utah 84106 or a charity of your choice.