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Obituary for Rocky James Fluhart

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Rocky James Fluhart

June 11, 1951 - January 9, 2012

Rocky James Fluhart passed away peacefully on Monday, January 9, 2012 from Alzheimer’s. Hours before his passing our extended family had a “last supper” together to surround him with love and remind him to be led by Angels to his new home.Rocky was born on June 11, 1951 to Marie and Forrest Fluhart (Ozzie), in Norwalk, CA. He moved to Ogden, UT when he was 6 years old. He attended Ogden City Schools and graduated from Ogden High in 1969. Rocky married Gretchen Lowe in April of that same year. They have two wonderful sons, Richard and Blake.Rocky graduated Cum Laude from Weber State then attended Kansas University as a HUD Fellow, where he received his Masters Degree in Public Administration in 1975.Rocky served as an intern for the city of Burbank, CA, and then moved to Lompoc, CA where he served as Assistant City Manager.In 1984 he and his family moved back to Ogden where he served as Public Works Director and City Manager. In 2000 he became the Chief Administrative Officer for Salt Lake City, UT. While there he assisted in steering the city through the 2002 Winter Olympics.Rocky had a real love for life and the outdoors. He spent much of his spare time hiking, skiing, and biking with family and friends. He was known by his many nieces and nephews as the best hide-and-seek player in the world. He truly lived his motto of “Life is good!”Rocky was preceded in death by his parents, Forrest Fluhart (Ozzie) and Marie Mickey. He is survived by his sister Betty Allen of Pacheco, CA, sons Richard and Blake, and his wife, Gretchen Lowe Fluhart.Family and friends are welcome to join us for a celebration of life on Sat., Jan. 14, from 4 – 6:30 p.m. at The Union Station, Old Timers Room, 25th & Wall Ave., Ogden.In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Alzheimer’s Association at under the direction of Leavitt’s Mortuary.Online condolences may be sent to the family at


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Date: Saturday, January 14, 2012

Time: 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Union Station


25th and Wall, , Ogden, UT,

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Born: June 11, 1951
Died: January 9, 2012

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James Keeling posted on 2/7/13

Gretchen and your family. Jim Dixon and I were talking about Rocky today and we were wondering about him. I told Jim i was going to look him up on the internet. To my shock if found his obituary. I am so saddened. I can see its been a year but wow. what a shock. My thoughts and prayers are going out to you. I hope that you get this Memory. Jim


Marino Toulatos posted on 1/21/12

I was very sadden to hear of Rocky's passing. Although I have not seen him for several years I remember well what a "nice guy" he was, from the first time we met at Ogden High to our College and Frat days. A good solid man a "True Gentleman". Marino


Clair Walker posted on 1/18/12

It was good to see Rocky again recently at the liquor store. It was like Sigma, all over again. He was truly the "True Gentleman" in his life through acts and deeds and it has my pleasure and honor to know such a man. Rest peacefully my brother. Phi Chi


Catherine Zegiel Arnott posted on 1/17/12

Gretchen,It doesn't seem at all unusual that Rocky & Tom passed within a few hours of each other. When looking through pictures with Andrew for Tom's memorial, we found many of him with Rocky by his side. Some of the best, were at the Weber Club one New Year's Eve, and another on the houseboat on Lake Powell.I imagine that they are sitting on a cloud somewhere together, waiting for the rest of us!Love,Cathy & Andrew


alan and judi abdulla posted on 1/17/12

Gretchen, Please accept our deepest condolences at Rocky's passing. The past few years were surely very hard, but you handled them with grace and kindness. What a fine example of committed love. You are in our thoughts and prayers.Alan and Judi Abdulla


Linda Durbano posted on 1/16/12

Hi Gretchen, my sisters were just here visiting me and brought Rocky's obituary for me to read. I am so very sorry for your loss. I have very fond memories of our times together skiing and playing cards and board games when we were so broke we couldn't afford to go out as kids. All the best to you and your family as you move forward. God bless you, Linda Cassity Durbano


Scott and Kelly Buehler posted on 1/16/12

Gretchen, the celebration of Rocky's life last Saturday was an amazing tribute to an extraordinary guy. He left a wealth of friends and we will miss him very much. You, Richard and Blake are in our thoughts at this difficult time.


Jeff Robins posted on 1/14/12

Rocky was a great friend and fraternity brother. A go to guy who was intelligent, fun and adventuresome. He will be truly missed by his family and friends.Jeff Robins


Nancy Harbertson Wold posted on 1/14/12

I am so saddend that a friend and classmate of Central Jr. High and Ogden High School has left us so early. I met Rocky in Jr. High and lived only a couple blocks away from his family. I remember him as fun-loving, a bit crazy, and a touch wild ;-). I was always proud of his public service in Utah. My sympathy and thoughts and prayers are with you Gretchen and boys. I lost my husband a couple months ago - so I know your pain. God Bless you all.Nancy


Rick Lessey posted on 1/14/12

Sorry to hear about Rocky passing. We had many great times in college.peace be with you my brother


Stephen Nelsson posted on 1/13/12

GrechenI found my self in disbeleaf when I was informed about Rocks passing.personley I am sorry for the your loss ,in your life ,and in all of are as wellyour friend Stephen Nelson


Dave Argyle posted on 1/13/12

I'm sure sorry to here about Rocky's passing. I sure enjoyed the wonderful times I've had with Rocky over my lifetime. He was truly a great guy to be around. God Bless!


Mary Johnston posted on 1/12/12

I worked for Rocky when he was at Salt Lake City and I was at the Justice Court. He was always so calm and thoughtful, but I think I most appreicated his support to both the Court and myself through some very tough times. He will be greatly missed.


Ted Wilson posted on 1/12/12

Dear Gretchen and family,I am sorry to learn of Rocky's death. I loved talking climbing, hiking, and skiing with Rocky. I was most impressed with the contribution he made to Salt Lake City's history. The mayor was an emotional if inspirational man. Rocky was the ballast he needed. Business got done because of your Rocky. I was then working on several difficult items regarding the airport and Rocky was the one who solved the problems (among other issues.)I wish you and your family, and the Lowe family, the best for the future. Hugs, Ted Wilson


Dave Donahoe posted on 1/12/12

Be at peace good friend. Gretch let me know if Their is anything you need. Rocko I'll miss our talks very very much. k2ydB


Kathy Kenison posted on 1/12/12

I was very saddened to hear of Rocky's death. While he served as Ogden's CAO, he also served as URMMA's Chairman of the Board. I had the opportunity to work closely with him during that time. He provided insightful leadership to our organization. I loved his sense of humor and ability to deal with very difficult situations. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him! As Rocky's family, please accept my sympathies at his passing. I'm sure he will be greatly missed in your family.


Steve Thacker posted on 1/12/12

I appreciate Rocky's contribution to the city management profession in Utah. I got acquainted with him as I served as city manager in Centerville. His professionalism, as City Administrator in Ogden and then in Salt Lake City, was highly respected by his peers. We appreciate his leadership relating to the ICMA conference held in SLC in 2001 and the Olympics in 2002, two international events that brought the eyes of the world on Utah. His impact on the cities he managed--in preparation for that worldwide exposure--was significant, although probably not understood by the average citizen. Thanks, Rocky, for that service; and may God bless Gretchen and the rest of the family.Steve Thacker,City ManagerCenterville, Utah


Wayne and Julie Parker posted on 1/12/12

Julie and I have had many fond memories as we heard about Rocky's passing. I worked for him in the City of Ogden for many years and maintained our friendship even after we both left Ogden for other professional roles. He was the consummate professional and I learned so much from him. He was a strong defender of good government and I watched him in awe in so many settings. I will miss him as a friend and colleague and as a mentor. And the city management profession has lost a great example of what a city manager and public official should be. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Gretchen and family.


Mike Empey posted on 1/12/12

I worked for Rocky when I served as Ogden Police Chief in the early 90's. Rocky was a true professional, a great person and a friend.


Jerry Puente and Family posted on 1/12/12

Helllo Blake, So sorry to hear about you Father. May he rest in peace with his memories of you and his loved ones. God Bless.


Kelly Cardon posted on 1/11/12

Wish I could be there for the celebration, but I'm thousands of miles away. But, you will always be in my thoughts and heart. I've missed you for years now, and will continue to miss our adventures and our long talks. My thoughts are also with Gretchen and the boys. I'm a better person, hell we all are, for our relationship with Rocky. Kelly Cardon


Kendra Nilsen posted on 1/11/12

Rocky, My heart is heavy that you have passed, however, I am happy that you are releived of your pain, and now you have your freedom back. You were a very lucky man to have such a loving wife and amazing children. You have forever filled a place in my heart. Love Kendra, Joe and kids.


Tracey Stevens posted on 1/11/12

I'm very sad to hear that Rocky passed away. I worked for Rocky at Salt Lake City Corp, in the Purchasing Dept. where he was respected and admired for his calm leadership style and professionalism. Sincerely, T. Stevens


Amy Wicks posted on 1/10/12

Gretchen and Family,I am saddend to hear of Rocky's passing and hope that you are able to find some comfort in the wonderful memories you have of a life well lived. Rocky did many great things for Ogden City and Utah as well and I will be forever grateful for his hard work and dedication. You are in my thoughts during this difficult time.