David Eccles, a Mormon emigrant from Glasgow, Scotland, who came to America with his family in 1863 at age 14, became a leading figure in the economic growth of Utah and the Pacific Northwest.
He was a self-made multimillionaire, who rose from poverty to own or hold major financial interest in 48 companies - including lumber, railroads, sugar beet refineries, food processing, heavy construction, land and livestock, coal, electric power insurance and banks.When he died in 1912, David Eccles was president of 17 industrial corporations and seven banks.
In 1892 he was elected a director of the Commercial National Bank of Ogden, and soon thereafter became an official of First National, and Ogden Savings banks, both predecessors of First Security Corp.
David Eccles, who attributed his success to his credo of avoiding debt, was the father of Marriner S., Spencer S., George S., and Willard L. Eccles - four brothers who have made their marks in Intermountain business.
In addition to Emma Eccles Jones, David and his second wife, Ellen Stoddard Eccles, had four other daughters, Marie Eccles Caine, Jessie Eccles Quinney, Nora Eccles Treadwell Harrison and Ellen Eccles Merrill Harrison.
Emma Eccles Jones was born in Baker City, Ore., at her father's lumber camp, but attended schools in Utah where she distinguished herself in establishing progressive early childhood education programs and carrying on the philanthropic philosophy of the Eccles family.
In addition to her interest in education, Mrs. Jones was a patron and a significant contributor to arts in Utah and in San Francisco. She also supported numerous other charitable organizations and established the Emma Eccles Jones Foundation, which will fund the gift for the David Eccles School of Business.