Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Remembering Stephen Covey October 24, 1932 - July 16, 2012

"One heart, one mind, dwell in righteousness, no poor among you"

This is the Covey Family Mission Statement of Stephen Covey.  The is recorded on the funeral program (pictured) of Stephen Covey.

Dr. Stephen Covey was an educator, author, businessman and prominent keynote speaker.

He is most recognized for his popular book "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" that sold more than 25 million copies worldwide and was published in 1989.  The audio version of the book was the first to sell more than one million copies.  

Covey was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He enjoyed debating in high school and after completing high school, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Utah.  He was an outstanding student and always took education seriously.  He received a Masters degree from Harvard University and completed his education with a Doctorate in Religious Education from Brigham Young.

In 1985, Covey established Stephen R. Covey and Associates and in 1987, The Covey Leadership Center.  He eventually merged with Franklin Quest and would form FranklinCovey, a global professional service firm that specializes in productivity tools for individuals and organizations.  Their mission statement reads "We enable greatness in people and organizations everywhere."

Over the years, Covey continued to develop learning tools and authored other publications including "First Things First" "The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness" and "The Leader In Me"

He traveled throughout the world as a sought after speaker.  

On his personal side, Covey remained active in his church having served a two year mission in England and was the first president of the Irish Mission of the church.  He also authored seven devotional works for the church. He and his wife Sandy reared his family including nine children and grandfather to fifty two.  He received the "Fatherhood Award" from the National Fatherhood Initiative"

Covey was one of Time Magazine's 25 Most Influential Americans in 1996,  and was recipient of numerous honors including The National Entrepreneur of the Year, and the 1994 International Entrepreneur of the Year.  

Covey took a fall while riding his bicycle in April 2012 and died from its complications on July 16, 2012. He was 79.

Nearly 2500 people gathered for his funeral service at the UCCU Events Center at Utah Valley University on July 22, 2012. President of UCCU said of Covey "Brother Covey magnified his many gifts around the world.  We appreciate his service to his fellow man and to the church.  He has now taken the eventual step we must all take on our eternal journey." Following his two hour service, Dr. Stephen Covey was laid to rest in Wasatach Lawn Memorial Park in Salt Lake City.

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