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Salt Lake City—Wayne A. Cederholm II, CEO of transportation company C.R. England, died Tuesday, April 9 from complications of a bone marrow transplant.
Cederholm joined C.R. England in 1980. Before beginning his role as CEO, he served the company as chief operating officer, senior vice president of North American operations, vice president of administration, vice president of safety and personnel and was also the company’s first credit manager.
“His determination was incredible,” said Dean England, president of C.R. England. “Now he is free from the challenges he has faced for the last eight months. He faced this with the same class and strength he always displayed with every challenge he faced during his long career with our company. We will miss him beyond measure. He left a mark on this organization that will be imprinted forever. In spite of our sorrow we honor him and pay tribute to a life well lived.”
Cederholm worked for more than 33 years with the England family, culminating in his lifetime dream of becoming CEO. He was proud of his safety record, which included winning grand trophy safety awards three consecutive eligible years from the Truckload Carriers Association. He always brought humor to his work but knew that there was a time to be serious and built his life around that balance.
At the start of his career, C.R. England was an $18 million company. Cederholm was integral in helping to build the company to its current standings as a $1.5 billion organization and the world’s largest refrigerated carrier.
Cederholm graduated from Granite High School in Salt Lake City in 1975, where he served as class president. He graduated from University of Utah in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in communications. Throughout his life, he worked on many civic committees and organizations. The Utah Jaycees was the first of many organizations he joined, and he took pride at having been the chairperson for the Downtown Christmas Parade.
He served on the board of the Professional Truck Driver Institute and was a chairman for the Utah Safety Council. In 2003, he received the Heart and Hands Award from the Junior Achievement of Utah, where he served on the board of directors.