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Lou Bertram passed away on Nov. 23, 2018, his 85th birthday, after a very short battle with cancer. Lou was born to Louis and Emma Bertram in Englewood, NJ.
Lou is survived by his wife of 52 years, Connie, son Chris, daughter Jackie (Mark) Cronkrite, son Buzz (Maureen) Morgan, and son Brett (Cindi) Morgan, sister Lucille Bertram and brother, Frank (Helene) Bertram. He was preceded in death by his daughter Carole, his brother Christian and sister, Nancy. He leaves behind 9 grandchildren, whom he was very proud of.
Lou led a life of service to his country and community. Lou served in the United States Air Force, worked for the U.S. Postal Service, volunteered as a firefighter for Layton City, and a Utah Adult Probation and Parole agent. After graduating from Weber State College, he entered the FBI in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1968. His first office was in Denver, CO (1969). He spent 11 years in the Los Angeles, CA office (1969-1980) and finished his extraordinary career back in Salt Lake City in 1988.
As a special agent, Lou worked on the Unabomber case, the Danny Davis and Rachel Runyan kidnapping cases, and the Singer-Swapp standoff in Marion, Utah. He also served as a media spokesperson for the FBI and enjoyed working with numerous local and national news reporters. The relationships he made both in law enforcement and with the media endured until the end.
Lou loved being an FBI special agent and often said, "there is a good life after the Bureau.” In fact, he enjoyed 30 years of retirement by cruising the world with his wife, watching his grandkids grow, and calling his grandkid’s pitches and hits from behind the back stop.
He also ran Bertram and Associates private investigation firm in Utah and worked with his son Chris at the business for the last few years. In his spare time, Lou was an adjunct professor for 20 years at Salt Lake Community College, a police officer, and a reserve deputy for the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office. He was a University of Utah Football fan and held season tickets in the south end zone since 1985, rarely missing a game. Lou had an impact on so many people throughout the years, everyone has a ‘Lou Story’ and no conversation with Lou was ever short.
Lou also was greatly involved with helping the Carmelite nuns and their Monastery in Holladay, Utah for the last 25 years. He loved serving the Carmelite sisters and the Catholic Church.
A vigil service for Lou will be held Monday, December 3, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 1375 E. Spring Lane, Holladay, Utah.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. There will be a short period of visitation from 10:00-10:45 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Sisters at the Carmelite Monastery.
We are so grateful to Dr. Tom Miller, St. Joseph’s Villa and especially the great staff at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.