William Robert (Bob) Wright, former Utah Republican Party chairman and one-time GOP nominee for governor, died Friday after a 20-year struggle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 76.
Wright ran for governor in 1980 and was defeated by then-Gov. Scott Matheson. He had served previously (1977 to 1979) as head of the state GOP.
The Salt Lake City native was elected to the state Board of Education where he served from 1971-76 and was selected chairman of the National Association of State Boards of Education.