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Notable Deaths 2022


Mountain monkey
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Hey, nobody has claimed Mikhail Gorbachev yet. He passed away a little over two weeks ago. One would think that have been the biggest one of the year, but ...


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East Coast(er) General
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We missed one that should be mentioned: David Freed, best known for his family's decades-long ownership and operation of Lagoon Amusement Park in Utah, passed away on Dec. 24.

While at the University of Utah, Dave, being one semester shy from receiving his MBA, got a call from his Uncle Bob requesting help with the family business, Lagoon Amusement Park. Family was always a priority, so Dave answered that call and began his lifelong career at Lagoon. As an officer and director of America's largest family-owned amusement park, Dave participated in and was well respected by organizations such as the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions and the American Society for Testing and Materials. In 1988, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Award given in recognition of the most outstanding service to the amusement and attraction industry by an individual. His contributions to Lagoon and its guests have not gone unnoticed. To Dave, the employees at Lagoon were family. His loyalty was reciprocated by the many long-time employees who have spent their entire careers at Lagoon; a family amusement park that truly feels like family.