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Published: Monday, July 16 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Orem, UT

An awesome man. Thanks Stephen!

Salt Lake City, UT

" seek first to understand, not to be understood."
Thank you mr. Covey

Hillsboro, OR

Individuals, families, and businesses will greatly miss the inspired advice of Stephen R. Covey. One of my favorite quotes attributed to him goes something like: "Before you go charging up the latter of success, make sure it's leaning against the right building." That advice has been huge in my life.

Salt Lake City, UT

I had the priviledge of meeting Mr. Covey at Riverside Country Club in 1993. He had great presence, almost an authority-like aura. I liked him. Given his enthusiasm and power, I'm not surprised he was still biking (and going fast!) at age 79. The man taught a lot of truth and inspired millions.

If it's not inappropriate, I'd like to know what exactly led to this great man's untimely death: swelling, stroke, internal bleeding, heart related?

Wishing comfort to all his great family.

SLC gal
Salt Lake City, UT

RIP Stephen Covey! I can't even begin to express how his "7 Habits" book changed my life.

Heber City, UT

He was my professor 41 years ago when I studied for my MBA at BYU. He changed the entire direction of my life. I have used his philosophy and teachings to "heal" three broken companies. I met with him briefly last year and thanked him. He was counselor to 35 heads of state around the world. He was an amazing teacher and perhaps the best ambassador this state has ever had.

HOWEVER, to call him a motivational speaker trivializes his life's work. He was so much more than that. He was firmly rooted in principles rather than techniques. He taught "empathy" in ways nobody else could.

The world will miss him, but what a Legacy he has left !!

Henderson, NV

How awesome that he was biking at the age of 79! Doing what he loved until the end. Condolences to all the Covey family.

Plano, TX

Being with the end in mind...

Well lived life.

Thanks for all the distilled wisdom Br. Covey, and the time you spent chatting with me after OB321 on particularly horrible day of my life in 1979, it made a world of difference.

Best Wishes and condolences to his family and close friends.

Gordon Wilson

Stephen always knew what to say to validate me, make me feel better about me than I thought even about myself. He was a champion for what´s right, but mostly, for doing the right thing.

Roy, UT

Any connection one can make to Bro. Covey, whether through his books, lectures, or personal contact, yields great benefits...he was a great man who put his whole heart and soul into both doing and teaching wonderful principles to live by. He will be missed.


The 7 Habits changed my life for the better as well. Glad I had a chance to learn from this man. Best wishes to his family and friends.

Mom of 8
Hyrum, UT

I'd heard he died from complications from his bike crash.

And frankly, that's the way I'd want to go: still active when I'm "old" and passing away as a result.

Far better than sitting around watching my golden years rust. Great example, even to the end!


Truly an inspiring life and a legacy well worth the effort. not only will his family miss him, and condolences to them, but so will the rest of the world!

Salt Lake City, UT

Dr Stephen Covey...he liked to simply be called "Stephen" to those he considered his friends, and everybody seemed to be Stephen's friend...He was a giant in the community, and a warm, affable gentleman who was a mentor to presidents, prime ministers, and even pontiffs...If everybody were to embrace the principles taught by Dr Covey, this world would be a much better place. Every time Stephen would see me, he would affectionately rub my bald head, and call me his twin. I will truly miss this giant of a man with his sweet, gentle spirit. I suppose he is in heaven right now organizing seminars, and giving lectures to the angels. Rest in peace, Stephen Covey.....

Spanish Fork, UT

I brought in speakers from around the US to speak to entrepreneurs. Everyone found them impressive. But when Steve Covey came, that 3 hour block riveted people to their chairs and was life altering. Covey was a terrific person and had so much to offer. May you rest a moment before you continue your eternal progression.

Layton, UT

Just recently finished the 7 Habits workshop, and it's just as timely as ever. Great insights and clarity. Stephen had a gift of crystalizing timeless truth into nuggets accessible to anybody interested in learning them. I really enjoyed the training and know he's left a lasting legacy in his wake.


Mr. Covey sat next to me on a plane and saw I had a Covey time management leather cover. He asked me if he could see it and opened it to find a Franklin system. I laughed embarrassingly as he took out a blank page. While he talked to me on the flight he scribbled on the page. When we were done he drew a saw over his doodles and said, "Your doing great. Just sharpen it." Then he put the page back into my planner.

I should have had him sign the doodle. Anyways, I carried that page with me for about 10 years.

Bluffdale, UT

Best advice that changed my life.

A church centered life has some value.
A family centered life has some value.

But only a Divine Center life meets all the tests.

Love you, Dr. Covey.

Billy Budd
Saint George, UT

A wonderful man who was instrumental in teaching students, listeners and readers how to think,

not what to think.

Forever grateful!

Condolences to family and friends.

Provo, UT

Stephen Covey was the real deal.

(a number of the people around him in his business were less so)

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