Kay S Cornaby

Born November 26, 1936

Kay S. Cornaby 1936 – 2013

Our husband, father, grandfather, and brother, Kay S. Cornaby (“K”), 77, passed away peacefully at home on November 25, 2013, surrounded by his family, after gallantly enduring several years of declining health. K was born on January 14, 1936 in Spanish Fork, Utah to Hilda Stoker and Sterling Arthur Cornaby. He is the oldest brother to two sisters. After graduating from B.Y. High, he began his studies at Brigham Young University. Those studies were put on hold to honorably serve in the L.D.S. East German mission from 1956–59. Post mission, he graduated in 1960 with a B.A. in Chemistry from B.Y.U. K then returned to Germany for three years where he served as an Army Counter Intelligence officer, toured with a friend as a concert pianist, and studied international law at the University of Heidelberg. He continued his love of the law when he returned to the U.S., graduating from Harvard Law School in 1966. While at Harvard, his sister introduced him to Linda Rasmussen. They were married in the Salt Lake City Temple on July 23, 1965. Together they raised 5 children whom K counted as his greatest accomplishments. After law school, K and Linda moved to New York City for three years where he practiced international and intellectual property law on Wall Street before moving his practice back to Salt Lake City, Utah. Eventually, he joined the law firm of Jones, Waldo, Holbrook & McDonough as a partner. He retired in 2012. K served as a Utah State Senator from 1977-90 (Majority Leader 83-84). He was a real leader known for his integrity and ability to reach across party lines. He was an Honorary Colonel for the Utah Highway Patrol. His passion for civic and community service continued as he served on many boards, including: National Commission on Uniform State Laws, Center for the Study of Youth Policy at the University of Michigan, Utah State Judicial Conduct Commission, Utah State Sentencing Commission, Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, Utah Federal Court ADR Panel, Martin Luther King, Jr./Human Rights Commission, Harvard Alumni/Law School Associations of Utah, Council of Legal Advisors to the Republican National Committee, U of U Graduate School of Social Work, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Utah, Salt Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau, Utah Symphony & Opera Company, and KUER-KUED Public Television and Radio. Though he received countless awards and honors during his career, his children will remember him most for his quick wit, quiet strength, unconditional love, and unwavering commitment to his family, community and church. A faithful member of the L.D.S. church, he served in many capacities, but found greatest joy in his callings as a teacher. Survived by his wife, Linda; his children Alyse (Kyle) Christensen, Derek Cornaby, Tara (Eric) Cornaby Perreca, Heather Cornaby, and Brandon Cornaby; eight grandchildren; and his sister, Gayle (Reed) Petersen. Preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Suzanne Tanner. A viewing will be held on Sun., Dec. 1, from 5 -7 p.m. at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 Highland Drive, SLC, UT. Funeral Services will be held on Mon., Dec. 2, at 11 a.m. at the Olympus Hills Ward, 4176 Adonis Drive, SLC, UT, with a viewing from 9:45-10:45 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the L.D.S. Missionary Fund, the Utah Highway Patrol, or KUER-KUED.


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Janice Gadd

December 10, 2013

Dear Linda and Gayle,
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband and brother! I love seeing you lovely ladies during session. I am glad you both have each other and your families to comfort you at this time. My heart goes out to you both!
Janice Gadd

B Matheson

December 9, 2013

I enjoyed working with Kay at Jones, Waldo. I know he will be greatly missed by family, friends and co-workers. We enjoyed Kay's delightful sense of humor and marveled at his knowledge and skill. The world is a better place because he was in it. My sincerest sympathy to his lovely family.

Diane Lloyd

December 6, 2013

Dear Linda and Family,

We are so sorry to read about Kay's passing. Our sympathy goes out to you and your wonderful family. What a full and accomplished life Kay had, along with your dedicated support! We are grateful for the knowledge that he lives on, and that families can be together forever!

We send our love.

Heber and Diane Lloyd
California-Irvine Mission

Doug Macdonald

December 6, 2013

Linda & family,
Kay was one of my favorite committee chairs. As his staff person on an appropriation committee, he took me to lunch and became a mentor. I'll never forget his leadership, kindness and sense of humor. You are blessed to have him as your husband and father.

December 5, 2013

Dearest Linda, My heart is with you. I had anticipated attending Kay's funeral but a grandaughter who nearly died last spring had an emergency appendicitis operation. I have watched through the years as Kay's name surfaced in print and in conversation,he always supported and initiated situatioins which benefited his community. You are a dynamic team. Hugs, Nadine Riddle

December 1, 2013

Linda, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Kay was a wonderful example for all of us, how we should live our lives. We will all miss him but his legacy will live on. Joyce and I are in Mexico so we will miss the funeral but you are in our thoughts.
Love, Joyce and Stan Parrish

Russ Van Vleet

December 1, 2013

Linda and family, Diane and I wanted to express our sympathy at Kay's passing. He became a mentor as well as a friend. He meant a great deal to the criminal justice system in Utah as he sponsored and helped pass legislation that had a huge influence on that system. Troubled youth in Utah are in a system that gives them a chance to recover and be rehabilitated thanks in large part to his efforts. We will miss him. Best wishes to you.

December 1, 2013

Dear Sister Cornaby,
Mom told me that Brother Cornaby had passed away. My sisters and I enjoyed babysitting for your family for many years. We appreciated you and your husband's influence. Your interest and encouragement made a difference in our growing up years. Much Love, Linda (Barber) Nokleby

Annemarie Boswell

December 1, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you. May your father's memory be eternal.

Ali Wilkinson

December 1, 2013

Heather and Family,
Thoughts and Prayers are with you. So incredibly sorry for the loss of your sweet Father.