FREE, Huran Reeve

Huron R. Free, 90, member of the Sugar House Chapter, and pioneer Sugar House businessman, died Feb. 17, of natural causes at his home, 2334 Stringham Avenue.

Mr. Free was one of the founders of the old , a consolidation of merchandise and services after the pattern of the ZCMI of Salt Lake City. He and his brothers founded Hygeia Ice Co. in 1910.  He was a major stockholder until his retirement.

Hygeia Ice proved a most successful venture, especially after it became a skating and hockey center, and it helped to finance several other businesses, including Garbo Chemical Co., Peerless Laundry, Hyland Lumber, Rock wood Furniture and other enterprises.

He also owned a trailer park and a service station. Former co-owner of Rosedell Apartments, he was a partner in the Southeast Bowling Alleys.

He was a charter member of the Sugar House Lions Club, an officer in the Salt Lake Executives Club and was active in the Sons of Pioneers until he became ill.

In church activities he was a high priest in Granite Stake and member of the first bishopric of Lincoln Ward.

He was born Sept. 3, 1881 in Salt Lake City, a son of Preston S. and Mary Titcomb Free. On Jan. 31, he married Laura Eldredge in the Salt Lake Temple. She died Aug. 8, 1912. He married Mary S. Burton, June 28, 1916, also in the Salt Lake Temple.

Survivors include his widow; one son, Thayne E., Phoenix, Ariz.; four daughters, Mrs. Wright (Barbara) Volker, Mrs. Lloyd (Claudia) Mathis, both Salt Lake City; Mrs. Robert (Florence) Ward, Honolulu, Hawaii; and Mrs. Robert (Marjorie) Stake, Santa Barbara, Calif.; 22 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Feb. 22 in Parleys Third LDS Ward and burial was in Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.

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