Edgar B. Stern Jr., founder of Utah's Deer Valley Resort, died Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008, in Seattle, Wash. He was 86.

"Edgar was a true visionary and pioneer in the ski, television and hotel industries. His passion, determination and commitment to excellence over the years are evidenced by the legacies he leaves behind, not only in Deer Valley Resort, but in his successful developments and projects," said Bob Wheaton, Deer Valley president and general manager.

"The operation of Deer Valley will remain unchanged," he said. "With the assistance of his son Lessing who took over as Chairman of the Board of Deer Valley's parent company Royal Street Corporation in 2007, we are honored to move forward in continuing to fulfill Edgar's legacy and dream."

Stern is survived by Pauline (Polly), his wife of 61 years; daughter Sandra McIver; sons Eric, Monte and Lessing; seven grandchildren; and one great granddaughter.