Fatal accident claims life of former Sterling mayor

John Ludvigson
John Ludvigson


Fatal accident claims life of former Sterling mayor


Megan Batterman

Staff writer



STERLING—Former Sterling mayor John Ludvigson has died after a single-vehicle accident on last Wednesday, Sept. 20 while traveling on U.S. 89, 3 miles north of Gunnison.

According to the Utah Highway Patrol, Ludvigson, 88, of Sterling, may have suffered from a medical issue when his Chevy Cruze veered to the right and crossed over a dirt road, which caused the car to become airborne before landing and rolling over once.

Ludvigson was the only person in the car. Because of the question of whether a medical problem caused him to lose control of the vehicle, the case was referred to the Utah Medical Examiner’s Office in Salt Lake City for further investigation.

Ludvigson was born and raised in Sterling and attended Manti High School. After serving a mission in Washington State, he married his sweetheart, Jennie Lee Jensen, in the Manti Temple.

The Ludvigsons continued to live in Sterling, where Ludvigson spent his time farming. In his later years, he served as an ordinance worker in the Manti LDS Temple and filled several callings in his local ward. His wife died in 2014.

Ludvigson served two terms as mayor in Sterling, was an avid outdoorsmen and was widely known, along with his brother, Lafe, who passed away in 2009, for blazing the White

Cliff Trail in Six-Mile Canyon.

Services for Ludvigson will be held Saturday, Sept. 24 at noon at the Sterling LDS Ward. Prior to services, friends may call, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. He will be buried at the Sterling Town Cemetery.