Utah entrepreneur whose wife was killed by infamous bomber Mark Hofmann dies

By September 25, 2018 No Comments

J. Gary Sheets, a Utah entrepreneur whose wife was killed by the infamous bomber Mark Hofmann, died Sunday in St. George. He was 84.

In the 1980s, Sheets had built a thriving enterprise, Coordinated Financial Services, in Salt Lake City, which employed Steven F. Christensen as one of its consultants. On the side, Christensen was involved in the lively trade in historic Mormon books and documents and had dealings with Hofmann.

The second one Hofmann planted at the Sheets’ house, and it killed Sheets’ wife, Kathleen, instantly.

“When my dad told me,” Gretchen Sheets McNees, who was 19 in 1985, said on the 20th anniversary of her mom’s death, “it was like all my bones had been ripped out of me.”

Sheets grew up in Richfield and attended the University of Utah, according to his obituary. After Kathleen’s death, he remarried. He is survived by his wife, Diane, six children, 18 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

A funeral will take place at noon Wednesday at the Green Valley 1st Ward in St. George, Utah, with a viewing at 10:30 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Switchpoint Community Resource Center for the homeless in St. George.

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