BOUNTIFUL - Larry Scott, the longtime Bountiful resident who won the first two Mr. Olympia contests, died Saturday at the age of 75.
He reportedly had suffered from Alzheimer’s. He is survived by his wife, Rachel, two sons and a daughter.
Scott won the first two Mr. Olympia contests in 1965 and 1966, after clinching the Mr. World, Mr. Universe, and other titles.
He operated Larry Scott Fitness & Nutrition in Kaysville.
“I knew Larry as a young kid in high school,” said Blake Ricketts, who worked with Scott for nearly two decades.
Ricketts would help around the business and eventually the association evolved into a friendship, he said.
“I can’t describe in words what the man meant to me. He was one of those people where your life would definitely be enriched by knowing him,” he said.
For many years, Scott owned a fitness facility in North Salt Lake, which now houses Abundant Life Assembly of God Church.
Scott was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
A viewing will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Bountiful 54th Ward Chapel, 540 N. 1200 East, with services will follow.
Scott will be buried at Lindquist’s Bountiful Mortuary and Cemeteries, 727 N. 400 East.
Among the many people sending condolences was none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger, who claimed Scott as a friend.
On Twitter, Schwarzenegger wrote, "Bodybuilding lost an icon today. We’ll all miss the Legend, Larry Scott, a great man who inspired millions. My thoughts are with his family."
Ricketts said the business Scott started will continue, following the champion bodybuilder’s mission statement, “To restore America’s health.”