America First Credit Union Board Member Tom Connors Dies

Nicole Cypers

Connors was a volunteer at America First since 1982 and past Chair of the Board

RIVERDALE, Utah – June 22, 2012 – Tom Connors, an America First Credit Union Board member and credit union advocate, passed away June 19 after an apparent heart attack at age 72.

Connors began his volunteer service at America First on the Credit Committee in 1982. In 1992, he was elected to the Board of Directors and later served as chair.

“Tom was a great friend and colleague to all of us serving here at America First,” said Linda Carver, Board Chair of the credit union.

“He lived life to the fullest and pushed himself beyond what most of us would do. His dedication to the credit union movement and his commitment to serve the underserved was commendable and a true passion of his. We are truly appreciative of the many years of volunteer service Tom has given to America First members and its associate organizations,” Carver said.

Connors and his wife, Isabelle, had just returned home on June 17 from a credit union conference in Atlanta that specialized in serving the underserved. He was a member of the World Council of Credit Unions, where he was a development educator and involved in the community development program.

He retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Chief Master Sergeant in 1989, after serving for 30 years. In 1995, Connors graduated from Weber State University with a degree in history and minors in political science and anthropology. He also earned his teaching certificate in special education and taught at Canyon View Elementary in Ogden, Utah.

America First Credit Union was founded at Fort Douglas in Salt Lake City on March 16, 1939 by a small group of people determined to form a cooperative to promote their collective economic well-being. In its 73-year history, America First has become one of the largest, most stable and most progressive credit unions in the country, and has remained a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative financial institution. Today, America First has 101 branches, is the 11th largest credit union in assets in the United States with over $5.4 billion, and the 7th largest credit union in membership in America with more than 576,000 members. Visit

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