Utah State Board of Education Chairman David L. Crandall expressed sympathy today at news of the passing of Utah State Board of Education Member Mark Openshaw in a Missouri plane crash.
“On behalf of the Members of the Utah State Board of Education, I express our deepest sympathy at the passing of our friend and colleague Mark Openshaw, and his wife and two of his children. Our hearts go out to his family. I have known him to be deeply passionate about Utah’s public schools and his death is a significant loss to our community. Mark had a way of brightening every room that he entered, and I will personally miss that,” Crandall said.
Openshaw of Provo was first elected to the Utah State Board of Education as representative from District 13 in 2008 and won reelection in 2012. He was chair of the Board’s Law and Licensing Committee at the time of his death.
Under Utah law, Gov. Gary R. Herbert, with the consent of the Utah Senate, will appoint a replacement to serve out the remaining 18 months of his term.