Longtime Huntsman World Senior Games board member dies

Dr. Steven Heiner, integral board member for the Huntsman World Senior Games | Memorial photos, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Dr. Steven Heiner, board member and longtime champion of the Huntsman World Senior Games, peacefully passed away last week surrounded by members of his immediate family. Heiner served graciously and with dedication for more than two decades on the games’ board.

Perhaps Heiner’s largest and longest lasting contribution to the Huntsman World Senior Games, according to a press statement released Friday by the Huntsman World Senior Games, was his work with the free health screenings that are made available to athletes each year during the annual event.

“Steve has been a vital part of the Huntsman World Senior Games, working alongside John Morgan from its inception 29 years ago,” said Jon Huntsman Sr., principal sponsor to the games, as quoted in the press release. “His knowledge and background were essential in the development process and the overall management and growth of the Games. He was always interested in better health and energized the Senior Games by sharing his zeal. He was a valuable part of our management team, and we will truly miss him.”

Over the years, the health screenings program has been credited with saving lives. Many athletes, taking advantage of the screening in between competitions, were made aware of potential health issues they were able to follow up with their own doctor about at home. Heiner brought these screenings to the games, administering the program and managing the student volunteers that made it possible, according to the press release.

Dr. Heiner believed in the Games and the impact they could have on people as they committed to active aging,” Huntsman World Senior Games CEO Kyle M. Case said. “He was a great friend and mentor and he will be missed.”

The Huntsman World Senior Games is the largest annual multisport event in the world for athletes age 50 and above, and 2015 marks its 29th year of helping foster worldwide peace, health and friendship.

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