Preserving legacy: Renowned economist, speaker battles disease

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  • dpalmer Hillsboro, UT
    Jan. 25, 2014 11:29 a.m.

    I worked with Jeff in SLC as his assistant and 'editor' and for a short time with is wife in a group for 20th Century Music. During six years as Jeff's admin, we went from creating his economic pieces manually, to the digital world -- I loved my job, and still refer to it and to Jeff.
    To the Thredgold family, you have my sincere empathy. My nephew was diagnosed with MS 20 years ago; he too has had his frontal cerebral cortex negatively and extensively diminished. The descriptions of health and financial stress are unfortunately on target; you're dealing with a different person moment to moment. It's not with a hopeless view of finality, but with a wish to Jeff and his family that they will retain the stamina and strength to make it to the better, happy times.
    Best, Diane Young Palmer, Hillsboro OR

  • tgoldutah Springville, UT
    Oct. 27, 2012 8:47 a.m.

    I am so proud of you big brother for how you are dealing with this challenge. I have always looked up to you and have been so thrilled with all your accomplishments over the years. You are blessed with a great wife and family who love you very much. You are in my thoughts and prayers daily.

  • Moli7 Safford, AZ
    Oct. 26, 2012 2:45 p.m.

    Dear Reasonable,
    My husband worked for Jeff, his brother-in-law, for almost 10 years. I can PROMISE you, he had all kinds of financial safety nets in place, as he did for us as the employer. This rare neurological disease masquerades as several other illnesses until it is almost too late. And it's hard to tell the man who had such a grasp of the understanding of money and the economy that you're taking all his credit cards away because he's lost that grasp. He was still Jeff. And he still is, but the slide was slow and unrecognizable.

    Jeff and Lynnette are in the prime of life, their plans for the future were big and bright. Please do not assume you know anything more than what was stated in the article about them and their situation. Instead, take a lesson from their predicament and look to the beam in your own eye rather than knocking everyone down with it as you swing it in judgmental glares at others. Perhaps the one who needs to get their finances in order is you.

  • Fern RL LAYTON, UT
    Oct. 26, 2012 12:45 p.m.

    My heart goes out to this family. I know if I lost my husband or his mind, I would be up the proverbial creek without the proverbial paddle no matter how well we have planned for the future.

  • Reasonable Person Layton, UT
    Oct. 26, 2012 12:06 p.m.

    The sad thing about progressive dementia, is that today is the best day you're going to have.
    We have watched relatives struggle to keep dementia patients home, and in a few cases, it has been detrimental to the health of the entire family. The patient can become beligerent, abusive, and hard to handle. The strength Mrs Thredgold has now, will be needed in multiples, later.

    My husband and I have vowed to each other, if one of us is stricken with such an illness, that there is no shame/disrespect in sending the ill person to a long-term care facility equipped for such patients.

    No matter what others here say, it is a bit surprising that an economist didn't plan for the economy of his household.

    Mrs Thredgold, please take away his credit card....and replace it with a debit card linked to a small account or pre-paid card. It's not his fault that he's using credit unwisely, and it's going to get worse.

  • joy Logan, UT
    Oct. 26, 2012 11:28 a.m.

    I'm grateful this family shared with us this touching story of their life. It makes me realize how lives are changed and unexpected hardships occur. No one is free from every changing challenges. The one thing I realized is how important it is
    not to judge but to reach out and love those no matter the conditions or circumstance.
    My heart aches for them and my prayers are with them.

  • Mr.Glass Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 26, 2012 10:18 a.m.

    Sorry, Reasonable Person, but your post sounds too preachy and judgmental, and ultimately, unreasonable. You really don't know what this family is going through. How do you know they didn't plan the best they could? One can plan for bad times, but one can't predict the nature of future bad times. Ultimately, it's not so important that they stay as wealthy as they are. Losing wealth is not such a bad thing in the grand scheme of things.

    Don't make this story an occasion to assert for preaching and judgements. You don't know this family.

  • Reasonable Person Layton, UT
    Oct. 26, 2012 9:24 a.m.

    Such a sad story, and now a lesson to all:

    Even if you're not a renown "futurist" economist, or especially if you are, you need to plan for the future.

    A family's economy is more than bringing in money. It's what you do with it.
    It's how you plan for the bad times, how you plan for death, how you plan for family crises, how you insure that you reach retirement age debt-free.