KFC Founder Dies

KFC originalSALT LAKE CITY — The humble Utah businessman who helped bring “finger-lickin’ good” chicken to Utah and the world died at 95 on Wednesday. Utah native Leon W. “Pete” Harman passed away early Wednesday morning, according to James D. Olson, CEO of Harman Management Corp. Harman opened what would become the first Kentucky Fried Chicken at 3890 S. State in Murray in April 1952. It was there he began selling Colonel Harland Sanders’ signature chicken by the bucket, launching the Colonel’s initial success. That Utah landmark was torn down in 2004 and a new restaurant built in its place.

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